• On Saturday, August 31st, The New Jersey Center for the Book exhibited in the Parade of States at the 2019 National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress, at the Convention Center in Washington, DC. Tens of thousands of people visited New Jersey’s exhibit. Many picked up the educator’s guide that accompanied the book I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg read more

  •   The New Jersey Center for the Book, the founder of  the Literacy Alliance of New Jersey, sponsored a statewide celebration of the renowned young people’s author Jacqueline Woodson, at The College of New Jersey campus, on October 16, 2019.  Ms. Woodson, the Library of Congress Ambassador for Youth Literature, 2018-19, met with 200 students in grades five through eight read more

  • The award ceremony for the Letters About Literature event for 2019, a nation-wide program of the Library of Congress and each state, took place on May 15, 2019 at the College Ave. Student Center of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. The many talented student writers from across the state were honored. The students included the first and second place read more

  • Based on the success the students of New Jersey have had in the Library of Congress Letters about Literature contest, the New Jersey Center for the Book hosted an event, POETRY INDEED! on October 26, 2018, at the Livingston College Student Center of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in Piscataway. POETRY INDEED! showcased students’ work in finding their voice through read more

  • The New Jersey Center for the Book was once again represented at the Parade of the States at the National Book Festival on September 2, 2018 in the Convention Center, booth 612, Washington, DC.  The 2018 Cherry Blossom Princess Sophia Czerniecki joined NJCTB Chairperson, Renee Swartz,  and Sharon Rawlins, Youth Services Specialist from the NJ State Library, and Junior League read more

  • Jocelyn Jimenez of the Princeton Public Library and her program “I Read This Book” is the 2018 Miss Rumphius Award winner. Jocelyn received her citation and award at the Honors and Awards Reception at the New Jersey Library Association’s Annual Conference on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Harrah’s in Atlantic City. Her innovative program is targeted to a particular group read more

  • The Route 1 Reads initiative is a partnership between 16 affiliate state Centers for the Book to promote books that illuminate important aspects of their states or commonwealths for readers traveling this meandering highway. The initiative was launched at the 2015 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.  This year’s theme for the Route 1 Reads selection is Cookbooks, which will serve read more

  • Carol Phillips, Youth Services Librarian, St. Bartholomew School, East Brunswick, NJ, was named a Literary Lion by the Board of the NJ Center for the Book for 2018. Ms. Phillips has been a library leader in the state and nationally for some time.  She was selected the Librarian of the Year by the New Jersey Library Association, has worked on read more

  • The 2018 awards ceremony for the New Jersey winners and finalists of the national Library of Congress program, Letters About Literature, took place on May 8th from 2-5pm at the Livingston Student Center on the Livingston campus of Rutgers University, 84 Joyce Kilmer Ave., Piscataway, NJ 08854.

  • THE JERSEY TRACKERS ARE RETURNING THIS FALL 2018! The last time we heard from the Jersey Trackers, they were scavenging the state on the trail of the notorious Jersey Devil as they pieced together the solution to the Imagination Tree Mystery. Now all of our beloved heroes—Chelsea, Gabby, Cooper, Maya, Jamal, Simon, and the imperturbable Mr. C—are ready to return read more