Bayonne Library to Observe National Library Week, April 10-16

Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the Bayonne Free Public Library and Cultural Center of Bayonne will be celebrating National Library Week, April 10-16. The theme is “Libraries Transform.” National Library Week was first sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) in 1958. It is a time to promote reading and celebrate the contributions and support of our libraries, and to acknowledge the librarians and staff. Come help celebrate your library with us.

The Bayonne Free Public Library and Cultural Center will be hosting the following events for National Library Week:

Monday, April 11, Children’s Scavenger Hunt: This will take place in the Children’s Room of the library from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Registration will be held on Monday, April 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will be two groups of children participating in the scavenger hunt. One group will be for children in grades 1 to 3, and another for children in grades 4 to 7. The library will register twenty children for each group on a first-come, first-served basis. Prizes will be awarded to the first three children in each group who complete the challenge.

Tuesday, April 12, National Library Workers’ Day: Come in and meet the staff as they can offer many suggestions on interesting books to read and help you learn the many benefits of using your library. You can also bring a friend to register for a new library card. Mention to the staff “Refer a Friend,” so you and your friend will receive a gift.

Wednesday, April 13, Bookmark Contest: Winners will be announced for the library’s bookmark contest. Rules for the bookmark contest can be found on the library’s website and at the desk in front of Circulation, the Children’s Room, and Art & Music. The deadline for handing in book marks was March 28. The library will be raffling off sets of books for appropriate age groups – Children, Young Adults, and Adults. Raffle entries will be accepted through April 13 at 3:30 p.m. Winners will be announced around 3:30 p.m. If you are not present and win, you will be called with the good news.

Thursday, April 14, Canned Food Drive: Please help the library staff support our local food pantries. Bring in a canned food item for your overdue books and/or material instead of paying a fine. Please feel free to support the canned food drive even if you do not have an overdue book. Any donation is welcome.

Friday, April 15, Free Replacement Library Card: Happy Tax Day! You might have to pay your taxes, but today, if you lost your library card, the library wants to welcome you back and you receive a free library card.

Saturday, April 16, Amnesty Day: It is time for spring cleaning. Times can be hard, so the library is offering an Amnesty Day on which you can bring back all materials, whether it is a book, book on CD, DVD, or CD, with no questions asked. Your fine will be removed automatically. The library believes this amnesty program is very important and is willing to extend it to Sunday. Before you start your morning errands, come by the library and put your books in the drop box. The drop box can be used only for books. DVD’s and CD’s cannot be dropped in the box, due to the fact that they break if a heavy book falls on them. Therefore, DVD’s and CD’s must be returned inside the library on Saturday, April 16.

Throughout the month of April, the library will have many displays for you to come and enjoy. Also check out the library’s website for all details. The website also provides which services the library has to offer on a monthly basis. The library’s website is