Tuesday, September 08, 2020

New book by Yusuf Salaam- Central Park Five/ Exonerated Five


Yusuf Salaam, educator and one of the Central Park Five /Exonerated Five, has co-written a new young adult novel called Punching the Air. The book is about a 16 year old teenager who is imprisoned for throwing a punch.

An interview with Salaam can be found at https://www.npr.org/2020/08/29/907224206/punching-the-air-tells-a-story-of-hope-behind-bars 

Earlier posts about the Exonerated Five may be found here on this blog


NJCU Library Fall Hours

 NJCU Library Fall Hours 

( In Person and Virtual )

Sept. 8 - Nov. 25; Nov.30- Dec. 22

Monday - Thursday

7:30 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.
first hour for high risk patrons
(Reference desk:
 9:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.)
(Virtual reference:
 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.)

7:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
first hour for high risk patrons
(Reference desk:
 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.)
(Virtual reference:
 5:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.)


Building Closed
(Virtual reference:
 11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
  6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.)

Sunday Closed

November 26 - 29 Thanksgiving recess

No Contact Book Pick-Up

The Congressman Frank J. Guarini Library will be open to the students, staff, and faculty on September 1, 2020.  We will be offering no contact pickup of library books and DVDs to current faculty, staff, and students.  

Items can be requested by calling the Circulation Desk at 201-200-3030 during the hours of Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 3:30 pm or through the CONGRESSMAN FRANK J. GUARINI LIBRARY NO CONTACT PICKUP REQUEST at any time. Please fill out one request for each item.  There is a five item limit. Your request should be processed within 2 business days. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

NJCU Library Summer Hours


The Virtual Library is Open



Monday - Thursday     9:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Friday                          9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Saturday                      11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M


Reference/Research Help:

via email: libraryref@njcu.edu 

Text a Librarian (SMS): (201) 667-2238


Zoom research consultations by appointment: via email (libraryref@njcu.edu), SMS (201-667-2238), or voice mail (201-200-3033).


Monday, July 27, 2020

John Lewis, Civil Rights, Graphic Novels and Comic Books

John Lewis, February 21, 1940 – July 17, 2020, civil rights activist and leader

will be remembered for many things including the three  volume graphic novel, March, that he co-authored with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
Teachers guide at 

Teachers guide at 

Teachers guide at 

People  may wonder why John Lewis chose a graphic novel form to tell his life story. The precedent was set many years ago by Martin Luther King Jr. see here for the background story

Friday, June 19, 2020

Celebrate Juneteenth with Books and Lessons

Juvenile Books on Juneteenth

Branch, Muriel Miller Juneteenth: freedom day 
Juv. 394.263 .B816J

Cooper, Floyd Juneteenth for Maisie 

Johnson, Angela All Different Now: Juneteenth the first day of freedom
(Simple, evocative book about the first Juneteenth. Important: Read Author’s and Illustrator’s notes for classroom applications for research. Also contains website urls. https://d28hgpri8am2if.cloudfront.net/tagged_assets/14605/all%20different%20now_cg.pdf)

Jordan, Denise Juneteenth 

Murray, Julie Juneteenth 

Nelson, Vaunda M. and Nelson, Drew Juneteenth

Weatherford, Carole B. Juneeteenth Jamboree 
Juv. W2625j

Curriculum Resources on  Juneteenth and African American History

Juneteenth- Tucson Unified District

Juneteenth Freedom Day- Utah Education Network

New Jersey Amistad Curriculum

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Children's/YA Authors Rally-KidLit4BlackLives-BLM

To view the video, click the link below

Recently (June 5, 2020)  children's and young adult authors joined together to share poetry, music and art on the theme of Black Lives Matter.

Watch your favorite authors on youtube at https://youtu.be/fElXu_MdRrs

Booklists that may be of interest:

Black History for Young Children

Black History for Older Children

Multicultural Picture and Chapter Books

Multicultural Chapter and Secondary Books

Global Picture Books

Global Secondary Books

Read, discuss, engage.