The fundraiser was a "Casino Night" and silent auction where attendees paid a small stipend for thousands of fake dollars that they gambled away at the roulette wheel, the craps table, and card games held inside the Casino-In-The-Park.
And when they were not gambling, participants were bidding on a variety of items, from tickets to a New York Mets baseball game to a cruise on the Hudson River.
Before the fundraiser, the library unveiled its new, $220,000 Bookmobile outside the Casino-In-The-Park, a vehicle that was made possible by past fundraisers. The money from the May 8 fundraiser will go toward the future purchase of more equipment for the public library system. The Bookmobile's walls are lined with 2,000 books, and the vehicle contains two small public access computers available for patrons to check e-mail.
There's also a DVD player in the back of the bus, along with restroom facilities. And for library staff members, there is a computer dedicated to helping facilitate both new and old patrons with their library card accounts, and a microwave near the front.
On hand to unveil the Bookmobile and head Casino Night and the silent auction were Library Director and Foundation Executive Director Priscilla Gardner, Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy, Jersey City City Council members, the Library Foundation Board of Trustees, and Library Board of Trustees, along with other major donors and employees of the Jersey City Public Library.Will come to your neighborhood
The new Bookmobile can also accommodate disabled patrons, and it will be traveling to different locations across Jersey City.
The Bookmobile has already started traveling to numerous locations around the city each day, and publishes a very extensive list of them at http://jclibrary.org/libinfo/bookmobile.php. There are two routes: the red route and the blue route.
However, if you do not have internet access, you can call (201) 547-5666 for the information.
The library plans to hold another fundraiser in September at P.J. Ryan's Bar and Restaurant in Jersey City. Comments on this story can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.