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February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month

WHAT is Black History Black History Month - February 1st to 28th – is a time to commemorate achievements. “Negro History Week” was established in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, an NAACP leader, educator and historian, to recognize the central role Blacks played in the development of the United States. The second week of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, the federal government expanded the celebration to Black History … Read entire article »

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Message from the President

Hello, As we reflect back on 2016 there was distressing news and good news on one hand and very positive accomplishments on the other hand. The Distressing news – You may have heard that another library is coming to our area which may potentially result in a decline of a substantial amount in Warren County funding. Since the news broke, we have strived to make you aware of the financial difficulties the library may face in 2018 if the county pulls their funding. The potential lack of funding is a very pressing problem, and notwithstanding that issue, we also need to enable the library to sustain services to their patrons and our community at large, on an ongoing basis. The Good news is that our Phillipsburg Free Public Library is not closing. … Read entire article »

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Public Q&A Forum on Wed. Nov. 2

The library is hosting a public Q&A on the controversy surrounding the library this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Spread the word! Bring a friend! … Read entire article »

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FRIENDS Receive Proclamation

National FRIENDS of Libraries week was October 16-22. In recognition of the week, Mayor Ellis and the Town Council presented to the FRIENDS group a Proclamation acknowledging the contribution and dedication of the FRIENDS volunteers to the library and community. Several members were privileged to receive this recognition on behalf of all FRIENDS of the library. In attendance from right to left: Mayor Stephen Ellis; Wayne Sherrer – director; Deb Messling – library director; Rev. Judi Painter – director; Todd Tersigni – council president; Sue Campnest – director; Richard Stevens – member and Gayle Rogers – president.  To review the Proclamation, check out the libraries Facebook page . Consider joining FRIENDS to help us advocate and support our library. Photo Credit Phillipsburg Library … Read entire article »

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FREE Alzheimer’s Care Program: Prevent Wandering – Wed. Nov 9, 2016

Wed. Nov. 9, 2016 1:00pm – 3:00pm One of the worst scenarios for families caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease is a loved one wandering or getting lost. It causes immediate panic and concern, and unfortunately happens all too often. In fact, nearly 50 percent of some of these family members have experienced a loved one with Alzheimer’s wandering or getting lost, according to a new survey conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network. Of those, nearly one in five called the police for assistance.  To help families keep their loved ones safe, the Home Instead Senior Care network has launched a free tool, the Missing Senior NetworkSM  Come and learn about this free tool and the many ways to keep your loved one safe. Additional discussion topic: THE FIVE WISHES The Five Wishes is the first Living Will that talks about your personal, emotional and spiritual needs as well as your medical wishes.  It lets you choose the person … Read entire article »

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Banned Books Week 2016: Sept. 25 – Oct. 1

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles lists of challenged books as reported in the media and submitted by librarians and teachers across the country. Find out which challenged books made the 2015 list, which was released as part … Read entire article »

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Teen Read Week is Oct. 9 – 15, 2016

Teen Read Week is Oct. 9 – 15, 2016  A teen-friendly environment at the Phillipsburg Free Public Library encourages teens to become lifelong learners and prepares them to become tomorrow’s community leaders.  Some of the many fun activities available for the teens to enjoy are free movies, games, crafts and refreshments!  Contact the Library at (908) 454-3712 or visit the Teen Activities page for other activities and more information.  There is no fee to participate. If you are in grades 6 through 12 and want to make a difference at the Library, sign up for PFPL’s Teen Advisory Board.   The Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B.) is a group of young adults who help develop the Library’s young adult collection, brainstorm ideas for upcoming events and programs, and help to make the Library a safe, friendly place for teens to visit … Read entire article »

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Hand Crafted Books & Other Artful Curiosities – Wed Oct 12

Special Evening with Robina Middleton, Wed Oct 12 at 7:00pm Come and learn about her fun, whimsical & exquisite works… Robina will share her joy of creating which comes from her soul and help inspire you! Robina has been involved in the Arts in one form or another for most of her life. For 25 years, she was in corporate advertising and design. She was previously an Instructor of Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing at Community College for 4 years.  Robina is a self-taught seamstress, her technique is to deconstruct vintage clothing using modern, vintage and funky materials to create custom clothing. Robina has exhibited in Philadelphia, doing trunk shows, special events and parties. Additionally, Robina is self-taught in jewelry design & creation. Robina has participated in numerous Art / Gallery Shows between Philly & the … Read entire article »

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FREE: Take the Scare Out of Medicare – Wed Oct 12

Wed October 12       1:00pm – 3:00pm FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Seating is limited and registration is required.  Email us at or call the library at (908) 454-3712.  Phillipsburg Free Public Library is located at 200 Broubalow Way (formerly Frost Avenue), corner of Corliss Avenue in Phillipsburg, NJ 08865.  Map & Directions This event is hosted by the Friends of Phillipsburg Free Public Library, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization of volunteers and advocates who support our Library’s mission to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge and strengthen the community. Check out other upcoming events in the town of Phillipsburg … Read entire article »

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Our Library needs Friends

Our Library needs Friends now, more than ever Our Library is a vital part of our community. It serves a crucial purpose within the community that provides access to information that allows people of all ages to be able to: read books, use the computers, listen to stories, enjoy programs, attend events and much more. The Library has also embraced the electronic age by having an online presence that enables you to download books, magazines, take educational courses and so much more. The biggest advantage to the community is that it is all free. As Friends, we believe in the importance of the Library as the social and intellectual HUB of our community and we support its mission and policies. We serve as the ‘connecting link’ between the Library and the community … Read entire article »

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