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Volume 11 Number 2, Summer 2000
In This Issue:

Library receives Lucent Technologies grant

The Director’s Journal

Patron Survey Results

Treasures of the Library

Gourmet Gala honors James Courter

Technology Update

Programs foster learning and reading

The New Jersey Information Center

Summer Hours

Summer Reading Challenge "connects" at Library

Animal prints exhibition now showing

New Electronic Resource

Friends grants top $10,000

Book Sale a success


Technology Update

Near the end of 1998, MCI WorldCom bestowed $100,000 to create NEON (NEwark ONline) Centers at five sites—one in each of the city’s wards. These sites would offer computer equipment and instruction aimed at students in grades 6 through 12.

It has been a year since that announcement. The Library is pleased to report we have opened centers at the Main Library and four branch libraries: North End, Weequahic, Van Buren and Springfield.

“These centers enable the Library to reach out to all corners of our city to provide young people with the technology skills needed in the 21st century,” said Dr. Alex Boyd, Library Director. “Our partnership with MCI WorldCom is empowering the Library to ensure free, open and equal access to electronic information.”

Free computer classes for students have included:

  • “Explore the Internet”—participants have sharpened their skills when searching the World Wide Web.
  • “Magazines and More”—students have discovered how to find articles on the topics of their choice when using InfoTrac, Electric Library, and websites of news media.
  • “Class Action/Steps to Success in Research Assignments”—students have used the Library’s Web-based electronic resources, such as Galenet and World Book Online, to find information for a multitude of school reports.
  • “Homework Helpers on the Internet”—using these sites, students have easily retrieved authoritative answers to homework questions.

Classes will continue through the summer. For information, call 733-3603 or visit

More computers for Internet searching

The Library has added ten more public-access computers dedicated to free searching of the Internet. The workstations are located at the Main Library, in the second-floor Periodicals Section. 

New Internet-searching computer area.

Patrons are invited to sign up at the Periodicals Desk for an hour-long session.

 Printing is not yet available at these workstations, but is available in the Victoria Technology Center, located on the third floor of the Main Library.

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