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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


Treasures of the Library

In this installment of a continuing series of articles on the Library’s treasures, our focus is on Robert Wegodsky, Senior Librarian, a staff member for more than nine years.

Caption: Robert Wegodsky

As most patrons visiting the Main Library will note, he is a mainstay behind the Book Information Desk. Whether it’s the location of a specific service or a particular book, Bob will offer—as one patron wrote—“his generous assistance and warm personality.” And when it comes to conducting Library tours, another patron wrote these words of thanks: “We are grateful for meeting an individual with your enthusiasm, love of knowledge and talent for providing information in such an entertaining manner.” Entertaining he is, and a fine ambassador for the Library.

Prior to joining us, Bob was a Reference Librarian at the Jersey City Public Library. He also spent thirty-eight years in the Jersey City Public Schools, mainly as a teacher/therapist for hearing-impaired students.

Bob holds a BA degree from the University of Oklahoma, an MA from Columbia University—he’s especially proud that his diploma bears the signature of Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was then president of Columbia—and earned his Master’s degree in Library Science from Rutgers. He received several National Science Fellowships for study at numerous colleges and universities, and he earned a variety of teaching certifications issued by the State of New Jersey.

He fondly remembers the time when a patron who wanted the John Steinbeck novel, The Grapes of Wrath, asked for “a book on apes.”

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