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Volume 12 Number 1, Winter 2001
In This Issue:

Planning begins for "new" Main Library

Three Trustees Administered Oath of Office

The Director’s Journal

Portuguese Exhibit Reception

Save the Date

IDT Reading Rewards

Treasures of the Library

Library celebrates African-American History Month

African-American History Month Celebration

The Weequahic Branch Library

Library Hours


Adverse to verse?

News You Can Use

Art of Writing Honorees

New Jersey Hispanic Research & Information Center

Friends award six grants

Friends to hold Tenth Book Sale; seek volunteers


The Weequahic Branch Library

Located at 355 Osborne Terrace, the Weequahic Branch is a cornerstone of the city’s South Ward. It underwent an expansion and complete renovation in the early 1990s, and has more recently undergone a technology update.

The first floor houses the collections for children and adults; the second floor houses a community meeting room used by schools, day-care centers and community groups.

Staffing Weequahic are Funmi Songonuga, Sandra Jones, Shileen Shaw, Roland Garnes, Aleem Ingram and Delores Whitehead, the Western Region Branch Manager.

Seated: Funmi Songonuga and Shileen Shaw. Standing: Delores Whitehead, Roland Garnes and Sandra Jones. Absent from photo: Aleem Ingram.

The Weequahic Branch is planning many exciting programs for its African-American History Month celebration:

  • An Open House on February 1
  • Blood pressure screenings--sponsored by the Interfaith Health Services--on February 7th, from 1-3pm
  • Bookings for its Community Meeting Room
  • Friday viewings of videos on subjects related to the contributions of famous African-Americans
  • Discussions of African-American history at senior citizen centers, led by Mrs. Whitehead
Technology plays an important role, providing information for the Weequahic patrons who inquire about subjects for which there may not be a wealth of reference material. The Branch has seven public-access computers. The Club Success homework program has received two additional computers and a printer through a Lucent Technologies grant.

The Branch serves as a meeting center for two literary groups: The Little/Big Readers and the South Newark Literary Society, which are facilitated by Irene Daniels. Agencies and community groups—too many to list here—also gather at 355 Osborne Terrace.

Club Success at the Weequahic Branch is unique in that Mrs. Cooper, the tutor, and the Branch staff not only work with the community children to do their homework assignments, they also assist the youngsters in presenting programs in February, June, and December.

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