HPPL Participates in NJLA

NJ Library Association announces Incoming President, Highland Park Library Director

Incoming NJLA President Kate Jaggers accepting the President’s Badge of Honor from current President Jen Schureman Brenner.

The signature event of the New Jersey Library Association is their Annual Spring Conference, which took place this past June 3 and 4, attracting over 600 librarians, library workers, Trustees, Friends, students and vendors to an all-virtual platform for the first time in the Association’s 130-year history. And this year, Highland Park Public Library staff participated in a big way!

HPPL Director Kate Jaggers was formally introduced as the NJLA President, with her single-year term beginning at the start of the fiscal year on July 1, 2021. In her installation speech during the President’s Welcome program on June 3, Kate shared little-known details of some of NJLA’s traditions and history, and shared her vision for the Association’s future. Her 2021-22 Presidential theme “Embracing Opportunity” highlights engagement, mentorship, and inclusion.

Kate extends her gratitude to outgoing NJLA President Jen Schureman Brenner, retired Executive Director Pat Tumulty, and current Executive Director Juliet Machie, as well as HPPL Board President Helen Rovner for their professional support and encouragement. She says, “I couldn’t possibly take on the roles in leadership that I have–especially at this time–without the guidance of those who came before, including NJLA’s long history of strong Past Presidents, and the support of my Board of Trustees and Highland Park Library staff. I’m also lucky that my husband and four-year-old allow me so much freedom to stretch my librarian wings!”

Kate Jaggers sat on the NJLA Executive Board for the past eight years, as Member at Large, Secretary, and most recently Vice President/President-Elect. Since becoming an active member in 2005, her involvement in NJLA has included a wide variety of committee work, multiple years chairing the Annual Conference, and leadership in the Young Adult Services Section.

Part-time Librarian Jennifer Larsen is the incoming President of the Readers Advisory Section of NJLA, and Youth Services Librarian Karen Jarzabski is also taking on a leadership role for the 2021-22 year as Member-at-Large for the Children’s Services Section. (Karen has previously held a seat on the Young Adult Services Section Executive Board as well.) And Valeri Drach Weidmann, Circulation Coordinator, was a first-time presenter as part of a panel highlighting “Community, Clubs, & COVID” on June 3 at this year’s Conference.

Established in 1890, NJLA (www.njla.org) is the oldest and largest library organization in New Jersey. NJLA advocates for the advancement of library services for the residents of NJ, provides continuing education and networking opportunities for library workers, and supports the principles of intellectual freedom and promotes access to library materials for all.

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources

State and Local Resources

New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub: The State of New Jersey has put together a list of resources about the COVID-19 virus including testing sites, signs and symptoms and FAQs about social services.  From this hub you can access COVID-19 specific unemployment information and information on employees that might be hiring during the crisis and much more.   https://covid19.nj.gov

The Department of Health 24-hour hotline for coronavirus-related questions and concerns: 1-800-222-1222

Middlesex County Updates

Resources from the New Jersey State Library

NJ Dept of Health information for schools and businesses                                                                 www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_schoolbusiness.shtml

NJ Parent Link – Navigate Parenthood, Navigate New Jersey   Updates on Covid-19 and many other topics geared to parents and caregivers.

NJ Division of Taxation- following the federal government the state is working to extend the filing until July 15.  Check their website for up to date information.  https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/

End of Life Care– The New Jersey’s Quality Healthcare institute COYL program has a digital toolkit with some great resources to help open up the discussion on End Of Life care and make the topic of advance care planning much more comfortable for all.  Five Wishes, a great document that helps you prepare for the end of life is being provided for free.

Federal and Other Resources

MEDLINEPLUS Consumer health site of the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus in Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, and Mandarin Chinese

Centers for Disease Control- CDC pages with links on how disease is spread, symptoms, prevention. The site also provides updates including U.S. and global hotspot locations and travel risks.                                                     www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

World Health Organization- FAQs from WHO, the United Nations public health agency (available in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, and Mandarin Chinese)

Internal Revenue Service- The IRS has information on Coronavirus tax relief.  The deadline to file your Federal Income tax has been extended until July 15, 2020.                                                                          https://www.irs.gov/

Letter from the Library Director: March 16, 2020; March 13, 2020

Update from the Library Director: May 18, 2020

Details of phased Reopening Plan, approved by Library Board of Trustees, June 10, 2020

Update from the Library Director: June 14, 2020

Gratitute Project in Highland Park

The Gratitude Project, variations of which are held in several communities in New Jersey, started on October 27 and continues for 33 days. The idea is write a message of gratitude and hung in a public place. One of the participating places in Highland Park is the library.

Read more on NJ.com.

gratitude project

gratitude project in Highland Park Public Library

Strategic Plan

Highland Park Public Library Strategic Plan 2012-15

We are proud to share our vision of the future Highland Park Public Library. There is no doubt that the Highland Park Public Library, along with every other library in New Jersey, will change dramatically in the next 5 to 10 years. Current trends indicate that library use will continue to grow as people continue to rely on libraries for current technology, content distribution, and content creation, as well as their expectation that the libraries will serve as social gathering spaces, learning and literacy centers, and place for civil engagement.

See our 2018-2021 strategic plan.