Archive for January, 2018

Are E-Cigarettes Good for You?

Why don’t you read this report – Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes – recently put out by the National Academies Press and find out? This large (500+ pages) report is the most comprehensive to date. The best term I can come up with is that the effects of e-cigarettes are a mixed bag. At least read the summary for an idea of the pros and cons of vaping.

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More Than 90% of U.S. Population 25 Years and Over Are High School Graduates

For data crossing across a wide spectrum of criteria – age, sex, race, Hispanic origins – please visit this Census site – Educational Attainment in the United States: 2017. International comparisons, though dated as of 2015, can form a comparative basis. Use table 1 from International Educational Attainment from NCES.

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New Jersey Toys ‘R’ Us Stores That Are Closing

Here is the  complete list for the country.  Below is the list just for New Jersey.

1280 Rt. 22 & St. James Ave., Phillipsburg NJ
137 Route 35, Eatontown NJ
100 Promenade Blvd., Bridgewater NJ
2700 Route 22 East., Union NJ
909 US Hwy 1 South., North Brunswick NJ
Rt. 541 & Cadillac Road, Burlington NJ
2135 Route 38, Cherry Hill NJ
7 Wayne Hills Mall, Wayne NJ
545 Route 17 South, Paramus NJ
98 Route 10 West., East Hanover NJ
Kids World 900 Center Drive, Elizabeth NJ
50 International Drive South, Mt. Olive NJ


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The American Historical Association on C-SPAN

The AHA held its annual meeting in snowy Washington, D.C. early in January. C-SPAN covered selected sessions and made them available on a permanent basis; previous sessions are also highlighted.

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Inside the General Pencil Company of Jersey City

My writing instrument of choice has always been a pencil; I just like the way it moves across the page as well as its ability to efface my words effortlessly. It also forces me to slow down, to think before I write, to organize my thoughts. The pencil has been used down the years since it was first introduced in the 16th century. Here is a sumptuously photographed article on the General Pencil Company; it has been making pencils for more than 125 years.

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New Jersey Ranks #2 In National “Quality Counts” Education Survey

This 2018 version of the survey has New Jersey as second based on the metrics employed. National and other state summaries are here; previous reports are also available at this link.

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Information on the Flu in New Jersey

If you want to see current (weekly) information on the flu in New Jersey, please visit this NJ Department of Health site devoted to this disease. Levels of activity, the types of flu,. the number of cases, and additional data are provided here. National and worldwide figures can be found at the CDC.

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What Federal Government Offices Are Open or Closed During the Shutdown?

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Full Text of New York City Congestion Pricing Plan

For those of you interested in reading the report rather than hearing about it secondhand, please come here. This plan could have an impact on those New Jerseyans commuting into Manhattan. This informative article from The New York Times is also worth a look. However, this is not going to be done overnight –  according to the executive summary “The installation of the zone pricing infrastructure will require approximately 24 months for planning, design, and construction, including completion of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).” (4) And this is after mass transit has been improved.


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National Security Reports – December 2017 Update

What Happened in Niger?; Modern Slavery Act 2015: Recent developments (UK Parliament. House of Commons Library. Briefing Paper); North Korea (“What Think Tanks Are Thinking” – European Parliament Research Service); Global Trends to 2035 (EPRS); Origins of America’s Jihadists (RAND); 2017 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Data; and President Trump’s National Security Strategy.

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Early Years of the New Jersey State Library

For those of you interested in the formation and development of this state’s library, this short 2012 publication – Genesis of the New Jersey State Library 1703 – 1796 : A documentary history – should answer nicely. It is filled with extracts and title pages of both enabling legislation and first New Jersey imprints. It makes for a diverting and fascinating read.

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A Brief History, With Pictures, of Loew’s Jersey City

Such a treasure! More information is available here.

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What To Do in Central Park During the Winter

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Newark One of Twenty Finalists for Amazon’s HQ2

238 cities submitted entries to become Amazon’s second headquarters site; Newark made the initial cut and is among the twenty finalists.

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Most Downloaded Documents from the National Academies Press

The NAP is the publishing arm of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. It annually issues hundreds of reports, studies, and analyses on a wide variety of topics. Here is a list of the top twenty downloaded documents ranging from information technology to fostering student success. And they are all free to read!

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New Jersey School Closings/Delays for Wednesday, January 17, 2018

These lists will be updated as warranted. Please check here and here. And you can always check your school district’s website as well.

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Online Primary Sources for American History: African American Newspapers

Dozens of papers from many states are online; the earliest issues date from 1850. Another great guide is here, courtesy of Marist College.

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Online Primary Sources for American History: Dr Martin Luther King, Jr and U.S. Presidents

To read hundreds of mentions of Dr King by presidents going back to July 5, 1962, please come here. You will find messages, proclamations, press conferences, statements, remarks, and YouTube videos.

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Library Hours for Spring 2018 Semester

It goes like this:

Monday – Thursday   7:30am – 10pm

Friday 7:30am – 5pm

Saturday 9am to 5pm

Sunday 11am – 5pm



Saturday February 17 – Monday February 19

Saturday March 10 – Sunday March 11

Friday March 30 – Sunday April 1


Exam Hours

Monday May 7 – Thursday May 10   7am – 11pm

Friday May 11                                            7am – 5pm

Saturday May 12                                      9am – 5pm

Sunday May 13                                         11am – 5pm

Monday May 14 – Tuesday May 15   7am – 11pm


Library services end fifteen minutes before Library closes.




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Who’s Who in 2018/19 New Jersey Legislature

The information is arranged by district. Click on the names for additional information on each legislator along with an email link for contacting them directly.

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