Trenton, NJ  – New Jersey State Librarian Norma Blake honored four New Jersey libraries for conducting outstanding early literacy programs on behalf of their youngest library users and their families during a breakfast at the New Jersey Library Association Annual Conference.

“As State Librarian, I am delighted to recognize our Bets Practices in Early Literacy Award winners,” said Blake. “Size of the library or the community or available funds were not major factors in their programs. What mattered most was the desire on the part of library staff to support, encourage and reward young children for embracing the joy of reading.”

Winning libraries were:

Maplewood Memorial Library’s Hilton Branch for their Read Together Backpacks program.

Jersey City Public Library for their PARTners Workshops.

Somerset County Library System  for their Parent Teacher Workshops.

Middletown Public Library for their Dress for Mess program.


Each library received a $500 award presented by Sharon Rawlins, Youth Services Consultant for the NJ State Library.