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Westfield Memorial Library Receives New Chinese Language Book Collection

Holding some of the new books are Kelly Jiang and William Chen, who spearheaded the idea for a collection; Head of Adult Services Jen Schulze, whose staff organized and catalogued the collection; Board of Trustees President Douglas Stokes; Jill Ji, whose school donated $500 to expand the collection; Maggie Chen, William's mother; and Jason Jiang, Kelly's father. Not shown are Jin Chen and Lei Zhou, whose generation donation to the library made the collection possible. Credits: Roz Giuditta

The Westfield Memorial Library is proud to announce that it has a new Chinese Language collection, made possible by a generous donation from Westfield resident Jin Chen and Lei Zhou. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

Housed on the second floor outside the Reference Office, the collection currently consists of 125 books that reflect current and classic Fiction, Mystery and Non-Fiction titles. Fiction includes some of the best-selling authors in China, such as Yan Geling and Mo Yan. The collection also includes books on Chinese history, politics, medicine, and biography, plus popular titles such as Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, as well as the Game of Thrones trilogy by George R.R. Martin.

According to Mr. Chen, the drive to start a Chinese language collection is due to the efforts of his son William, a Westfield High School senior. In addition to spearheading this effort, he and Kelly Jiang, a junior at the Union County Magnet High School; Albert Chen, a Westfield High School junior; and Cindy Qian, a Westfield High School sophomore, recently raised $218 to further the collection at a weekend gathering held at Tamaques Park.

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Head of Adult Services Jen Schulze commented that the library will offer a large collection of various Chinese Language ebooks as well, in the near future to satisfy those devoted to their e-readers and iPads. They’ll have similar themes such as Fiction and Mystery, cooking and health.

Jill Ji, co-founder of the Spring Academy in Garwood, also gave a $500 check to Board of Trustees President Douglas Stokes to help the library expand the collection. The Spring Academy is a new school in Garwood that offers a 50% Montessori and 50% Chinese immersion program to children 2 ½ to 6 years old.

Library Director Phil Israel said, “We are pleased to be able to expand the library’s collection to meet a need in the community that we could not have otherwise addressed. We look forward to working with Mr. Chen and Mr. Zhou to help maintain and grow the collection.”

Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and closed on Sunday until September 21.

For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”

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