BAYONNE, NJ - The Bayonne Public Library may be closed, but COVID-19 is not going to stifle JP Porcaro’s love of reading, or, more importantly, bringing his love of sharing literature with the residents he serves.

Bayonne’s library director for the past two years, Porcaro told TAPinto Bayonne that as the realization set in that their doors would be locked to the community his first focus went to determining “how are we going to continue serving everyone?”

In addition to encouraging residents to visit their digital library, Porcaro is also taking to Facebook Live at 11:00 a.m. each weekday to read a book. At 4:00 p.m. Librarian Melody is also reading from a book she selects with approval from its author.

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“We are all stuck at home together,” Porcaro said when asked how he was making his choice of reading material. “These are books that more than one person can enjoy, something for us to do together that isn’t watching TV.”

While the first book read was Charlotte’s Web, a longtime favorite of Porcaro’s, and one that he recalled brought tears to the eyes of everyone in a reading group at his former job with the Belleville Library, this week he is working through the award winning "The Tale of Despereaux."

“Reading pushes us to interact with our feelings in a way that is engaging,” something other mediums that just feed us information can’t, Porcaro said. “Reading makes us think more precisely about the world around us.”

On Monday Porcaro’s reading garnered 1,000 views, a number that he hopes to surpass as he continues to bring books to life through the Bayonne Public Library’s Facebook page.

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