PISCATAWAY, NJ - Township residents of various ages and backgrounds told their stories of how they settled in the township during ‘Piscataway Stories’, a celebration of Piscataway’s rich and diverse history.
Saturday’s interactive event at the Kennedy Library was the culminating project of summer intern, Darshni Patel.
Patel, who graduated from Piscataway High School in June plans to attend college in Washington, DC in the fall. She said she is passionate about local history, portraiture, and capturing the untold stories of the community.
“One of my goals was to make the history room of the library more inclusive because it seemed to stop at a certain point in time,” said Patel about the project that was developed through funding from the Public Library Association’s Inclusive Internship Initiative Grant.
During the event participants shared poems, dance performances, and stories about why Piscataway is special to them.
An exhibit of local artists’ works along with selected photographs of Piscataway's families and community, past and present were also featured, as children made multicultural crafts, learning more about other customs.
“This is part of an initiative to create a local history collection at the library that is representative of all members of our community,” said Joy Robinson, Adult Services Librarian who helped mentor Patel through the project’s development.
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