My Newark Story - Newark Public Library

My Newark Story


Digital Collection

The Newark Public Library received a generous grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to digitize a portion of its historical materials. Most collections are already available in our digital archive @ Scroll down for written lesson plans and educational resources.

About My Newark Story

The Newark Public Library received a generous grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to digitize a portion of its historical materials which document the Great Migration and Latino Immigration experience into Newark, NJ. The project, which concluded on July 31, 2018, promoted learning and outreach to children throughout Newark.


Baseball group, Woodland Avenue School, April 1951. Mr. Peter Rizzolo, Physical Education Instructor. Source: Newark Board of Education Photographs, Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center.

GirlReadingThe Library digitized collections from the Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center and the New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center. Many of these materials are available in our digital archive.

As part of this project, the Newark Public Library promoted family literacy initiatives. The Library produced and organized:

    • school visits
    • a professional development day for educators
    • traveling exhibits
    • a free activity booklet to be distributed to students in grades 3-8. Schools and organizations, please email to arrange a pickup. While supplies last.
    • Community History Days.

Literacy Resources

My Newark Story Activity Book

Lesson Plans

My Newark Story Curriculum

Book List


Traveling Exhibits

Online Materials from NPL

  • a book list for children about the migration experience

Interpretive displays produced by teachers and librarians based on historical materials from our archives.

  1. The Great Migration   |   accompanying handout   |   lesson plan
  2. Edible History: How Latin American Food Changed the World   |   accompanying handout   |   lesson plan
  3. Kenneth A. Gibson: Newark’s First African American Mayor   |   accompanying handout    |   lesson planactivities (4)
  4. Latinos Then & Now

Online Materials from NPL

The Newark Public Library Digital Collection includes Articles, Photos, Documents, Maps & More, over 50 collections with thousands of items. Here are some other materials the library has digitized.