Going on to found Jersey City Free Books has not been as pleasant as a diagnosis of death by Rabies.

Success isn’t to be expected for every effort, and that’s especially true for the first step on a new path. That certainly was so for Anthony Olszewski and animal rescue. When only in the third grade, he witnessed a bat being knocked off the side of a house by water from a hose. Young Anthony tried to save the bat. Sad to relate, the story did not have a happy ending for the winged mammal — and almost the same for its would-be helper. The bat quickly died of Rabies, but not before delivering a solid nip to a finger.

The boy got sent to Isolation at the old Jersey City Medical Center where — allergic to the vaccine — he experienced episodes of shock. His parents were told to expect him to die.
In the hospital, he used the bouts of near coma as opportunities for naps. He spent most of the rest of the time watching TV and drinking malteds. Perhaps the deep rest and relaxation was what enabled him to cheat death.

Going on to found Jersey City Free Books has not been as pleasant as a diagnosis of death by Rabies. Painful damage to the cartilage of a shoulder resulted from over-use injury caused by lifting heavy boxes. And too much of each and every day is spent worrying about getting the money to pay the bills . . .

Jersey City Free Books needs your help NOW! It’s quick and convenient to click on the Donate button at the Web Site. If everyone seeing this contributed ONE DOLLAR a month,staying afloat would not be a big question mark. Jersey City Free Books needs your help right NOW so that we can continue to serve seniors, students, the unemployed, working families and the entire community. Support reading. Support Jersey City Free Books.

Donate at the Jersey City Free Books GoFundMe Page.

Jersey City Free Books is a community organization that provides something to read without charge, obligation, registration or indoctrination. Everyone is welcome to take any number of books for their reasonable, personal use. Many books are available.

Jersey City Free Books at 297 Griffith St. The current schedule is at the Web Site:

Jersey City Free Books is very happy to get old black and white photos — snapshots.

Do you have household items, small appliances or anything else still in the box that you’re never going to use? Please consider donating these items to Jersey City Free Books. We urgently need to raise funds. Anything that we can sell or use as a promotion for crowdfunding will be GREATLY appreciated!
Jersey City Free Books can also use these items:
* Picnic and card tables
* Metal shelves similar to the ones now in the shop.
* Clear plastic storage containers with lids
* Gigabyte switches
* Computers, cell phones or tablets less than four years old
(Either working or non-working — Secure removal and erasure of data is performed on all devices.)

Audio or video on CD or DVD is great. Vinyl records are OK, too. Tapes, we can’t take.

We currently can’t accept any more Mysteries, Thrillers, Romances or Self-help titles. Text books or computer books over three years old can’t be used by current students.
Jersey City Free Books can use donations of solid recent fiction and non-fiction, including text books less than three years old. Literary classics are always welcome. Children’s titles and books of all types in languages other than English are great, too.

Because of Jersey City Free Books, not having money doesn’t stop people from reading. A wide-distribution magazine recently listed us as a tourist destination! In addition to the local community, we’ve provided books for a school in the Philippines, a shelter in Camden, a mission in Africa and a student film in New York City. Jersey City Free Books is eager to assist local charities by providing quantities of books.

Anthony Olszewski -- Jersey City Free Books