Piscataway Public Library
“We can certainly see how much work went into the making of ’When It Happened.’ The party had good food, friendly people, interesting and informative talks, and a great complimentary book. What’s not to love!”
Piscataway Public Library collected stories from Piscataway residents about what it was like to live in the community during major historical events, including 9/11, the Great Recession, the founding of Black Lives Matter, the passing of same-sex marriage legislation by the Supreme Court, the COVID-19 pandemic, and Hurricane Ida. Team members created a website and form for community members to contribute vignettes of their experiences. In September 2022, selected contributions were published in a book titled When It Happened: Piscataway Reflects on Global Events, which was distributed at various sites around town and remains available to be checked out at both library branches. The culmination of the project was a Book Launch party at the library.