Bayonne Library Wins Grant for Acquisitions from Anti-Trust Settlement

Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that the Bayonne Free Public Library was awarded $1,100 from the Bristol-Myers-Squibb Anti-Trust Settlement Grant. The funds came from the New Jersey State Library, which was selected to administer awards to New Jersey public libraries using monies from the 2008 “State of New Jersey vs. Bristol-Myers-Squibb Company” anti-trust settlement grant program. Bristol-Myers-Squibb is a large, New Jersey-based pharmaceutical firm. The state filed a case against the company over some of its business practices.
Libraries must use the funds from the settlement in specific ways that were established by the settlement of the case. According to the State Library, “The terms of the settlement require that each library receiving a grant purchase books or other durable materials relating to ovarian cancer, breast cancer, Kaposi’s Sarcoma, and non-small-cell lung cancer.”
The Bayonne Free Public Library used the grant to purchase the newest books on diagnosis, treatment, and a greater understanding of ovarian, breast, non-small-cell lung cancer, and Kaposi’s Sarcoma. Utilizing the grant funds, the library has acquired twenty-six books that deal with cancer and closely related topics. The new acquisitions include a cookbook, nutrition and fitness plan for patients, and a DVD entitled “Breast Cancer: Path to Wellness.” Mayor Smith said, “I would like to commend the library for taking the initiative to obtain this grant. The new books and other educational items covered by the grant will be very helpful to cancer patients and their families.”

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