"I am most pleased to summarize my visit to your school library
on Thursday, September 28, 1989. I share the pleasure and
satisfaction you have derived from the commendable measures
taken by your new librarian, Jerry Blumengarten, to make the
library a focal point in the process of providing quality
education." The complete renovation of the book shelves
and the reference section; the excellent periodical section; the
health careers and paperback sections; the author of the month
display--all combine to make your library a revitalized resource
unit for student-centered learning activities."
Director of Language Arts and Libraries)
"I want to tell you how impressed I was with the fine job you
are doing with the library facility at I.S. 218. Your
exceptional program was like an oasis in a desert."
(NYS Education Department Associate
You have made an outstanding effort in creating
an environment that stimulates and encourages students use of
our library. We are indeed fortunate in having you as our
librarian. You exemplify the epitome of both a librarian
and educator as you serve as a model for our students and
(Principal JRK 6/25/90)
"Once again you are to be commended for your
initiative and efforts in making our library facility an
outstanding resource and in developing an exemplary library
program. The last "District Library Conference" was held
at our school in order for your colleagues to observe a "Master
Librarian" in action. Accolades for your efforts are
appropriate once again."
Plaque "We dedicate this to Jerry Blumengarten
from the library squad: Sharlene, Kecha, Leyla, Amos, Yasmin
1989-91 In deep gratitude for our generosity, caring & endless
confidence in us."
"Our library, or should I say your library, is an
area to be proud of, I also look forward to bringing parents,
district office staff and any outside agency working with the
school, into the library - just to show it off. You've
done a remarkable job: and I'm sure the students who use the
library in the morning, at lunch time or with their teachers are
also pleased that your library, an oasis for learning and
researching, is part of I.S. 218."
"Your cooperation enabled the participants at the
Parent Workshop Conflict Resolution and Funded Math Teachers
Math Conference to benefit from the sessions. Additionally, many
positive comments were made by both pedagogues and parents
concerning not only the attractive appearance of the library,
but also the vast array of books and materials available to your
(School District Director of Mathematics 4/24/92)
"Allowing our students the opportunity to use the
library during their lunch period is just a small indication of
your devotion to, and interest in, the welfare of our children."
(Asst. Principal BB 6/25/92)
"It was a pleasure to let all the principals of
the District, as well as district office staff, hold a meeting
in your library. As you know from past requests, it has
become a showcase, not only for meetings held there, but for our
students - who are fortunate to have a librarian that is so
creative and so supportive of I.S. 218."
(Principal RA 10/5/92)
"As you already know, your library is a showcase
for our school - as most parents have already mentioned to me."
(Principal RA 10/22/93)
"Thank you so much for hosting our Middle School
Librarians meeting in your library. We are very grateful to you
for allowing us to have the pleasure of experience a library
that is being used for just what a library is intended to do.
Your library is conducive to reading, relaxing, concentrating
and getting away from the "hum-drum" of life itself. I am
extremely happy to see how well your library is being utilized,
not only by the children of I.S. 218, but also by the staff,
parents, principal and visitors."
(Director of CA/SS & Libraries 12/13/93)
"I am really impressed with your creative
activites in the library; and the fact that you are really
extending yourself to making it conducive for the youngsters to
enjoy reading, (even to want to visit the library), and
to be made comfortable and welcome. Your newsletter is
very professional and exceptional. It is obvious that you enjoy
your work. That is a characteristic that is lacking in so
many professionals who work with inner city youngsters; and it
is a very vital characteristic. You are a prolific
(Director of Communication Arts & Libraries 9/23/94)
"Your library is a showcase for all who visit and
wish to use it. Students have the best resources available in
order to complete their assignments. Your "special touch"
has made me very proud every time I bring a group of parents
into the library. As you know, many district meetings take
place there, and it is to your credit that our supervisors and
administrators consistently call me and ask to use our library
for their meetings."
(Principal RA 06/12/95)
"An amazing piece of work! Should be a model for
all other schools." The launch of school library website.
(Principal RA - 4/11/99)
"Library is a model for the district."
(Director of Challenge Programs 1/3/2000)
"Your most important work is with children.
The program you provide on a daily basis is exemplary and a
model for all other libraries in our district." (Principal RA 7/10/2000)
"In addition, Cybraryman, Jerry Blumengarten,
from 218 has supplied us with a number of websites that you and
your students may find useful."
(Executive Asst to the Superintendent 3/8/01)
"A simple thank you isn't sufficient to express
my deep appreciation for being the person you are; but that
simple message will have to suffice - for I know that I will
never find another "cybrarian" that would even come close to
fulfilling your job description."
Principal RA - 6/20/01)
"I think it is really nice of you to put up my
pictures and a big sign after I became The Heavyweight Champion
of the World, in my honor."
Riddick Bowe 9/6/03)