M. Jerry Weiss Center

M. Jerry Weiss Center

Getting Connected

New Jersey City University dedicated the M. Jerry Weiss Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature in honor of Dr. M. Jerry Weiss, Distinguished Service Professor of Communications, Emeritus at NJCU. Dr. Weiss is a nationally recognized expert in the field of children’s and adolescent literature and a pioneer in the field of Whole Language. The Center was dedicated and officially opened on October 5, 2006.

The M. Jerry Weiss Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature houses recently published books from a number of publishers. Members of the NJCU community, as well as local teachers and community members, are encouraged to visit the Center and are invited to browse and review the latest children's and young adult books. We also lend these latest titles to any member of the University community (including alumni) as well as educators/librarians and donors. 

The administrative office of the Center, housing the majority of our collection, is located in room 103 of NJCU’s Grossnickle Hall. The collection also includes books in the juvenile materials of NJCU's library which, once reviewed, move from the administrative office to the 3rd floor of the Guarini Library. Books which are part of the collection are designated with a book plate indicating that the materials have been donated as part of the collection. There is also a large collection of autograph copies donated to Jerry and the University by the authors in the special materials collection of the Guarini Library. To see the variety of materials available click HERE and under the drop down menu for "Location," click "Weiss Autograph Books."


Publisher Affiliates 

  • Lucy del Priore, Macmillan  
  • Beth Eller, Bloomsbury USA/ Walker Books for Young Readers 
  • Michelle Fadlalla, Simon & Schuster  
  • Lizette Serrano, Scholastic


  • Peter Maloney  
  • Walter Dean Myers  
  • Eileen Spinelli  
  • Jerry Spinelli  
  • Felicia Zekauskas

Community Partners 

  • Shalonda Archibald, MA '09, Parent 
  • Maria diTullio-Cerino, New Jersey Reading Association, Liaison for NJ Education Association 
  • Dennis Dittrich, MFA, President, Society of Illustrators  
  • Peter Donnelly, Ed.D., Former Member of Jersey City Board of Education  
  • Kevin McCarthy, Teacher, Glenfield Middle School, Montclair Board of Education; co-founder Magic for Muggles Harry Potter Camp  
  • Sally Roessler, High School Library Media Specialist, Kearny Public Schools; Liaison for NJ Education Association of School Librarians  
  • Maria Schantz, Liaison for New Jersey Council of Teachers of English  
  • Bernadette Scott, Literacy Coach, Avon School, Newark Public Schools  
  • Joan Serafin, President, New Jersey Reading Association 
  • Robert Stein, English Teacher, Dickinson High School, Jersey City Board of Education 
  • George Swanson, Director, Lakeview Learning Center

New Jersey City University 

  • Emily Berges, Retired Professor of English, NJCU 
  • Brian Kelley, BA '02, MA '08 
  • Irma Maini, Ph.D., Professor of English  
  • Mary McGriff, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Literacy Education  
  • Mihri Napoliello, Ed.D., Professor of Multicultural Education  
  • Ella Rue, MFA, Assistant to the Dean of the William J. Maxwell College of Arts and Science  
  • Rita Tesler, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of English, NJCU

Allan De Fina, Ph.D., Dean of the Deborah Cannon Patridge Wolfe College of Education


  • T. A. Barron, Author
  • Peter Incardone, MA, Retired Assistant Professor, Department of Literacy Education 
  • Frances Levin, Ed.D., Academic Director, New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey;
  • Associate Professor, Department of Literacy Education 
  • Lisa Winkler, NJCU Alum


New Jersey City University
Grossnickle Hall, Room 103


Monday-Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Evening hours available by request
Closed on major holidays*


Ms. Lynn Zisa, Acting Director
Ms. Jeanine Joyce, Administrative Assistant

*Please note that if the M. Jerry Weiss Center is closed, books which are part of the collection may be found in the Juvenile Collection on the 3rd Floor of the Guarini Library. The Center will be closed during hours of Weiss Center events, but will be open prior to and after (where applicable) events.