Tag Archives: New Jersey

Community Libraries Serve as “Shelters” Following Hurricane Irene

Patch – “As communities through New Jersey cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, many public libraries opened Monday morning or as soon as they could open their doors to become a “port in the storm” for local residents. Libraries across the state report more visitors than usual and others mentioned “we are seeing new faces who are not regular library visitors”. With many homes and local business without electricity, telephone, cable and Internet connections, the town public library is packed with people young and old using library computers, library Wi Fi capability and charging up devices such as cell phones, laptops, iPads and more. Some people have even shown up to plug in electric razors or curling irons”

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North Jersey libraries feeling a pinch

NorthJersey.com – “Public library officials say many expansion projects in coming years may be put off because it will be difficult to accumulate savings under the impact of a fiscal-austerity law affecting library budgets. Governor Christie last year signed a law that compels library boards to return money to the municipal general fund if it is above 20 percent of the operating expenditures and not earmarked for construction or renovations. Unless libraries have a formal strategic plan in place, the law prevents them from putting away money just in the expectation that capital programs will some day be needed, said Patricia Tumulty, executive director of the New Jersey Library Association.”

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Money woes force closure of NJ city’s main library

AP – “The latest blow to the downtrodden city of Camden, N.J., is the closure of its downtown branch of the public library. The main branch of the Camden Free Public Library is closing its doors Thursday. It’s a victim of the same budget crisis that resulted in layoffs last month of nearly 400 city government employees, including almost half the police department and one-third of the firefighters.”

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Lead paint leads to complaint against Orange library

NJ Star Ledger – “Orange officials have known for decades that the city’s public library, the oldest in Essex County, has lead paint on its walls. But a complaint that the paint is disintegrating moved the city to inspect the building and threaten the library with closure. In a letter Wednesday, Orange health inspector Vincent DeFilippo said he received a call about lead paint on the building’s walls. The letter, addressed to the library’s executive director Doris Walker, said that he found areas of defective paint, and if they are not abated within two weeks he may shut down the building.”

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Funding Controversies in NJ

Asbury Park Press – Libraries fighting legislation to give surpluses back to towns they’re in

Thanks Uncle Larry!

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Lotsa Money

NYT – “A booming real estate market, combined with a 120-year-old state law that allocates a fixed portion of local taxes to libraries, has created a surplus that has reached into the millions of dollars for some libraries in towns on the Jersey Shore.”

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