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In NJ, little libraries with big results

“Resting on a post near the sidewalk on Tuxedo Road in Montclair is a miniature house, cobbled together from a wine crate, leftover construction shingles and other scrap materials. Behind the glass door are about 20 books of various genres arranged on a shelf. This is the Little Free Library, something of a community spot for meeting and reading, where no library card is needed and no late fees are charged. “It’s a very eclectic mix and it’s all community-driven,” says the library’s steward, Jon Bonesteel, of his revolving catalog. “Oftentimes, I’ll come home to find bags of books on my front porch that I can then cycle through the library, and they tend to go. It’s nice to see the turnover of the books.” (via NJ.com)

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Judge: Bloomfield library violated records law

“The Bloomfield Public Library violated New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act when it failed to produce documents pertaining to overdue materials, Superior Court Judge Edith K. Payne ruled on Jan. 13. In July 2013, Bloomfield Life requested documents specifically regarding the library board’s 11 trustees at the time. They included Board President Sharon McIver, Jeremiah Larkin Jr., Louis Acocella, Mary Todaro, Susan Carter, Kathleen Hughes, Rosemary Vetrano, Patricia Pelikan, Raymond McCarthy, Ted Ehrenburg and Nicholas Dotoli. Pelikan, McCarthy and Dotoli are no longer on the board.” (via NorthJersey.com)

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NJ State Library and LibraryLinkNJ Partner to Launch Makerspace Projects Statewide

“The New Jersey State Library and LibraryLinkNJ, the New Jersey Library Cooperative, have partnered to launch “New Jersey Library Makerspaces – The Leading Edge,” an initiative that combines equipment with community-driven innovation, and provides library patrons with the tools and space to collaborate to design and build manufactured work.The project will subsidize 15 Makerspaces at public, school and academic libraries statewide, and will offer creative laboratories where NJ residents can access equipment and information that they wouldn’t otherwise have access to. Users will be able to share resources and knowledge, collaborate on projects, network and build things.” (via The New Jersey State Library)

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Paterson council balks at health benefits for part-time library workers

“The proposed contract with the city’s library staff would provide health benefits to part-time employees who work a minimum of 20 hours. That provision has caught the attention of some City Council members who say they disagree with the proposal, arguing it would not be fair to other part-time municipal workers who do not get health benefits. “I feel that’s out of the ordinary,” said Councilman Julio Tavarez. “I don’t think theyshould be spending that money that way.” (via NorthJersey.com)

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In ongoing legal feud, Raritan library employees sue borough over salary increases

“At first glance, there may not appear to be much controversy about the decision: municipal officials approving a resolution setting salaries for the town’s library employees. But the town is Raritan Borough, and the resolution approved last week comes amid an ongoing legal feud between borough leaders and the library staff.” (via NJ.com)

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