NEWARK, NJ - An exhibition exploring the Newark Public Library and Newark Museum's past will kick off Jan. 15 to celebrate the historic anniversaries of each institution.

The Newark Public was founded 130 years ago and the Newark Museum was established 110 years ago. The library's second director, John Cotton Dana, became the first director of the museum, so the two institutions have always had close ties.

The opening reception for the exhibit, "Promoting Books and Objects: Empowering Newarkers," will feature speakers, including Newark Public Library Board of Trustees President Timothy Crist and former Newark Museum curator, Ulysses Grant Dietz.

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The opening reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Centennial Hall in Newark Public Library's main branch. The exhibit will be on display until Aug. 31.

Additionally, the library will be holding a separate grand opening celebration for the new James Brown African American Room on Jan. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. Those interested should RSVP by Jan. 14 online.

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