HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ --  The Free Public Library of Hasbrouck Heights unveiled a plaque dedicated to the library’s centennial celebration and the fundraising campaign, Saturday afternoon in the Large Conference Room on the second floor.

“I can’t tell you how pleased I am to see everybody, knowing that you took the time and the effort to be here today,” said former Mayor Rose Heck, a Board of Trustee member. “That gives us the opportunity to thank you so much for participating in the centennial celebration.”

“It’s people like you that help provide new equipment for the children, and adults,” said Marlene Verrastro, Board of Trustee. “I want to thank you all for your generosity, and for always being there for us at the library.”

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“Your support has been absolutely invaluable for this library and to this community,” said Mimi Hui, Library Director. “This past year it was a labor of love for every dollar that was donated.”

According to Hui, the library and Friends of the Hasbrouck Heights Library raised over 43 thousand dollars, which has gone to purchase 10 hot spots for the library to lend out to the community. She said a survey found that people were interested in borrowing hot spots.

“We are one of the few libraries in Bergen County that will be lending out to our community, hot spots,” said Hui.

In addition, Hui will be proposing to the Board the purchase of new laptops, Chromebooks and MacBooks, to replace the 15 laptops that are 10 years old, and coding classes.

“We want partner up with the community to benefit everyone, it’s not just students, but the lifelong learner,” she said.

“This library is really the heart and hub of the community and it’s a give back,” said Hui “I thought this was such a perfect time where we have to be very thankful for all the things that have been given to this library. You’re the special gift that is year-round.”

Certificates of appreciation were also given in recognition to those who had donated during the campaign.

Looking ahead: the annual meeting of the Friends of the Hasbrouck Heights Library will be Saturday, January 5, 10am, on the second floor of the library



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