LIVINGSTON, NJ — Celebrating 100 years of the Livingston Public Library and wishing it the best of luck in the next 100 years, Livingston Mayor Shawn Klein and members of the township council presented the library board with a proclamation at Monday’s public council meeting.

According to Klein, the library hosted 273,143 visits in 2016, currently services 23,018 cardholders and lent 458,876 items in 2016, including e-books, e-audio and so on.

“I think our library is just outstanding and I’m very excited to be a new member of the library board this year,” said Klein, who presented an official proclamation “turning the page on the next hundred years of the Livingston library.”

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The library was incorporated in 1916 as a result of six local women who formed the “Alpha Club,” a social and literary club that also planned cultural events, undertook civic projects and eventually started a lending club. Their materials formed the original collection of the Livingston Public Library, which was accepted by the township in 1931.

“On behalf of the library board, I want to thank the mayor and council,” said library director Amy Babcock Landry. “We’re very pleased to continue on in the history of the Alpha Club and we’re extraordinarily grateful for the funding provided to us by the township, which makes us able to achieve these accomplishments.”

The long-term vision of the library is to build on 100 years of achievements and focus on a future where it is at the heart of community life. Holding true to its mission to serve as a place where “reading, learning and ideas converge to transform lives,” the library hopes to continue to foster community engagement, connect people with ideas and each other, and make Livingston a better place to live and work.

The library board was also recognized last week by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders with an official commendation sponsored by Livingston resident and At-Large Freeholder Patricia Sebold. (See story HERE.)