MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Public Library is a space filled floor-to-ceiling with books, magazines and newspapers and enough technology to help build for the future. Saturday morning, a group associated with the library invited residents in to see just what their library card could unlock.
The program was put on by the Friends of the Millburn Library, a group dedicated to helping stretch the budget the library can spend by providing extra funding for programs, or bringing in events of their own.
All the money that the friends make from fundraising goes directly back into library programming, either programming that the group does themselves, or giving extra funds to library programming.
One of the many shows that was offered thanks to the friends this year was That Physics Show, which showed kids how easy it was to learn about science at home.
This year, the friends are celebrating their 40th anniversary, and decided to put on a slate of events, including the open house.
Speaking with TAPinto, group vice-president Dorothy Kelly, who is also in charge of the annual book sale, said that the friends jumped at the chance to showcase all the library had to offer.
"We thought it was a fantastic opportunity to highlight some of the services offered by the library that people might not know about," Kelly said. "The 3D printer, the iPads that you can check out, and really to get to know the library [and] meet the people behind the scenes. So the board fo trustees is here and the friends [as well]."
"We've planned a whole series of special events to mark the occasion. It's pretty great that the friends have been around for 40 years. [It's] also good to let people know what the friends do. There's sometimes confusion about what do the friends do versus what does the library do."
Kelly also ran down a couple of the yearly activities and events the friends help fund, including the summer reading program. "A lot fo the things that people like about the library, we've actually contributed to," she said.
One of the residents out and about enjoying the open house was Kate Breeden. The Short Hills resident was at the event with her children and said she and her children enjoyed it immensely.
"I think it's great," Breeden said. "I think it's a wonderful opportunity to be more involved, and give them exposure to [the] library, which is a great resource in town, and also meet the people that make it happen. I think they have wonderful things here for the kids to participate in, and it's a good way to get them engaged early."