SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood Public Library closed for renovations last week. It reopened on Monday, sporting a new look. Gone were the majority of the traditional four seat tables, replaced with two seat tables allowing for more open space areas. The computers moved to the front and the children's section relocated to the other side of the library in order to provide kids and parents a larger area for books, puzzles and more.

"We are pleased with how it came out," Spotswood Library Director C.L. Quillen said. "We can't believe how much space we have now."

Quillen explained the children's section will see a few more additions in the upcoming weeks to "jazz it up,"  including two computers while the couch will certainly make its return after being upholstered. She noted the larger tables took up a lot of space and people tended not to take a seat even if only one person occupied a four person table. However, she was quick to add that patrons were welcome to push the small tables together if need be. With the larger children's section, the library would now have the option of brining certain kid-centered events outside of the meeting room and into the main library.

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The Spotswood Public Library celebrated the new look this week by kicking off their annual summer reading campaign with a family-friendly craft and a showing of the blockbuster hit, "Paddington 2." This year's theme is "Libraries Rock." Parents can find additional information about the library's summer reading program online. Weekly prizes will be awarded for top readers as well as raffles. The library has a full calendar of events on tap for kids this summer. Registration for the events can be done online, in person at the library's circulation desk or by telephoning the library at 732-251-1515.

The library's hours are:

  • Mondays - 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
  • Tuesdays - 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • Wednesdays - 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
  • Thursdays - 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.
  • Fridays - 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.
  • Saturdays - 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The Spotswood Public Library is closed on summertime Saturdays. For a complete list of upcoming library events and programs, visit the library's website.