NUTLEY, NJ - The Board of Trustees of the Nutley Public Library met Tues. June 23, one day after the library started their version of "curbside pick-up." The meeting was held via teleconference due to the ongoing global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The meeting lasted less than 45 minutes.
Curbside pick-up at the library began June 22. Patrons order books online, via email, or over the phone, then pick up the books in person. At this time only books that are in Nutley are available for pick-up. Before the COVID-19 shutdown, patrons were able to order books from any library in the BCCLS system. Interim Director Kirin Patel, a 32-year employee of the library, reported that 374 items were picked up on Monday. Patel stressed that all patrons must wear a mask for pick-up, she also stated that returned books are quarantined for three days upon return to halt the potential spread of the virus.
Patel stepped into the Interim Director position after the passing of Maria Labadia. The search for a permanent director will not even begin until later this year.
The Nutley Public Library, originally founded more than a century ago as one of the Carnegie libraries, was expended in the late 1980's. At that time the current HVAC system was installed. A part of the expansion included the skylights over the newer portions of the facility.
In recent years, the aging skylights began to leak. The HVAC system has had some serious issues as well. Bidding on the skylights is expected to go out soon, with the bids being returned by July 15. A resolution to repair the skylights was recently passed by the Township of Nutley Board of Commissioners. The board of trustees hope to get the bids in the $300,000 range.
Library Board President Anthony Iannarone spoke about his goal of adding an extension to the library. The new construction, which would be on the town hall side of the building, would include a performance space. Iannarone stated the plans were for a 200-seat space.
Nutley Mayor Mauro Tucci spoke about the growing theater and performance groups in the Department of Parks and Recreation. Tucci envisioned a larger space, perhaps 500 seats. He added that those discussions are on the "back burner" because of COVID-19 and the uncertainly about jobs among township residents. Iannarone added that the library is applying for grants related to library projects.
At the close of the meeting, Iannarone thanks Tucci for his support of the skylight project.
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