WOODLAND PARK, NJ - New Jersey libraries have not had program for capital construction in 15 years.
The Alfred Baumann Public Library is working to educate residents and ask them to contact their legislators to support the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act. The legislation would provide $125,000,000 in general obligation bonds to finance capital projects in state libraries.
“Our library has not had a major renovation since it was built in 1979," noted library director Linda Hoffman. "Libraries have changed significantly, they are used for more than just books. They are the heart of the community and serve people of all ages. We add substantial value to the community and are an integral part of elevating the quality of life by providing quality services, materials, and programs. However, we have maximized our available space and the facility is outdated."
The demand for technology, programming, meeting, and quiet space has grown substantially over the last decade, she added, but the current size and configuration of the building is not able to facilitate the demand.
"Passage of this legislation would afford us the opportunity to bring our library building to the 21st century standard that our residents deserve," Hoffman said.
In addition, passage would add jobs to the economy and benefit countless libraries throughout the state.
Information about this legislation and how to contact your legislators is available at the library and on the library’s website at http://www.abwplibrary.org/. There, a form is available to easily contact local representatives Sen Kevin O'Toole and Assemblymen David Russo and Kevin Rooney.