RANDOLPH, NJ- On Saturday, Sept. 20 a small ceremony was held at Randolph Library to celebrate and cut the ribbon on a new room. Mayor Jim Loveys was present to cut the ribbon unveiling the new 2000 square foot meeting room, a welcome addition to the library.
Libray Director Anita Freeman thanked everyone for coming. Town Manager Stephen Mountain and some members of the town council were present as councilman Christine Carey spoke about the many stages and phases the library has been through over the years. According to Carey, “Last year there were 140,000 visits to the library. It has redefined itself in the community, now offering books on tape, computers, Wi-Fi and a teen zone.”
The need for more space came as the library changed into more of a Community Center, offering so much more adult and children's programming. The non-fiction area now also offers a quiet refuge for residents, featuring a soothing running waterfall wall.
Before Mayor Jim Loveys cut the ribbon to unveil the new rooms, he thanked architect Tina Vaska for her vision in creating the new meeting and programs room, and thanked everyone for being there.
Vaska said, "I am thrilled to support the library and glad that it is thriving and growing.” Vaska was involved years ago when a new library being built was not approved. It took three years from inception for the design work of this addition.
Also present to celebrate were the ever-popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Disney’s “Frozen” beloved Elsa. Smiling kids took pictures with their idols and then had something to eat.
Library Director Anita Freeman said that the community has grown and the needs are different. People flocked to the library during Hurricane Sandy, and now that the library has a permanent generator, they are also prepared for a larger crowd. “People needed to be comfortable in here.”
The new space can be reserved ahead of time for meetings such as Girl scouts and Soccer Clubs, 150 chairs can fit. No food is allowed. It will also be used for the Sunday Concert series.
For more information the Randolph library can accessed via its' website..http://www.randolphnj.org/library