RED BANK, NJ: The Red Bank Public Library received a grant of $150k from the State that was part of a $87.4 million spending bill approved last Monday, November 16.

The grants are designated to be used for construction costs and requires the borough to cover 50 percent of the cost, or $75,000.

“Thrilled, elated, ecstatic sums up how the Library Board, Staff, and our Foundation felt when we heard we were one of 38 libraries awarded the NJ Construction Bond Funding.

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This news isn't just great for the Red Bank Public Library and our community, but also for the N.J. Library Community overall!” said Eleni Glykis, Director of the Library.

“We are grateful to the Borough of Red Bank, Melani Filosa, our grant writer, Ed O'Neill, and Jill Reit from S.O.M.E., Architects, The Foundation of the Red Bank Public Library, Library Board, and the library staff for all of their support and assistance throughout the application process.  

It was indeed a team effort! As the State required a 1:1 match of project funds, the Library would also like to acknowledge the Iliad Fund, the Eisner Foundation, and a group of local donors for their generous support."

Glykis went on to say that, "The Library sought $150K from the New Jersey Library Construction Bond to complete an overall $300K A.D.A. rehabilitation project to address the existing infrastructure that inhibits it from being a barrier-free building, limiting the Library's ability to service all Borough residents.  

The project will include upgrading the main entrance and renovating the current bathrooms to be more A.D.A. accessible and upgrading the existing elevator to better meet increased demand and usage. These enhancements to our building will ensure that the Library continues to be the dynamic force that meets our diverse and vibrant community's ever-changing needs.”

"To ask why we need libraries at all, when there is so much information available elsewhere, is about as sensible as asking if road maps are necessary now that there are so very many roads."  Jon Bing 

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