UNION, NJ – The launch of Union Public Library’s Children’s Lab took place Tuesday evening with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

“We are very pleased and proud to have this new resource available to the children in our community,” said Library Director Karen O’Malley.  “This computer lab not only gives our children access to up to date computers and software, it also provides a space for them to work collaboratively.”

O’Malley said the new computers also provide an opportunity for children to participate in coding and gaming workshops.  “We’ve already offered one coding workshop for tweens,” said O’Malley, “and we’re looking forward this summer to offering coding camps.”

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The computers were purchased with funds provided by a Union County Freeholder Children’s Grant.  O’Malley said the library was awarded over $7,700 last August.  Freeholder Vernell Wright, Township of Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas, Deputy Mayor Joseph Florio, Committeeman Manuel Figueiredo, Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan, and Library Board members were on hand to celebrate the ribbon cutting.

O’Malley specifically thanked Troop 68 Eagle Scout Eric Kapner.  Kapner’s Eagle Scout project included fundraising for the computer tables, painting the children’s lab area, moving furniture, and assembling the desks. 

“I’m just glad that together we could make something to help people,” said Kapner.  He said he selected this undertaking for his Eagle Scout project because “I always went to the library when I was a kid, and I wanted to give back to a place that’s given to me.”