WEST ORANGE, NJ - During the public comment part of last Tuesday night's West Orange Township Council meeting, both David Cubie, library director, and Gerald Sweeney, president of the Friends of the West Orange Public Library, urged people to support the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act when they vote on Nov. 7.

The act provides $125,000 for construction and renovation projects for libraries throughout the state. The program offers a one-to-one match of state and local dollars.

According to Sweeney, the funding will finance help the West Orange Public Library do much needed repairs, renovate the facility and provide technology upgrades.

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“We need voters to support this bond act, which give us the additional dollars we need to finance projects that will greatly improve our library. The West Orange Library is a tremendous resource for all our citizens. You can research anything you want there. We have to keep its facility up-to-date,” said Sweeney.

Sweeney thanked the Oak Barrel Bar & Restaurant on Main Street for agreeing to hold the all-day fundraiser for the Friends of the West Orange Public Library that took place Thursday. The restaurant is donating 15 percent of all lunch and dinner purchases to the Friends.

The next council meeting will be Nov. 21.