Friends Letter to the Editor at Madison Eagle

In support of the NJ Library Construction Bond Act, the Friends sent a letter to the Editor at the Madison Eagle.

Read our Letter to the Editor HERE.

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NJ Library Construction Bond Act

Election Day is Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

VOTE ‘YES’

 A referendum on the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act will be on the November 7 ballot.

It will provide…

  • $125 million to NJ Public libraries for construction and renovation
  • matching 1:1 grants of state and local dollars and not dependent solely on local property taxes.
  • improvements, updates and ADA upgrades
  • expansion and creation of community spaces.
  • additional technology
  • creation of construction jobs & economic development

Question #1 on the ballot is about NJ Public Libraries.

Wording on the ballot: Do you approve the “New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act”? This bond act authorizes the State to issue bonds in the aggregate principal amount of $125 million. The proceeds of the bonds will be used to provide grants to public libraries. The grants will be used to build, equip, and expand public libraries to increase capacity to serve the public.

Interpretive Statement: Approval of this bond act will allow the State to sell $125 million in State general obligation bonds. Proceeds from the bonds will be used to provide grants to construct, expand, and equip public libraries. Municipalities or counties that fund public libraries will match the grant amount. The municipality or county may solicit private funding to support its match. The State Librarian, in consultation with the President of Thomas Edison State University, will set eligibility criteria for the grants.

For the text of the bill: NJ Library Construction Bond Act

Madison Rotary Awards Grant to Friends

The Friends wish to thank the Madison Rotary for awarding them a grant of $1000 that will be matched by the Friends. The grant funds will be used to purchase 12 Sphero SPRK+ educational robots. These waterproof and shockproof robots can be programmed to roll, flip, spin, and change colors. Robotics classes will be held at the library with these durable, app-controlled robots. Since the robots are programmed for different skill levels, classes will cater to different ages and abilities. They will tie directly into STEAM education as patrons learn how to manipulate the robots through drawing, using building blocks or a coding language on the app. The robots will eventually be added to the planned Makerspace.

Bottle Hill Day in Madison

The Friends of the Madison Public Library hosted a booth at Bottle Hill Day in Madison on October 1st. Our Community Outreach Chair, Peggy Oakes sends a big thank you to the many board members and library staff who helped volunteer to staff the table. The rain held off and many people stopped by the booth to learn more about what the library has to offer. The Friends held a raffle for a gift certificate to the local independent book shop in Madison, Short Stories Community Book Hub. It was a great day! Thank you to all for supporting the Madison Public Library!