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Public library trustees have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the quality of life of their communities. Now more than ever before, New Jersey's public libraries rely on the wisdom, insights, diligence, and influence of their trustees. This site is designed to provide information and resources to guide trustees in their work as they promote the strength and stability of their libraries and as they advocate for support at all levels of government.

New Jersey Library Trustee Updates

Library Construction Bond Act Resources

The New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act provides $125,000,000 for construction and renovation projects throughout the state of New Jersey if the voters approve it on the ballot on November 7. The program will be a 1:1 match of state and local dollars. The goals of the bond act are to upgrade public library facilities to meet community needs and to strengthen New Jersey’s economy by creating job opportunities for New Jersey businesses.

This funding will:

Draft Resolution and Letters of Support for Library Boards Supporting School Libraries and Library Capital Construction

NJLA has created templates for a model resolutions for Public Library Board to pass in support of school library programs (https://njla.org/sites/default/files/NJLA-School-Library-Resolution.docx) in New Jersey and letters of support for the New Jersey Library Capital Construction Bond Bill (http://njlibrariesbuildcommunities.org/how-you-can-help/).

New Jersey Library Advocates Headed to D.C.

 New Jersey Library advocates participate in American Library Association's Legislative Day May 3 in Washington, DC.  Supporters met with the staffs of  the entire New Jersey Congressional delegation.   Pictured left to right are: Josh Sanders, aide to Senator Robert Menendez; Peggy Cadigan, NJ State Library; Marcos Vargas, Secretary, Belleville Library Board of Trustees; Mary Chute, NJ State Librarian; Janet Clark, president, NJ Association of School Librarians; Adam Szczepaniak, NJ State Library;  and Esney Sharpe, board member of the New Jersey Library Trustee Association.
New Jersey Library advocates participate in American Library Association's Legislative Day May 3 in Washington, DC.  Supporters met with the staffs of  the entire New Jersey Congressional delegation.   Pictured left to right are: Josh Sanders, aide to Senator Robert Menendez; Peggy Cadigan, NJ State Library; Marcos Vargas, Secretary, Belleville Library Board of Trustees; Mary Chute, NJ State Librarian; Janet Clark, president, NJ Association of School Librarians; Adam Szczepaniak, NJ State Library;  and Esney Sharpe, board member of the New Jersey Library Trustee Association.

 

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