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

Update:Breaking news! Governor Christie signed the NJ Construction Bond Act into law today.

It has been more than fifteen years since there has been a program for capital construction in New Jersey’s public libraries. Library buildings need to meet the evolving needs of our communities. The New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act (A222/S2171) authorizes $125,000,000 in general obligation bonds to finance capital projects in public libraries.  With the bill being signed into law it now moves on to the voters in November.

Northjersey.com Article: Ethel Johnson, a force behind Harrington Park's library, turns 98

A leading advocate for the borough's public library — and its archivist — is reaching a milestone today. 

Ethel Johnson, who was among the organizers of the Harrington Park Public Library when it became a municipally funded library in 1989, turns 98. 


Read more: http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/2017/07/25/ethel-johnson-force-behind-harrington-parks-library-turns-98/504399001/

ALA applauds FY2017 budget increase for IMLS, calls on library supporters to defend federal library funding in FY2018 budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday congressional negotiators reached agreement on a bill to fund the U.S. government through September. The “omnibus” bill included $231 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services – a $1 million increase over FY2016. American Library Association President Julie Todaro released the following statement:

South Brunswick's longest serving mayor dies after decades of public service

"Mayor Gambatese was an active member of the South Brunswick Library Board of Trustees and  a strong advocate for public library services.  He will be remembered for his wisdom, care and concern for others, his support for SBPL and his many efforts towards making our township a better place." Chris Carbone, Director, South Brunswick Public Library.

Robert Balentine dies; served Park Ridge schools, library

Robert Balentine’s dedication to Park Ridge continued after he retired in 1991 as schools superintendent. He turned his focus to the public library and led the effort to get it reopened after a massive storm left 40 inches of floodwater and ruined much of the collection.

Read the full obituary here: http://www.northjersey.com/story/obituaries/2017/01/09/robert-balentine-...

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/).


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