NEW JERSEY: Newark Public Library celebrates 125 Years of Innovation and Service

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    Newark Public Library

    The Newark Public Library is celebrating 125 years of innovation and service with an exhibit by Special Collections Librarian, Nadine Sergejeff. On view through August 30, 2014, “The Newark Public Library: 125 Years of Innovation and Service” documents the Library’s history, services and modernization while emphasizing a tradition of embracing every opportunity to serve Newark’s citizens.

    The event will take place at the Second Floor Gallery, at 5 Washington Street, Newark.

    The public is invited to join the celebration on Monday evening, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, to view the exhibit and enjoy the Main Library after hours during an informal reception. Reservations are encouraged at rsvp@npl.org or (973) 733-7793.

    In 1887, the citizens of Newark overwhelmingly approved by referendum the establishment of a free public library. The Newark Public Library opened in 1889 on West Park Street with a collection of 10,000 books. The cornerstone of the now landmark Main Library on Washington Park was laid in 1899 and the building was dedicated two years later. Today, the Main Library and its seven branch libraries stand as community anchors throughout the city.