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RARITAN TOWNSHIP – Thanks to money from the state, the Hunterdon County Library will be embarking on an $1.94 million project to upgrade the main library branch on Route 12.
The project will include adding public meeting rooms, a technology-oriented training lab/makers space, small group study areas and a designated quiet study area, and the installation of LED energy efficient lighting, without increasing the building’s footprint.
“We are excited to have this opportunity to make improvements to our Headquarters Library to benefit our residents,” Library Director James Keehbler said. “Our grant proposal was guided by the extensive feedback collected from community focus groups and a public survey.”
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The project will allow the library to implement its long-term plans.
“The improvements will enable the library to follow through on the goals of the recently released Strategic Plan to be a welcoming and engaging center for the community,” Keehbler said.
The project’s estimated cost is $1.94 million which includes a $980,000 state grant and a $340,000 philanthropic donation. The county is providing the balance of the funding through capital ordinances approved over the past two years.
The state money comes from a referendum approved in 2017 and provides grants for the construction, reconstruction, development, extension, improvement and furnishing of public libraries.
According to Freeholder Zach Rich, Hunterdon was among only 38 of the 130 applications by libraries statewide were selected for the funding.
“Congratulations to the library commission and Library Director James Keehbler and his staff for their work in gaining inclusion on the funding list,” Rich said.
State Sen. Kip Bateman (R-Somerset) sponsored the legislation that appropriated the funds.
“Public libraries are the cornerstones of communities across our state,” Bateman said. “This is an investment in the towns, cities and counties that will help educate children, train workers for new careers, provide crucial access to technology, and provide patrons with the opportunity to enjoy temporary respite within the pages of a good book.”
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