The Friends of the Alfred H. Baumann Library (FAB) and Library staff recently unveiled plans to renovate and expand the facility on Brophy Lane. Plans are available at the Library on Brophy Lane for viewing.
FAB and Library administration have been working over the last number of years to bank and raise funds so that the Library will be able to apply for grant funds that are expected to be available this summer.
On Election Day 2017, voters approved the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act Public Question #1, which will allow the state to issue $125 million in bonds. Under the bill, for any approved project financed by bond proceeds, the grant award will provide a 1:1 match on library construction projects.
The demand for community space for programs and meetings is high at the Library, and without dedicated space for these purposes, it is not able to effectively meet the community’s needs with its current building. The current square footage is 7,740 square feet. The addition will be just under 10,000 square feet.
“The plans were developed as a result of our strategic plan, a building needs assessment, and input from our residents through focus groups, interviews, and feedback from patrons coming into the library, combined with the expertise of our architects, Coppa and Montalbano, and our library consultant, James Hecht,” said Mrs. Hoffman.
The Library expansion includes a community room that can be divided, conference room, quiet area, computer lab, STEM area, a teen room, expanded children’s room, cafe/coffee and an outdoor amphitheater.
“Our library is not only circulating a large amount of materials, we also continue to receive requests for more programming than we are already hosting for the community,” Hoffman said. “Should we be fortunate to be a recipient of the NJ Library Construction Bond Act grant, we will be able to bring our project to fruition and bring our library building into the 21st Century.”