|Volume 10 Number 3, Fall 1999|
|In This Issue: Friends of The Newark Public Library||
Our "Year of the Branch" celebration began on a joyful note with the announcement that we had received a $500,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
At the same time, we have begun yet another branch revitalization project. Following North End, Van Buren, Springfield, and Weequahic, the Vailsburg branch will undergo complete renovation and expansion. Nearly $5,000,000 in City funds has been invested in this renovation project since 1989. With a temporary site already selected (see related story on page six), vital library services continue to the Vailsburg residents. When the transformed branch reopens, every ward of the City will have a state-of-the-art community library.
Two other major programs helped us to launch further the "Year of the Branch."
The Springfield branch hosted a "Shaq Gives Back" program on August 12 to celebrate the publication of NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal's book, Shaq and the Beanstalk and Other Very Tall Tales. The program included a garden dedication ceremony honoring retired branch librarian Lewis V. Graves, who died in 1998. Then on August 27, the Van Buren branch held a "Celebrity Read" program with New Jersey Nets star forward Keith Van Horn.
Our branch activities continued when we opened two more NEON (NEwark ONline) centers at North End and Van Buren. Together with the one at the Main Library, the NEON centers provide the computers and classes to ensure our patrons-especially Newark's youth-will have free and convenient access to electronic information.
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