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Library receives $500,000 Carnegie Corporation grant
Press Release 6/24/99

The Newark Public Library has received a $500,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The funds will be used for the library’s "Branch 2000" project to enhance and expand system-wide collections and services. The project targets Newark’s 86,000 children and youth, ages five to nineteen, through two programs: the Community Health Information Project and the All-Branch Collection Development Project. The former program is a significant source of vital health information for the city’s adolescents and will be expanded from four to ten branches. The latter will upgrade the library’s collections of basic materials—poetry, literary criticism, biographies—and strengthen its holdings in math, science, career development and technology.

"It is important to enhance the collections and services we offer Newark’s children," explained Dr. Alex Boyd, director of The Newark Public Library, "since they are our future."

Twenty-five public libraries nationwide are sharing in the $15 million award from the Carnegie Corporation. The Newark Public Library was the only one selected from New Jersey.

Thomas H. Kean, board chairman of the Carnegie Corporation and former New Jersey governor, said: "The aim of this initiative is to highlight the central role of America’s public libraries in preparing young people, adults, and newcomers for a new century in which knowledge and creative thinking will be the basis for individual advancement."

This year’s $15 million award marks the centennial period of Andrew Carnegie’s gifts to establish public libraries in New York City and more than 1,350 other communities across America. According to Vartan Gregorian, the Corporation’s president, "no search engine can replace the library, or the librarian, whose role is to distill the best, to separate fact from fiction, to provide a structure for knowledge and learning."

The grant period begins officially on July 1, at which time the library will begin ordering books and scheduling health programs.


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