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Volume 10 Number 3, Fall 1999

In This Issue:

Library receives $500,000 Carnegie grant

The Director’s Journal

NBA Stars Shine at the Branches

Treasures of the Library

Hispanic Heritage celebration

Library holds theater symposium and exhibition

Vailsburg renovations under way

Library celebrates Italian experience in Newark with an exhibition

Library hosts "Calliope" project

Mascot naming-contest winner announced

Friends of The Newark Public Library

Library receives $500,000 Carnegie grant

The Newark Public Library has received a $500,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Its purpose is to improve library service to the 86,000 residents of Newark who are between the ages five and nineteen. "We could not have received such a grant at a more opportune time," said Dr. Alex Boyd, Library Director. "It comes just as we begin our 'Year of the Branch' celebration."

Grant funds will support two programs. The first, the Community Health Information Project, is now a significant source of vital health information for the City's adolescents at four of the Library's branches. With the infusion of grant funds, it will be extended to all ten branches. The second program, the All-Branch Collection Development Project, will strengthen our holdings in poetry, literary criticism, biographies, mathematics, science, career development and technology.

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

This year's award marks the centennial of Andrew Carnegie's gifts to help establish public libraries in more than 1,350 communities across America.

Thomas H. Kean, Board Chairman of the Carnegie Corporation and a former Governor of New Jersey, 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."

Thomas H. Kean, Carnegie Corporation Board Chairman.

Vartan Gregorian, the Corporation's President, observed that "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."

Vivian D. Hewitt, former librarian of Carnegie Corporation; Vartan Gregorian, Carnegie Corporation President; Dr. Alex Boyd, Library Director.

The Second Century is published by the Development Department of The Newark Public Library, Dr. Alex Boyd, Library Director, and the Board of Trustees: Alberto Coutinho, President; Betty S. Rufalo, Vice President; Trish Morris-Yamba, Secretary; Joseph Yeadon, Treasurer; State District Superintendent of Schools, Marion A. Bolden, Doris Culver, Alternate; Mayor Sharpe James, Dolores Henry Metz, Alternate; Felix Cruz, Dr. Clement Alexander Price, Frank Salsano.

Sharpe James, Mayor, City of Newark

Donald Bradley, South Ward, City Council President

Sharpe James, Mayor, City of Newark

Donald Bradley, South Ward, City Council President

Newark Municipal Council
Augusto Amador, East Ward
Cory Booker, Central Ward
Mamie Bridgeforth, West Ward
Anthony Carrino, North Ward
Gayle H. Chaneyfield-Jenkins, At-Large
Luis A. Quintana, At-Large
Donald Tucker, At-Large
Bessie Walker, At-Large

Editorial, J. Dennis Papp
Design and Production by Jenkins Graphics
Printed by Coordinated Graphics, Inc.

Copyright ©1999 The Newark Public Library

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