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Second Century Header Volume 9 Number 1, Winter 1998

In This Issue:

The Director's Journal

Library reopens Van Buren Branch

Treasures of the Library

Library Celebrates African-American History Month

New reading machine aids visually impaired

Sticks and Stones

Mary Higgins Clark chairs A.G.C.

Library renews and expands "Club Success"

Library continues poetry series

Friends schedule Dana Lecture

Friends set dates for 1998 Book Sale

Rutgers Students Offer Free Tax Return Help




Library receives $150,000 NEH Challenge Grant

The Newark Public Library received one of only eight challenge grants awarded to public libraries last December by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Washington, D.C.

In order to receive the funds, the Library must match the $150,000 award by the ratio of 2 to 1—by $300,000. We will then establish an Endowment for Public Humanities Programming with the sum of these funds. The interest (approximately $26,000 annually) from this fund will provide a solid foundation of support for the Library’s humanities-based programs, such as African-American History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month.

Additionally, the NEH Challenge Grant will enable the development of major collaborative humanities projects with other cultural organizations.

However, the Library’s Endowment for Public Humanities Programming will be void of funds if we do not raise the necessary $300,000 as our part of the “challenge.” To provide your valuable support, call the Development Department at (973) 733-7793.


Victoria Foundation bestows $100,000 for Public Access Technology Center

The Victoria Foundation again has shown its generosity to the Library by providing $100,000 to help create a new Public Access TechnologyPTC 2 Center, which will be housed across from the existing Public Technology Center on the third floor of the Main Library.

The new room—actually two rooms in one—is scheduled to open in the Fall. It will accommodate twenty-four computer workstations: twelve with on-line access to the modern world of electronic information (the Internet), and twelve dedicated to word processing, spread sheets, desktop publishing, etc. The present Public Technology Center will then be used exclusively for training.

To open the new dual-purpose room, the Library requires an additional $30,000. Your support will be invaluable.

The Second Century is published by the Development Department of The Newark Public Library, Dr. Alex Boyd, Library Director, and the Board of Trustees: Harold Lucas, President; Hilda Rosario, Vice President; Albert Coutinho, Secretary; Mark A. Santangelo, Treasurer; State District Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Beverly Hall, Marion A. Bolden, Alternate; Mayor Sharpe James, Philip LiVecchi, Alternate; Trish Morris-Yamba; Dr. Clement Alexander Price; Betty S. Rufalo.

Sharpe James, Mayor, City of Newark

Donald Bradley, South Ward, City Council President

Newark Municipal Council
George Branch, Central Ward
Anthony Carrino, North Ward
Gayle Chaneyfield, At-Large
Mildred C. Crump, At-Large
Henry Martinez, East Ward
Luis A. Quintana, At-Large
Ronald L. Rice, West Ward
Donald Tucker, At-Large
Editorial, J. Dennis Papp
Design and Production by Jenkins Graphics
Printed by Coordinated Graphics, Inc.

Copyright ©1998 The Newark Public Library

Address all correspondence to:
The Second Century
The Newark Public Library
5 Washington Street
P.O. Box 630
Newark, New Jersey 07101-0630
Telephone: (973)733-7793
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