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Library announces Saturday hours for all branches
|Library announces Saturday hours for all branches
It had been nearly a decade since Branch Libraries in Newark were open on Saturdays. That changed at an April 2nd press conference, when The Prudential Foundation presented a $180,000 grant to the Library, which will enable the staffing and proper operation of the branches (from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.). In addition, The Newark Public Schools announced a $230,000 commitment to provide curriculum-related books and special events to help the students meet new core curriculum requirements that include library skills.
"The branch libraries," Mayor Sharpe James said, "are an important part of the City's ongoing commitment to neighborhood and family investment. We have dedicated significant municipal resources to build safe havens for our children and young people," he added, "so that they have alternatives to the streets, and the opportunity to learn and grow in a positive environment."
Harold Lucas, President of the Library's Board of Trustees, said, "This partnership between the public and private sectors makes the Library a true educational resource even on weekends."
"Access to information is crucial to the educational success of our children," said Dr. Beverly L. Hall, State District Superintendent. "The availability of Newark's public libraries on Saturdays allows our students to take full advantage of additional resources."
Gabriella Morris Coleman, President of The Prudential Foundation, said, "Helping children learn is a significant focus of the Prudential Foundation. Our grant to The Newark Public Library is an important investment in expanding the educational horizons of Newark's youth."
Dr. Alex Boyd, Library Director, mentioned the "Saturday-hours" project includes the availability of computers and technological resources. He emphasized that the "computer resources at the branches are available only because the City previously appropriated $1,000,000 in capital funds."
With the addition of Saturday hours, the branches' new schedule of operation is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 9:30am to 5:30pm; Wednesday, from 1:00pm to 8:00pm; Saturday, from 9:30am to 1:30pm.
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
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