Sunday, March 1: Celebrate 20 Years in Our New Building!

February 26, 2020 // Filed under Blog

Twenty years ago on February 27, 2000, the doors of the new Bernardsville Public Library building opened to community residents for the first time. On Sunday, March 1 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, we will celebrate 20 years of serving the community with an open house. There will be an ice sculptor, music, remarks by local dignitaries, and refreshments. Photographs taken by Middle School students will be on view in the Community Room, and mementos of Bernardsville Library history will be displayed in the foyer cases. Everyone in the community is invited! It’s free and no sign-up is needed.

Over the course of these twenty years, there have been over 3 million visitors to the library—checking out books, audiobooks (once cassettes, now CDs and Playaways), videos (once videotapes, now DVDs), going to programs for children and for adults, getting answers to reference questions, and much more. Circulation numbers for adults are approaching 2 million items and, for children, 1.5 million! There have been more than 21,000 library programs catering to all ages from birth on up, and 800,000 reference questions have been answered.

Library services have evolved over the decades to meet the needs of the community and keep up with technological innovations. The building has also become a community center, used in times of crisis such as Super Storm Sandy, as a bi-annual polling place, and for much needed meeting space for outside groups.

“Bernardsville’s investment in the library building has paid off,” said Alexandria Arnold, the library’s Executive Director, “We take pride in serving Bernardsville residents and look forward to welcoming everyone on March 1st.”

For more information, call the library, located at 1 Anderson Hill Road, at 908-766-0118.


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