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Glassboro Library to Celebrate 50th Anniversary Open House will offer Entertainment and Fun Activities

(Woodbury, NJ) - The Glassboro Public Library, a branch of the Gloucester County Library System (GCLS) will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an Open House on Sunday, April 2nd from 2 PM to 4 PM. Visitors will enjoy musical performances, children’s crafts and face-painting. Refreshments will be served. The musical performances will be led by Glassboro High School students and the craft projects will be offered by members of Rowan University's Elementary Education Club.

“We invite everyone to join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Glassboro Public Library,” said Freeholder Director Sweeney. “The Glassboro Library has grown from being located in the Borough’s Public Works Building in 1956 to the second busiest branch of our library system today. Not only does the Glassboro Library offer a wealth of educational and entertaining materials to our children and families, it is a resource in the community with deep roots,” said Sweeney.

In 1956, the Glassboro Public Library was founded by the Glassboro Women's Club with $2,000 seed money from the borough. Mrs. William Shaw, president of the club, was a leader in this effort. Glassboro State College helped to furnish the library, which was originally located in the borough's Public Works Building on South Main Street. The first president of the Glassboro Library Association was Frank Jones and the first librarian was William J. LeKernice.

In the following years, the Woman's Club continued to support the library. In 1963, with the assistance of the First National Bank of Glassboro, which donated $16,000 for mortgage payments, the library moved to the corner of High and Center streets. The Junior Woman's Club turned the basement of the building into a children's reading room. In October 1970, Nadine Newcomb became the first full-time Glassboro librarian. In 1978, under the leadership of Mayor William Dalton, the library moved to its present location, 2 Center Street, a converted Acme Market.

In 1996 the Glassboro Library became a branch of the Gloucester County Library System and was refurbished by the borough. Over the last ten years, the Glassboro Public Library Branch has emerged under its manager, Carol Wolf, as the second busiest branch of the system, after Mullica Hill. It circulates approximately 100,000 volumes each year.

The library houses 40,500 books, videos, CDs and other items. In addition, the library provides children's programs, Internet access, and a place for the public to meet.

“As a lifelong resident of Glassboro I am proud to celebrate the anniversary of an institution that was important to me and my family and friends while I was growing up, and that the same Library has been important to my children and their friends as they have been growing up,” said Freeholder Joseph A. Brigandi Jr. “It is a wonderful place in our community that we are all grateful for it and will honor its 50 years of excellence at the celebration,” Brigandi said.

Freeholder Bill Krebs, liaison to the GCLS, said that the Glassboro Libraries’ 50th anniversary celebration will coincide with National Library Week, April 2nd to April 8th.

“The Gloucester County Library System is truly one of the finest in New Jersey. We have five outstanding branches and two association libraries that offer excellent services and programs to our residents,” said Freeholder Krebs. “I encourage everyone to come out on April 2nd to celebrate the anniversary of the Glassboro Library and to join in celebrating National Library Week. A visit to your library is always worth the trip,” said Krebs.

Freeholder Krebs said that as part of National Library Week, the Gloucester County Libraries will be hosting the following programs and events:

• Saturday, April 1 at 11am - The South Jersey Kite Flyers Club will teach children of all ages how to make a kite at the Glassboro branch located at 2 Center Street in Glassboro.

• Sunday, April 2nd 2-4pm – 50th Anniversary Celebration Open House at the Glassboro Library. Visitors will enjoy musical performances, children’s crafts and face-painting. Refreshments will be served.

• Sunday, April 2nd at 2pm - A special showing of a Harry Potter movie at the Mullica Hill branch located at Route 45 and Wolfert Station Road.

• Tuesday, April 4th at 6:30pm - Fairy Tale Castle Theater presents a puppet show for all ages at the Mullica Hill branch located at Route 45 and Wolfert Station Road. Space is limited and advance registration is required. To register call the Children's Department at 223-6029.

• Wednesday, April 5 at 6:30pm - Children of all ages are invited to create their own special bookmark for National Library Week at the Greenwich Township branch located at 411 Swedesboro Road, Gibbstown.

• Friday, April 7th at 10am - Children's author appearance at the Mullica Hill branch located at Route 45 and Wolfert Station Road. Dr. Morty Sosland, author of the series "The Can Do Duck", will read from his books. Copies of the books will be available for purchase.

For more information about the Gloucester County Library System visit or visit one of the five branches:

2 Center Street, Glassboro, NJ 08028
Phone: 856-881-0001

411 Swedesboro Road, Gibbstown, NJ 08027
Phone: 856-423-0684

498 Beckett Road, Logan Twp. NJ 08085
Phone: 856-241-0202

Mullica Hill
389 Wolfert Station Road, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
Phone: 856-223-6000

1442 Kings Highway, Swedesboro, NJ 08085
Phone: 856-467-0111

The Gloucester County Library System also has two independent association libraries:

East Greenwich
535 Kings Highway, PO Box 26
Mickleton, NJ 08056
Phone: 856-423-1149

115 Catawba Avenue, Newfield, New Jersey 08344
Phone: 856-697-0415