Perth Amboy Receives Funding To Support Library Renovation

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PERTH AMBOY — The Middlesex County Sustainable Economic Growth Improvement Fund will provide $100,000 to support the renovation of the Perth Amboy Public Library, Mayor Wilda Diaz and the Library Board of Trustees announced.

The funding was requested in order to support the library’s restoration – specifically energy efficient window replacement. This includes the replacement of the monumental front windows. This façade update will improve energy efficiency by reducing heating costs. The new windows will improve conditions for public reading spaces such as reducing glare and improving acoustic conditions.

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Library rehabilitation efforts will proceed this spring with the replacement of the library roof, which will be completed with financial support from Perth Amboy’s Community Development Block Grant funding and with 2009 funding from Middlesex County’s Board of Chosen Freeholders. The additional support for the windows will allow that work to be completed concurrently or shortly thereafter.

“Rehabilitating the library has been a long-time dream of mine and many others in the community. This is the first step in realizing our goal,” Diaz.

The entire Perth Amboy community embraced the library fundraising efforts and raised over $50,000 in 2010 from a variety of sources and events. The Library Board of Trustees, the Celebrate Perth Amboy: Save Our Carnegies Library Committee, corporate donations, personal contributions, and school fundraisers all participated in this effort. If you would like to make a donation to the library restoration project, contact Library Director Patricia Gandy at 1-732-826-2600.

The Perth Amboy Carnegie Library is one the three remaining original Carnegie Libraries still in use since its opening in 1903. On Dec. 9, 1903, the building, the first in New Jersey to be the beneficiary of Carnegie’s generosity, was opened to the public.


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