Clark Library Launches 50th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign

CLARK – The Clark Public Library is undertaking a fundraising campaign in honor of its 50 year celebration.

Library Director Patricia Anderson commented, “While the Township of Clark funds the library for its operating costs, there are capital expenses and growing technological needs that place upward pressure on an already constrained budget. We are undertaking a significant fund raising task in order to continue the many fine programs and services enjoyed by preschoolers, teens, adults, seniors and business people.”


Monies raised will be used to provide children’s programs and services, purchase books and audio-visual materials and to upgrade the library’s computers and servers. All gifts are tax deductible and checks should be made out to Township of Clark – Library 50th Anniversary. Checks may be mailed to or dropped off at the library.

Formed by referendum in 1961, the Clark Public Library has grown exponentially from its small storefront location on Lincoln Boulevard. It moved to its current location in 1966. The collection, which started with less than 600 books, now holds over 100,000 titles and multimedia. Today, the library has meeting room facilities with wi-fi access, study rooms, a computer training lab, and a dedicated teen area. The library is valued by the community, as witnessed by 126,000 patron visits in 2010.

Plans are underway for a celebration of the library’s 50 year milestone on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. Further details will be available in September and the public is welcome to attend. The Clark Public Library is located at 303 Westfield Avenue, Clark. For additional details about the library, call 1-732-388-5999 or visit

Bill Duffy, chairperson of the 50th Anniversary Committee, examines the celebration banner in the Clark Public Library. (Photo courtesy of the library)

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