ROSELLE – The New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) has handed two awards to the Roselle Public Library: recognizing the library’s successful outreach campaign to the community and for an ongoing program designed to teach young students how to use the library as a resource.
The Roselle Public Library joined the Princeton Public Library and the Piscataway Public Library as the only three New Jersey libraries to win multiple awards from the NJLA.
Roselle Mayor Jamel C. Holley praised the Roselle Public Library and its board of trustees for elevating the library’s presence over the last several years “to the point where it’s regarded as a top-notch institution not only in Roselle, but statewide.
“These awards recognize what we already know in Roselle,” Holley added. “The Roselle Public Library has established an award-winning tradition and we couldn’t be prouder to do what we can to support it.”
The library received the NJLA’s Public Relations Award for Best Program Announcement for its summer reading and program brochure and the Amy Job Partnership Award for collaboration between a public library and a school.
The Amy Job Partnership Award is a result of an ongoing program with the Kindergarten Success Academy in which each of the 10 Kindergarten classes visited the library every other week for stories and library education, according to Roselle 4th Ward Councilwoman Kim Shaw, who serves as the Council’s library liaison.
“This program gives children —who might otherwise not have access to a library—a chance to learn about and experience our library,” Shaw said, crediting KSA Principal Dr. Nathan Fisher and Children’s Library associate Marita Parham for making the program possible.
The library will receive $200 for this award and will use it to further the KSA program, according to Library Director Tammy Lee.
“Being recognized by the NJLA is an endorsement of the work we do for this library and for the Roselle community,” Lee said. “To be recognized with such esteemed company is a great honor,” she added.
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