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"We are pleased to announce that the township has agreed to not cut the library funding.  The library and Board of Trustees appreciate their support and their valuation of the services the library provides the residents."

Friends of the Library President Maggie Serpico Releases Statement on Proposed Budget Cuts

 

 

 

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Contact:
Maggie Serpico
President
Friends of Piscataway Public Library

The Friends of the Piscataway Library were alarmed to learn about the library budget reductions laid out by the Mayor and Township Administrator. Three years of successive budget reductions, to a total of approximately $351,000, will have a major negative impact on Library services to the Piscataway community.

We, the Friends of the Library, are proud of our role in supporting the Piscataway Public Library, and many of the services included in the recently published Impact Report. Based on this report and our own experience we firmly believe the Piscataway Public Library provides critical services in our community and should be supported as such.

We believe the Piscataway Public Library provides our culturally and economically diverse community with services only available free of charge at our library. We have been moved by the success stories told by graduates of the English as a Second Language and Citizenship classes. We have heard from parents about how they value the Library’s early literacy and STEM programs, and Homework Club. We know our community’s job seekers and small business members rely on computer classes, access to public computers, high speed Internet and wifi access, business databases and our dedicated and highly respected information librarians.

We look forward to having a discussion with the Mayor and Township Council regarding these severe budget cuts which threaten the future of our Piscataway Public Library and the quality of life in our community.

Top 10 Reasons NOT to Cut Piscataway Library's Budget

  1. Access to a free and safe community and educational center that welcomes ALL members of the Piscataway Township community
  2. Computers and Internet access for community members seeking jobs or applying for unemployment -- most basic level jobs require online applications -- as well as technology training for seniors and job seekers

  3. Storytimes for children that introduce the joys of reading and provide the foundation for early literacy and reading readiness
  4. Knowledgeable homework help for students whose parents can’t afford tutors or don’t have adequate Internet access at home
  5. Hands-on tools and opportunities in our makerspace for STEM education for children and skills training for job seekers
  6. Popular Summer Reading Program incentives for young readers to practice essential literacy skills while schools are out of session
  7. Print and ebooks for avid readers who can’t afford to purchase reading and informational materials
  8. A safe space for teens to work on homework assignments and participate with community programs and projects through services like the Teen Advisory Board
  9. Opportunities for new immigrants working hard to learn the English language, find jobs, become citizens and connect with others in their community
  10. Services to homebound residents so that they can continue to have access to reading and educational materials, as well as friendly faces, keeping them engaged with their community

All for FREE at Piscataway Public Library!

Big Bargains to be Found at Library Book Stores

The Friends of the Library Book Store in Kennedy Library is filled with books, music CDs and DVDs for kids, teens, and adults. Most items in the store are priced at a dollar or 50 cents. On display in front of the store are items that are like new, ranging in price from $2 to $25. Each month different subjects are highlighted in the store. Books for children and teens , adult fiction, biographies, and classics are always in the store as are books on self-help, religion, and parenting. There is also a mini-store in Westergard Library, featuring the best of the books donated at that location.  Kennedy Library is at 500 Hoes Lane in Piscataway and Westergard Library is off Stelton Road at 20 Murray Avenue. The stores are open during library hours.  For more information, please call 732-463-1633 or 732-752-1166.

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