Township of Monroe

The Mayor's Column

A Library Worth Reading About in Monroe Township

May 01, 2018

By Mayor Gerald W. Tamburro

When was the last time you visited the Monroe Township Library? If it’s been awhile, I urge you to seek out the crown jewel of our Township.

By far, our greatest asset at the library is our staff, a group of incredibly attentive, bright and educated individuals, who continue to push the envelope with their diversity in programming.

One of those staff members, Assistant Director Leah Wagner, is so highly regarded that she was recently elected president of the New Jersey Library Association. Beginning this summer, she will represent our Township around the State at conferences and through legislative advocacy, continuing education and other duties required by the post.

While our library maintains traditional quiet spaces, it’s more recently evolved into a bustling social hub of seniors, students, young children and families.

There’s a little something for everyone, including a wonderful selection of programming for adults, some of which, I’m happy to report, is specifically geared toward seniors.

Their ongoing tech express program is helping patrons navigate computers, laptops, smartphones and other electronic devices by offering one-on-one assistance with online features like social media, email, search engines, software, ebooks and even resumes and applications.

The library’s museum pass program provides free entrance to 20 of the region’s most popular attractions, whether you’re looking to visit Jenkinson’s Aquarium, the Guggenheim or Battleship New Jersey.

With a constant rotation of guest speakers, musical performances and displays, you can saunter through their spacious location any day of the week and discover a new point of interest or a hobby.

But if by chance, you can’t make it out to our library, I’ve got great news: they’ll bring their services to you.

Our library employees routinely make the rounds at our senior communities, organizing and leading presentations and discussions on historical topics and current events at many of your clubhouses.

You may have also caught a glimpse of our bookmobile, a mobile library that regularly frequents off-site locations like Gables Plaza, the Chelsea at Forsgate and the first-aid building on Monmouth Road, among dozens of other destinations.

With the at-home program, our staff also makes door-to-door deliveries to residents who, for medical reasons, are unable to access their services, allowing patrons to exchange and request materials every three weeks. 

In recent months, they’ve also launched a mail-in service, by which you can have them mail material to your residence, an amenity paid for by their extremely supportive fundraising arm, Friends of the Library.

But don’t take my word for it.  Stop in to see for yourself all the happenings at our library during their operating hours. You may also call 732-521-5000 or visit their website at www.monroetwplibrary.org.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

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