Township of Monroe

The Mayor's Column

Monroe Township Library

October 01, 2016


By Mayor Gerald W. Tamburro

The Library is often referred as the “Crown Jewel” of Monroe Township. With over 1,400 visitors a day, it is a very busy and desirous destination within our Township.


Very recently we devoted a segment of the Mayor Tamburro Show on Channel 28 to filming an in-person walk through in the Library.  Library Director, Irene Goldberg and I stopped at various sections within the Library, talking to staff about its numerous  services and we ending our tour at the drive-thru window.  It was very informative.


I was impressed with the extent of one-on-one help that staff members offer residents with their technology devices, as well as the variety of art work regularly displayed in the Gallery.  I was advised that the library has partnered with the Woman’s Club of Stonebridge and the Community Center to offer homework help to our young people at the Community Center after school several days a week.


In a 43 sq. mile community, the Library cannot fully serve the residents without going out to those whom find it difficult to come into the building.


To that end, the Library offers a diverse number of outreach services.  The Bookmobile (a new vehicle purchased a year ago,) carries books, media, and serves as a wireless hotspot, traveling over the entire community.  It can be seen at annual Municipal events such as National Night Out, the Green Fair and Octoberfest. Over 2,500 books are circulated each month to over 400 residents from the Bookmobile.


Other outreach services include homebound delivery for those who need door to door service, lobby stops for the Senior Communities and books by mail.


The webpage provides access to all kinds of on-line services.  With a Library card there is no “closed” sign on the Library services through the webpage.


There are book returns at the Community Center and a new one recently placed outside the Senior Center.  Residents may include dropping off their materials as they travel about the Township.


Furthermore, the Library offers its patrons free museum passes thanks to a program sponsored by the Friends of the Monroe Township Library. Passes are available for the Academy of Natural Sciences, Battleship New Jersey, Frick Collection, Grounds for Sculpture, Guggenheim Museum, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Jenkinson’s Aquarium and much more. Reservations for the passes are done at the circulation desk.  

The residents of Monroe Township are very proud of our “top-shelf” Library.

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