The New Jersey State Library is pleased to announce that the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act passed on Tuesday, November 7th, providing $125 million for a variety of construction, renovation and improvement projects designed to equip libraries to serve their 21st century customers.
The passing of the Library Construction Bond Act would not have been possible without the contributions of our General Assembly, Senate and statewide organization supporters, residents who advocated on behalf of New Jersey public libraries and voted in favor of this bond issue, and the tireless work of our New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) and “NJ Libraries Build Communities” team.
New Jersey State Librarian Mary Chute, along with the staff of the New Jersey State Library, send their warmest congratulations to the NJ library community, and the staff and members of NJLA for their successful campaign to pass the Library Construction Bond Act, which passed by a 60 percent approval margin with New Jersey voters.
Certainly, most special congratulations to Patricia Tumulty, Executive Director of NJLA, and to Chris Carbone and Jeanne Marie Ryan, Co-Chairs of the Ballot Initiative Task Force, for their commitment to develop champions in the legislature to sponsor the bill; their visits to other legislators to encourage them to support the bill; and finally, their outreach to the people of NJ who ultimately made the difference in casting their votes.
State Library staff look forward to working with NJLA, the library community, Thomas Edison State University, as well as other involved departments of state government, to ensure that the library construction bond program is run effectively and efficiently.