Ribbon Cutting and Reception to celebrate the completion of The Main Library Accessibility Ramp and Systemwide Improvements
Ribbon Cutting and Reception to celebrate the completion of The Main Library Accessibility Ramp and Systemwide Improvements, June 22, 2011

The Newark Public Library is the proud recipient of $1,400,000.00 in Community Development Block Grant-Recovery funds. These funds represent a significant portion of the federal dollars that the City of Newark received from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development as a part of President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Since receiving the grant award from the Mayor and City Council in January of 2010, funding was prudently used to make system-wide improvements to the Main Library and its eight Branch Libraries in the following categories:

• Americans With Disabilities Act [ADA] Phase I Construction Projects: Ramps were constructed at four of the Library’s facilities. New ADA compliant lavatories are being constructed at three Branch Libraries.

• Rehabilitation Projects: Each of the nine Newark Public Library facilities were painted and had new carpet installed.

• Furniture: New furniture was purchased for the Main Library and two Branch Libraries.

While today’s event commemorates the successful completion of all projects the Library is particularly proud to unveil the new Main Library Front Entrance Access Walkway. With the support of Mayor, City Council, Newark Landmarks & Historic Preservation Commission, Library patrons and neighbors, this $152,380.00 project is the realization of the Library’s long-standing commitment to providing unencumbered access to all who visit this great institution.
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