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Photo By Joe Gigli

Mount Olive - (above) Library Director Rita A. Hilbert, is joined by Library Board President Jane Israel and Library Vice Chairman Jerry Sheard; for the unveiling of the new 21,400 sq.ft. Library.

Mount Olive Unveils Rendering For New Library

Mount Olive to Receive State Grant for New Library

Photos By Joe Gigli

(top) A view of the rendering of the new Mount Olive Library which is schedualed for a May 2002 ground breaking. (above) Library Board President Jane Israel; and Library Director Rita A. Hilbert; walk the 8 scenic acres where the new library will be. (below) A floor plan of the new library. (bottom) A site plane of the new library location.

(above) Library Director Rita A. Hilbert; is joined by Library Vice Chairman Jerry Sheard; Councilwomen Charlene Miller; Board Member Joan Young; Board President Jane Israel; and Board Member Cathleen Sullivan.

Mount Olive-The Mount Olive Public Library has received notification
from the State of New Jersey they will receive a grant in the amount of
$963,074 toward the construction of the township's new state-of-the art

The proposed new library will be built on eight acres of a16-acre tract
of land, adjacent to the Municipal/Senior Citizen Complex on Flanders-Draketown Road. The new library will meet the needs of the
rapidly expanding community. It will feature 21,400 square feet of
finished space and a 6,300 square foot unfinished basement. The facility
will have much-needed areas for children's reading, computer training
and programming, special activities, lectures, book collections, crafts,
and reference.

The Mayor and Township Council have approved $3.5 million dollars in the
2001 Capital Budget for the new building construction, and the Township
Council has by resolution, increased that amount by $500,000 in the 2002
Capital Budget, for a total of $4 million dollars. In addition, the Library Board of Trustees is developing a fund raising campaign within the community for furnishings and equipment.

"We are very pleased to learn the Mt. Olive Public Library will be
receiving this grant which will help us to attain our financial goal,"
stated Jane Israel, Board President. "The new building will enable us
to serve the people in our community who rely upon the services that the
Mt. Olive Public Library provides."

Ground breaking will occur in spring of 2002, and the new building will
open sometime in early 2003. The Mt. Olive Public Library is currently
located on Wolfe Road. For further information, call 973-691-8686 or
visit the Library's website at www.mopl.org.

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