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Hunterdon County Library gaining major upgrades with help of nearly $1M state grant

RARITAN TOWNSHIP, NJ (Hunterdon County) – Hunterdon County’s Main Library Branch will create a digitally interactive makerspace/training Lab and improved lighting efficacy through facility wide LED lighting, in addition to several other major improvements, under a $980,837 state library construction grant accepted by the County’s Board of Commissioners.

The upgrades are planned for the Main Library Branch, at the County’s Route 12 Complex in Raritan Township, also include creating a community meeting room, two collaborative Small Group Study rooms, a Quiet Study space with high-speed Internet and a redesigned adult services area.

Hunterdon County Commissioner Zach Rich, the liaison to the Library Commission, said, “Nearly 70% of the cost of the project is funded through the state grant and a dedicated library trust account. The Library Commission, Director, and staff deserve recognition for successfully gaining the state grant. This project will provide our residents with library, community and technology resources they have told us they want and need.”

Library Director James Keehbler said, “The upgrade plan was created based on feedback from county residents through a county-wide survey and a number of focus groups with community members.”

“In addition to quiet spaces, wide-ranging reading materials, and a variety of informational resources, today’s library patrons are also looking for dynamic opportunities – to connect with information and people, grow their small businesses, gain hands-on experiences, and develop personal and professional skills.” Keehbler said

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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