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Perth Amboy Free Public Library

The Perth Amboy Free Public Library celebrates 115 years of operation in its historic Carnegie Library. One of the first libraries in New Jersey to be the recipient of Andrew Carnegie's generosity, the library opened on December 9, 1903. Growth of the library at the time was so marked that in 1914, the Carnegie Corporation donated an additional $30,000 for the creation of two reading rooms. In 2011, with ample support, dedication and vision from Mayor Wilda Diaz and the Board of Trustees, work to restore the historic building to its original luster and provide residents with modern library amenities began. The renovation included restoring the library's original skylight, new windows lighting, central air, new electrical wiring and a new bathroom on the main floor. From its modest start in 1903, the Perth Amboy Free Public Library has grown to become an integral part of the community and is used for research not only by our residents, but also by people all over the world. As interesting as it can be to reflect on the its rich history, the Library's story is ongoing. In recent years, the Library has expanded programming and services, offered additional digital resources and technologies, and continues to curate an extensive collection. To celebrate 115 years of service to the community, the Library will host a reception on December 9th with entertainment and light refreshments along with historic displays celebrating the Library through the last 100 years.

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