On Monday, October 3rd at 7:00 p.m. the Library Board invites interested community members to a meeting in the Gambino Room to discuss the site plan for the new library and community center.
The architect’s drawings of the new library building have been completed for many months. Last spring the Library Board went to the Planning Board and Township Committee to seek approval for the conceptual site plan at the end of Park Place West. This plan included the proposed location of the building, adjacent municipal parking lot and sidewalks.
Using the Planning Board and Township Committee feedback, engineers were hired to provide a detailed site plan. On September 15 the Library Board appeared before the Planning Board for final review. Township professionals, including the Board planner, engineer and traffic consultant, had already reviewed the site plan and presented written feedback. Since this was the final Planning Board review on the site plan, all residents within a certain radius were notified per official/legal requirements. Fifty two Cranbury residents attended the Planning Board meeting. The residents spoke of their enthusiastic support for the library project overall. They did raise concerns, however, about preserving the vista at the end of Park Place West. They pointed out that the Master Plan advocates for the continued protection of scenic vistas and the proposed location of the library, parking lot and planned landscaping compromised this objective.
There was significant acknowledgement from all parties of the partial loss of the scenic vista. The Planning Board agreed to delay final recommendations on the site plan until further engineering analysis can be completed. They will re-visit this issue at the October 20th Planning Board meeting.
In June the Library Foundation mailed an update to all Cranbury households about our new Cranbury Library/ Community Center. Since then engineers have begun a topographic survey and storm-water infiltration evaluation as part of the preliminary and final site plan. The site plan includes grading, utility, landscape, and lighting plans for the new library and adjacent municipal parking lot. The project will go out to bid soon! We are anxious to get the actual dollar amount of the building. You can be sure I will keep you and our many donors informed of the progress.
Speaking of donors, we have had a great response to our spring mailing – both of new and previous donors. But the Foundation is not sitting back. Foundation members are going door to door to make sure residents understand our project and its importance to the community. We also started a postcard campaign to the Township Committee. We want them to see the large number of residents that support building a new library.
Many of you may have already joined the postcard campaign. If so, thank you for your vote of support. If not, postcards are available in the library. Please join us in letting the Township know how important the library is to Cranbury. Postcards may be turned in at the library or mailed directly to the township.
If you happen to be walking at the end of Park Place West you may see the little red flags marking the gas line across the Township property. That’s because next week engineers will begin a topographic survey and storm-water infiltration evaluation as part of the preliminary and final site plan for the new library! The site plan will include grading, utility, landscape, and lighting plans for the new library and adjacent municipal parking lot.
Former Cranbury School Chief School Administrator, Dr. Robert Bartoletti, wrote this letter to the editor which was published in the Cranbury Press on Friday, April 8.
Dr. Bartoletti will be the featured speaker at the Cranbury Public Library Open House on Saturday, April 16 at 10:45 a.m. He will be followed by former teacher, Karen Hyman, who will talk about how a modern school library is used today.
Celebrate National Library Week.
Saturday events include:
Breakfast at the Library Enjoy coffee, tea, or juice with bagels and muffins.
10:00 Trouble Shooting your Computer with Joe Addonizio.
10:45 Bob Bartoletti, former Cranbury School Superintendent, talks about joint school/public libraries.
11:15 Karen Hyman, former Cranbury School teacher, speaks about how a modern school library is used today.
10:30 – 11:30 Stories and a craft for children.
10:30 – 12:00 The library director talks about the new library and community center.
All day events include:
- Free tote bags for the first 50 people in the door.
- Chances to win one of several door prizes. Drawings at noon, 1 and 2 p.m.
- View and bid on the silent auction for a handmade bookshelf quilt. The silent auction will close at 3 p.m. and the winner will be announced.
- Speak with the Director, Library Trustees and Foundation Members.
Bites for Books is Back!
Tuesday, April 12 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate National Library Week by joining library friends and neighbors for dinner at Teddy’s Restaurant. Teddy’s will donate 20% of your bill to the Cranbury Library Foundation.