Grant funds will allow Monroe Township Library to upgrade HVAC system, fire safety equipment


MONROE – The Monroe Township Library is the recipient of a $248,640 matching grant through the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act (LCBA).

“The library is a cornerstone of learning and engagement for Monroe Township and plays an ever-increasing role in our residents’ lives – particularly as we find new ways to safely engage in this COVID pandemic,” Mayor Gerald W. Tamburro said in a prepared statement released Nov. 23.

The Monroe Township Library was selected as one of 38 grant recipients out of 129 applications. The township will match the funds received through the LCBA for a total of $499,280 toward safety and operational improvements at the library, including updates to the HVAC system and fire safety and prevention equipment.

“I’m thrilled to be able to upgrade two systems that will make a tremendous impact on the community’s use of the library, providing both comfort and safety for all residents using the Monroe Library,” Library Director Leah Wagner said in the statement.

“This grant will help us improve the library facility as we continue to expand programs and reach more residents in a safe and responsible manner,” Councilman Stephen Dalina. who serves as the mayor’s liaison to the library board, said in the statement.

As required by statute, the state librarian, in consultation with the president of Thomas Edison State University, is responsible for the administration and oversight of the LCBA. The New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority will be assisting the state librarian to ensure compliance and the post-issuance work related to this bond, according to the statement.