As the new freestanding Cranbury Public Library building on Park Place West moves closer to completion, the library unveiled its new logo during the Memorial Day Parade.
Cranbury residents Grace Thomson and Deanna Ferrante donated their time and effort in designing a new logo for the library. They researched other library logos and developed a short list of logos that aligned with our community, according to a press release.
Then, the Library Board voted and selected the final design. The red and gray color scheme and modern lines represent a fresh start for the library as it prepares to move into a freestanding space for the first time in its 100-plus year history.
The three-dimensional artistic representation of the new building’s exterior “hearkens to Cranbury’s agrarian roots,” as it resembles many of the traditional red barns that can be found in and around the town, according to the release.
“As part of our move to the new library, the Cranbury Public Library Board of Trustees is pleased to unveil our new library logo. It reflects the long journey ending in a free-standing library for our community,” Library Director Marilynn Mullen said. “If you attended the Cranbury Memorial Day Parade you saw our new logo worn by the library marchers. Look for it popping up in multiple places around town and online along with our new tagline: ‘Connect with your Community’.”
Mullen added, “That is what the new library will do for Cranbury and its residents – connect us! In the new building there will be plenty of space for you to gather and ‘connect’ with people. Residents can ‘connect’ by attending library, town, and community programs held there, as well as ‘connect’ with technology – using our new computers, wi-fi, and creative space.”
The new space will allow residents to ‘connect’ with a wealth of reading and study materials from the Cranbury library, as well as the other libraries in the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium (LMxAC), according to Mullen.
The Cranbury Public Library building project was made possible by over $2 million in private donations that were matched in 2020 by $2.39 million in funds from the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act, administered by the New Jersey State Library.
The result is a new library for Cranbury with no taxpayer burden. As the library nears completion late this summer, watch for opening events and other announcements on the website and social media.
The temporary pocket library at 30 North Main Street will stay open as long as possible, but at some point will need to close for a brief period in order for the materials to move to the new location, library officials said.
The library will reopen with a new address – 30 Park Place West – in September. Look for added materials, more programs and endless possibilities, according to the press release.
For more information about the Cranbury Public Library, visit www.cranburypubliclibrary.org.