ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The new home of the Atlantic Highlands Library at Borough Hall on will be officially dedicated on Thursday, April 26 at 6 p.m., by borough officials, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and library staff.
Prior to the official dedication, the Library will open for business in its newly-renovated location in Borough Hall at 9 a.m., Monday, April 23. The Library closed its Avenue C location on April 9 to begin moving to its new home.
Atlantic Highlands Borough Hall is home to the Atlantic Highlands Library.
The Borough Hall location offers the Library more space, including separate children’s and youth sections, and an activity room for programs. The former Library in the old Borough Hall was approximately 1,800 square feet – the new Library has more than double that space at 4,000 square feet, according to Atlantic Highlands Borough Administrator Adam Hubeny.
The $5 million renovation of Borough Hall began in March 2010, and was completed in December 2011, Hubeny said. During the renovation, the Library moved to temporary quarters at 48 Avenue C.
The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders will help dedicate the Library, prior to their official public meeting at Borough Hall at 7 p.m.
One of the first displays at the newly renovated location will be Branch Manager Marilyn Scherfen’s collection of bookmarks left in books during her tenure as librarian. Lost in a Good Book: 15+ Years of Patrons Leaving Their Marks at the Library was compiled by Scherfen using her collection of found items, all presumably previously used as bookmarks.
According to Scherfen, they range from the ridiculous (a paint brush) to the sublime (“God Bless You!”)…From the ordinary (toilet paper) to the extraordinary (a handmade coaster)…from the humorous (the Q-Tip) to the serious (mass cards.) “It’s almost like looking at a community scrapbook or a time capsule,” said Mrs. Scherfen.
The collection of fifteen categories will be on display at the Atlantic Highlands Library, , , from the opening of the new library through Thursday, May 31.