HAZLET, NJ – The Hazlet Township Library is now open after the successful completion of a three-month, $122,902 renovation.

The library now boasts new, brighter lighting and new ceilings throughout the building.

Hazlet Library

The project was completed on schedule and basically on budget, according to Stacey Cherichello, consulting engineer from CME Associates. The architect was PLM Architect of Howell, and the contractor was Peterson and Staeger, Inc. of Keyport.

The project came in just $1,400 over the original estimate of $121,500, Cherichello said. All work is complete except for the hanging of six pendant lights near the circulation desk. Those fixtures are on order and should be installed by the middle of May, according to Cherichello.

Regular hours for the Hazlet Library have resumed:

Mondays and Wednesdays: 1 to 9 p.m.

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fridays: 1- 5 p.m.

Closed Sundays

Programing at the library will resume in May. Children’s story times will be held:

— For Babies, 10 to 23 months: Tuesdays, May 3, 10 and 17 at 9:45 a.m.

— For Toddlers, 2-3 years: Thursdays, May 5, 12 and 19 at 10 a.m.

— For Pre-School, 3 ½ to 5 years: Tuesdays, May 3, 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.; or Thursdays, May 5, 12 and 19 at 11:30 a.m.

— For School-Age, Grades K and up: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:15 p.m.

A special music program for toddlers will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 19! Join us for a fun-filled segment of making music with percussion instruments. Dance and sing along to familiar toddler tunes right after the regular story time.

In addition, a teen program, Intro to Hip Hop Dancing, is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 from 2 to 3 p.m., and is open to all teens in grades 6 and up. Please register.

All Monmouth County Library branches, including Hazlet, will be closed on Good Friday, April 22, and Easter Sunday, April 24. For more information, please call the Hazlet Library at 732-264-7164.

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