WPL: Breaking Boundaries for 50 Years!
The Barron Library opens. It is the first free public library in Middlesex County and the fourth in the state of New Jersey.
The Sewaren History Club and Sewaren Civic Association work together to open the Sewaren Free Public Library.
The Woman's Club of Fords starts the Fords Library.
The Avenel Free Public Library's trustees officially turn the building over to the library committee.
The Iselin Library opens its doors.
The Colonia Library at the intersection of New Dover and Chain O' Hills greets their first patrons.
The Hopelawn Library is incorporated.
The Port Reading Free Public Library opens at Second and Tappen streets.
June. A report submitted to the Town Committee suggests "Woodbridge establish a Township wide library system."
November. The Library Referendum establishing a municipal library system passes overwhelmingly.
December. The Free Public Library of Woodbridge is incorporated.
January 2. Edwin P. Beckerman, first director of the new Woodbridge Library System, reports to work.
The Central Library at 800 Rahway Avenue (formerly a hardware store and now Ariana's Grand restaurant) opens. The Barron Library is now a branch of the library system.
September. The new Henry Inman branch opens to serve North Colonia.
The Central Library is designated an Area Reference Center by the New Jersey State Library. The Main Library will hold this designation through the year 2000.
April. The ribbon is cut to inaugurate the new Iselin Branch building on Green Street.
November. The new Port Reading Branch opens.
The Children's collection and services are moved from the Central Library to the Barron Branch.
The newly constructed Fords Branch on Ford Avenue opens to the public.
October 20. The new Main Library on George Frederick Plaza opens. The Central Library on Rahway Avenue closes and the Barron Library reverts to a neighborhood branch.
The Barron Branch is turned over to the township and is converted to an arts center.
The Woodbridge Library System becomes automated! The books are barcoded and the card catalogs are removed from the agencies.
Ed Beckerman retires after 27 years as Director. Catherine Ann O'Connell steps into the position.
The Friends of the Libraries of Woodbridge Township is formed.
The public can now dial into the library system's catalog via modem.
Catherine O'Connell resigns and Ed Beckerman returns as interim Director while a new Director is sought.
John Hurley is appointed Director.
The Woodbridge Library System adds public internet access to the services it offers the community.
Wireless internet service is introduced at the Main and Branch libraries.
New lights illuminate the Main Library and solar panels are installed on roof.
The Woodbridge Public Library adds a different kind of book to its collection: Facebook!.
John Hurley retires, and Christine Murchio is appointed Director.
The Local History Archive Room is established at the Main Library.
The Woodbridge Library system continues to help children dream big, welcoming over 2000 in the annual Summer Reading Club.
Twitter adds @WoodbridgePLNJ to its nest.
Patrons download 7,320 eBooks from the eBook and eAudiobook collections.
AND BEYOND... The Woodbridge Library System continues to improve and strive to meet the informational, educational, cultural and leisure-time needs of our community.
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