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“The Montclair Public Library is having a big birthday and you are invited!” says Library Director Peter Coyl. “We are hosting a variety of events to celebrate the 125th anniversary of our founding in 1893, including two birthday parties.”

A Community Birthday Party on April 11 at 4:30 will include stories, face painting, balloon animals, games and -- of course -- cake.

The 125th Birthday Party will take place at the Library on Saturday, April 14 at 7:00. Celebrate after-hours

and get a sneak peek of the restored 1940 documentary featuring the Library and a first glance at renovation plans by Andrew Berman Architect. Tickets -- $50 a person – are available at https://tinyurl.com/mpl125.

Montclair Reads Cheaper by the Dozen

Another element of the celebration will be Montclair Reads Cheaper by the Dozen, a community read of the

classic book about one of Montclair’s notable families. “We are very excited to be incorporating this bit of

Montclair history and reading into our celebration,” says Coyl.

Beginning April 14, the Library will distribute free custom copies of the book and a discussion guide

to individuals, groups, book clubs or classes, while supplies last. Call 973.744.0500, extension 2235 or email reference@montclair.bccls.org to reserve a copy.

Throughout April and May, the Library will hosting Montclair Reads events, such as book clubs and

movie screenings. Check the Library website -- montclairlibrary.org – for all the Montclair Reads details.

The Montclair Public Library serves the citizens of Montclair at the Main Library at 50 South Fullerton Avenue and the Bellevue Avenue Branch at 185 Bellevue Avenue. Founded in 1893, the Library aims to change lives every day through words, ideas, and community connections.

Last year, the Library had over 32,000 members and

circulated more than 440,000 items. “We are grateful to the Montclair community for their support,” says Coyl,

“and strive to serve them better every day.”


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