Our 100 Years


Happy 100th Anniversary, New Providence Memorial Library!

Our library was founded in 1921, just at the start of the decade that would come to be known as The Roaring Twenties. It was a time of economic prosperity & consumerism following World War I. This decade included the Jazz Age, the Harlem Renaissance, Prohibition, racial unrest, courtroom battles between science and religion, infamous gangsters, political corruption, and the birth of Hollywood. We're kicking off a year of centennial celebrations here at the library that will include lots of history, fun programs for the community, and little bit of time travel as we revisit what the world was like in the 1920s.  Make sure to check out our Facebook page for interesting trivia and posts highlighting all the ways the NP Library has been an important part of this community for 100 years!

We've been serving this community for 100 years and we love what we do. We hope you'll join us in our centennial celebrations all year long! #NPLibrary100

Calandar of Centennial Celebration Events:

February-March: 1920s Community Read

April: National Library Week

April-December: Centennial Tote Bags!

June-August: Centennial Summer Reading

October: Outdoor Centennial Celebration

All Year Long: Time Travel Tidbits

All Year Long: Share Your Library Memories using #NPLibrary100

All Year Long: Clara Says Videos

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History of New Providence Memorial Library: The history of the library is the story of the people of New Providence.

1920s Community Read:  Books for all ages set or published in the 20s, or that are about the 1920s. Let's read together!

Clara Says Video Series: Join us as we look back on the people and events from the library's first 100 years of history.  This series of short videos, narrated by our founder Clara Wahl, will debut during our Centennial Year.

We look to the Spring sky..

for hope, renewal and daylight.  Here at NPML, we reflect those feelings with a new, virtual Art Gallery and a re-opening of our Browsing Section.

The Friends of NPML have collected beautiful photos posted over the past year on the NP Community Facebook page.  Lynn O'Neill & Bharat Rao have shown us beauty in the sky over our town and in the process, inspired those feelings of hope and renewal.  Visit the Art Gallery and view other exhibits, too.

Finally, our Browsing Section has re-opened!  Come in to peruse our shelves for new materials.  There are selections of popular items as well as a display of books from AfterWords - our bookstore.  Computers by prior appointment are also available.  As ever, we are strictly enforcing social distancing, capacity, mask and other restrictions. 

We look forward to safer conditions as vaccinations proceed and will continue to update you as our re-opening plans progress.