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

May-June: Community Art Project

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

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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: Take a look back in time with Library Director, Lisa Florio, as she shares unique stories about the town and library through the eyes of the first NP Librarian, Clara Wahl.clara

Upcoming Events

Feb 01 12:00AM-1920s Community Read
Mar 08 01:00PM-Virtual Storytime
Mar 08 03:00PM-Pickup Mar Teen Take Out Boxes
Mar 08 03:30PM-Virtual Club Phoenix
Mar 08 07:00PM- Baseball Discussion Group

Signs of life!

As the snow begins to melt, we see positive signs of brighter days ahead.  Infection rates in town continue to drop and the COVID Committee of the Board of Trustees continues to monitor virus progress in the community.  We have been meeting regularly to evaluate whether conditions are right for re-opening.  As always, the safety of our patrons and staff is of prime importance. 

We are happy to announce that we will once again open to computer use by appointment on Monday, 3/1.  As before, we ask that you make an appointment for a 45 minute slot at least the day before and we will not take advance appointments beyond 1 week.  Social distancing requirements only allow us to make 2 computers available. 

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