Bayonne Re-Opens Their Public Library After Renovations

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Image courtesy of Bayonne Library.

A year-long process to spruce up a library in the Peninsula City will be ending with a grand re-launch ceremony in the coming weeks as the Bayonne Public Library is officially back open for business.

Officials in Bayonne re-opened the city’s public library branch last week at 31st Street and Avenue C. A temporary facility has officially been shuttered in favor of the historic digs that underwent a renovation that included the reconstruction of the building’s lobby.

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Image courtesy of Bayonne Library.

Library Director Melody Scagnelli-Townley says the facility welcomed around 450 people on May 1st, the first day the building was re-opened. Over 650 people were served in the first two full days of operations.

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Image courtesy of Bayonne Library.

The main library was closed since early 2023, but the renovations are worth the wait. New features at the property include the installation of a new elevator and a new boiler along with a major revamp of the Children’s Room, which received new ceilings, new lighting, and stadium-style seating for the story time area.

Elsewhere in the library, new technology, computer carrels, and furniture have been installed.

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Image courtesy of Bayonne Library.

“I am very happy that the renovations are finally completed,” said Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis. “On behalf of the City of Bayonne, I would like to thank Director Scagnelli-Townley and library staff for maintaining some important library services during the past year at Story Court. I look forward to seeing the restoration of all of our library’s great services in its newly renovated home at 31st Street and Avenue C.”

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Image courtesy of Bayonne Library.

Scagnelli-Townley says that the city will be holding an official grand reopening ceremony for the library on a date to be announced. The building is now operating during normal business hours of Monday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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