The long awaited grand re-opening of the Swedesboro Library took place on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The Swedesboro Library had been closed since May 2010 for the expansion project.
Marge Dombrowsky, manager of the Swedesboro branch of the Gloucester County Library System, related the story of how Swedesboro Mayor Tom Fromm gave up part of his office and borough employees relinquished a break room last year to set up a temporary satellite branch of the library during the expansion.
In May, Swedesboro received the New Jersey Library Association's Library Champion Award for 2010. Library Champion awards are generally given to individuals, but the entire community received the honor for its commitment and dedication in maintaining library services. The Swedesboro Library is one of the oldest public libraries in New Jersey, dating back to 1783.
Featured speakers at the re-opening included Fromm, Dombrowsky, Anne Wodnick, director of the Gloucester County Library System, Freeholder Director Robert Damminger, Freeholder Deputy Director Warren Wallace, and Senate President Steve Sweeney.
Fromm acknowledged Sweeney in his remarks, saying the Democratic senator had been instrumental in the growth of Swedesboro, and he was a key supporter in helping the borough receive funding for its library project.
The Swedesboro mayor said, “We committed to this project because it was hard, financially, structurally, and even politically. And we wanted to overcome some of the pessimistic attitudes that were out there. Swedesboro is back, and it’s better than ever.”
Borough Councilmember George Weeks said, “The neatest thing about this experience is that the Swedesboro Library is the most used in Gloucester County, next to the Mullica Hill branch.”
The Kingsway High School Marching Band was at the library’s re-opening, and the event went from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. It also included food, refreshments, and activities for the children.