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Sea Bright Library Now Open

Liz von Ziegesar, (from left) Jane Farmer and Patty Andriola were on hand for the Sea Bright Library's first day.

SEA BRIGHT: For the first time since Hurricane Sandy made landfall nearly three years ago, borough residents can say they have their own library.

Monday, July 20 marked the first day for the new Sea Bright Library, which is now located in a portion of the sanctuary at the United Methodist Church on the corner of Church Street and Ocean Avenue.

The original plan was to place the library in a temporary building in the municipal parking lot, but the library committee and the borough ultimately decided to lease space at the church. The old library was torn down after it was substantially damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

The ultimate destination for the library will be the new "beachfront community center" that recently received CAFRA approval.

Although the library is open, residents can not yet check out books as the staff is still setting up and learning the new computer system. Head Librarian Jane Farmer said that she expects that people to be able to do so by next Monday, July 27, or the following week at the latest.

This week, residents can register for new library cards during the library's new hours of Wednesday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. or Friday from 1 p.m.- 7 p.m.

Library staff members are still filling shelves with books and DVDs that were being stored in Eatontown. The books and DVDs being stored there are from the Lincroft library which closed and donated its book to Sea Bright.

The new library also has two computers and wi-fi for its customers, both of which should be operational next week.

A grand opening is planned for either September or October, but no official date has been set.

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