Caption: The Salem Community College County Bookmobile Library opened in December at 429 Hollywood Avenue – across the street from the campus. Officials present for the ribbon-cutting were (from left) Freeholder Melissa DeCastro, Carneys Point Mayor Joseph Racite, Freeholder Douglass Painter, Bookmobile Library Coordinator Margaret Masserini, President Michael Gorman and Board of Trustees Chair Dorothy Hall.
New location in Carneys Point Twp. near campus opened by Salem Community College County Bookmobile Library
Salem Community College joined with Salem County and Carneys Point Township officials to open the new home of the County Bookmobile Library last month.
Coordinator Margaret Masserini pointed out the library begins its 36th year with a slightly different name: Salem Community College County Bookmobile Library. “That second word — Community — means a lot. We’re proud to be your community library,” she said.
In March, the College’s Board of Trustees voted to accept the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders’ offer to operate the Bookmobile Library, effective April 1, 2016.
The renovated 1,200-square-foot facility at 429 Hollywood Ave., which opened in mid-December, sits directly across from the campus.
During a ribbon-cutting ceremony, President Michael Gorman thanked the SCC Board of Trustees for its vision in using the Bookmobile Library to help the College reach a broader section of the community.
Gorman also recognized the support and cooperation of the County government and Carneys Point Township — along with the diligence of his SCC staff — to convert the building, a former hair salon, to a community resource for all ages.
Gorman and Freeholder Douglass Painter acknowledged the hard work of Masserini along with her staff, volunteers and inmates from the Salem County Correctional Facility to complete what Painter described as the “Herculean task” of relocating the library from Mannington.
Painter noted the Bookmobile’s mission will not change but its vehicles will have a new look. “Not only is it your community college,” said Painter, the freeholder liaison with SCC, “this is your community Bookmobile Library. This will become a face of the College as it rolls around the county.”
Gorman anticipates the Bookmobile Library helping fill the void left when the Penns Grove-Carneys Point Library closed several years ago. “Hopefully, the residents will take advantage of it,” he said.
Carneys Point Mayor Joseph Racite said that he applauds the library’s relocation and the College’s decision to operate it. “It’s exciting from a Township perspective to see the Community College continue to move in such a positive direction.” Mayor Racite continued, “Especially since you’re right in the middle of our community.”
The library is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Membership is free for anyone who lives and/or works in Salem County. SCC students who live outside of Salem County are also eligible for free membership. Individuals may visit the library or a bookmobile stop to complete an application. For more information, call Masserini at (856) 351-2830 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.