This past April, the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey’s Warren Township branch revealed two new building enhancements. The Friends of the Warren Township Library procured two new benches for the front of the building and the Warren Township Library Advisory Board purchased two interactive touch display screens to support Library programming. 

“We are so grateful to the Warren Library Friends and Library Advisory Board for their generous gifts to the Warren branch, both of which will get much use and be deeply appreciated,” said Brian Auger, library director. “The new benches out front are perfect for the spot and the new video equipment will enable us to provide high quality programs and outreach.”

The new benches replaced weathered, well-loved predecessors. Funding for the benches was donated by the Friends and loved ones of Prakash Masurekar, a longtime resident of Warren and member of the Friends who passed away in May 2022. One bench bears Masurekar’s name, while the other has his favorite quote, “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library” (Jorge Luis Borges). The benches will be enjoyed by customers visiting the branch.

“Prakash’s role in the Friends of the Library motivated others to join our non-profit in order to support our local library and library staff,” said Carol Senff, Vice President of the Friends of the Warren Township Library.

SCLSNJ’s Warren Township Branch Receives Donations from Local Community Groups

The screens, purchased by the Advisory Board, replaced antiquated projection technology, and will allow the Library to more easily provide hybrid, in-person, and virtual programming. The screens have already been used in a number of programs, including storytimes, STEAM, crafts, and technology instruction. Library staff are excited to use the screens for more collaborative and interactive programming.

“The Library Advisory Board is proud to be able to help enhance our library’s toolkit with more opportunities for our residents—particularly our children—to learn, create, and explore using state of the art technology,” said Alicia Drozd, President of the Warren Township’s Library Advisory Board.

SCLSNJ’s Warren Township Branch Receives Donations from Local Community Groups

The Warren Township branch is located at 42 Mountain Boulevard in Warren. For more information, call (908) 458-8450. To discover all SCLSNJ has to offer, visit or connect with SCLSNJ on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.