Old Bridge Library receives literacy award from state library

Scott Jacobs

OLD BRIDGE – The Old Bridge Public Library has been awarded the New Jersey State Library’s annual “Best Practices in Early Literacy Award” for its Sensory Play, Sensory Surprise series.

The program is geared toward children with special needs and their families. It was launched in 2018 and is presented two Fridays per month.

The award honors up to four outstanding public libraries that currently provide exemplary literacy programs for children from birth to six years, their families and caregivers, according to information provided by the Old Bridge Library. The award provides a $1,000 honorarium, a certificate and promotion of the winning library as a model program for other libraries.

The winning libraries were honored during the State Librarian’s Breakfast at the 2019 NJLA Conference in Atlantic City on May 31.

“We are thrilled to receive this award which recognizes the library’s commitment to providing outstanding programming for children with special needs, enabling them to acquire literacy skills, participate in social play and develop their fine motor skills,” Youth Services Librarian Pham Condello said in the statement. “It has been enormously rewarding to see how well-received and valuable this program is to our patrons.”

The Old Bridge Public Library is open seven days a week and is located at 1 Old Bridge Plaza at the corner of Route 516 and Cottrell Road in the Municipal Center. More information about this and other library programs is available at www.oldbridgelibrary.org or by calling 732-721-5600, ext. 5033.

The satellite Laurence Harbor branch is located at 277 Shoreland Circle; call 732-566-2227.