Caldwell, NJ

Caldwell Public Library Closed Indefinitely After Ida Storm Damage; Here's How You Can Help

Carolyne Volpe Curley / West Essex Now

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Caldwell Public Library Children's Room: All books, shelving, and equipment completely destroyedCaldwell Public Library
"There are no words for how devastating this storm was for the library. We are relieved that no one was in the building." ~ Caldwell Public Library Director Robin Rockman

The Caldwell Public Library in Caldwell, NJ, has closed indefinitely after flood damage from Tropical Storm Ida which hit Essex County on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

  • Children's Room: All books, shelving, and equipment completely destroyed
  • Downstairs Back Offices: Significant damage / Equipment and furniture ruined
  • Historical Book Archive: Being moved to safe location
  • Outside Grounds: Significant damage
  • Upstairs: No damage

Donations can be made to the Caldwell Public Library Foundation. All funds will go towards restoring library services.

Clean-up is being handled professionally; no items and books are being accepted at this time.

"At some point, we will need volunteers to work with our Foundation. Our Foundation will be taking the lead for any fundraising and other efforts to get us back up and running- however and wherever that may be." ~ Caldwell Public Library Director Robin Rockman
  • Volunteer Email: cplf@caldwellpl.org

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The Library's programming will continue.

"The library was hit hard from Tropical Storm Ida. Much worse than anything we could have imagined and much worse than anything we experienced previously. ..Serving you with your educational and entertainment needs, plus access to technology and information is our mission. We know the Caldwell Public Library is more than just a physical building and we will continue to be here for you." ~ Caldwell Public Library Director Robin Rockman

Supporters can follow Caldwell Public Library Updates:

Caldwell Public Library: 268 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, NJ 07006

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Carolyne Volpe Curley, a Certified New Jersey Press Journalist since 2012, has appeared on nationally televised productions and interviewed by the international press. Volpe Curley publishes West Essex NOW, a hyperlocal news site covering Essex County, NJ. Volpe Curley graduated from Lafayette College in 1986, with a BA in both English and Government, and a minor in Women Studies and Religion.

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