About our 2017 grand marshal
The Paramus Public Library was founded by a group of community minded citizens in early 1950s. This group felt it was important for the rapidly growing community to have a library. Since the beginning, Paramus Public Library has always been housed in two libraries. On the west side there is the Charles E. Reid Library, which was originally known as the Midland Library. On the east side there was the Howland Library, which was located at Spring Valley and Howland Avenue - not too far from the present library. Today's Main Library, located on East Century Road was first built about 1965 with an addition in the mid-to late 1980s.
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For over 10 years the Board of Trustees and Library staff advocated tirelessly to promote a plan to modernize the Century Road facility. Finally, on June 20th, 2016, the Main Library closed for what ultimately became a nine month interior renovation. The renovation included a new HVAC system, lighting, furnishings, paint and carpeting. The space was reconfigured to gain additional seating areas, greater access to power outlets and better shelving for the library's collections. The library is now a brighter, more comfortable place to visit. There are areas that are designated for teens, cozy spaces that parents and grandparents can use to read to their children and grandchildren, and relaxing seating for adults to browse a book or read a newspaper or magazine. On Wednesday, April 18th, 2017, the library reopened for library services to the community and on Sunday, April 30th, 2017, the Paramus Public Library celebrated the renovation of the main building. Mayor Richard LaBarbiera cut the ribbon welcoming all to the spectacular new setting. It is open, warm, inviting, with excellent lighting, comfortable seating, the proper shelving, and an upgraded electrical system, Wi-Fi and HVAC. The renovation was a real team effort led by the mayor and council who not only provided the capital funds, but also leadership and cooperation.