Learn about ‘Great African Civilizations’ this month with NAACP

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — This month, at five local libraries, the Oranges and Maplewood Unit of the NAACP will offer video presentations that accent “Great African Civilizations.” The significant contributions of ancient African civilizations are too often overlooked or attributed to other cultures. These video presentations will provide insight into the creative, innovative, exceptional genius […]

OPL board questions need of council to cut $500K from its budget

ORANGE, NJ — On Wednesday, July 25, Orange Public Library Board of Trustees President Esney Sharpe officially responded to Orange City Council’s cutting $500,000 from the local historic landmark institution’s funding request in Mayor Dwayne Warren’s Calendar Year 2018 proposed budget. Sharpe and the board had asked the council to approve $1.2 million to fund […]

Orange Council cuts $500K from library, which might have to close by October

ORANGE, NJ — Orange City Council cut the funding request for the Orange Public Library in Mayor Dwayne Warren’s Calendar Year 2018 proposed budget from $1.2 million to $700,000, even though members of the governing body said they believe the city’s historic landmark institution will only have enough funding to stay open to the public […]

South Ward ‘sets the tone’ at second OPYC debate

ORANGE, NJ — Incumbent South Ward Councilwoman Jamie Summers-Johnson and challenger Brandon Mathews were featured on Monday, April 16, at the Orange Public Library on Main Street, in the second installment of the four-part debate series organized for the nine official council candidates listed on the municipal election ballot on Tuesday, May 8. The novelty […]

Annual Tree-lighting Ceremony kicks off Orange’s holiday season

ORANGE, NJ — Orange Mayor Dwayne Warren and the City Council lit up the night sky outside the Orange Public Library on Main Street on Thursday, Nov. 30, during the city’s annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony. “Today was the Tree-lighting Ceremony. You see our beautiful tree,” said Warren on Thursday, Nov. 30. “We had families out, children […]

Orange library investment board seeking new members

Orange library investment board seeking new members

ORANGE, NJ — Former Orange City Council President William Lewis’ death continues to affect the community, with the vacancy it created on the Orange Public Library’s investment board, which manages endowments bequeathed to the institution. The library board is a separate entity from city government, something board member and Orange native Nicole Williams-James recently stressed. […]

NAACP to screen ‘Hidden Colors’

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The Oranges and Maplewood unit of the NAACP will conduct public workshops at local libraries to celebrate the accomplishments and cultural heights that the people of the African diaspora have achieved. The documentary film “Hidden Colors” will be screened. “Hidden Colors” is about the real and untold history of people of […]