TRENTON – In recognition of his work on behalf of libraries, Senator Troy Singleton will receive the 2019 Library Advocacy Award from the Burlington County Library System Foundation at their annual gala this evening.
“Throughout history, libraries have been the source of all recorded knowledge and a place where people could learn and debate,” said Senator Singleton (D-Burlington). “Groups like the Burlington County Library System Foundation realize the importance of libraries in the digital age, and strive to maintain them as places where the community can come to together to learn, study, and recreate.
“Undoubtedly, libraries are significant and important institutions in the State of New Jersey, providing endless learning opportunities for our residents and serving as the foundation of many communities,” continued Singleton. “I am truly honored to receive the Library Advocacy Award and will continue to support our libraries in the Legislature.”
While serving in the Legislature, Senator Singleton has sponsored and supported several bills and budget resolutions that sought to improve and fund public libraries. In 2017, he was a prime sponsor and vocal supporter of the “New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act” that issued funds to help finance capital projects on public libraries. In addition to his efforts on behalf of libraries, the Senator has also shared his love of reading with the elementary school students in his district through his annual “Jump into Reading Challenge.”
"Senator Singleton embodies everything the Library Advocacy Award honors,” said Jessica Siragusa, President of the Burlington County Library System Foundation. “He has dedicated his life to public service here in Burlington County and serves as a steadfast advocate for the Burlington County Library System and the invaluable resources it provides. He champions literacy efforts and knows a strong library benefits our entire community. The Foundation is proud to recognize Senator Singleton with the 2019 Library Advocacy Award."
The BCLS Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization with a mission to support and shape the libraries within the Burlington County Library System. Launched in 2015 by a group of volunteers, the organization has grown within a few short years to raise funds, seek grants and promote the library through advocacy. The mission of the BCLS Foundation is to seek private financial support to shape libraries as a fundamental community resource for current and future generations.