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County Library’s Cruz-Perez Branch Honored by Rutgers-Camden

Recognized for civic engagement and commitment to serving residents of Camden

Nilsa I. Cruz-Perez Downtown Library Branch Manager Julie Tozer accepts a civic engagement award from Rutgers University-Camden Chancellor Phoebe Haddon, May 5, 2016 (Rutgers-Camden University photo)

VOORHEES, NJ – June 7, 2016 – The Camden County Library System recently received a Rutgers University-Camden Chancellor’s Award for Civic Engagement for its work in serving the needs of Camden residents through a variety of ongoing programs.

Housed on the Rutgers-Camden campus, the Nilsa I. Cruz-Perez Downtown Branch Library regularly engages the community through weekly adult literacy classes, by empowering job seekers, by offering access to social services and providing weekly programs for all ages in the community.

The library often partners with university students and staff to serve Camden residents. The branch serves as a host site for Rutgers School of Social Work intern program in which a college intern contacts potential clients, offers referrals and is a regular presence on the library floor, familiar to local residents. The branch has also welcomed 90 to 100 students participating in Rutgers Ignite Summer program for book selection, reading and literacy support.

Each year the branch hosts VITA tax prep services offered by Rutgers-Camden Law School students serving well over a thousand Camden residents since 2013. Over the past four years the library has welcomed visits by Early Learning Resource Academy, a Rutgers-Camden program that serves 20 – 30 babies and toddlers each week.

“Our newest branch has embraced and engaged the Camden community in many ways since first opening four years ago,” says Camden County Library System Director Linda Devlin. “Our innovative approach of locating a public library branch on a thriving, urban university campus has benefited all of us – the library, the university and especially the people of Camden.”

As the Camden County Board of Freeholders’ liaison to the library system, Freeholder William Moen says, "This branch follows the mission of the Board and the library system, which is to be a tool of the community and serve many purposes to strengthen the bonds that bring us closer together and enhance our quality of life."  Moen points out, "The variety of programming and the staff's tireless commitment to the city make this library an asset for all residents."


Established in 1921, Camden County Library System seeks to meet the recreational, informational and educational needs of its customers with locations in Bellmawr, Camden, Gloucester Township, Haddon Township, Merchantville, Winslow Township and Voorhees.   The Library is governed and supported by the Camden County Board of Freeholders and the Camden County Library Commission.


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