LBI Library Welcomes New Digital Sign

Mar 01, 2017
Courtesy of: Ocean County Library

In 1956, the Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library became the library system’s first branch. Now the branch has accomplished a new milestone as it has become the first in the county to have a digital sign.

Workers from Signarama in Egg Harbor Township dismantled the old manual sign and erected the new-age board on Feb. 23. Branch Manager Linda Feaster said the new sign, located at the same spot near the entrance, should be operational this week.

“It will look and operate like the one you see outside of Southern Regional High School,” she said.

Feaster said the sign will be able to display upcoming programs and special events, such as concerts, guest speakers and children’s activities.

“With the old sign, we put children’s programs on the north side, and adult programing on the south,” she said. “Now everything will be on both sides.”

Feaster said messages from the wireless sign can be programed through a computer. She said it would come in especially handy if the library was closed due to a weather event.

“I can send the message through the computer right at home,” she said. “Or one could be sent through the main branch in Toms River.”

Feaster said the sign costs approximately $25,000, with the Friends of the Island Library raising $20,000. She said the library system paid for installation, permit fees and miscellaneous other expenses.

Judy Bouton, Friends president, said the money was raised through book sales, membership fees and private donations. She said the old sign, which was erected in 1998, was getting “beat up from the elements.”

“It was also tough sometimes to change the sign, especially if it was very windy out, and that happens a lot on the Island,” she said.

Feaster said the old sign won’t be sent to the scrap heap.

“It will be refurbished, and then the library system could find another home for it,” she said.

— Eric Englund

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