Today, Saturday, June 5, 2021, The City of Trenton invites you to join the celebration of Trenton Free Public Library’s 119th Birthday! This event will take place in front of the library (120 Academy Street) from 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. and will feature an outdoor history exhibit, art projects for patrons, take-home crafts, and refreshments!

The Trenton Free Public Library is the oldest library in New Jersey, founded in 1750 as the Trenton Library Company by Dr. Thomas Cadwalader. Benjamin Franklin is said to have purchased the library’s first 50 books. Originally a subscription library, it was the second in the American colonies after the Philadelphia Library Company. The library organization as it is known today became incorporated in 1900 with Ferdinand W. Roebling serving as its first Board President.

For more information about the rich history of the Trenton Free Public Library, visit

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