Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Public Library, Asbury Park, New Jersey
The history of the Asbury Park Public Library begins in 1878 with the formation of a literary club, presided over by Helen M. Bradley, wife of the city's founder, James Adam Bradley.
The literary club was reorganized shortly after its beginning into the Asbury Park and Ocean Grove Library Association.
James Bradley donated two building lots at the southwest corner of First and Grand Avenues to the Library Association for the construction of a library, and he himself worked with an unnamed New York City architect in 1881 to design the new building which was to house an auditorium and museum in addition to a library. [From the website]