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OVER-THE-TOP_2015-16 The Friends of the Fanwood Library thank all our members for their continued support of the library and its mission.Special acknowledgement goes to this year’s contributors, who joined at the $50 or more level.

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AmazonSmile — A New Way to Give

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Who We Are & What We Do

The Friends is a group of volunteers who help the town library be all that it can be. Established in 1986, we have become a 501(c)3 group that raises money for extras beyond the library’s annual budget — services, special items and programs — while promoting the joy of reading and use of other media. A board (see below) leads our membership of nearly 175 single and family members.

We are proud of:

  • Funding all programs for children and adults
  • Co-sponsoring the Museum Pass program with the Scotch Plains Library Friends
  • Co-hosting many of the adult programs
  • Contributing to the recent renovation of the children’s room
  • Raising nearly $10,000 at our annual book sale
  • Providing funds for computers, projectors, and similar technology

In addition, we enjoy providing the flowers for the Garden Club to plant for Memorial Day, supplying refreshments for programs, and funding small requests that would otherwise go unfulfilled.


Join us! Adults and teens are welcome! We begin our annual membership year every spring when we mail our newsletter with a form attached to all residents and members. But feel free to join anytime. Many people join because they are library lovers or users and appreciate how much they get for their tax dollar.
JOIN ONLINE or pick up a form from the library.

Member Benefits

Your Friends membership card entitles you to first pick at our annual book sale, 5 free DVD rentals, email updates (including what’s happening at area museums), and discounts at these local businesses:

  • Crown Jewelers (10%)
  • Enchantments (10%)
  • Fabio’s Bistro (10%)
  • Fanwood Bagel (10%)
  • Fanwood Pharmacy (10%)
  • Houdini Pizza Laboratory (10%)
  • Joli Visage Clinique (10%)
  • Mara’s Cafe and Bakery (10%)
  • Nick’s Pizza and Deli (10% off one large, plain pizza)
  • Norman’s Hallmark (10%)
  • Rocko’s Ice Cream (10% off any ice cream cone)
  • Scotchwood Florist (10%)
  • Shalom Fanwood Nails (10%)
  • The Town Book Store in Westfield (10%)

When you stop in at a shop, present your membership card. And please thank the staff for their generous support.

Become a Sponsor for $25, and you get a stainless steel Friends logo water bottle and all member benefits above.

A contribution of $50 or more will add your name to our OVER-THE-TOP list and qualify you to receive the Friends logo mug, and all member benefits above. Families may join for $20 and individuals for $15.

Click here to join the Friends. (and don’t forget to pay online or send in your check)

Contributions are tax deductible, and please remember us if your company participates in a Matching Gifts Program.

Pay Online

Make your check payable to “Friends of the Fanwood Memorial Library,”
and drop it off at the Library or mail it to:

Fanwood Memorial Library
5 Forest Road
Fanwood, NJ, 07023

Get even more from your membership – join our board! Meet other people interested in ideas, literacy and our community. Or volunteer for a committee:

  • Special Events
  • Publicity
  • Book Sale
  • Programs
  • Membership


The next meeting date is the Friends ANNUAL Meeting on WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2017 at 7:00pm. It will feature special guest speaker Alan Sepinwall. Mr. Sepinwall is a contributor for Uproxx, a digital media website cover entertainment and culture, and author of the TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time.ALL ARE WELCOME! Call the library for more information

All Friends meetings take place at the library. You do not have to be a member to attend.

First Annual Second Chance Accessory Sale

From May 5 to 7, the FRIENDS of the Fanwood Memorial Library will hold a Second Chance accessories sale to raise money for the library. It works just like the organization’s book sale. Volunteers sort and sell gently used goods (pashminas, scarves, ties, handbags, jewelry, and some kids’ stuff) donated by residents. The goal is to raise $3,000. Friends night is May 5th, 5-8 pm (show membership card) and 9-5 May 6th and 7th, 9-5, while items last!
Asked if the organization is taking valuable items as well as the costume jewelry, FRIENDS President Carol Campell said, “Definitely, yes! We hope people will bring us their old engagement ring or their grandpa’s tarnished cufflinks, whatever they can spare. We’ll have them appraised and price them accordingly. All for the library!
Clean and usable Items may be dropped off at the library, 5 Forest Road, in Fanwood. To join the volunteer team, contact campell@verizon.net.
The SALE will be at Forest Road Park on May 6th and 7th, with a special Friends Preview night on May 5th.

FRIENDS Fall Book Sale

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Everyone looks forward to this annual fall event held at Forest Road Park. Thanks to Fanwood Borough and the Senior Citizens, we can set up and sell during the last weeks of September. Save your books for our event. A special Friends Preview offers first dibs for members!

We would like to thank everyone who donated, volunteered, purchased or in any way took part in making the 2016 annual book sale such a tremendously successful event… and we’re looking ahead to an even stronger 2017!

The 2017 Book Sale dates are September 14 – 17. Donations dates will begin in early September.
For book sale inquiries contact friends@fanwoodlibrary.org.


The SECOND CHANCE ACCESSORY SALE is coming up in May – The BOOK SALE is coming up in September. These are our primary fundraisers for the library, and we need your help to make the sale a success. If you are interested in being a volunteer or chairing a committee or the book sale itself, or if you’d like to get involved with either event sorting or selling or both, please contact Carol Campell campell@verizon.net know your availability soon. Also, think about involving a friend in the sale. It will ensure successful staffing.
We really need you, and the volunteers always have a good time!

Friends Board 2017

The board does most of the organization’s work. But we are assisted by some other great volunteers, most of whom help out at the book sale.

  • President – Carol Campell
  • Vice President – (vacant)
  • Secretary – (vacant)
  • Treasurer – David Richard
  • Communications – Mindy Matthews
  • Member at large – Joan Dickason
  • Member at large – Thena Rosahl
  • Member at large – Jennifer Rohman
  • Member at large – Kathi Wildstein
  • Membership – Matilda Francis, Phyllis Brown
  • Publicity, Newsletter – Katherine Balch, Annette Madarasz
  • Book Sale – (vacant)
  • Museum Pass Program – Jane Van Haasteren

Contact the Friends

For book sale inquiries May to September, contact friends@fanwoodlibrary.org.
For all other inquires, contact Carol Campell at campell@verizon.net.