FRIENDS 2018 Fall Book Sale

The FRIENDS of the Fanwood Memorial Library will host its 32nd Fall Book Sale September 20-23, 2018. Donation days begin September 14.

Browsers at the sale easily find books by subject matter: history, romance, classics, art, cookbooks, politics, crafts, science, parenting, children, and general fiction. In addition to hardbacks and paperbacks, the FRIENDS collect gently used DVDs and CDs, but not toys or games.

Proceeds from the sale fuel purchases of programs for people of all ages—from the kids’ summer reading program and hands-on animal shows to teen book clubs and adult concerts. Over the years, the sale has also enabled the library to buy a fax machine, an audiovisual system, and fireside furniture. To join the fun, volunteer!

We need volunteers! Contact Sally Hogan: fmlbooksales@gmail.com
Teachers with appropriate ID receive a 10% discount for classroom purchases.

The FRIENDS book sale could not succeed without the quality and quantity of materials provided by residents. All donations, sorting, and selling occur at Forest Road Park, 153 Forest Road, in the redbrick building.

Donation Days:
    Fri., Sept. 14     12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    Sat., Sept. 15     9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Sun., Sept. 16     12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    Mon., Sept. 17     9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    Tues., Sept. 18     9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Wed., Sept. 19     TBD
Sale Days:
    Thurs., Sept. 20     4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
        Friends Night-Join at the door
    Fri., Sept. 21     9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Sat., Sept. 22     9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Sun., Sept. 23     12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
        Bag Day-Fill a provided bag for $7

Questions? Contact us!

Volunteer at the Book Sale

The BOOK SALE is held every September. This is our primary fundraiser 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, please contact Carol Campell campell@verizon.net We need help with sorting, setup and selling. 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!

Dealers, if Friends members, are welcomed on Member’s night. No restrictions on scanners. After you select books to purchase, we will help you place them out of the browsing area. Any books you choose not to purchase need to be returned to their appropriate place. We look forward to seeing you and appreciate your business.

We would like to thank all donors, volunteers, buyers — everyone who made the 2017 sale our best ever!

* 2018 Growing Friends Campaign *

THANK YOU to all of the FRIENDS who have renewed their memberships. THANK YOU to NEW FRIENDS who have become members for the first time. WELCOME BACK to past FRIENDS who have rejoined after a lapse of their memberships.

Our JULY 4th, 2018 count of Friends members is 73, and here is an interesting perspective on the numbers during January through July 4:
* 38 FRIENDS renewed.
* 24 FRIENDS rejoined after a lapse of one or more years.
* 11 NEW FRIENDS were welcomed.
While we didn’t reach our goal of 100, we did reach the notable goal of MORE friends!

“GROWING FRIENDS” does not stop here. You can join any time during the year. Please use our online membership enrollment or visit the Library for an application form. Keep “GROWING FRIENDS” toward a new total on December 31.

Join us! Adults and teens are welcome! Our annual membership drive begins each spring when we mail our newsletter and membership form 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.
or stop in and pick one up from the library anytime.

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 a 10% (or more) discount from our growing list of local merchants. When you stop in at a shop, present your membership card. And please thank the staff for their generous support.

  • Crown Jewelers
  • Enchantments
  • Fabio’s Bistro
  • Fanwood Bagel
  • Fanwood Grill
  • Fanwood Pharmacy
  • Houdini Pizza Laboratory
  • Joli Visage Clinique
  • Nick’s Pizza and Deli
  • Norman’s Hallmark
  • Rocko’s Ice Cream
  • Scotchwood Florist
  • Shalom Fanwood Nails
  • The Town Book Store in Westfield

Families may join the Friends for $20 and individuals for $15.
Become a Sponsor for $25, and you get a stainless steel Friends water bottle plus 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 mug, plus all member benefits above.

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.
Click here to pay online, or 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

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

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

Click here to join the Friends ** And sign up for the Friends of the Library e-newsletter

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 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 renovation of the children’s room
  • Raising more than $12,000 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.

First Annual Second Chance Accessory Sale

The first Second Chance Accessory Sale took place May 5 to 7, 2017. It was a big success! Keep an eye out for round two.


Be an Over-the-Top Friends Supporter


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.
Click the image to see all of their names.



AmazonSmile — A New Way to Give


Support the Friends through AmazonSmile. Instead of going directly to Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and select “Friends of the Fanwood Memorial Library Inc.” AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible items to the Friends.



Download these .pdf Newsletters:


The Friends hold periodic meetings – keep an eye out here for the next date – and ALL ARE WELCOME! Please join us.
Call the library for more information. All Friends meetings take place at the library. You do not have to be a member to attend.

Friends Board 2018

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.