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.

* 2018 Growing Friends Campaign *
we’re looking for 100 new members by July 4, 2018 * BE ONE OF THEM!

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
  • Mara’s Cafe and Bakery
  • 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

FRIENDS 2018 Fall Book Sale

Worm looking rightEveryone looks forward to this annual fall event held at Forest Road Park.
This year the sale begins with:

  • Donations on September 14.
  • Members get first dibs on Thursday, September 20.
  • The sale opens to the public on Friday, September 21.

Thanks to Fanwood Borough and the senior citizens, we can set up and sell leisurely in September.  A special Friends Preview offers first dibs for members!

For book sale inquiries contact friends@fanwoodlibrary.org.

The FRIENDS of the Fanwood Memorial Library accepts gently used books, CDs and DVDs for their fall book sale. Proceeds from the sale pay for library programs and for equipment and furniture outside the library budget. The FRIENDS also advocate for The Fanwood Library Improvement Project (FLIP), which aims to improve and expand the building and services.

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 everyone who donated, volunteered, purchased or in any way took part in making the 2017 our best ever!

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:


Tom KrantzThe Friends Annual Meeting is Wednesday, May 9 at 7:00 pm at the library. ALL ARE WELCOME! After a brief discussion of Friends business, we’ll bring on author, Fanwood councilman, and communications director, Tom Krantz, this year’s featured speaker. Tom will speak about his first novel, Budland, self-publishing and more.
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.