Friends of the Library

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Who We Are & What We Do

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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.

Membership

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:

  • Enchantments
  • Fanwood Bagel
  • Norman’s Hallmark
  • Scotchwood Florist
  • Double Dipper Cafe
  • Crown Jewelers
  • Oh’ Brian’s Pourhouse
  • The Town Book Store in Westfield

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 water bottle or a Friends logo umbrella, and all member benefits above. Families may join for $20 and individuals for $15.

Click here to join the Friends.(Don’t forget to send in your check)

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

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

Friends
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

Meetings

All Friends meetings take place at the library. You do not have to be a member to attend. A special annual membership meeting is coming up on Sunday, June 8, at 2:00 pm. It will be a Live at Your Library event — a family-friendly out-on-the-lawn concert with Reckon So (Dan Weiss & Mary Olive Smith). Bring a blanket and a chair, a picnic lunch, your kids, your neighbors and join us for a big afternoon of fun. Special kids set will be followed by more music.

FRIENDS 2014 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!

The FRIENDS of the Fanwood Memorial Library are looking for gently used books, CDs, and DVDs for their fall book sale. Proceeds from the sale pay for all library programs and for equipment and furniture outside the library budget. For the first time this year, the FRIENDS will also be advocating to update the building and services.

DONATION DATES
Bring your donations to Forest Road Park:

  • Friday, September 12 – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 13 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Monday, September 15 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday, September 16 – 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm (late night for those who work 9-5 to volunteer their time or their books!)
  • Wednesday, September 17 – 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

SALE DATES

  • Thursday, September 18 – 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm is Preview Night for Fanwood and Scotch Plains FRIENDS
  • Friday, September 19 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 20 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, September 21- 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm the sale wraps up with a $7 BAG DAY!


VOLUNTEER
The BOOK SALE is coming right up. This is our primary fundraiser for the library, and we need your help to make the sale a success. If you’d like to get involved with sorting or selling or both, please let
Lori Katz know your availability soon. Also think about involving a friend in the sale. It will ensure successful staffing.

You can sign up with your available times on the clipboard at Fanwood Memorial Library. Or you are welcome to contact Lori at the e-mail address below. Remember to provide your name, contact information, and availability, so she can create a schedule and let you know when you are assigned to work.

We really need you, and the volunteers always have a good time! Contact Lori with any questions you might have. Until the sale… Lori Katz: lori.friends.fml@verizon.net

DEALERS
We thank you for your business, especially when you adhere to our guidelines. We hope you’ll attend our 2014 sale on Friends Preview Night and become a member. 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. This year we also welcome scanners from 7 pm to 8 pm. Please contact us if you need special accommodation.

For book sale inquiries May to September, contact friends@fanwoodlibrary.org.

Friends Board 2014-2015

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
  • Member at large – Joan Dickason
  • Membership – Matilda Francis
  • Publicity – Katherine Balch, Annette Madarasz
  • Book Sale – Thena Rosahl
  • 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.