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Fanwood Memorial Library Policy Manual
Section: Mission, Goals & Philosophy

Subject: 1.6 Friends of the Fanwood Memorial Library

The Library Board recognizes the vital role the Friends of the Fanwood Memorial Library play in promoting a wider knowledge and use of the library and its services, and in assisting the Board in developing a broader and better library program. As such, the Board formally recognizes the Friends of the Fanwood Memorial Library, which is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization and is incorporated as an LLC, Limited Liability Company (see 1.6.1 for the By-laws of the Friends of the Fanwood Memorial Library) .

The purpose of the Friends organization is to support the aims of the Library Board and foster closer relations between the Fanwood Memorial Library and the citizens of Fanwood; to promote knowledge of the functions, resources, services and needs of the library; to lead in development of a program for the extension and improvement of the library services and resources and to aid in the provision of adequate facilities for the library. The Friends strives to create public interest in the Fanwood Memorial Library, to promote increased knowledge and understanding of its services and needs, and to foster public support for the necessary development of the Library to the end that it may serve adequately the needs of the community.

Whereas, the Library Board represents citizen control of the library, the Friends of the Library represents citizen participation. The Library Board sets policy and establishes the goals of the library; the Friends of the Library supports the policy and assists the Board in reaching its goals.

The Library Board recognizes the vital role the Friends of the Library plays in promoting a wider knowledge and use of the library and its services, and in assisting the Board in developing a broader and better library program. It is the policy of the Library Board to work closely with the Friends of the Library to keep them informed about library service and to seek their assistance in achieving the best possible library service for the citizens of Fanwood.

The Friends, which is a volunteer group with annual membership dues, meets the above goals through services including, but not limited to, Homebound Services (see 2.3.2) and financial contributions that are generated through a variety of activities and fund-raising initiatives, among which is the Friends Annual Book sale and the annual membership dues. Funds in support of the library are turned over to the Director at the discretion of the Board of the Friends of the Fanwood Memorial Library are used, by mutual agreement, for the betterment of the Library.


Board of Trustees
Approved: June 8, 2009
Revised: February 8, 2016


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