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) organization that raises money for services, special items, and programs beyond the library’s annual budget, 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.

In 2018, we are proud of raising nearly $13,000 at our annual book sale and growing our membership by 59%. These efforts enable us to:
                   Fund all programs for children and adults
                   Co-sponsor Museum Pass with the Scotch Plains library Friends
                   Purchase computers, projectors, and similar technology
                   Support subscriptions like the one to eLibraryNJ for ebooks and audiobooks
                   Contribute to the renovation of the children’s room
                   Provide plants the Garden Club installs downtown for passersby to enjoy all summer

We also supply refreshments for programs and fund small requests that would otherwise go unfulfilled.

The Friends board does most of the organization’s work. But other great volunteers also help out, especially at the book sale.
                   President – Carol Campell
                   Vice President – (vacant)
                   Treasurer – David Richard
                   Secretary – (vacant)
                   Membership – Phyllis Brown, Annette Madarasz, Kathi Wildstein
                   Publicity, Newsletter – Katherine Balch, Annette Madarasz
                   Book Sale – (vacant)
                   Communications – Mindy Matthews
                   Museum Pass Program – Jane Van Haasteren
Members at Large
                   Kathi Wildstein, Joan Dickason, Thena Rosahl

The Friends Annual Meeting is coming up on May 1, 2019 at 7:30 and ALL ARE WELCOME! The meeting will featuring Rolling Stone TV critic Alan Sepinwall discussing his new book, “The Soprano Sessions.”
The Friends meet at the library about every other month, You do not have to be a member to attend. Please join us.

Dates are announced in the Friends Update, or call 908-322-6400 for details.

Contact Us
For more information, contact friends@fanwoodlibrary.org.

Council presents Friends proclamation 2018
Mayor Colleen Mahr and Councilwoman and Library Liaison Kathy Mitchell look on as Friends President Carol Campell and other members of the volunteer organization accept the borough’s proclamation of appreciation.


Our spring membership drive begins when we mail our newsletter and membership form to each Fanwood household. But we welcome members at any time! Many people join because they are library lovers. Others sign up because they appreciate how much the library provides in exchange for their tax-dollar investment.

To Join
You may enroll online or at the library.
                   Families may join the Friends for $20 and individuals for $15.
                   Become a Sponsor for $25 and get a Friends mug or water bottle plus all member benefits.
                   A contribution of $50 or more will add your name to our OVER-THE-TOP list and qualify you to receive
                      a Friends umbrella, plus all member benefits.

Join our board and reap even more benefits! Meet other people interested in ideas, literacy, and our community.
Or volunteer for a committee: Special Events, Publicity, Book Sale, Programs, or Membership.

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
                   10% (or more) discount from our growing list of local merchants
                              Crown Jewelers      Enchantments      Fabio’s Bistro      Fanwood Bagel      Fanwood Grille   
                              Fanwood Pharmacy      Houdini Pizza Laboratory      Joli Visage Clinique      Nick’s Pizza & Deli   
                              Norman’s Hallmark      Rocko’s Ice Cream      Scotchwood Florist      Shalom Fanwood Nails   
                              Town Bookstore (Westfield)   
When you shop, present your membership card. And please thank the staff for their generous support.

Growing Friends
This year we held a special membership drive called Growing Friends, hoping to recruit 100 members by July 4.

While we didn’t quite make it to that number this summer, we have welcomed 116 members as of October 31, an increase of 59% over the same period in 2017!

Welcome to those who joined us for the first time. And thank you to all who renewed their membership or rejoined after a lapse. You are what helps us achieve our goal of supporting the Fanwood Memorial Library.


The Friends welcome donations in many forms. You don’t have to be a member to donate in a small or big way. You can donate online here.

Give Small
Small donations may be part of a family celebration and remembrance. Parents could donate a book for a child’s birthday or graduation. Friends and family might start a collection for a loved one with a special interest.

Give Big
Distributing assets accumulated over a lifetime often requires expert advice. Planned giving may make a larger gift to the Friends possible, while lowering inheritance tax and leaving a legacy.

Give While You Shop
Amazon enables shoppers to support the Friends through AmazonSmile.amazonsmileInstead of going directly to Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and select “Friends of the Fanwood Memorial Library.” Then shop as usual. AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible items to the Friends.
As of November 2018, buyers have added more than $340 to our coffers. Thank you!

Friends 2018 Fall Book Sale

For the first time ever our fall book sale generated nearly $13,000. Thank you to all donors, buyers, and the 78 volunteers who made the 2018 sale our best ever.

Proceeds from the sale fuel purchases of equipment, furniture, and programs for people of all ages—from MuseumPass to the kids’ summer reading program to teen book clubs and adult concerts.

Held every September, the book sale is the Friends primary fundraiser, and volunteers are key to its success. We need help with sorting, setup, and selling. To join the fun, contact us!

Note to dealers: We place no restrictions on scanners but require an orderly selection and buying process. We look forward to seeing you on Members Night or any other sale day and appreciate your business.


The Friends publish and snail-mail the newsletter each spring to every Fanwood residence. Inside, you’ll find a form to join us. Your membership qualifies you to also receive periodic updates via email.
                   Spring 2018
                   Spring 2017
                   Spring 2016
                   Spring 2015
                   Spring 2014
                   Spring 2013
                   Spring 2012