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.

We are proud of our growing membership and raising more than $30,000 at our annual book sales over the past few years. These efforts enable us to:
  Fund programs for children and adults
  Co-sponsor Museum Pass with the Scotch Plains Library Friends
  Purchase computers, projectors, and similar technology
  Support online subscriptions for e-books, audio books, and the New York Times.
  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.

Friends Fall Book Sale 2022

Sale Days are October 7th, 8th,  and 9th at Forest Road Park.

Thursday, October 6th from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm is Members Night. You can join at the door! Teachers receive a 10% discount.


General Sale Day Hours:
Friday, October 7th: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, October 8th: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 9th: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm is Bag Day: all you can fit in our bags for $8

Donation Days at FOREST ROAD PARK (153 Forest Road, Fanwood, NJ 07090)
Friday, September 30th: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, October 1st: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 2nd: Noon – 4:00 pm
Monday, October 3rd: Noon – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, October 4th: 9:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please do not drop donations at the library. All donations must be dropped off during Donation Days at Forest Road Park (153 Forest Road, Fanwood, NJ 07090).

We do not accept musty, yellowed or damaged books or textbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries, videotapes or condensed book Also, no travel or reference books published before 2019.

The book sale is a fun way for Scouts, students, and families to serve their community. To volunteer, sign up for your desired shift(s) using our scheduling form. Please email fmlbooksales@gmail.com if you have any issues completing our scheduling form.

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 (you can join at the door) or any other sale day and appreciate your business.


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 – Sally Hogan
  Publicity, Newsletter – Katherine Balch, Annette Madarasz, Mindy Matthews
  Book Sale – (vacant)
  Museum Pass Program – Erica Feldman
Members at Large
  Kathi Wildstein, Thena Rosahl, Tracy Farrell Rasmussen, Diana Chaves


The Friends typically meet at the library about every other month. Please check back for information about the next meeting.

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

Contact Us

For more information, or for the link to attend the virtual meeting, 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.
  Join the Friends for $25 with our Holiday 2020 SPECIAL
  A contribution of $50 or more will add your name to our OVER-THE-TOP list

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
  Email updates, including what’s happening at area museums
  10% (or more) discount from our growing list of these local merchants:
  Crown Jewelers
Fabio’s Bistro
Fanwood Bagel
  Fanwood Larder
  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)
* Discount applies to select items.
Present your membership card when you shop, and please thank the staff for their generous support!


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.


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 2019
Spring 2018
Spring 2017
Spring 2016
Spring 2015
Spring 2014
Spring 2013
Spring 2012