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.

Friends Fall Book Sale

The book sale will not take place this September 2020. As such, we are not accepting books donations for the sale. Thank you for your support and we are looking forward to next year!

The best book bargains ever are right around the corner! Starting September 19, Fanwoodians will be able to purchase at rock-bottom prices books, DVDs, and books on tape for all ages. Teachers get a 10% discount. All proceeds go to the Fanwood Memorial Library to pay for electronic devices, programming, and services that aren’t covered in the regular budget.

The annual sale is made possible by donations of gently used materials. We will not accept old, smelly, or moldy books because we can’t sell them and must pay to recycle them.

The book sale is a fun way for Scouts, students, and families to serve their community. To volunteer,
write us at: fmlbooksales@gmail.com.

Book sale questions? 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 (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 – 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 meet at the library about every other month. You do not have to be a member to attend. Please join us. The next date will be announced soon.

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
  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 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

In 2018 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!


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