One of the largest nonprofit volunteer organizations of its kind in New Jersey, the East Brunswick Friends of The Library has been recognized by the United Way for its unwavering commitment to supporting library programs, services, and equipment. Created in 1967 with the opening of The Library, the Friends provides funds that enable The Library to offer the “extras” that go beyond the boundaries of its budget. Those funds come largely from membership dues and proceeds from its biggest fundraiser: Every March, people come from all over to shop at the one of the largest events of its kind in the region, the Friends’ weeklong Bargain Book and Media Sale held at Brunswick Square Mall.
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Knitting classes -- What’s It Worth? Antique and Collectibles Appraisals -- Book Discussion Group -- Defensive Driving classes that result in lower auto insurance premiums and reduced Motor Vehicle points on the participant’s driver’s license --Ballroom dancing instruction and the History of Salsa -- Meet the Author Series including Paula Marantz Cohen, Michael Riley and Jamie Novak -- Informative and fun programming, such as greeting card design, scrapbooking, tea leaves, dream interpretation, , interior design, one-stroke painting, and drumming workshop -- Fall and spring guest speakers, such as Jabari Asim and Alex Berenson -- Trips to museums, shows, and other cultural venues -- Live concerts featuring jazz, pop and classical performers -- Film festivals: international, popular, and fine film series.
Kids and Teens
James Hess Folklore and Storytelling Festival -- Phyllis Noar Puppetry Festival -- Yu-Gi-Oh!, Baby & Me, and Chess Club -- Teen Library Connection and Teen Coffeehouse -- Family sing-alongs -- Children’s craft programs and reading clubs -- Knitting classes -- world champion yo-yo demo.
Library web site redesign -- Specialty online databases -- Computers, software, and printers -- Professional training for staff.
New Teen Space furnishings -- Meeting room renovations
Start-up collections, such as DVDs and video games
Sponsored by the Friends this fund helps support the annual materials budget. Corporate matching gifts received by the Friends are dedicated to this fund.
The Friends present an annual scholarship to a deserving East Brunswick High School senior who has made a contribution to library services in the community.
The Friends encourages literacy through its support of Books To Keep, the holiday book distribution project of Middlesex County public libraries.
No wonder it’s the most esteemed library Friends group in New Jersey. You can join for as little as $10 a year and help the Friends keep The Library at the pinnacle of library service for everyone, of every age and background. Please call 732-390-6761 for more information.