About The Friends
Every nonprofit institution needs Friends—and the East Brunswick Public Library is no exception. Fortunately, the Friends of The Library came into existence when The Library opened its doors in 1967. Along every step of the way, The Friends has been an enthusiastic and generous supporter, providing funds beyond the capabilities of The Library’s budget. That longtime partnership has resulted in countless additional programs and purchases of equipment, furnishing and materials, both print and online, that enable the library to offer those “extras” that make the difference. Chances are if you or your family have attended a children’s program, viewed a film, seen a well-known author, learned a new skill, or enjoyed a performance by a musical group at the library, the Friends were involved. Truly, people of all ages, backgrounds and tastes can find print and media materials and programs of interest to them, thanks in large part to contributions by The Friends.
The Friends of The Library is one of the largest such groups in New Jersey, approximately 1,600 members strong, including individuals, families, organizations and businesses. The key mission of this illustrious group of volunteers is to keep the library at the forefront of information services for the entire community and to promote public awareness of and encourage use of the library’s vast resources. The Friends has fulfilled its purpose so well that it has been honored by such bodies as the New Jersey Library Association and the United Way.
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In addition to supporting library programs, the Friends organizes and sponsors special events, such as the always anticipated Bargain Book and Media Sale; What’s It Worth? Antiques & Collectibles Appraisal; Phyllis Noar Puppetry Festival; as well as defensive driving classes and trips to museums, gardens, shows and other culturally relevant destinations. The Friends has provided startup funding for numerous collections, such as DVDs, computer software, and video games. It also promotes literacy through an annual grant to the Literacy Programs of New Jersey, supports professional development for Library staff, and sponsors an annual scholarship award to a graduating East Brunswick High School senior interested in library services.
How does the Friends accomplish all that? Thanks to proceeds from major fundraisers, such as the Bargain Book and Media Sale, and dues from members, the Friends is able to keep the library at the pinnacle of service. You can be a part of the Friends’ important work, just by joining.