Fanwood Book Sale’s $9,500 More Critical Than Ever
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 • 10:35pm
FANWOOD, NJ – The Friends of the Fanwood Memorial Library raised more than $9,500 at their 27th Annual Book Sale held in September. The book sale and the group’s membership subscriptions are the organizations only sources of funding that supports all of the library’s programming as well as materials that otherwise would never be purchased.
Without such annual infusions from The Friends, the library would have no fax machine, no animal stacks in the children’s department, and no MuseumPass. In 2013, there would have been no Dig Into Reading summer kids’ program, no appearance by Life of Pi screenwriter David Magee, and no concert by Grammy-award-winnning Lisa Gutkin.
These funds from the FRIENDS have become ever more critical because of library budget cuts totaling $40,000 over the past four years. In the near future, books may not be bought, hours could be reduced, and services phased out. Even now, the technology hardware and software are in dire need of replacement, repair, and upgrading.
The success of each FRIENDS sale depends on the many donations of gently used books and the scores of volunteers who offer their time. Book sale Chair Thena Rosahl said, “Thank you, thank you, to all those who brought us their books and DVDs. And a very special thanks to the forty people who contributed so many hours to sort and sell. It's a reunion we look forward to each year, and new participants are always welcomed!”
The FRIENDS also thank the Borough of Fanwood, Senior Citizens, and especially the Department of Public Works for their help and cooperation.
Collection days begin each September, about a week before the sale. More information and volunteer opportunities are available at fanwoodlibrary.org under the FRIENDS link.