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Become a Friend of the Library

or Renew Your Membership Today!

 

Friends membership is always encouraged and appreciated! If you are not already a Friends member,  you can join or renew your membership at the library at any time or by using our new online membership form!  

To contact the Friends, email us at secaucuslibraryfriends@gmail.com

Our next event, Shakespeare in the PAC, will feature the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ performing Julius Caesar. The performance is scheduled for Friday, April 12th at 7pm at the the Arthur F Couch Performing Arts Center at 11 Mill Ridge Road, Secaucus. Registration recommended via our online calendar.

All library and Friends of the Library programs are ADA accessible. Accommodations are available upon request by calling Jenifer at 201-330-2083 x4011 or emailing her at may@secaucus.bccls.org

Click on the Donate button to make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal.

Who are the Friends of the Library?
The Friends of the Secaucus Public Library is a non-profit organization benefiting the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center. Its membership consists of students, parents, alumni, patrons, business and professional groups, and all persons interested in promoting and supporting local library services.

Our Mission:
To stimulate awareness of the Secaucus Public Library as an informational, educational and cultural center for people of all ages in the community. To focus attention towards activities, to encourage gifts, endowments and bequests to support the “Freedom to Read” statement as expressed in the American Library Association Bill of Rights. 

These are just a sample of the activities, support and programs the Friends provide:

  • Annual and Seasonal Book Sales

  • Library Nights in the Park and other offsite, outdoor events

  • Visits by local authors, speakers, performers and musicians

  • Local History Digitization Projects, including the Secaucus Home News digitization and our 2015 History of the Secaucus Public Library Documentary (Available to view on our YouTube channel and the local history page on this website) 

  • Scholarships for local students at the undergraduate and graduate level

  • Upgrades to the library's technology equipment, including the library's mobile makerspace and a new 82" QLED TV for the library's meeting room

  • Independent Film Discussion Series

  • Youth Summer Reading Programs and Children’s Art Month

  • Museum Pass Lending Initiative 

  • Creation of the Children’s Reading Garden and the Frank A. Pinto Butterfly Garden

  • Extended Story Hour End of the Year Program

How to Join:

Membership forms are available at both library locations or click the link below to download and print the application.

Application for Membership.  

You can also join or renew your membership using our new online membership form. 

 

How can I make a donation to support the Friends of the Library?

​Donations to the Friends of the Secaucus Public Library are tax-deductible and are used to support cultural and educational programming at the library, museum pass and WiFi hotspot lending, local library outreach, makerspace initiatives, technology upgrades at the Secaucus Public Library, and annual scholarships to Secaucus residents graduating from high school as well as students pursuing a masters in Library Science and other ALA-accredited graduate programs. 

Donations can be made by check payable to the "Friends of the Secaucus Public Library" and mailed to: 

The Friends of the Secaucus Public Library

1379 Paterson Plank Road

Secaucus, NJ 07094

Donations of items and services are accepted at the discretion of the Friends of the Library Board. To make an in-kind donation or for any additional information regarding commemorative heritage wall or book donations, please contact Library Director Jenifer May at 201-330-2083 x 4011 or email may@secaucus.bccls.org

Heritage Wall Name Plates and Giving Tree Donations:


Join the hundreds of family names & messages already included on the Heritage Wall located in the first floor reading room. Three-line nameplates with a maximum 16 characters start at $100, with a variety of larger commemorative plaques available. 

NEW! Be a part of The Giving Tree, on display at our Katherine Steffens Annex at XChange.  Have your name or other special message (up to three lines; 25 characters per line) inscribed on one of the copper leaves adoring this permanent installation in the new branch library's adult reading room. Download a donation form here.

Friends of the Secaucus Public Library Scholarships for Graduating High School Seniors:

In order to assist our residents with the costs of college education, the Friends of the Secaucus Public Library are pleased to grant scholarships each year to local high school seniors.  Applicants may attend any high school, but must reside in Secaucus. 

 

The Friends are also honored to announce that they will be awarding a second scholarship in 2024, endowed through a generous donation made by the former congregation of the First Reformed Church of Secaucus and administered on their behalf. 

Students can apply for both scholarships simultaneously by printing and submitting the application found here. The deadline for 2024 submissions is Friday, April 12th by 9pm. 

 

 

Friends of the Secaucus Public Library Scholarships for Graduate Students in Library Science-related programs:

Secaucus residents who are enrolled in or plan to enroll in a Masters in Library and Information Science or other ALA-accredited graduate program should email secaucuslibraryfriends@gmail.com for information about upcoming scholarship opportunities.

Friends of the Library Executive Board Members:

Karyn Lusskin, President
Josephine DeGennaro, 1st Vice President
Constance Darrow, 2nd Vice President
Linda Gerson, Treasurer
Fred Grafeld, Secretary
Jenifer May, Library Director

Jacqueline Tuzzio, Library Board Liaison
Zinnia Miller, Past Presidential Advisor

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