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

  • 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

  • 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 the library’s first floor circulation desk or click the link below to download and print the application.

Application for Membership

 

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. 

Monetary donations can be made online through Paypal using a Paypal account, credit card or debit card by clicking on the Donate button below.

 

 

Donations can also 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 Memorial Book 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. 

In Memoriam donation form cards are also available at the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center, as well as at Mack Memorial Home. These cards enable you to make a donation to the Friends of the Secaucus Public Library in memory of a departed loved one. The information required on the card includes the name and address of the person making the donation and the name of the person from whom the library should acknowledge that the donation was made. The cards come with an envelope already addressed to the library. For donations of $25 or more, the library will place a customized "In Memory of" or "In Honor of" nameplate inside a recently purchased book (or books) for our circulating collection.

Friends of the Secaucus Public Library Scholarships:

The Friends of the Library are proud to offer annual scholarships to Secaucus residents starting their undergraduate students as well as scholarships for Secaucus residents pursuing a masters in Library and Information Science or other ALA-accredited graduate programs. 

 

To apply for the Friends of the Secaucus Public Library Scholarship for new undergraduate students, please download an application and submit it, along with all supporting documents, to the Friends of the Library, 1379 Paterson Plank Road, Secaucus, NJ no later than 9pm on Friday, April 26th, 2019. 

 

Scholarship applications for graduate students pursuing an MLS or MLIS degree will be posted in June. 

 

Friends of the Secaucus Public Library Scholarship Application

Friends of the Library Executive Board Members:

Karyn Lusskin, President
Zinnia Miller, 1st Vice President
Linda Gerson, 2nd Vice President
Georgine Gallo, Treasurer
Fred Grafeld, Secretary
Jenifer May, Library Director

Jacqueline Tuzzio, Library Board Liaison
Josephine DeGennaro, Past Presidential Advisor

Next Friends of the Library Planning Meeting:

Tuesday, August 13th. 4pm.

Join us in the library's 2nd floor conference room to help us plan for upcoming programs

and fundraisers, including the 2nd Annual Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show.

Next Friends of the Library Special Events:

2nd Annual Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show

Saturday, September 21st, 2019. 9am to 3pm.

Hudson Shakespeare Company production of Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

Thursday, October 17th, 2019. 7pm

Call Us: 201-330-2083   /   secaucuslibrary.org   /  1379 Paterson Plank Road, Secaucus, NJ 07094

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