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. 

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 IN 2020! Be a part of The Giving Tree, on display at the soon-to-open library 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:

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 Monday, April 6th, 2020. 

 

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

 

Friends of the Secaucus Public Library 2020 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:

Wednesday, March 18th. 4pm.

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

and fundraisers, including the 3rd Annual Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show.

Next Friends of the Library Special Events:

St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the Secaucus Public Library

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020. 6:30pm

Free Event. Registration via the online calendar on this website is required. 

Afternoon Tea with Friends Fundraiser

High SocieTea House in Wayne, NJ

Sunday, April 5th, 2020. 3pm to 6pm

Transportation available- bus leaves library parking lot at 2pm. 

Tickets for our Afternoon Tea are on sale now at the Secaucus Public Library.

The $40 price includes tea, finger sandwiches, scones and desserts. 

This event is intended for adults over the age of 16. 

For more information, email Jenifer May at may@secaucus.bccls.org or call 201-330-2083 x4011.

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

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