Next Friends of the Library Planning Meeting:


Our next meeting date is Tuesday, May 3rd at 4pm at the Main Library (1379 Paterson Plank Road.) All are welcome to join us.

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

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 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! Be a part of The Giving Tree, on display at our library's new 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 a $1,000.00 scholarship to one resident of the town of Secaucus, who will graduate high school in 2022 and will be attending college beginning in the fall of 2022.

 

The Friends are also honored to announce that, for the first time, we will be awarding an additional $1500 scholarship, which is endowed through a generous donation made by the former congregation of the First Reformed Church of Secaucus and administered on their behalf.

To apply simultaneously for both high school graduate scholarships, please download this form and submit your completed application to:

 

Friends of the Secaucus Public Library

1379 Paterson Plank Road 

Secaucus, NJ 07094

Applications may also be dropped off in person at the library's first floor circulation desk. All materials must be received by 9pm on Tuesday, April 26th, 2022.

Note: Secaucus High School students should comply with application procedures and deadlines set by the Secaucus High School guidance office. 

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
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