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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our next General Membership Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 11th at 7pm at the Secaucus Public Library at 1379 Paterson Plank Road. Program to be announced soon!
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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 2023, 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 2023 submissions is Monday, April 3rd 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for information about upcoming scholarship opportunities or can download an application form here. The deadline for 2023 submissions is Monday, April 3rd by 9pm.
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