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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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