Friends of the Library

2019 Spring Book Sale: Friday 4/5, Saturday 4/6, & Sunday 4/7, 10am-6pm in the Renaissance Building

About the Friends







The Friends of the Englewood Library is a nonprofit organization comprised of volunteers who are dedicated to supporting and enriching the Englewood Public Library. Your membership dollars help purchase numerous materials and fund programs in addition to what is provided through the library’s annual budget.

Election of Directors and Officers. The elected members of the board of directors for a 2-year term as of Jan 2019 are Serena Carson, Bobbie Bouton-Goldberg, Deiadre Helm, Connie Lee, Lisa Levien, Irmari Nacht, Jonathan Nacht, Dorothy Nelsen-Gille, Louise Schwartz, Kathy Silberstein, Birgitha Tray, Ella Urdang, Adolfo Borromeo.

The elected officers are Ella Urdang, president; Birgitha Tray, vp book sales; Louise Schwartz, treasurer; Adolfo Borromeo, secretary, and Irmari Nacht, publicity officer.

Standing Committees and their members who work closely with directors but are not members of the board are: Advocacy — Ann Sparanese; Membership — Carol Bodian (co-chair), Book Sale — Stu Tray (co-chair), and many book sale volunteers; Tiny Free Library — TFL volunteers. The nominating committee is composed of Bobbie Bouton- Goldberg, Deiadre Helm, Irmari Nacht. Special Consultant – James S Cohen.

The Oct Book Sale grossed $12,718. The Friends end of the month balance was $47,669. Birgitha Tray, vp book sale, says volunteers are busy picking up donors books, sorting and moving them to our book site in Renaissance Bldg, in time for our sale in April.

Among Library Director John Arthur’s projects, goals and objectives for 2019, where the Friends can provide support and financial assistance are Program budget — $22,000 Programming for children, teens and adults:

$5,000 for children’s programs, including summer reading programs $5,000 for teen programs, including summer reading $12,000 for family and adult programs, including Shakespeare outdoor performances in the summer 5,000 for museum passes 5,000 for additional digitization of archival materials 2,000 for ESL materials and services $34,000 Total

Digitization Update — Digital copies of Englewood Press can now be accessed at the library’s website • Other items we could digitize are Bergen News 1993-1999, Englewood Press 1890-1893, and Englewood Standard 1879-1882.

The board approved to appropriate $22,000 for programming for children, teens and families/adults; we shall subscribe to more museum passes as demanded, and additional digitization will depend on securing donors who are long-time business and personal residents in Englewood. The expansion of literacy and ESL services will be provided as needed. To get the newly created committee Project Ice Rink started, the board approved seed money of $200. The event will be held at Mackay ice rink arena in March. The co-chairpersons are Deiadre Helm and Manuel Barrientos.

Ella Urdang, president, reiterates the Friends of the Library Goals for 2019-2021

  1. To support the library in the ways that are beneficial for the community as determined by library staff and the Board of Trustees 2. To help the library gather enough resources to support the growth of library programming and events 3. To increase Friends membership and engagement with the community 4. To continue to grow the annual book sales, increasing the amount of funds raised for library services and equipment 5. To assist with public relations efforts on behalf of the library

Book Sale & Volunteer Opportunities We are always pleased to welcome new volunteers. If you wish to help with the next book sale, please call Ella Urdang, president, at 201-227-7464. If you have a large collection of books to donate or unable to transport them yourself, please contact Stu Tray at 201-768-1272 who will arrange to have them picked up.


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