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Friends of the Fort Lee Library

Supporting the Library through fundraising and volunteerism.

Supporting the Library through fundraising and volunteerism

Upcoming Friends Activities

Art Sale fundraiser: Saturday, October 12, 10:30am-4:00pm. Open to the public at the Library. Meet local artists, buy some art, and support the Library all at the same time! Follow us on Instagram @flplfriends to preview the art that will be available at the Art Sale.
Full Membership Meeting: Monday, October 28 at 6:30pm. The executive officers will review our many successes during our founding year as Friends, introduce a vote to modify the bylaws, and plans for 2020.
MEMBERS ONLY evening with Bill Ervolino: Friday, November 15 at 7:00pm. Tickets available to Members only. Contact FLPLfriends@gmail.com for more information.

Who are the Friends?

The Friends of the Fort Lee Public Library is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports library services through fundraising and volunteerism. We fulfill many of our volunteer and fundraising goals through the work of our Committees.

In conjunction with the library’s plans and goals, the Friends will decide which services to support and fund. Fundraising goals and services we will support are provided during our bi-annual full Membership meetings and monthly updates via email.

All communication from the Friends is via email.

How Are The Friends Organized?

It is not a requirement to join a committee to be a Friend, but for those interested, we have two standing Committees: Membership and Book Sale.

Membership & Events is responsible for attending library and local events to encourage new members to join or solicit donations from the public. These committee members will be at a Friends’ table at various events throughout the year. They are our most public-facing members who promote joining the Friends and getting people involved. You can volunteer for as little as a few hours once a year or help at every event. There will also be opportunities for planning social events for Friends Members.

Book Sale is in charge of planning, day-of fundraising ideas, setting up, working at, and cleaning up after the annual library Book Sale that happens each September. This is easily our biggest fundraiser and most fun interacting with the public while helping to raise money for the Library. If you are willing to help plan the sale, and don’t mind lifting and sorting through boxes of books, this is the group for you!

Benefits of Membership

Benefits for joining before December 31, 2019 and become a Founding Friend includes:

  • Early access to the annual Book Sale in September
  • Each member’s name on a plaque/sign at the library
  • Discount on your 2020 Friends Membership renewal
  • Invitation to Friends events like an author “meet and greet” or Members-only social events

New members who join as of January 1, 2020 onward will have all the rights and privileges of being a full member of the Friends but will not be entitled to a discount on upcoming membership renewals nor included on the Founding Friends plaque/sign to be put in the library in the future.

Dues and Donations

All money collected, less minimal expenses, will be used to support library services. Donations may be made with or without membership dues. At this time, we prefer checks and will accept cash.

Dues are not prorated but we welcome new members all year long. Membership renewals are paid during the month of January each year.

Because the Friends is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, your membership dues and any other donations to the Friends of the Fort Lee Public Library may be deducted from your US federal taxes. Email confirmation of your 2019 donations will be sent to all donors/members by January 31, 2020.

Please complete the FOUNDING FRIEND MEMBERSHIP FORM, include a check (made out to Friends of the Fort Lee Public Library) or cash, and put them in an envelope marked FRIENDS. You may submit to the library circulation desk or mail to:

Friends of the Fort Lee Public Library
320 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

How Else Can I Help the Friends

Help the Friends raise money for the Library every time you shop on Amazon. Login to https://smile.amazon.com/ with your regular Amazon username and password, select Friends of the Fort Lee Public Library from the list of charities, and the Friends will get 0.5% of your purchases from the AmazonSmile Foundation. Login through https://smile.amazon.com/ every time you shop on Amazon!

You can also donate books to the Fort Lee Library from its wishlist

Questions?

Please contact: President Michele Perez at flplfriends@gmail.com