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Friends of the Fort Lee Library

Supporting the Library through fundraising and volunteerism.

Supporting the Library through fundraising and volunteerism.

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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 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 it will support and fund. Updates on fundraising goals and services we will support are provided during our full Member meetings.

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 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 each event 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 one hour or as much as you feel comfortable. Consider helping us strategize and plan with the Membership co-chairs. Are you friendly and want to encourage funding for library services? This is the group for you.

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. If you have ideas for how to make the Book Sale more exciting and don’t mind sorting through books and working at the sale — this is the group for you!

Why Join Now?

2019 is a significant year for the Fort Lee Public Library – it’s the 100th anniversary! As a special gift to the Fort Lee Public Library, many residents and library patrons wanted to start this organization to show their commitment to assist the Fort Lee Public Library in its goal to be a key asset in Fort Lee.

Benefits of Membership

Benefits for our Founding Friends include:

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

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. We are working on setting up an online donation system, which will be ready later this year.

We hope that everyone becomes a Friend!

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 2018 donations were sent to all donors/members by January 31, 2019.

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

Questions?

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

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