The Friends of the Library - Mission & Board of Directors

The Friends of the Bernards Township Library is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization made up of dedicated volunteers who are devoted to providing the library with the support it needs to continue to deliver its community members of all ages with high quality programs, presentations, materials and events.

Friends Board of Directors

Executive Board

  • President - Noah Ginter
  • Vice President- Vacant
  • Treasurer- Joe Ryder
  • Secretary- Ellie Bedrosian
  • Board of Trustees Liaison - Vacant
  • Library Director- Ruth Lufkin (Ex Officio)  

 

Standing Board

  • VITA Coordinator - Joe Ryder  
  • Charter Day - Vacant
  • Leisure Learning Library Coordinator - Maureen Norton
     
What The Friends of the Library Do

The Friends of the Bernards Township Library support our library. Since its inception, the library has served as an important cornerstone in our community. Not only does it provide great books and reading materials in a wide variety of formats, it also sponsors important programs, activities, and events that make it such an appealing community center for education, culture and knowledge.  None of this would be possible without the support of the Friends. 

The primary task of the Friends is to provide funding to the library. We do this by holding fundraisers as well as soliciting donations by mail through our annual mail appeal.

2017 Purchases
How You Can Help

Join us at a quarterly meetings!   Meetings are always at 7:00pm at the Library.

Upcoming meetings

  • August 13, 2018
  • November 12, 2018
  • February 11, 2019
  • May 13, 2019

Do you have any special skills? If so, we are always looking for talented volunteers to help us provide the library with an even greater level of support. Currently, we are looking for volunteers with the following skills: Computer/Web Design/Technical, Public Relations/Marketing, Fundraising, Event Planning. Please email btlibraryfriends@gmail.com and indicate your skills. Thank you very much for your interest.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Donate

Please support our initiative by clicking on the "Donate" button to make a gift.  Alternatively, print out the Friends Membership Application and enclose your check contributing to the Friends of the Bernards Township Library fund-raising campaign, fold in thirds and mail or drop off at the Library. 

You can increase the effectiveness of your gift if your employer has a matching gifts program.  Simply follow your company procedures -- usually a simple form or a quick call is all that is required.  If you donate through the United Way, then you can direct your United Way of Tri-State contribution to the Friends.  Our code is 011826.

The Friends of Bernards Township Library, Inc. is registered as a 501 (c) (3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service. Gifts to the Friends are tax deductible.

Student Volunteers

Who can volunteer?

Children’s Library: Students in grades 7-12 who possess or are eligible for a Bernards Township Library card.

Library Helpers: Students in grades 7-12. Must be available weekdays from 3-5.

Tech Teens: Please review the Tech Teen requirements. Tech Teens must be in grades 9-12. 

Apply to volunteer!

For more information about Teen Volunteering, please contact Karen Andriolo, Teen Librarian at kandriolo@bernards.org or 908-204-3031 ext. 5

Adult Volunteers

Apply to volunteer!

Adult volunteers generally help the Interlibrary Loan Department with the packing and unpacking books.  If you have any special skills you would think would benefit the library, please let us know! 

For more information about Adult Volunteering, please contact Madeleine Roese, Reference Librarian at mroese@bernards.org or 908-204-3031 ext. 4.

Donate Items

The Library welcomes your donations of: 

  • books
  • magazines
  • DVDs and Blu-ray discs
  • music CDs

The Library will sort through the donations and make final decisions on the disposition of the material -- add the items to the collection, sell, give to groups in need, give away for free, or discard. 
Please bring your donations to the Circulation desk on the upper level.  The Library will give you a letter acknowledging your donation for tax purposes.   The Library has limited storage space, so please limit your donations to one bag per week.  Thank you!

Donate Money

Support the Friends of the Library!
Donate:

Please support our initiative by clicking on the "Donate" button to make a gift.  Alternatively, print out the Friends Membership Application and enclose your check contributing to the Friends of the Bernards Township Library fund-raising campaign, fold in thirds and mail or drop off at the Library. 

You can increase the effectiveness of your gift if your employer has a matching gifts program.  Simply follow your company procedures -- usually a simple form or a quick call is all that is required.  If you donate through the United Way, then you can direct your United Way of Tri-State contribution to the Friends.  Our code is 011826.

The Friends of Bernards Township Library, Inc. is registered as a 501 (c) (3) organization by the Internal Revenue Service. Gifts to the Friends are tax deductible.

Memorial | Honor Donation Program

The Friends of the Bernards Township Library's Memorial | Honor Donation Program offers patrons the opportunity to donate funds for the purchase of
a book to add to the Library's collection to remember or honor a friend, relative, special person, or even a pet.

Consider an Honorary Donation if you are looking for a thoughtful gift to honor a special person, relationships or events in your life or the lives of others?  
Occasions:  Anniversary, Birthday, Graduation, Birth, Christening, Marriage

Consider a Memorial Donation if you want to celebrate the life of a loved one, friend, neighbor, colleague, or pet?

With a minimum contribution of $20.00, a book in a subject of your choice will be handsomely plated. The Library will notify the person
or family, of your gift with a personal letter.

Memorial | Honor Donation Form