Friends of the Library

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.

The following are elected officers for 2013-14: Ella Urdang, president; Ann Sparanese, vice president; Cynthia Sumner, book sale vice president; Irmari Nacht, publicity vice president; Lisa Levien, membership vice president; Louise Schwartz, treasurer, and Adolfo Borromeo, secretary.

Also elected are the following board members; Serena Carson, Arnold Brown, Ann Davis, Bobbie Bouton-Goldberg, Betty Grossman, and James Cohen.


Recent Activities

Friends sold $15,000 in books

The book sale grosses over $15,000 during the annual sale Oct 17-20, 2013. “Although we didn’t break last year’s record ($17,972), I still think we did really well. I believe we sold even more books this year,” says Cynthia Sumner, vice president for book sale.

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The spring book sale will be on March 22-23, 2014.


From the Minutes of the Meeting

Donation to BCCLS scholarship fund

The board learned from library director Catherine Wolverton, who attended the BCCLS meeting last Oct 22nd, that BCCLS has a wonderful scholarship program. Two of our library staff recently received scholarship grants. Serena Carson suggested and the board approved an initial contribution of $200 toward the scholarship fund.

Friends to buy Kindle and Kindle Fire for children and adults

The library director showed samples of Amazon’s Kindle e-readers. She has earlier proposed four Kindles for adults and three Kindle Fires for children, costing about $2,000.

Friends allocates $3,000 for Music School JCC/Englewood students recitals

Ella Urdang, Friends president, is working with JCC music school director Dorothy Roffman, for a concert collaboration called Sunday Afternoon Concert Series. The board has earlier allocated a maximum funding of $3,000. For a start Ella may invite a couple of JCC singers to our next annual meeting.

JCC has an after-school partnership with the Englewood school system which includes “JCC music teachers going into schools, and selected Englewood students receiving scholarships for private music lessons at the JCC.”


Volunteer Opportunities

We are always pleased to welcome new volunteers to help with our book sale. Please contact Cynthia Sumner at 201-871-1164. If you have any books that you would like to donate, please call James Cohen at 201-816-9359, who will arrange to have them picked up.

Past Events

For more information on past Friends of the Englewood Public Library events, please click here.

Donate Items

Click here to learn more about donating books for our annual book sale.

Join the Friends Today!

Please take a moment to print out and complete the Friends Membership Registration Form (pdf). If you want to be notified about upcoming book sales and other events, please print your e-mail address on it. We look forward to your support of one of the true assets of our community.

We look forward to having you as a part of our wonderful organization!


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