Friends of the Library

About the Friends


friends_logoThe 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.


Current Activities

Sunday Book Giveaway, Nov 23, 2014 bkgiveaway

The Sunday “Book Giveaway” was a huge success. As Ella Urdang, Friends President said, “The price was right”.

Cynthia Sumner, VP for Book Sales, said that after each book sale “we empty the shelves in the hallway to make room for new donations.  To accomplish this quickly we have a one day Book Giveaway.  We open the event first to teachers and representatives of local charities who pick up books for their classrooms, nursing homes and hospitals.  Then the general public comes in for the free books.  Although this event does not generate cash, it does generate goodwill and gives back to the people who support our book sales.

“This year’s Giveaway was especially effective due to Monica Sanchez, Senior Librarian, who designed and distributed a flier to publicize the event through email and on Facebook.  Many of the shoppers said they found out about the event when they saw this flier.”

Computer Fund Allocationtablets4

In a request to the Friends, the library director asked that some or all of the $13,000 already allocated for iPads be used to the purchase of MacBook Pros. These Apple Computers will be used on a nonexclusive basis by the national nonprofit group Girls Who Code.

Ella Urdang, the Friends president, says this is part of a current “movement” in education to involve girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The board is amenable to this request, and welcomes a formal proposal from the director for a possible increase in funding.

October Book Sale Was a Successbooksale 2

The October book sale grossed over $13,000, according to Cynthia Sumner, VP for Book Sales.  Although the rainy, cold weather resulted in a smaller than usual crowd on Thursday, sales for the rest of the 4-day event were great.  Contributing to the success was the sale of several “Super Special” books. These included a signed biography of Willie Mays, and a signed book by Hillary Clinton… each of which sold for $100… as well as a signed “Joy of Cooking” cookbook which sold for $200!

In addition, during this sale, someone agreed to buy the 130 bound volumes of Life Magazine which have been taking up so much storage space.  The buyer agreed to pay $200 and picked them up on Sunday during the Book Giveaway.

“Due to upcoming changes in the available space for future book sales, we are holding off accepting new book donations until details about the changes can be worked out,” Cynthia said.

Tiny Free Libraries Are Comingfree-tiny-house-library-03

The board allocated $600 to start the project, with a prototype (or kit) of a “miniature library”. Catherine Wolverton, director of the Englewood Public Library, has offered the front lawn as the site of the first “tiny library”. Scott Reddin, former councilman and civic leader, is helping with this project. A committee formed to take charge of this project include Scott Reddin, Irmari Nacht and Ella Urdang, with the collaboration of Catherine Wolverton.

Irmari said that little free libraries are a community movement in the United States and world-wide which offers free books housed in small containers to members of the community. They are miniature lending libraries where anyone can take or leave a book under the honor system. They are also referred to as community book exchanges, book trading posts, pop-up libraries. She suggested we call ours “tiny free library”.

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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