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 Activitiesfriends_current activity

Academy awards spring film festival


David Schwalbe, officer in charge of the recently concluded film fest. About 420 attended  the two-month long showing of oscar-winning movies. Among films shown were Gravity, Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club, and The Wolf of Wall Street.


From the Minutes of the Meeting of May 6, 2014

More museum passes

Catherine the library director is happy to report that the library has added two more passes to our current two. We now have the Guggenheim and the Manhattan Children’s Museum, in addition to the Intrepid and the Museum of Natural History. Upon suggestion by Louise our treasurer, Catherine will also look into getting passes for the Metropolitan Museum.

Friends to provide 15-20 iPads

Catherine says the library doesn’t have “the same” technology as schools in the Bergen County area, which is Apple-based. So she’s asking the Friends to augment our aging computers with the purchase of 15-20 iPads (including software, stands, power cords, charging cables) for $10,000 – $13,000. Ann of our advocacy group moved for funding of $13,000, which the board unanimously approved.

Concerts by New York Music School

Encouraged by the recently concluded concerts by JCC Music School, our president Ella will confer with NY Music School on possible performances in the summer. She says she brought in JCC (whose students are mostly from Englewood) to enhance the library’s educational/cultural relationship with the public school system. “In the same vein, we want to increase participation and membership by Englewood Cliffs composed mostly of Korean residents whose children are students of NY Music School.”

Katharine Glynn, president of the library board of trustees, says inviting the group is a good way of encouraging participation by EC, our cosharer with BCCLS services.


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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