Friends of the Library

About the Friends


friends_logoThe Friends of the Englewood Library is 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 the current board directors and officers for 2015-2016: Ella Urdang, president; Cynthia Sumner, vp for book sale; Louise Schwartz and Ella Urdang, interim chairpersons for membership; Louise Schwartz, treasurer; Adolfo Borromeo, secretary; Arnold Brown; Serena Carson; Bobby Bouton-Goldberg; Birgitha Tray, and Lisa Levien.

These are the standing and newly created committees: Trustee Liaison: Arnold Brown; Publicity: Irmari Nacht; Tiny Free Library: Irmari Nacht, Scott Reddin, Ella Urdang; Nominations: Bobbie Bouton-Goldberg, Irmari Nacht; Author Visits: Dee Helm, Anita Newkirk.

Fall Book Sale

The Friends of the Englewood Public Library  will host the annual fall  book sale on Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 23, 10 am to 6 pm, in the basement of the Renaissance Center, 15 Engle Street, Englewood, NJ.

Museum Pass Program

The Friends of the Englewood Public Library are pleased to offer this Museum Pass Program, an exciting cultural opportunity for the residents of Englewood to visit local museums at no cost. Free admission tickets, as well as other special perks, are currently available for the following museums:

American Museum of Natural History

  • One voucher per person. Limit of 6 vouchers per transaction.
  • Each voucher allows free admission to the museum as well as admission to one temporary exhibition, IMAX film, Space Show, OR Seasonal Live Animal Exhibit.
  • Voucher also provides the discounted members’ rate on additional special exhibition tickets purchased the day you visit the museum.
  • Vouchers have an expiration date and must be used by the date marked.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan

  • Pass allows free admission for up to 4 people of any age.
  • Pass provides 10% discount off purchases at museum store.
  • Reservation and $20.00 cash-only deposit required.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

  • Pass allows free admission for up to 6 people as well as access to the “Member Exclusive Line,” which reduces wait time for entrance into the museum. Space Shuttle Pavilion admission is not included.
  • Reservation and $20.00 cash-only deposit required.

New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

  • Unlimited free admission to the museum, library and DiMenna Children’s History Museum for 2 adults living at same address and unlimited children under age 18.
  • Free ticket to one Family Program of your choosing.
  • Opportunity to host a birthday party in the DiMenna Children’s History Museum.
  • Reservation and $20.00 cash-only deposit required.

 Newark Museum

  • Pass allows free admission for up to 2 adults and unlimited children under age 16.
  • Pass provides 10% discount on purchases at the museum gift shop.
  • Discounted admission to planetarium.
  • Reservation and $20.00 cash-only deposit required.

The Friends of the Englewood Library need your support to continue providing these great services for our community. Membership begins with a small donation; please pick up an application today!

Museum Pass Borrower Agreement

Name:_______________________________  Library Card #:________________________

Museum Requested:______________________  Amount of Cash Deposit Received: ________

Pick up Date:__________________________   Planned Return Date:___________________

Borrower’s Signature:____________________    Library Employee Initials:________________

Date Pass Returned:_____________________    Fees Deducted from Deposit: ____________

Reason for Deductions:_____________________________________________________________

Amount Returned to Borrower:______________   Library Employee Initials:________________

I acknowledge receipt of deposit refund:___________________________________________

Borrower’s Signature

 American Museum of Natural History Voucher

Name:______________________________     Library Card #:________________________

Number of Vouchers Given: ___________(limit 6 vouchers/transaction)

Library Employee Initials:_______________        Date: ________________________________

Terms and Conditions

Eligibility: Person requesting vouchers or reserving a pass must be an Englewood resident, 18 years or older, with a valid Englewood Public Library card in good standing. Museums have the right to ask a visitor with a library pass to present his or her library card, so it is highly recommended that you bring your card with you that day.

Availability: Reservations for passes will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations can be made up to two months in advance by calling the library at 201-568-2215 or visiting the circulation desk.

Returns: The pass must be returned the day after use unless the library is closed on that day. Pickup and return dates must be agreed upon at time of reservation.

Deposit: The deposit required for passes is to ensure that the pass is returned to the library on the agreed-upon date. The deposit (minus any applicable late fees) will be refunded to you when the pass is returned to the library.

Cancellation: You may cancel or reschedule a reservation by telephone or in person at any time up to and including the date of your pickup. If another patron has made a reservation in the interim, you may need to return the pass to the library and pick it up again the day before your rescheduled reservation. Your cash deposit will be returned at the library only.

Late Fees: $5.00 will be deducted from your deposit each day the pass is not returned past the agreed-upon date.

Deposit Forfeit: The full deposit will be forfeited by you if the pass is not returned within 4 library-open days after the agreed-upon return date OR if the next reservation could not be honored because of a late return. If you continue to hold onto the pass, you will incur a $5 late fee for each succeeding day.

Lost Passes: Patron assumes full responsibility to reimburse the Friends of the Englewood Library for the replacement cost of any lost pass. Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Intrepid and NY Historical Society: $50. Newark Museum: $80.

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.

Friends eNewsletters

For more information on current and 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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