The Library has some great “Friends.”
The East Brunswick Friends of the Library received the 2009 Libraries of Middlesex Friends Award during a ceremony at Farrington Manor on Tuesday, Sept. 29.
The group has always been strong supporters and advocates of The Library, providing funding for an amazing array of programs for children, enhancing The Library’s mission to provide lifelong learning and particularly, to making the Library welcoming to everyone in our diverse community.
The list of Friends accomplishments this year is a long one. In 2009, in order to help library staff assist customers in these tough economic times, the Friends of the Library funded a wide array of adult programming aimed at job hunters, entrepreneurs and alternative employment opportunities. Programs teaching computer skills, resume writing and interview techniques were added to the adult programming lineup thanks to funding supplied by the Friends of the Library.
In addition, as construction on the new library “push-out” nears completion, The Friends have committed funds to furnish an Adult Quiet Reading Area with living room furnishings that will set the tone for a peaceful, serene reading space in The Library. The Friends generosity and commitment to provide the “extras” that are enjoyed by all residents did not stop there. They also sponsored new carpeting and a futuristic bulletin board in the Youth Services department.
In the midst of a difficult cut to The Library budget, The Friends have been a “shining light.” Responding to the challenge head on, The Friends’ Executive Board held planning meetings all summer long, developing new ideas with regard to fundraising, membership, and marketing, as well as a strategic planning to help the beloved East Brunswick Public Library move forward in the coming year.