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Friends Profile: Ellen Cramer
"I went to that meeting and was so impressed with the commitment of the women on the board to helping the library. I knew that I wanted to be a part of this group."
East Brunswick Public Library has one of the most active Friends of the Library groups in New Jersey. We had a chance to sit down with one of our longtime Friends, Ellen Cramer.
What are your earliest members of East Brunswick Public Library?
"As an avid reader and commuter, I sought out the library shortly after moving to East Brunswick in 1979. When I had my first child in 1982, my time to read diminished considerably, but my children and I became frequent library visitors and came to many children's programs. I soon found out about the Friends of the Library and became a member. As my children got older, I volunteered to send out mailings and help at the book sale."
When did you join the Friends' Executive Board?
"At the book sale in 2007, I was chatting with Robin Rushfield (then slated to be the next President of the Friends), and she suggested that I come to the next meeting of their executive board to see if I wanted to become more involved. I went to that meeting and was so impressed with the commitment of the women on the board to helping the library. I knew that I wanted to be a part of this group."
What titles have you held in the Friends of the Library?
"I have been Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Financial Secretary and President (five times)."
What is your favorite part of being a Friend of the Library?
"It is very gratifying to know that thanks to our group, that the library has a well-stocked makerspace, a museum pass program, and wonderful programming for children and adults, as well as many other extras that the library budget doesn't provide for."
What do you think makes the Friends of the East Brunswick Public Library such a successful group?
"The members. I have gotten to know and work with an amazing group of ladies on the Executive Board, as well as working with several members of the library staff who are so dedicated and committed to making the East Brunswick Public Library the welcoming and amazing library that it is."