Friends Officers

President
Merolyn Kelly
Vice-President
Yvette Warren-Hayes
Secretary
Mark Toone
Treasurer
Daniel Kitchen

Upcoming Events

Become a Friend

The Friends need your help to continue its good work. Please print this form, fill it out and send it along with your payment to:

The Friends of the
East Orange Public Library
c/o The East Orange
Public Library
21 South Arlington Ave.
East Orange, NJ 07018

For further information contact:
Carolyn Ryan-Reed,
Director - (973) 266-5607.

Friends of the Library

What We Do

Many people ask "Who are the Friends of East Orange Public Library? and What do they do?" The Friends is an alliance of business leaders, community leaders, civic leaders, and concerned citizens, just like you, who are dedicated to making the library a better place.

When you join the Friends, you help provide a bridge between the library and the community. Friends help organize reading groups, sponsor cultural affairs, host book signings, organize fund raising, and publish a newsletter. In short, Friends help make the East Orange Public Library the cultural center of the community. Everyone should consider becoming a Friend. We need involvement and support in preparing our library for the 21st century.

Our Goals

Over the years, the members have been very visible and aggressive in their continuing mission of support to The East Orange Public Library. Through their Annual Book Sale, the Friends have greatly assisted the Main Library, its branches, and the public by making funds available to replace outdated video, audio, and reading materials, as well as co-sponsoring the Cultural Affairs Concert Series that has highlighted local talent in the areas of music, art, dance, and poetry. The Friends are committed to meeting the needs of the community and are therefore eager to hear your concerns and focus on your needs. It is through your involvement that your needs can be met. Membership leads to ownership in the type of support that the Friends offer to the East Orange Public Library and the community. Many people ask "Who are the Friends of East Orange Public Library? and What do they do?" The Friends is an alliance of business leaders, community leaders, civic leaders, and concerned citizens, just like you, who are dedicated to making the library a better place.

Fund Raising

The cost of maintaining the Library's level of excellence poses a continuing challenge. The prices of hardcover books and magazine subscriptions have skyrocketed. The Library's collection keeps growing and changing. It now includes videos, audiobooks, online access to databases, and magazines.

The Library's main building is in need of major rehabilitation and renovations, including a new roof, heating and air conditioning system.

Computers have revolutionized the way information is stored, retrieved, and disseminated. Keeping pace has created new demands for equipment, materials, and technical skills.

The Friends group is committed to help raise funds to help meet these challenges as we begin the Library's next century of service.