New Friends Of The Oakland Public Library
The New Friends of the Oakland Public library exists to promote knowledge and interest in the functions, resources, services and needs of the library. This vital civic association assists in developing programs to extend and improve the library's resources.
Our endeavors in recent months have raised several thousand dollars to benefit the community through the library's outreach. Last September, we organized and held an art show and sale that featured the work of local artists. In April, we sold thousands of books, CDs, DVDs and puzzles for children and adults during our weekend-long used book sale. We sponsored a professional dramatic presentation, "First Mothers", just in time for Mothers' Day. The many local residents who came out on a Friday evening reported being thrilled by this informative production. Among the library programs the New Friends have been able to fund this year are: the summer reading and the therapy dog programs for children, high-demand books available for weekly rental for adults and free or greatly reduced-cost passes to the American Museum of Natural History and the Intrepid Museum of Air and Space for families.
The New Friends recently sponsored another successful art show on Sunday afternoon, September 23rd. We are constantly exploring new ways to help the Oakland Public Library fulfill its mission, and we welcome ideas and assistance from all who share our goals. In an effort to minimize meetings for busy people, The New Friends convene according to the dictates of ongoing projects, rather than on fixed dates. We will post each meeting date on the website, or you may contact the library for the details. We also hold an annual meeting in November to which we invite all members. All are welcome to join us.
The New Friends always welcome new members. We believe that Oakland residents are the library's greatest resource, and we hope everyone will want to become a stakeholder in a community resource that offers so much to so many. For more information or to join the New Friends, please see our webpage at www.oaklandnjlibrary.org/friends, or call the library at 201 337-3742.
Officers of the New Friends of the Oakland Library for 2013:
President: Lois Ann Folliard