The Friends of the Library
The Heart of the Community. Become a member of the unique organization - Friends of the Upper Saddle River Library (USRFL). For more than 40 years, the USRFL has
provided financial support to enhance the resources and services of the library, and with your support,
we will continue to help the Upper Saddle River Library grow and flourish. Please see below on how to support the Friends. Download the Friends Newsletter.
Support the library by making a tax deductible contribution to The Friends of the Library. The Donation categories below entitle you to a year-long membership with the Friends.
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The Library Needs Literacy Volunteers. Do you have an hour a week to spare? The literacy program at the Library needs volunteers to teach ESL to local adult residents who want to improve their English language skills. Prior teaching experience is not necessary. Leave your name at the Circulation Desk, and a member of the Friends of the Library will contact you.
The Friends of the Upper Saddle River Library are planning their Annual Art Exhibit during the month of May. Upper Saddle River adults and students in grades K–12 are welcome to exhibit their work in any medium. The artwork will be displayed throughout the library.
The Friends will provide an reception for all artists and their guests on Sunday, May 6, 2–4 pm. Enjoy refreshments and background music with The Lucas Brode Standards Trio, performing classic jazz from the past century by the genre's most memorable composers. The public is invited to join us for the opening reception and meet the wonderful artists living in our community.
Please let us know if you are interested in exhibiting by March 30th. email Ann Witkowski at: ann. firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone her at 201-327-2583.
Friends of the Library hosted the 2009 Book & Author Luncheon with Joyce Carol Oates. View photos
Donated Books Needed!
Libraries…“connect us to the past, inform our present, inspire our future, educate, entertain, enrich, build community, help students succeed…and are a great American bargain!” Come in to use yours!
The Friends work to raise money to support the library in a variety of ways:
• This year we completed the Young Adult (teen) solarium and community meeting room. This area provides a place for our Tweens/teens to meet, do homework, and work on group projects.
• In past years the USRFL have provided the funds for the Adult and Children's solarium as well as the elevator project to make our library barrier free. Special Programs included Sunday Music Programs, Great Literature Discussion Group, Upper Saddle River Let's Read Program, Teen and Children ongoing programs.
• Special Gifts: Playaways (MP3 players), Peek-A-Book, PA System, projection system, and digital camera.
• Youth Art Show - new in 2008
• Adult Art Show
• Annual Book & Author Luncheon
• Reference material, databases and special books • ESL Tutors
Our library CAN ONLY GROW greater as we look to the future. Already, the library stands as a wonderful cornerstone of our community providing opportunities for all to enjoy life long learning and to connect with the thoughts and ideas of others from ages past to the present.
The library is a valuable resource in our community. We need your support in meeting our goals to provide for its continued growth.
Please help us make certain that the USR Library will have the financial support necessary by downloading and mailing us the membership card and becoming a member of the USRFL today. Your generous support is a source of encouragement to all of us as we continue our mission to guarantee that our library remains a PRICELESS community resource for Upper Saddle River residents for years to come.
Patrick Brady, a noted artist and USR resident has painted the beautiful cherry blossom tree that adorns the wall in the circulation area. He has donated his art work to recognize the donations made by sponsor and benefactor contributions. Their gift entitles them to a cherry blossom name tag, either a family name or in honor or memoriam for a special relative or friend.
We welcome new members to join our group. We meet for lunch the first Monday of the month beginning in September and ending in June. If you are interested in joining us or if you would like to volunteer for one of our special projects such as the Adult Art Show, Children's Art Show, Booksales, Boutique, ESL Tutors, Directory Distribution, please leave your name at the Library circulation desk.