Library Friends To Begin New Chapter
Friends of the Midland Park Memorial Library are holding a revitalization meeting on Aug. 27 from 7:45 to 8:45 pm in the library's Community Room to kick start the fall season. The meeting is open to anyone who is interested in supporting the library. The Friends provide extra and value-added items that are not always allowed for in the Library’s routine budget. Wireless internet access, informational programming for children and adults, and seminars are just some of the past contributions made to the community.
"The Friends are to the library what the PTA is to the schools," explained LIbrary Direct Sue Lazzari, who has put together a wish list of items for the library that are not in the $400,000 budget the Borough Council allots for the library. Topping the list: Additional WiFi to ensure wireless internet access from all sections of the library, eReaders and other technology for circulating, educational materials, a learning center activity room and more best sellers.
The Friends organization dates back to 1926 when it was incorporated at the Midland Park Library Association. In 1940, the group was rebranded as the Midland Park Library Guild and it took its current name in 1978.
Much like the Chamber of Commerce and other once vital volunteer organizations, the Friends of the Library have been less active over the past several years. A group of concerned residents — the Community Alliance of Midland Park (CAMP) — are hoping to bring revitalization to Midland Park, starting with organizations that are crucial to the health of a community.
"A library is the heart of the community," said Jennifer Triolo, who is spearheading the revitalization effort. "It's a place to make connections within town and the world. It's a place of comfort and exploration. It's a place to show kids the magic of books and what all is possible."
Her love of libraries date back to her own childhood and its something she loves to share with her kids today.
"I still can recite the two library card numbers of my childhood, first the family's and then my own," said Triolo, who is also founding member of CAMP.. "My own kids love the activities that are offered now and participate in the reading programs each year. I would like to see more offered to all age groups, not just kids."
Anyone interested in joining the Friends and “thinking big” to help the Midland Park Library is encouraged to attend. The Aug. 27 meeting will include nomination of officers and committee chairs. If interested in holding an office on the board, volunteering to chair a committee or have any other ideas or questions, contact Triolo at 201-444-6835 or firstname.lastname@example.org.