January 26, 2014 at 6:00 AM
FANWOOD, NJ - According to Library Director Dan Weiss, funding for the Fanwood Memorial Library has dropped by more than $40,000 in less than five years.
However, Weiss reports that the library's trustees are getting closer to reaching their goal of raising $10,000 for the library, a campaign that began less than two months ago.
"The trustees of the Fanwood Memorial Library report that they are 89 percent of the way to reaching their fundraising goal of $10,000," Weiss said. "They began the campaign in December 2013 to close the gap between increased patron demand and decreased funding. All proceeds will be used to shore up two vital areas residents identified as 'not adequate' in last spring’s survey: new books (and other materials) and technology upgrades."
The Fanwood library has become a media center, technology hot spot, and community hub. Its presence was vital to residents during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, when much of the borough was without power for close to two weeks, while the library had its power back within days of the storm. As usage increases, however, funding has plummeted.
Having come so close to their goal, the trustees have decided to extend the deadline for the campaign, which will now finish on Feb. 14. According to Weiss, this provides a couple of extra weeks for those who have yet to donate but who would still like to.
"It looks like 2014 and 2015 will be very exciting years for the library and the borough," said Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr. "We have a terrific, engaged board and board president, a great staff and an amazing Friends group, and the response to the Close the Gap campaign makes it clear that the library is an integral part of what makes Fanwood such a great community.”
A secure, online tax-deductible gift to help close the gap can be made via PayPal atwww.fanwoodlibrary.org/donate. Donations may also be mailed or delivered to the library at 5 Forest Road, Fanwood, NJ 07023.