The Friends of the Fanwood Memorial Library 33rd Fall Book Sale generated more than $12,500. Credit for the sale’s success goes to the 60 volunteers who worked more than 575 hours sorting, selling, and cleaning up. Friends President Carol Campell said, “Even with the latest and greatest electronic delivery systems, many of us still enjoy a good old-fashioned technology like the printed book.”

According to Volunteer Coordinator Sally Hogan, “We couldn't do it without everyone's help. The work can be tedious but it’s fun to see old friends, meet new people, and work to help the library." Booklovers from Fanwood are not the only ones who assisted in the effort. Volunteers from  surrounding towns including Scotch Plains, Westfield, Cranford, and Plainfield also donated their time.

It’s a not-to-be-missed community event that attracts residents with a common love of the written word in all formats.  Shoppers help each other find titles and make suggestions for good reads.  President Campell said, “Kids are the best. We all smile when we hear the negotiating about how many they can add to their bag. Or we see them walking the aisles, a favorite clutched to their chest.”

All the money raised by the Friends goes to the library. Summer Reading, MuseumPass, and music events are just some of the many programs funded by the Friends to  enrich community life. Equipment, furniture, and start-up collections of DVDs and e-books are also  underwritten by the Friends as a result of volunteers’ efforts and membership drives.