Friends of the Fanwood Library, the College Club and Fanny Wood Day Highlighted at Fanwood Council Meeting

Katherine Balch

FANWOOD, NJ – On Tuesday night Katherine Balch, who is in charge of publicity for the Friends of Fanwood Memorial Library, addressed the Fanwood Council Meeting. She was representing the Library Board and brought the Council up to date with developments at the Library.

“We developed a strategic plan for the library last winter. We conducted a survey, collected the results, and sent the council a summary of the results in June. We’ve developed a new logo, and a new website is in the works," said Balch.

Balch asked the council for volunteers to help move ahead with the items as described in the Strategic Plan. “The areas of need are space and safe access. "The library is non compliant, we are very interested in getting wheel chair and stroller access to the lower level so that people can enjoy the children’s room. Technology is another big area of need.”

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Three council members volunteered to be part of a Council Committee to liaison with the library. A special Committee was appointed, the members from the Council will be Jack Molenaar, Katherine Mitchell, and Daniel Levine.

The goals and objectives of the 2013 – 2018 Strategic Plan can be seen on the Fanwood Memorial Library website at

At the Council meeting Council President Huegel read a resolution celebrating the Fanwood Scotch Plains College Club 80th Anniversary, and the College Club Community Calendar 50th Anniversary. Councilman Huegel read “the College Club of Fanwood Scotch Plains, a non-profit organization devoted to providing financial assistance for college to young women in our community, is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. Members raised $31,000 in 2013 for the college club scholarship recipients.”

Councilman Anthony Parenti  announced Fanny Wood Day will be on September 29th, from 11:00AM to 5:00PM. There will be a classic car show, vendors, an ice cream eating contest, a pizza eating contest and a pie eating contest. There will also be a Fotos of Fanwood contest, Best Dressed Pet Parade, a water balloon toss and a hula hoop contest. There will be musical entertainment and kiddie rides. For more information go to

Councilwoman Mitchell read a proclamation proclaiming September 2013 National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

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