Images of Friends Volunteers at their Growler & Gill Guest Bartending Fundraiser, September 18, 2022

What is a Friends Group?

The Friends of Nanuet Public Library Group is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission of advocacy, fundraising, and support for the Library. The primary role of the Friends Group is to raise funds to be used to sponsor library programs and other needs, as requested by Library administrators. The Friends are also called upon to advocate for the Library. Library Advocacy usually involves helping administrators gain support from the community and/or legislators for projects or funding. It also can mean helping to get the word out about all the library has to offer.

What does membership in the Friends of Nanuet Public Library mean for me?

As a Friend of the Library you have the opportunity to help with fundraising and advocacy. You have the option of being a donor member, which means you pay your annual dues to support the activities of the Friends without participating in meetings, helping with events, or serving on the Board. You have the option of taking a more active role by attending monthly meetings, and participating in fundraising, event planning, and advocacy. You have the option of running for a seat on the Board of the Friends of Nanuet Public Library. All Board seats are currently or soon to be vacant. We are looking for President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. Do you have experience with organizational leadership, finance, bookkeeping, record keeping, minutes-taking, event planning? Think about your skill set and how you might best help the Friends Group carry out its mission.

What is the difference between the Friends Group Board and the Library Board?

The Friends Board and the Library Board have completely separate roles and responsibilities. The Library Board of Trustees is the administrative body that oversees the Library’s operating budgeting, policies, long-range planning, and more. The Friends Group is its own 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with its own governance, financial reporting, and a specific mission to aid the Library in fundraising and advocacy. Once the Friends have raised funds, the Library submits requests for sponsorship of specific items such as author talks, concerts, museum passes, summer reading prizes, and more.

Sounds great! How do I join?

You can download and print a membership form here  or apply online here.

Membership dues must be paid by cash or check payable to Friends of Nanuet Public Library.

Check the library’s calendar for upcoming meeting dates.

Monday-Thursday 10am-9pm | Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm | Sunday 12pm-5pm