Welcome from the Friends of the Hamilton Library

Welcome to the new website for the Friends of the Hamilton Library. We will be posting the latest news and updates on this website.

The Friends of the Hamilton Library is located at:
Hamilton Free Public Library
1 Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. Way
Hamilton, NJ 08619.

If you have any comments or questions please email the current President at HamiltonFOTL@gmail.com 


Spring 2018 News

National Library Week is April 8-14, 2018. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the nation. it is a time to celebrate the contributions of the nation’s libraries and all those who promote and support libraries such as librarians, library boards, local governments, even associations such as the Friends who work tirelessly to bring books to life for millions of children, teens, adults and seniors.

Visit our Daily Book Sales in the Main Lobby of the Library, Mon – Sat, 10:30 to 4. There is also a small room full of books of all kinds to choose from. Prices usually range from $.10 to $1.00 per item.

The Hamilton Twp Public Library Board of Trustees is trying to fill two vacancies. If you are interested and have a capacity to serve, contact the Mayor’s Office with a letter and offer to serve stating your background. You must be a Hamilton resident. The Board meets for a few hours each month. The Library Board of Trustees oversees operation of the Public Library. This includes setting the policies for the following: purchase and payment of expenditures for the Library; hiring of a Library Director; management of Library property; and all things necessary to the establishment/maintenance of a free public library as required by New Jersey Statutes. A Regular Member appointment is for a term of five years.

The Friends recently purchased new phones for the Library. Whereas before staff had to scramble to find and use a phone, or interrupt each other at one’s desk to answer a phone, the new phones provide more and better access for carrying out the Library’s work, such as notifying residents of their reserve books, reminding customers of fines and taking care of billing, calling up interlibrary loans and much more.

The Hamilton Library has a Book Club. Meetings are the third Wednesday from 6:45 to 8:30 pm in the Main Floor quiet room. Books are a variety of genres, including historical fiction, mystery and memoir. Go to the Library website to see the line-up for 2018 at http://hamiltonnjpl.org/ and click “Book Club.” April 18th is “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout and May 16th is ‘up from South Philly” by Anthony Chiurco.

Free Creative Writing Classes at the Library. Hosted by author and Friend’s volunteer Rodney Richards, these sessions meet every Monday afternoon in the quiet room (Teen Room) from 1 pm to 4 pm. No RSVP necessary. Classes explore the art and craft of writing and participants share their stories or poetry and receive loving and supportive feedback. All levels and types of writing are welcome.

The friends donate books and other items to charitable institutions and schools in the area. Recipients recently have been Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Bucks County Housing Authority, Big Brother/Big Sister, Camelot Daycare, and books have been sent as far away as Ghana and the Phillipines. We cannot deliver all items, but if you know of those interested like teachers who can collect them, please contact the Library at 609-581-4060 and ask to speak to Betty Kanoc or a Friends volunteer, or leave your contact information below with a short description of your need and organization.

How to Donate Books and Things

Many people ask, “How do I donate my books to the Library, or give back books I’ve read?”

There are two kinds of books and materials: those that belong to the Hamilton Library, and those that do not. Firstly, always follow Library Policies for returning books or materials checked out from the Library. Those are returned at the front desk inside, or in the large, tan, “BOOK RETURN” bins out front.

For books or items that belong to you that you wish to donate, be aware that it’s the Friends of the Library that accept donations of books and items that it later sells to raise $$$ to help pay Library expenses.

The Friends will accept hardcover or softcover books of any size in good condition — no writing inside, no ripped or torn bindings or pages, etc.  We do, however, have a Vintage Book Sale cart that we put out on Sale Days. But please note that the more current the book, chances are it will sell better. We will accept puzzles, games,  and a limited number of special items in good condition. But we are not a flea market nor a yard sale operation.

There are two places/ways to donate your books and items to the Friends: in the big blue bin on the side of the Library where staff park, and there is usually a cart there for boxed or bagged items as well; and on large metal carts by the main doors on the Huge Sales Days sponsored bi-monthly in the Library. The Friends operate the Sale Days, all sales are final, and only cash can be accepted; no checks.

If you want a receipt for your donation, it’s best to donate on a Huge Sale Day and ask an associate to help you.

The Friends thank everyone who has donated or donates items to its inventory; all sale item $$$ collected does go to help the Library pay eligible expenses on a regular basis.


Program: Cinema & Television

Friends of Hamilton Township Free Public Library present

Cinema & Television: the New Jersey Connection with Walter C

January 23rd at 7:00 pm Lower level

Walter Choroszewski is Jersey Proud and celebrates the state’s historic contributions to American Cinema and Television — from Edison’s Black Maria Studio to the numerous Jersey-born artists that starred on the big and little screens.

He showcases New Jersey’s silent film history and recent popularity in movies and reality TV.

Come join us for an entertaining and eye-opening view of Jersey knowns and also-knowns, big and little, past and present. Enjoyable for the whole family.

For information call the Library at 609-581-4060 or online at http://www.hamiltonnjpl.org

1 Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. Way, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619

Note: A very short business meeting for Friends members may take place.

Friends Book Sales Room Hours

The friends operate a room located on the main floor to your right as you enter Hamilton Library. Books of many kinds and genres are organized by topic for your perusal and purchase. Music CDs and movie DVDs can also be found. Friend’s volunteers staff the table out in front of it to help you with your purchase.

Regular hours are 10:30 to 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday

Holidays the room is closed.

The room will be closed from December 26, 2017, thru January 2, 2018, and will reopen January 3rd

So if you are visiting the Library stop by and take a look; you might find that item or items you were looking for.

Note: The Book Sales Room is closed on the Saturday and Monday Big Book Sale days.

Step Back in Time with the 10 Greatest Dancers of the 20th Century

Join us on Tuesday January 24 at 7 pm to be mesmerized and enthralled by a recreation of the lives of such greats as Martha Graham, Gene Kelly, Michael Jackson, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, Rudolph Nuyeyev, Mikhail Braishnikov and more.

Following a very short Friends of the Hamilton Library meeting, Ms. Rochelle Christopher and her staff from Victorian Vanities Inc., create a program showing the art of dance as a unique form of expression, employing universal body language that everyone understands.

From ballet to contemporary, from hip-hop to salsa, and from oriental to flamenco, dance is enjoying a renaissance.

This live presentation showcases ten of the greatest dancers of the twentieth century — selected for their fame, popularity, and influence around the globe.

Hope to see you on the 24th in the Lower level Library Meeting Room

Be mesmerized by Ellen Springsteen’s novels!

Join us for a free public program on

October 25th at 7 pm in the Lower Level

(A very short Friends meeting will also proceed)

Meet Sammy Jo Turner as she solves three enticing mysteries in a series of fiction novels by Ellen Springsteen. Sammy Jo first appears as a medical technician working for NYC in Universal Donor, where she uncovers a conspiracy shakedown under suspicious activities.

In the Name of Beauty Sammy has transitioned to a Forensics Lab in the NYPD where she dives into ongoing investigations alone … and under cover.

In Cyber Match Sammy Jo is recruited to assist the NYPD’s Cyber Crime Unit to investigate nefarious online dating sites.

What action and suspense! You will be thrilled and excited to move with Sammy Jo through her clandestine exploits and feel the desire with her to put hardened criminals behind bars.

So avail yourselves of this opportunity to be entranced with a new heroine of unmatched detective proportions!