Welcome from the Friends of the Hamilton Library

Welcome to the website for the Friends of the Hamilton Library. We will be posting the latest news and updates on this website. Watch for our public Events and Huge Book Sales.

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 

Book Donations Unacceptable as of November 15, 2020

Due to higher rates of Covid-19, The Friends are unable to process book donations inside the Library, and the Library remains closed to the public. Please hold your books and magazines etc. until we can safely process them again. We and the Library will make announcements.

Thank you for your patience under these trying conditions.

The Friends

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Past news:

Although the Library remains closed to public access until announced otherwise, the Friends and the Library have agreed to resume receiving book donations (in good condition only), in the designated BLUE BINS on the side of the Library. You can drive your car up to them to unload.

DO NOT leave books or other items like CDs or DVDs, even if bagged or boxed, if it is raining or inclement weather unless you can place them inside the blue bins or on a cart shelf (if present).

Wet books and items must be thrown away.

The Blue Bins, or on cart shelves if available,  are the only places to drop donations. All donations become the property of the Friends.

Gently used books and other items are processed by the Friends and their sales help pay for Library needs such as computers, programs and materials, shelving, furniture, Museum passes, Ancestry.com and more.

Updated posting 9-11-2020

We Encourage Dealers but…and…

We encourage Dealers to come and peruse and scan our extensive Book Sales stacks and items on Mondays from 9 am to 5 pm. We value the business and the Library benefits directly from purchases made by dealers and the public. However, Effective with the January 2020 Huge Book Sales, Dealers may only peruse and buy large numbers of items on Monday Sale Days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We have experienced severe crowding at our Saturday Huge Book Sales by the public and dealers. Dealers bring bins, bags, or boxes to compile items they are buying and they block the aisles. Regular customers have a hard time getting around them.  Our Saturday Huge Sales draw hundreds of customers and it’s more than inconvenient when regular customers can’t traverse an aisle or look at books or other items on a rack or table because they are blocked.

Therefore all Dealers are more than welcome to purchase large quantities on Monday Sale days. 

Options for Dealers:

We have huge long stacks of books and items in our Sorting Room in the Library. The Friends will allow Dealers to peruse and scan those items if they make an appointment and a volunteer is there to guide them.

To go into our stacks, you must be a member of the Friends of the Library first. Membership costs: $10.00 per person. If a dealer brings a helper they must become a member as well.

If you have any questions or wish to make an appointment, please email the current President at HamiltonFOTL@gmail.com 

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

FOTL  SORTING  ROOM  ACCESS  RULES FOR DEALERS

Effective January 1, 2020. These rules were originally created for dealers but apply to anyone who wants to enter the room.

  1. Everyone who accesses the sorting room storage area must be a FOTL member. Yearly individual dues are $10.00 but you get four book dollars on your member card.
  2. Option #1 – Dealers must purchase a bulk lot (300 or more books) that are pre-packed by FOTL volunteers. Costs for Non-Fiction hardcover .20 cents each.
  3. Option #2 – Dealers may pay an entrance fee of $40.00 per person. If a dealer has helper, each person entering the Sorting room must pay the 40.00 entrance fee.
  4. Only two dealers at a time are allowed in the sorting room.
  5. In addition to the storage shelves, the book carts and boxes may be accessed unless there is a “DO NOT TOUCH” sign attached to the cart or box. That sign indicates that the cart or box is set up for the next two-day sale.
  6. All transactions are in Final, with NO EXCEPTIONS.
  7. No discounts are provided and no returns are accepted.

ALL ITEMS COST THE PRICE MARKED. Paperbacks are $.10 each; magazines $.25; trade size usually $.50-$1.00; CDs and DVDs $.25 and up; hardcover books $1.00 and up etc.

 

General Programs on Hiatus

Due to mixed success and often low turnouts at Program meetings, the Executive Board has decided to place general public and membership meetings on hiatus. However, if any member has ideas for Programs and is willing to coordinate them, please contact the FOTL President or secretary by leaving a Reply below, or going to the “Contact Us” page and leaving us your information.

You will receive an acknowledgment soon after and thank you for your interest. The Executive Board may contact you and it will discuss your suggestion.

Members are free to attend Executive Board Meetings, as observers, where the business of the Friends is discussed and voted upon. All opinions or suggestions will be given respect and consideration.

Executive Board Meetings:

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 5 pm  Lower level

New Officers for 2020

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Happy New Year to all our Friends. We are honored to continue to support the library. There are changes to our officers and executive board members for 2020.   January is our membership drive so please be sure to join. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported us in 2019.

– Betty Kanoc, Outgoing President 

 – Darrell Vigh, Incoming President (Term: 2020-2022)

OUR EXECUTIVE BOARD

We thank Lois Majorowitz and Jerry Iacona for their talent, time and service on the Friends board. We also thank Anthony Zingale, Theresa Mundt, and Betty Kanoc as past officers.

The officers for 2020 are Darrell Vigh, president; Nancy Convenio, vice-president; Donna Young, treasurer; and Gayle Bodine, secretary. The term of office is through the end of 2021. Other executive board members/Directors are Kathy Schreier, Rodney Richards, Marilyn Jose, and Theresa Mundt. Officer-candidates placed in nomination for the 2020/2021 two-year term were elected before the general membership meeting in October 2019 and announced then. Any member is eligible to serve or place their name in nomination.

The Executive Board oversees the operations of dozens of volunteers, all book sales, and meetings and programs. It approves Library-needed items or materials, maintains good procedures and records, files annual tax information and much more.

Any member of the Friends is welcome to attend the Executive Board meetings with prior notice. Check this site for MEETINGS anouncements to find out when. Currently our meetings are online until the Library reopens. Go the CONTACT US page and email us if you would like to be informed of meetings or have a concern.

Updated posting 9-11-2020

Please Do Not Steal Donated Books

Lately, near the back and side door of the Library, where folks drop off their gently used books and other donations to the Friends for resale and reuse, some person or persons has been stealing bags and boxes of materials from the carts they are placed on. The Friends appreciate and value all donations of books and Cds etc made by considerate citizens who know how we work, and it’s important not to steal from the back (or steal at all).

Donations of books and things received in the back in our blue containers and left on our carts are carried into the Friends sorting room inside and processed by Friends volunteers for resale if in decent condition. These books and other items are then put out at our bi-monthly Huge Book Sales for selling. The cash earned from sales is deposited in the Friends account, and periodically the Friends Executive Board meets with the Library Director who has a list of items needed for the Library. The Friends decide which they can pay for and approve the purchases and the Friends are happy to have helped and the Library is ecstatic that they have not had to expend their own very limited funds.

Besides not stealing and helping both the Friends and the Library, it’s important to know that if caught, the person or persons will be prosecuted, for all donations once left, are the property of the recognized Friends of the Hamilton Library, a legitimate 501(c) organization.

If you happen to see a thief or theft, please report it to the Friends or to Library staff.