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 

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.


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


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)


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 2020 executive board meetings at 5:00 p.m. on the lower level of the library on the following Tuesday evenings:



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.

Summer 2018 Newsletter

The Friends hope you have a summer reading goal! Come visit our summer sale on July 14th and 16th to keep your stock of reading materials plentiful.

Drop us a note at hamiltonfotl@gmail.com and let us know what you are reading this summer.

This is a busy time at the library. A MUSIC PROGRAM on July 2nd at 7 p.m., our BOOK SALE July 14th & 16th, and the very popular SUMMER READING PROGRAM for children.

As always, the Friends thank our volunteers for their dedicated work and support and also to the numerous individuals who donate materials for resale to our organization. The amount and variety of materials that come through our door is simply amazing.
– Ann Wolf, President
* Visit our Daily Book Sale. Mon – Sat 10:30 to 4.
* Visit https://hamiltonnjplfotl.wordpress.com/
for the news, updates, program and sales dates.

Our board meetings are noted below. We meet on the lower level of the library. Please feel free to join us.
July 10th 5:00
October 9th 5:00


Our next general membership meeting will be Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm on the lower level of the library. Mark your calendar!


Hamilton Township’s library board of trustees meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 5:00 pm in the library. All are welcome to attend as a general member of the public. The Friends liaison to these meetings is Lois Majorowitz. (Thank you, Lois!)


We currently have 172 members. Thank you to all those who have joined and who help support our library. The Friends are successful because of you.

Begin your Fourth of July holiday celebration early with a night of music heard by American’s Founders.

On Monday, July 2nd at 7 p.m., join the Ministers of Apollo for a performance of instrumental pieces and period songs enjoyed on our first Independence Day. Special thanks to our Friends of the Library for their sponsor- ship of this program, which is free and open to the public.

The library is happy to announce the recent addition of the Eastern State Penitentiary to our Museum Pass Program.
– Scott Chianese, Director

Hamilton Library, Lower Level, Rooms 3 & 4
July 14 and 16
September 15 and 17
November 3 and 5

Saturday sale hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday sale hours are 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Don’t miss the CHRISTMAS IN JULY corner in the children section at the July Book Sale. Look for it!


“The Children’s Department is registering readers for the 2018 Summer Reading Program, “Libraries ROCK!” Many fun activities are planned, – story times, crafts, Fun with Food, creative writing, and movies.
We thank the Friends also for their sponsorship for several exciting, large programs: the summer reading kick-off party with DJ Mickey G.; professional storyteller Don Dougherty, who personalizes stories to feature the kids who attend; magician and comedian Brian Richards; a “mad scientist” from Mad Science New Jersey who will present “Spin, Pop, BOOM!” and musician Alex & the Kaleidoscope. Kids can check our website and visit the children’s room for more information or register for activities.
We’re so grateful for the hard work and generosity of the Friends of the Library. You truly make our summer programming possible!”
– Elaine Pollak, Children’s Librarian

Because of our supporters, the Friends continue to donate selected materials to various charitable organizations and educational institutions:
* 3 boxes to the Hamilton Senior Center
* 1 box to the Attic at Fort Dix
* 1 box to the Hamilton Hospital book cart
* 1 box to the Bromley Center YMCA kids
* 5 boxes to Project Freedom in Hamilton
* 1 bag of paperbacks to Pennington Library
* 2 boxes to St Francis Hospital
* 1 box to Wilson school library
* 1 box to Big Brother / Big Sister organizations
* 1 ½ boxes of kids’ books to Kenya
* 3 boxes of kids’ books to Ghana
* 1 box to the Greenwood School book box
* 1 box to the Center for Child and Family Achievement in Trenton
* 2 boxes to Homestead in Burlington
* 4 boxes to Project Freedom in Pennington
* 2 boxes to Good Stuff Thrift
* 1 box for the neighborhood Vacation Bible School.

We are always looking for places/organizations which would appreciate a donation of our excess / unsold books. Send us an e–mail or give one of the sales staff Friends the information.

Also! Instead of throwing away your shopping bags – paper or plastic – give them instead to us. We use them at the Book Sales. Thank you, thank you!


We always seem to sell out of DVDs and books-on-tape. Please consider donating yours to us!


The Great American Read presents a list of American’s 100 most-loved books. Explore the list and vote for your favorite. Go to: http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/books


What a treat! Rochelle Christopher of Victorian Vanities presented a dynamite program on major historical events that barely made the history books. The audience participation was enthusiastic. Thanks to Jerry Iacona for another good choice.


Welcome to our new SUPER worker volunteer Darryl Vigh. And cheers to Henry Wurfel as he racks up the on-line books sales. He and Theresa are looking for someone else who would like to do this from home. (BTW, thanks always to Theresa!)


The Hamilton Library has a Book Club.
Meetings are the third Wednesday,
from 6:45 to 8:30 pm in the main floor
Teen Room. Books are a variety of
genres, including historical fiction,
mystery, and memoir.
To see the line-up for 2018, go to the library website http://hamiltonnjpl.org/ and click on the link for the Book Club. Upcoming books are:

* July 18th: “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood
* August 15th: “The Painted Drum” by Louise Erdich
* September 19th: “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr


On the main floor of the library, there is a table / BULLETIN BOARD of a variety of programs/ brochures/classes at the library. Hobbies, workshops, clubs, how-to classes. Check them out!

The library is a drop-off point for cell phones for soldiers. There’s a clothing bin in the parking lot for the Rescue Mission of Trenton. And inside the library, there’s an ongoing Food Drive (nonperishable food items) that go to several charitable organizations (Catholic Charities, Homefront, Mount Carmel Guild, Pearson Memorial United Methodist Church, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, and Womanspace, Inc.) And, don’t forget the Socks in the Box Drive.


The envelope carrying this newsletter also holds an insert with the Book Sales dates on one side and a membership form on the other. You will then have handy, not only a list of Sales dates, but also a membership form to pass on.

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.