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2-1-17 Agenda


BCCLS FRIENDS of the Library Committee Agenda

 Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 10 am

BCCLS Office



  1. Volunteer recorder for today's meeting
  2. Approve Minutes from 11/2/16 Meeting
  3. Review Committee charges
  4. Review Evaluation from 12/7/16 event
  5. Program ideas-set calendar
  6. BCCLS Friends Page and discussion on how to best disseminate handouts, etc. to Friends groups
  7. Next meeting date
  8. Adjournment 

Committee Members


Ellen O'Keefe, Chair    okeefe@northvale.bccls.org                                    Northvale


Camille Valentino         valentino@emerson.bccls.org                                 Emerson


Emiliana Tuohey          emiliana.tuohey@fairlawn.bccls.org                        Fair Lawn


Melissa Singlevich       melissa.singlevich@hasbrouckheights.bccls.org    Hasbrouck Heights


Jeanne Sylvester         jeanne.sylvester@nutley.bccls.org                          Nutley


Daragh O'Connor        oconnor@riveredge.bccls.org                                  River Edge


Darlene Swistock        darlene@bccls.org                                                   BCCLS


Donna Perkosky          donna.perkosky@paramus.bccls.org                      Paramus


Robin Rockman           robin.rockman@oradell.bccls.org                           Oradell


Friends Consultants

Ella Urdang                  erurdang@aol.com                                               Englewood

Georgene Betterbed    camel178@verizon.net                                         Glen Rock



  1. Work with Scholarship Committee to host Annual Friends Breakfast in October 2017.
  2. Identify needs, develop and implement programs that foster thriving Friends organizations that build and strengthen relationships with library board, director, staff and the public.
  3. Develop funding advocacy toolkit. Work with the Government Relations & Public Policy and Public Relations Committees to develop materials to engage Friends groups and communities in funding libraries over ⅓ mill through the Johnson Legislation or other legislative actions.

Past Committee Events:


  • NLW Kickoff, How May We Help You?, Wed, 4/11/16, 10 am, Hasbrouck Heights, 42 attended
  • Reach Out, Reactivate, Recharge, Wed, 6/1/16, 10 am, Maywood, 42 attended
  • Learn How to Successfully Advocate & Promote, Wed, 9/21/16, 7 pm, Hawthorne, 38 attended
  • Building Friends-Best Practices: orientation packets, mentoring programs, building relationships, Wed, 12/7/16, 10 am, Hasbrouck Heights, 28 attended


  • Mission and Role of the Friends Group, 1/21/15
  • Membership Development, 2/18/15
  • Book Sales, 3/18/15
  • Presentation by Panel of Experts on Legal, Organizational and Financial Issues for Friends Groups, 5/20/15
  • Public Relations including social media, websites and newsletters, 9/16/15
  • Fundraising (including Ebay), 10/28/15
  • Relationships between the Friends Group, Library Board and Staff, 11/18/15 


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