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INFORMATION ALERT – Library Budget & Roof Replacement – Update as of 3/8

Update as of 3/8: At the 3/8 Budget Hearing, there still seems to be a bit of uncertainty to the exact amount of the allocated funds for the library. The council spoke of $725,000 when $745,000 was submitted. They then indicated, that they were uncertain if the roof monies were coming from a grant or were actually a loan that would need to be paid back. The roof issue still has to be clarified. On 3/1, Mayor Ellis attended the library board meeting and cleared up the misunderstandings. The roof will be replaced. The monies are coming from a grant. The grant does not allow upgrades so the replacement will be a flat roof in lieu of slanted. This is good news as the budget will not be reduced by the cost of … Read entire article »

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2017-2018 Annual Membership Drive

2017-2018 ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE Become a Friend or Renew Membership   Our membership drive is ongoing. Members and membership dues are an integral part of our organizational framework. Dues help us make our financial donations to the library and help Friends present programs and activities for community based projects. To do all that we would like to do, we need a few good friends. We are hoping to surpass our 2016-2017 sign-ups. By being a Friend for the Phillipsburg Free Public Library, you have an opportunity to become a voice for advocacy of the Library. Helping to raise funds for the Library, is an excellent way to help provide the Library and the Friends with much needed support to deliver programs, events, activities, electronic technology and anything else that will benefit the community. So, let’s be Friends!!  Please consider joining the team!    Membership … Read entire article »

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FRIENDS Receive Proclamation

National FRIENDS of Libraries week was October 16-22. In recognition of the week, Mayor Ellis and the Town Council presented to the FRIENDS group a Proclamation acknowledging the contribution and dedication of the FRIENDS volunteers to the library and community. Several members were privileged to receive this recognition on behalf of all FRIENDS of the library. In attendance from right to left: Mayor Stephen Ellis; Wayne Sherrer – director; Deb Messling – library director; Rev. Judi Painter – director; Todd Tersigni – council president; Sue Campnest – director; Richard Stevens – member and Gayle Rogers – president.  To review the Proclamation, check out the libraries Facebook page . Consider joining FRIENDS to help us advocate and support our library. Photo Credit Phillipsburg Library … Read entire article »

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New Board Members Elected

On October 13th, a new FRIENDS Executive Board was elected during the Annual Meeting and Dinner . The new officers are: President:                     Gayle J Rogers Vice President:             Dana Syers Treasurer:                    Nancy Makowski Secretary                     Mia Keith-Rogers Director 1                    Judi Painter Director 2:                   Wayne Sherrer Director 3:                   Sue Campnest … Read entire article »

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Our Library needs Friends

Our Library needs Friends now, more than ever Our Library is a vital part of our community. It serves a crucial purpose within the community that provides access to information that allows people of all ages to be able to: read books, use the computers, listen to stories, enjoy programs, attend events and much more. The Library has also embraced the electronic age by having an online presence that enables you to download books, magazines, take educational courses and so much more. The biggest advantage to the community is that it is all free. As Friends, we believe in the importance of the Library as the social and intellectual HUB of our community and we support its mission and policies. We serve as the ‘connecting link’ between the Library and the community … Read entire article »

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IMPORTANT – Advovate Prescence Is Requested

The Freeholders voted on August 10th to proceed with their plan to purchase the building at 404 Route 519 in Greenwich for a new county library branch. The Town of Phillipsburg is in negotiations with the county for them to continue funding the library beyond July 2018. Therefore, to assist with this inducement, all library advocates should continue attending Freeholder meetings to show their support for a sustainable Phillipsburg Library. The next Freeholder meeting will be on Wednesday, September 14th at 7:30 p.m.. Please contact the library at 908-454-3712 to sign up. It is important that the library gets an accurate head count of attendees.          … Read entire article »

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Update: Final Vote on County Funding of Phillipsburg Library

Dear Friends of PFPL,   Your presence, on behalf of our Phillipsburg Library,  is needed at the final vote on the Warren County plan to pull 100% of its funding as of July 1, 2018, and to demand the relinquishment of up to $350,000 worth of library books and other materials. This plan will cut the overall library budget by 50% and will eliminate service to residents of Lopatcong, Pohatcong and Greenwich Townships.   The Freeholders will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10 at the Warren County Technical School.     The public is encouraged to attend.  NOTE: Because of the community interest in this issue, the venue for the meeting has been moved to the school theater at the Warren County Technical School, 1500 Route 57, Washington, NJ 07882.    If you cannot attend the meeting but want to share … Read entire article »

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URGENT – YOUR HELP AND PRESENCE IS REQUESTED

Dear Friends of PFPL,   Our Phillipsburg Library needs your presence at the July 13 Warren County Freeholders meeting to protest the plan to eliminate 100% of its funding to Phillipsburg Library, and to demand a proportion of all books purchased since 2011.   If this plan goes through, residents of Lopatcong, Greenwhich and other townships will lose access to Phillipsburg Library. Students of Phillipsburg High School residing in those townships will likewise lose access to a conveniently located library that they can walk to after school.   Residents of Phillipsburg Town will still have access to the library, but with the loss of this funding, it will be a library greatly reduced in its collection, staffing, and hours open to the public. This is a tragedy and a slap in the face to a community that needs its library more than ever.   The Freeholders … Read entire article »

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Dynamics of Mental Health in the Family

  1 in 5 adults experiences a mental health condition every year. 1 in 20 lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. In addition to the person directly experiencing mental illness, family, friends and communities are also affected. Living with mental illness can put family members under unusual stress. It is important that the family find sources of information that help them to understand how the illness affects their loved one. It is also imperative that the family finds sources of support for themselves. NAMI Warren County presented, “Dynamics of Mental Health in the Family,” at the Phillipsburg Free Public Library. The program covered elements on how to manage stress, families learned how to identify resources that can help with relieving the stress and some helpful methods on … Read entire article »

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Support Federal Library Funding for FY2017 Now!

URGENT: LSTA and IAL on the Line Again  Please take five minutes to Tweet both of your Senators and Representative to support libraries in your community and across the country by supporting LSTA and IAL. Please take five minutes to email both of your Senators and Representative and ask them to support libraries in your community and across the country by supporting LSTA and IAL. Please take five minutes to call both of your Senators and Representative and ask them to support libraries in your community and across the country by supporting LSTA and IAL. It’s that time of year again when Congressional cost-cutters sharpen their budget knives and go looking for under-supported federal programs to slash or discontinue. Last year, now Speaker of the House Paul Ryan proposed completely eliminating IMLS and with … Read entire article »

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