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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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Everyday Art 4 Caring Club Exhibition

The EA4CC has on display, in the library lobby, a collection of eclectic art works created through the coloring books for adults classes. The main focus of the classes is coloring, but other types of art medium are being explored and have been created. The display began August 1 and will remain until August 31. The collection changes each Wednesday. These art coloring classes are the brain child of instructor/trainor Rev. Judi Painter. With the popularity of coloring books for adults taking off, instructor Judi thought to hold classes at the library, where the community could gather to learn something new, meet each other, share ideas, decide what types of artwork is to be explore and simply just have fun. The class is wildly popular and so far, has touched on:  Coloring works Unique … 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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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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Pub Trivia at Phillipsburg Library

Pub Trivia for adults 18+ is one of the many games at the Phillipsburg Library. Trivia is a friendly competition testing your fun, did not know that you knew, knowledge of United States trivia, pop culture, geekdom, random facts, and more! Next scheduled date to be posted soon. Other Friendly Games for adults 18+ are held every Tuesday afternoon 1:00PM-3:00PM. This is great community and social time. Contact Ann Caroprese at 908-454-3712 or e-mail info@FPFPL.org for more informaion. Hope to see you at the games. Friends of Phillipsburg Free Public Library is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization of volunteers and advocates who support our Library’s mission to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge and strengthen the community. Map & Directions … Read entire article »

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Information about the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program

For Your Information What You Will Need to Bring to Your VITA Appointment for 2016 Tax Season As tax season approaches, many people find filing taxes to be a complicated process. To try to help with this confusion, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance will provide free tax help at Phillipsburg Free Public Library. Volunteers will be available to answer questions about what you need to bring to your VITA appointment. Dates and available times will be posted at a later date. As always, assistance in tax preparation will be offered to qualified residents. Volunteers will be available at the library on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout tax season. An appointment is required:call 888-387-9830 ext. 3520 to schedule time with a preparer. The library has paper copies of the 1040 and other popular Federal forms, plus booklets. Please note … Read entire article »

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Got a Question? Ask a Librarian!

The reference staff is waiting to hear from you and eager to connect you with the answers you seek.  We answer quick questions, such as “What is the pH of grapes?” or “How do I register a boat in New Jersey?” to more complex ones, such as “What do I need to know about divorce in New Jersey?” Need driving directions?   Need tax forms from previous years?  Need help locating a book that we don’t have?  Think Phillipsburg Free Public Library Reference! In addition to the reference staff available during regular library hours, our website has a wealth of resources to connect you to reliable information. For most of these links, all you need is Internet access. Our subscription databases also require a current PFPL library card to access.  What kind of information can … Read entire article »

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