What are the Friends of the Clarence Dillon Public Library?
The mission of the Friends of the Clarence Dillon Public Library is to promote, assist and support the Library through diverse fundraising activities.
What kinds of activities do the Friends host in order to raise philanthropic funds for the Library?
Fundraising activities for the Friends include:
- Annual Appeal solicitations
- Book and author lectures for children and adults
- Story time readings for our young patrons
- Book and author luncheons and/or cocktail receptions featuring prominent community members on current social, economic and political issues.
2017 Special Events
American Rhapsody: Saturday, October 28th, 2017 | 5:00pm
5PM – Cocktails
6PM – Lecture in Brady Room
Field of Honor® Display: June 24 – July 4, River Road Park, Bedminster, NJ. The Field of Honor® program is part of a national movement that started out as a way to commemorate the lives lost on September 11, 2001. In just a short amount of time, the concept has grown and communities like ours across America are turning to Field of Honor® tributes to raise money and awareness for a growing array of causes.
The Field of Honor® is a community project of remembrance, and an expression of humanity and patriotism.
2017 Past Events Hosted by the Friends
Library Libations: Saturday, April 29th, 2017 | 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Cocktails and Hors d’Oeuvres, Silent Auction featuring Fine Wines and Distilled Spirits
Celebration of Spring in support of mission to provide funds for cultural and educational programs at the Clarence Dillon Public Library.
2016 Special Events hosted by the Friends
September 10, 2016. The Bedminster Charities Fall Fest. This annual fundraising event held at River Road Park in Bedminster, NJ, is a family fun day with music and entertainment, food trucks, a beer/wine garden and kids games, rides and activities. The event raises funds for The Library, along with six other Bedminster-based charitable organizations.
April 30, 2016. Books in Bloom. The Friends presented a unique event at the Library featuring local artists’ creations paired with beautiful books illuminating and representing the art that the artists’ produced. Cocktails and appetizers flowed as patrons were awed at the talent and creativity of their neighbors.
2015 Special Events hosted by the Friends
The Friends are honored and proud to provide the following venues to the Community through the Library:
The “Friends Café. The Café is a welcoming reading room awash with natural light that offers a coffee bar and light fare to be enjoyed while catching up on the latest newspaper, periodical, top seller or just a quiet place to settle in with your laptop.
The Children’s Garden. The glorious garden is located just outside the rear door of the Children’s Library where local children plant and cultivate the garden throughout the growing season.
The Display Case. This is a dynamic exhibition space changing on a regular basis to highlight interesting and unique collections typically made available by our patrons.
The Anne O’Brien Room. This room is an intimate-style conference room featuring many local historical collections and restored framed map. The collection represents an effort to preserve our community history.
Who are the Friends?
Friends of the Clarence Dillon Public Library
Stacy Andris Skalski
Carolyn von Meister
To contact the Friends, you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may call the Library directly at (908) 234-2325 and leave a message with the circulation desk ext.: 0