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Spononsorship and ad opportunities are now open! Help make the dream of a centerpiece library for Roxbury a reality with a tax deductible donation that will be earmarked for the expansion and rennovation of the Roxbury Public Library. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 

Sponsorship Packet

We're very excited to announce the 3rd annual Roxbury Library Foundation Gala will take place on November 15th, 2023 at the Stone Water at 3 Peaks Marina, Lake Hopatcong.


Michelle O' Halloran grew up in Kenvil and fondly recalls visiting the Library as a child when it was in the old Victorian house.  Her grandfather, Jesse Sohn, was Treasurer of the Library’s first Board of Trustees formed in 1960.

Michele’s daughter, Amy, is the 5th generation of her family to graduate from Roxbury High School. Michele attended Lafayette College, graduating in 1986 with a B.A. in Economics.  She then worked as a commercial loan officer for 7 years before returning to Roxbury to join her Dad’s business, Treloar Insurance Agency.  Together, they built then eventually sold the agency so her Dad could retire.  In 2017, Michele started working at the Township of Roxbury as Executive Assistant for the township’s new Manager, John Shepherd.  In addition to her administrative work for the Township Council and Manager, Michele coordinates events such as Home for the Holidays, the Memorial Day Parade, and Roxbury’s participation in the Lake Hopatcong Block Party and Veterans Cruise.

Michele is a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna where she’s volunteered as Deacon, Elder, counter, choir member and inventor of the Barbie Dunk Tank which delights the kids at Olde Suckasunny Day.  Her better half is husband of 29 years, Bob, and they love living in Succasunna “on Mudder’s Pond”.

Bill Wilkins - One would be hard pressed to identify an individual who has contributed more to the greater Roxbury community than Bill Wilkins.  With his unwavering dedication to service, gracious leadership, and exceptional management skills, Bill has played a pivotal role in shaping so much of Roxbury as we know it today.

As a former Roxbury Mayor, Town Councilman, and President of the Recreation Commission, Bill also served on the board of the Dialysis Board of Northwest Jersey, Morris County Sheriff's Crime Stoppers, Republican Club, Roxbury Chamber of Commerce, Succasunna Presbyterian Church, not to mention the Morris-Sussex Society of Pharmacists,  New Jersey Pharmacists Association, and New Jersey Public Health Association Government Affairs Committee.  Bill has served as a trustee of the Roxbury Public Library, and for more than 20 years was the treasurer of the Friends of the Roxbury Library, often the volunteer cashier at the Library’s annual book sales.  His awards are too numerous to list, having been singled out by the New Jersey Society of Pharmacists, Roxbury Chamber, Roxbury Township, and other professional and civic organizations. 

Bill was born in Ohio, spent his early years in Massachusetts, and moved to Roxbury for his freshman year of high school. He studied to be a pharmacist in Boston, coming home to work at and eventually own Roxbury’s Valley Pharmacy.  Bill remained a Roxbury resident for 68 years before relocating with wife Ruthann to Bethlehem, PA to be closer to their daughters and their families.

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  • Adult Reading Rm
  • Cafe

Case for Support

The Roxbury Public library has and continues to intentionally evolve to meet the needs of Roxbury Township. Following the structure of our previous 3-year strategic plan, we've: 

  • Expanded digital content, 
  • Expanded access to technology and career-focused instruction, 
  • Initiated unique services like the Library of Things and the Passport Services which also brings in additional revenue, 
  • Partnered with local organizations like the Chamber of Commerce, Roxbury Rotary Club, Roxbury Coalition for Social Change, Skylands Songwriters Guild, Roxbury Historical Society, Roxbury Historic Trust
  • Plan, produce and disseminate hundreds of programs for children and adults on every topic under the sun 

The library's ability to meet the needs of Roxbury is constrained by the limitations of a facility that has not seen an expansion in 30 years. Space is needed to house expanded collections, to accommodate demand for library programs, and meet the space needs of the community. The library is ideally positioned to provide public space. It favors no political or religious beliefs. It welcomes all cultures, races, genders, incomes, ages, abilities, and identities...and access is always free. 

The library expansion project will: 

  • Allow for small groups and individuals to utilize technology fused private study space for tutoring, group work, job interviews, distance learning, telehealth appointments, etc 
  • Enlarge the children's room and create a dedicated children's program space inside the children's wing, where kids can safely roam with parents nearby
  • Allow for larger capacity early children's literacy programs, educational lectures, and hands-on workshops. The community room's maximum occupancy will be 400 people.  
  • Allow for multiple engaging programs and meetings to occur simultaneously
  • Allow for regular computer lab instruction, especially for senior citizens who are most vulnerable to online scams
  • Allow for far greater access to community groups to utilize space for meetings and activities. Groups that currently regularly use the library's meeting room are:
    • Roxbury Coin Club 
    • Roxbury Boy Scouts 
    • Roxbury Girl Scouts 
    • Mahjong Meetup 
    • Three book discussion groups 
    • Knitting and crafting group 
  • Create numerous options for individual and group seating with access to outlets
  • Create additional gallery space for local artists to showcase their work

How will Roxbury Township benefit?

  • Roxbury will finally have a community center that's open and available for all 7 days a week. Civic life will have a space to call its own. 
  • Roxbury's students will find ample options for quiet study and group work with the numerous seating options we'll have, all with electrical port access and high speed data.
  • Roxbury's professionals can escape crowded homes and distracting offices to work, conduct meetings both in person and via zoom.
  • An inspiring public library, much like high performing schools, parks & other public amenities, attracts people to the township. 
  • Roxbury will have an expanded space and resources with access to computers, high-speed internet and wifi, helping to bridge the digital divide.

If 200 families committed to $25 per month for the next 5 years, we'll raise $300,000 dollars. What if 250 families committed? Or 500? That's pretty darn powerful. Recurring donations are a key part of our fundraising strategy and we hope you'll consider making the library part of your monthly giving and/or annual giving. Even if you can only spare a $10 a month (that's basically two frappuccinos), you'll help us get that much closer to the endgame.  

Purpose of the Roxbury Library Foundation:

To offer financial support to the mission of the Roxbury Public Library, encouraging gifts, endowments and memorials to The Roxbury Public Library Foundation, Inc to expand and maintain the library building and its infrastructure.

The Foundation was formed and certified by the State of New Jersey on July 2nd, 2021 with the goal of expanding fundraising capabilities that would enable a future expansion of the library facility. 

TAX ID: 87-1715943

The Foundation is designated a 501(3)c organization.

Contact Us: 

To reach the Foundation, please email

Roxbury Library Foundation's official address is: 

Roxbury Library Foundation, Inc

111 Howard Blvd, Suite 100

Mount Arlington, NJ 07856

Foundation Board Members

The Roxbury Library Foundation Board of Directors consists of: 

  1. Bob DeFillippo - President
  2. Steve Alford - Vice President
  3. Ron DeFilippis - Treasurer
  4. Kathy DeFillippo - Secretary
  5. Ann Borowik
  6. Marshall Gates
  7. Alyssa Greenberg
  8. Aldo Palma - Library Trustee ex officio
  9. Stu Bauer - Friend of the Library ex officio
  10. Radwa Ali - Director of the Library ex officio