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Friends of the Library


Purpose of the Friends

The purpose of the Friends of the Library is to stimulate community awareness and encourage use of the Township’s Public Library. The Friends of the Library also support the library in developing its facilities and programs and aids in the purchase of needed supplies and equipment for these library programs. 

As a non-profit volunteer organization, the Friends are eligible to apply for grants to support their activities and encourage gifts, memorials, and endowments. Remember your donations are tax-deductible as we are a 501(c)(3) organization. Please check with your employer about matching gifts. Checks can be made payable to Friends of the Roxbury Township Public Library.


Membership

2021 Membership covers the period January 1, 2021 – December 31, 201. In addition to knowing that you are supporting a vital part of our community, membership entitles you to attend the Thursday Night – Friends only preview night of our popular fundraiser book sale.

Please help us continue to fund these exciting and educational programs by joining the Friends of the Roxbury Township Public Library! If you are renewing your membership or if you wish to become a new member, we sincerely thank you for your support of the Friends and the Library. 

Membership Form


Board

Joining the Friends is as simple as starting or renewing your annual membership. We appreciate all of our members, but we are ever so grateful to those who can give of their time as well as their dollars. The Friends are always looking for volunteers to assist with our fundraising efforts! All are welcome to attend the monthly meetings held on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00pm in the library. There are many ways to lend a hand!

Friends Constitution  Board Candidate FAQ


Friends' Spotlight

The Friends' would like to take a moment to recognize a recent retiree for his hard work and dedication that served the library and the town for many years: William Wilkins!



Originally from Cleveland Ohio, William Wilkins moved to Roxbury Township in 1954 during his sophomore year in high school. Not long after arriving in Roxbury, he met his high school sweetheart and future wife Ruthann and they have since raised two daughters, Christine and Katherine Wilkins. 

Over the years, Wilkins has devoted much of his time to civic and community service. His involvement started in 1972 when he became a Board of Trustees member for the Succasunna Presbyterian Church. After serving on the Roxbury Township Recreation Commission for most of the 1970s, he then found himself in another position of leadership when he became president of the Commission for two years. Additional boards that Wilkins served on during the 1980s were the Dialysis Board of Northwest Jersey (1982-1983), and Roxbury Township Planning Board (1985-1989). He became a Councilman from 1989 to 1993 as well as serving as Mayor in 1991. He also became a Commissioner with the Morris County Sheriff's Crimestoppers program, a position he still currently holds. While his involvement proved to extend to all areas of the Roxbury community, the organization that benefited the most from Wilkins' service was 'The Friends of the Roxbury Public Library'. 

Founded in 1995, the purpose of 'The Friends' was to raise funds for the local library. Wilkins became a member in 1997. In 1998 he was elected Treasurer and in 2010 he became a Trustee. As Treasurer, Wilkins dedicated a great deal of his personal time to try and increase the fundraising capabilities of  The Friends. For example, he took the initiative to register on websites in order to give the library a more virtual presence. In addition, he oversaw annual financial audits to ensure they complied with tax regulations. He also started the library's Wish List. AS he did with every position he found himself in, he took the role of Treasurer very seriously, which was shown through his weekly trips to the bank and daily trips to the library. In addition to this role, his contribution to The Friends was also invaluable volunteer work at the Book Sale. As a result of Wikin's continued involvement and tireless efforts with the Book Sales since 1997, it has greatly improved the organization of the event and led to more funds raised for the library over the years. Wilkins' work for The Friends has helped raise thousands of dollars that has enhanced the library's programming helping it to become 'Best in Morris County' for a number of years. In addition to his fundraising efforts, he has also contributed generously to the annual Friends Membership drive since the mid 90's. 

In addition to giving back to his community, Wilkins owned and operated Valley Pharmacy in Succasunna, one of the Township's oldest businesses. Professionally Wilkins was a part of many organizations. He frequently held executive positions such as serving as president of the Morris-Sussex Society of Pharmacists from 1997-1998. Other examples include being a Trustee of the New Jersey Pharmacist Association (2010-2014) as well as a Chairman of the Morris-Sussex Society of Pharmacists Executive Committee (2002-2010). For his many years of service in the medical field, he received a Presidential Citation Award for outstanding service and achievement from the New Jersey Society of Pharmacists in 2009.



Ways to Give (right now!)

Become a new member.

Renew your old membership

Click here to securely pay your membership dues through Paypal. Whether it's a brand new membership or a renewal, nothing beats the convenience or the security of Paypal.

Membership Levels

Make a donation. Better yet, make it a recurring donation.

You don't need a reason to give. Feeling generous? Send us a tip! Make charitable contributions to the library a regular part of your routine and arrange a recurring donation through Paypal. A few bucks a month adds up and your support will be that much more meaningful. 

Amazon Smile: a percentage of all purchases are donated to the Friends! 

Be sure to choose the Friends as your charity of choice, and triple check that you're starting off your purchase from smile.amazon.com! 

iGive.com: shop at hundreds of online retailers and a percentage goes to the Friends!

iGive automatically helps your favorite cause (that's us!) everytime you shop. Log into iGive.com, choose the Friends as your cause, and we'll earn money from the shopping you were going to do anyways! Win, win!


More Ways to Give 

Dine Outs: Summer till Thanksgiving, help us raise money for the Museum Pass program simply by dining out at local restaurants!

Gift & Book Shoppe: The ongoing booksale just got an upgrade! Welcome to the new dedicted shop full to the brim with gently used donated and discarded books. The store is replenished with new books weekly. And if that weren't enough, now you can purchase literary themed gifts too. Mugs, socks, shirts...there's something for everyone. 

Paint & Sip: Bring your self, some pals, and the beverages--we'll bring everything else. Instructor, canvas, paints, supplies, music, utensils, ice! Join us at a paint & sip and you won't believe it's charity! Go home with a masterpiece that, wow, you painted all on your own! 

Contact Us


Friends of The Roxbury Library

103 Main Street

Succasunna, NJ 07876

FriendRoxburyLib@gmail.com