Friends of the William Jeanes Memorial Library

for your support of our Used Book Sale.  Book sale proceeds enable the Friends to support enhanced library programs and services.


     Be sure to check the Book Boutique carts often for new selections!

 Send us an email: friendswmjeanesmemoriallibrary@gmail.com

Tell us what kind of books you’d like to see on the Book Boutique carts.

The friends maintain two Book Boutiques which are stocked and updated regularly to ensure a fresh selection!

     Children’s Book Boutique: on the lower level, against the left wall just inside the double doors leading to the children’s area.

     Adult & Teen Book Boutique:  on the upper level to the left of the main entrance

     Book boutique proceeds enable the Friends to support enhanced library programs and services.

 



     LOOKING AHEAD IN 2017

     National Friends of Libraries Week   
     OCTOBER 15-21

The Friends bookplate and logo, as designed by local artist Martha Maulsby Hovenden (1884-1941), a member of the Corson Family, and daughter of renowned artists Thomas Hovenden (1840-1895) & Helen Corson Hovenden (1847-1935). Except for trips abroad and a brief stay with relatives in Washington, DC, Martha Hovenden resided in the white stucco house, known as the Hovenden House, at the corner of Butler and Germantown Pikes, in the village of Plymouth Meeting. Following the example of her parents, she used Abolition Hall, constructed by her grandfather, George Corson, as her studio. Both the Hovenden House and Abolition Hall are individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Plymouth Meeting was Pennsylvania’s first National Historic Register district (1971).

Three of the Friends Board immediate past presidents with current president, Linda Gardner Doll. L to R: Kiki Kuzovich, Linda Gardner Doll, Irwin “Irv” Leventhal, Margaret Berkey

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Friends of the William Jeanes Memorial Library is to promote and supplement the services, programs, and facilities of the library through various fundraising and volunteer activities.

Members of the Friends of the Library Board attending the Library Gala

ABOUT US

The Friends of the William Jeanes Library group was established in 1950. Since that time the organization has been a vital force in supplementing Library funding.  Donations received through the annual membership drive and proceeds generated by used book sales have enabled the Friends to support Library services in many ways.  We have augmented the purchase of new technology, books, and other media, sponsored adult and children’s programs, contributed as a major donor to the recent building renovation and expansion, and responded to special funding requests as they continue to arise.

All Whitemarsh residents and Library patrons are welcome to join the Friends of the Library.

The Friends Board of Directors holds its public meetings the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m., September through June.  Meetings are held in the Board Room on the upper level of the library.

Biennial Membership Meeting

Every EVEN CALENDAR YEAR in March, the Friends Board hosts a meeting of the membership, which is open to the public.  During this event, the Board holds a brief business meeting, which includes reporting on the year’s activities and fundraising results, election of officers, and welcoming new Board members.

The business portion of the meeting is immediately followed by a special program.  Light refreshments and socializing top off the evening.

To learn how you can participate in Friends activities, click HERE


Nancy Corson
    One of our founding members, Nancy       Corson, for whom the “Nancy Corson Creative Writing Fund” was established in her memory in 2012. This fund sponsors the Children’s Book Writing & Teen Poetry Contests. Nancy was an active and passionate member of the Friends, serving as Membership Chair and maintaining the membership records for many years. In recognition of Nancy’s passion for writing, the Friends have committed to an annual contribution to this fund

 
Friends Founding Member and Past President, Gail Mickelson, was on hand to receive the plaque in recognition of the Friends of the William Jeanes Memorial Library’s 65 years of service to the library and community. The plaque was presented to members of the Friends Board by the Whitemarsh Township Board of Supervisors at their October 22, 2015 meeting.

MEMBERSHIP

We invite all patrons and neighbors to become members of our all-volunteer group. By clicking the HERE, you can join the Friends and make a secure, online credit-card payment.   If you prefer to pay your annual membership dues by check, please click HERE  to print and complete the MEMBERSHIP FORM, and mail or hand-deliver your check to:

Friends of the William Jeanes Memorial Library
4051 Joshua Road
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444
Attn.: Treasurer

Please note that gifts and membership dues payable to the Friends of the Library are processed by the Friends organization and managed by the Friends Board.  The Library’s Annual Fund drive (which supports routine operations) and other special funding campaigns are managed by the Library’s Board of Directors.  The Library Board appreciates the support of its Friends organization and the supplemental gifts that enhance regular services. Both organizations are certified as tax-exempt charitable institutions, and all gifts are tax-deductible, consistent with IRS regulations.

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The Willaman Garden, located at the library upper level entrance, is maintained by the Friends of the Library Board Willaman Garden Committee.

 


BOOK SALES 

The highly anticipated Friends semi-annual book sales (offered in September and April) attract buyers from the entire region. Held in the Willaman Community Commons on the library’s lower level, the sales offer titles for every reading level and interest area.

Dates and times of upcoming book sales are posted on the library’s website, noted on flyers and bookmarks, and publicized through social media.

BOOK BOUTIQUES 

Every day – throughout the year! the Friends Book Boutiques offer for sale a premium selection of books (book carts placed near the entrances on each library level).

BOOK DONATIONS

The Friends welcomes donations of gently-used books, CDs, and DVDs, which will be sorted and sold, either at the semi-annual sales or at one of the boutiques.  Boxed or bagged donations can be left on the designated book carts, located inside at both the upper and lower library entrances.

Please—no textbooks, magazines, or encyclopedias. 

All donations are tax deductible.  You can pick up a receipt form at the book donation drop-off carts.  Book sale proceeds enable the Friends to support enhanced library programs and services.


Just some of the programs that are sponsored by The Friends of the Library:

PECO Green Region Open Space Grant         Excerpt from the Library 2015 Annual Report:

“The Friends of the Library provided the $3,000 match to enable the library to apply for a PECO Green Region Open Space Grant in the amount $2,500.  The grant supported hiring GreenWeaver landscapes to design a Natural Woodlands using only native plants.  Still  to be purchased are bird houses and signage.  The woodlands is a beautiful addition to the library’s landscape and will be used for storytimes, native plant programs, and relaxation.  Volunteers and Acer Consulting, along with GreenWeavers, spent two weekends in April 2016 (one dry and one wet!) preparing and planting the gardens”.   (several members of the Friends Board joined the volunteers on these weekends).


Monies from The Friends of the Library support the “Mary Knowles Technology Fund”

Installation of new unified WiFi system

Purchase of 4 iPads and docking stations

Wireless Mobile Printing


Monies from the Friends of the Library

are used toward the purchase of several MUSEUM PASSES

Monies from the Friends of the Library support the annual “PA One Book Every Young Child” program
Friends President Margaret Berkey with Deb Moore
Members of the Friends Board have participated in the July 4th Parade

2011 Library Staff, Board and Friends Board members


ANNUAL REPORT    Read the Friends Annual Report 2016

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The Friends of the Library historically hosted an Annual Meeting in March, which featured a guest speaker and was open to the public.  The programs are now featured every EVEN  calendar year.
Members of the Friends Board join President Linda Gardner Doll in presenting the annual Nancy Corson Creative Fund check in the amount of $2,000 to Library Director Lisa Clancy and Library Board President Carole Lukoff at the Friends March Annual Meeting 2017
Members of the Friends Board join Friends President Linda Gardner Doll in presenting the annual Nancy Corson Creative Writing Fund check in the amount of $2,000 to Library Director Lisa Clancy and Library Board President Carole Lukoff at the Friends Board Meeting in March 2017.

BY-LAWS

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