of the Verona Public Library
only way to have a friend is to be one."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Since 1983, the Friends of the Verona Public
Library have been supplementing the budget, services and
public relations efforts of the Verona Public Library.
Perhaps the most visible activity of the Friends is the
organization and running of the library's annual
Sale. Over the years, the Friends have sorted,
bagged, carted, and sold thousands of books. These
activities, along with membership dues and donations,
provide all of the group's funding, which has been handled
since the group's inception by Treasurer Robert Boeck.
During the tenure of the current president,
Virginia Boeck, the Friends have added resources, including
many unabridged books on tape to the library's collections.
Since 2002, the Friends have supported remote access to the Encyclopaedia
Britannica from the library web site. They've
also purchased the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science
and Technology for the Reference collection.
The Friends have sponsored a variety of
programs over the years, including a walking tour of
historic Verona, Verona Peace Corps volunteer Chris
Wannemacher's efforts to develop a library in Africa, and a
party in honor of Andrew Carnegie's 150th birthday. Perhaps
the Friends' most ambitious project to date was the 1993
celebration of the library's centennial. At that time, the
Friends organized a successful fundraising campaign to
purchase new furniture and a new circulation desk for the
library's main room. They also coordinated a Centennial
Celebration which brought together government, business, and
civic leaders to celebrate the library's first one hundred
New members are always needed and
welcome! Your membership dues are tax deductible, and
all proceeds will go towards the enhancement of the Verona
Membership applications are available at the
the Library, or you can print one out
Mail your completed application with payment (see below) to:
Friends of the Verona Public Library
17 Gould Street
Verona, NJ 07044