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The Friends of the Pennington Public Library is a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to help the Library continue to be a vital link to the community. The Library receives limited public funds and needs additional help for purchases and programs beyond the basic operating expenses.Mother reading to son

Funds are raised through annual membership fees and events such as the House and Garden Tour in Pennington.

Through the Friends' fund-raising efforts, money has been contributed for:

  • Children's programs
  • Recorded books
  • Reference books
  • Expansion of all areas of the print collection

Click here to view the most recent FOPL newsletter.

 

2014 Board Members

Co-President: Francie McManimon

Co-President: Sharon Maida

Treasurer: Shanon Lindstrom

Secretary: Jane Dolan Porpora

2014
  •          The FOPL participated at Pennington Day with a booth which included a display of new books and library card applications.

  •          FOPL underwrote the first field trip run by the Pennington Library: Costumes of Downton Abbey at Winterthur Museum on July 1

  •          FOPL conducted a book sale at Barnes and Noble, Princeton proceeds to benefit the library.

  •          Reorganized the master donor list to improve donor reach within the community.

 

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If you are interested in contributing to the Library's growth, please consider becoming an active member or volunteer. Membership forms are available at the Library.

History

The Friends of the Pennington Public Library (FOPL) enjoys a rich history.  Following are the highlights from the past fourteen years - click on the quick links below to go directly to a particular year!   Also, if you click here you can jump to the section on this page where Board Members are listed by year.

1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014

1995Books on chair with apple

  • The Friends of the Pennington Public Library (FOPL) started out as a fundraising Committee to purchase furnishings for the new Library facility.
  • Using a newsletter, the FOPL recruited members and held a book sale to raise funds.  Their goal was to raise $32,000 and the theme was 'Your Hometown Library.'

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1996

  • A new goal was set for the FOPL which was to develop new resources to expand the existing Library.

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1997Peter Brown's image of the reading man

  • The FOPL became incorporated.
  • The Library conducted a logo contest.  Peter Brown from Hopewell Valley Central High School, was the winner!  
  • Reference books, a weekly magazine, travel books, recorded books and sixteen files were purchased from the Director's (Pat Butcher) wish list. 
  • Jo Allsop organized a House and Gardens tour fundraiser to benefit FOPL.

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1998Etching of Gilbert and Sullivan

  • The FOPL funded a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta concert at the Pennington Presbyterian Church.
  • The House and Garden tour was conducted again in September.
  • The annual events provided income to purchase additional materials from Pat Butcher's wish list including:   two children's programs of stories and music, recorded, travel and craft books, tiered display for adult books, signs and banners, brass plates and a new bulletin board.

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1999

  • The Library received over $23,000 from the FOPL since their inception.
  • A House and Gardens tour was held in September.
  • Successful fundraising allowed the Library to purchase over three hundred children's books, reference books, recorded books and children's programs all chosen from the wish list of Pat Butcher who was the Library Director.

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2000

  • The FOPL organized and assisted with the Holiday Open House and Craft Show in December at Carol Lipson and Missy Brewster's homes.
  • The FOPL purchased over 200 adult books, 50 children's books, contributed to the Summer Reading Program by funding a reading performer, posters, stickers and ice cream.

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2001

  • The Holiday Open House and a Silent Auction were held in December at the Maida residence.
  • The FOPL funded three children's programs, donated $7,000 toward the purchase of new adult and children's books and contributed Girl carrying books $5,000 towards library automation.

2002

  • Pat Butcher retired as the Library Director in February.
  • Theresa Winslow became the interim Director.

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2003

  • Mary Fraser became the new Library Director.
  • New purchases for the Library included:  recorded books, inside and outside library signs, science books for the juvenile collection, funding for children's programs became the focus.
  • The FOPL hosted a thank-you tea for all of its volunteers and helped sponsor an afternoon tea in December to honor June Egan who was a long-time volunteer and local child care provider.
  • The FOPL began selling tote bags.
  • On December 13th, the FOPL hosted a Holiday at the Lipson's home.

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2004Girl reading yellow book

  • The FOPL Book Sale and the Summer Reading Concert was held on June 12.
  • The Friends funded the purchase of recorded books, special programs, display shelving and book displays. 

2005

  • Kathleen Doyle became the new Library Director.
  • The FOPL Book Sale was held at  Pennington Day.
  • The income from yearly events funded the following programs:  Summer Reading Program, purchase of DVDs, recorded books, books for young adults and adults, and a new workstation for Internet access.

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2006Photo of boy reading newspaper

  • The fund drives this year sponsored recorded books, children's books and DVDs, children's programs, children's area furnishings and wireless network equipment for Internet access. 
  • The Spring event was 'An Evening with Ellyn Spragins' author of 'What I Know:   Letter to My Younger Self'. 
  • The Friends participated in the Pennington Day with Clifford the Big Red Dog and sponsored a Holiday Walk Book Sale.

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2007

  • The Spring Event was 'An Evening with Author Brian Haig,' a New York Times bestselling author. Photo of author Brian Haig  
  • The Friends sponsored a 'sold out' New Jersey Symphony Orchestra String Quartet concert
  • The Friends also sponsored a book sale during Pennington's Annual Holiday Walk. 
  • The proceeds from annual fund-raising helped fund a Film Movement subscription adult non-fiction books, DVDs, recorded books, children’s books and programs, and a Slatwall display for the Library.

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Photo of author Ellyn Spragins2008

  • The Spring Event featured Ellyn Spragins who is the author of 'If I'd Known Then' book series.
  • The FOPL funded the purchase of over 84 recorded books, DVDs for adults and children, and furnishings and a rug for the children's area.

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2009

  • Photo of author Pam Anderson cookingCookbook author Pam Anderson appeared at the Hopewell Borough Train Station for the FOPL Spring Event.   
  • A Jewelry fundraiser featuring Missy Brewster     of Brewster Designs was held later that year.
  • The FOPL participated in Pennington Day with a booth which included a display of our newest books and Summer Program sign-ups   for children.
  • The FOPL co-hosted a memorial reception in honor of Norah Ducharme.

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2010
  • Spring Fundraiser a presentation by author Lauren Grodstein held at The Pennington School May 5. Click Here for details.
  • 1st Annual 5K in memory of Norah Ducharme
  • Purchased book spinning display which houses a selection of books, all complimentary!

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2011
  • Planned Fall 5K Run (cancelled due to snow)

  • Pennington Day Booth

  • Library began offering eBooks for free!

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2012
  • Kim T. Ha became the new Library Director.

  •  FOPL had a booth at Pennington Day advertising the summer program at the library

  •  Guest Speaker, Tyler Caton, provided in-service on use of the I-pad

  •  Held 5k Run "Get Bookin'" and Kid's Fun Run as a fundraiser,  in honor of Norah Ducharme

  •  Funded new travel book collection

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2013
  •  Held 5K and Kid's Fun Run in memory of Norah Ducharme. Proceeds benefit library

  •  Pennington Day Booth

  •  Fundraiser, Barnes and Noble Book Sale, Princeton

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2014
  •  The FOPL participated at Pennington Day with a booth which included a display of new books and library card applications.

  •  FOPL underwrote the first field trip run by the Pennington Library: Costumes of Downton Abbey at Winterthur Museum on July 1

  •  FOPL conducted a book sale at Barnes and Noble, Princeton proceeds to benefit the library.

  •   Reorganized the master donor list to improve donor reach within the community.

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Board Members

Many people have dedicated their time and work to the FoPPL over the years.  Here are some dating back go 1995. Scroll through the years of Members below or click on a quick link below to jump to that year.

1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005  2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014

 

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Debbie Gwazda
Nora Ducharme
Anne Nosnitsky
Chairperson
Co-Chairperson
Treasurer
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Nora Ducharme
Board Members







President
Betty Davis
Frank Spera
Jo Allsop
Mary Assman
Julie Feibush
Charles Rutledge
Don Blankenbush
John Bettino

1997 top
Nora Ducharme
Mark Assman
Frank Spera
Julie Feibush
President
Vice President
Treasurer
Secretary
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Frank Spera
Mark Assman
Ted Naffzinger
Paula Roveda
President
Vice President
Treasurer
Secretary
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Jo Allsop
Ted Nafzger
Paula Roveda
President
Treasurer
Secretary
2000 top
Jo Allsop
Paula Roveda
Ted Nafziger
President
Secretary
Treasurer
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Althea Spenser
Tara Russell
Paula Roveda
President
Treasurer
Secretary
2002 top
Tara Russell
Paula Roveda
Athea Spencer
Barbara Goodman
Tara Russell
Co-President
Co-President
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
   
2003 top
Anne Nosnitsky
Anthea Spencer
Tara Russell
Barbara Goodman
President
Vice President
Treasurer
Secretary
2004 top
Anne Nosnitsky
Carol Lipson
Jean Robertson
Tara Russell
Caroline Seiber
President
Vice President
Treasurer
Co-Secretary
Co-Secretary
   
2005 top
Anne Nosnitsky
Carol Lipson
Jean Robertson
Caroline Seiber
President
Vice President
Treasurer
Secretary
2006 top
Betty Grimes
Dodie Hamblen
Anne Nosnitsky
Jean Robertson
President
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
2007 top
Betsy Grimes
Dodie Hamblen
Jean Robertson
President
Vice President
Treasurer
2008 top
Dodie Hamblen
Betsy Grimes
Kathleen Nash
Jean Robertson
President
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
2009 top
Dodie Hamblen
Betsy Grimes
Jean Robertson
Kathleen Nash
President
Vice President
Treasurer
Secretary
2010 top
Donna Doran
Kathleen Nash
Christine Dorsett
Jeanne Faber
President
Vice President
Treasurer
Secretary                                     
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Donna Doran
Kathleen Nash
Christine Dorsett
Jean Faber
President
Vice President
Treasurer
Secretary
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Kathleen Nash
Heather Wurtz
Christine Dorsett
Jane Dolan Porpora
Co-President
Co-President
Treasurer
Secretary
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Kathleen Nash
Heather Wurtz
Shanon Lindstrom
Jane Dolan Porpora
Co-President
Co-president
Treasurer
Secretary
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Francie McManimon
Sharon Maida
Shanon Lindstrom
Jane Dolan Porpora
Co-President
Co-president
Treasurer
Secretary