Who Are the Friends of the Sayreville Public Library?

The mission of The Friends is to promote the mission and services of the Sayreville Public Library through advocacy as well as financial and programming support.

Our main source of revenue is our book sales. The books we sell come primarily from donations from Sayreville’s residents. These occur two times a year and at Sayreville Day.

The Friends help the library with special events. The most rewarding experiences are the Annual School Library Fairs. Students that do not have a library card are encouraged to sign up for one in advance. On the day of the Fair each student is presented with their new card and a new book. All of the students are given information about the Summer Reading Program. In the years that we have done these Fairs, the library has reported a dramatic increase in participation in the Summer Reading Program.

Over the years The Friends have helped the library financially. In the past we have provided Face Painting at the Summer Reading Club Kick-Off Party. We have purchased DVDs for the Children’s Collection. Our most visible purchase to date has been the large television screen in the newly remodeled library lobby.

Our group has hosted various adult programs over the years. We have had some Authors Nights which featured local authors. Our most popular event was with Jill Davis, author of Girls Poker Night. The author read from her book and answered questions from the audience.

Adopt A Book

Buy a book to celebrate an important event in someone's life-- a birth, a graduation, a birthday, retirement, a Confirmation, a wedding, or anything else you can think of. Or, buy a book to memorialize a loved one who has passed away.

Here is a link to an online brochure and order form.


Upcoming Dates of Interest

All Friends meetings and events are in the library's meeting room unless otherwise specified.

October 16th
Regular Meeting

October 24th
Gold & Jewelry Fundraiser

November 20th
Regular Meeting

No Meeting in December

January 15th
Regular Meeting

January 16th
Book Sale
A bag of books for $8. You must use a bag supplied by The Friends.

February 19th
Regular Meeting

March 19th
Regular Meeting

April 16th
Regular Meeting

May 21st
Regular Meeting

June 11th
Regular Meeting

Book Sales

The Friends of the Sayreville Public Library has THREE book sales throughout the year. Our first two sales are in the library conference room. They are every January and June. Our third sale is at Sayreville Day in Kennedy Park. Customers are given a bag and they can fill them for $8! The books we sell come from generous donations from the public as well as some library discards. Proceeds from sales are given to the Sayreville Public Library to fund the children’s summer reading program, library programs and workshops, and purchases not covered within the annual budget. Your donations and purchases help aid us in our quest to provide the citizens of Sayreville with outstanding public service.

How to Donate

While the Sayreville Public Library and the Friends of the Library appreciate the kindness of those willing to donate material, the library’s lack of storage prevents all donations from being accepted. Items will only be accepted when a book sale is publicly announced via local newspapers, local channel advertisements, and library advertisements. This is generally three weeks before the sale. Donations can be placed in the Friends donation mailbox which is located in the library lobby. The dates will be posted on the mailbox in the foyer and also on this web site.

The following items are welcome:
· Children’s books of any publication date
· Nearly new books from 2000 or newer including: fiction, history, cookbooks, non-fiction, reference, art, how-to, large print books, sports, parenting, classics, trade paper books, religion, philosophy, children's books, coffee table books, biography, short stories, humor, poetry, science, foreign language
· DVDs or VHS tapes
· Music CDs
· Books on Tape or CD

The following cannot be accepted:
· books that have been stored in damp areas - (garages, basements, outdoors) or books riddled with bugs, or that display mold, or are covered with dirt
· damaged material
· books with yellowed, stained, moldy, or torn pages
· books that have been written in or have underlining
· textbooks
· encyclopedias
· Periodicals
These items will be discarded.

Membership Form

If you are interested in joining, please follow this link to a PDF file of our membership form. Brochures with a membership form are also available at the Circulation Desk at the library.