Source: Teaneck Edition, The Press Journal, June 21, 1979

Friends of Library Formed in Teaneck

Teaneck -- A group of residents have joined together under the name of Friends of the Teaneck Public library with the idea of acquainting their fellow-residents with the many services offered by the library.

They noted in a press release that the library has one of the largest circulation records in Bergen County and provides area residents with a host of other services ranging from concerts to film festivals, children's story hours and facilities for the blind.

"Many Teaneck residents have not availed themselves of these services, in part because they were not aware of them," the release said.  "In spite of the devoted efforts of the present library staff, some of these services have recently been curtailed and others may have to be."

The Friends announced this four-point interim statement of purpose.

  • To provide a voice for improving and making better known the resources and services of the library for people of all ages in the community.
  • To increase public understanding, use and support of the library as an information and cultural center.
  • To support the library in contracts with the public and public bodies.
  • To maintain an association of persons interested in libraries, books and related materials and services.

Noting that the library is involved in an expansion program, the Friends said they expect to support those efforts to bring the renovation to a successful conclusion so that library services can be restored and residents "may once again take pride and pleasure in the cultural center of our town."

Herbert Shufro has agreed to serve as president of the new group, with Betty Schectman as vice-president, Michelle Fanelli as treasurer, Florence Bialler as recording secretary and Joan Torrone as corresponding secretary.

The Friends stressed that theirs is an independent group with no connection with any other local organization and is similar in scope to the hundreds of other "Friends" group which have been formed to support local public libraries throughout the country.

Those interested in joining the group may do so by calling Hilde Shufro, membership Chairman.

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