Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from the Friends

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~Melody Beattie

As we celebrate the Holiday we can give thanks to have survived the recent storm and all of those whom helped us get back to "normal". Friends took in friends, broke bread and shared generators during Sandy. The Library was fortunate to have power and opened as a charging station for those without. During the two weeks many of us waited for power, the Library was routinely packed with residents using every outlet and chair while accessing the internet and enjoying a coffee and cookies. At the start, the Library supplied the coffee and treats, but then in true community spirit, residents and businesses donated to the coffee fund and shared their own treats too. 

The Roxbury Town Council wants to celebrate the outstanding community spirit that shone through during the storm. On Saturday December 8th there will be a ceremony: Honoring Those Who Lent a Hand. If you know someone you want to nominate or call 973-448-2016 by November 28th.

The Friends of the Roxbury Library Board want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Best Laid Plans Among Friends

Today was a tough day to be a Friend. We're sorry for any inconvenience you experienced at the sale or online. Thank you for your support of the library.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

iGive Dog Days Sweepstakes

Giving to charity is good for your heart & soul. Research proves that volunteering has positive health benefits. A 2007 government study found that:

  • Volunteering and physical well-being are part of a positive reinforcing cycle.
  • Volunteering leads to greater life satisfaction and lower rates of depression.
  •  Individuals who volunteer live longer.
  • Older volunteers are most likely to receive greater health benefits from volunteering.

Yes! Now I know what to do with my dad!

For those still in the workforce adding volunteering to the busy schedule of kids, home, and work responsibilities can be next to impossible. So instead of time, many give money to the causes closest to their hearts. Unfortunately in the current economic current it is getting more and more difficult to find enough resources to meet our obligations and give to our favorite charities. A nifty company, has a solution;  a guilt free way to give while we shop.

I was excited to learn several years ago that  there is a way to give to my favorite charity, the Friends of the Roxbury Twp Library while shopping online.  Igive has teamed up with retailers to donate a portion of your purchase to your favorite charity. Instead of earning miles or hotel points for purchases, I can feel good knowing a percentage of my purchases go to the Friends. It's easier to use too. Instead of going to United's shopping portal, then picking a store for every purchase I want to make; I downloaded an Igive button. If I go to the Barnes & Noble to order the latest Janet Evanovich, an Igive logo pops up recording the transaction. Bam I've donated to the Friends! 

Now they've gone one better with, iGive Dog Days Sweepstakes, the Friends can win a share of a $10,000 grant. Please consider dowloading Igive. Thanks!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wanted: Volunteers

Small local charities, such as the Friends of the Roxbury Library, rely on volunteers to provide vision and execution of programs and fundraising for the causes they support. Volunteering for your favorite charity can be a wonderful experience.  In today’s busy world, carving out time to volunteer can be challenging, but oh so rewarding.  There are several ways for you to become more involved with the Friends; as you do your spring cleaning, put aside your unwanted gently used books for our upcoming sale. We will begin accepting book donations Thursday April 19th.

Or do you enjoy browsing our semi-annual book sale tables looking for your next bedside read? It takes a village of volunteers to take the mountain of donated books to make those neatly sorted tables you peruse. Circle March 31st on your calendar for the Sorter Orientation meeting and join the village.

Another option this summer, murder will be in the air as we partner with the Roxbury Arts Alliance on murder mystery night to celebrate the finale of Adult Summer Reading. We are looking for a murderer, witnesses, detectives as well as behind the scenes helpers. If you have murder on your mind, e-mail us at or post a message on our Facebook page.