Barbara Barrantes- President
Rose Marie Francis - Vice President
Shelly Matthews - Treasurer
Fran Colombo- Secretary
Marilyn Simon - Corresponding Secretary
Sally Laing - Book Shop
Jeanne Kiefer - Web/Newsletter
For our 40th anniversary in 2016, we prepared two documents on the history of the Friends. The Friends Overview tells our story in brief. The 40th Anniversary Report provides details on our many years of activities, many thousands of dollars of donations to the library, and gives a list of our presidents since 1976. If you are interested in the Friends, we think you will enjoy reading these documents.
"We couldn't have done it without the Friends."
-Howard van Lenten, Library Board President 2009-2014
The Friends have been actively supporting the local library since 1976, when it was the Hillsdale Public Library, located in the center of the village. After more than 30 years of providing programming and funds for items outside of the library budget, the Friends donated $50,000 toward the construction of the new Roeliff Jansen Community Library on Rte. 22. In the past five years, we have contributed an additional $100,000.
We continue with our mission of library support today, aided by our Friends Book Shop, which is providing a steady source of income for library programs and projects. We also maintain a number of shelves in the library's lobby, with an ever-changing selection of inexpensive paperbacks.