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The Friends of the Library

The Friends is formed exclusively for charitable, literary and educational purposes in support of and cooperating with the Library in developing, maintaining, and enhancing its facilities, resources, and services for the public. Read about and join the Membership of the Friends, and find out about the Member-Merchant Initiative benefit designed to support local Millburn-Short Hills businesses and strengthen library ties with the community (paper form here). For monthly updates, subscribe to the Friends Newsletter.Friends of the Library logo

In furtherance of its purpose, the Friends:

  • encourage monetary gifts for the exclusive benefit of the Library, and raise funds through book sales & other appropriate activities
  • encourage the use of the Library facilities, resources & services
  • focus attention on the Library through promotion and sponsorship of Library programs & activities

The Friends of the Library organize and sponsor a number of programs, events and improvements that help keep Millburn Library fresh, relevant and popular, including:

  • Museum Passes for Millburn cardholders
  • 3D Printer
  • Electronic Bulletin Board
  • Summer Reading program for children & teens
  • Expanded Young Adult space with new space
  • Supplemental library budget for new books, DVDs and more
  • Special programs, lectures ad performances for all ages

Click here to see the complete list of programs.

Drop-in Saturday Chess Lessons are Back!

Come learn from Chess Master Scott Massey! The rules of chess, how to checkmate, how to play openings & tactics, middle-game strategy & endgames, and how to read & write chess. The cost is $20 per session. Questions: friends@millburnlibrary.org or scottmsy@msn.org.

Chess Class Schedule (Saturdays):

  • January 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
  • February 4th, 11th, 25th
  • March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
  • April 1st, 15th, 22nd, 29th
  • May 6th, 13th, 20th
  • June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
    • Beginner: 1:00-2:00pm
    • Intermediate: 2:05-3:20pm
    • Advanced: 3:25-4:55pm
Drop-in Chess Classes on Saturdays ($20 each). Beginner-level (1-2pm), Intermediate-level (2:05-3:20pm), Advanced-level (3:25-4:55pm). Questions go to friends@millburnlibrary.org or Scott Massey at scottmsy@msn.com.
Fireside Book Club: Monday, Feb. 6 @ 7:00pm. Swimming to Antarctica, by Lynne Cox. Zoom link to be emailed prior to the meeting.
Complete list of dates for Fireside Book Club (see further down on page for text).

Fireside Book Club

The Fireside Book Club meets monthly. Lively discussion is led by a library staff member, or other special guests. All are welcome to attend these gatherings! All Fireside Book Clubs are currently virtual. Register for an upcoming Book Club meeting here.

To obtain copies of the monthly book, visit the Millburn Library Reference Desk and ask for a Book Club-reserved copy, or borrow the eBook version via the Libby app.

2022-23 Schedule

  • The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray.
    • Monday, November 7th, 2022 | 7:00 – 8:30pm
  • The Nineties, by Chuck Klosterman.
    • Monday, December 5th, 2022 | 7:00 – 8:30pm
  • Black Cake, by Charmaine Wilkerson. Facilitated by Liz Miller-Boose.
    • Monday, January 9th, 2023 | 7:00 – 8:30pm
  • Swimming to Antarctica, by Lynn Cox. Facilitated by Dorothy Kelly
    • Monday, February 6th, 2023 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Punch Me Up to the Gods, by Brian Boome. Facilitated by  Nadege Nicoll.
    • Monday, March 6th, 2023 | 7:00 – 8:30pm.
    • Book / eBook
  • Lessons in Chemistry, by Rumann Alam.
    • Monday, April 10th, 2023 | 7:00 – 8:30pm.
    • Book / eBook
  • The Marriage Portrait, by Maggie O’Farrell.
    • Monday, May 1st, 2023 | 7:00 – 8:30pm
    • Book / eBook

Annual Book Sale

The Friends 2023 Annual Book Sale

  • Books Accepted: Mon 4/10/2023 – Sun 4/23/2023 ONLY. 
    • This is a shorter donation period than usual.  Thank you for cooperating
    • Please no textbooks, encyclopedias or magazines
    • Leave donations in the bins next to the elevator during regular library hours during the donation period
  • Member Preview Day: Thursday, May 4: 6:30pm – 8:30pm ($25 at the door)
  • Regular Hours:
    • Saturday, May 6: 9:30am – 5:00pm
    • Sunday, May 7: 1:00pm – 4:30pm

To volunteer or ask questions, email friends@millburn.bccls.org.

Monthly Meeting

Friends of the Millburn Library Business Meetings are open to the public, please email the Friends if you would like to attend. Until further notice, all meetings will be held online via Zoom. 2022-2023 meeting dates are: 

  • October 4
  • November 1
  • December 6
  • January 3
  • February 7
  • March 7
  • April 4
  • May 2
  • June 6

Officers & Board

Officers (2020-21)

Dorothy Kelly President
Sapna Gupta Vice President
Yujing Shen Treasurer
Michelle Brubaker Secretary


Michelle Brubaker Programming
Jean Lee Garden
Mara Epstein & Sutapa Aditya Membership
Dorothy Kelly Museum Night Lectures
Sutapa Aditya Chess
Sapna Gupta Social Media & Publicity
Ruthie Binder Fireside Book Club
Dorothy Kelly Book Sale
Judy Eisner & Mara Epstein Fundraising
Sapna Gutna & Dorothy Kelly Newsletter
Sutapa Aditya & Mara Epstein Member-Merchant Initiative

The Friends work to support MFPL through fundraising and by creating interest in the public library. All money raised, whether through donations, membership fees, or fundraising, is used exclusively for programs, materials and projects that benefit the Millburn Library.

The Friends of the Millburn Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, EIN# 22-2280527. Check if your employer offers a matching gift program— it’s an easy way to increase support!