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September 18, 2014

The remaining board members of Friends of the Edison Public Library have decided to step back from our activities, leaving the door open a crack in case some young (or young at heart) energetic person wants to rejuvenate it. We haven’t lost the passion for our cause, just our energy. We’ll continue to administer the money we have raised until it runs out, but there will be no new fundraising and no more Friends’ events at this time. That means there will be no Fall book sale this year, and we will no longer be accepting book donations. We will no longer be soliciting memberships. Library Newsletters will not be mailed after the end of the year, but will be available in the libraries. We will have an evening meeting in November, which will serve as our Annual meeting, but there will not be a program accompanying this. The date of this meeting will be given on our website soon. A huge thank you to those who have volunteered for us or have given in other ways. We still love our library, and you should too.

Graham Gudgin, Becky Gudgin, Pam Hartkopf, Lynne Leitner – Board of Trustees, Friends of the Edison Public Library

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On Saturday, June 14 the Friends of the Edison Public Library in conjunction with the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society will host the free program: “Edison: Then and Now”. Walter Stochel, local resident and treasurer of the Historical Society, will present an entertaining look at how the Edison of today differs from the Edison of yesteryear from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. in the meeting room at North Edison Library at 777 Grove Avenue (map).

Mr. Stochel previously presented a series of very popular local Edison history programs at the Clara Barton (2010), North (2012), and Main (2013) Library branches. He provided interesting details about Edison’s diverse history and town events, landmarks and milestones.

At the same time from 12:30-2:30 there will be a special children’s program, “New Jersey Seashore—We’re Going Strong” for children organized by the Edison Library Children’s Department. It is a family craft day featuring sand art pictures, fish magnets, book covers and Angry Bird finger puppets directed by Carolyn Cullum, System Coordinator for Children’s Services.

Attendees are asked to contribute non-perishable food items to the Hands of Hope Food Pantry during the event. Your donation will aid the pantry in helping others in Edison Township.

You may reserve a seat for the free Friends history program by calling 732-548-3045, ext. 1, going to the library website at edisonpubliclibrary.net or signing up at the circulation desk. Advanced registration is required for the history program but not the children’s program.

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Our official photographer, Dolores Chupela, took many great photos throughout the day of our Spelling Bee. We’d like to share them with you:

Thanks Miss Dolores!

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We’ve just updated our Spelling Bee page with the list of names of the children who actually took part in the spelling bee on Saturday, May 10. Congratulations to everyone who took part. It was a wonderful event and we hope you all had fun.

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Today I’d like to extend personal thanks to some special people who were instrumental in planning and running our very successful Spelling Bee. These are people who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that the event would run smoothly. In alphabetical order those people are:

Becky Gudgin
Pam Hartkopf
Veena Iyer
Marylou Kjelle
Lynne Leitner
Judy Mansbach
Jeanne and Richard Martin

Like many volunteers, they don’t get nearly enough recognition for the time and effort they give to the Friends.

Thanks so much!

Graham Gudgin
Friends of the Edison Public Library

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It took a lot of volunteers to run our spelling bee. But we also got a lot of other help from individuals and groups. In addition, there were many costs involved in putting on the event. Today, we’d like to say a big thank you to the following sponsors and supporters:

Federal Business Centers

Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services

K S Fragrances Inc.

Seeman Family Chiropractic

Bill Leary Air Conditioning & Heating

NJ State Senator Pete Barnes

Middlesex County Freeholder Charles Tomaro

La Bonbonniere

Costco Wholesale

Jessica Levin, President, Seven Degrees Communications

Anonymous Donors

Edison Township Free Public Library, Director Judith Mansbach

Edison Board of Education, Superintendent Richard O’Malley

The Facilities Staff at J.P. Stevens High School, Facility Manager Steve Anthony

The J.P. Stevens Theater Group, Advisor Darlene Rich

J.P. Stevens Cheerleaders, Coach Joelle Terrill

Edison Police Auxiliary


We would also like to thank the businesses and individuals who bought advertisements in the spelling bee program for their help in defraying the cost of printing.

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We’re going to be posting more about yesterday’s Spelling Bee soon, but for now, we wanted to announce our winners:

Division 1 (grades 2 & 3)

1st Place: Sofia Aarti Arora
2nd Place: Mayank Vuyyuru
3rd Place: Andy Xu

Division 2 (grades 4 & 5)

1st Place: Rhythm Chaudhary
2nd Place: Shivi Jindal
3rd Place: Ashvin Krishnan

Division 1 Winners

Division 1 winners (l to r): 3rd Andy Xu, 2nd Mayank Vuyyuru, 1st Sofia Aarti Arora, Friends President Graham Gudgin


Division 2 Winners

Division 2 Winners (l – r): 3rd Ashvin Krishnan, 2nd Shivi Jindal, 1st Rhythm Chaudhary, Friends President Graham Gudgin


Congratulations to all our winners! Thank you to everyone who took part. The standard was very high. We also wish to thank our sponsors who helped offset the costs of running the bee and our super volunteers, without whom we couldn’t even consider running this event.

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A while back, we published a list of the names of the children we chose at random from all the applications received to take part in our Town-Wide Spelling Bee. Since then, we’ve had a number drop out for various reasons. Luckily, we had also chosen a wait list of children to cater for just such occurrences. So if you look at our Spelling Bee page, you will see the final list of children who will be taking part in the bee on Saturday. Good luck, everyone!

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March 2014

The Friends of the Edison Public Library is sponsoring its 2014 Spelling Bee on Saturday, May 10 at JP Stevens High School at 855 Grove Avenue (map). We have 200 enthusiastic Edison students in grades two through five who are participating in two divisions. For us to sponsor this most successful spelling bee we need dozens of helpers.

Can you volunteer to help us before or during the bee? We need volunteers on May 10th to help with registration, to guide parents, to pass out programs, to assist with food for the volunteers and to assume other responsibilities. A more detailed outline of tasks can be found here.

Please contact our Vice-President Pam at pamhartkopf@gmail.com or 908-769-6420 to offer your support and participation. Check out the Friends’ website, www.FOLEdisonnj.org for more details about membership and the spelling bee.

The Friends of the Edison Public Library provides numerous services and makes contributions to the Edison Library, which are made possible by your generous support. It is part of the Friends’ mission to contribute as much as we can to the Edison Library’s three branches. Municipal and state funds have diminished and the Edison Library needs our support.

In the past many of you have helped the Friends with the funding of programs, newsletters, and items such as iPads and volunteered at the fall book sales and spring spelling bees in 2011 and 2012. We can accomplish very little without your help and appreciate all that you have done.


Friends of the Edison Public Library Board of Trustees

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Support a great event and publicize your business. We are looking for local companies wanting to advertise in the program for our Spelling Bee. You will have the potential to reach out to the families and friends of the 200 children from Edison participating in our 2014 Town-Wide Spelling Bee, and a whole bunch of volunteers. We’re keeping it very simple – we will scan your business card or accept your business card sized image file and include it for just $25. E-mail us at FOLEdisonNJ@gmail.com for more details. The deadline is April 1.

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