Highlights 2012-16


-In Mid-March MMLF Board Members Ariele Cohen and Frank McGehee spearheaded the popular children’s Musical Jamboree featuring the “Aardvarks” — entertaining families and raising funds for the Foundation.

-MMLF contributed to the promotion of the always inspired “Ideas Festival.” There was a dazzling array of varied and talented local individuals providing insight to their particular worlds. We heard from world class journalists, performers, artists, architects, writers, and even an Olympian fencer!

Ideas Festival Schedule 2016


The Request for Qualifications for Architectural Services for a Conceptual Plan was issued February 19th with a closing date of April 4, 2016. The RFQ and related documents are posted on the Library website and Township site. As stated in the RFQ, all questions, comments or other communications should be directed to our Library Director, Sarah Lester at slester@maplewoodlibrary.org .

The building plan outlines all major areas to be reconsidered and provides specific suggestions for updating and improving library spaces and their functionality. Take a look at the Maplewood Library Building Plan 2015.

-As the fundraising arm for the Library and the financial conduit for its building project, the MMLF engaged a professional fundraiser to conduct a feasibility study and to help refine our fundraising tools,and to plan and schedule for the library’s upcoming capital campaign.

For further information regarding the library renovation please visit the Maplewood Library Website.


In 2015 we helped support the Library’s highly successful “Ideas Festival” and continued to underwrite the instruction and supplies for the 3-D printer and Makerspace.

We have also added to monies in our recently established MMLF account at Fidelity–investing for growth in small successive increments. This account is a ready repository for donations of financial securities and provides an avenue for longer term growth.

Talented and committed people are key to our future success, so we are pleased to welcome two new board members, Frank McGehee and Ariele Cohen.  Leigh Slaton Mumford has been serving as our Secretary this year along with Kevin Sheridan. (Please visit the Board Members’ page for their and other board members’ bios.)

Our grant writer competed a first round of applications in what we expect to be a years long process.

In the spring we hosted an intimate afternoon tea to thank library patrons.


In spring of this year, the Foundation initiated a town-wide solicitation which has netted over $16,000 as of December 1st.  In order to multiply the benefit of monies raised, we have employed the services of a fundraising professional, Kristin Walpole to engage her grant writing services.

This is an exciting time for the Library and the Foundation. Ultimately, in ways big and small, we hope to realign the physical elements of our library space with the current needs and future desires of all Maplewoodians. Stay tuned as ideas percolate and  directions take shape.    


In the beginning of 2014 roughly $5,000 of funds raised from our Murder Mystery Event (in October of 2013) were spent to initiate a “Digital Media Lab,” including 3-D printer, training and supplies.   We also opened a small investment account at Fidelity to establish a repository for future stock, bond cash and charitable donations.

3d printer lesson


Over $13,000 was raised at the Foundation’s initial fundraising party in the spring of 2012. In 2013, MMLF funded several initiatives at the library including software for e-books, (Overdrive Advantage) to reduce waiting time for popular titles. We also underwrote the Maplewood Library’s “Centennial Exhibit,” masterfully executed by John Brannigan

In addition, the Bausmith Family bequeathed $10,000 at the 2012 event to initiate a special fund for the preservation of Maplewood’s historic archives.  The fund was donated in honor of Jack Bausmith, Maplewood’s former historian. 

Details of the Foundation’s 2012 fundraiser can be found in the Matters Magazine article featured below or you can download the article as a PDF.

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