Regular Hours, by appointment only
Please call the Library at (201) 438-8866 to schedule a visit or request materials for curbside pick-up.
Mon-Thu: 10:00am to 7:00pm
Fri: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sat: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Friday, January 1 New Year’s Day
Monday, January 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Friday, February 12 Lincoln’s Birthday
Monday, February 15 Presidents’ Day
Friday, April 2 Good Friday
Monday, May 31 Memorial Day
Monday, July 5 Independence Day
Monday, September 6 Labor Day
Monday, October 11 Columbus Day
Tuesday, November 2 Election Day
Thursday, November 11 Veterans Day
Wednesday, November 24 Early Closing – 5pm
Thursday, November 25 Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 26 Day after Thanksgiving
Thursday, December 23 Early Closing – 5pm
Friday, December 24 Christmas Eve
Saturday, December 25 Christmas Day
Friday, December 31 New Year’s Eve
History of the Carlstadt Library
In 1943, Edward F. Krom, Supervising Principal of the Carlstadt Schools, contacted the New Jersey State Public Library Commission for information on how to start a library in Carlstadt. The Mother’s Club of the school organized a meeting to establish the library on January 2, 1944. They voted on a Constitution and Bylaws and elected the first Board of Trustees. Mrs. Josephine Trubeck was elected the first President.
On November 7, 1944 the Borough of Carlstadt passed a referendum to establish a public library. The vote was 990 Yes and 552 No. On February 6, 1945 the Board of Education voted to allow the library to use a first floor room at School #1. Miss Elizabeth Dittmer was appointed the first librarian in February 1946 and the first library was opened on April 16, 1946. An open house was held on April 14, 1946. The initial hours were Closed Mondays; Tuesday & Thursday 2-5pm & 7-9pm; Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10-12 & 2-5pm.
One hundred fifty library cards were issued on opening day. Each cardholder was allowed to check out one fiction and one non-fiction book. Bestsellers circulated for 7 days with no renewals. All other books circulated for 14 days. Fines were $.02 per day. In July 1946, because the collection size had increased, each borrower could now take out three books, 2 fiction and 1 non-fiction.
On January 21, 1947 Edward Krom was elected President of the Library Board. On April 16, 1947 it was reported that in the library’s first year 7,792 books were circulated, 203 Reference questions were answered, almost 700 library cards were issued and the collection numbered almost 2,800 books.
The first Storyhour was held on July 9, 1947 for children 6 to 12 years old.
On January 20, 1948 Alfred N. Rohr was elected President. The end of year statistics stated there were 924 active cards, the collection was 3,639 books and the circulation was 12,457.
Miss Dittmer resigned in October 1950 to take a position in Toms River. Mrs. Mildred Steingress was hired as a temporary librarian. Mrs. Patricia Kilianski served as librarian until she resigned in May 1951.
In 1951, the library moved to the old wing of Washington School, into the Kindergarten room and annex. Miss Theresa Hasler started as librarian in November 1951.
In 1963, the School Board informed the library that it needed the library space for classrooms for Fall 1963. The School Board, realizing that a new building couldn’t be quickly built, allowed the library to keep using one of the rooms in the school. The Reference Room and workroom were relocated to Kohler property in July 1963.
In March 1964, the School Board asked that the library room be vacated by July 1, 1964, but the library was allowed to stay. The bids to construct the new building to be located on Hackensack Street were opened on June 24, 1964 and rejected as being too high.
After being informed that Federal Funds might be available for construction of a new building, the Library Board applied and was informed that they had been awarded $23,000 to be added to the Borough’s contribution of $70,000 to build a new building.
The building was sent out to bid and they were opened on August 18, 1965. It was decided that minor adjustments needed to be made and the project would be rebid. The 3rd bid was opened on October 21, 1965 and rejected again as too high.
In February 1966, the Library Board found that the property adjacent to the lot designated for the new library was available to purchase and requested the Borough purchase the property. The plans were revised to include this property. The 4th bid was determined to be too high and additional monies were requested from the Borough. The additional lot was purchased on May 3, 1966. The 5th bid was awarded on May 18, 1966. The existing library in the school was closed on July 15, 1966 and all materials were put into storage. The Reference Annex was open for regular hours starting September 12, 1966.
The original completion date was to be November 1, 1966, but the library was dedicated and opened on April 2, 1967 as the temperature that day soared into the 80’s. The hours of the newly opened building were Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 10 to 12pm, Monday through Friday 1 to 5:30pm and Monday through Thursday 7 to 9pm.
Miss Hasler retired and Mrs. Patricia Kilianski was hired as the new librarian in June 1973.
After the death of William E. Dermody on June 10, 1974, the Council and Library Board agreed to change the name of the library to the William E. Dermody Free Public Library of the Borough of Carlstadt, New Jersey.
Margaret Mellett, Library Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tiffany Jones, Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper – email@example.com
Erich Odenheim, Building Custodian – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Spero, Adult Services Coordinator – email@example.com
Amanda Griffin, Head of Circulation – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley Altieri, Library Assistant – email@example.com
Kaitlin Kretzmer, Library Assistant – firstname.lastname@example.org
Bonnie Marallano, Library Assistant – email@example.com
Sarah Smietana, Library Assistant – firstname.lastname@example.org
Unless otherwise noted (*), the William E. Dermody Free Public Library Board of Trustees meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 pm. These meetings are open to the public.
2021 Board Meeting dates
January 11, 2021 (Zoom Meeting)
February 8, 2021 (Zoom Meeting)
March 8, 2021 (Zoom Meeting)
April 12, 2021 (Zoom Meeting)
May 10, 2021 (Zoom Meeting ID 975 7750 4649; Password 002038; Call-in 1-646-558-8656)
June 14, 2021
July 12, 2021
September 13, 2021
October 12, 2021*
November 8, 2021
December 14, 2021*
JoAnn Mathews, President
Billy Sidorick, Vice President
Janice Lahullier, Treasurer
Pilar Odenheim, Mayor’s Alternate
Jennifer Carlin, Superintendent’s Alternate
Dyan Moore, Trustee
Elizabeth Penna, Trustee