Friends of the Newark
Free Library


Board meetings are the first Monday of the month at 7:00 pm in the library.

Board meetings are open to the general public.
If you have questions or would like to speak at a meeting, please contact


The Board has voted approval of revisions to the current bylaws. These changes are summarized below; click the links at the end of this section for full versions of the current and proposed revised bylaws. Please send any comments to The changes will be voted on at a general meeting for all members at the library on Monday, November 6, at 7:00 PM. 


Article III, Section 3:  Changes the membership year from Jan 1 - Dec 31 to 'annually' based on member sign-up or renewal date.  This is to be better aligned with the ability for FNFL members to join or renew at any time through our new website.

Article IV, Section 4:  Allows for the extension of a Board member's term, if warranted.  This is to help ensure FNFL stability and continuity, especially as we enter into our capital campaign to support the building of a new library for Newark.

Article V:  Provides clarification regarding the responsibilities of the Board Officers.

Article VIII:  Provides clarification regarding FNFL committees.

Article IX, Section 4:  This section allows FNFL Board meetings to be conducted in-person, via teleconference (e.g. Zoom, Go-To-Meeting, etc) or through a combination of both.

Article IX, Section 5:  This section allows the FNFL Board members to entertain and vote on a motion via email when an issue is time-sensitive.

Article X:  Provides more detail regarding the fiscal responsibilities of the FNFL Board members.

Current Bylaws

Proposed Revised Bylaws


PURPOSE: Provide volunteer and financial support to the programs of the Newark Free Library

GENERAL ACCOUNTABILITIES: As a member of the Board, you agree to

  • Membership in the Friends of the Newark Free Library
  • Attend board meetings; notify president if unable
  • Prepare for board meetings and be informed about the board and the library
  • Support decisions of the Board
  • Market the library to the community

SPECIAL ACCOUNTABILITIES: As a member of the Board, you agree to accept a responsibility, such as these examples listed below:

  • Coordinate set up and break down tables for Newark special events e.g. Community Day
  • Coordinate volunteers for Newark Night and/or Community Day
  • Chair Annual Meeting
  • Chair Volunteer Recognition
  • Chair Staff Recognition
  • Manage membership email list
  • Manage Year End Appeal
  • Coordinate and manage display cases
  • Edit newsletter
  • Distribute donated books to shelters and community centers
  • Manage social media sites: website, Facebook page, and Twitter
  • The board can determine additional opportunities, and it welcomes other ideas

Friends of the Newark Free Library Board 2023-24

President: Barbara Jo German

Vice President: Sue Peters

Corresponding Sec. Katy Ferrero

Recording Sec. Deb Morehead

Treasurer: Lori Hans


Susan Gays

Roy Lopata

Carol McKelvey

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Darin Powell

Patricia Rachek

Mark Rusinko

Polly Sierer

Roberta Sullivan

Lynne Wegman

Ex Officio: Judy Taggart

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