Who we are

  • We are book lovers, information seekers, readers, ​​music and movie buffs. Our members are young and old, with v​arying interests and backgrounds. We treasure ideas and value the public library as a vital community resource. As an organization we strongly believe libraries are an important community resource.
  • The Friends support the growth of library services at the Newark Free Library and encourage their use.

WhAt We do

    • Purchase equipment, technology and supplies for library programs
    • Provide funding to extend the number of classes for ASL, ukelele, and other library programs
    • Fund and organize author events
    • Write grants to acquire funding for library programming and facilities
    • Fund the music program and maintain the library's piano
    • Provide funding for the Spring Critters (chicks, butterflies, etc.) featured in the Children’s Room
    • Add to the library’s collections
    • Promote the library at Community Day and other local events
    • Stock the Little Free Library near the Hope Dining Room
    • Provide appreciation for library staff
    • Advocate for better state and local funding for libraries
    • Collect and distribute used books for children back into the community
    • Organize and facilitate a capital campaign program for our new library building 

    History of the Friends

    The first written record of a library in Newark was in a book of minutes dating from December 14, 1858 to March 18, 1862. The subscription library was called the Newark Library and Literary Association. In 1878 the library was named the Newark Library Association. The library was in a section of Wilbur T. Wilson’s store. Mr. Wilson served as volunteer librarian. In 1932 the Newark Town Library was reorganized and made a free public library instead of a subscription library.

    On March 24, 1966, approximately 100 charter members formally organized "Friends of the Newark Free Library" to promote knowledge and understanding of the functions, resources, services and needs of the library; to encourage gifts, endowments, and bequests to the library; and to help the library develop its services and facilities for the Newark community. The Friends still provide financial support as well as countless hours of volunteer labor to the Newark Library to this day.

    Friends of the Newark Library Field Day

    Speaker Presentation at Annual Brunch

    Halloween Parade, October 31 2021

    Library of Things Sponsored by Friends

    Gov. John Carney checks out the library

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