Friends of the Newark Free Library

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Who are the Friends of the

Newark Free Library?

  • We are book lovers, information seekers, readers, listeners, music and movie buffs.
  • We are young and old, with varying interests and backgrounds.
  • We treasure ideas and value the public library as a vital community resource.  
  • We believe libraries are an important community resource.

The Newark Library Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00-9:00  

Closed on Thursdays

Saturday                      10:00-5:00                                           

Sunday                          1:00-5:00

Help the library every time you shop at!

Friends of the Newark Free

Library Newsletters

Please click on the links below to view copies of the Newsletters

February 2014 Issue of the Friends of the Newark Free Library Newsletter

September 2013 Issue of the Friends of the Newark Free Library Newsletter

May 2013 Issue of the Friends of the Newark Free Library Newsletter

February 2013 Issue of the Friends of the Newark Free Library Newsletter

New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon Visits Friends of the Newark Free Library Board Meeting.

Yarn Circle Welcomes New Members!

Newark Community Day - Give e a Riddle!

Friends of the Newark Free Library hosted a Tell Me a Riddle booth.  Children and adults alike delighted in "The Riddle Game" and we gave away over 700 free children's books.
We'd like to thank Jo Anne DeShon, Shu-Chien Liang, and her daughter Chow Fong who organized and worked the booth all day and came up with such terrific riddles!

Thank you also to board members Susan Olson, Susan Gays, Peg Saenger, Dorothy Sharkey, Florence and Alan Hendel, Judy Taggart and Amy Shay for bringing their cheerful, smiling faces and good vibes to our booth. We were especially pleased to be visited by local children's author John Micklos as well as our number one library fan, Doug Tong.
Looking forward to seeing you all next year! 


Honor someone with a book in their name

Any time is the perfect time to purchase a memorial or honor book for someone on your list.

Here is the wish list for terrific additions to our Newark Free Library.

Download a form here and fill it out and take it to the reference desk along with your check.

A nameplate will be placed in the book of your choice

Questions about our electronic offerings?

Are you having difficulty locating your favorite e-book in our catalog?  Are you unable to find Heritage Quest to access a critical record?  Are you just plain confused about when your item on hold will get to you?
If you have concerns such as these with our electronic offerings, please send an e-mail to


Have you ever struggled to read a phone book, cookbook, prescription directions or the current best seller not yet available in large print?  Would you like to see clearly the details of stamps, coins or pictures?


The Friends of the Newark Free Library recently presented the library with a low vision magnification reader for use by the public.  The SmartView Synergy machine magnifies and enlarges text, objects and actions, and offers a wide field of vision to easily display a document?s full width. It can be used in the library to view a user?s own materials, as well as books and other items found in the library?s collection.  Now people with vision problems will be able to view magnified images of a wide range of items, such as books, photos, instruction booklets, prescription bottles, etc. on a large clear screen.   The crisp visual display can be manipulated to suit the needs of a variety of vision problems.


The reader is available for use any time the library is open.  Though its controls are simple and easy to use, staff members will also be available to help in getting started.



 A library patron uses the device to read a small cookbook.


Gently Used Children's Books


Gently used children's books donated by Newark Free Library patrons repeatedly overflow the attractively decorated milk crate near the book check-out counter.


The Child Development Center at DelTech,  Head Start branches, Bear YMCA reading program, and Hudson Center, Newark, are among the recipients of over one thousand children?s books distributed.


Donations are still being accepted at the Newark Free Library. Patrons are encouraged to continue to support the effort. The importance of getting books into children?s hands cannot be overstated.


The members of Alpha Chi National Honor Society of Goldey-Beacom College under faculty director, Ann Kneaval, held a children's book drive and were responsible for the donation of many of these books. 


Delaware Does More- Food Drive Ongoing

Please join us in helping our neighbors. 

  • Delaware Does More is a collaboration among local nonprofits, businnesses, schools, and faith-based organizations and others in the community to help Delawareans with three basic needs –food, shelter, and utilities.
  • The Friends of the Newark Library will be collecting food for the Delaware Food Bank.  There is barrel for donations at the library check out desk.


 We thank you in advance for your contributions.

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