Who are the Friends of the
Newark Free Library?
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The Friends of the Newark Free Library are looking for a few good folks who would be interested in serving on the board. The time commitment is 2 hours per month for monthly meeting and then whatever amount of time you'd like to devote to one of our committees. We have a lot of fun and engaging folks on our board and it is a terrific way to give back to our community while sharing camaraderie and conviviality.
Description of the board committee member position
If you would like to nominate someone please fill out a nomination form
I would like to nominate myself. Please fill out an application form
Please submit applications to a reference librarian or to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 4, 2014
Friends of the Newark Free
Please click on the links below to view copies of the Newsletters
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
More than 80 Friends of the Newark Free Library gathered on Sunday, April 7th 2013 to attend the annual meeting and brunch . This year?s program was presented by Karen Jessee and Thomas Tear. They discussed Victorian etiquette and the fashions of 1864. In the beginning of the program, Mr Tear modeled the vests, braces, coats and collars that were worn by a Victorian gentleman. Karen Jessee appeared in Victorian undergarments. As she discussed Victorian customs with the audience, she got dressed in historically accurate clothing of the time. Ms Jessee also demonstrated how the parasol and fan could be used by a Victorian lady to discretely communicate with potential suitors. All of the clothing that was modeled was hand made by Mr Tear. A display case showed a collection of cameos and mourning jewelry including hair jewelry and another case showed the herbs that were used for cosmetics. It was a wonderful program! The brunch was catered by Caffe Gelato and featured omelets made to order, French toast, a variety of salads and of course a ramekin of their famous Gelato. Several lucky attendees won the table decorations which were pots of heirloom tulips grown in PA by the
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
Special Fundraising Campaign
Successful and Completed
Betty Hutchinson and Leni Markell, Honorary Chairs of the Fundraising Campaign to convert the former cafeteria space into a meeting room for library programs, community meetings, and group projects, express their sincere thanks to all of the contributors. This very successful campaign raised $48,000.
The dollars are in and the project is ready to begin by the time you receive this newsletter, you should be able to peek in the present storage space and see progress.
The Carters have requested that the room be named The Bookends, after the four women (The Bookends) who founded the Friends of the Newark Free Library in 1966. These dedicated women are Mae Carter, who is still an active supporter of the library, and Carmen Nelson, Marge Purcell and Miriam Willis, who are now deceased.
Mae and Bob Carter present a check to FNFL president Judy Taggart
One hundred percent of the Board of the Friends contributed to the campaign, and the Board thanks all those who provided your support so generously and quickly.
Upon completion of the renovation, the Friends will host a dedication for contributors and special guests. I look forward to the opening of The Bookends room in late spring or early summer, and to having groups sign up to utilize this much needed space!
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 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.
Please join us in helping our neighbors.
We thank you in advance for your contributions.