Friends of the Newark Free Library

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Join the Legacy of Reading Society

This Society recognizes friends who have included the Friends of the Newark Free Library in their estate plans. Generally, these planned gifts are unrestricted and spent at the direction of the library director and the Friends Board on library priorities. 

To join, simply email the Friends and inform us that you have
• Named the Friends of the Newark Free Library as a beneficiary in your will, living trust or estate plan or
• Named the Friends of the Newark Free Library as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, other financial asset, or insurance policy.

Our email address is [email protected]

Legacy of Reading Society members will have their names displayed on a plaque in the library. They will also receive the same benefits as annual members of the Friends—a newsletter subscription and invitation to the annual brunch and performance event.

If the Newark Free Library has been important to you, consider making a planned gift to help the library play a meaningful role in the lives of future generations of Newark residents.

The attorney drafting your bequest may find the following information helpful.
Our full legal name is: Friends of the Newark Free Library.
Our legal address is: 750 Library Avenue, Newark, DE 19711.
Our Federal Tax Identification Number (TIN) is 23-7098836.

Bring in food for the Delaware Food Bank.

Collection bin is next to the check out desk


Donate 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. The importance of getting books into children?s hands cannot be overstated.

12 Ways Libraries are Good for the Country


This was printed in The VOICE for America?s Libraries, a publication of the ALTAFF Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (A division of the American Library Association).  The Newark Friends is a member of the association. 

Included in this month?s issue of our Friends newsletter are four ways libraries are good for the country.  The remaining ways will be included in future newsletters. 

The following is written by Leonard Kniffel

                American?s love their libraries, and advances in technology have multiplied the ways in which libraries enrich the quality of life in their communities.  Whether they are in an elementary school or a university, a museum or a corporation, public or private, our nation?s libraries offer a lifetime of learning.  To library supporters everywhere---Friends, Trustees, board members, patrons and volunteers---American Libraries magazine offers  12 ideals toward which librarians strive as they provide comprehensive access to the record of human experience.  It will take all of us, in a spirit of pride and freedom, to maintain libraries as a living reality through the 21st century.

1.        Libraries sustain democracy.

Libraries provide access to information and multiple points of view so that people can make knowledgeable decisions on public policy throughout their lives.  With their collections, programs and professional expertise, librarians help their patrons identify accurate and authoritative date and use information resources wisely to stay informed.  The public library is the only institution in American society whose purpose is to guard against the tyrannies of ignorance and conformity.

2.        Libraries break down boundaries.

Libraries of various kinds offer services and programs for people at all literacy levels, readers with little or no English skills, preschoolers, students, homebound senior citizens, prisoners, homeless or impoverished individuals and persons with physical or learning disabilities.  Libraries rid us of fences that obstruct our vision and our ability to communicate and to educate ourselves.

3.        Libraries level the playing field.

By making access to information resources and technology available to all, regardless of income, class or background, a public library levels the playing field and helps close the gap between the rich and the poor.  Libraries unite people and make their resources available to everyone in the community, regardless of social statue.  These are more public libraries than McDonald?s in the United States.

4.        Libraries value the individual.

Libraries offer choices between mainstream and alternative viewpoint, between traditional visionary concepts, and between monoculture and multicultural perspectives.  Library doors swing open for independent thinking without prejudgment.  Library collections and services offer the historical global, cultural, and political perspective that is necessary to foster a spirit of exploration that challenges orthodoxy and conformity.