Friends of the Newark Free Library

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Friends of the Newark Free Library

Board Meetings

  • Board meetings are generally on the first Tuesday 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 friendsofnewarkfreelibrary@gmail.com

Looking for a few good folks...

If you are interested in volunteering at Friends' sponsored events at the library, please email the Friends at  friendsofnewarkfreelibary@gmail.come



Accomplishments 2018

Contributed over $3500 to purchase books, subscriptions and DVDs, including funds from the Russell and Selena Bing memorial for mysteries and the Abby Taber memorial for children’s books.


Contributed over $5000 for cultural programs, including high-quality music performances that many people would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend.


Purchased new furniture and toys for the children’s room, including a “Reading House” purchased using grant funding from Councilwomen Lisa Diller and Janet Kilpatrick, as well as new craft tables for programs.


Contributed funds for children’s and teen programs and summer reading incentives.


Continued sponsorship of the popular Lego® club for families, providing funds for needed building blocks as well as other materials.


Sponsored Spanish classes for English speakers.


Funded the purchase of a video camera and laptop with video editing software for staff to use in creating promotional and instructional videos.


Administered an Asian Pacific American Librarians Association grant to present a cultural program for teens.


Provided a special end-of-summer campfire story time event for children.


Provided refreshments for various children’s programs and other events.


Participated in community events such as Community Day and the Halloween parade, giving out free children’s books acquired through a donation program.


Participated in Library Legislative Day, sponsored by the Delaware Library Association, to advocate for funding of library services.


Sponsored a Volunteer Recognition event in April to recognize adults and teens who volunteer at the library.


Published an informative newsletter three times during the year.


Maintained an improved Friends website, www.friendsofthenewarkfreelibrary.com, as well as Facebook and Twitter accounts and a Mail Chimp upcoming events email list.


Continued the First Library Card program, underwritten by the Soles/Pomeroy family for 14 years.


Purchased a new children’s standalone educational computer for the children’s room.

Offered an Honor and Memorial Book program.


Held a winter membership drive and an end-of-year fund drive.


Board members provided monthly refreshments for library staff.


Library Board of Directors Position Description

FRIENDS OF THE NEWARK FREE LIBRARY

FOUNDED IN 1966

BOARD OF DIRECTORS POSITION DESCRIPTION


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 ACCOUNTBILITIES: 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.

Application for Nomination to the Board of Directors

FRIENDS OF THE NEWARK FREE LIBRARY

APPLICATION FOR NOMINATION TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF FRIENDS OF THE NEWARK FREE LIBRARY

See attached position description for Board Members

PLEASE PRINT:

Name________________________________________________________________

 

Address________________________________________________________________

Phone (best number to reach you) ______________________________________________

Email_________________________________________________________________

I am interested in serving on the board because____________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please return this form to a librarian who will place it in the Friends mail slot.

Within a month, you will receive an email acknowledging your application.  Your application will be placed on file for consideration when an opening occurs.  Often there is not an opening for a year. 

Friends meetings are open to the public, held at the Library and generally the first Tuesday of the month, 7 P.M.   Check the Friends website at www.friendsofthenewarkfreelibrary.com to make sure a meeting is scheduled.  The Friends board is a volunteer board.  Thank you.