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

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Accomplishments 2017

With the generous donations from our sponsors and members, Friends of the Newark Free Library was able to provide the following services:

 

Thank you for your financial contribution to the Friends. Through your support, you made these accomplishments possible in 2017. The Friends did the following:


  • Contributed over $5000 to purchase books, subscriptions, DVDs, including funds from the Russell and Selena Bing memorial for mysteries and the Abbey Taber memorial for children’s books.
  • Contributed over $3300 for cultural programs, including high-quality music performances that many people would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend.
  • Contributed funds for children’s programs, including summer reading incentives, as well as for Teen Writing Workshops.
  • Began sponsorship of the popular Lego® Club for families, providing funds for needed building blocks as well as other materials.

  • Sponsored sign language classes for children led by teachers from the Delaware School for the deaf.
  • Sponsored an author talk with Caroline Todd, part of the bestselling mother-son writing team Charles Todd.
  • Provided refreshments for various children’s programs and other events.
  • Participated in community events, such as New Night Downtown and Community Day, giving out free children’s books acquired through a donation program.
  • Published an informative newsletter three times during the year.

  • Participated in the Library Legislative Day, sponsored by the Delaware Library Association, to advocate for funding of library service.
  • Participated in the Newark’s Co-op’s Farmer’s Market Event, providing donated gardening books and cookbooks for attendees.
  • Sponsored a Volunteer Recognition Event in April to recognize adult and teen library volunteers.
  • Sponsored County Executive Matt Meyer’s Community Conversation event at the library in June 2017.
  • Maintained an improved website, www.friendsofthenewarkfreelibrary.com, as well as Facebook and Twitter accounts and a MailChimp upcoming events email list.

  • Purchased green screen equipment, a wireless microphone, and an IPad for library programming using  Friends’ funds and grant funding from Councilwoman Lisa Diller.
  • Continued the First Library Card Program, underwritten for 13 years by the Soles/Pomeroy family.
  • Awarded the Charlesa Lowell Scholarship to student Shurnevia Strickland, a Library Science master’s student.

  • Purchased a new children’s stand alone educational computer.
  • Donated children’s books to agencies in need.
  • Offered an Honor and Memorial Book Program.
  • Held a winter membership drive and end-of-year fund drive.
  • Board members provided monthly refreshments for the 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.