Newfoundland Area Public Library held an open house, August 12, in honor of its 50th anniversary of serving their community.

NEWFOUNDLAND - Newfoundland Area Public Library held an open house, August 12, in honor of its 50th anniversary of serving their community.

The library officially opened in September 1967, taking up a small part of the Newfoundland Arts Center. The idea of a community library took root at a meeting of the Newfoundland Theatre League, to encourage participation at the Arts Center.

They started with less than a hundred books, and had 21 members. Three years later that had 400 members.

The Arts Center closed in 1970, and the building became St. Anthony of Padua Church.
That year, the library rented and moved to the A.M. Skier real estate building, 954 Main Street, and has kept the address to this day. In 1978 the library was able to purchase the building, and began to see steady growth.

In 1981, the remodeled Children’s Room was named in honor of Henry M. Skier. In 2006, a 2,000 square foot children’s wing was completed, doubling the size of the library facility.
The public has had access to computers since 2001 when the Bill Gates Foundation provided six computers stations.

Landscaping was added in 2010, and the parking lot was sealed in 2012.

Library Alliance

Since 2000, the Newfoundland Area Public Library has been part of the Wayne Library Authority (later known as the Wayne Library Alliance), which oversees seven public libraries in Wayne County. The Newfoundland library serves the greater Newfoundland area, which overlaps into western Pike County. One of the benefits of being part of the Alliance is ability to share books and other resources available for lending, with the library catalog systems in both Wayne and Pike counties.

They have been a Workforce Wayne Community Career and Training Site since 2009.
Along with a wide variety of subject titles, there book collection includes large print books, E-books and E-audio books. They also carry DVDs and audio CDs, local newspapers, magazines and more.

There is a summer reading programs and ongoing reading programs at local day care centers.

They have 24-hour Wi-Fi and offer both copy and fax service. Used books are available for a donation.

Much support

Newfoundland Area Public Library is run entirely by volunteers and is overseen by a board of directors. Teall Schoch is the Executive Director.

An active Friends of the Library group; the many active volunteers through the years; ongoing support of the county, Dreher Township and Wallenpaupack Area School District, and continued donations from the community, fund-raising support and grants are credited with the success of the library.

Memorial books and brick pavers placed by patrons are welcome.
Fundraisers include Las Vegas Night, inaugurated in 2005, and the Art and Wine event with started in 2009.

Celebration

A celebration was held Saturday, August 12, with cake, local history, technology demonstrations, crafts, school S.T.E.A.M. projects, and visits by local author Lindsay Barrett George and Girl Scout Troops 51408 and 50846.

Representatives from PA Senator Lisa Baker and State Rep. Mike Peifer were on hand to present citations.

Senator Baker’s citation reads, in part, “Throughout its rich history, the library has grown and flourished due to strong visionary leadership, a deep belief in the power of the written word and environment which promotes education, entertainment and achievement for each citizen in the community.”

As of May 2017, the public library in downtown Newfoundland housed 12,671 books and had 3,503 borrowers.

Library hours are Tuesday, 4 - 7 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Newfoundland Area Public Library may be contacted at 570-676-4518; they also have a Facebook page.