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A gift to the library though the Newton Public Library Foundation means the difference between a good library and a great library. With private support, the library can expand their collections to include more of what patrons want in materials and technology, and serve the needs of children, teens, and adults.


The Newton Public Library Foundation benefactor is Mrs. Edna Criss.  Edna Criss, a life-long resident of Newton worked at the Library repairing books in the 1950's and 1960's.  Criss's husband worked for many years as a barber in Newton.

Upon her death in 1996, Mrs. Criss's Will provided that after certain other gifts were made from her estate, the residue of her estate would go to the Newton Public Library.  Her gift to the library amounted to $300,000.00.  The Trust and Agency Fund held by the City of Newton was transferred for a total start-up amount in the fund of $314,000.00.

These funds were deposited into a newly formed organization called the Newton Public Library Foundation.  The Foundation is governed by a board comprised of 2 Library Board Trustees; 2 individuals from the Friends of the Library; and 2 Citizens of Newton.

The purpose of the Foundation's funds is to enhance library programs that are outside or beyond the library's normal operating budget.  The Foundation is a 501 C (3) organization.  Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible and will be retained in a fund, invested, and the investment return will be used to fulfill the Foundation's goals.

The Foundation has assisted financially with many programs through the years, including our successful Summer Reading Programs.  Their support is invaluable.


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Monday        10am-8pm
Tuesday       10am-8pm
Wednesday   10am-8pm
Thursday      10am-8pm
Friday          10am-6pm
Saturday      10am-2pm
Sunday        Closed


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