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Become a Friend and show your commitment to Newton’s outstanding public library.

Mission Statement

The Friends promote and support the Newton Free Library’s programs, functions, resources, and services. We initiate activities to enhance community awareness of literary, artistic, and cultural programs at the library.

In support of our Mission, the Friends:

  • Fund children’s, tween and teen programs;
  • Contribute to the Library’s annual collection budget;
  • Raise funds through Book Sales, currently in the Library’s first floor gallery space, and special events.
  • Advocate for the Library as an independent non-profit 501(c)3. We are a part of the Massachusetts Friends of Libraries (MFOL), an organization dedicated to providing leadership and connection on issues of regional, state and national concern to libraries.

Join the Friends

In FY 2023, the Friends of Newton Free Library sponsored more than722 Youth Services Programs, attended by 50,036 people. After a year of renovations, the new Children’s Room is more active than ever in their beautiful new program space.

By contributing as a Friend, you make a lasting difference for your Library!

Friends of Newton Free Library make valuable contributions to ensure our Library’s collections, programs and spaces are as vibrant as our community!

We are an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Your membership gives you a front-row seat to the latest from the Newton Free Library.

Join or Donate Today

More Ways to Support the Friends

Purchase Newton Free Library Bags and Notecards from the Main Circulation Desk!


Show your support with your own Library Bag!

  • Available for $2.50 each

Celebrate some of the most beautiful statues on the Library’s grounds!

Notecard are sold in sets (including envelopes). 

  • $3 – set of 5 notecards
  • $5 – set of 10 notecards

Get Involved as a Friends Board Member or Volunteer


  • Meet monthly on the 2nd Wednesday each month except July and August
  • Sort and price donations for Book Sales
  • Manage Friends Membership drives
  • Maintain relationship with Trustees and Library Director
  • Organize and host Fundraising Events
  • Provide Advocacy based on requests from various library organizations

Slate of Officers

President: Nancy Grissom
Vice President:
Secretary: Steve Tassone
Treasurer: Marjorie Orr

Board Members

  • Ann Belanger
  • Deanna Chung
  • Ruth Molta Cohn
  • Mary Cotton
  • Carol Cushner
  • Alice Fink
  • Sheila Levitan,
  • Nancy Northrup
  • Sharon Stout
  • Gerry Wexler

Contact Us

Email: friends@newtonfreelibrary.net

Phone: (617) 213-0428