How Our Library Serves

In 2019, Newbury Public Library is expected to host more than 20,000 user visits to a year-round population of 2,200 and a seasonal population of approximately 6,000. Despite space limitations, our library offers an impressive number of programs and activities, fulfilling our goal to provide free and equally available access to information that supports education for all ages.

Newbury Year-Round Population Figures

Rising use and population numbers, and evolving community needs — paired with an aging building and the need for significant repairs — our library has become defined more by its limitations than its possibilities. There is a crucial need for meeting spaces, more technology access throughout the building, an area dedicated to our teens and tweens, and a programming room useful for all ages.

Libraries are crucial now more than ever in our society. Our town library is the place where the community comes together for information, technology, education, and programs that are free and equally accessible to everyone. There is technology access, downloadable e-books and audiobooks, newspapers, DVDs, traditional books, literacy programs for early readers, and well-trained research librarians available to help you, all free to patrons. Further, there are poetry, crafting, writing, and book groups. There are academic, business, and health databases not available on the Internet. Thanks to a generous patron, Newbury has also acquired an Ancestry database subscription for its patrons.

A Sample of Our Community Programming 2018

  • Pie workshop
  • Poetry walk group
  • First Aid (with Fire Dept.)
  • Search & Rescue talk
  • Needle felting
  • Story time chats – police & fire
  • Civil War folk music
  • Exploring matter
  • Shrink paper craft

  • Dream catchers
  • Junior Chef lessons
  • Yoga story time
  • Nature rocks
  • LEGO robotics
  • Fiber arts club
  • KEVA and Lego club
  • Exploring nature
  • Harry Potter club
The John Hay Poetry Society meets regularly under the direction of Newbury’s resident poet laureate Dianalee Velie. This group holds regional recognition and attracts attendees from afar.
  • Wildlife encounters
  • Puppet programs
  • STEM study
  • American folktales
  • Master gardening
  • Author visits
  • Cooking classes
  • Herbal workshops
  • Hiking programs
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