With the gift-giving season upon us, many may be struggling to find just the right present for the person who has everything. A membership to the Newtown Library Company is a unique offering that provides a year of wonder to the recipient.
“The Newtown Library Company has been nurturing the area’s need for knowledge since 1760,” explains Donna Gusty, president of the library’s board of directors. “This gem of a resource has thousands of books, including recent best-sellers, plus hundreds of DVDs, and audio books to choose from.”
What’s more, the Newtown Library Company offers a sense of community to its members, with programs like story time for youngsters, poetry readings, speaker series, and literary-themed teas and social gatherings throughout the year.
“There’s so much more to being a member of our historic neighborhood library than just the ability to sign out a good book,” adds Donna.
You’ll also be giving a piece of Bucks County history. The Newtown Library Company was founded on August 9th, 1760. Since then, the subscription library has continually thrived and expanded its collection to meet the needs of its members.
The collection includes historic books as well as some historic artifacts. For example, William Penn’s dining-room chair is on display. The library owns three of Penn’s chairs; the other two are on loan to Pennsbury Manor, William Penn’s home, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Another artifact is the library’s hand-painted sign, on display in one of the reading rooms. In 1825, the famous primitive artist Edward Hicks was commissioned for $1 to paint a sign for the library. It includes a portrait of Benjamin Franklin and a Latin inscription that translates to “A library is useful to both young and old.”
A one-year membership to the Newtown Library Company is only $25 for a family, $20 for an individual, and $10 for students and seniors. New members are asked for a one-time donation of $1 to become a library shareholder, a tradition that has continued since 1760. An annual shareholders meeting is held each October.
To purchase a gift membership, stop by the Newtown Library Company at 114 E. Centre Avenue, Newtown, visit www.newtownlibrarycompany.org and click on “membership,” or call 215-968-7659. The library will send out a beautiful card notifying the recipient of the gift.