The Friends of the Emmaus Public Library was founded in 1998 after a steering committee comprised of East Penn citizen-volunteers met periodically to lay the foundation for the new group. A charter was drawn up, and Julia Brooks was appointed the president of the fledgling organization.

Friends work to fulfill the goals in the Mission Statement through six established committees. They are Program, Development, Hospitality, Finance, Governmental Relations, and Special Projects. Committee members meet at various times during the month as agreed upon. The membership-at-large meets once a month.


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Not only will you be supporting the library, but you’ll also be able to attend the Friends Only Preview during the Spring Book Sale (see below), and attend the Friends’ Holiday Book Sale to pick up great gifts for everyone on your holiday list.

2023 ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE at Lower Macungie Middle School

Join us at Lower Macungie Middle School (6299 Lower Macungie Rd, Macungie, PA 18062) for the Friends of the Emmaus Public Library Used Book Sale.

Shop early for the best selection and come back later for the biggest deals.

Friday, April 21, is for members only (6-8 p.m.) – you can buy or renew your membership at the door starting at $10.

Saturday, April 22, is open to everyone starting at 8 a.m. The sale will close from 1:45-2 p.m. to reset for the brown-bag blowout from 2-2:45 p.m. Fill a standard grocery bag or tote for $5! Recyclable grocery bags are okay.


Shop the Friends’ Book Sale Nook in the library’s adult lounge all year long for gently used and nearly new books (for adults, kids and teens) — as well as puzzles, DVDs and CDs.

Prices start at just a quarter and inventory is refreshed weekly. Also be sure to check out the monthly specials in featured categories!


If you’d like to get involved in supporting the library and joining a fun and worthwhile group, consider becoming a Friend. Membership is open to everyone, and you don’t need to live in an area served by the Emmaus Public Library or be a member of the library to join. There are various levels of membership (you may join for as little as $10), and all donations may be treated as charitable contributions for Federal Income Tax purposes.

$10 – Friend
$15 – Contributing Friend
$25 – Supporting Friend

$50 – Patron Friend
$100-$249 – Author
$250-$499 – Critic

$500-$999 – Publisher
$1,000-$2,499 – Best Seller
$2,500 – Literary Society

Members receive invitations to special events, enjoy a preview night before the spring book sale, and receive the newsletter Friend to Friend. If you would like to join the Friends, call the library at 610.965.9284 or stop in and pick up a brochure containing a membership application. Here’s just a sampling of what your contribution will make possible:

Members receive invitations to special events, as well as the newsletter Friend to Friend. Check out our current issue here. If you would like to join the Friends, please call the library at 610.965.9284 or visit the library and request a brochure containing an application for membership.

  • $15 = A new children’s book OR a music CD
  • $20 = Reference materials OR an educational video
  • $30 = Fiction/non-fiction additions to the adult collection
  • $50 = Reference Books
  • $75 = An unabridged book on tape
  • $100 = Computer software
  • $300 = An annual local newspaper subscription
  • $450 = Financial services, such as Morningstar
  • $500 = An out of area newspaper subscription
  • $1,000 = Computer, Printer, or other Electronic Devices