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.

The Friends of the Library are having a spooktacular Halloween Book Sale on Saturday, October 17, 9 a.m to 2 p.m. on the library lawn.

Buy a brown bag for $10 and fill it with up to 5 hardcover books, or 10 paperbacks — or a combination of hardcover and paperback books (2 paperbacks = 1 hardcover). Choose from biography, history, mystery, romance, general fiction and cookbooks!

Masks and social distancing required — costumes optional!

Cash or check (payable to Friends of Emmaus Public Library).

Rain date: Sunday, Oct. 18

The Friends typically sponsor an annual Spring Used-Book Sale every April in conjunction with the East Penn School District’s food provider and other community organizations. It’s the Friends’ largest fundraising event of the year.

The 2020 spring book sale was cancelled due to COVID-19 and replaced by two drive-up book sales in June and a fall book sale on the library lawn in October (see above). Stay tuned for info on 2021 book sales. Thank you!

The perfect gift for yourself or a loved one: Dan Schantz Monthly Madness Cards are available at the library’s front desk for just $20 — of which the Friends get half. Get $75 in value throughout the year when you pick up a free special item each month (i.e., large bouquet in Jan., six red roses in Feb., etc.) at Dan Schantz Greenhouse (2031 29th St. SW).

Shop Local & Support Your Local Library: Visit Dan Schantz Greenhouse for all of your gardening and floral needs. Show our barcode via paper or app & the library gets $2 for each $10 purchased. Get your barcode here, at the front desk, or download the Dan Schantz app on your device.


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


The Words on Wheels program was launched in 1999 under the direction of the Program Committee of the Friends. Volunteers deliver books, large-print books, and audio books to house-bound residents who live within the library’s service area. The service is provided free of charge. The volunteer visits with the client and discusses what materials are preferred, as well as any special areas of interest the client might have.

If you are a resident of a municipality served by the Emmaus Library and would like to apply for Words On Wheels (or if you know of someone who is house-bound and might like to apply), please call the library at 610-965-9284. Brochures containing an application for this service are available at the circulation desk.