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.


The Friends’ Spring Used Book Sale is back at Lower Macungie Middle School this year!

Mark your calendar for Friday, April 22, from 6-8 p.m. for a Friends Only preview night. Shop for the best selection and enjoy refreshments.

Shop all day Saturday, April 23, from 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., then stay for the Brown Bag Blowout from 3-3:45 p.m., and fill a brown paper grocery bag for just $5 (recyclable bags are ok).

Take a break and enjoy the Nutrition Health & Safety Fair hosted by Nutrition, Inc., from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Cash or checks only, please (made to Friends of Emmaus Public Library).

Proceeds benefit the library.


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!


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 at Dan Schantz Greenhouse (2031 29th St. SW).


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.