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Library Book Review Luncheons Return for 42nd Year

Newark- “On Reflection” by Miss Helen Hayes was the first book to be reviewed on November 22, 1968, when the Friends of the Newark Public Library Book review luncheons were started. Mrs. Thomas (Jane) Biddle was the reviewer and sandwiches, pie, and coffee were served. The originators of the book reviews were Mrs. Charles (Kay) Hallagan and Mrs. Raymond (Ellen) Muth.

Not much has changed over the years except for the library improvements that the “Friends” group have made possible through such events as the luncheons.

Held on the second Friday of the month, speakers have included local politicians, pastors, teachers, librarians, doctors, business people and citizens with interesting talents.

The Friends of the Newark Public Library itself celebrates 52 years of service to the community.

Leighten and Dorothy Wiant of Marion, N.Y. will speak at the October 8, 2010 luncheon, recalling their seventeen years as missionaries in Borneo, raising three children in the jungle. They will show slides and exhibit artifacts.

Reservations are required for the luncheon that starts at 12 noon in the lower level of the Newark Public Library. Call the library at 315.331. 4370.


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  1. Anonymous Said,

    The library luncheons are a Newark treasure

    Posted on Thu Sep 23, 07:04:00 PM EDT


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