Harvest Fest… our best yet!!!!  

We would like to thank everyone who helped make our annual Harvest Fest a great success! It was our best year ever!  We raised approximately $2065 which will go directly towards supporting adult and children’s programs.

Thank you to those who made soup for our “Best in Soup” contest, carved a pumpkin for the “Literary Pumpkin” Contest, baked tasty treats for our baked goods table, donated crafts for our children’s area, donated items, and played live music for all to enjoy.  We also thank Sarah Brocher, Marshall Jespersen, and Mike Doyle for judging our Pumpkin Contest.


“Best in Soup” contest winners!

1st Place to Ellen Manning for her “Sassy Goat & Bradley Donkey Soup” (Cheesy Chicken Potatoe & Bacon) and 2nd place to Alison (and friends) from Avita of Newburyport for their “Roasted Butternut Squash with Apple Soup”

“Literary Pumpkin” contest winners!  

1st place to Derek Cotter for Pennywise from Steven King’s “IT” and 2nd place to Giovanni Palmariello for “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault.

A special thank you to Cinemagic, Figtree, Oregano Pizzeria & Ristorante, Firehouse Center for the Arts, Harbor Creamery, Bob Lobster, Otto, Sky Zone, Laser Quest, The Poynt, Face and Body Company at Salon Avie, Fitness Together, Newburyport Brewing Company, True North Ale Company, Essex River Cruises, and Carla Moss for their generous donations towards our raffle, making it the most successful raffle to date!

It was a great community event with something for everyone to enjoy. Patrons came and tasted a wonderful variety of soups and submitted a vote for their favorite. The literary pumpkin contest had many creative entries on display and the younger members of our library enjoyed Halloween crafts in the children’s area.  To complete our event, Riverview Farm in Byfield brought the infamous Sassy the goat,and Bradley the donkey (as well as Hershey the goat) for all to meet and join in the festivities.  Thank you so much to the Chareas Family for making that happen.

We are grateful for our entire community of support.


Some of the recent, current, and popular, Friends-sponsored programs at the library are listed below – be sure to check the NTL Calendar in the future to see registration dates on programs as some of these are already full!

Drumming Circle – held on the third Tues. of the month through December,   7-8 pm,  through December.  Registration is required, please click here: Register

Children’s Yoga and Mindfulness  – held Thursdays from 10:15-11am on:   Aug. 29, Sept. 26,  Oct. 24,  Nov. 21 and  Dec. 19.  To register, please click here:  Register

Scott Oulette Classical Guitar. Thursday, Nov. 14, 6-7pm.  NO registration required.


The Friends Board will be meeting again on December 5th at the library from 12:30 -2.  Please stop in, we’d love to meet you.


Mission Statement:  The Friends of the Newbury Town Library is a volunteer organization primarily focused on raising funds to support the Library and staff, to enhance the resources and services of the Library, and to enrich the community.  As a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization, it is a legally distinct organization and all donations are fully tax-deductible.