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Friends of the Hockessin Library History
The first library in Hockessin was founded in 1934 and was located in the former "Crossroads" School building at the corner of Valley Road and Lancaster Turnpike. It operated as The Lamborn Library with an all-volunteer staff and, starting in 1961, visits from the New Castle County Bookmobile. Responding to the need for increased library services, The Friends of the Hockessin Library was formed in 1975 as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization to promote the library. The Friends successfully campaigned for county funding, and the Hockessin Public Library was established in 1977. Since that time the Friends has supported the expansion of the original building, construction of a new building which opened in 1994 and an expansion to that building in 2008 in addition to providing funding for materials, equipment and programs.

(A History of Libraries in Hockessin, Delaware 1968-1994 by Lee Murch)

The Friends complement and assist the library's educational and recreational services
  • Fund raising for the 2008 library addition
  • Purchase of Daniel Goldstein's mobile Valdrada; storage of same and tile wall during library renovation
  • Creation and maintenance of the Reading Garden
  • Purchase of Charles Parks' sculpture Classmates
  • Purchase of Charles Parks' sculptures Sarah and Jimmy's Dog for the Reading Garden
  • Staff support
  • Support for adult summer reading programs
  • Used book donations to non-profit organizations
  • Holiday decorations
  • Purchase of equipment and books
  • Support of appearances by local authors
  • Publicity of programs and books
  • Repair of over-sized books
  • Sponsorship of Lectures
  • Advocacy
  • Support for children's summer reading programs
  • Purchase of an additional Early Literacy Station
  • Flash drives and audio head sets for
    patron purchase
  • Delaware Community Foundation-administered scholarships for local area students, 2011, 2012 and 2014
  • Funding of State e-book initiative

2017 Annual Meeting

The 2017 Annual Meeting will be held on May 8, 2017 at the library.

2016 Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting was held on May 9, 2016 at the library. Friends in attendance had an opportunity to meet with members of the Board at a reception prior to the meeting. The meeting included a report by the Board President, David Goldsworthy and the election of officers.

David Goldsworthy thanked members of the Board and volunteers for their service and presented a brief overview of FOHL fund raising efforts and contributions to the library. The annual used book sale netted approximately $35,000 and provided funding for books, audio and video materials, periodicals, reading programs for children and adults, program and staff support, equipment, furnishings, beautification (including the Reading Garden), and community support.

Following the meeting, Barbara Miller, a Senior Docent at the Mt. Cuba Conservancy and a former president and current member of the Friends of the Hockessin Library Board, presented a brief history of the establishment of Mt. Cuba and described the garden, its programs and research.


Board meetings are usually held on the 2nd Monday of each month (September - April) at 7:30 pm at the library.

2016-2017 Board Members
David Brennan
Sara Barre
David Goldsworthy
Lois Heesters
Linda Lauria
Cathe Lawrence
Sirena Manista
Sandra Massa
Barbara Miller
Cindy O'Neil
Susan O'Sullivan
Pat Rittenhouse
Doris Roth
Elaine Serpe
Eleanor Smith
Holly June Stiefel
Larry Thurrell

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