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FOHL Tile Wall Fundraiser FOHL Donated Mobile
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 furnishings, equipment, books and periodicals
  • 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


Board meetings are held at 7:30 pm in the Library's Community Room on the second Monday of the month from September through May. If the library is closed due to a holiday, the meeting will be held in the Lamborn Library building at 1041 Valley Road. Open to the public.

2021-2022 Board Members
Arthur Au
Sara Barre
Susan Foster
David Goldsworthy
Maria Iversen
Geri Krolin-Taylor
Crystal Langstaff
Linda Lauria
Catherine Lawrence
Sirena Manista
Sandra Massa
Reza Moqtaderi
Terri Ristine
Doris Roth
Elaine Serpe
Holly June Stiefel
Larry Thurrell (Emeritus)

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