The Newport Public Library’s Board of Trustees and Honorary Chair Sue Klau invite you to enjoy another Novel Evening
At the Beach!
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Easton’s Beach Rotunda
Donation of $80 per person includes:
- Carousel Rides
- Silent & Live Auctions
- Music performed by Steel Pannist Aaron Abramson Cote of Panoramic View
- Hors d’oeuvres & dessert by Pranzi Catering
- Complimentary beer & wine donated by Il Bastardo Toscana, La Bastarda Pinot Grigio & Le Bastarde Rose, Harpoon Brewery, Samuel Adams Beer, & Narragansett Beer
For reservations, please contact 401-847-8720 x100.
All proceeds to benefit the Newport Public Library.
Many Thanks To Our Generous Sponsors!
Meet Our Honorary Chair Sue Klau
Each year the committee selects someone to serve as our Honorary Chair. One who values the library and appreciates its importance within the community. This year we are delighted to select Sue Klau. While many may not know Sue, as she resides in Greensboro NC, returning to Newport only in the spring and summer months, over 1000 children in and around Newport County do, as Sue is the library’s dedicated and exuberant puppeteer. She received her Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Puerto Rico and has been part of our Children’s Department in excess of 15 years. She returns each summer to pull up a chair and eagerly read, do crafts, or make puppets and have puppet shows with youngsters ranging in age from 5-12. She has contributed her time and talent always with a smile and hugs, for her eager audience.
1. Isn’t the Newport Public Library a department of the city?
It sounds like it is, but it is not. The library is established as a 501(C)(3) organization. This means that it is a separate, not-for-profit organization governed by its own Board of Trustees, who represent a cross section of the community, and who volunteer their time and expertise. The Newport City Council has a representative on the Board.
2. Does the City of Newport give any money to the library?
Absolutely. The City of Newport and the State of Rhode Island both support the library’s annual budget. On average the city provides 77% and the state 17% of the library’s annual budget.
The library itself raises from 5-8% of its annual budget, through various fund-raising endeavors such as our Annual Appeal in the Fall and The Event – a summertime fund-raising affair. This is coupled with monies collected through fines, interest income, memorial donations, our Perfect Gift Program, and some major gifts from Friends of the Library.
3. Why donate to the Newport Public Library?
With its mission of “life-long learning for the entire community” the Newport Public Library is one facility that truly serves the entire community.
- The library offers a myriad of children’s programs, many of which insure that pre-schoolers will enter school with the skills needed to read and learn.
- School children of all grade levels have access to resources, both in the library and online, that will help them complete school assignments.
- Adults have access to print, non-print and online resources that will keep them informed, encourage and support learning, and entertain.
- Community members and organizations have access to meeting rooms and other resources that support community endeavors.
- All of this takes place in a safe, clean and comfortable environment.
Won’t you please consider a tax-deductible gift to the Newport Public Library. You may donate to the library
- By check – made payable to the Newport Public Library and mailed to the library at 300 Spring Street, Newport RI 02840
- Online – simply click on the green “Make a Donation” button at the bottom of this page.