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Endowment Funds Volunteer Friends of the Library Books and Media Donations
Support the Library Endowment Funds:
The Easton Area Public Library has two endowment funds.
A gift to either the Henry F. Marx Room Endowment Fund or the General Endowment Fund is a meaningful way to make a civic contribution with a lasting beneficial effect.
The proceeds of the endowment funds are used to purchase new materials and to support projects for the Marx Room or the Library.
Your one gift will help to support the Easton Area Public Library forever.
We appreciate your willingness to volunteer at the Easton Area Public Library. Whether you’re doing data entry, shelf reading, or helping at our book sales, your efforts will enhance the services we provide for the community. To make your volunteer time and efforts as rewarding as possible for you and for the Library, we are providing the following guidelines.

Each volunteer is assigned a supervisor who will explain the work and monitor your progress. Take any questions or ideas to your supervisor.

You and your supervisor will arrange a mutually convenient schedule for volunteering during Library hours. When you report, be sure to sign in and out with the day and hour in the blue book at the Circulation Desk. This book tells us who is in the building should there be an emergency. It is also our official record of your volunteer hours. We use it in our annual report of total volunteer hours. Should you be unable to report for work due to illness, family emergency, etc., please call 610-258-2917 to leave a message.

If you need assistance while working in a public area and your supervisor is not available, see the person working at the Reference Desk.

Volunteers are asked to present a neat and professional appearance. Please refrain from overly casual dress and inappropriate attire like tank tops and shorts.

Volunteers who work with privileged or proprietary information are expected to maintain confidentiality.

You are advised to leave valuable articles at home. The Library does not have secure locations to store these items and cannot be responsible for their loss or theft.

Closings for holidays are available on the Library web site ( Closings for inclement weather are announced on local radio and television stations
Friends of the Library:
The Friends are a group of library users who appreciate libraries and what they bring to communities for adults, teens and children. We contribute our time and money to support the Library and its programs.
How Do We Help?
Traditionally the Friends:
  • Raise funds to provide extra items not in the library budget, as well as for special events
  • Collect, sort and sell the books and media at the Library’s semi-annual Book Sales
  • Plan events for the library – cultural, educational, crafts, and entertainment
  • Enrich the Children’s Summer Reading Program with shows and materials
  • Provide refreshments at library events
Major past contributions include funding:
  • The building of the Marx Local History Room the restoration of the Paxinosa Inn
  • The conservation of the oil portrait of Easton resident and signer of the Declaration of Independence, George Taylor
  • The conservation and framing of the Penn Patent donated by the Knights Templar
What More Would We Like To Do?
We're looking to add projects, such as:
  • Increasing book donations for sales
  • Providing a steady citizen advocacy for the library with local and state officials
But we'll need your Help!
What Can You Do?
  • Become a Member today. Choose from several levels of membership support
  • Make an additional cash contribution
  • Volunteer your time for jobs you enjoy and/or to which you’ll bring experience and knowledge
  • Become a member of the Friends Planning Group, which meets monthly. It’s open to any Friend who wants to become more involved, just come, you don’t need an invitation...
How Will You Benefit:
  • Have an even stronger, more active library with its many useful resources, for you and your family
  • Receive the Library newsletter, Ex-Libris, by mail
  • Attend the Friends-only Preview of the book sales, for first choice of books
  • Have the satisfaction of giving back to the community
  • Meet other nice book-lovers
Book and media Donations:
What items does the Library accept?
EAPL is now accepting book donations ONLY on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:00am -3:00pm at the Main Library. Because our donation collection is run by volunteers, we will not be accepting donations outside of these specified days and times.

The Palmer Branch is accepting book and media donations released within the last three years. (2020-2022). These recent release donations can be dropped off at the Palmer Branch during regular operating hours.
  • Fiction or non-fiction – current or past – hardcover or paperback.
  • Children’s and young adult books
  • Textbooks less than 5 years old
  • Foreign language books
  • Audio books on CD
  • Movies, documentaries, TV series, fitness, and children’s programs on DVD
  • Music or instructional or children’s CDs
  • Music instruction books and sheet music
What items can’t the Library use?
  • Video and cassette tapes
  • Encyclopedias
  • Reader’s Digest condensed books
  • Old textbooks
  • Magazines
  • Books in poor condition: musty, moldy, or water-damaged; torn, loose, or missing pages; broken binding
How does the Library use my donation?
“Like new” items often become part of the Library’s adult or children’s circulating collections. Other items are sold, either privately or at our semi-annual book sales. The two sales in 2015 netted over $16,000 for the Library.

Can I get a tax receipt?
You may request a receipt. The Library will acknowledge your donation but cannot place a value on it. Please count the number and type of items you are donating before requesting a receipt.

Where should I take my donation?
You may leave small quantities on the carts near the Circulation Desk at the Main Library during scheduled collection hours.

How can I volunteer to help with donations ?
Sorting and packing books for the book sales is an ongoing process. Volunteers are always welcome.
Call 610-258-2917 ext. 303 for more information