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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)

How the Friends financially support the library's educational and recreational services
  • Purchased Brandywine Zoo and Tyler Arboretum museum passes
  • Purchased a storage cubby for the children's room
  • Purchased a 3-D printer
  • Supply BookPage for library patrons
  • Funding for the Little Explorers program
  • Purchased the Barbara A. Miller memorial bench
  • Funding for the Library of Things
  • Fund raising for the 2008 library addition
  • Purchased Daniel Goldstein's mobile Valdrada; storage of same and tile wall during library renovation
  • Creation and maintenance of the Reading Garden
  • Purchased Charles Parks' sculptures Classmates and Sarah and Jimmy's Dog
  • Staff support
  • Financial support for adult and children's summer reading programs
  • Holiday decorations
  • Purchase of furnishings, equipment, books, and periodicals
  • Support appearances by local authors
  • Publicity for programs and books
  • Funding to repair over-sized books
  • Sponsorship of lectures
  • Advocacy
  • Purchased 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 the 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.

2024 Board Members
Sara Barre (emeritus)
Susan Foster
Cindy Gamble
Becky Green
Cameron Green
David Goldsworthy (emeritus)
Geri Krolin-Taylor
Linda Lauria
Sirena Manista
Sandra Massa
Reza Moqtaderi
Julianne Powers
Diana Strazzella
Eve Voultsis
Lynn Wilson

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