The mission of the Moore Free Library in Newfane, Vermont is to collect, preserve and deliver in a welcoming, convenient and responsive manner, library materials in print and in electronic formats to meet the informational and lifelong learning needs of the members of its community. In addition, we seek to provide cultural and environmental enrichment through various forms of art and nature.
The Moore Free Library was founded in 1898 when Philura Moore donated her home, $2,000, and 2000 books to the town of Newfane. The Moore Free Library has been independent of town government ever since and receives no state or federal funds. In 2000, Robert and Muriel Crowell funded the renovation of a barn on the Moore property into an art gallery and endowed the Library and Crowell Art Gallery with ongoing operational funds, a large collection of books from their private library, and a substantial collection of fine art, including several pieces by Newfane residents Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason.
How We Operate
The Friends of Moore Library and the board of directors responsibly steward the library’s collection and funds and raise additional funds through book sales and fundraising campaigns. There are 15 active volunteers and only one paid staff member, the librarian who works 24 hours per week. The library holds about 15,000 circulating items (books, audibooks, DVDs, children’s books), including a Vermont collection with a strong local history component.
In addition to circulating books and media, we offer monthly events such as book clubs, movie showings, author talks, and performances with educational components for youth and adults. We also let other community groups use our space for meetings, art classes, and other events. In short, we are a central gathering place in the town of Newfane.