Emma L. Andrews Library and Community Center Commission

The Commission's responsibilities include: to liaise with the Office of the Mayor regarding the state of the building, the apartment, and the buildings revolving fund; to ensure that the Association follows adopted policies and procedures in operating the library and maintains the integrity of the collection; to advance and oversee the buildings use as a community center and its relevance to that community; and to support the Association's work in managing the Emma Andrews Library and Community Center.

The Commissioners are guided by the words spoken by Emma L. Andrews on July 20, 1905, at the Library's dedication: "If the reading room and library proves to be a continuation of their work, an education center for this part of the city, an incentive for ambitious boys and girls to employ their time wisely, and to make the most of their opportunities; if to the sick or weary it alleviates dreary hours; if to many it becomes either an inspiration or a help, the wishes of its founders will be realized."

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Weekly Activities at the Emma Andrews Library:

Every Monday:

  • Toddler Story Hour and Playtime:  9:30-10:30AM
  • Knitting:  6:00-8:00PM

4th Monday each Month:

  • Book Club:  Noon-2:00PM

Every Tuesday:

  • Chair Yoga:  10:00-11:00 AM

Every Wednesday:

  • Story Hour for 3-4 Year Olds:  9:30-10:30AM
  • Story Hour for 4-5 Year Olds:  1:30-2:30PM

1st Wednesday Each Month:

  • Book Club:  6:30-8:30PM

3rd Thursday Each Month:

  • Author Series held each month in September, October, November, March, April and May

Upcoming Special Events at the Emma Andrews Library:

Thursday, November 17th at 7:30PM- Memoir Writers Celebrate 20th Anniversary at the Emma Andrews Library

Twenty years ago, a lively group of Senior Citizens began meeting to write, under the direction of Dr. Melissa Juchniewicz, and now the group is facilitated by Priscila Bellairs and Anne Mulvey. All twelve members are women, three have written books,

The object of the group is not publication but the pleasure of preserving and sharing memories from lives full of well-observed experiences. 

We can guarantee you will hear things that surprise you, make you laugh, make you cry, and make you think.

This event is free and open to the public. Delicious refreshments are provided by Mary Brooks.

Thursday, December 1st from 1:30-3:00PM - Mrs. Claus Visits the Emma Andrews

This is a free event for all ages. There will be holiday songs & treats, songs and tales from the North Pole!

Space is limited, so please call 978-358-8097 to reserve your space.

Saturday, December 3rd - Annual Cookie Walk and Craft Fair

Held at the Peoples United Methodist Church, 64 Purchase St, Newburyport, MA from 9:00 - noon.

Walk around tables full of cookies, and choose your favorites - all for $5.00 a dozen.

Local crafters will be selling beautiful hand made items as well.

Saturday, December 17th:  Santa Claus is Coming to the Emma Andrews Library

Santa will be visiting the Emma Andrews Library from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

Bring your lists and camera!


Weather-Related Closing Information:

  • If a parking ban is in effect for the City of Newburyport, the facility is closed (all scheduled programming is canceled).
  • If there is a school closing, delayed opening, or early release, the library portion of the facility is closed.


Board Members

Name Title
Aine Greaney Chair
Elizabeth Valeriani Vice Chair
Donna Conway Commissioner
Susan Chase Commissioner
Elizabeth Watson Secretary