Event Calendar

Jun 20 2018
Preschool Story Time: County
10:30AM - 11:30AM
Jun 20 2018
Baby Story Time: Strasburg
10:30AM - 11:00AM
Jun 20 2018
Summer Reading Program: Fort Valley
10:30AM - 11:30AM
Jun 20 2018
Craft Program: Making Things with Maps: County
03:00PM - 04:30PM

New Market Area Library opened on November 11, 1974.  It was founded by a group of area residents headed by Bessie  Tusing who made space available in the historic Henkel House.  It was an original member of the Shenandoah County Library System. The library has opened a new building behind the Hildreath Municipal building and across from the Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Come by and see our wonderful new facility!

Approved by Board December 1, 2008

The New Market Area Library’s mission is to provide an environment which will enrich the life of its patrons and, therefore, the life of the community. By providing a full array of media to New Market and the surrounding communities and by providng the community a place in which to hold small meetings and providing an environment conducive to sharing local history of note through various organizations, the library will be a focal point to ensure New Market’s future. The mission will be achieved through the following objectives:
  • Providing a wide variety of books for toddlers, juveniles, young adults, and adults in fiction and non-fiction
  • Ensuring that there is a good collection of large-print books
  • Growing a collection of books on CD
  • Nurturing the growth of periodicals of interest to readers in the community
  • Providing a community bulletin board to encourage communications throughout the New Market area of noteworthy events
  • Keeping connectivity available to patrons and visitors to the Internet through public access computers and WI-FI
  • Providing an atmosphere that is conducive to all learners, including those who wish to learn English as a second language
  • Utilizing space in a way to create interest in special events, historical celebrations and publications and media received
  • Fostering a community spirit to encourage the use of the library by key groups to enhance the scope of the library’s use – book groups, civic groups
  • Further developing the uses of the library for children’s programs both internal to the library and in conjunction with other programs and with local pre-schools
  • Continuing to recruit volunteers in order to ensure that the hours are expanded and expanded in a manner to address the needs of the community

Click here to view our Bird Haven Oral History Project!

Completed through a partnership between our archives, JMU, and the owners of Bird Haven Farm, this site contained 14 oral history from the Bird Haven area in western Shenandoah County and focuses on the Shenandoah Community Workers woodworking factory in that area. 

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