Second Century Library Endowment Fund – Newton

The Second Century Endowment Foundation was established in 1986, upon the celebration of the first century of operation of Newton Public Library. The mission of the Second Century Endowment Foundation is to enhance the adult collection of the Newton Public Library by increasing and promoting educational, literary and artistic resources available to our community. In 2011, the Foundation became an affiliate of the Central Kansas Community Foundation, Inc. with the new name: Second Century Library Endowment Fund – Newton. The funds will provide for an annual income for enhancements beyond those possible through general operating funds. More than just books are needed at Newton Public Library to be a part of today’s information society. Audio/visual materials, art works, computer programs and on-line access have joined the books and magazines to provide information and recreation to individuals. A gift to future generations through the Second Century Library Endowment Fund – Newton will make you a part of the legacy which will keep Newton Public Library an important informational and recreational access location for the community. Make it happen!

  • Add to the CD/DVD/e-book collections.
  • Continue a quality music collection.
  • Add to the reference and business collection to better serve the community.
  • Enhance the genealogy collection to help family researchers.
  • Upgrading of all resources available in the library.
  • Keep pace with technological information.

Use this form to send gifts or pledges to:  Second Century Library Endowment Fund – Newton, Newton Public Library, 720 North Oak Newton, Kansas 67114


The Flower & Garden Tour

The Second Century Board is planning to host the 2016 Newton – North Newton Flower & Garden Tour to benefit Newton Public Library. This 21th Tour and fund raiser will be held Saturday, June 11, 9 AM – 1 PM and Sunday, June 12, 1 – 5 PM. $8 donation tickets will be available at Newton Public Library, 720 N Oak, or at the Tour gardens during the tour.

See highlights from the 2009 Flower and Garden Tour.

See highlights from the 2010 Flower and Garden Tour.

See highlights below from the 2012 Flower and Garden Tour.


Second Century Library Endowment Fund Advisory Board Members are:

  • Cathy Anderson, President
  • Donna Nattier, Vice-President
  • Ken Knepper, Treasurer
  • Marianne Eichelberger, Secretary (Library Director)
  • Ann Adrian (Library Board Representative)
  • Joan Hushka (Friends of NPL Representative)
  • Doris Koester
  • Jan Hoberecht
  • Liz Pomeroy
  • Mary Anne McCloud

Call 316-283-2890 for more information. Proceeds go to the Endowment Fund.

Florence Bessmer

Miss Florence Bessmer established The Florence Bessmer Foundation in 1979. The Foundation provides for the housing and equipment for modern, educational and entertainment programs and uses for children, including furniture, shelving, books, materials, audiovisual and learning aids, as well as for facility enhancements. She established the fund because for most of her 100+ years she was actively and ardently interested in the welfare of children. The Florence Bessmer wing was completed in 1980 and serves as a meeting room for library and public functions. Income from the Florence Bessmer Foundation currently provides for special programs, print and nonprint resources for children, and more.

The Florence Bessmer Foundation Board members are:

  • Ron Lang,  Chairman
  • Ray Penner, Treasurer
  • John Robb, Secretary
  • Patrick Duffy, NPL Board President