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Bronxville Library Board Welcomes New Members PDF Print Email


By Vivian Conan, Librarian, Bronxville Public Library

May 10, 2017:  The Bronxville Public Library Board of Trustees recently bid farewell to three board members after six years of dedicated service to the library: Sarah Underhill, who served as board president and spearheaded many successful projects, including development of the library's website and its recent furniture restoration project; Joe Peddy, who, as chair of the facilities committee, oversaw upkeep of our beautiful library building and grounds; and Mary Macintosh, who provided invaluable guidance as a member of the personnel committee.

In their place, the board welcomed three new members:

Pippa Colvin has been a Bronxville resident for twelve years. Before that, she lived in New York City, and before that, London, where she worked as an editor of science, art, and architecture books before switching to Dorling Kindersley (DK), publisher of visual children's books. An amateur cellist and a member of the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library (FOBPL) board for the past six years, she was in charge of music programming at the library, arranging many wonderful concerts.

Catherine Bird moved to Bronxville thirteen years ago from New Canaan, when her husband became rector of Christ Church. As an architect, she was immediately impressed with the library. "It was clear to me that in Bronxville, people were incredibly proud of the building itself and its stewardship," she said. She brings her past experience with facilities management at General Theological Seminary and Christ Church to the library, which she praises as being "well-purposed and well-used."

Katy Barrett came to Bronxville via Washington, D.C., Boston, New York City, and Mount Vernon. Passionate about books, she had a long career in publishing, including fifteen years with Random House as vice president of publicity, working on the Vintage and Knopf imprints. During her stint on the board of the FOBPL, she arranged for numerous author talks at the library. After serving as chair of the Reformed Church of Bronxville Nursery School and on the board of the Bereavement Center, Katy and her family recently spent four years away from the village while living in London. 

According to the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State (, "Trustees must make policy, personnel and fiscal decisions crucial to a positive direction for the library." The Bronxville Library's trustees have been doing that since 1906, when the library received its charter from the New York State Board of Regents. The first board consisted of five members, one of whom was Amie Dusenberry, whose portrait hangs on the first floor of the library near the copy machine.

Bronxville's current trustees are:

Sarah Normand, President
Susan Finch Moore, Vice President
Pippa Colvin, Secretary
Ruth Walter, Treasurer
Darcy Kaye
Julia Ann Murphy
Peter Thorp
Catherine Bird
Katy Barrett

Library board meetings, which are held at 7:00 pm monthly except in August, are open to the public. Minutes are posted on the library's website ( The schedule of board meetings for the coming year is:

May 11, 2017
June 8, 2017
July 13, 2017
September 14, 2017
October 12, 2017
November 16, 2017
December 14, 2017
January 11, 2018
February 8, 2018
March 8, 2018
April 12, 2018 (Annual Meeting)

Pictured here:  Bronxville Public Library.

Photo by A. Warner



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Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

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