By Margaret Mager, President, and Irena Choi Stern, Publicity Chair, Friends of the Bronxville Public Library
May 9, 2018: During the recent March power outage, the Bronxville Public Library was a haven for residents, providing a heated area for students to do their homework and residents to read and work, WiFi service, and a place to charge devices.
Its art collection was honored with the 2017 Preservation Award, given by The Bronxville Historical Conservancy. But what people may not know is that the preservation, restoration, and conservation of the artwork is accomplished with the help of the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library ("FOBPL"), which provides an annual contribution to the Art and Furniture Restoration Fund.
“The importance of FOBPL funding to the library cannot be overstated,” said Sarah Normand, past president of the library trustees. “The Friends fund nearly all of our fabulous children’s programming, including the beloved Summer Reading Game; subsidize books and materials; help care for our award-winning art collection; and much, much more. Without the generous and consistent support of the Friends, the library would not be the community gem that it is.”
The Friends of the Bronxville Public Library also provides community residents with year-round funding of author talks with leading writers such as Min Jin Lee and Fiona Davis, expansion of the book and eBook collections, the Museum Pass Program, and Sunday afternoon concerts featuring acclaimed musicians.
"My family supports the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library ... because the library is Bronxville’s sole public community center," said Sara Zion. "It is the place where neighbors come together to share ideas, learn something new, feed curiosity, and build relationships across social groups."
The library is not only a community gem but a resource and focal point of village life. Donations to the FOBPL help ensure that the Bronxville Public Library is a vibrant center of learning and a place that serves everyone.
“I first became involved with the Bronxville Public Library through the Friends ... many years ago,” said Ruth Walter, the new president of the library trustees. “I saw first-hand the Friends volunteers who keep the library a vibrant and happy part of the community. They raise funds and support enriching and innovative programming for patrons of the library. I encourage neighbors to stop in and see what a beautiful and active place our library is, due in no small part to the efforts of the Friends.”
Make your donation today at www.fobpl.org/donate.
Photo by staff of the Bronxville Public Library
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