Photo by A. Warner
By Josh Rucci, Bronxville Library
Dec. 14, 2022: The Bronxville Public Library, a village treasure located on 201 Pondfield Road, is completing one of the most prolific programming years in its 100+ year history. With critical and deeply appreciated support from the Friends of Bronxville Public Library (FOBPL), the Library delivered 656 programs across its Youth and Adult Programs during 2022.
‘This year our librarians did a phenomenal job of offering in-house programming for children of all ages, from Miss Raquelle's lawn stories–which boast over 120 participants weekly–to Miss Ellen's series of creative crafts for our elementary school-aged set’ said Ellen McIntyre, Head of Youth Services. Ms McIntrye runs the Library’s dedicated programs for Preschool, School-Aged Children, and Teens/Tweens, spanning author talks, music concerts, arts & crafts, and film screenings each week.
‘Our [FOBPL] funded programs, such as our 12-week children’s chess instruction, summer evening family events on the library lawn, and new teen STEAM Cart activities have been wildly popular’ added Ms McIntyre. The Library was also a 2022 recipient of the RW250-Living History to Go grant from the Westchester Library System, using the fund to design several programs within its Historical Highlights Club to build public awareness for Westchester County's Revolutionary War History.
The Library’s Adult Program slate was similarly robust, including author lectures, book discussion groups, wellness programs, and Adult Craft workshops. Several authors spoke with Library patrons (in-person and via Zoom) during the year, on topics ranging from local history (‘Hudson Valley Ruins’) to entertainment (‘Hollywood Goes to the Library’) to cooking (‘Simplify Weekly Meal Planning’).
‘We aim to deliver educational programs for lifelong learners–and have the occasional bit of fun’ said Library Director Greg Wirszyla. Mr Wirszyla mentioned the Fiona Davis author talk, outdoor Qi Gong program, beekeeping series, and Elvis Tribute Concert as among the many highlights of 2022.
Beyond supporting programming efforts, the FOBPL funds the Museum Pass Program, enabling any Library cardholder with access to 13 nearby museums, including the Museum of Natural History, the Frick Collection, MoMA, and the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum. Passes for two adults and children (17 and under), are available for a 3-day lending period, and can be picked up at the Adult Reference Desk or reserved on the Library website, https://bronxvillelibrary.org/special-collections/.
‘The Friends are thrilled to support the evolution and expansion of Library programs across all age groups’ added Caroyln Mattson, President of FOBPL. ‘A huge thank you to our donors for their ongoing support–we can’t wait to kick off 2023, and celebrate this past year’s achievements at our Gala event on Friday, April 21.
Library programs are listed on the Library’s bi-weekly newsletter; patrons can register on the Library homepage, https://bronxvillelibrary.org/. Updates are provided on the Library website as well as the Bronxville Public Library account on Instagram. To support Library programs and learn more on the Friends of Bronxville Public Library, please visit https://fobpl.org/.
The Bronxville Public Library traces its origins back to 1875, when it was a small lending library housed in a room attached to the “Bronxville Model School.” The Library was officially chartered in 1906 and moved into the Village Hall Building. The needs of the library grew with the town and, in 1942, a new standalone building was erected, which is where the Library is today. Over the years, the Library was renovated and expanded to meet the needs of the community.
The Library has wonderful resources for adults and children and offers a comfortable and relaxing environment. The Library also houses a fine art collection, consisting principally of Bronxville painters and sculptors.
The Library offers special events, art exhibitions, and programs for adults, young adults and children. All events are open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.
The Bronxville Public Library
201 Pondfield Road (Midland Avenue & Pondfield Road)
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171 White Plains Rd
99B Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
117 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708