By Irena Choi Stern
Nov. 3, 2021: The Friends of the Bronxville Public Library (FOBPL) Board elected the following new officers at its September board meeting: Lauren Toal, president; Grace Gilmer and Carolyn Mattson, vice presidents; Zahabia Brainch, treasurer; and Laura Kinon, secretary. The Board also welcomed three new members: Amy Brown, Susan Gordon and Charlotte Sullivan.
“I look forward to working with the tremendous group of volunteers on the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library and our amazing library staff,” Toal said. “We are all committed to providing the programming and services that make our library an outstanding resource for the entire community.”
Other members of the FOBPL board include Dina Grant, Jody Klessel, Irena Choi Stern and Rekha Waggoner. Christina Krettecos serves as the Bronxville Village Library Trustee liaison.
Over the years, the FOBPL has funded all adult and children’s programming, including the summer reading program and author events featuring nationally recognized writers and figures, such as Min Jin Lee, Barbara Demick, Fiona Davis and, most recently, the Honorable Jed Rakoff.
The FOBPL also funds a museum pass program to New York City institutions, as well as access to e-books, databases and other internet resources made available without charge to Library cardholders.
The library has long been a central focus of the community, with residents donating to the 2001 renovation of the building, the majority of which was funded by the sale of a Childe Hassam painting that had been hanging for decades in the Library. The ongoing programs are funded by community support through annual donations to, and a benefit organized by, the FOBPL.
Susan Gordon moved to Bronxville over 20 years ago and raised five children. She is the owner of Lynne Palmer Executive Recruitment.
Charlotte Sullivan worked in New York City as a corporate attorney at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP and subsequently at AIG. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
About the Bronxville Adult School & Contacts
The Bronxville Adult School is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1957 and chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. The School "offers all adults of Bronxville and surrounding communities the opportunity for personal growth through life enhancing skills and provides cultural, intellectual and recreational stimulation at a nominal cost."
The Bronxville Adult School
Bronxville Public Library
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)
Concordia College Adult Education
Concordia College was founded in 1881. It is a four-year, co-educational liberal arts college located in Bronxville. Concordia's Accelerated Degree Programs are designed to give you the skills to be competitive in your chosen career or in graduate school.
Concordia College - New York
171 White Plains Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, New York 10708