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Friends of the Library

Who Are the Friends?

The Friends of the Scarsdale Library was formed in 1968, and in the years since has grown to encompass some 800 members. Our primary goal is to support the Library as it serves our community. We strive to focus public attention on the Library’s services, facilities, and needs. Check out our Membership page to see how you can be a part of all we do for our library.

2015 Book Sale

The book drive is underway for the 2015 Friends of the Scarsdale Library Book Sale, our largest fundraiser of the year. Books can be dropped off at the Library’s gray side door at 54 Olmsted Road through Friday, August 28. Books should be in saleable condition. Damaged, moldy or dog-chewed books cannot be accepted; nor can textbooks, encyclopedias, magazines or VCR tapes. 

VOLUNTEERS are integral to the success of the sale and are needed now to help sort and organize books. Meet other book lovers and preview our vast selection. This is a fun way to contribute your time while setting your own hours. 

The Book Sale will run from Friday, September 11th through Sunday, September 20, 2015. The Book Sale boasts more than 60,000 almost-new and out-of-print books, including bestsellers, classics, biographies, fiction, parenting, cooking, art, graphic novels, humor, self-help, drama, religion, business and poetry. There is also a large selection of books for children, as well as DVDs, CDs, videotapes, audio books, and sheet music.

For a detailed schedule and more information about volunteering go to our Annual Book Sale page.

Bookmarks Newsletter

The Summer 2015 Bookmarks has information about upcoming events, so feel free to refer to it for all kinds of wonderful happenings at the library.

Swingin’ Sundays

Friends of the Scarsdale Library sponsors a Swingin Sunday Jazz Series which is free and open to the public, featuring truly remarkable artists. Erich Michael Gillett did his one man show, Man About Town: The Wit and Wisdom of Noel Coward, accompanied by piano, on June 7th at 4:00 pm in the Scott Room. Thanks for joining in the fun! Stay tuned for details about our next concert in the Fall. 


Fifth Annual Spelling Bee

The Fifth Annual Spelling Bee took place on January 23rd, 2015 at 7:30pm in the Scarsdale High School Auditorium. THANK YOU TO OUR PLATINUM SPONSOR THOMSON REUTERS AND OUR DIAMOND SPONSOR MERCEDES-BENZ OF WHITE PLAINS.  The Library Trustbees held their winning title for a second straight year! Click here for more information on our Fifth Annual event

Library Projects

In the past few years the Friends have extended the reach of the Library budget by contributing to a number of important and innovative projects, including:

  • Playaways The Friends purchased 100 of these digital audio books pre-loaded on mp3 players — a pilot program that will be greatly expanded if it proves popular.
  • Children’s Room We contributed to upgraded lighting and carpeting for the Children’s Room.
  • Master Plan The Friends helped to support the hiring of an architect to work with the Board in devising a master plan for the library’s future .