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Friends of the Library

Who Are the Friends?

The Friends of the Scarsdale Library was formed in 1946, and in the years since has grown to encompass some 800 Friends. 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 Friends page to see how you can be a part of all we do for our library.

Book Sale

The Friends of the Scarsdale Library are collecting books for only a few more weeks for their annual sale which begins on September 8th with a Friends preview. The book sale opens to the public Saturday September 9th and runs until September 17thThis year, cash or checks only will be accepted for all items.

NOW IS THE TIME  to bring Books, DVD’s, CD’s, and records to the Library during regular hours until August 25th.  During July, leave books inside the gray door to the right of the main entrance.  During August, donations may be left outside the Scott room.   Please do not bring textbooks or encyclopedias.

Volunteers are also needed to help sort books through August in preparation for the Sale. No heavy lifting is involved. 

For questions about donations or volunteering please contact Kathy Steves at steves10583@gmail.com or call 472-0611.   

Library Renovation 

Click here for a PDF info-graphic on the project. Click here for the Capital Campaign Supplement to Bookmarks providing the latest news.

You can also visit our webpage – http://scarsdale.improveourlibrary.org/

Here are some key points that might be helpful to consider regarding the need for this renovation project:

• Scarsdale is behind other communities who have invested in their libraries as a beloved central resource and hub for learning.

• The building is not fully accessible to all, including bathrooms that are not ADA compliant.

• The infrastructure does not permit adequate technology improvements or flexibility.

• The building has $4.5million in deferred maintenance issues, which wrap into this larger project as a dig-once opportunity to make the building relevant for generations more

•  Funding for this project has been set up as a public/private partnership, and a robust Campaign Committee has committed to raising $7.5million, making it a very attractive opportunity for the Village. 

• The Library’s children’s department is used to capacity and desperately needs expansion and dedicated spaces and program rooms.

• There is no true quiet area, separate from the din of other uses.

• The plan will improve energy efficiency and employ sustainable choices, while increasing the light and experience for the patrons. 

• There are no small meeting or mid-sized multi-purpose rooms available for programs or community use by senior and other special interest groups, who would take advantage of increased programming.

• Teens have no dedicated space for homework, collaboration and access to the YA collection

•  Project is 6+ years in the planning — it’s thoroughly considered, well researched and its now the right-size for our community, serving everyone.

Bookmarks Newsletter

Bookmarks has information about upcoming events, so check back for the latest edition for all kinds of wonderful happenings at the library.

Bookmarks Summer issue is available for viewing – just click on the link! 

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 from Children’s to Adult programming and including the popular Writer’s Center and Museum Passes.