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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.
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THE GROUNDBREAKING OF SUPPLY FIELD INTERIM LIBRARY REPRESENTS A MAJOR STEP IN RENOVATION OF THE LIBRARY
Friends of the Scarsdale Library: (From Left to Right): Anne George, Allison Block, Gabrielle Wise, Ann Lewis, Michelle Lichtenberg, Beth Bermel (Library Director), Diane Greenwald (President, Library Board), Betty Pforzheimer (Co-Chair, Capital Campaign), Dara Gruenberg (President, Friends of the Library and Co-Chair, Capital Campaign), Amy Paulin (New York State Assemblywoman), Bob Steves (Co-Chair, Capital Campaign), Linda Flaxer, Kathy Gray, Mona Longman (Treasurer, Friends of the Library), Jamie Kefer, Betsy Bohrer, Alison Gordon
The gathering included village trustees and officials, current and former library board trustees and supporters. Speakers praised the co-operative efforts of the Library Board Trustees, Friends of the Library and the village and its staff for making a transformed library a reality.
Special praise was given to Scarsdale Assemblywoman Amy Paulin who secured $500,000 in state funding for work to prepare the Supply Field building for use as the interim facility. Scarsdale Mayor Dan Hochvert thanked the village staff and library groups and said of Paulin, “we have a state representative in Scarsdale who knows when we need help and gets it for us.”
Diane Greenwald, Library Board President, said, “I know I share with all of you a goal to leave Scarsdale better than we found it, and Supply Field is a concrete step that makes lasting improvements possible for the library and the Scarsdale village.”
Dara Gruenberg, Friends President and Co-Chair of the Campaign for Excellence, noted that to date the campaign has raised $5.7 million toward its goal of $7.5 million which would initiate the village bonding the rest of the cost. She added, “I’m honored to live in a community that comes together and invests in such a critical resource that will benefit so many, not only right now, but for generations to come.”
The Library Loft is scheduled for completion in early spring and the move from Olmsted Road library will take place when ground is broken at that facility. At Supply Field, “we will offer new and popular materials for all ages, wi-fi access, circulation services, and the same great personal service and more,” explained Library Director, Elizabeth Bermel, who was also celebrating her eighth year at the Library. Plans include increasing the library’s online presence and providing programs close by for children, teens and adults. “Stay turned to learn more as our plans solidify,” she said.
Photos by Paula Markowitz Wittlin
Here are some key points 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.
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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.