Our Mission

The White Plains Library Foundation proudly supports the work of the White Plains Public Library to transform lives, every day. The Library provides critical resources for education, literacy, civic engagement and lifelong learning.

The Foundation advances library service by raising funds to support initiatives such as early childhood reading classes, after-school programs, homework help, teen activities, literary and cultural events, online services, and expanded choices for reading, listening and viewing.


Thank You to Our Donors

Janice Abbott & Richard Bernstein
Patricia Keegan Abels
Ken Abels
Dr. Raul E. Acosta & Selma Gluck-Acosta
Cynthia D. Adams
Charlie & Kitty Agro
The Haynes Family
The Allstate Foundation
Teresa Alvarez
Zelda Ambrose
Adrienne Ament
Diane M. Ametrano
Thor H. Andersen
Loretta & Walter Anderson
Wendy & Eugene Andreassi
Jon & Anita Arguiarro
Robert Arnow
John Asiel
John & Janet Bailey
Bobbi & Simon Baker
Caryl L. Ballin
Warren & Amy Barest
Roland N. Barnes & Charlotte Hope Szabo
Neil Beilenson
Robin & James Benerofe
Marla & Lawrence Berg
Joy & Paul Bergins
Patricia & Martin Bernstein
John & Verna Billeci
Fern Bindelglass
Vitina Biondo & Yosef Riemer
Ellen Blauner
Deborah Bloom
Ira & Karen Bloom
Philip & Nina Blumenfeld
Hon. Benjamin Boykin II
Eileen Bradley
Fran & Ray Broderick
Lester Bronstein & Benjie Ellen Schiller
Paul A. Bronzo/The Bronzo Group
Anne & Luvaghn Brown
Iris & Jim Brucks
Joshua Brumberg
Frank & Dorothea Bruni
Don & Naomi Buchwald
Hon. David & Lara Buchwald
Margit & William Burmeister
Mr. & Mrs. Millard Butler
Jackie Cartwright
Chang K. Park Foundation
Joanne Ciaramella-Sayer
Joyce & Fred Claar
Nancy & Chuck Clarvit
Joseph Cloherty
Greta & Julian Cohan
Roni & Steve Cohen
in memory of Steve Cohen from Renee Cohen
Rabbi & Mrs. Mitchell Cohen
Jane Cohn
Ona & Julius Cohn
Barry H. & Monica J. Colvin
Tim & Judy Conroy
Barbara Cooper
Karen D’Arcy Couzens
Diane Couzens
Marylyn Crystal
Cuddy & Feder LLP
Cathy & Derrin Culp
Elias Dagher
Renate & Cormac Daly
Denise J. D’Ambrosio & Robert M. Maccarone
Barbara & Richard Dannenberg
Dare Productions, Inc.
Courtney Darts
Susan Davis
Jen DeMilio
Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation
David J. Dickoff, MD
Susan T. Dicosola
Doris Dingott
Jean & Mike Divney
Mr. & Mrs. Michael E. Doehring
Carol & Al Dold
Ann & Robert Dougherty
John & Patricia Douglass
Larysa Dubovik
Jennifer Earl
Karina & Obadiah Eaves
William & Rebecca Eckfeld
Jane Marie Eddy
Ann Edwards
Chris & Bob Eifler
The Eisele Family
Margot T. Elkin
Rudolph & Alane Ellenbogen
Elmwood Charity Fund, Inc.
Jo & Joe Falcone
Nancy, Steve, Sam & Ruth Potter
Colleen M. Fay
The Marjorie and Robert Feder Philanthropic Fund
Lois & Stephen Fendler
Rai A. Fernandez, AIA, Bermello Ajamil
Karla Feuer & William Falk
Diana Fierro
Glenn Fishman & Joanne Wallenstein
The Food Bank for Westchester
Gilda & Murray Forseter
Mark Fowler & Jessica Kaplan
Jonathan & Amy Freedman
Freeman Bros
Sheila & Bob Friedland
Hon. John & Susan Kirkpatrick
Friends of Nadine Hunt Robinson
Friends of the White Plains Public Library
Friends of The White Plains Youth Bureau
Friends of Tom Roach
Hope L. & John L. Furth
Jeane & John Garment
Amy & Larry Geiger
Marcia & Lionel Geltman
George Washington School – PTA
German International School New York
Judy & David Gilberg
Pam & Elliott Glass
Donna Goldbloom
Margaret Goodman
Barbara I. Gordon
Todd Gordon & Susan Feder
Kenneth & Susan Gordon
Bonnie Grant
Helen L. Greer
Ruth L. Grossman
Doris & Norbert Gruenfeld
Leonard N. Gruenfeld
Carl & Mary Hamby
Karen & Dave Hamlin
Nancy T. Hantman
Wade & Lori Hardy
Constance Haslett & Scott Nammacher
Hastings Tea Company
J. Tracy Hayes
Judith & Peter Haynes
The Haynes Family
Susan & Richard L. Hecht
Ursula Heinrich
Michael Henry
Raymond F. Hert
Elizabeth Hiden
Allen Hochberg
Jane & Steven Hochman
Janet Hodes
Kristine & Steve Holden
Holden Brothers, P.C.
Libby & Tom Hollahan
Phyllis & Peter Honig
Kim & Marc Honig
W. Jean Horkans
Gary Horowitz & Evelyn Placek
IBM
Midori Im
J. M. Innes
Rosemary Isaacs
Maki Itoh
Aaron & Claudia Jaffe
Tim James & Liz Shollenberger
The Jasne Family
Cindy & Tom Jedynak
Mary Helen Jordan
Mrs. Andrea L. Kaminsky
Stephen & Joan Kass
Eugene & Beth Kava
Richard Kaye & Susan Strickler
Brian Kenney & Osbely Tala
Ann M. Kessler
Deidre & Matt Kimble
John & Susan Kirkpatrick
Kathryn Kirkpatrick
Carol & Eugene Klein
David & Evelyne Klein
Mr. & Mrs. Lee Klingenstein
Eda & Bernard Klinger
Irene Koehnken
Hernan & Romina Korin
Thomas Kozak
Meg Hertz & Glenn Kreielsheimer
Hon. & Mrs. Dennis Krolian
Abby & Jeffrey Kurnit
Bernice & Jerome Lachs Philanthropic Fund
Ellen Lambert & David Buxenbaum
Harris Lampert & Susan Gerbino
Joann & Todd Lang
Barbara Lange & Stephen Cohen
Latino U. College Access, Inc.
League of Women Voters of White Plains
Hon. Milagros Lecuona & Dan Stoddard
Mr. & Mrs. Theodore J. Lee
Mimi & Jules Leibman
Barbara Leish
Sr. M. Lenore
Aimee Lepe
John & Joanne Higgins Leslie
Blaine & Stephen Levenson
Jordana Schwartz & Matthew Levine
Linda Levine
Martin A. & Elaine Levitin
Janet L. Levy
Harley Lewis
Frank & Michelle Lichtenberg
Lilly’s
Patti & Robert Lodes, Jr.
Lombardo’s
John Lonski & Jessica Rao Lonski
Barbara R. Loucks
Christopher & Margaret LoVergine
Lyn Lubliner
Lucile & Maurice Pollak Fund
Macy’s Foundation
Bevin Maguire & Craig Hunt
Anthony Justic of Maier, Markey, & Justic LLP
Anne & Joe Majsak
Jerry & Joanne Mannarino
Anlee Marcus
Judith & Michael Margulies
P. Robert Marich & Marie Silverman Marich
Barbara & Martin Marks
Judith & Benjamin Marks
Mark & Carol Marotta
Hon. & Mrs. John M. Martin
MasterCard
David & Elizabeth Mayeri
Eileen McGarvey & Kevin Krug
Joanne McGrath & James Aucone
Kathy & Kevin McGrath
Marie McMahon
McMahon,Lyon&Hartnett Funeral Home
Ellen Meier & Steve Nelmes
Judith Meisels
Leah L. Mendelsohn
Colman G. Merithew
Stefania Mignone
Carlos Milian
Mr. & Mrs. Charles H. Miller
Dr. Irwin Miller
Virginia & Ted Mills
Sandy Miranda
Lorraine R. Mollo
The Molloy Family
Marjolein Mooney
Morgan Stanley
Judy Meyer & Ted Morse
June & Don Moskovitz
Diana Munder
Brian & Susan Murphy
Alexis & Irv Myones
John & Hannah Nelson
Nancy Nemlich
Judy & Stuart Nevins
Cynthia G. New
New York Presbyterian Hospital – Westchester
O’Connor, McGuinness, Conte, Doyle, Oleson, Watson & Loftus, LLP
Musical Munchkins
Rosemary & Mark O’Grady
Old Guard of White Plains
Patricia Lynn Oliva
Hon. Pauline C. Oliva
Joan M. O’Shea
Anonymous
Jill C. Owens
The Pape Family Fund
Aron Pasternack & Catherine Perri
NY State Assembly – Hon. Amy R. Paulin
The Peckham Family Foundation
Ralph E. Penny, CFP
PepsiCo
Fred & Alice Perkins
Louis Petralia
Pfizer Foundation
John E. Phelan
Lawrence & Myron, Lauren, Chris, Andrew
Margaret Postlewaite & Gerard Kiernan
Jeanne B. Quinn
Anne & Rick Rabideau
Catharine Raffaele
Mary Rahe
Joan Raim
Judy & Steven Rieger
Andrea & Stephen Ritchin
Mayor Tom & Beth Roach
Rae Faith Robinson
Phil Rodman
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Rogan
Judith A. Roher
Robert & Renana Rosenbloom
Joseph & Roberta Rosenblum
Martin & Susan Rosenzweig
Maureen Rothschild DiTata
Mary C. Rubens
Stan Rubenstein
Nancy Rubini
Joel Rudikoff
Nancy & Douglas Ruttenberg
Cynthia P. Sammis
Vinay Sawant
Dorothy & Jonathan Schere
Thomas Scherer
Lynnette E. Scherzer
David & Alice Schiff
Rhona Merkur & Paul Schupak
Liz Schutt & Abel Lushiku
Max & Gail Schwartz
Susan & Edward Schwartz
Barbara & Paul Schwarz
Hope & Kevin Scully
Scully Construction LLC
Cynthia Secunda
Robbie & Andy Seidman
Wesley M. Serra & Denise O. Matthews-Serra
Ethel & Murray Shapiro
Shinnyo-en Foundation
ShopRite of White Plains
Lara & Peter Shortall
Shirley Ochacher & Family
George & Michele Siebes
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher&Flom LLP
Gregory & Hon. Beth Smayda
Howard & Beverly Smith
Stanley Sokol
Joan & Laurence Sorkin
Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Spatafore
The Staffin Family
Michael & Beth Stanton
Margaret M. Stearns
Nancy & John Steger
Betsy & Wally Stern
Gerald & Ruth Stern
John & Betsy Steward
Anne Stolley
Mr. & Mrs. John Stratta
The Syd & Jan Silverman Foundation in honor of The Marich Family
Diane H. Tabakman & David W. Rhodes
The Tabb Family
Toshiko Taniyama
Alison Greene & Oren J. Teicher
Tokyo Zairyo (USA) Inc.
Deborah Tranelli & the Tranelli Family
Miriam W. Turkel
The Uglum Family
Michael Valenti
Radina Valova
Mr. & Mrs. Lazaro Vazquez
Theodore Vun
Milton & Susan Wackerow
Beth & Brian Wallach
Jennifer & Ralph Watts
Stanley & Betsy Weiner
Amy & Michael Weiner
Harriet & Paul Weissman
Barbara & Barry Wenglin
Susan Werner & William Barkin
Westchester Library System
Theda Z. White
White Plains Hospital
White Plains Teachers Association
Joan Wiener
Leslie S. Wiesen
Ruth & Martin Wiesenberg
Rosemary & John Williams
John S. Wilson
Melinda Wolfe
Nick & Aileen Wolff
Peter D. Wolfson & Laura L. Butterfield
The Woman’s Club of White Plains, Inc.
Emily Zacharias
Phillip & Rayna Zeidenberg
Dr. & Mrs. Sanford Zevon
Anonymous (11)

as of 12.31.16

WPLF Board of Directors

Tabakman pic
Diane H. Tabakman
Board President

President/Secretary: Diane H. Tabakman is an active community volunteer and has served on the boards of several local not-for-profit organizations.  Her background includes executive positions in corporate human resources and fund development.

Vice President: Beth Kava had a long career in public education, retiring as Social Studies Coordinator for the White Plains  Public Schools in 2002  and from the School of Education at Pace University in 2014.  She is an active member of the League of Women Voters.

Vice President: Gail Schwartz is a retired middle school teacher and is a volunteer in the education program at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture.

Treasurer: Richard Hecht is a retired Managing Partner of Marks Paneth & Shron LLP, currently works as a financial and tax consultant, has served as Treasurer on non-profit boards, and is active in the White Plains community on the City of White Plains Budget Advisory Committee.  

James Benerofe is a real estate developer and editor/publisher of Suburban Street News of White Plains.

Denise J. D’Ambrosio is counsel at Phillips Nizer LLP in the firm’s Environmental Law and Land Use & Government Relations practices, and is a member and past President of the White Plains Public Library Board of Trustees.

Jen DeMilio is an active member of the Church St. and Middle School PTAs and works in the office of Our Lady of Sorrows and at Lifetime Fitness. Serves on Special Events Committee.

Yuki Itoh Haynes is a former intellectual property legal assistant who is currently at home raising her two young children.  She is Secretary of the White Plains Public Library Board of Trustees.

Susan Hecht is a retired nursery school teacher, and she just retired as a Home Visitor in The Parent Child Program of WJCS. She is currently a volunteer ESL tutor at the Don Bosco Community Center in Port Chester.

Richard Kaye is a member of the firm of Ellenoff Grossman & Scholle LLP in New York City, specializing in corporate, commercial and real estate litigation.  He is a Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley located at the Maria Farreri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla and a member of the Board of Directors of Manhattan based Arts & Minds, Inc.

Joan Kass is an adjunct professor at Pace University School of Education, specializing in language acquisition and teacher training in world languages. Previously, she was Coordinator of Languages Other Than English (LOTE) in the White Plains Public Schools.

Gregory Keenan is owner of Uno Chicago Grill in White Plains. He and his wife are strong advocates for reading and literacy.

Brian Kenney is Director of the White Plains Public Library.

Barbara R. Loucks a long-time resident of White Plains, is a former children’s overnight camp director and retired retail specialist whose volunteer activities have centered on the education and welfare of youth.

Denise Matthews-Serra is President of the White Plains Public Library Board of Trustees and serves on the board without need for election.  She chairs the Foundation’s Corporate Development committee.

Marjolein Mooney recently retired from Yonkers Public Schools, where she was a teacher of English as a Second Language. Earlier in her career, she worked for People to People Student Ambassadors leading high school student groups on international travel programs.

Radina Valova is an attorney at the Pace Energy and Climate Center in White Plains.

Nicholas Wolff is a licensed broker with Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, and a life-long White Plains resident and graduate of White Plains High School and a member of its Hall of Fame.  An active community volunteer, he is past President of the Foundation, currently serves as President of Family Services of Westchester, Vice President of the White Plains Housing Authority, and a board member of El Centro Hispano, Thomas Slater Center, Friends of Public Education in Wthie Plains, and the Sister St. John Center for Literacy.

Nancy Rubini, WPLF Executive Director  Nancy joined the Foundation in 2016. Her prior nonprofit experience includes working in development at the Jacob Burns Film Center, Building with Books and the Pro Bono Partnership.