Campaign for the Hub

Thank you to the following individuals and organizations for their generous donations to the Campaign for The Hub, a project to renovate the first floor.

The Allstate Foundation
Anonymous (6)
Susan Altman
Thor H. Anderse
Janice Abbott & Richard Bernstein
Loretta & Walter Anderson
Wendy & Eugene Andreassi in memory of Thelma Ehrman
Janet & John Bailey
Caryl L. Ballin
Robin & James Benerofe
Philip & Nina Blumenfeld
Paul A. Bronzo/The Bronzo Group
Stacie & Todd Brooks and Family
Iris & Jim Brucks
Joseph Cloherty
Greta & Julian Cohan
Barry H. & Monica J. Colvin in honor of Barbara Loucks
Barbara Cooper
Diane Couzens
Elias Dagher
Renate & Cormac Daly
Denise J. D’Ambrosio & Robert M. Maccarone
In honor of Irene & Leonard D’Ambrosio
Mike & Jen DeMilio
Susan T. Dicosola
Jean & Mike Divney
Larysa Dubovik
Karina & Obadiah Eaves
Marge Feder
Mark Fowler & Jessica Kaplan
Sheila & Bob Friedland
The Friends of the White Plains Library
Hope L. & John L. Furth
Jeane & John Garment in honor of Libby Hollahan
George Washington School – PTA
Pam & Elliott Glass
Hastings Tea Company
J. Tracy Hayes
Yuki & Chris Haynes
Susan & Richard L. Hecht
Michael Henry
Ray & Flo Hert
Kristine & Steven Holden
Libby & Tom Hollahan
Kim & Marc Honig
Phyllis & Peter Honig
Gary Horowitz & Evelyn Placek
J. M. Innes
Rosemary Isaacs
Maki Itoh
Tim James & Liz Shollenberger
Stephen & Joan Kass
Julius & Eleanor Kass Family Foundation
Eugene & Beth Kava
Clarissa Keegan
Brian Kenny & Osbely Tala
The Honorable Dennis Krolian
Richard Kaye & Susan Strickler
Brian Kenney & Osbely Tala
Philip Kent in honor of Marvin & Renee Kent
Ann M. Kessler
Mr. & Mrs. Lee Klingenstein
Ellen Lambert & David Buxenbaum
Barbara Lange & Stephen Cohen
Sid & Ruth Lapidus
League of Women Voters of White Plains
Mimi & Jules Leibman
Sr. M. Lenore
Blaine & Stephen Levenson
Barbara R. Loucks
Ian & Elizabeth MacCallum
Mark & Carol Marotta
Eileen McGarvey & Kevin Krug
Kathy & Kevin McGrath
Marie McMahon
Rabbi Joel & Sandy Meyers
Virginia & Ted Mills
Marjolein Mooney
In Honor of the Mooney Family of White Plains
Judy & Stuart Nevins
James M. & Virginia W. Newmyer Family Fund
NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Division
Musical Munchkins
Old Guard of White Plains
Hon. Pauline C. Oliva
Patricia Lynn Oliva in memory of Pauline C. Oliva
Aron Pasternack & Catherine Perri
Fred & Alice Perkins
Cheryl Perry
Jeanne B. Quinn
Mary Rahe
Andrea & Stephen Ritchin
Mayor Tom & Beth Roach
Mrs. Frederick P. Rose
Stan Rubenstein
Nancy Rubini & Richard Aks
Dorothy & Jonathan Schere
Mary & Tom Scherer
Rhona Merkur & Paul Schupak
Max & Gail Schwartz
Barbara & Paul Schwarz
Ilene Semiatin
Denise O. Matthews-Serra and Wesley M. Serra
ShopRite of White Plains
The Syd & Jan Silverman Foundation in honor of The Marich Family
R. P. Simmons Family Foundation
Fred & Margo Singleton
Honorable Beth Smayda
Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Spatafore
The Steinberg Family
Barbara A. Steiner
Leonard L. Steiner
Betsy & Wally Stern
John & Betsy Steward in honor of Diane Tabakman
The Roger Strong Family
Roland N. Barnes & Charlotte Hope Szabo in memory of Hope & George Szabo
Diane H. Tabakman & David W. Rhodes
Miriam W. Turkel
John & Barbara Vogelstein Foundation in honor of Hope & John Furth
Wells Fargo Foundation
Barbara & Barry Wenglin
Susan Werner & William Barkin
The Westchester Bank
White Plains Teachers Association
Theda White
John S. Wilson in memory of Clarice K. Wilson
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Wimpfheimer
Nick & Aileen Wolff
Peter D. Wolfson & Laura L. Butterfield
The Woman’s Club of White Plains, Inc.
Anonymous (6)

Bolded names are Leadership Donors of gifts starting at $1,000.


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A Virtual Groundbreaking

Please Join Us!

What: A Virtual Groundbreaking for The Hub, our new adult area on the first floor

When: Wednesday, September 7th from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Where: the first floor of the Library, just outside The Edge

Like The Trove is for children, and The Edge is for teens, The Hub will provide a new environment to meet the needs of adult patrons, from 20-somethings to seniors…plus a café! The Hub is a public/private partnership of The City of White Plains, the State of New York, and the White Plains Library Foundation (including a gift of $1 million from an anonymous donor).

Please join us as we thank the dedicated elected officials and donors who helped make this exciting project possible. Refreshments will be served.


About The Hub

The Hub will provide updated furniture and lighting, create workspaces for reading and study, increase capacity for public computers, add new technology—like a 3-D printers and circulating iPads—create a Community Room for programs and events, and best of all, establish a café in the heart of White Plains. Through the generosity of leadership donors, The Hub will feature the Hope & John Furth Learning Commons, the George & Lucia Perkins Large Print Collection, the Marvin & Renee Kent Tutoring Alcove, and the Friends’ Bookstore.

Construction will begin in September and is expected to last a year. During renovations, the first floor will continue to provide circulation services, as well as access to The Edge and our fiction collections. Our most popular collections—new books, DVDs, and music—will move to the gallery and auditorium on the second floor, along with our librarian staff. Some of the non-fiction collection will be unavailable for part of the renovation; instead, we will request materials from other libraries in the Westchester Library System.

During the coming weeks, we will be moving collections and services. We thank you in advance for your patience.



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Lunchtime Meditation Class

Wednesdays (beginning June 1, 2016)
12:15-1:00 p.m.

Put down your digital devices, sit, and breathe….

Science backs it up: meditation and mindfulness reduce stress, boost the immune system, improve attention, and promote well-being. Russ Michel will lead a weekly meditation program this summer. Russ has been working with meditation and various contemplative disciplines for over 25 years. In 2002 he founded White Plains Zen, an interfaith meditation group.

No registration, experience or equipment necessary. Please be on time. The first few minutes will be devoted to beginning instruction.

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School – Library Collaboration Gets New Grant

The White Plains Library Foundation was awarded a $26,000 grant from the Shinnyo-en Foundation. Funds will help the Library continue to collaborate with the White Plains Public Schools through programming for more than 500 students from the Eastview Middle School and other youth development initiatives. Programs will give students structured opportunities to discover and use Library resources, engage in service learning projects and increase awareness of global issues and their local community. The grant makes it possible for the Library and School to build on a successful partnership established through prior support and guidance from the Shinnyo-en Foundation.

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Hello from the Foundation’s new Executive Director

Like many of you, I’ve spent plenty of time in libraries. But working in a library certainly offers a completely different perspective.
Below are some take-aways from my first five weeks as the  Executive Director of the White Plains Library Foundation.
  • Our Children’s Library is a treasured resource.  On a recent holiday weekday, more than 500 kids, parents and caregivers visited the Trove!
  • People value quiet space. Throughout the day, patrons settle in to sit still, concentrating for extended periods of time, reading quietly.
  • Library users are all ages. You can regularly find on-going (free) programs and services for preschoolers, teens and retirees–where else does everyone come together to learn under one roof?
  • We lend beautiful art books, the type that usually sit on coffee tables or in museums.  I’ve rediscovered the pleasure of browsing these large, heavy books. Take one home and enjoy.
  • Borrowing e-books is easier. I gave up a few years back because the process seemed confusing and slow. Sound familiar?  But things have changed.  Re-visit or begin to use e-books by making an appointment with our Library staff (422-1480), or look for instructions in the Resources section of our website.
It’s exciting to be a part of such a dynamic and valued institution. I look forward to working with the Foundation’s Trustees, Library Trustees, staff, donors, patrons and the City to help build on the accomplishments of the Foundation’s past 20 years.  –Nancy Rubini
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Announcing 2nd Annual Spelling Bee!

What’s the Buzz?

The White Plains Library Foundation is thrilled to be holding our Second Annual Adult & Teen Spelling Bee Fundraiser, on Friday, March 11, 7:30 p.m. (March 18 snow date), at the Highlands Middle School Auditorium. This year, proceeds will support The Hub, our new adult library.  Entry fees are again $75 per team, and additional donations to The Hub are very welcome!  General admission to watch the Bee is $5, and there will be a food concession and raffles.

This year we are limiting the competition to 20 teams (four “swarms” of five teams each).  The regular registration deadline (if there are still openings) is February 11, 2016.

Spelling Bee Team Recruitment Form available here.  Please print out and return it with payment by the deadline. 

Questions? email

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Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Gala “Virtual Journal”

The White Plains Library Foundation recently held our 20th Anniversary Gala, celebrating two decades of supporting the Whtie Plains Public Library by raising funds for building projects and vital library resources.  At the Gala, we screened a “Virtual Journal” slideshow, highlighting our achievements and future plans, and including greetings from our sponsors and supporters.  Click here to view and enjoy!

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Author Phil Klay honored at Foundation Gala

The Foundation celebrated its 20th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, Nov. 14, was a great success, with 200 guests in attendance.  Honoree Phil Klay, White Plains native and award-winning author of “Redeployment,” delighted the audience by telling stories about his formative days at White Plains library and how his love of reading developed him as a writer.  He also shared some of his harrowing experiences as a Marine in Iraq which were the basis of his short story collection.  Mayor Thomas Roach declared November 14, 2015 to be “Phil Klay Day” in White Plains, and the Library Foundation made a contribution in Phil Klay’s name to the Veterans Writing Workshop, an organization (and library partner) that helps veterans and their families express their experiences.


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Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Gala to support The Hub

Join us as we celebrate 20 years of supporting our great community library!  Proceeds will support The Hub, our new adult library, as first floor renovations begin this winter.  At the Gala, we will honor Phil Klay, a White Plains native and author of Redeployment, the 2014 National Book Award winner for fiction, a short-story collection based on Phil’s experiences as a Marine in Iraq.  Read more here.   Tickets are $150, and include a copy of Redeployment. Sponsorships and Virtual Journal Ads are available.    Reserve your tickets, sponsorships and ads through our secure online registration site.  The Gala will also include a fabulous raffle and silent auction–stay tuned for details!  Call Libby Hollahan at 914-422-1495 or email for more information.

Invitation front panel



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“Redeployment” author Phil Klay to be Foundation Gala Honoree

The Foundation is thrilled to honor Phil Klay at our 20th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, November 14, 7-10 p.m. at the Library.

Phil is a White Plains native and the author of Redeployment–winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction–a collection of short stories based on his experiences as a Marine in Iraq. Among many other awards, Redeployment was named one of the New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best books of 2014.   A graduate of Dartmouth College in 2005, Phil Klay was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq with the 2nd Marine Logistics Group in 2007-2008. After leaving the Corps, he received his MFA from Hunter College, where he studied with Colum McCann and Peter Carey, and worked as Richard Ford’s research assistant. His first published story appeared in Granta’s Summer 2011 issue, and led to the publication by Penguin Books of his collection in seven countries.

A copy of Redeployment will be given to all Gala ticket purchasers.   Invitations will be mailed in early October, but you can register now through our secure online registration site.



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