On June 24, more than 80 community members joined Mayor Thomas Roach at the Library’s official groundbreaking ceremony to kick off Phase I of the Library’s first floor renovation project, which will include The Edge, a new 3,000 sq. ft. space for teens. The renovations are part of a three-year capital project of the City of White Plains with major support from the White Plains Library Foundation. To view the photo gallery from the event, please click here.
The ceremony featured remarks by the Mayor, Library Director Brian Kenney, Library Board President Paul Schwarz, and Library Foundation President Nicholas Wolff. Then, a group of ceremonial “book movers” pushed book carts loaded with Young Adult books off the floor, clearing the space to begin renovations.
The official “movers” include (left to right):Paul Schwarz, President of the Library Board of Trustee; Rev. Koji Horiuchi, Shinnyo-en White Plains; Hope Furth, Library Trustee; Diane Tabakman, Library Foundation Board member and Co-Chair, Campaign Committee; Mayor Thomas Roach; Commissioner of Public Works Joseph Nicoletti; Judith Nevins, former Library Foundation Board member and Co-Chair, Campaign Committee; Nicholas Wolff, Foundation Board President; Rhoda Phillips, President of the Friends of the White Plains Public Library; and Brian Kenney, Library Director.
The Foundation has committed $400,000 to Phase I of the project, raised through a campaign to revitalize the Library’s first floor: “Building New Learning Opportunities: The Edge & Beyond!” More than 400 community members have contributed to the fundraising effort to date.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, Foundation President Nicholas Wolff recognized key supporters whose gifts and grants have helped launch the project and have enabled the Library to expand programming and digital media offerings for teens.
These donors include the Board and staff of the White Plains Library Foundation, who have collectively pledged over $113,000 to the project; Hope & John Furth, who supported the Master Plan design services that paved the way to the first floor redesign, and are supporting the second project phase, The Learning Commons; the Shinnyo-en Foundation, whose grant is providing digital media equipment for The Edge and furnishings for the Media Lab; the late Shirley Durst, whose gift helped seed the Campaign for The Edge; the Wal-Mart Foundation, whose grant is supporting a wide range of teen programming; The Allstate Foundation, for multi-year grants for teen programming and teen safe driving initiatives; The Friends of the White Plains Public Library, for a gift to support the project, including the Café and Friends Bookstore that will be built in Phase III; Phyllis & Peter Honig, for a gift in memory of their daughter, Janice; Philip Kent, for a gift in honor of his parents, Marvin & Renee Kent; and Brian & Beth Wallach, long-time library supporters, for a Campaign gift.
The Foundation’s Campaign will continue, as funds are needed to support the later project phases, the Learning Commons–an enhanced and revitalized adult services area, and the Cafe/Friends Bookstore. A total of $470,000 toward a goal of $700,000 has been raised to date, but we still need your help to make our goal. If you are interested in supporting this vital project, please call me at 914-422-1495.
This is a very exciting time for the Foundation and the Library, and we are truly grateful for the community’s support!