Foundation Welcomes New President, Board Members

The White Plains Library Foundation held its Annual Meeting recently, and elected Diane H. Tabakman as its new President and Secretary.   Beth Kava and Gail Schwartz were elected Vice Presidents, and Dick Hecht was elected Treasurer.

The Board also elected a new Board Member, Jen DeMilio.   Also joining the Board is WPPL Trustee Denise Serra, serving without need for election.

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Sat. Nov. 2, 7-10 p.m. –Eighth Annual Fall Gala– “the edge and beyond!”

Please join us for our Fall Gala, “The Edge & Beyond! Celebrating The Edge, Imagining the Future,” Saturday, November 2, 7-10 pm, at the Library

With The Edge, our new teen space, now under construction and scheduled for opening later this fall, the Foundation is thrilled to offer Gala attendees a sneak peek at The Edge before it opens to the public.

At the Gala, the Foundation will honor Shinnyo-en Foundation, Frank Williams, Jr., and Yuki Itoh Haynes, for their outstanding work to inspire young people to develop to their fullest potential.

The Gala will include a wine & cheese reception, buffet supper, dessert and coffee, a silent auction, and an awards program. Individual tickets are $125, and sponsorships and “virtual journal” ads are available. To RSVP online, click here, or contact Libby Hollahan at 914-422-1495 for more information.

Click to view invitation outside and inside.

About the honorees:

Shinnyo-en Foundation (SEF) will be presented with the Teen Spirit Award for its work to build a more harmonious and peaceful world by supporting educational programs that engage and inspire young people in meaningful acts of service. As a long-time supporter of the Library Foundation, SEF has recently provided a generous grant to help furnish and equip the Media Lab, one of the rooms within The Edge.

Frank Williams, Jr., will receive the Youth Champion Award for his work to ensure that young people develop to their full potential and have caring adults to serve as role models. As Executive Director of the White Plains Youth Bureau, serving more than 2,000 youth each day and more than 7,000 kids each year, Mr. Williams has developed a wide range of innovative programs to benefit youth. Through his leadership, the Youth Bureau has become a premiere youth service agency nationally recognized for providing pathways and options for youth.

Receiving the Service Leadership Award, Yuki Itoh Haynes is a passionate volunteer for the Library whose work to expand Library resources for children and teens has benefited the entire White Plains community. She serves on both the White Plains Library Foundation Board of Directors and the White Plains Public Library Board of Trustees. She has also chaired a number of Foundation special event committees, which have raised significant funds for The Edge and many library resources for children and teens.

We are proud to announce that Corx Wine & Liquors, 1205 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, is the official Gala wine sponsor.

 

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Save the Date

Please join us for our Fall Gala, “The Edge & Beyond! Celebrating The Edge, Imagining the Future,”  Saturday, November 2, 7-10 pm, at the Library

With The Edge, our new teen space, now under construction and scheduled for opening later this fall, the Foundation is thrilled to offer Gala attendees a sneak peek at The Edge before it opens to the public.

At the Gala, the Foundation will honor Shinnyo-en Foundation, Frank Williams, Jr., and Yuki Itoh Haynes, for their outstanding work to inspire young people to develop to their fullest potential.

The Gala will include a wine & cheese reception, buffet supper, dessert and coffee, a silent auction, and an awards program.  Individual tickets are $125, and sponsorships and “virtual journal” ads are available. To RSVP online, click here, or contact Libby Hollahan at 914-422-1495 for more information.

About the honorees:

Shinnyo-en Foundation (SEF) will be presented with the Teen Spirit Award for its work to build a more harmonious and peaceful world by supporting educational programs that engage and inspire young people in meaningful acts of service.    As a long-time supporter of the Library Foundation, SEF has recently provided a generous grant to help furnish and equip the Media Lab, one of the rooms within The Edge.

Frank Williams, Jr., will receive the Youth Champion Award for his work to ensure that young people develop to their full potential and have caring adults to serve as role models.  As Executive Director of the White Plains Youth Bureau, serving more than 2,000 youth each day and more than 7,000 kids each year, Mr. Williams has developed a wide range of innovative programs to benefit youth.  Through his leadership, the Youth Bureau has become a premiere youth service agency nationally recognized for providing pathways and options for youth.

Receiving the Service Leadership Award, Yuki Itoh Haynes is a passionate volunteer for the Library whose work to expand Library resources for children and teens has benefited the entire White Plains community.  She serves on both the White Plains Library Foundation Board of Directors and the White Plains Public Library Board of Trustees.   She has also chaired a number of Foundation special event committees, which have raised significant funds for The Edge and many library resources for children and teens.

We are proud to announce that Corx Wine & Liquors, 1205 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, is the official Gala wine sponsor.

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The Edge: The Excitement is Building!

What’s behind “The Wall?”  Have you visited the Library recently?  If you have, you know that construction of The Edge is in full swing!   Behind the temporary wall, the area that previously housed the checkout desk, circulation department offices, fiction collection, local history, DVDs and CDs, and more, was gutted in early August.  The collections were relocated, and everything is available for checkout.

Framing for The Edge–our 3,000 sq. ft. teen space–and new offices is up, and electrical and HVAC work is being done.  Below left is a snapshot of the construction showing the exterior of The Edge, and at right, the architects’ rendering of a similar perspective.  The project is scheduled to be completed in early November.  Watch this space for updates and an announcement of the Grand Opening date.  We thank the community for your wonderful support of this project, a partnership of the White Plains Library Foundation and the City of White Plains.

Framing of The Edge

Architects' Rendering of The Edge Exterior

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Library “breaks ground” on first floor renovations and The Edge for teens!

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.

Mayor Roach and distinguished guests get ready to move books off the floor, clearing space to begin The Edge!

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!

 

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Library Mini Golf returns March 16!

Back by popular demand!  The Foundation is thrilled to be hosting a fun event, “Library Mini Golf: Tee Off for Education,” on Saturday, March 16.

During the afternoon, families and kids are invited to play, for free, from 1-5 p.m.  We’ll also have the Balloon Man, Scott Kazan, on hand to create amazing balloon animals.  Snacks and cotton candy will be available for purchase.  The event is free; to ensure the safety and comfort of patrons, timed tickets will be given out on a first-come first-served basis beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Museum Gallery.

In the evening, the Foundation will sponsor an adults-only “19th hole” fundraiser party from 7-10 p.m.  Guests will enjoy 27 holes of mini golf all over the Library, plus a casual buffet with beer and wine, cotton candy, and a silent auction!  To purchase tickets for the evening event, click here.

The event will support children’s and teens’ educational programs at the Library.  We thank TD Bank, our title sponsor,  and major sponsors Pepsico and Uno Chicago Grill for their support.

 

 

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Allstate safety grant sponsors Library outreach at Loucks Track Meet

Teens at Loucks Meet

Teens pledging not to text while driving

Saturday, May 12, was a gorgeous day for the annual Loucks Track Meet at White Plains High School, and thousands of teen athletes from the Northeast US and Canada competed.It was a great way to spread the message about the dangers of texting and driving, an initiative of The Allstate Foundation, which has provided a generous grant to the White Plains Library Foundation to provide community education about teen safe driving.  Library and Foundation staff spent the day at the meet, talking to hundreds of teens about texting and driving, distributing string bags with a “TXTNG KLLS” message, and collecting thumbprints on the “X THE TXT” banner.  We also distributed safe driving information to many parents from White Plains and beyond.

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Upcoming Special Event: “Food for Thought: The Food Truck Comes to the Library!”

The White Plains Library Foundation will be hosting a special fundraising event, “Food for Thought:  The Food Truck Comes to the Library,” on Sunday, June 10, 6:30-8:30 pm, at the White Plains Public Library.  Our guest speaker is acclaimed food writer John T. Edge, author of The Truck Food Cookbook: 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America’s Best Restaurants on Wheels.”  He will discuss one of today’s hottest food trends, the food truck phenomenon that’s happening in cities all across the US!  Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

Event tickets are $65, and all proceeds will go to support the White Plains Library Foundation.   A casual, food truck-styled hors d’oeuvres buffet, beer and wine, will be served.  Adding to the fun, there will be a silent auction of items related to our theme—restaurant gift certificates, a Keurig coffee system, gourmet gift baskets and more.  We are really excited about this event, and hope you will participate.  To register online, click here.   Or call (914) 422-1495, to RSVP.

John T. Edge has written several books on American food and has been included in the “Best American Food Writing” every year since 2001.  His food writing has garnered him five James Beard Award nominations.  In addition to being the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, Edge writes the United Tastes column for the New York Times and contributes to Oxford American and Garden & Gun.  He has also written for Gourmet, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, Travel + Leisure, and many more. He was a commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered, a judge on Iron Chef America, and has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, Nightline and more.

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Foundation Welcomes Library’s New Leaders

This past fall, the Foundation welcomed the Library’s new leadership team, Brian Kenney, Library Director and Kathleen Degyansky, Assistant Library Director, following the retirements of Sandra Miranda and Patricia Thorsen.  Kenney was formerly editorial director of several leading library publications and is an expert in emerging trends for libraries and the “digital shift” that is transforming book and magazine publishing. Before entering publishing, he worked as a public librarian, including nearly a decade at the Brooklyn Public Library where he managed the Central Library. Degyansky most recently served as the Executive Director of the Southwest Florida Library Network in Fort Myers, FL, and before that served for 17 years at Queens (NY) Library, rising to become Assistant Director, Programs Coordination and Management.

Kenney says that he is especially excited to continue work on the First Floor Master Plan, a joint project of the Library and the Foundation. “Building on the success of The Trove, the renovation of the first floor will provide much needed space for teens, as well as an improved experience for adults. This is a rare opportunity to rethink library services for White Plains.”

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