Click here to donate to the Foundation’s annual appeal and help keep the Library welcoming and responsive in the year ahead! Your contribution will support language classes, children’s programs, college and career resources, cultural and civic events, capital improvements, new technology and more. Here’s some recent feedback that reflects the impact of Foundation support:
“I am homeless living in a men’s shelter. I had a very important job interview using Skype but nowhere to do it. I came to the library and the wonderful staff made a classroom available for my interview and I got the job!”
“I recently took your PowerPoint class. The skills I came away with have opened new doors for me. Thank you.”
“Trove Time (for caregivers with toddlers) is a fantastic program and it’s now part of our morning routine. Please keep it up!”
“Our organization appreciates use of the Community Room. Meeting at the library is convenient and helpful, and the Café is an easy place to reconnect with people after meetings.”
Thank you for helping to make so much possible! Click here to donate.
Making Your Contributions Tax Deductible – A Message from our Treasurer
If you’re over age 70 ½ and plan to take the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from your IRA and/or 401k account—and you want to get a tax deduction for your charitable contributions—the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) requires that you rethink your tax planning.
The TCJA increased the Standard Deduction for married couples to $24,000 ($12,000 for individuals) and limited itemized deductions for real estate and income taxes to $10,000. In practical terms, if you’re married and the total of qualifying mortgage interest plus medical expenses over 7.5% of your total income do not exceed $14,000 ($2,000 for individuals), some or all of your charitable contributions will give you no reduction in your income taxes.
How to get tax benefits for your charitable contributions? Pay them directly from your IRA/401k account as part or all of your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). Your charitable contributions (up to $100,000) will reduce the amount of RMD income you report for the year. This will lower your taxable income by the amount of the contribution, the same result as if you reported the full RMD and took an itemized deduction for the charitable contributions.
To adopt this strategy, you must make the decision before you receive your RMD for the year. This will reduce the RMD that will be reported to the IRS and shown on your tax return by the amount of your charitable contribution. In order to receive a tax benefit, you must direct the custodian of your IRA/401k to transfer the amount of the RMD gift directly to the nonprofit, not to you.
Richard L. Hecht is a retired Managing Partner of Marks Paneth & Shron LLP and currently works as a financial and tax consultant. He currently serves as Treasurer of the White Plains Library Foundation.
Click here to donate on-line or view instructions to transfer funds to the WPLF. Thank you!
On October 20, over 200 guests enjoyed the Foundation’s 2018 Fall Gala, An Evening with with Ron Chernow. Thank you to everyone who supported the event and help raise funds for the Library! Click here for photos.
A special thank you to Vino 100 of White Plains and the fabulous venues, restaurants and businesses that donated raffle prizes for the Gala: Bowlmor of White Plains, California Pizza Kitchen, Capers Restaurant, Captain Lawrence, Chef Jonathan Kava, Copper House Restaurant, Edible Arrangements, Philip Johnson Glass House, Kee Oyster House, The Library Hotel, Moleskine, Out of Print Clothing, The Puzzle Parlour, Penguin Random House, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Whole Foods, Winnetu Oceanside Resort, and more!
Attention Amazon shoppers, and who isn’t one? We hope you’ll agree to identify the White Plains Library Foundation when you make purchases on Amazon because it helps us raise money to support the Library. Each quarter, the AmazonSmile Foundation makes donations to eligible charitable organizations by electronic funds transfer. It’s easy to participate and there’s no cost. All you need to do is start your shopping at AmazonSmile (not the regular Amazon url) so please consider changing your bookmark. When prompted, enter the White Plains Library Foundation (one time, it will remember you) and whenever you shop, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to us. Thank you!
The Foundation is proud to support the monthly Poetry Slam, a popular program that’s been meeting at the Library for over 12 years! What’s a Poetry Slam? Poetry Slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. It emphasizes writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they’re saying and how they’re saying it. Poems often blend personal, political, humorous and artistic content. Attending a Poetry Slam is an interactive experience because audience reaction (and judging) is part of the format. Performers aren’t shy about sharing their emotions and there are no restrictions on language.
The program usually takes place at the library, but we’ve also met at a local church, book store and other community locations. Our Slam is moderated by nationally recognized slam poet, educator, and White Plains resident Eric ZORK Alan and he’s welcomed guest slammers from all over the country.
For more info, contact Ben Himmelfarb at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to the following donors who made generous contributions to support the renovation of the first floor:
Hope & John Furth for the Learning Commons; Jim & Robin Benerofe for a Conference Room; The Friends of the White Plains Library for the Bookstore; Tom & Libby Hollahan with gratitude to our parents and in memory of Dick & Arlene Lombard for the White Plains Community Room; Marvin & Reneé Kent for the Tutoring Alcove; The Mooney Family of White Plains for a Conference Room; NewYork-Presbyterian for the New Book Area; A Gift in Honor of Fred Perkins for the Classroom for Language Learning; A Gift in Honor of Fred Perkins for Libros en Espanol; Diane H. Tabakman & David W. Rhodes for a Conference Room; White Plains Library Foundation in honor of the Library Staff for a Conference Room; and the White Plains Library Foundation in honor of Libby Hollahan for a Conference Room.
Starting May 1, 2018, over 50 young children each week, along with their caregivers, will be able to participate in Trove Time at the White Plains Public Library. The program is designed to prepare children to become successful readers and provide caregivers with a range of activities to support their child’s development. Trove Time, which will serve children ages two through four, is made possible through a grant to the White Plains Library Foundation from the Frog Rock Foundation.
“Fostering early literacy is the most important thing a public library can do.” said Brian Kenney, Library Director, “Trove Time will allow us to greatly expand our existing parent-caregiver initiatives, use the latest early learning practices, while providing plenty of fun along the way.”
Based on Every Child Ready to Read, a curriculum developed by the American Library Association, Trove Time will help care givers become the leaders in developing their child’s early literacy through five practices: talking, singing, reading, writing and playing. These five practices will form the core of Trove Time through a number of play stations that facilitate imaginative play, develop motor skills, engage participants with storytimes, and provide social interaction.
To celebrate the re-opening of the first floor, the Foundation held its 2017 Gala in the Hub on the evening of October 21st. Nearly 200 people attended the event, which marked the Foundation’s 22nd anniversary. A highlight of the program was hearing from author Sloane Crosley who spoke about growing up in White Plains. All guests received a copy of Crosley’s most recent book, the bestselling novel, The Clasp. Her work has appeared in Elle, Esquire, GQ, New York Magazine, Bon Appétit, The New York Times, Vanity Fair and more. Crosley’s next book, Look Alive Out There, will be published in April. It’s a collection of essays, including a moving piece about her time at Ridgeway School.
Thank you to all attendees for joining us. Revenue raised through the Gala helps fund innovative Library programs and services throughout the coming year. Special thanks to Vino 100 and the businesses and individuals who made in-kind donations and bought Journal ads to support the event. To view the Journal slideshow, please scroll down or watch it on a monitor in the Library’s lobby.
Don’t miss the Foundation’s annual fall Gala on Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 7-10 pm. We’ll be celebrating in the Hub, our newly renovated first floor! Buy tickets and journal ads here.
Funds raised through the Foundation’s Gala help support Library programs that promote early childhood literacy, career advancement, cultural enrichment, language study, local history research, teen activities, and lifelong learning for all ages.
This year, we’re excited to welcome gala honoree & keynote speaker Sloane Crosley, celebrated author and graduate of White Plains High School. Sloane’s most recent publication is the bestselling novel The Clasp (“a highly comic, highly affecting novel”–NY Times Book Review, “A sad, hopeful, endlessly entertaining book,”–Time). Her essay collections, I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number, were both New York Times bestsellers and the former was shortlisted for The Thurber Prize. Sloane’s new book of essays, Look Alive Out There, will be published this April. Sloane is featured in The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion and her work has appeared in Elle, Esquire, GQ, New York Magazine, Bon Appétit, The New York Times and more.