Friends of the Bronxville Public Library


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In 1875 residents banded together to found the nascent library as a simple reading room. Today the Bronxville Public Library has grown into an extraordinary resource, in part because of the efforts of its Friends.

Over the years we have quietly filled in where library budgets have not been able to meet the need: keeping the library open during municipal cuts; funding innovations in digital publishing; making sure that Bronxville residents and members of the FOBPL have access to the resources we need.

This year we are focused on Children’s Programs. We need your help. Please become a member of the Friends of the Bronxville Library and help us continue the tradition of community support.

FOBPL Trustees, 2019-20

Margaret Mager, President
Lia Gravier, Vice President/Fundraising
Chiara O’Connor, Secretary/Community Outreach
Rekha Waggoner, Treasurer
Ellen Politi, Programs-Music Publicity/Nominations
Irena Stern
Dina Grant
Isabelle Ingersoll
Jody Klessel
Heather Lamadrid
Vanessa O’Friel
Lauren Toal
Pippa Colvin as the Trustee Liaison to the Friends

Funded by the Friends

Special Events 

The FOBPL organizes and funds many special events and performances such as:

Musical performances by the Kalayjian-Kazantsev Duo, the Sima Trio, Jules Belmont with Chris Venditti, Goldberg’s Variations, The Princeton Nassons, Woodlawn Jazz Greats, and Diana Templeton.

Film series featuring works by Peter Yates, Greg Mottola, Gurinder Chadha, and Wayne Wang.

Author appearances by Pulitzer Prize winner William J. Broad, Norb Vonnegut, Andrea Montalbano, and Sam Roberts.

Children’s Programs

The FOBPL underwrites all of the Bronxville Public Library’s children’s programming including the Summer Reading Program, and Concert Series, Dawny Dew and her Puppet Friends, Paws for Tales, Green Golly & Her Golden Flute, and ongoing seasonal crafts, contests and enrichment programs.

Additional programming and funding for the Annual Poetry Reading and Contest and Kindles, pre-loaded with content.

Museum Pass Program

The Museum Pass Program at the Bronxville Public Library has been expanded and is the perfect activity for adults and children of all ages.  Twelve extraordinary museums are availalbe to holders of Bronxville Library Cards. Perennial favorites include the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Historical Society and the Guggenheim, and as of May 2015, we have added the Children’s Museum of Manhattan to our list. The program is made possible by FOBPL. Contact the reference librarian at Contact the reference librarian for more information at 914.337.7680 (ext. 24) or visit the library web site for more information

Free Access to Consumer Reports

Bronxville Library card holders have access to Consumer Reports Online. Formed as an independent, nonprofit organization in 1936, Consumer Reports serves consumers through unbiased product testing and ratings, research, journalism, public education, and advocacy. Access is made possible by FOBPL. Learn more here or contact the reference librarian for more information at 914.337.7680 (ext. 24).

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