Is There a 2017 Friends 5K?

In 2006, the voters of Briarcliff Manor approved the borrowing of up to $4 million to expand the Library and create a Community Center. The Village’s plan for the new space involved a public/private partnership: public money to fund construction of the addition and provide minimal rehabilitation of the original building, and private money to furnish the Library and complete the restoration of the original building.

The Friends of the Briarcliff Manor Public Library co-founded the Friends 5K (formerly known as the Briarcliff Has Heart 5K) in 2008 to help raise the $1 million we pledged for our organization’s contribution to the expanded Library and Community Center. The Friends’ capital campaign lessened the Village’s project costs and minimized the tax burden to the Village’s taxpayers.

With the successful completion of the 2016 race and additional fundraising through the years, the Friends fulfilled its capital campaign promise and decided that the 2016 event would be the last race for our organization. 

The Friends continue to raise funds each year to supplement the Library’s programming and technology budget. To donate, go to

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Thank You for Another Successful Event!

A little rain and the threat of Tropical Storm Bonnie couldn’t keep hundreds of runners, walkers, and volunteers away from our 9th Annual Memorial Day 5K Run/2 Mile Walk. We did indeed Keep Calm and Library On!

We love this photo, snapped just before the race began. These little boys represent the great positive energy the event creates, and also captures how family- and community-centered both our race and the library strive to be.

Race results are online now. Thank you again for your support!

We ♥ Our Sponsors!

The Friends’ fundraising for our library is successful in large part to our corporate sponsors. We are grateful for both new supporters and those that have been with us for many years!

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River Journal Article Features Briarcliff Library

Melinda Greenblatt, Director of the BMPL

David Neilsen writes about the evolution of library offerings in a recent article, speaking with three local library directors, including Melinda Greenblatt, the director of the Briarcliff Manor Public Library.

“There was a time when a library was expected to be nothing more than a quiet place for citizens to repose surrounded by the written word. That time is long past. Today, libraries serve a wide range of community and educational needs. Our local libraries have at one time or another found themselves acting as a bookstore, record shop, movie theater, community center, schoolhouse, daycare center, lecture hall, art gallery, event space, home office, or recreation center. Even – during one memorable hurricane season – a place of warmth, electricity, and working WiFi.”

Read the rest of the article on the River Journal site at Books, Books & Beyond.

2015 8th Annual Event Recap

Thank you to our runners, walkers, sponsors, and supporters for another successful event!

2015 race results are online at:

2015 photo galleries are online at:
(Big thanks to our race photographer, Jason Taylor Photography)

More information is online at

We are thankful for all our terrific sponsors this year!