Our Library Needs Its Friends!

Dear Neighbor,

The Friends of the Briarcliff Manor Public Library, Inc., would like to wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season and a very Happy New Year.

Our magnificent Library and Community Center has become the neighborhood hub where everyone can enjoy print and electronic material, view their neighbors’ artwork, stimulate their minds with discussions and lectures, and of course, find books to read.

Here are a few highlights of the outstanding programs and services our library offers:

The Library now offers FREE MUSEUM PASSES to 7 museums including MOMA and The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
Our Battle of the Books teams continued their tradition of being a force to be reckoned with! One of our teams came in 2nd place in the county.
We provide the same number of teen programs that libraries serving populations twice the size of Briarcliff offer! The participation of our community’s teens is exemplary.

Four more museum passes were added in April, in response to community requests. In the first six months, passes to MoMA and the Intrepid have saved residents at least $2,488 in adult admission costs. In all, 97 Library cardholders borrowed museum passes between April and October 2018. The average cost for an adult admission is $17.

Battle of the Books, an annual county-wide library competition for children and teens, took place on October 20. Briarcliff sent two teams, one of 4th to 6th graders and another of 7th to 10th graders, one of only 14 libraries that sent two teams. While one of the teams placed 2nd, what is exciting is that a regular participant who had aged out requested the book list so he could continue his summer tradition of reading all the books!

In 2017, the Library offered 63 programs for teens. That is the 17th highest number in the Westchester Library System for a library that is 28th for the size of the population served and 31st for operating expenses. It is comparable to libraries that serve twice the population and have three to four times the expenses. Teens plan the programs and also assist with programs for younger children. It’s is a great way for them to share their skills and help others.

As you can imagine, it takes a lot of resources to have the Library remain a jewel in our community — resources that aren’t fully covered by the Library’s budget. The Friends provide extra resources for the Library through our fundraising efforts such as this yearly appeal. Your help is essential to further enhance the beauty of our building, to help fund the purchase of new books and materials, and to keep offering fabulous programs for our community.

We hope you consider making a donation to the Friends. Your donation is tax-deductible, and can be doubled if your employer has a matching program.

You can donate online or by mail. https://bmplfriends.org/donate.html


The Friends of the Briarcliff Manor Public Library, Inc. Board: Janet Bashford, President; Doreen Goldstein, Treasurer; Sara Siegel, Secretary; Deborah Barlow; Alison Flynn; Rain Henderson; Dara Mirsky; Karen Rigney; Debbie Silberman; and Nannette Wasserman

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 https://bmplfriends.org/donate/

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.