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Friends of the Port Washington Public Library

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We are currently conducting our annual appeal by mail. Help us support every library department and fund new initiatives that benefit patrons of all ages. To donate please click “Support” at right. 

Please Join Us at Our Spring Events!

FOL UNIVERSITY SUNDAY MARCH 10, 1:30 pm in the Lapham Room. The Friends of the Library’s FOL University scholarly lecture program returns with Moshe Gold, Associate Professor of English at Fordham University, speaking on the early stories of Ernest Hemingway, at 1:30 p.m., and Andrew Delbanco, Alexander Hamilton Professor of American Studies at Columbia University, speaking on his latest book, “The War Before the War,” about fugitive slaves in the period leading into the Civil War, at 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

PAPERBACK SWAP RETURNS SATURDAY MARCH 23, 1-4 pm in the Lapham Room. Bring your gently used adult, teen and children’s paperbacks for a free, friendly swap. Thousands of books are shared by hundreds of people at this event! We accept hardcover children’s book including board books. Please no more than 20 books per person and no books accepted in advance. No more items after 3:30 pm. Browsers are welcome!

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 50th ANNUAL BOOK & AUTHOR LUNCHEON:  FRIDAY MAY 10, NORTH HILLS COUNTRY CLUB, MANHASSET

The FOL this year celebrates the 50th Golden Anniversary of its signature Book & Author Luncheon. We proudly announce that the two outstanding featured authors will be: Award-winning novelist and LI native Meg Wolitzer, whose best-seller The Female Persuasion, an absorbing look at female power and self-determination, was recently selected as the 2019 Long Island Reads pick. And Anthony Tommasini, the Chief Classical Music Critic for The New York Times, whose The Indispensable Composers: A Personal Guide provides a master class in what greatness means in music. Port’s own best-selling novelist Susan Isaacs returns as Program Moderator.  Tickets are $85 per person. Reservation brochures will be available April 1 in the Library and online on this webpage. For information email fol@pwpl.org. The event will include special features highlighting the luncheon’s illustrious 50-year history. Don’t miss it!

The Friends of the Port Washington Public Library (FOL) is dedicated to strengthening the ties between our library and community, and to advancing the library’s mission as a center for lifelong learning, information and culture. The Friends supports the library through volunteerism, fundraising, programming, outreach and advocacy. The FOL is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with its own volunteer board of directors. We have been serving the interests of the library and its patrons for more than 50 years. Please read our information brochure and consider DONATING now!

Annual support from the FOL is counted upon to supplement each library department’s programming and services budget. For example, we support programs such as Children’s Services’ Great Library Card Adventure, the popular Sandwiched In lunchtime series for adults, teen summer programs, the SoundSwap music series, the multicultural World Festival, and the summer “pop up” library at the LIRR station. The Friends is also the sole sponsor of the library’s popular Museum Pass program.

The Friends is now the sole sponsor of the library’s “loanable learning objects” program, which allows patrons to borrow GoPro cameras, Orion StarBlast telescopes, musical instruments, Kindles loaded with e-books, and birding kits with binoculars for use outside the library. The FOL is purchasing 10 laptops that can be checked out for use within the library, and also funds the wildly popular, publicly accessible 3D printers, the centerpiece of the library’s new “MakerSpace” room on the lower level. This initiative will also include access to a digital sewing machine and a variety of digital conversion devices (such as VHS to DVD and vinyl to MP3 converters), and additional services as technology evolves.

The FOL produces its own special programming such as the Meet the Author Series, Paperback Swaps, FOL University lectures, and our signature Annual Book & Author Luncheon each May. To view photos from the 2018 luncheon featuring novelist Alice McDermott and historian Russell Shorto click here. To see photos from the 2017 luncheon featuring Alice Hoffman and Paul Freedman click here (see 2016 201520142013201220112010).

In addition, the Friends oversees the Ruth D. Bogen Memorial Collection, which is devoted exclusively to literary works of significance. The Collection is supported by the Bogen Fund, an endowment created in 2000 by a generous grant from the Bogen family and which is administered by the Friends. Since its inception, the Bogen Fund has contributed more than $60,000 to the library’s book budget, adding thousands of quality books, ebooks, and audiobooks to the collection.

The Friends is the primary sponsor of the library’s online initiatives, and provided a major gift to create the library website as well as funding updates and redesigns. The FOL continues to support new digital features. For example, the FOL is co-sponsor of free online homework help for K-12 students (in English and Spanish) via tutor.com.

The Friends also funds special initiatives such as new exhibit display cases, lobby bulletin boards, outdoor drop boxes, oral history publications, and materials for the ESOL program. The Friends of the Library Award is a prestigious honor recognizing extraordinary volunteer service to the library over many years.

Buy notecards of Old Port Washington and support the FOL – Click here!

Contact us at fol@pwpl.org or through the library’s Administration Office at 883-4400, ext. 1108