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 Don’t Miss Our Exciting Fall 2019 Events! 

 All events in the Lapham Meeting Room
  • Cabaret Program “Too Marvelous for Words” in honor of Bob Drew – Sunday, Sept. 8, 3 p.m. Jeff Harnar, called “the most important male cabaret performer to emerge since Michel Feinstein” by the Times, will perform a “1930’s songbook” featuring tunes by Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer. The program will honor the memory of longtime FOL board member Bob Drew who passed away last year. 
  • Celebrating Susan Isaacs and her new novel Takes One to Know One  Sunday, October 6, 2:30 p.m. Port’s own best-selling novelist will discuss her highly anticipated new book. Following the program a reception and book signing will follow in the art gallery. Port Washington residents are given priority entrance until 10 minutes before the program begins.
  • Paperback Swap – Saturday, October 19, 1 to 4 p.m. Bring your gently used adult, teen and children’s paperbacks for a free, friendly swap. We accept hardcover children’s books including board books. Please bring no more than 20 books per person and no books accepted in advance or after 3:30 pm. Browsers are welcome!
  • FOL University – Sunday, November 10, 1:30 p.m. The FOL is proud to present two esteemed scholars: Russell Powell, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Boston University, and Paul Freedman, Professor of History at Yale University. Dr. Powell specializes in the philosophy of science and bioethics. Dr. Freedman, who was a featured speaker at the FOL’s Book & Author Luncheon in 2017, is a food historian who will speak on what we mean by “American cuisine.”  Refreshments will be served. 
  • Pamela Paul, Editor of The New York Times Book Review, discusses her new book, How to Raise a ReaderNEW DATE: Sunday, December 8, 3 p.m. Schreiber graduate (class of 1989) Pamela Paul oversees books coverage at the Times. Her new book is filled with practical tips and strategies for parents who would like to foster a lifelong love of books in their children from birth to teens.  


50th Annual Book & Author Luncheon  Was a Great Success!

The Friends of the Library celebrated the 50thAnniversary of its Annual Richard Dodge Whittemore Book & Author Luncheon on May 10 at the North Hills Country Club. The sold-out audience of 340 enjoyed presentations by featured authors novelist Meg Wolitzer and New York Times classical music critic Anthony Tommasini.  Port’s own best-selling novelist Susan Isaacs once again graced the event as moderator. Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth presented FOL President Amy Bass with a proclamation marking the Golden Anniversary. In the past five decades, 105 authors have been featured at the luncheon, which has become one of the premier literary events on the North Shore. The list includes many award winners, best-selling authors, and local luminaries such as Susan Isaacs, Dan Paisner and George Vecsey. Reed Whittemore spoke touchingly about his father Richard, the first President of the FOL, for whom the luncheon is named.

Please view photos from the event here. PHOTOS: Rob Salzbank.

The Friends of the Library thanks the 340 attendees of our 50th Annual Book & Author Luncheon on May 10, 2019, and our generous Sponsors for their community spirit and support for the library!


Sylvia Dunsky | Stuart M. Johnson


Anne and Vincent Mai | The Amsterdam at Harborside


Karen and Ed Adler | Carolyn and Arthur Donovan


Americana Manhasset | Amy and Geoff Bass | Roberta Brody

Fern and Hersh Cohen | Pamela and John O’Connell | Dr. Sultan Salem, PW Dental

Elise Tepper | Debbie and Mike Zimmerman


Joan and Richard Bernhard | Patricia and Douglas Bridges | Cullen & Danowski, LLP

Lauren and Raymond Edwards | Beth and Dan Eule | Ellen and Richard Fox | Julie and Dan Goldman

Angela M. Jaggar | Kornhaber Dental Group | Jane and Martin Schwartz | Ina Selden and Maurice Mandel

Shake-N-Go Fashion, Inc. | Mara and Baron Silverstein | Judith and Morton Sloan

Hal Spielman, Suddenly Solo, LLC | Lynn Steinberg and William Keller | Danielle and Brian Tane

Pam and Larry Tarica | Total Dollar Insurance | Kay and Leo Ullman

Sima Vasa and Cyrus Deyhimi | The Weaver Family | Nancy and Will Wright | Ellen Zimmerman


Robert Lee Aitken | Corinne and Bert Camarata | Richard Carlton | Sheryl and Stuart Chuzmir | Country Cleaners

Dorothy and Thomas Donoghue | Caitlin Foye | Judith and Ted Goldsmith | Maria Harris | Carol and Bill Hiller

Cara and Harry Hristoforatos | I Love Hearing, Inc. | Sylvia Kamisher | Mary Alice and Daniel Kohs | Robin and Vernon McDermott

Port Washington Mama | Jean-Marie and Steven Posner | Jennifer and David Rimmer | Claudia Rouhana | Salerno Brokerage

Adrienne and Drew Saur | Michelle Schimel and David Leiman | Judy and Harvey Wertheim

Allison and Jonathan White | Doris and Reed Whittemore | Selma K. Willner | Restaurant Yamaguchi


ABSolution Pilates & Bodyworks | Americana Manhasset | Ayhan’s Shish Kebab | Bayles Garden Center & Nursery

Beacon Pharmacy | Black Tie Liquors | Carlo’s Pizza | Chez Josée Salon | Dolphin Bookshop & Cafe | Finn MacCool’s | Fish on Main

iDiner | Patricia and Robert Jagenburg | La P’tite Framboise | Landmark on Main Street | Let There Be Bagels

Main Street Wine & Spirits | John M. Marino Jewelers Inc. | Nails Noble | nuBest salon and spa | Port Washington Diner

Sands Point Preserve Conservancy | Sullivan’s Quay | Greg Thymius | Toscanini Ristorante Italiano | Village Club of Sands Point

Restaurant Yamaguchi | Yummy Gyro

Special thanks to S.F. Falconer Florist & Gifts for the donation of the beautiful table centerpieces.

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.

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.

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