The Campaign for Scarsdale Public Library
A Challenge Match to IGNITE us to our Goal!
Thanks to three generous donors, EVERY DOLLAR you give now is MATCHED.
More than 400 neighbors have contributed over $7M to date.
The Challenge Match will double every new gift to reach our $7.5M goal.
Join our community of supporters now!
Pledge Your Support
Multi-year pledges are welcome.
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Naming opportunities are available at all levels.
Contact us for more information.
Checks can be made payable to Friends of the Scarsdale Library with “Library Campaign” in the memo and mail to: Campaign for the Scarsdale Library, 54 Olmsted Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583.
Securities and Wire Transfers
For information on securities or wire transfers, please contact Melissa Biffert at SPLCampaign@wlsmail.org or 914.358.6089
We are now accepting credit card donations. Use the button above to make donations up to $10,000 by credit card.
The Scarsdale Library Campaign for Excellence will enhance our Library for every village resident and future generations of Scarsdale families. Now you can help “pave the way” for the dramatic transformation of this beloved community institution with a gift of $5,000 to purchase a paver.
Your gift will be acknowledged on an 8”x24” stone paver inscribed with your name or message. The pavers will be embedded in the pathways leading to the Library and in the plaza.
Please note, however, that the number of pavers is limited to one per family. (A limited number of naming opportunities inside the Library building are also available for gifts of $10,000 or more.)
MAKE CHECKS & CORPORATE MATCHES PAYABLE TO: Friends of Scarsdale Library FOR WIRE TRANSFERS OR STOCK TRANSFERS: Please contact Melissa Biffert at 914-358-6089 MAIL YOUR PLEDGE TO: Campaign for Scarsdale Public Library, 54 Olmsted Road, Scarsdale, NY Questions? Contact Melissa Biffert, SPLCampaign@wlsmail.org
SCARSDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY: SOMETHING INSIDE FOR EVERYONE
Scarsdale Public Library is about to begin an essential transformation. A light-filled entrance, a welcoming, open main reading room, and a dramatic new glass-enclosed reading gallery will open the library out to the park with views of the pond and beyond.
The increased square footage will add public spaces and services already found in the best libraries of today. Multiple conference and meeting rooms, a business center, and a café will make the library a gathering space for the entire community. Access to historical archives, a dynamic and expanded children’s wing, a separate teen room, and innovative technology will connect the past, the present, and the future of Scarsdale.
Years of careful planning have brought us to this moment. Just as the community came together over sixty-five years ago to build the library’s original structure, this transformation will depend on the generosity of individual Scarsdale residents along with support from the Village.
We invite you to leave a legacy for the generations to come by working with your neighbors to make this vision a reality.
- dramatic increase of public space
- flexible community meeting rooms
- small group study rooms
- café and lobby with seating
- technology suite with business center
- reading gallery overlooking the pond
- quiet reading area
- teen room
- expanded children’s wing
- children’s program room
- sustainable and accessible design
- state-of-the-art technology
Click here to read The Campaign for Scarsdale Public Library Flipbook!
Be sure to print out the games and puzzles at the end of the book!
|SCARSDALE LIBRARY COMMITTEES/BOARDS|
|CAMPAIGN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Library Board President
Library Director Steve Kessler
|LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Elyse Mall Klayman
Village Board Liaison
FRIENDS OF THE SCARSDALE LIBRARY
Library Capital Campaign Hits $7 Million Mark;
Three Donors Offer a Matching Challenge to the Community
SCARSDALE, March 19 – The fundraising campaign for the transformation of the Scarsdale Public Library has moved past the $7 million mark and received a major injection of support from three donors who will match every dollar now raised to reach and exceed the $7.5 million goal.
“Community response to the campaign has been exhilarating,” said Dara Gruenberg, Campaign for Excellence Co-Chair. “As we push toward the finish line, we have the added support of this Challenge Match from generous donors who want to motivate the community to reach our goal as quickly as possible.”
Gruenberg said the Campaign Committee is aiming to maximize community participation. “If you haven’t contributed or you’ve already contributed, every new donation will be matched, dollar for dollar doubling your impact.”
As part of a funding agreement with the Village of Scarsdale, the library agreed to raise $7.5 million in private funds, and the village will contribute $9.9 million of public funds.
The Challenge Match is retroactive to gifts made from March 10.
Elizabeth Bermel, Library Director, reported that the project to transform the library is on schedule with construction bidding underway. “Our thanks go to the dedicated Campaign Committee and our donors for reaching this milestone in the Campaign for Excellence,” said Library Board President Diane Greenwald. “The Library Board is deeply grateful to all for their tireless volunteer efforts and generosity.”
The Scarsdale Library project follows years of careful planning. The renewed, expanded building will add public spaces and services found in the best libraries, state-of-the-art technology, multiple conference and meeting rooms, an enlarged children’s area, a business center, a maker space, a teen zone, and a café making the Library a gathering place for the entire community. Click here to make a contribution.
Update: October 2017
On October 3, 2017, a ground-breaking ceremony was held at Supply Field to mark the start of construction on a temporary facility which will be completed before the Library building closes for renovation. The temporary library is constructed, in part, with a reimbursement construction grant from New York State in the amount of $500,000 thanks to Assemblywoman Amy Paulin.
The ground-breaking also marked the launch of the next critical phase in the Campaign for Excellence. More than $5.7 million in gifts and pledges are secured. The remaining $1.8 million must be in place for construction to begin in Spring 2018. Architectural plans are now nearly complete.
Update: February 2017
On December 13, 2016, the Village of Scarsdale Board of Trustees passed a resolution authorizing the issuance of up to $9.9 million bonds to pay part of the cost of the renovation of the Scarsdale Public Library. The Capital Campaign Committee is committed to raising the remaining $7.5 million in private support, and is working diligently to secure these funds. Additionally, the Village of Scarsdale received a reimbursement construction grant from New York State in the amount of $500,000 that will be put towards the renovation of Supply Field, which will serve as the temporary location of the library and will subsequently be used for other Village needs.