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The Campaign for Scarsdale Public Library

A Challenge Match to IGNITE us to Reach our Goal!

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A Challenge Match to IGNITE us to our Goal!

Thanks to three generous donors, EVERY DOLLAR you give now is MATCHED.

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More than 450 neighbors have contributed over $7.5M to date.
The Challenge Match will double every new gift.
Join our community of supporters now!

A limited number of pavers and other naming opportunities are still available.

 
Pledge Your Support
Multi-year pledges are welcome.

 
Naming opportunities are available at all levels.
Contact us for more information.

Checks
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, P.O. Box 628, 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

Credit Card
We are now accepting credit card donations. Use the button above to make donations up to $10,000 by credit card.

 

Pavers


 

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.)

  • PAVER PLEDGE FORM
  • Yes, I'll help Pave the Way!
    Please accept my/our contribution of $5,000 to the Campaign for Excellence.
    My/our gift will be recognized on an engraved stone paver embedded in the Library plaza and pathways to the entrance as follows. (There is a 3 line maximum, 30 characters per line, punctuation and spaces DO count as a character.)


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  • GIFT/ PLEDGE INFORMATION (payable over 2 years)

  • My gift will be matched by the following company, foundation or family:
  • Notes:

    NOTES: 1. Donations made payable to Friends of Scarsdale Library for the Library Capital Campaign Account are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. You will receive an acknowledgment letter for your contribution that will serve as your receipt for tax purposes. 2. The Donor recognizes that the gifts given hereunder shall be restricted gifts to the Campaign for Scarsdale Library, and that Scarsdale Public Library or the Friends of Scarsdale Library [“Borrower”] may make nancial commitments in reliance upon this pledge. Borrower may undertake nancings for this endeavor, in which case this pledge will be used as collateral for this nancing or to support Borrower’s ability to obtain such nancing. Furthermore, the Donor understands that, as the pledge is to support an institution located and operating in New York State, this pledge will be interpreted in accordance with New York State law.
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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, P.O. Box 628, Scarsdale, NY 10583
Questions? Contact Melissa Biffert, SPLCampaign@wlsmail.org

 

 

Our Vision

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.

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PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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
  • makerspace

 

Plans

Families

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE:
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!

 

 

Committees

SCARSDALE LIBRARY COMMITTEES/BOARDS
CAMPAIGN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Dara Gruenberg
Co-chair
Betty Pforzheimer
Co-chair
Bob Steves
Co-chair
Diane Greenwald
Library Board President
Elizabeth Bermel
Library Director
Steve Kessler

CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE

Allison Arest
Lisa & Mark Bezos
Lynne & Merrell Clark
Dara & Jon Gruenberg
Kiki Hong
Leslye & Gary Katz
Barbara & Steve Kessler
Elyse & Barry Klayman
Wendy & Scott Kleinman
Michelle & Frank Lichtenberg
Deborah & Eric Lichtenstein
Lisa Messinger & Aaron Panken
Betty & Carl Pforzheimer
Angela & Gary Retelny
Terri Simon
Kathy & Bob Steves
Julie Zhu
Elizabeth Bermel
ex officio
Diane Greenwald
ex officio
(in formation)

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Diane Greenwald
President
Elyse Mall Klayman
Vice President
Felicia Block
Secretary
Steve Kessler
Treasurer
Gary Katz
Trustee
Margot Milberg
Trustee
Deb Morel
Trustee
Jane Veron
Village Board Liaison

FRIENDS OF THE SCARSDALE LIBRARY
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dara Gruenberg
President
Wendy MacMillan
Vice President
Jamie Kefer
Vice President
Lori Harrison
Secretary
Mona Longman
Treasurer

Lauren Bender
Allison Block
Betsy Bohrer
To-Dao Casey
Linda Flaxer
Anne George
Alison Gordon
Wendy Kleinman
Renu Lalwani
Meg Lazarus
Michelle Lichtenberg
Stephanie Simon
Alexandra Vargo Tagami
Gabrielle Wise
Loretta Vickers

 

Updates

Update: May 2018
Construction will soon begin! Contracts are being approved, and we are preparing for our move to the Library Loft at Supply Field in early summer. Contributions to the Campaign continue to be matched thanks to the support of several generous donors, allowing us to fulfill our fundraising commitment to the Village. We encourage community members to show their support for the project by making a contribution of any size. A limited number of pavers and other naming opportunities are still available.
 
Update: March 2018
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.

 

 

Contact

For Further Information:
Melissa Biffert
914.358.6089
SPLCampaign@wlsmail.org

Questions? Contact the Campaign: