Dennis Neuberger has accepted the post of Vic President. The position was left vacant after Nancy deKoven passed away. Thank you to Dennis for agreeing to take on the responsibilities.

The Friends wish to thank the merchants who provided the generous raffle prizes held during the October book sale. They are: Capri Pizza and Pasta, Classique Salon, DD's Diner, Good Choice Kitchen, Holbrook Cottage, Laur-Lee Sports, Lillian's Youth Center, Melike Mediterranean Restaurant, Melrose Lumber, New York Sports Club, Ossining Pizzeria & Restaurant, Patio Restaurant, Rubrum's Florist, Value Drugs, Villarina's Market, Vivid Skin Rejuvenation.

A special thank you to Dennis Neuberger for his donations of a $30 Shop Rite Gift card and $50 Walmart gift card donated in memory of his wife, Eileen.

Also a big thank you to the people who came to the book sale and helped raise money for the Friends. The Friends made over $3000. And a thank you to those who volunteered at the sale: Frya Barnes, Elaine Desimone, Barbara Henninger, Joan Hraban, Peter Krauss, Richard Mangiaracina, Dennis Neuberger, Nancy Panagacos, Michele Tagg, Mathew Weiss, Russell Woodyear, Bonnie Zitofsky, Randy Hans, Mirla and George Morrison, Susan Feir, Sudha Narsipur, Jane Cohen, and Amy Monahan.


As of Sunday August 6, the Friends will no longer be accepting donations until further notice. Because of our community's great generosity, we have a tremendous backlog of donations. We look forward to sorting through everything before our next sale, which will be held in October. Watch for details soon.

Monetary donations are always welcome!

Thank you to all who attended the annual meeting. It was great to see our members, as well as the Board of Trustees officers: Matthew Weiss, Alice Joselow, and Debbie Goddard.

Congratulations to the elected Friends' board members who will serve a one year term. They are:

To read the minutes of the 2017 annual meeting, click here.

Also, the Friends will be selling books in the Friends' Corner on Wednesdays from 2 to 4 PM. There will be books for all genres and reading interests. Please stop by and purchase some great reads at bargain prices.

Tote bags are once again being sold at the Circulation Desk for $10.00 each. .

Thank you to the Etsy Fair vendors who provided our community with many different handmade products during the Holiday and Gift Sale. The event was a tremendous success and raised over $300 in support of the Friends of the library. We are very grateful to the vendors and to those who shopped at the various vendor tables.


Ossining Public Library Museum Passes

The following were paid for by the Friends of the Library:
• The Intrepid
• Storm King
• Guggenheim
• Museum of the City of New York
• Children's Museum of Manhattan

Our other passes:
• Stone Barns Center
• Neuberger Museum of Art
• Boscobel
• Hudson River Museum
• Maritime Aquarium
• Mystic Aquarium
• New York Transit Museum


The annual dues for the Friends' memberships were changed effective Feb 1, 2014. Students will now be $10; individuals $20; families $30 (although, as always, larger contributions are more than welcome). If you're not sure when you joined or renewed, you can email us at oplfriends@wlsmail.org, where questions and suggestions are always welcomed.

How can I join?

It's easy. Annual memberships start at $20 (or $10 for students) although larger contributions are gratefully accepted. A simple application form can be downloaded here. Here is the same application in Spanish. Copies also are available at the library.

What and who are the Friends of the Ossining Public Library?

The Friends is a non-profit group of volunteers who encourage public awareness of library services and support the goals and activities of the library. It does not set policy, which is up to the library's Board of Trustees. It does assist in expanding library services by helping pay for programs and improvements not provided for in the library's annual budget. It raises money for the library through membership contributions and sales of books and tote bags. The annual membership meeting is held on the last Sunday of January, at 2 pm, at the library.

How are the Friends organized?

The Friends' board, elected by members, consists of a president, vice president, treasurer and secretary. We also have committees that work on the book sales, expanding the membership and helping to pass the budget. Any Friend is welcome to join in one or more of the committees. Suggestions and questions can be sent to oplfriends@wlsmail.org..

Are the Friends a 501 C-3 Non-Profit Organization?

Yes, the Internal Revenue Service has certified us. Dues and other contributions to the Friends are tax deductible. The Friends group also is incorporated with New York State.

What else can I do to support libraries?

You can join the county-wide Advocates of the Westchester Library System, a citizens' group that helps inform local and state public officials about the importance of libraries. More information can be found at westchesterlibraries.org/library-advocacy.


Bylaws of the Friends of the Ossining Public Library

Purpose
Assist the Library Board of Trustees in communicating the library's mission and services to the public and to serve as a vehicle for community involvement.
Assist in making the members of the county and state legislatures aware of the services provided to the public and the ongoing need for their financial support.
• Provide input to the Board of Trustees to assist them in their efforts to plan for and provide the best possible library services.
• Serve as a resource for recruiting and using library volunteers.
• Raise funds through membership donations and sponsorship of periodic book sales and similar fund-raising events, the proceeds of which are to be used by the library for worthy purposes for which tax supported funds are not available.

Form of Organization
• The Friends of the Ossining Public Library is a membership organization composed of individuals, groups and public and private organizations that are interested in supporting the Ossining Public Library.
• There shall be an annual membership meeting.
• The membership shall elect a President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary at the annual meeting. Nominations for such offices shall be entertained from the floor at the time of the annual meeting. The terms of the officers shall be for one year. Vacancies are to be filled by appointment of the president.

• Members to be in good standing will have timely made their membership donation. All members in good standing shall have the right to vote at the annual meeting or membership meetings called by the president.
• Any other business shall be brought before the membership at the annual meeting.
• Membership categories include: Individual, Patron, and Group. Each member of a category shall have one vote. The membership fees for the fiscal year, for each category, shall be determined by vote at the annual meeting.
• The Friends shall be responsible for the timely filing of appropriate forms with applicable governmental agencies; however the Board of Trustees may allow library staff to assist in their preparation.
• The Director of the Ossining Public Library shall appoint a member of the staff to serve as liaison to the Friends.

Fund-Raising Activities and Donations to the Library
• The Board of Trustees of the Ossining Public Library and/or its director may request donations from the Friends of the Ossining Public Library. As a general rule, funds donated to and accepted by the Library shall be used for worthy purposes for which tax-supported funds are not available.

Dissolution of the Friends of the Ossining Public Library
• At its discretion, the Board of Trustees of the Ossining Public Library shall have the power to dissolve the Friends of the Ossining Public Library.
• Alternatively, a quorum of the members of the Friends, shall have the power to vote for the dissolution of the Association.
• In either case, whatever balances remain in the account(s) of the Association shall devolve to the Ossining Public Library for the benefit of library services.

Adopted at membership meeting, September 27, 2010.