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. .

The Friends are now accepting book, CD, and DVD donations. These must be in very good condition. Please, no textbooks, VHS tapes, cassettes, magazines, or encyclopedias. Thank you for your cooperation.

The Friends' Holiday and Gift sale raised over $500 for the Friends. Thank you to those who came and bought goodies, gifts, and holiday books. Another thank you to all of the hard working volunteers who baked, set up, cleaned up, sorted, priced, manned the cashier's table, and sold baked goods. We are truly fortunate to have such a wonderful and dedicated group. Their names appear below:

Frya Barnes, Honore Beletti, Diana Coppola, Elaine DeSimone, Barbara Henninger, Joan Hraban, Bryce Kiernan, Peter Kraus, Nancy Lutwin, Richard Mangiaracina, Nancy Panagacos, Michele Tagg, Harriet Weinbaum, Russell Woodyear and Bonnie Zitofsky.

Thank you to the Etsy Fair vendors who provided our community with many different handmade products. 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.

Friends' One Day Holiday and Gift Book Sale

Saturday 12/10 from 11 to 4 in the gallery. The sale will include gifts, children's holiday books as well as a curated selection of other books.

The Friends raised $2459.50 at the annual Fall Everything Book Sale! Thank you to the businesses in our community who so generously donated prizes for the Raffle drawing. This list includes: Capriccio !!, Classique Salon Inc., Club Fit, DD's Diner, Del Sol Sweet Bakery, Landmark Diner; Laur-Lee Sports, Lillian's Youth Center; Lucy's Pizza; Melike Mediterranean Restaurant; Miller's Cleaners; New York Sports Club; Ossining Pizzeria & Restaurant; Rubrum's Florist; Vaza Salon; Vivid Skin Rejuvenation. A thank you to Peter Esteban and Michele Tagg for their donations.

A special shout out to our terrific student volunteers - Nick, Cruz and Naomi! You were great!! Thank you for volunteering.

The list of names of all who worked so hard on the book sale appears below:
Frya Barnes
Diana Coppola
Elaine DeSimone
Barbara Henninger
Joan Hraban
Bryce Kiernan
Peter Kraus
Nancy Lutwin
Susan MacDonald
Richard Mangiaracina
Dennis Neuberger
Nancy Panagacos
Michele Tagg
Mathew Weiss
Russell Woodyear
Bonnie Zitofsky

And thank you, Matt Weiss, OPL Board Member, for supporting our efforts in the 5000 and lending your help at the sale. We appreciate you!

Thank you to every one who came to the June summer book sale. The Friends' sold over 35 tote bags and raised $1000! There are a few tote bags left. They can can be purchased at the Circulation Desk for $10.00.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the May book sale a success. We raised over $640!! We thank the community for your generous donations. However, we are overwhelmed with books and other donations at this time and therefore, we cannot accept any more materials as of Friday, June 10. We thank you for your generosity. Monetary donations are always welcome.

Did you know that the Friends of the Ossining Public Library paid for these museum passes?

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Children's Museum of Manhattan
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space 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, 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

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

Bylaws of the Friends of the Ossining Public Library

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.