The Friends of the Library thanks Program Moderator Susan Isaacs and the 340 attendees of our 2018 Book & Author Luncheon on May 11 featuring National Book Award-winning novelist Alice McDermott and best-selling historian Russell Shorto. We are grateful to all our generous Sponsors for their community spirit and support for the library.
To see a selection of photos from this year’s luncheon click here.
The Wadler Family in memory of Gary Wadler
Stuart M. Johnson
The Amsterdam at Harborside | Sylvia Dunsky | Anne and Vincent Mai
Karen and Ed Adler
Americana Manhasset | Amy and Geoffrey Bass | Karyn Browne in memory of Gary Wadler | Fern and Hersh Cohen
Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty PW | Joan Nahas | Pamela and John O’Connell
Dr. Sultan Salem, PW Dental | Debbie and Mike Zimmerman
Patricia and Douglas Bridges | Roberta Brody | Cullen & Danowski, LLP | Lauren and Raymond Edwards | Ellen and Richard Fox
Julie and Dan Goldman | Judy and Ted Goldsmith | Angela M. Jaggar | Kornhaber Dental Group | Jane and Martin Schwartz
Shake-N-Go Fashion, Inc. | Mara and Baron Silverstein | Judith and Morton Sloan | Lynn Steinberg and William Keller
Pam and Larry Tarica | Kay and Leo Ullman | Nancy and Will Wright | Ellen Zimmerman
Robert Lee Aitken | Joan and Richard Bernhard | Corinne and Burt Camarata | Sheryl and Stuart Chuzmir | Nancy and Terence Curtin | Dorothy and Thomas Donoghue
Caitlin Foye | Carol and Bill Hiller | The Jolly Fisherman & Steak House | Sylvia Kamisher | Dave Kerpen | Mary Alice & Daniel Kohs | Robin and Vernon McDermott
Port Washington Public Library Trustees | Port Washington Tennis Academy | Salerno Brokerage Corp. | Michelle Schimel and David Leiman
Ina Selden and Maurice Mandel | Hal Spielman, Suddenly Solo, LLC | Elise and Marvin Tepper | Judy and Harvey Wertheim
Doris and Reed Whittemore | Selma K. Willner
RAFFLE PRIZE DONORS
Americana Manhasset | Ayhan’s Shish Kebab | Finn MacCool’s | Fish on Main
Hair Studio |iDiner | Patricia and Robert Jagenburg | Landmark on Main Street
Lauren Lavelle Salon | Louie’s Grill & Liquors | nuBest salon and spa
Schmear Bakery & Market | Charles A. Riley II, Ph.D., Director of the Nassau County Museum of Art
Elise and Marvin Tepper | The Village Club of Sands Point
And special thanks to S.F. Falconer Florist & Gifts for the donation of the beautiful table centerpieces.
To see photos from the 2017 luncheon featuring Alice Hoffman and Paul Freedman click here
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, Nooks and Kindles, and birding kits with binoculars for use outside the library. The FOL also has purchased 10 laptops that can be checked out for use within the library, and also funds the wildly popular, publicly accessible MakerBot 3D printer, the centerpiece of the library’s “MakerSpace” effort. This initiative also includes access to a digital sewing machine and a variety of digital conversion devices (such as VHS to DVD and vinyl to MP3 converters).
See the FOL Events page for information on our own special programming such as the Meet the Author Series, Paperback Swaps, FOL University lectures, and our signature Annual Book & Author Luncheon. You can view photos from the 2016 luncheon here and the 2015 luncheon here (see 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010).
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 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 an upcoming redesign. 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 service to the library over many years.
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