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Friends of the Port Washington Public Library

  /  Friends of the Port Washington Public Library

The 2018 Book & Author Luncheon is sold out!

If you mailed in your reservation form with a check and you have not heard from us, then YOU ARE RESERVED and your name will be at the door (we do not issue tickets).  We are only calling those who are being placed on the wait list.

To get on the wait list, please fill out the form in the reservation brochure and mail with check as per the instructions in the brochure, and you will be called to confirm your place on the wait list.  Your check will not be deposited unless a reservation is confirmed. Any questions call FOL Assistant Treasurer Danielle Tane at 917-488-9462 or email fol@pwpl.org.


Friday May 11 at North Hills Country Club

Featuring National Book Award-winning novelist Alice McDermott and best-selling historian Russell Shorto


For further information see FOL Events page or email fol@pwpl.org

To see photos from the 2017 luncheon featuring Alice Hoffman and Paul Freedman click here


The Friends of the Port Washington Public Library (FOL) is dedicated to strengthening the ties between our library and community, and to advancing the library’s mission as a center for lifelong learning, information and culture.  The Friends supports the library through volunteerism, fundraising, programming, outreach and advocacy.   The FOL is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with its own volunteer board of directors. Please read our information brochure!


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 20142013201220112010).

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.

Buy notecards of Old Port Washington and support the FOL – Click here!

Contact us at fol@pwpl.org or through the library’s Community Relations Office at 883-4400, ext. 130.