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Friends of the Port Washington Public Library

  /  Friends of the Port Washington Public Library

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


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


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. We have been serving the interests of the library and its patrons for more than 50 years. Please read our information brochure and consider DONATING now!

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, musical instruments, Kindles loaded with e-books, and birding kits with binoculars for use outside the library. The FOL also is purchasing 10 laptops that can be checked out for use within the library, and also funds the wildly popular, publicly accessible 3D printers, the centerpiece of the library’s “MakerSpace” effort. This initiative will also include access to a digital sewing machine and a variety of digital conversion devices (such as VHS to DVD and vinyl to MP3 converters), and additional services as technology evolves.

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 (see 201520142013201220112010).

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 Bogen 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 updates and redesigns. 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 volunteer 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 Administration Office at 883-4400, ext. 101.