Friends of the Port Washington Public Library

Thank you to the 340 attendees and 86 sponsors and raffle donors who supported the 2017 FOL Book & Author Luncheon!

To see photos from the Luncheon click here


Stuart M. Johnson


The Amsterdam at Harborside | Sylvia Dunsky


Karen and Ed Adler | Americana Manhasset | Amy and Geoff Bass | Fern and Hersh Cohen

Nancy and Gary Wadler | Debbie and Mike Zimmerman


Patricia and Douglas Bridges | Roberta Brody | Cullen & Danowski, LLP | Lauren and Ray Edwards

Beth and Dan Eule | Ellen and Richard Fox | Judy and Ted Goldsmith | Carol and Bill Hiller

Angela and Scott Jaggar | Robin and Vernon McDermott | Joan Nahas | Pamela and John O’Connell

Dr. Sultan S. Salem, PW Dental  | Jane and Martin Schwartz | Shake-N-Go Fashion, Inc.

 Judith and Morton Sloan
 | Total Dollar Management Effort, Ltd. | Kay and Leo Ullman | Nancy and Will Wright

 Ellen Zimmerman


Robert Lee Aitken | Joan and Richard Bernhard | Mike Blumenfeld | Corinne and Bert Camarata

Sheryl and Stuart Chuzmir | Country Cleaners | Nancy and Terence Curtin | Caitlin Foye

Julie and Dan Goldman | Beth and David Horn | 
The Jolly Fisherman & Steak House | Sylvia Kamisher

William Keller | Mary Alice and Daniel Kohs | Maurice Mandel and Ina Selden

Minuteman Press Port Washington | Port Washington Tennis Academy | Jean-Marie and Stephen Posner

Restaurant Yamaguchi – Seyak Corp. | Salerno Brokerage Corp | Michelle Schimel and David Leiman

In Memory of Helen Shapiro | Mara and Baron Silverstein | Hal Spielman, Suddenly Solo, LLC

Elise and Marvin Tepper | Judy Wertheim | Doris and Reed Whittemore


Americana Manhasset 
| The Amsterdam at Harbourside | Bayles Garden Center
 | Bow Tie Port Washington Cinemas | Carlo’s Pizza
 | Doctors Pharmacy | Dolphin Bookshop & Cafe | Evolution Pilates |
 Finn MacCool’s
Fish on Main | Fitness Inspired Training |
 Fred Astaire Dance Studio Manhasset | Gino’s Pizzeria and Restaurant Hair Studio
 | iDiner
 | Impulse Boutique | Landmark on Main Street | 
Le Bleu Bird Café
 | Let There Be Bagels Mainstreet Wine & Spirits| nuBest salon and spa |Painting with Flowers | 
Port Washington Library Staff Association | Restaurant Yamaguchi – Seyak Corp. | Rodan + Fields | 
Sands Point Preserve Conservancy   Schmear Bakery | 
 | Stop & Shop Port Washington | Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace

And special thanks to S.F. Falconer Florist & Gifts for the donation of the beautiful table centerpieces.

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, as well as funding 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 $40,000 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

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 or through the library’s Community Relations Office at 883-4400, ext. 130.