During these dog days of summer, the Port Washington Library Foundation continues to work hard gearing up to fund exciting fall programs at the Port Washington Public Library.

Check out the schedule for September at: www.PWPL.org/events.

Support the good work of the Foundation – attend the Gala on September 26. Tickets & sponsorship opportunities at: www.pwlfanovelaffair.com.


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Twelfth Inspiration Gala to benefit the Port Washington Public Library

You are cordially invited to attend the Library Gala on September 26.

Click here Library Gala Invitation  to download and print out your invitation.

Celebrate this year’s honorees. Go green and place an e-journal ad or sponsor part of the event. Support the good work of the Library Foundation.


Celebrate 2015 Library Gala Honorees – Judy and Ted Goldsmith and Jane and Marty Schwartz


On Saturday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m., the Port Washington Public Library will host the Port Washington Library Foundation’s Twelfth Inspiration Gala—“A Novel Affair” —honoring Judy and Ted Goldsmith and Jane and Marty Schwartz. The evening will feature a cocktail extravaganza with open bars, signature drinks, food stations and wonderful desserts catered by Port Washington’s own H on the Harbor. Readings from some of literature’s great novels will inspire and entertain.

Tickets to the event are $250 and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, call 516-883-4400, ext. 180 or visit www.pwpl.org/foundation. Support the Foundation and/or give tribute to an honoree by visiting our e-journal at www.pwlfanovelaffair.com.

Community Leadership Award winners Ted and Judy Goldsmith have long volunteered for the Library’s ESOL program, teaching writing and literacy. In 2005, Ted joined the ESOL program as a writing teacher, and now teaches three writing classes as well as training at least one future teacher each year. In 2008 he founded a similar program at the Flushing Public Library and in 2013 received the “Tutor of the Year” award for the borough of Queens. Judy is a born nurturer. When her kids were in Weber Middle School, she volunteered at the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson, working with severely disabled children. After a 25-year second career as a floral designer with her own business, Judith E. Goldsmith Floral Designs, she closed her shop in 2008 and joined her husband in the ESOL program, using her skills to co-teach a class of beginners, which she continues to do today.

The Elaine and Leonard Wurzel Community Service Award winners Jane and Marty Schwartz moved to Port Washington from Atlanta 45 years ago. Marty served as the first executive director of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which focuses on at-risk youth. After retiring from the Casey Foundation, Marty served as a board member of the Community Synagogue, was a founding member of Sustainable Long Island, is an emeritus member of the board of advisors of the Long Island Community Foundation, and was Vice President of the Hempstead Boys and Girls Club. He presently sits on the board of ERASE Racism, a Long Island not-for-profit that works toward racial equality. Jane’s devotion to improving the quality of life for others is matched only by the energy and kindness that she brings to every undertaking. Jane has been a teacher, a director of development for AIDS-Films, a volunteer fundraiser for ERASE Racism, and a past president of North Shore Child and Family Guidance Association. She currently sits on the board of the INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) and has a homeless shelter named “Jane’s Inn” to honor her work. Jane also sits on the boards of Planned Parenthood and Rotacare in Uniondale.

The Port Washington Library Foundation funds programs and special projects not covered by the Library budget. Since its inception the Foundation has donated over $1.6 million to the Library.