Excitement Builds for the NEW Children’s Library

The Library Foundation spent a lovely afternoon at Port’s art festival, PortFest introducing plans for the NEW Children’s Library to community members. Look who is excited about the plans…


Library Foundation Funds Library Programs for 25 Years!

PWPL Foundation Board members

Did you know? Since 1989 the Port Washington Library Foundation (PWLF) has funded cultural enrichment programs and outreach services not covered by the taxpayer-approved budget at the Port Washington Public Library (PWPL).

The PWLF funds the all-volunteer Library Advisory Councils, comprised of experts in their fields and community members, focus on art, children, music and nautical heritage. The Councils coordinate a host of free programming, gallery displays, and presentations throughout the year.

In 2014, the varied and free programming offered at the Port Washington Public Library and funded by the Library Foundation included the popular day-after Thanksgiving family concert, an adolescent mental health program, Manhasset Bay boat tours, artist Marla Lipkin’s “Pathway to the Sea” installation, and acclaimed cellist, Jay Campbell, who performed an eclectic repertoire of Debussy, Stravinsky, and Brahms.

This year, the Library Foundation will fund a host of terrific programs to interest everyone in your family, including the exciting revitalization of the Children’s Room into the Children’s Library! Stay tuned for exciting information on plans for the space. See the plans at: www.PWPL.org/anewleaf/

Photographed: members of the Port Washington Library Foundation Board of Directors.

(Left to right) Russell Burman, Edith E. Katz, Fern Cohen, Jacqueline C. Holmes, Harold M. Spielman, Judith Sloan, Robert Klugman, Kenneth McMillan.  Not present: Edward A.K. Adler, Anthony N. Dalessio, Aviva Shrock Pinto, Michael Pollack, Marvin Tepper


Funding Secured for Major Improvement at Port Washington Library

PWPL façade

Funding has been secured for a major improvement project to the children’s room at the Port Washington Library.

Sen. Jack M. Martins, R-Mineola, announced that he has secured $150,000 in State funding, which the library will use to help offset the costs of renovating its children’s room.
According to the library the existing children’s room is severely overcrowded, lacks the flexibility needed for
the many uses it accommodates, and is struggling to keep up with the demands of a growing population and changing technology. The new room will offer books, dedicated spaces for creative projects, a workshop, music
stations, a quiet study area, a recycling center, a play and discovery area, and a dedicated section for “tweens” in fifth and sixth grade.

“The Port Washington Library does a wonderful job serving families, so well in fact that they need to modernize and revitalize their children’s room to accommodate the growing need,” Martins said. “ These improvements will benefit an entire new generation of Port Washington children, and I am pleased to help support this community improvement project.”

“I want to thank Senator Martins for his continuous support of the library and particularly the children’s room renovation,“ said Port Washington Library Director Nancy Curtin.

“The library considers this the most important project it will undertake, applying new learning and technological advances to enhance the many ways that children learn,” she added.