Last chance to have your name on the wall…

Temporary Donor Wall


The Jackie and Hal Spielman Children’s Library is officially open.  There is still time to have your name added to the donor wall with a $1000 donation. The donor wall will be permanently located outside the door to the Children’s Library.  There are also still bookplates available with a $100 donation. The bookplate can have an individual or family’s name on it and will be placed in a new book in the children’s collection. 

Dedication for Jackie and Hal Spielman Children’s Library

On November 19, 2017, the Jackie and Hal Spielman Children’s Library ribbon cutting ceremony officially opened this new room.  The ceremony was well attended with over 150 donors coming to see the room being opened by Hal Spielman, Nancy Curtin, Executive Director, John O’Connell, President of the PWPL Trustees and Ed Adler, Board member of the PWLF.  This project was made possible by the donations of community members, grants from local politicians and the support of the library trustees.  The Foundation was able to raise over $1,500,000 in private funds which made this project possible.


Save The Date for the 14th Inspiration Gala

On September 22, 2018, the Port Washington Library Foundation will host its 14th Inspiration Gala.  The event is a wonderful way to showcase the beautiful setting of our very own Port Washington Public Library.  Keep an eye out for updates.

Help participate in our 1st Inspiration Un-Gala

Get your mobile phones ready and start your bidding!
The Port Washington Library Foundation’s Inspiration UnGala’s online auction
is open until October 1, 2017.
To access the site, please go to
To support our UnGala, go to and sign up for an ad.
Your contribution will be acknowledged on our website, in our publications, and in the local papers.
For further information, please email Lisa J. Davidoff

Support the PWLF and get a jump on your holiday shopping!

From Thursday, December 1, to Sunday, December 4,
25% of your designated purchases will be donated to
the Port Washington Library Foundation!!
Help support the Port Washington Library Foundation by doing your holiday shopping at participating Americana Manhasset and Wheatley Plaza stores.  To register for your complimentary CHAMPION NUMBER and make the Library Foundation your designated charity, visit, call 516-627-2277, or visit  Americana Manhasset’s Concierge Store.

Thank You to All Who Made the 13th Inspiration Gala So Wonderful

Highlights from the ABC’s of Leadership Gala

On Saturday, September 24, 2016, the Port Washington Library Foundation (PWLF) hosted its Thirteenth Inspiration Gala honoring the ABCs of library leadership.  The honorees, Ed Adler, past president of the PWLF, Amy G. Bass, president of Friends of the Library (FOL), and Nancy Curtin,  Director of the Port Washington Public Library, were feted in style.  The 200 community supporters who turned out to celebrate the accomplishments of these three well-deserving honorees were treated to a sumptuous buffet from H on the Harbor.  Entertainment was provided by world renowned harpist, Sylvia Kowalczuk.  Ms. Kowalczuk has performed in venues around the world including the Vatican and the White House. .

Several local elected officials were on hand including Mayor Nora Haagenson of the Village of Baxter Estates, Mayor Jim Avena of the Village of Manorhaven, and Mayor Elaine Phillips of the Village of Flower Hill.  In addition, State Senator Jack Martins, Councilwoman Dina DiGiorgio, Supervisor Judi Bosworth, and Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton presented certificates to the honorees.

Hal Spielman, who is spearheading the soon to be renovated Jackie and Hal Spielman Children’s Library, was the main speaker of the evening.  He lauded the community spirit and leadership skills of Ed, Amy, and Nancy, and presented each with a beautifully engraved glass plaque.  Ed spoke briefly about his devotion to the PWLF and the community at large.  Not only does he serve on the Board of Directors for the foundation but he is also the Mayor of the Village of Sands Point.  Nancy began her career 42 years ago as a children’s librarian in the Port Washington Public Library.  Under her leadership, the library has achieved its five-star status and is about to commence a major redesign of the Children’s Library.  Amy has served for many years as the president of the Friends of the Library and is devoted to providing support for program, classic books, and equipment for use by the library patrons and staff.  A moment of silence was taken in memory of longtime supporter, Amy Hagedorn, who had recently passed away.

The gala chair, Edith Katz, serves on the board of the Foundation and did a magical job of creating an elegant evening transforming the library’s reading room into a beautiful venue.  Mother Nature more than cooperated with a stunning sunset that was visible from the balcony where drinks were served.

London Jewelers was most generous with their donations of goody bags as well as a specially designed necklace.  The gold crown charm on the necklace represents the Port Washington Public Library’s position as the “jewel in the crown” of our community.  These necklaces are available in three different finishes and are on sale at London Jewelers.   A portion of the sale is given back to the foundation as a donation.  In addition, many vendors in Port Washington contributed raffle prizes including Port Jewelers, Glenn Bradford, Painting with Flowers, and Purple.  Blue Moon generously donated five gift baskets for the raffles as well as giveaways of additional gift certificates for every attendee. For a complete list of vendors who contributed to our success, please go to

The Foundation wishes to thank all the guests who attended the event as well as the vendors who donated to the raffles and the ejournal.  In the spirit of going green, the foundation used a virtual journal which showed all the tributes throughout the evening, which can still be seen at

The Port Washington Library Foundation is instrumental in providing funds to the library for programs and capital projects that are not covered by the library’s annual budget.  The funds are raised privately through the gala, annual fund letter, and direct donations made by the community.  This year the foundation will be participating in Champions for Charity so please look for more information on our website.

PWPL Art Gallery Named Karen and Ed Adler Gallery

The Library is pleased to announce that the Art Gallery is being named for Karen and Ed Adler, in recognition of their continued and generous financial support of the Library and their special interest in the arts.

Ed Adler, the mayor of Sands Point, is one of the founding board members of the Port Washington Library Foundation. He and his wife Karen have been generous contributors to the Foundation’s endowment and to the new Children’s Library campaign. The couple have been lifelong devotees to the arts and the Library Board is honored to recognize their tremendous generosity.

“Karen and I have always shared an interest in the arts,” says Ed. “Touring galleries and museums has been a regular part of our married life for more than four decades. When we were raising our children in Port, the Library’s exhibitions and other programs in the arts brought us much pleasure for the many years when getting into the city together was rarely a possibility.

“In recent years we were able to resume museum and gallery visits in Manhattan and build our own collection, but we continue to enjoy the great creativity and talent exhibited at the Library. In fact, a painting exhibited in the Library’s gallery a few years ago graces the wall of my office in Manhattan. We can’t think of a more appropriate purpose for the income from our endowment gift.”

Director Nancy Curtin says of the naming, “a gallery named for this generous and involved couple adds distinction to our fine arts space. Their support fosters our mission to exhibit a wide array of artistic expression for the Port community.”

Bookplate Promotion Supports Children's Library

Be a part of the new Children’s Library!

Renovations for the new Children’s Library will soon be underway. Join the excitement by purchasing a commemorative book plate. A custom label will be inscribed and added to the inside cover of “your” book.

To make a secure online donation and see books offered, please log onto:



Port Washington Children’s Library is Front Page News!

The July 16, 2015 issue of the Port News featured the NEW Children’s Library project on the front page. There’s a great interview with Library Director Nancy Curtin and Children’s Services Director Rachel Fox.

Read the article.

See the plans and follow the progress!

Make a donation to the NEW Children’s Library in honor of someone special.

1892 Society Meets Author Colm Tóibín

A special thank you gathering was held for the Port Washington Foundation’s 1892 Society and Friends of the Library supporters at Ayhan’s Shish Kebab Restaurant on June 11th. Library donors were invited to the reception to mingle and meet award-winning author Colm Tóibín. Mr. Tóibín later appeared at the Library to discuss his new novel, Nora Webster. Guests were treated to light fare and lively conversation with the acclaimed author. After the reception, the group strolled up to the Library to enjoy the evening program.

The 1892 Society offers Library Foundation donors the unique opportunity for personal engagement in the life and work of the Library. With annual gifts of $1,000 and above, this group will help the Foundation provide critical funds to supplement the Library’s budget and maintain its viability for future generations. Learn more here.

Excitement Builds for the NEW Children’s Library

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

Twelfth Inspiration Gala
to benefit the Port Washington Public Library
Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
at the Port Washington Public Library

We are pleased to honor community members Ted and Judy Goldsmith and Marty and Jane Schwartz.

Tickets are $250 per person. Event sponsorship packages are available. To purchase tickets, sponsorship packages and e-journal ads, click here.

For more information, call 516-883-4400, ext. 180 or email

Full-color e-journal ads will appear on screens during the gala and remain visible on the event site all year post-event. To highlight philanthropic support, business ads will be linked to corporate websites.

Library Foundation celebrates 25 years!

PWPL Foundation Board members

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 (Art, Children, Health, Music and Nautical). These councils arrange for special programming in their areas of expertise, which expands and enriches the Library’s offerings each year.

Examples of the varied and free programming funded by the Library Foundation have 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.

Pictured are the 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.

The Great Library Card Adventure

The Great Library Card Adventure

Game pieces for The Great Library Card Adventure highlighted what the revitalized Children’s Room will look like.

The Great Library Card Adventure.

PWPL’s Great Library Card Adventure Highlights Children’s Room Revitalization

pwpl logo

January 2015 found the PWPL Children’s Room buzzing with some 1000 children in grades K-5 who tried their luck at the Great Library Card Adventure. Kids solved clues to move ahead to the next question. The children’s librarians visited the elementary schools in Port Washington to encourage children to participate. Participating children had a great time and upon completion of all the clues, won a prize! The goal was to secure library cards for any kids (and families) who didn’t have one and to familiarize  families with all the great services provided at the PWPL This year’s adventure highlighted the Children’s Revitalization campaign. Game pieces focused on new sections of the revitalized room, and the prize included a bookmark and sticker listing the campaign’s website. This may be the last time the Great Library Card Adventure will take place in the Children’s Room. The next time the game rolls around, it may be a totally new space!

Children’s Library Renovation: You Can Help!

Funding the project: “a gift, not a burden.”

No bond or additional tax levies will be required to fund the proposed renovation of the Children’s Library. Funding will come from private donations to the Library Foundation, from grants, and from funds already set aside in capital project reserves. The transformed Children’s Library will be a gift to the Port Washington community, not a burden for our taxpayers.

Want to help? Contact the Library Foundation at 516-883-4400, ext. 182, or donate online. Please indicate in the “notes” field that the donation is intended for the Children’s Library Renovation Project.

For a donation of $1,000 or more, the donor will be named on the Children’s Library Donor Wall.

A donation of $100 – $999 will be recognized with a personalized bookplate in a book in the Children’s Library collection.

Senator Jack Martins secures funding for new Children’s Library


Sen. Jack M. Martins, R-Mineola, announced that he has secured $150,000 in State funding for the renovation of the Library’s children’s room.

The existing children’s room 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 grades.

“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.”

Naming Port Washington Library Foundation in Your Will

A will is the easiest and most effective means to ensure that you fully provide for your family and that your assets are distributed as you wish. Gifts by will, or bequests, both large and small, are important to Port Washington Library Foundation.
Naming Port Washington Library Foundation to receive a gift through your will has several advantages:

  • Charitable gifts made through your will are 100 percent deductible for estate tax purposes
  • A charitable bequest may place your estate in a lower estate tax bracket
  • You may specify that your bequest is used for general purposes of Port Washington Library Foundation or for a particular area of interest

Once you notify Port Washington Library Foundation of your willingness to include us in your will, you will receive special recognition.

View a sample bequest to Port Washington Library Foundation.

Here are examples of how Port Washington Library Foundation could be named by will. These examples can be adapted to suit your individual need. Please consult with your estate planner for additional guidance. For more information please contact Marc S. Saffren, CFRE at 516 883 4400 x180 or
“I give, devise, and bequeath to Port Washington Library Foundation, Inc., Tax ID# 113007598, for its general purposes all (or state fraction or percentage) of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, both real or personal. Port Washington Library Foundation should be contacted in care of Port Washington Library Foundation, Inc. One Library Drive Port Washington, NY  11050.  To the extent possible, gifts to charitable organizations shall be paid from income in respect of a decedent.”


“I give, devise, and bequeath to Port Washington Library Foundation, Inc., Tax ID#____ the sum of $_________________  to be used for the general purposes of Port Washington Library Foundation. Port Washington Library Foundation should be contacted in care of Port Washington Library Foundation, One Library Drive Port Washington, NY  11050.  To the extent possible, gifts to charitable organizations shall be paid from income in respect of a decedent.”

These merely represent sample language to name Port Washington Library Foundation in your will.  Specific content should be written or adapted by an attorney to best help the donor reach their personal objectives.

For more information please contact Marc S. Saffren, CFRE at 516 883 4400 x180 or

A New Leaf – Revitalizing the Children’s Room Campaign

Campaign display at PWPL Gallery, November – December 2014

The exciting news is getting out – at PWPL and in town…the Children’s Room will soon be revitalized to reflect needed updates to space and equipment and room for creative endeavors and play.

Councilwoman De Giorgio visits to discuss Children’s Library plans


Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio met recently with members of the Library Foundation and Library Director Nancy Curtin to discuss the Children’s Library renovation.

The Port Washington Public Library has submitted plans to New York State for approval. The revitalized Room will boast a dynamic redesign, new and innovative technology, and dedicated spaces to learn, explore, imagine, and play. Current trends in educational philosophies and programming have been incorporated into the new design.

“The Children’s Room is a catalyst for the love of learning and exploration where lifelong relationships with the Library begin. This is the most important project we have yet to undertake,” said Curtin.

Follow the progress and learn how you can get involved at A New Leaf.

Pictured is Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio.

Photos from our 2014 Gala

A big Thank You to all of our generous donors and everyone who supported this year’s Gala.

Limited Edition Pendants Available

The pendants can be purchased at both the Manhasset and Greenvale London Jewelers stores. Pendants can also be purchased directly from the library. For more information, call 883-4400 Ext. 180.

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