The Frienda will be holding a book sale in the Budarz Theater on Wednesday, May 4, from 3 to 9 PM and on Thursday May 5, from 5 to 9 PM. The Friends will be selling children's and young adult books, parenting books, sports, home and garden texts, and cookbooks as well as music CDs for all ages. They will also be selling DVDs.

The Friends of the Library will be accepting book donations starting Saturday, April 2, 2016. Thank you.

The Friends held their annual meeting on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 2 PM. The agenda items included: Introductions of the board and membership present; approval of 2014-15 minutes; brief reports on the membership (194 current members), the Treasury (current balance is approx. $15,000), book sales, staff funding requests, and election of officers. Barbara Henninger remains as President, Nancy deKoven will serve as Vice-President, Bonnie Zitofsky becomes Secretary and Frya Barnes remains as Treasurer. Thank you to all who attended the meeting. The meeting adjourned at 3:05 PM.

To read the mInutes ot the annual meeting, click here.

The one day Holiday book sale was a tremendous success raising over $800. Thank you to the community and volunteers who made this day so remarkable. A special thank you to the following who worked at the sale:

The Friends of the Library held their annual fall book sale from 10/14 to 10/18. Thank you to the Ossining community and beyond for making this sale such a huge success. We especially want to recognize those hard-working individuals who helped set up, those who monitored and refilled tables, worked as cashiers, and helped put the leftovers back in the storage area. Their names are:

A thank you to Adult Pages Steve Lehrman and Steven Washburn for their help setting up and taking down the tables. Also a thank you to the Recreation Department for lending OPL tables for the sale.

Thanks to all of you , the sale made over $1500!!!

We also sold 4 library tote bags at the sale; These will be available for purchase at the Circulation Desk starting November 1. A sample is on display above the Circ desk. They are $15 for one bag and $25 for 2 bags. Thank you for supporting the library with your purchases.

The Friends' board approved the following at their May meeting:

The Friends' Senior book sale in March netted over $200 and the Spring sale held in April netted over $100.00! Thank you to the volunteers who organized the sales and those who made purchases. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Staff requests for the following items were recently approved by the Friends' Board:

Did you know that the Friends of the Ossining Public Library paid for these museum passes?

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Children's Museum of Manhattan
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

The annual dues for the Friends' memberships were changed effective Feb 1, 2014. Students will now be $10; individuals $20; families $30 (although, as always, larger contributions are more than welcome). If you're not sure when you joined or renewed, you can email us at, where questions and suggestions are always welcomed.

How can I join?

It's easy. Annual memberships start at $20 (or $10 for students) although larger contributions are gratefully accepted. A simple application form can be downloaded here. Here is the same application in Spanish. Copies also are available at the library.

What and who are the Friends of the Ossining Public Library?

The Friends is a non-profit group of volunteers who encourage public awareness of library services and support the goals and activities of the library. It does not set policy, which is up to the library's Board of Trustees. It does assist in expanding library services by helping pay for programs and improvements not provided for in the library's annual budget. It raises money for the library through membership contributions and sales of books and tote bags. The annual membership meeting is held on the last Sunday of January, at 2 pm, at the library.

How are the Friends organized?

The Friends' board, elected by members, consists of a president, vice president, treasurer and secretary. We also have committees that work on the book sales, expanding the membership and helping to pass the budget. Any Friend is welcome to join in one or more of the committees. Suggestions and questions can be sent to

Are the Friends a 501 C-3 Non-Profit Organization?

Yes, the Internal Revenue Service has certified us. Dues and other contributions to the Friends are tax deductible. The Friends group also is incorporated with New York State.

What else can I do to support libraries?

You can join the county-wide Advocates of the Westchester Library System, a citizens' group that helps inform local and state public officials about the importance of libraries. More information can be found at

Bylaws of the Friends of the Ossining Public Library

Assist the Library Board of Trustees in communicating the library's mission and services to the public and to serve as a vehicle for community involvement.
Assist in making the members of the county and state legislatures aware of the services provided to the public and the ongoing need for their financial support.
• Provide input to the Board of Trustees to assist them in their efforts to plan for and provide the best possible library services.
• Serve as a resource for recruiting and using library volunteers.
• Raise funds through membership donations and sponsorship of periodic book sales and similar fund-raising events, the proceeds of which are to be used by the library for worthy purposes for which tax supported funds are not available.

Form of Organization
• The Friends of the Ossining Public Library is a membership organization composed of individuals, groups and public and private organizations that are interested in supporting the Ossining Public Library.
• There shall be an annual membership meeting.
• The membership shall elect a President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary at the annual meeting. Nominations for such offices shall be entertained from the floor at the time of the annual meeting. The terms of the officers shall be for one year. Vacancies are to be filled by appointment of the president.

• Members to be in good standing will have timely made their membership donation. All members in good standing shall have the right to vote at the annual meeting or membership meetings called by the president.
• Any other business shall be brought before the membership at the annual meeting.
• Membership categories include: Individual, Patron, and Group. Each member of a category shall have one vote. The membership fees for the fiscal year, for each category, shall be determined by vote at the annual meeting.
• The Friends shall be responsible for the timely filing of appropriate forms with applicable governmental agencies; however the Board of Trustees may allow library staff to assist in their preparation.
• The Director of the Ossining Public Library shall appoint a member of the staff to serve as liaison to the Friends.

Fund-Raising Activities and Donations to the Library
• The Board of Trustees of the Ossining Public Library and/or its director may request donations from the Friends of the Ossining Public Library. As a general rule, funds donated to and accepted by the Library shall be used for worthy purposes for which tax-supported funds are not available.

Dissolution of the Friends of the Ossining Public Library
• At its discretion, the Board of Trustees of the Ossining Public Library shall have the power to dissolve the Friends of the Ossining Public Library.
• Alternatively, a quorum of the members of the Friends, shall have the power to vote for the dissolution of the Association.
• In either case, whatever balances remain in the account(s) of the Association shall devolve to the Ossining Public Library for the benefit of library services.

Adopted at membership meeting, September 27, 2010.