1964 - 2014

Help the Friends of the Irvington Library celebrate its 50th anniversary!

From 17 members in 1964 to over 400 members today, the Friends has grown to be a full-fledged, not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization.

Did you know that it is your membership dues that pay for all the children's activities – from weekly story hours to summer-long reading programs – as well as for all the teen and adult programming? Did you know that all non-print media (and some of the books) are paid for with funds donated by the Friends?

Join now -- or renew your membership -- so our library may continue to provide the services we depend on.

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Individual membership: $15
Family: $25
Supporting: $50-$99
Patron: $100-$249
Benefactor: $250-$1,000

If you prefer to pay by check you can mail it to the Friends of the Irvington Library, 12 South Astor Street, Irvington, NY 10533


Visit Museums for Free

The Friends of the Library has arranged for Irvington Public Library card holders to have access to free passes to a select group of museums in New York City, Westchester, and beyond. Each museum has its own terms and condtions regarding these passes, so check the library website for more information. A limited number of passes is available at any one time, so contact the reference librarian to reserve yours.

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street)
Through July 19: Everything Is Design: The Work of Paul Rand features more than 150 advertisements, posters, corporate brochures, and books by this master of American design. It was Rand who most creatively brought European avant-garde art movements such as Cubism and Constructivism to graphic design in the United States.
Through Sept. 13: Hip-Hop Revolution: Photographs by Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper shows the birth of a new cultural movement -- with its accompanying music, dance, fashion and style -- as it quickly and dramatically swept from its grassroots origins into an expansive commercial industry. Besides the more than 100 photographs, the exhibition includes listening stations for the music of performers documented in the exhibition, as well as flyers about early hip-hop performances, newspaper clippings, books and other paper artifacts of the era. Also through Sept. 13: Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks, is a comprehensive exhibition exploring the roots and impact of a landmark preservation movement that has transformed the City and been an engine of New York’s growth and success. The exhibition looks at contemporary design in the city in the context of additions to landmarks, not only of building elements on individual landmarks but also new buildings in historic districts. Innovative preservation technology and ways to accomplish restoration are shown, and a timeline of the history of the preservation movement wraps around the gallery.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue (at 89th Street)

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86 W 46th St and 12th Ave

The New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street
Through June 7: Lincoln and the Jews
Through May 10: Audubon’s Aviary: The Final Flight. Part III of the highly acclaimed tripartite series Audubon’s Aviary: The Complete Flock will continue showcasing masterpieces from the New-York Historical Society collection of John James Audubon’s preparatory watercolors for the sumptuous double-elephant-folio print edition of The Birds of America (1827–38), engraved by Robert Havell Jr.
Through October 25: Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein
For the kids: The DiMenna Children’s History Museum at the New-York Historical Society presents 350 years of New York and American history through character-based pavilions, interactive exhibits and digital games, and the Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library. The DiMenna Children's History Museum encourages families to explore history together through permanent installations targeted for children 8-13 and a wide range of family learning programs for toddlers, children and preteens.

The New York Hall of Science, in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens.
The Hall mainly focuses on education for children ages 1–17, with more than 450 interactive displays that explain science and demystify the world. In addition to 100,000 square-feet of indoor exhibition space, there is an outdoor Science Playground and Rocket Park, where you can not only get an up-close view at vintage Atlas and Titan rockets, but also experience a nine-hole miniature golf course that shows how mini-golf really is rocket science.

The Neuberger Museum of Art, 735 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase, NY. On view now:
Kuba Textiles: Geometry in Form, Space, and Time
The Kuba peoples, in the present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo, are renowned for their cut-pile raffia cloths. When sewn together and layered, they form extraordinary skirts and overskirts that wrap around the body multiple times. Characterized by resplendent surface elaboration, these garments are detailed and complex like other Kuba decorative arts, a feature found in no other African kingdom. Remarkable not only for their beauty but also for their large scale—some of these textiles reach nearly thirty feet in length—they are worn on special occasions by men and women and display the status of the wearer. Kuba Textiles is the first exhibition to bring together works from two of the earliest collections of Kuba textiles: the Musée Royal de l Afrique Centrale, Tervuren, Belgium (1897), and the Sheppard Collection at Hampton University in Virginia (1890- 1910). Additional loans to the exhibition come from the Brooklyn Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and three private collections. The exhibition will establish a cultural context and illustrate the continued presence and visual language of Kuba design in the twentieth century. It features eighty-two pieces (forty-one objects and forty-one splendid skirts and overskirts.(Through June 4)

The Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave, Yonkers, NY
Promoting the President, February 7 – May 17, 2015. For this exhibition, Gilbert Stuart’s famous painting, George Washington, on loan to the Museum, as well as the Museum’s collection of artifacts and engravings show this leader in images beautiful, respectful, and, sometimes, flamboyant, that were made to frame our vision of him and charge our patriotism and memories.

The Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St, Katonah, NY
Through June 28: Chris Larson: The Katonah Relocation Project and A Home for Art: Edward Larrabee Barnes and the KMA.

The Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr, Greenwich, CT
April 11, 2015 - November 8, 2015: Madagascar: Ghosts of the Past. Isolated for the last 88 million years, Madagascar is populated by hundreds of remarkable species that are found nowhere else on Earth. Visitors will explore three major phases of Malagasy history and encounter a variety of living and extinct species.The exhibition includes casts of a carnivorous theropod dinosaur suspected of cannibalism and a snub-nosed plant-eating crocodilian. Visitors will encounter giant lemurs, pygmy hippos and the elephant bird, a giant flightless species with an egg holding the volume of 150 chicken eggs! The exhibition concludes by touching on the present, following the rapid extinction of many species as humans arrive on Madagascar.
February 7, 2015 - June 3, 2015: (Re)Discovering the “New World”: Maps & Sea Charts from the Age of Exploration features more than 30 European-made maps and sea charts inspired by New World exploration. Produced between 1511 and 1757, these maps present a fascinating study in geographic and human progress, as well as a feast for the eyes. Many of the woodcuts and metal plate engravings have original hand-applied color, as color printing was not yet available.
May 2 - September 6, 2015: Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann

The Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk, 10 N Water St, Norwalk, CT

Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave, Norwalk, CT
A hands-on children's museum for ages 10 and under offering engaging and educational exhibits and experiences that give children, families and educators a place to discover, learn and grow.

Storm King Art Center, 1 Museum Rd, New Windsor, NY