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The Spelling Bee!

Our 10th Annual
Community-Wide Spelling Bee

Friday, January 29, at 7 p.m.
at the Irvington Town Hall Theater

Information on how to sign up your team, sponsor the event, or buy advertising in the program is right here. Or you can e-mail us at friends.bee@gmail.com.

We welcome volunteers! If you’d like to help organize, promote, or run the event please get in touch with us!

Free Museum Passes

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 conditions 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.

The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, 258 Main St, Ridgefield, CT

Boscobel House, 1601 Route 9D (Bear Mountain Highway) in Garrison, NY

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street)

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

The Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave, Yonkers, NY

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

The Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St, Katonah, NY

The Museum of the Moving Image36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, NY 

The New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street

The New York Hall of Science, in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens.

The Neuberger Museum of Art, 735 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase, NY.

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

Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave, Norwalk, CT

Stone Barns, 630 Bedford Rd, Pocantico Hills, NY

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

Once More Unto The Beach

Third Annual Penguin Plunge
Mattheissen Park
Saturday, March 15
11:30 AM

The Friends of the Library encourages you to support the Irvington Recreation and Parks Department’s efforts to raise  money.

It, like the library, has suffered budget cutbacks recently and needs private donations to maintain the programs and services it has always provided.

Every year some of us Friends form a team to participate in the Penguin Plunge. By sponsoring our team this year you are raising money for the Rec Department while raising awareness of the Friends of the Library.

You can learn more about this fund-raising event here.  Use  this link to sponsor our team (you’ll find us at the bottom of the right-hand column).

Down by the riverside 3

Winners: Youth Category


Your favorite book
falls open like it wants you
to read it again


In the beginning
you quickly gobble up words
but savor the last


kids room koala
in the room of excitement
perches with its kin


I like libraries
Because they bring happiness
Also they bring joy

Contest Winners

Nine contestants were awarded prizes at a short ceremony held in the soon-to-be refurbished Tiffany Reading Room on Saturday, September 11.

Prizes went to:

Children (up to and including age 12):

  • 1st Place: Christina Baulch
  • 2nd Place: Emma Castiblanco
  • 3rd Place: Chloe Le Breton

Teenager (ages 13-17):

  • 1st Place: Fou Wang
  • 2nd Place: Rebecca Kissel
  • 3rd Place: Dylan Romanow Etzel

Adult (ages 18 and up):

  • 1st Place: Eytan Wronker
  • 2nd Place: Richard Lobel (tied)
  • 2nd Place: Maeve Montalvo (tied)
  • 3rd Place: Connie Kehoe


Can’t wait for our next sale??

You don’t have to wait until next June for those quality used books you love to buy at our semi-annual book sales.

Friends of the Irvington Library has partnered with Amazon to offer a choice selection of our books year round!

All proceeds from every book on the Friends’ bookshelf there will go directly to the Irvington Public Library, and you will enjoy the relaxed, comfortable shopping experience we can’t offer you at our semi-annual sales.

What We Do

Over the last several years, membership dues and funds raised
at Friends events have been used by the library for (among
other things):

  • programs for children of all ages, from toddlers
    to teens;
  • adult programming, including lectures, exhibits,
    film series, readings, theatrical performances and concerts;
  • the purchase of CDs, audio books, DVDs, Playaways, and museum passes;
  • the acquisition of a grand piano for the library’s program room, thanks to which the library now can offer a regular series of music performances;
  • the restoration of the beautiful Tiffany Reading Room of the original Public Library in Irvington Town Hall.
  • the transformation of the library courtyard into a reading garden in honor of Pamela Strachan.

What You Can Do

While being a member of the Friends can be as simple as making an annual donation, members can also get involved by volunteering at the library, helping organize events, or participating in the Friends’ fund raising efforts such as book sales and the spelling bee.

All members are eligible to serve as Directors.

You can become a Friend of the Library right now, by paying your tax-deductible membership dues. Just click on the button!

Individual: $25
Family: $40
Supporting: $50
Patron: $100-$249
Benefactor: $250+

Please enter your donation amount: $

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