2017 Year-End Appeal

Dear Friends,

Katonah Village Library is fortunate to be located in the center of our town. We work hard to ensure the Library also remains at the center of our community. The place to share news, to share ideas, to connect. The work we do — on programming and services, on our print and digital materials, on the building that welcomes our patrons — is aimed at that important civic function. Here’s a sampling of what your past generosity has already made possible, and what your future donations will help us achieve in 2018.

Mary KaneFrom Mary Kane, Director
I’m proud that …

  • we installed automatic ADA-compliant doors at the upper and lower level entrances. They help many patrons, including seniors and patrons with special needs.
  • we are about to launch our new and greatly improved website!

I want to …

  • create a robust, digitally-accessible oral history project (to expand our existing oral history cassettes), that includes new interviews with Katonah residents.
  • build a coffee nook, where patrons can help themselves to a hot cuppa while they’re enjoying the library.
  • purchase new — sturdy, comfortable — wooden chairs for the work/reading/study tables on the main floor of the Library. (After countless repairs over the years, our current ones have had it!)

Virginia FetscherFrom Virginia Fetscher, Assistant Director

I’m proud that …

  • for the second year in a row, I chose an award-winning title for our (32-years Book Group… before the awards were announced! This year, it was Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers, winner of the PEN/Faulkner award.

I want to …

  • acquire a new bookcase to serve as the temporary holding space for returned books. We could retire the carts currently lined up along the windows overlooking the Serenity Garden and allow patrons to better enjoy that beautiful view!
  • expand and update our travel section, and continue digitizing our historical newspaper collection.

From Stephanie Hartwell-Mandella, Head of Youth Services
I’m proud that …

  • we offered the popular and engaging programs: Gospelfest; the KVL Harmonize This choral group; a program featuring Holocaust survivor Evi Blakie; and an LGBTQ program for families co-offered with Center Lane LGBTQ Youth and Community Education Center.

I want to …

  • offer additional Yoga and Mindfulness programs for children, teens, and families.
  • purchase a new upholstered chair for the Children’s Room that would provide a cozy place for parents to sit and read with their children.

From Michael Robin, Adult Librarian/Special Projects
I’m proud that …

  • I’ve been at the Library for just over a year, and have gotten to know so many patrons by name. I’m glad to be a part of this wonderful community.
  • We injected new life into the former conference room in the YA area. It’s a pleasure to see young people studying, gaming, or just enjoying quiet (usually!) down-time in that beautifully refurbished space.

I want to …

    • provide music classes and instructional books to users of our new musical instrument library. And I’d love to start a teen ukulele enthusiasts club, too.
    • put together a “Rock the Socks” extravaganza in which aspiring local music stars band together for community giving.

Why your donation matters

We’re good at keeping our costs down: Katonah Village Library continues to rank #1 in “lowest operating cost per square foot” of all 38 libraries in the Westchester Library System. While the Town of Bedford generously covers approximately two-thirds of that operating budget, we have to raise the remaining amount in order to “fill the gap”– in 2018, that will be about $261,000. And for that, we rely on support from you… at our fundraising parties, our Book Sale, and most especially, during our Annual Appeal.

Please include Katonah Village Library among your 2017 year-end donations. Your continued financial support will help us keep the Library at the center of our community. And your company may match your donation, enabling you to double or triple your gift!

You may want to consider making your donation to the Library in the form of stocks. If stock you’ve owned for more than one year has increased in value from the time of purchase, donating it to KVL is a great mechanism for giving. Here’s why: the Library benefits immediately from your donation (it is our policy to sell donated stocks promptly); because we’re a 501(c)(3) organization, you get a tax deduction for the charitable contribution based on the stocks’ current fair market value (its value at the time of the transfer), and; neither you, nor KVL, has to pay capital gains on the appreciated value of the stock. It’s a simple process; please contact Director Mary Kane (mkane@wlsmail.org) to learn how.

The Staff and Trustees of the Katonah Village Library wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season.

Mary Kane Virginia Lanigan
Director President, Board of Trustees