Friends of the Library

Friends Mtg. 2016

The Friends of the Finkelstein Memorial Library are a diverse group of people who love books and appreciate the life-long learning center that our  library provides. Many of us have grown up with, or have kids who have benefitted greatly from, the wide variety of services that our library offers. The Friends provide special projects and programs that benefit library patrons such as the ever popular museum passes, the Hearing Loop system in the Fielding Room and a variety of educational and cultural programs  throughout the year.  

Become a friend! Dues are a nominal $15 per individual or $20 for a family, or be a sponsor for $50 or a corporate member at $100.

Because we are a nonprofit organization, your donations and dues are tax deductible. Can we count you in as a Friend of the Library?

For further information about our Friends Program, please call  (845) 290-8845. Please leave your name and contact information and we’ll be sure to get back to you.
Dear Friend,
Spring is just around the corner, but a lot has been happening at your library during the winter months. The Fielding Room is once again in use for all kinds of interesting programs. The Library has a brand new forward thinking Director and there are many innovations and new programs in the works.
On Sunday, March 24, the Library Board of Trustees and the Friends of the Library will hold a reception to welcome our new Director Laura Wolven. Please join us in the Community Meeting Room from 3:30 to 5 pm for refreshments and an occasion to meet and greet Laura Wolven. (You might also want to enjoy the Music Makers at 2 pm beforehand in the Fielding Room.)
Staff members will also offer escorted tours to show you all the great changes throughout the library after the concert.
Ms. Wolven actually began her professional career at Finkelstein in 2005, serving in various capacities until 2013, when she left to become Director of the Field Library in Peekskill. Since 2016 she has served as Director of the Orangeburg Library. During those years she continued to hone her professional training and expertise. We are thrilled to welcome Director Wolven back to her professional roots here at Finkelstein.
Then, on Sunday, March 31, the Friends of the Library invite you to join us for a lovely afternoon with wine and cheese and a presentation and book signing by historical mystery writer Eleanor Kuhns. Ms. Kuhns also has a history with our library, having served as assistant Director and Director from 1993 to 2005. Her most recent thriller, The Shaker Murders, is an intriguing whodunit set in an 18th Century Shaker community. Ms. Kuhns will give us a behind the scenes look at writing historical fiction, her new book and the fascinating Shaker community. Please RSVP for this program.
We look forward to seeing you at both events.
Rena Finkelstein, President of the Friends of the Library

The Friends elected officers in 2019 are as follows:

President: Rena Finkelstein

Vice President: Alma Roman

Secretary: Carole Salmon

Book Sales: David Eig

Treasurer: Leonard Greenberg

Membership Chair:Elena Lavalas

Judy Joseph (Staff Liaison)

Jocelyn Daniels

Beverly Kaplan


Please consider joining our Friends group


Rena Finkelstein

You may not realize the Finkelstein Memorial Library has a Friends group but you've probably seen the many things that our Friends group has accomplished!

Did you know that library patrons can take advantage of free museum passes admitting them to a host of wonderful museums in New York City and throughout the Hudson Valley thanks to the sponsorship of the Friends? Did you know the Friends sponsors free cultural arts programs held at the library?

Did you know that library patrons can take advantage of many exciting free programs thanks to the sponsorship of the Friends?

Our friends group raises funds for many of the activities and amenities we’re able to offer our patrons, and the Library wouldn’t be the same without them so please take the opportunity to show your appreciation for everything they do to support the Library—and through it, our community!

Interested in becoming a friend? Please click here to contact us by email.

You could also call us at  (845) 290-8845. Leave your name and phone number and we will respond.


Who are the Friends and what do they do?

Library Friends

  • The Friends of the Finkelstein Memorial Library are people just like you who enjoy the library and support its programs and services in a variety of ways, much like parents support schools through PTA's.
  • The Friends raise money exclusively for library programs, materials, special equipment and services, and to promote the library in the community.
  • The organization is led by a volunteer Board of Directors and maintains a close relationship with the library.
  • The Friends generate financial support through fundraising events and membership dues.


 The Friends membership year runs from July 1 to June 30. We urge you to become a member or renew your membership today. Your membership dues of only $15 per family enable us to offer many excellent educational and cultural presentations, help fund free passes to a host of museums, contribute toward the popular summer music program...and much more.

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President – Rena Finkelstein

Vice President – Alma Roman

Membership Chair:Elena Lavalas

Treasurer – Leonard Greenberg

Secretary – Carol Salmon


Joseph Burdige

Jocelyne Daniels

Beverly Kaplan

Ruth Schack


Alice Golar

Victoria Morse

Evalyn B.Taucher


Used Book DonationsFriends' Book Sales and Donations



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