Serving the Community Since 1917

centennial We kicked off our centennial year with a drawing for the gift baskets which are displayed in the lobby. Congratulations to our lucky winners so far! If you haven’t won a basket yet, keep entering the raffles, we will have one every month this year as part of our centennial celebration. Good luck!

Also in January, you may have found yourself pleasantly surprised to find your overdue fines forgiven during our successful amnesty week. The biggest thing happening this spring, April 23 to be exact, is our official Centennial Celebration Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Please contact us if you would like to participate by lending a hand! We are hoping to make this event an exciting, multicultural day to celebrate our unique community. We will also be sharing the historical memories of some of our original families and supporters.

See Our Calendar of Centennial Events Here.

Here is a sampling of activities that we will be holding throughout the
year, some here at the library and some at nearby locations.

April 23 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony @ Finkelstein (The Library will be OPEN to the public from 1-5 pm for ths special event but CLOSED for regular business).

May 21 Wheel-a-thon @ Finkelstein
Bring anything you like that has wheels (bikes, scooters, etc.)

June TBA Finkelstein Night @ Boulders Stadium

July 19 Golf Outing

July 23 Centennial Celebration @ Finkelstein
Full day of activities and entertainment for the whole family!

Aug. 8 Car Wash @ Finkelstein

Sept. TBA Apple Picking 

Oct. TBA Hay Ride /Cider/Fall Fun

Nov. 11 Gala Dinner

Watch for specific dates and details on our website as events approach. Or, call the reference desk at 352-5700, ext. 244. We look forward to sharing our celebration with you.

A Brief Look Back at THE Library'S History...

In 1917, a group of citizens founded a small public library housed in the back of a women's hat store on Main Street (Route 45) in Spring Valley. In 1945, the Spring Valley Free Library, as it was then known, was officially renamed the Finkelstein Memorial Library. In 1962, the library became a public school district library and a board representing a cross section of the community was formed. In 1987, a 29,000 square foot addition was built to be used as a main wing.

FML original buildingThis was the original entrance to the library on South Madison Avenue. In 1941, the Finkelstein family of Spring Valley erected and furnished a new building for the library at the corner of South Madison and Route 59  in memory of Joseph N. Finkelstein.This photo (left) was taken in the early 1980s.


FML original buildingThe former front entrance now leads into the Library's "Founders' Room," which is still in use today. The Founders' Room houses the library's local history collection and is used for public meetings.




Founders' Room 1941The Library's Founders' Room as it appeared in 1941.








FML original building

In 1975, the library acquired the Van Orden House to the north of the building. It housed library administrative offices, a small art gallery and a meeting room and until recently, was the site of the Holocaust Museum & Study Center. The Library is currently working to upgrade this building to accommodate additional community programming needs.


FML original buildingIn 1987, a 29,000 square foot addition was built to be used as the library's main wing. It was dedicated to Robert H. Finkelstein, grandson of Joseph N. Finkelstein. It continues to be the main wing of the library today.



FML In 2015, the first floor interior of the library was renovated with a new circulation desk, a wider, more open lobby area and a new Young Adults' Center, especially designed to give children grades 6 through 12 their own space to read books, use computers and work on school/personal projects together.


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