Friends of the Library

The Annual Meeting and Election of Officers of the Friends of the Finkelstein Memorial Library: June 14 at 2 pm at the Library

The Annual Meeting and election of officers of the Friends of the Finkelstein Memorial Library will take place on Thursday, June 14 at 2 PM in the Fielding Room. Officers will be elected for a two-year term commencing July 1,2018. All members of the Friends are eligible to vote. Nominations may also be made from the floor.The nominating committee, chaired by Elena Lavalas, submits the following slate of officers for your consideration:
President – Rena Finkelstein
Vice President – Alma Roman
Secretary – Carol Salmon
Treasurer – Leonard Greenberg
The Friends of the Library is seeking enthusiastic, energetic individuals interested in joining the Board of Directors. The Board meets on the second Thursday of the month. We are an autonomous not-for-profit corporation made up of volunteers who serve as a link to the community and work, in cooperation with the staff, to provide special programs and projects to benefit library patrons. If you love the library, enjoy using its services and are seeking a valuable cause for which to volunteer, please call the Friends telephone line at (845) 290-8845. Leave your name and contact information, and we will be happy to provide you with more information. 

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, please call for more information at (845) 290-8845. Please leave your name and contact information and we’ll be sure to get back to you.

The Friends will also be holding its election of officers with the slate, as follows:

President: Rena Finkelstein

Vice President: Alma Roman

Secretary: Carole Salmon

Membership Chair:Elena Lavalas

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 Daniel

Alayna Lavalas

Ruth Schack


Alice Golar

Victoria Morse

Evalyn B.Taucher


Used Book DonationsFriends' Book Sales and Donations



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