Serving the Community Since 1917

country fair

Centennial Country Fair at the Finkelstein Library on Sunday, July 23 starting at 1 p.m. Rain or Shine. Free admission.

Please join us for an afternoon of free activities and entertainment for the whole family! Activities include: a puppet show, a strolling magician, a stilt walker, a penny-farthing bicycle (also known as a high-wheeler), clowns, jugglers, balloon sculptures, face painting, mini-golf in the library stacks, a baking contest, and more!
Live music performances will include: a jug band (a mix of conventional and homemade instruments), a steel band (steel drums, congas, etc.), barbershop harmony singers and a 1950s - 1960s rock-n-roll concert.

The Finkelstein Library is located at 24 Chestnut Street and Route 59 in Spring Valley.  For more information, call the Library at (845)352-5700 ext. 244.

 Country Fair on Sunday, July 23 @ Finkelstein (The Library will be OPEN to the public from 1 pm for this special event but CLOSED for regular business).

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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