Gala 2017 Honors David & Melanie Worby

The Bedford Hills Free Library hosted a gala at the GlenArbor Golf Club on March 30, 2017, to honor Bedford philanthropists David and Melanie Worby. See photos from the event here.

In her opening remarks to the guests assembled, Terrie Paladino Viola, Co-President of the Library’s Board of Trustees, announced that the Worbys had recently pledged to donate $100,000 over a five-year period as lead sponsors of the Bedford Hills Free Library Early Literacy Initiative.

Early literacy begins with infancy, as a child weaves together sound, comprehension, and visual cues. Stimulating activities create a strong foundation for all forms of learning, and help prepare a child to read. The Bedford Hills Early Literacy Initiative will provide services and a pathway of family engagement, where children and adults learn together. These free programs and services are essential for all children, as is reaching out to those at heightened risk, such as English language learners and children from low-income families.

“David and Melanie Worby are champions of early literacy,” said Ms. Viola. “They share in our vision for this program and they understand how dedicated resources can have a significant impact on this library and the community we serve. Their generosity is going to change lives here.”  Mary Esbjornson, the Library’s Executive Director, praised David and Melanie Worby. “We thank them for their generosity, concern for economic equality, and passionate leadership in helping the children and families of Bedford Hills.”

Special Thanks to our Gala 2017 Sponsors

Susan Kane & Gregory Palitz

Andrew Green & Associates P.C., Nathalie & Ted Strauel, Carissa Weiss, Jim & Twink Wood, Diana Worby

Anonymous, Bedford Hills Nursery, Lisa Gilligan, Karl Karlsson, Bill Sofield, Marcy Syms, Roger & Nancy Vincent, Worby Vecchio Edelman LLP

Paul & Gina Barrese, Chris Burdick, Bedford Hills Neighborhood Association, Olivia & John Farr, Kenneth & Marjorie Horn, Honorable Erik & Janet Jacobsen, Dave Lederman & Yvonne Kearney, Sophie Kernan, Lloyd Bedford Cox, Inc., Mount Kisco Child Care Center, Chris & Dana Sommers, Elidieth & Kenneth Stern, Martin & Antoinette Sullivan, Amy & Michael Taub, Frances & Joseph Torres, Preston & Evelyn Turco, Terrie Paladino Viola & Steven Viola, Tina Winchester

Annual Fund

Contributions to our Annual Fund provide support for essential programs and services. While the Town of Bedford provides significant public funding for library operations, each year the Board of Trustees must seek additional contributions from individuals, businesses, foundations and community groups to balance our budget and support library programs or facility upgrades. Donors may give a gift in memory of a loved one and honor milestones. Ask your employer if there is a matching program and increase the impact of your contribution.

Please click here to donate via PayPal or send a check payable to Bedford Hills Free Library to 26 Main Street, Bedford Hills, NY 10507

Other Ways to Support Your Library

Sponsor a Summer Reading Program Activity

Businesses are invited to sponsored select activities for our Summer Reading Program, which offers a Summer Reading Game and series of fun hands-on activities to keep school children stimulated and learning. Event include: Wacky Wednesdays; STEAM Rollers (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math); Dive into Reading at the Pool; Board Games, Puzzles, and Crafts, and Family Movie Night. Sponsors also enable the Library to remain open on Saturdays throughout Summer Reading to encourage participation and ensure that everyone in our community had access to our free resources.

Shop at Amazon – Proceeds go to the Bedford Hills Free library

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Bedford Hills Free Library at no cost to you. When you shop at Amazon, the SmileAmazon Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases to your designated charity.

Donate your new or gently used books

The Library accepts new or gently used books, DVDs, books on CD and puzzles during library hours. Materials are primarily added to our Book Nook and all proceeds for sales benefit our programs and services. If we cannot use materials, the Library donates them to Better World Books. We regret that we cannot accept encyclopedias, magazines, yellowed paperbacks or mildewed items.

Thank you Supporters!

Board of Trustees and library staff are grateful to contributors at all levels who make it possible for us to serve our community. Thank you!

The Bedford Hills Free Library is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization (13-1958084). We file Annual Reports to New York State through the Westchester Library System. To request a copy of the report or to receive more information about how you might support the Library, please contact Executive Director, Mary Esbjornson or call (914) 666-6472.