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Mission of the Friends
" encourage, receive and administer gifts for... special items or projects not covered in the library's operating budget... and to support the library in developing its services and facilities..."

The Friends meet monthly to plan programs, prepare for the annual book sale and investigate sources of funding. Meetings are held in the Chappaqua Library, and the public is invited to attend. Our primary sources of income are the annual June used book sale, fund-raising events, special donations, membership dues, and a fall membership drive.
We're Playing in the Stacks!
The Friends announce a new fundraising event, coming in October -- the Dewey Decimal Festival: an evening of original short plays about libraries. We need writers, readers, and audience! Click here for details.
Annual Used Book Sale - 2014

Donations accepted only on

Mon. June 2 & Tue. June 3, 10:00am - 8:00pm
We need your donations.  Please sort by category before bringing items to the sale.  No textbooks, condensed books, magazines, business books, computer software, cassettes or video tapes.

Sale Days June 4-8

Wed., June 4 - 6:30 - 9:00pm - Preview sale for Friends of the Library only. Become a member at the door.

Thur. June 5 - 10:00am - 8:00pm

Fri. June 6 10:00am - 8:00pm

Sat. June 7 10:00am - 5:00pm All remaining items are half-price

Sun. June 8 1:00 - 3:00pm All remaining items are free

Volunteers needed: call Reference Desk at 238-4779 or contact the Friends at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Membership is open to any individual 18 years or older. Members are entitled to a special preview of books the evening before the annual June book sale.

Basic membership is $30.

The Chappaqua Library may not, by law, raise funds beyond the taxes that are voted on each spring. Because of that, the Friends serve as a fund-raising organization for extra activities. Please be generous; your contribution is tax deductible and vital to the library. Complete the membership form and mail it with a check payable to Friends of the Chappaqua Library, to P.O. Box 445, Chappaqua New York 10514. We are a non-profit organization and eligible for matching gifts.

Membership forms are available in Adobe PDF format here (10.15 kB).

Friends Board Meetings PDF Print E-mail

Please call the library at 238-4779 to confirm the date, time and location of the meetings.

Board Members PDF Print E-mail
President Shoba Vanchiswar
Treasurer Sharon Chikota
Secretary Toni Kelly
Membership Diana Walker
Cheri Werbel
Book Sale Paul Zelnick
Catherine Nesbit
Young Writers Contest Cheryl Ehrlich
Newsletter Cheri Werbel
Toni Kelly
Website Coordinator Sandra Flank
Member-at-Large Christine Yeres
Janet Himel
Wendy Nolan
Marian Williams
Library Director Pamela Thornton

 To contact the Friends' Board, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


The Friends of the Chappaqua Library are looking for original ten-minute comedies about libraries for an evening of staged readings in October.

Anyone from anywhere may submit a play -- it's a national call. Local writers are welcome! Eight top plays will be selected over the summer by a readers' panel.

Winning plays will be performed in staged reading format in October 2014 in the Chappaqua Library Theatre. Actors from local theatre groups will be cast, rehearsed and will perform on-book.


Send us your original ten-minute comedies, either:
-- Set in a library (type of library is up to you)
-- About a library
-- About or featuring a librarian or librarians
-- Featuring, or about, or reinterpreting, or otherwise relating to a book that will be familiar to most audiences. Adaptations must be clearly parody or in the public domain.
-- Plays that creatively twist cliches related to libraries, or puns related to libraries
-- Plays that dare to take on the Dewey Decimal system

Playwrights whose work is chosen for the festival will receive a $5 honorarium. The audience will vote on their favorite play, and one lucky playwright will win bragging rights to the Audience Choice Award.

For details, email the Friends or check out the full rules at:

Over the summer, we'll organize relaxed, fun reading circles (you don't have to be a performer) where we read the top contenders outloud to each other and try to narrow down to the winning eight. Watch the Library calendar and the Friends website for updates.

ACTORS WANTED - a call for performers will go out in late summer 2014.

AUDIENCE WANTED - We need your support to make this evening a merry success! Put October 18th in your calendar, and stay tuned for details.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Friends of the Chappaqua Library, to fund dozens of adult, teen and children's programs available to any resident of Westchester County, as well as to provide special acquisitions not covered by the library's budget, all available to any member of the Westchester Library System.


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Chappaqua, New York 10514
Phone: (914) 238-4779, Fax: (914) 238-3597

Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00AM to 8:00PM, Friday 9:00AM to 6:00PM, Saturday 9:00AM to 5:00PM, Sunday 1:00PM to 5:00PM (during the school year)