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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.
Young Writers Contest PDF Print E-mail

The Friends of the Chappaqua Library are sponsoring the Young Writers Contest 2015.  The contest is open to all students, grades 6 to 12, residing in or attending schools in the Chappaqua School district.

We prefer electronic submissions but accept hard copies.  We invite you to submit your work!

35th Annual Young Writers Contest 2015 entry form and rulesENTER ONLINE HERE.

If you have any questions, please email the Friends at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Each year several local professional writers volunteer to judge the contest. First, Second and Third prizes will be awarded in each category, at both the middle school and high school levels. High school winners will be announced at the annual Awards Assembly, middle school winners soon after.

2015 YWC Information




The Friends of the Chappaqua Library are now participating in the Amazon Smile program. Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of any eligible purchase to the Friends of the Chappaqua Library. For details see Amazon Smiles:
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 .


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