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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.


Do you like to read out loud? Do you like plays? Do you like to laugh? Then we need your help!

Come join us and some of your neighbors for one, two or three very informal, fun "readers circles" where we spend an hour or so "test driving" new short comedies by reading them aloud to each other. No experience necessary!

The Play Readers Circle will help select the winning plays for the Dewey Decimal Festival, a ten-minute original play festival of comedies about libraries. Winning plays will be performed on October 18 2014 in the Chappaqua Library Theatre, to benefit the Friends of the Chappaqua Library.

We need listeners as well, to help hear whether the comedy works on stage as well as on the page. You could be the first audience ever to hear some of these brand new plays.

All participants will be asked to fill out a short rating form and we will tally votes as to which plays are ready to make their Chappaqua Library Theatre debut.

Three sessions are scheduled, and you can participate in 1, 2 or all of them. Please join us, and tell your friends.


1. Sunday, May 18th, noon-2.30 pm in the Children's Program Room.

2. Sunday June 15th, Chappaqua Library Theatre, 10.30-12.30.

3. Saturday, July 12th, 1 pm -3 2pm in the Chappaqua Library Theatre.

RSVP here,
or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
or the Info Desk at the Library
or just show up (June and July only)!

For more info: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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

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