Always Helping Our Community!

Helping our neighbors has never been more important, which is why the Harrison Public Library never stopped providing service from the earliest days of the pandemic to today. As we hope you know, your library found creative ways to deliver crucial information, education, and even much-needed entertainment to you and your neighbors. Our buildings may have closed for a time, but our service never stopped.

  • Popular library programs moved online to give home-bound families daily opportunities to learn and enjoy virtual time with their neighbors
  • Our eBook collection gave respite and information to news-weary readers
  • Enhanced Wi-Fi service gave you access to the Internet from the library parking lots and the Reading Garden while the library buildings were closed
  • Curbside pickup enabled you to safely check out books and movies

Behind the scenes, the library staff and board of trustees carefully prepared for opening with safe physical access to books and other resources.

  • By appointment, you can browse the shelves, use computers, and confer with library staff in a safe space
  • The library staff cheerfully handles requests by phone, text, and online. They even make suggestions for books you might enjoy!
  • The Reading Garden provides a beautiful outdoor setting for contemplation and conversation

In short, your library used its creativity and energy to serve our community. Now we need your help to make sure excellent library service continues without disruption. This year’s library budget was decimated by unexpected expenses like installation of numerous plexiglass shields, ventilation scrubbers, and cleaning, cleaning, and more cleaning in both buildings. Next year’s library budget faces additional strains. To help our town’s residents, the library board chose to forego even a moderate increase in the library tax levy. Even with strict controls, though, library expenses will go up. We need your gift to fund crucial services such as:

  • Early-reading programs to replace a 16% budget cut
  • Additions to the book collections to offset a 15% budget reduction
  • Care and maintenance of the Reading Garden
  • Expansion of curbside pickup and by-appointment hours

Won’t you please help with a generous gift to the Harrison Public Library Foundation? Like so many other organizations, we had to cancel our fund-raising events this year which means we must rely on your individual generosity to fund library services like these. We know good people like you support many worthwhile causes in this time of need, so we hope you consider that your gift to HPLF will resonate throughout the community as it helps the library help others.

Here's what your library does for you:

Improves the quality of life in Harrison

  • Our collection includes timeless classics and up-to-the-minute best sellers in multiple formats
  • Our movie and music programs provide high-quality, no-cost entertainment
  • Our educational programs and discussion series enlighten patrons of all ages
  • Our “how-to” curricula covers everything from movie-making to knitting, painting to origami, sewing to memoir writing

Provides special service to our special populations

  • Seniors, non-English speakers, teens wanting study space, job-seekers needing Internet access
  • Pre-schoolers, beginning readers, game players, moms, dads, and caretakers love the exciting Javitch Children’s Discovery Center
  • Home-bound and disabled patrons deserve great library service, too—and we deliver!
  • Our multiple meeting rooms help groups of all kinds come together

Enhances the local economy

  • Our modern, progressive libraries enhance the value of homes in Harrison
  • The library’s high profile and excellent reputation reflects positively on our community
  • Programs for children, teens, adults, and seniors attract potential customers for Harrison businesses
  • Special collections draw visitors – and residents – who dine in our restaurants, shop in our stores in both the central business district and the West Harrison business district

Here's what you can do for the Harrison Public Library:

Mail a check payable to the Harrison Public Library Foundation:

Harrison Public Library Foundation
2 Bruce Avenue
Harrison, NY 10528

Harrison Public Library Foundation Information:

Board of Trustees

  • Dave Donelson – President
  • Ray Villani – Vice President
  • Rabbi Eytan Hammerman – Secretary
  • David Javitch – Treasurer
  • Fran Brescia-Coniglio
  • Mimi Bulfin
  • Amy Ensign
  • Rita Tino
  • Amy Wolff