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Million-Dollar Gift Boosts White Plains Library Renovation

A $1 million gift to the White Plains Library Foundation will enable the library to complete renovations of its first floor to construct The Hub.
A $1 million gift to the White Plains Library Foundation will enable the library to complete renovations of its first floor to construct The Hub. Photo Credit: Submitted

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- A $1 million gift to the White Plains Library Foundation will enable the library to complete renovations of its first floor to construct The Hub, its new area for adults.

The Hub is expected to be a destination in downtown White Plains and will provide a new, attractive venue for learning and relaxation, with room for reading, studying, and collaboration, access to improved technology, new community meeting areas, and a Café & Friends’ Bookstore.

“This tremendously generous gift underscores how much the White Plains community values its Library,” said White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach. “The City is proud to work with the Library Foundation to revitalize our 45-year-old Library building and ensure that it will provide excellent services for all our residents, for years to come. I commend the extraordinary leadership of our anonymous friends, and thank our community for bringing this project closer to a reality.”

The gift from anonymous donors, along with funds from the City of White Plains and an additional $500,000 being raised by the Foundation, will provide the funding to complete the renovation of the Library’s first floor, including the creation of The Hub.

The first phase of construction, also a partnership between the City and the Foundation, saw the creation of The Edge, the Library’s award-winning library for teens.

“This gift inspires all of us to step up and help close the gap,” said Diane Tabakman, president of the White Plains Library Foundation. “Join us in creating a transformed Library for our community by contributing generously to the Campaign for The Hub.”

The White Plains Library Foundation raises private support to help the White Plains Public Library meet its long-range goals. The Foundation supports major building renovations, in partnership with the City of White Plains, including The Trove children’s library, completed in 2005, and The Edge teen library, completed in 2013.

For more information, visit the Library’s website at whiteplainslibrary.org or call 914-422-1480 during regular library hours. The library is located at 100 Martine Avenue, White Plains, N.Y.

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