The mission of the Friends is to serve the people who reside, work or attend school in North Salem through service to the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library. Their service takes the form of volunteering at the library, raising funds for selected programs and materials, and working in consultation with the library director and trustees. They receive and encourage gifts, endowments and bequests to the library. The Friends is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization without any political or religious affiliation.
Over the past few years the Friends have generously provided the library with computers, refreshments for library programs, and children's entertainers. They also have sponsored other events including:
A pop, classical and jazz performance by The Highpoint Players
A Holiday Craft and Book Boutique
The Summer Reading Game Party for Children
The West Point Concert Band
A lecture by Eric Pooley on "Global Warming and Presidential Politics"
A talk by Donald Bain, author of the "Murder, She Wrote" series
The Friday Night Movie Program
Author talk by Barbara Traynor
A number of museum passes
Love from the Library
NOOKS for the public
Concerts by the Red Dirt Road Band, Washboard Slim and the Bluelights, Caroline Doctorow and others.
Many of the music programs were paid for by a grant given to the Friends of the Library by M&T Bank.
The library staff, trustees, friends and patrons are extremely grateful to the staff and foundation of M&T Bank.
The friends also received many donations in memory of Pat Malanchuk. They were used for the concert by
Washboard Slim and the Bluelights.
The Friends volunteer at the library and put in many hours helping at the annual spring Book, Bake and Plant Sale/Library Fair. They meet monthly and their meetings are open to the public.
The current officers of the Friends are:
President - Cathy Morris
Vice President - Bea Kruchkow
Treasurer - Tim Purdy
Secretary -Pat Wilson
Membership in the Friends costs $20.00 for an individual or family. Please make checks payable to:
The Friends of the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library
276 Titicus Road
North Salem, New York 10560
Please include your name, address, email, phone number and information about matching funds. The Friends welcome new members.
Friends of the Library receive grant from M&T Bank.
Carol Jendras, (V.P. Area Sales Manager), Craig Buckhout (Relationship Banker) and Peter Sesitito (Branch Manager) of M&T Bank present Pat Malanchuk and Bea Kruckhow (President and Treasurer of the Friends) a check for $1200 to help fund music programs at the library.
Jonathan Kruk, storyteller, and Rich Bala, musician, performed at the Library on Sunday, December 4, 2011 courtesy of the Friends of the Library through a grant for music programs from M&T Bank.