Friends of the Library

HAVE WE GOT EXCITING PROGRAMS PLANNED FOR 2018!  You won’t want to miss the March double feature on “Masters of the Stage and Screen Whodunit” featuring presentations by award winning Playwright, Author and Lecturer Angelo Parra.  Please join us from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Fielding Room for one or both programs. The library will provide the popcorn.

“Masters of the Stage and Screen Whodunit”

sherlock-holmesThursday, March 22 at 1 pm

Sherlock Holmes, the World’s Most Famous Detective and his Peculiar Creator Arthur Conan Doyle

 In this program we’ll glimpse the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the literary and film/TV history of Sherlock Holmes with AV presentations and two episodes of the Granada British TV series featuring Jeremy Brett:  The Speckled Band and The Red Headed League.


hercule-poirot           Thursday, APRIL 12 At 1 pm 

Agatha Christie, the Best-Selling Novelist of All Time, and her Eccentric Detective, Hercule Poirot 

This program examines the life and multi-faceted work of Agatha Christie and the career of her most popular detective character with AV presentations and the screening of her baffling mystery, Appointment with Death.

jonathan-eigThen, be sure to SAVE THE DATE for a Special Program and Reception on

Sunday, April 15 at 1:30 p.m.

Featuring acclaimed Author and Journalist Jonathan Eig. His most recent book "Ali: A Life" is a New York Times best-sellER

Jonathan Eig is the New York Times best-selling author of several books. His latest book,  Ali: A Life, is the first comprehensive biography of the fighter and critics call it Eig’s “crowning achievement.” He was a senior special writer for the Wall Street Journal. He taught writing at Columbia College Chicago and lectures at Northwestern University.
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Have some refreshments and welcome our native son! Jonathan Eig lives in Chicago, but his hometown is Monsey.

All programs are free, but please let us know whether we will be seeing you there by calling (845) 290-8845 and leaving your name, telephone number, and indicating the programs you plan on attending.  

Best wishes,

Rena Finkelstein,
President of the Friends of Finkelstein Memorial Library

Friends Mtg. 2016

The Friends of the Finkelstein Memorial Library are a diverse group of people who love books and appreciate the life-long learning center that our  library provides. Many of us have grown up with, or have kids who have benefitted greatly from, the wide variety of services that our library offers. The Friends provide special projects and programs that benefit library patrons such as the ever popular museum passes, the Hearing Loop system in the Fielding Room and a variety of educational and cultural programs  throughout the year.  

Become a friend! Dues are a nominal $15 per individual or $20 for a family, or be a sponsor for $50 or a corporate member at $100.

Because we are a nonprofit organization, your donations and dues are tax deductible. Can we count you in as a Friend of the Library? For further information, please call for more information at (845) 290-8845. Please leave your name and contact information and we’ll be sure to get back to you.

The Friends will also be holding its election of officers with the slate, as follows:

President: Rena Finkelstein

Vice President: Alma Roman

Secretary: Carole Salmon

Membership Chair:Elena Lavalas

Please consider joining our Friends group


Rena Finkelstein

You may not realize the Finkelstein Memorial Library has a Friends group but you've probably seen the many things that our Friends group has accomplished!

Did you know that library patrons can take advantage of free museum passes admitting them to a host of wonderful museums in New York City and throughout the Hudson Valley thanks to the sponsorship of the Friends? Did you know the Friends sponsors free cultural arts programs held at the library?

Did you know that library patrons can take advantage of many exciting free programs thanks to the sponsorship of the Friends?

Our friends group raises funds for many of the activities and amenities we’re able to offer our patrons, and the Library wouldn’t be the same without them so please take the opportunity to show your appreciation for everything they do to support the Library—and through it, our community!

Interested in becoming a friend? Please click here to contact us by email.

You could also call us at  (845) 290-8845. Leave your name and phone number and we will respond.


Who are the Friends and what do they do?

Library Friends

  • The Friends of the Finkelstein Memorial Library are people just like you who enjoy the library and support its programs and services in a variety of ways, much like parents support schools through PTA's.
  • The Friends raise money exclusively for library programs, materials, special equipment and services, and to promote the library in the community.
  • The organization is led by a volunteer Board of Directors and maintains a close relationship with the library.
  • The Friends generate financial support through fundraising events and membership dues.


 The Friends membership year runs from July 1 to June 30. We urge you to become a member or renew your membership today. Your membership dues of only $15 per family enable us to offer many excellent educational and cultural presentations, help fund free passes to a host of museums, contribute toward the popular summer music program...and much more.

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President – Rena Finkelstein

Vice President – Alma Roman

Membership Chair:Elena Lavalas

Treasurer – Leonard Greenberg

Secretary – Carol Salmon


Joseph Burdige

Jocelyne Daniel

Alayna Lavalas

Ruth Schack


Alice Golar

Victoria Morse

Evalyn B.Taucher


Used Book DonationsFriends' Book Sales and Donations



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