Assemblyman Buchwald, Senator Latimer Announce $73,721 in State Grants to Improve North Castle Libraries
July 5, 2016 State Senator George Latimer (D-Rye) and State Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-Mount Kisco) announced that $73,721 in library construction grants have been awarded to the North Castle Public Library, which has two locations in Armonk and North White Plains. The North White Plains branch will receive $53,765 to upgrade exterior lighting, support expanded computer usage and provide additional space for library programming. The Armonk branch library will receive $19,956 to replace their HVAC system, improve access for those with disabilities, and install energy efficient LED lighting. Funding for the Public Library Construction Grant Program was included in the 2016-17 state budget for renovations and construction projects to enhance public libraries and library systems.
“These funds will provide better access to our local libraries, more services and space at the libraries, and will allow our libraries to conserve energy while making the patron experience better,” said Senator George Latimer. “These projects are a big win for local residents.”
“Our local public libraries are pillars of the communities they serve,” said Assemblyman Buchwald. “I am proud to represent a district where public libraries are truly world-class institutions as well as vital resource hubs for all to use. I am pleased to have been able to support the Armonk and North White Plains libraries through our state’s Public Library Construction Grant Program.”
“We are all very pleased to have the grant monies awarded to our libraries here in North Castle,” said Ms. Edie Martimucci, Library Director for the North Castle Public Library System. “The enhancements will improve our facilities and benefit the communities greatly. Our thanks to Assemblyman Buchwald and Senator Latimer for being tremendous advocates for our libraries.”
Assemblyman Buchwald and Senator Latimer have long been advocates for our region’s libraries. Last year, Buchwald and Latimer joined with their colleagues to successfully exempt the North Castle Public Library, and other libraries around the region, from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s payroll tax, thereby saving them thousands of dollars each year. In addition, Assemblyman Buchwald and Senator Latimer voted in favor of a $4 million increase in library aid in the 2016-17 state budget, for a total of $95.6 million for public libraries.
Ruth Reichl, Culinary Icon-Author, is Coming to Armonk
April 4, 2016 Ruth Reichl, the culinary icon and author, will be at the Armonk Library on Wednesday May 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Reichl is one of the nation's most influential figures in the food world. The Seattle Times writes of her, “bestselling author, food critic, and judge on Bravo's Top Chef Masters, Reichl is one of the most recognizable and beloved culinary voices, guiding people around the kitchen and showing them what to eat, how to make it, and where to satisfy their cravings.”
Tickets to the author’s talk, moderated by Chef Eric Gabrynowicz from Restaurant North, are on sale now. They are $25.00 and can be purchased through the Friends of the North Castle Library: www.friendsncpl.org.
Reichl’s book signing of My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes that Saved My Life will follow the program.
Sean Ryan Joins the Board of Trustees of the Westchester Library System
Westchester Library System (WLS) welcomes Sean Ryan of Armonk as a representative of the North Castle, Bedford Village, Mount Pleasant, and Pound Ridge library branches. The five-year term began January 1.
Armonk’s Sean Ryan Joins the Board of Trustees of the Westchester Library System
February 24, 2016 Westchester Library System (WLS) welcomes Sean Ryan of Armonk as a representative to represent the North Castle, Bedford Village, Mount Pleasant, and Pound Ridge library branches. The five-year term began January 1.
In retirement, Ryan has become an active volunteer in the North Castle community. He has served on the North Castle Public Library Board of Trustees since 2013 where he is currently President. He will remain on the NCPL Board of Trustees. He says, “the combination of these roles will help NCPL better leverage WLS capabilities in expanding our library's services and value for North Castle residents.”
Ryan has helped spearhead the recent Armonk Library’s renovation. In 2015, the NCPL’s circulation grew 6.2% and the library’s program attendance set a record at 27,090 attendees.
Prior to serving as a trustee, Ryan served as a member of the Friends of the North Castle Public Library since 2004 and was their President from 2009 to 2012.
As a Friend of the North Castle Library, almost five years ago Ryan took over the community’s annual 5K race, now sponsored by Armonk’s Chamber of Commerce. Ryan continues to oversee the race which is now known as Jamie’s 5K Run for Love, named in memory of Jamie Love, a Byram Hills High School graduate who passed away from an undetected heart ailment in 2013.
A life-long runner, Ryan says he doesn’t have much time to run these day. But as the varsity assistant track and cross country coach at his alma mater, Briarcliff Manor High School, he has seen the student participation significantly expand.
After 30 years, Ryan retired from IBM in 2004. He served as a General Manager of their Distribution Sector and Vice President of Retail Industry Outsourcing at their Global Services in Somers, and as a Laboratory Director of Retail Systems Products in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Ryan joins Julie Mills-Worthey another newly appointed representative from Mount Vernon and Alex Payan who was re-elected to the WLS Board. Mills-Worthey is an attorney who specializes in Family Law. A resident of Mount Vernon, she has an extensive community service record where she has served on the boards of the Westchester Black Bar Association, the Association of Community Based Artists of Westchester and the Mount Vernon Boys and Girls Club.
Mr. Payan has over 15 years of marketing research experience in the corporate world of branding, product testing, awareness and usage, strategic brand positioning and tracking. He is currently the Director of Port Chester Cares for Family Services of Westchester in Port Chester among other community services.
WLS is a strong organization with the ability and opportunity to support all 38 libraries in Westchester County. For 2016, the WLS Board newly elected officers are as follows: Catherine Draper of Pelham as President; Mary Amato of Yonkers as Vice-President; Sean Ryan of Armonk as Secretary; and Edris Scherer of North Castle will continue as Treasurer.
“I look forward to being more involved with the broader Westchester library community and hope to help our libraries in North Castle, and all across our county, transform to meet the future needs of our communities,” concludes Ryan.
Buchwald, Latimer Announce Over $120,000 in Grants to Improve Westchester Libraries
August 13, 2015 State Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-Mount Kisco) and Senator George Latimer (D-Rye) announced that over $120,000 in construction grants have been awarded to improve the infrastructure of several Westchester County libraries. Funding for the Public Library Construction Grant Program was included in the 2015-16 state budget for renovations and construction projects to enhance public libraries and library systems. Libraries receiving construction funds include those in Armonk, Harrison, West Harrison, and Katonah.
“Having worked with these libraries in supporting their applications, it is terrific to see our libraries receiving funding to become more energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and technologically capable,” Senator Latimer said in announcing the awarding of the grants.
“Westchester’s libraries should have every opportunity to be world-class, because that is what the public deserves,” said Assemblyman Buchwald. “These construction grants allow our libraries to make necessary improvements in order for them to continue providing the entire community with vital resources, such as educational programming and computer access for seniors and job seekers. This funding will help libraries to upgrade their energy systems, phase in new technology, and improve the utilization of space through renovations.”
Bernard Margolis, the State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for the New York State Library, thanked the Legislature and Governor Cuomo for their ongoing support of the New York State Aid for Library Construction program. Margolis said, “These grants are supported by a $14 million capital fund appropriation in the 2014-2015 State budget. The grants will enable public libraries to upgrade and renovate their facilities to accommodate new technologies and meet the needs of their communities. Libraries will be able to make much needed improvements to their facilities, including the updating of electrical wiring to accommodate computer technology, replacing roofs, upgrading heating and cooling systems, and becoming fully accessible to library users with disabilities.”
Awardees of the Public Library Construction Grant Program include: · North Castle Public Library: $46,772 to replace an outdated HVAC system, as well as old, drafty doors. Funding also provides for three ceiling fans and other interior renovations to increase programming and quiet study space. · Harrison Public Library: $32,438 to transform the Community Room that will provide comprehensive library services for the 21st Century. · Harrison Public Library (West Harrison Branch): $26,500 to replace the old entrance doors with energy-efficient, ADA compliant units to improve energy efficiency and accessibility. · Katonah Village Library: $11,950 to replace old shingles on the structure’s roof, as well as improve the front portico’s gutters and downspout. The ceiling directly under the roof will also be renovated.
Harrison Public Library Board President David Donelson: “We would not be able to complete the renovation projects for both the West Harrison and the Richard E. Halprin Building without the support of Assemblyman Buchwald and Senator Latimer. The state grants filled an important gap in our funding and allowed us to leverage the town and private contributions we received.”
North Castle Public Library Board President Sean Ryan: “Our state is supporting our libraries and the ability to enhance our facilities to better support customers. This grant helps North Castle Public Library replace aging infrastructure, improve energy efficiency and enhance the usability of our Armonk facility to better serve our community. I very much appreciate the advocacy and hard work of both Assemblyman Buchwald and Senator Latimer.”
Assemblyman Buchwald and Senator Latimer have long been advocates for the region’s libraries. Both legislators successfully exempted libraries from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s payroll tax, thereby saving them thousands of dollars each year. In addition, the 2015-16 state budget includes a $5 million increase in library aid from the previous fiscal year to $91 million in total.
Questions about Health Care Coverage? Check Out the Library By Nomi Schwartz
January 6, 2014 For one-on-one help regarding various options for coverage in the healthcare market, residents can schedule appointments with a New York State-certified health navigator. Appointments are held at the Armonk branch of the North Castle Library on Mondays between 10 am and 1 pm, and at the North White Plains branch on Mondays between 2:30 pm and 6 pm. To schedule an appointment, only available through the Westchester Department of Health, call 914-813-5192, or email email@example.com.
According to Adult Librarian Edie Martimucci, the program was initiated by the Westchester County Health Department working with several branches of the Westchester Library System along with other healthcare and educational organizations in the country. “When the healthcare market opened to the public in October, people in the area were asking for individual help,” Martimucci said. “North Castle was one of 5 or 6 branches assigned its own navigator.”
Caren Halbfinger, a spokeswoman for the Westchester County Health Department advises people interested in scheduling appointments in North Castle or other Westchester locations to view a chart with hours, locations, and directions for all navigator sites in Westchester. She also notes that more information is available at the Department of Health website. Appointments are required to meet with the Health Navigator and must be made through the Department of Health, either by phone: 914-813-5192, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Library staff cannot answer any questions about health coverage or options.
Library Director Scott Jarzombek told AllAboutArmonk that the Library is very pleased with the popularity of the program and he encourages all residents to become aware of the many programs that the Library offers, “We hope that the success of this program helps members of the community realize that the library does much more than lend books.”
For information about all programs and events at the North Castle Library, call (914) 273-3887 or visit http://www.northcastlelibrary.org/