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 and gifts to the library including:
A Holiday Craft and Book Boutique
The Summer Reading Game Party for Children
Nooks for the public
The West Point Concert Band
Lectures and author talks
The Friday Night Movie Program
including the Guggenheim, The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, the Museum of Natural History,
The Stamford Museum and Nature Center and others
Programs for children
such as this storytelling and music event by Jonathan Kruk and Rich Bayla
Concerts by the Red Dirt Road Band, Washboard Slim and the Bluelights, Caroline Doctorow, Highpoint Players and others
such as this barbershop and accapella group 29 Seconds
Family Fun Day in Summer 2016 with the local Goat Rodeo Band including Eric Pooley.
Many of the music programs have been paid for by grants 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 – Edris Scherer
Vice President – Bea Kruchkow
Treasurer – Tim Purdy
Secretary -Pat Wilson
Membership in the Friends costs $25.00 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.