For Immediate Release:
Contact: Nancy J. Rieger
HARRISON PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION KICKS OFF FUNDRAISING EFFORT FOR LIBRARY
RENOVATION PLANS AT OCTOBER 2nd RECEPTION
Community Invited to Free Event
HARRISON, NY, September 7, 2011 – The Harrison Public Library Foundation (HPLF) will launch its capital campaign to renovate the Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library Building at a reception on Sunday, October 2nd, at 4:00-6:00pm at 2 Bruce Avenue. The reception is open to all Harrison residents and is free of charge.
At the event, representatives from H3 Hardy, the architectural firm retained by the Library Trustees, will present their proposed renovation. H3 Hardy is nationally recognized for planning and designing community spaces and has recently worked on library projects including the Botanical Research Institute of Texas Library in Fort Worth, the library at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York City, the Vassar College Library in Poughkeepsie, and the library at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. H3’s library planning and design practice experts, Daria Pizzetta and Margaret Sullivan have been working with the Library Trustees, staff and patrons, as well as with residents, for the past several months to tailor the new design to the Harrison community's needs and wishes.
"Our current facilities are outdated and we want to change that," says Diane Sammons, the President of the Board of Trustees. “The downtown library is located in a 1961 building which needs to be updated. In addition to providing state of the art library services, we envision a social, civic and cultural center for the Town of Harrison. Community support is vital to bringing the Harrison Public Library into the 21st century, and we are thrilled that the Harrison Public Library Foundation has joined us in this effort. ” Dr. Sammons, other Library Trustees, and the new Library Director, Galina Chernykh, will be at the reception to talk about their vision for the future of the Harrison Public Library.
Funds for the planned renovation are being raised by the Harrison Public Library Foundation, which was established in November 2010 with a commitment to enhance the Library as a valuable community resource by improving its facilities, programs and capabilities. At the event, Stephen Hicks, HPLF President, will provide an update on the foundation’s efforts to finance the project.
For more information about the HPLF project visit, www.harrisonplf.org. To attend the reception, respond to RSVP@harrrisonplf.org or contact the library at (914)-835-0324.