Friends of the Westhampton Free Library
The Friends of the Westhampton Free Library, an all-volunteer organization, is committed to sponsoring a variety of programs designed to meet the needs of our entire community, and providing general and financial support for the Library. Our projects have included annual book fairs, children’s workshops and story hours, adults’ practical skills and crafts workshops, on-site recitals, lectures and readings.
To become a member, please download the form below, complete it, and mail it with a check for your tax-deductible dues and/or donation. Checks should be made payable to the “Friends of the Westhampton Free Library.”
Please mail the form to:
P.O. Box 86
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
Friends of the Library Award
Congratulations to Remsenburg resident Devin D’Agostino for being awarded the 2016 Friends of The Westhampton Free Library $500 Scholarship. Devin, a Westhampton Beach High School senior, received the award for his essay about his experiences while visiting the library to study or tutor students.
Devin wrote, “Libraries are amazing places. They offer a seemingly endless collection of knowledge and stories for anyone to enjoy. People from all walks of life take advantage of the many possibilities the library has to offer. It is a central meeting place. Locations where people may socialize, talk, and enjoy the company of others, a thing that is often removed in our technology dependent world.”
The contest, established in 2012, was initiated to promote the diverse functions of our library and to show how it is an integral part of the education and entertainment of individuals and the community at large according to Friends of the Westhampton Free Library Scholarship Committee Chairperson Claudia Wasserman.
Jane Dell, in helping judge the winner this year, remarked: “All the essays were well worth reading, but Devin added charm and humor to his that jumped off the page.”
Devin attends Fordham University as a member of their Honors Program at the Rose Hill campus. He will pursue a major in biology in preparation for a career in paleontology.
Local Youths Write About Friendship for National Poetry Month
This April marked the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, which was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, National Poetry Month has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture according to poets.org.
For the past eight years, the Friends of the Westhampton Free Library have held an annual poetry contest for local youths. Friends member and former president Claudia Wasserman has been the driving force behind the competition from the beginning.
“I’ve kept all the records of the contests – all poems submitted, submission forms, letters to poets and parents, lists of voluntary donations,” stated Ms. Wasserman who noted that a compendium of five years of winning and selected poems (2008-2012) was published by Pine Barrens Printing.
The book of poetry titled Friends of K-12 Poetry has cover and interior art that was chosen from submissions created by Kindergarten through grade 12 students. There are copies available at the Westhampton Free Library and winning poems from the years succeeding 2012 can be viewed in library newsletters.
“Throughout the year, the Library publishes several winning poems in each newsletter,” said Ms. Wasserman. “It has been suggested that another five year publication might be considered for the 2017 holiday season.”
Ms. Wasserman, a long-time Remsenburg resident, initiated a co-sponsorship of the poetry contest with Westhampton Free Library this year. Her goal was to extend the reach of the contest to more local youths. The Library’s Idea Place Manager Sonja Roese and Librarian Andrea Roberts spread the message of this year’s Friendship theme to local schools.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to co-sponsor this contest with the Friends of the Westhampton Free Library, said Library Director Danielle Waskiewicz. “The Friends of the Westhampton Free Library is a nonprofit corporation that assists the Westhampton Free Library with funds towards our operating expenses, such as free museum passes for our patrons, raised through fundraising efforts and membership dues. They are a critical partner and we are excited about this joint effort to promote poetry amongst children.”
2016 Poetry Contest Winners
1st place: Jessica Dunn, East Moriches Middle School
1st place: Lucas Hefter, 2nd Grade Raynor Country Day School
2nd Place: Ever Meyer, 1st Grade East Quogue Elementary
2nd place: Rylee McGinness, 3rd Grade Raynor Country Day School
Honorable Mention: Emma Rose Holfelder, 2nd Grade East Quogue Elementary School
Honorable Mention: Rebecca Bartha, Kindergarten Raynor Country Day School
Honorable Mention: Austin Faller, 3rd Grade East Moriches Elementary School
Honorable Mention: Ethan Kossman, East Moriches Middle School
The Friends of the Westhampton Free Library Support Early Childhood Literacy
The Westhampton Free Library congratulates Charley Dederick, Josephine Doscinski, Colm Parsons and Lily Sands for completing the library’s 1000 Book Before Kindergarten challenge. A special celebration was held at the library on Sunday, June 5, to congratulate the four star readers and present them with certificates and trophies.
Hundreds of libraries across the country have joined the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge. The concept is simple; the rewards are priceless. A parent or caregiver may read a book, any book, to their newborn, infant or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books, readers can repeat books, before the child enters kindergarten. If a child is read just one book a night, that is about 365 books in a year, 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years according to the website 1000booksbeforekindergarten.org.
“The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten (1KB4K) challenge at the Westhampton Free Library is a program for children from ages birth to five years. Before they enter kindergarten, the children are to read 1,000 books in order to earn a certificate and a trophy, explained Children’s Idea Place Librarian Andrea Roberts. “The families log books onto our 1KB4K section of the Westhampton Free Library web page and for every 100 books that they read and log they get a brand new hard cover book for their home libraries! Families can participate without finishing so you can start at any age before kindergarten and still be rewarded for reading. Families can come into the Idea Place anytime and pick up a welcome package and sign up for the program.”
Friends of the Library Book Sale
Year Round Book Sale
Back By Popular Demand! We have a bookcase full of gently used books for sale all year long. Stop by and check it out.
Additionally from time to time there are items listed in the Friends of the Westhampton Free Library Online Book Store on eBay.
Book donations will be accepted only after speaking with Tom or Harriet (631-325-8320) from the Friends of the Westhampton Free Library.
If anyone is interested in helping with book donations please let us know.
Some websites you can visit to learn more about donating books and related materials include:
This is a great site where you can trade in old books for new ones!
American Library Association
Better World Books