The Pound Ridge Library is the intellectual and cultural center of Pound Ridge for all ages.
Opened in 1952, the Library now has a collection of over 60,000 items including books, magazines, CDs, talking- book cassettes and videos. The Library’s collection is broad and diverse, but is particularly strong in the arts, biographies, mysteries and cookbooks. In addition, the Library offers electronic database searching and Internet access for reference and research. It also provides access to e-Books. Through the Interlibrary Loan Program, books not owned by the Library can be provided quickly and efficiently via WESTLYNX, the computerized card catalog of Westchester’s 38 public libraries and other data bases.
As the cultural center of the town, the Library offers such activities as The Adult Learning Center (TALC), art and craft exhibits, Driver Safety Programs, films, concerts, lectures and book-discussion programs year round. The Library also sponsors a myriad of children’s activities including Winter and Spring vacation programs, story hours, holiday happenings, arts and crafts workshops, musical performances, and the annual Summer Reading Program.
The Library is a much-loved, heavily-used facility. Year after year it ranks in the top 10 in per capita circ among the 38 Westchester libraries, attesting to its vital role in the community. (In 2009, the Library ranked 5th per capita.) The Library has come a long way since its founding in 1952 with a collection of 3,000 books – to the cultural center of activities that it is today. To meet the changing needs of the 21st century, however, more space is essential.
Public libraries are one of the founding institutions of our nation. They have existed as a visible sign of the desire for self-improvement and knowledge which characterized our nation of pioneers from the beginning and which continues today as one of our most admired and admirable national traits. Libraries serve the same purposes today as in the past, providing free resources for self-improvement and education to anyone who wants it.
By reaching our goal to raise $3 million towards the Library’s expansion will firmly put Pound Ridge in the company of other first class towns and cities which value this tradition and recognize the important role libraries play in the life of such towns. Without this project, the people of Pound Ridge are deprived of an up-dated, larger, brighter, more welcoming library, which, though small, will be able to compete in our very rich environment of available cultural and intellectual resources.