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New Beginnings Gala on October 17

Updated: Oct 1, 2018

Left to Right: Authors Jimin Han, Veera Hiranandani, Laura Farenthold, and News 12 Reporter Lisa Reyes

Yonkers, NY, September 5, 2018 - The Foundation for the Yonkers Public Library will host its first fundraising Gala, New Beginnings, on Wednesday, October 17 from 6:00 to 8:30pm. The event will take place on the top floor of Riverfront Library and feature brilliant authors, great food and lively music to celebrate the first 125 years of the Yonkers Public Library and look to the next. Proceeds from the event will support educational programming at the library.

The evening will feature talks by acclaimed authors Veera Hiranandani (The Night Diary), Laura Fahrenthold (The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles), and Jimin Han (A Small Revolution). News 12 Anchor Lisa Reyes will act as Master of Ceremonies for the festivities, which also include a silent auction, catered hors d’oeuvres from X2O, and live music from the Joey Berkley Band.

The theme of the gala, New Beginnings, is a celebration of the 125th year of the Yonkers Public Library, and is the inaugural Gala for The Foundation for the Yonkers Public Library, an independent not-for-profit organization created in 2017 to support the YPL by enhancing its programming, technology and meeting places.

“We are delighted to have three outstanding authors join us to celebrate this banner year for YPL and for the Foundation,” said Foundation President Nancy Maron. “Their work addresses ‘new beginnings’ and journeys in many ways, and is a wonderful way to highlight the dynamic literary and arts community of our great city while raising funds to extend library programming.”

Funds raised for this event will support and expand educational programming for youth, including Homework Help, which serves over 3,000 students throughout the school year, and the Summer Reading Buddies program, which welcomes over 900 young readers and their families each summer. These two programs are part of the vital mission of YPL to be a source of continuing education and enrichment to those most in need.


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The Yonkers Riverfront Library, located at One Larkin Center, is accessible to people with disabilities. Parking is available at sidewalk meters and for a fee in the nearby Buena Vista and Warburton Garages. The Library is across the street from the Yonkers station, on the Metro North Railroad’s Hudson Line.


About The Foundation for the Yonkers Public Library

The Foundation for the Yonkers Public Library is an independent not-for-profit organization, created in 2017 by the trustees and administrators of the YPL as a means to actively support and enrich the programming, spaces, and collections of the Library. In its first year of operation, the FYPL has supported several key library initiatives, including the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” literacy program and public events at each branch throughout 2018 to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the YPL system.

About the Yonkers Public Library

The Yonkers Public Library was established in 1893 and today is a three-branch system serving the 200,000 residents of Yonkers and surrounding cities and towns. Each year, the Yonkers Public Library welcomes thousands of visitors to engage in programs, borrow materials, and interact with librarians to find the information they seek to enrich and improve their lives. In 2017, the library had over 875,000 visitors, checked out 750,000 items, held 3,146 programs for adults, teens and youth, and answered 282,955 reference questions.

For more information about the Yonkers Public Library, visit

About Laura Fahrenthold

Author Laura Fahrenthold takes a break from her national book tour to join us to talk about her moving, touching, funny, and inspirational memoir, released this summer by Penguin Random House. Suddenly widowed, Laura copes by spreading her Bloomberg journalist husband Mark Pittman’s ashes 31,152 miles across the USA and Canada on RV trips with their eyeball-rolling teenagers where the pink steering wheel becomes her spiritual GPS.

About Jimin Han

Jimin Han was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in Providence, Rhode Island; Dayton, Ohio; and Jamestown, New York. Her writing can be found online at NPR’s “Weekend America,” Poets & Writers Magazine, Entropy, and elsewhere. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College's Writing Institute.

A Small Revolution, her first novel, was among Entropy’s Best Fiction of 2017, Redbook Magazine’s 20 Books by Women You Must Read This Spring, Buzzfeed’s 6 Binge-worthy Literary Books of May, CNN’s Summer Beach Reads, and Electric Literature’s list of 34 Books By Women of Color To Read This Year.

“A Small Revolution is a novel of remarkably-rendered extremes...It is an ambitious and accomplished debut that pulls us out of our comfortable window seats and places us in a room, in a young woman’s heart, and in a nascent democracy’s earliest days.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

“In her novel A Small Revolution, Han handles serious topics—mental illness, political activism, domestic violence—deftly.” —Los Angeles Times

About Veera Hiranandani

Veera Hiranandani is the author of The Night Diary (Dial), which was featured on NPR's Weekend Edition and is a New York Times Editor's Choice Pick, The Whole Story of Half a Girl (Yearling), which was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and a South Asian Book Award Finalist, and the chapter book series, Phoebe G. Green (Grosset & Dunlap). A former book editor at Simon & Schuster, she now teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College's Writing Institute and is working on her next novel.

"[T]he family's dramatic journey will keep readers to the end. The finale -- unabashedly weepy, deeply cathartic -- is as satisfying as a long, cool, drink of water." -- The New York Times

"With Nisha, readers experience the fear and danger of displacement, take joy in a soothing rain and small bowl of lentils, and try to imagine a new, safe home in a faraway place." -- The Washington Post


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