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FYPL Spring Gala to Feature Author Sandra Cisneros

Acclaimed Author’s First-Ever Appearance in Westchester County

On Monday, May 20, the Foundation for the Yonkers Public Library will welcome beloved and best-selling author

Sandra Cisneros to Yonkers as the featured speaker at its Spring Gala. The event will take place at the Riverfront Library from 6:00 to 8:30pm. Proceeds from the event will support educational programming at the Yonkers Public Library’s three branches.

Sandra Cisneros’s coming of age novel, The House on Mango Street, has sold over six million copies and been translated into over twenty languages. She has won many awards, including most recently the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature. In addition, she has founded both the Macondo Foundation, an association of socially engaged writers, and the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation, a grant-giving institution that served Texas writers for fifteen years.

“Sandra Cisneros’s writing resonates deeply with young people who are just starting to find their voice in the world,” said Foundation President Nancy Maron, “and her own story as a person deeply committed to social justice and artistic expression speaks to us all. This year, the Foundation will raise funds to help the library enhance programming for teens and young adults. We could not imagine a more exciting writer to join us.”

Funds raised will support and enhance Yonkers Public Library offerings to all patrons. Among the programs the Foundation hopes to support this year are enhancing teen spaces in all branches, developing a Homework Help program for high-school students, and expanding programming for the quickly growing young artist community at the Riverfront Art Gallery.

The Yonkers Riverfront Library is located at One Larkin Center, directly across from the Yonkers station, on the Metro North’s Hudson Line and is accessible to people with disabilities. Free parking will be available for Gala ticket holders.

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Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, performer, and artist whose work explores the lives of the working-class. Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, several honorary doctorates and national and international book awards, including Chicago’s Fifth Star Award, the PEN Center USA Literary Award, the Fairfax Prize, and the National Medal of the Arts awarded to her by President Obama in 2016. Most recently, she received the Ford Foundation’s Art of Change Fellowship, was recognized among The Frederick Douglass 200, and won the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature. Her classic, coming-of-age novel, The House on Mango Street, has sold over six million copies, has been translated into over twenty languages, and is required reading in elementary, high school, and universities across the nation. Sandra Cisneros is a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico.


The Foundation for the Yonkers Public Library is an independent not-for-profit organization, created in 2017 by the trustees and administrators of YPL as a means to actively support and enrich the programming, spaces, and collections of the Library. The Foundation, through its fundraising efforts, has already funded several key library initiatives in 2019, including 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and Teacher in the Library, as well as well as a new artist teaching series launched in 2019.


The Yonkers Public Library is the largest library in Westchester County and was established in 1893 to serve the citizens of the City of Yonkers. There are currently three branches; Riverfront Library, our main branch, in downtown Yonkers, the Grinton I. Will Branch on Central Avenue and the Crestwood Branch in the Crestwood section of the city. Our mission is to change lives every date. Our expert, trusted staff help all the people of Yonkers find the information they need, the programs they enjoy, and the reading they love. In 2018, the library had over 825,000 visitors, checked out 795,000 items, held 7,200 programs for adults, teens and youth and answered 364,479 reference questions. For more information about the Yonkers Public Library, visit


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