Dear Friends and Neighbors, This has been an unprecedented year for the world, our country, and the city of Yonkers. Even while the coronavirus pandemic forced our three branches to close their doors in March 2020, YPL never stopped delivering on its mission to improve lives. Instead, YPL has extended its reach far beyond its physical footprint. YPL was here for you. YPL moved online!
Fun and engaging programming moved online within one week of the shutdown!
Our librarians have hosted over 700 virtual programs with a combined attendance of over 11,000!
Author talks, art classes, senior chats to storytimes, and tech training to early voting.
Throughout the shutdown, librarians were available for customer support, technology assistance, and reference help by phone and email.
YPL: The first large public library in the county to re-open!
YPL rolled out “contact-free” materials starting June 15. They reopened their buildings to patrons on July 13, within a week of Westchester County entering “Phase 4”.
YPL provided access to computers, wifi access, and charging stations, offering comfort and a bit of normalcy in this turbulent time.
YPL offered a place for YPS students to grab a free lunch in the summer
YPL’s Riverfront Library and Will Library are early voting locations, both during the Primary and General Elections, making it easier for residents to participate in the democratic process.
YPL helped nearly 1,000 residents get counted for the 2020 Census, helping Yonkers recover $2,382,000 a year in federal aid.
YPL: Looks out for you. We can’t know what the future will bring, but YPL’s expert staff and leaders continue to adapt to the needs of the community with innovative programs for Yonkers residents of all ages, including a 6-week virtual health and fitness program and ‘face to face’ meetings with a virtual job search coach. YPL is always here for you. Your contributions make this all possible. Any contribution you make to the Foundation will help the YPL deliver on its mission in the year ahead, as YPL continues to be here for the City of Yonkers in 2021 and into the future.