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Harrison Foundation Begins Fundraising for Library

HARRISON, N.Y. - Ross Halperin of the Harrison Public Library Foundation said the local library could use some renovations.

“We are looking forward to working with the library board of trustees and the community to provide Harrison with a library that it needs and deserves,” he said. "We are interviewing architects and look forward to unveiling our proposed plans for the initial project to the community in October."

The Harrison Public Library Foundation will begin a project to reinvent the downtown Richard E. Halperin Memorial Library building at a reception on Sunday, Oct. 2 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m at 2 Bruce Ave. The reception will be open to all residents.

President of the Harrison Public Library Board of Trustees Diane Sammons said Harrison's current libraries were outdated and buildings like the 50-year-old downtown library could use some help.

"In addition to providing state-of-the-art library services, we envision a social, civic and cultural center for the town of Harrison," Sammons said. "Community support is vital to bringing the Harrison Public Library into the 21st century and we are thrilled that the Harrison Public Library Foundation has joined us in this effort."

The foundation will raise the money to fund the renovations. Efforts to finance the project will also be discussed at the reception.

Representatives from architectural firm H3 Hardy will present proposed renovations at the reception. The firm is retained by the library trustees and is nationally recognized for planning and designing community spaces.

Daria Pizzetta and Margaret Sullivan of H3 have been working with the library trustees, staff and patrons for months to "tailor the new design to the Harrison community's needs and wishes," a library statement said.

New library Director Galina Chernykh will also be at the reception to discuss her plans.

The HPLF was established in November 2010 to enhance the library as "a valuable community resource by improving its facilities, programs, and capabilities," the statement said.Residents seeking more information can visit the HPLF website and reserve a spot at the reception by sending an email to the foundation or calling at (914) 835-0324.

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E-mail town reporter Phil Corso at PCorso@TheDailyHarrison.com .

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