About the Foundation
Funding the Future of the Library
The Port Washington Library Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation that raises funds to support the needs of the Port Washington Public Library not covered by taxes and helps to maintain its viability for future generations. Established in 1989 by four members of the Port Washington community, the Foundation has since given the library more than $3,000,000 in private funds for additional programming, advanced technology, new initiatives, and upgrades of the library building and grounds. The Foundation is separate and distinct from other support organizations, including Friends of the Library.
More About Our Story
In 2017, the Foundation raised sufficient funds to complete the Jackie and Hal Spielman Children's Library. As of late 2017, the public has been able to enjoy this state-of-the-art space created for ages newborn to 12 and their caregivers.
Our Success Stories
- Annual Funding for the Library's advisory councils - Art, Music, Children's, Nautical, and Health
- Books for Dessert, a book club for adults with intellectual disabilities
- The Parent Child Home Program
- Jobs and Career Center including Job Search Boot Camp
- Tepper intergenerational museum and baseball trips and early literacy support
- Parking lot construction and plantings
- Wireless internet
- The Joan and Arnold Saltzman Reading Room
- Digitization of archived photos and records from Port Washington's history
- Lapham Meeting Room lighting and sound systems