Foundation Gala on May 4, 2024

Please join us for the Foundation Gala on May 4, 2024, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Library. We'll be celebrating the Library's 50 Years on Martine Avenue!

Buffet Dinner – Wine & Beer –  RSVP by April 17. (Journal Ad Deadline extended to April 17, Please email text or jpeg file to

Funds raised through the Gala support year-round programs for children, teens and adults.


Honoring Rai Fernandez, Partner, Bermello Ajamil Architects

With creativity, technical skill, and appreciation for our grand old building, Rai Fernandez and his team have transformed almost all of the Library’s spaces, improving the user experience for thousands of people every year. The Trove (children’s area), Edge (teen area), entire first floor, Auditorium, and Gallery are stunning renovations created through a multi-year partnership with Bermello Ajamil Architects. Rai Fernandez has over 30 years of experience in managing, coordinating, designing, and master planning a variety of award-winning projects including hotels, airports, residential buildings, ports and libraries.

Special Guest: bestselling author Mariah Fredericks

Mariah Fredericks is the author of the Jane Prescott series as well as the bestselling mystery, The Lindbergh Nanny. She’ll be talking with us about her newest book, The Wharton Plot. Inspired by a true story, the book follows Edith Wharton through the fading years of the Gilded Age in a city she once loved so well, telling a taut tale of fame, love, and murder, as she becomes obsessed with solving a crime. Mariah Fredericks was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from Vassar College with a degree in history. She enjoys reading and writing about dead people and how they got that way. All Gala guests will receive a copy of the book.

View a PDF of the invitation and reply card HERE

Here's some background about the 50 year celebration: During the summer of 1974, the White Plains Public Library moved from a brick building on Grand Avenue to its current location at 100 Martine Avenue? We left behind a crowded facility with little room for programs to relocate an expansive facility on Martine, complete with study and conference rooms, space for displays, an auditorium and a gallery.

Over the past five decades, the Library has continued to serve us well, adapting to continual changes in the community. Today's Library reflects advancements made possible through civic leadership, government support, generous philanthropy, and our outstanding Staff. Join us on May 4 to celebrate all that’s been accomplished at 100 Martine Avenue!

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