ARCHIVED: Friends of the Library Celebrate 30 Years

The Friends of the Sarah Lawrence College Library will celebrate their 30th anniversary on April 7 at 8 p.m. with readings by alumna Joanne Woodward, writing faculty member Melvin Bukiet, and poet Thomas Lux, as well as tributes to Hyman Kleinman, the College’s “literary ambassador” who marks 20 years with the Friends, and Eleanor Edelman, founding president of the group. The evening’s events are free and open to the public. For additional information, please call 914-395-2412.

Sarah Lawrence President Michele Myers will bestow an honorary degree upon Professor Kleinman paying homage to the many contributions he has made to the College where he was a member of the faculty from 1964 to 1984, and then leader of weekly workshops in literature for the Friends and local community groups for the last 20 years. His courses and workshops have delighted and informed thousands of Westchester residents.

At 92, Kleinman continues to share his knowledge and insights at the College's library where his courses are open to the public as part of membership in the Friends of the Library. This spring, Kleinman's lectures and courses will be presented around the theme of "quest." He will select and discuss short fiction in which characters are in search of something. Kleinman also lectures at the Reformed Church in Bronxville and at local synagogues where he discusses short fiction selections with either moral or religious themes.

Thanks to the vision and guidance of Eleanor Edelman the Friends of the Library have been an important source of support for the College and the Library and have served to bring the community to the campus. Among her many accomplishments Edelman was responsible for securing funding to bring notable speakers, such as Lillian Hellman, Toni Morrison, Ved Mehta and most recently Ann Patchett, to campus .

The Friends of the Library was established following the 1974 construction of the Esther Raushenbush Library. Funds raised by the Friends assist the library in purchasing materials and subsidizing campus events such as public lectures. One year membership is $45 for an individual, $65 for a couple and includes additional benefits such as library borrowing privileges.