Tree Logo Friends of the North Castle Public Library, Inc.
Sponsors of the Armonk Outdoor Art Show and the Armonk Players
Recipient of the 2013 ARTSWESTCHESTER Community Award
Who We Are
In 1938, four volunteers came together to create what is now the North Castle Public Library. The group, which became the Friends of the North Castle Public Library, Inc. ("the Friends"), conceived, constructed, stocked and staffed the Library until it was turned over to the Town of North Castle in 1956. In the 1980s, the Friends oversaw a major expansion of the Library building and the addition of the 186-seat theater, Whippoorwill Theater.

The Friends is an organization consisting predominantly of residents of the Town of North Castle, New York, that exists to help the Library achieve its maximum usefulness and benefit to the community as its informational and cultural center. The Friends was incorporated as a New York not-for-profit corporation in 1993 as a successor to a predecessor unincorporated association. The Friends creates an awareness of the resources, educational and cultural programs and other activities made available to the North Castle community by the Library. These resources, in turn, not only benefit North Castle and Westchester County, but also residents of neighboring towns and counties. The Friends qualifies as a tax-exempt charitable organization, contributions to which are deductible to the extent provided by law.

The Friends works with the Library's Board of Trustees and the Library staff to determine how revenues raised by the Friends can most effectively benefit the Library. and its missions and programs.

The Friends' programs and activities are entirely administered by its directors, officers and other volunteers. The Friends raises funds to support its purposes by conducting the Armonk Outdoor Art Show, performances by the Armonk Players and other such programs and activities as the Board of Directors determines. Since 1938, the Friends has maintained a high visibility presence within the community, at the Library and in its theater, by providing funds for the many projects not covered by the town budget. The objective of the Friends is to furnish the "extras" that make the Library so special.

Since its inception, the Friends have given the North Castle community:

Recent cultural projects sponsored and funded by the Friends include:

In addition, The Friends has also recently updated Library facilities including: The Friends' major fund-raising event is the annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show. Begun in 1961, the Art Show started as a local show set up in front of the library with paintings hung on snow fencing. The Art Show has since expanded to a 204-booth show held on 10 acres at North Castle Community Park with participating artists coming from coast-to-coast and around the world. More than 200 resident volunteers run the Art Show, which for many is a year-long project of organization and implementation. Other volunteers devote themselves for the weekend of the Art Show and the week leading up to it. The Armonk Outdoor Art Show is now one of the most highly ranked art shows in the United States.

In 2011, the Armonk Outdoor Art Show celebrates its 50th anniversary. A full week of community activities are planned starting with a "Run for the Library" on September 18th and culminating with the Armonk Outdoor Art Show on September 24th and September 25th. Many community businesses and organizations are participating. Please plan to attend!

For more than 70 years, the Friends has remained a very vibrant part of the public-private partnership of the North Castle Public Library -- an intellectual and cultural center for the community and its Westchester County neighbors.