History

History of the Mamaroneck Library

1927 Reading Room1927 Reading Room
Photos circa 1927

 

Founded in a storefront on the Post Road in 1923 with about 800 books, the Mamaroneck Public Library was funded by individuals, businesses, and local organizations in response to the slogan, ‘Mamaroneck is not a fit place to live in until it has a library.’ With the donation of a plot of land and funds from benefactors, a new building was constructed on the present site and opened in 1927. By 1966, a new wing added 7,200 square feet for the present reading and reference rooms and children’s library was constructed. This was soon followed by the addition of the Emelin Theatre, then a part of the library, with a common lobby and an expansion of the lower level of the library. By 1987, another wing was added on a parcel of land purchased from the Christian Science Church.

Excerpt taken from Celebration: Village of Mamaroneck Centennial 1895-1995, edited by Mary P. LoGiudice.

In 2008 another construction project was started to renovate and expand the library. This project was finished in the summer of 2011.


The Mamaroneck Library’s Photo Archive

Mamaroneck Library, in conjunction with the Larchmont Historical Society, is proud to present a gallery of historic photos that are available for browsing online. Photos are being added daily. Please visit often!


Mural Restoration

Come see the restored murals in the Library’s Reading Room. Restoration was made possible in part by a grant from the Greater Hudson Heritage Foundation and a generous donation by a Mamaroneck family.

Library Mural
Warren Chase Merritt
1897 – 1968

Warren Chase Merritt was born on December 3, 1897 in Randsburg, California. As a young boy, he sketched ships along the Eureka waterfront. He was fascinated by the sea. His childhood along the coast had a great influence on this future work. When he was about fourteen, his father, manager of the North Pacific Steamship Company, was drowned in the wreck of the Hanalei off Ducksbury Reef. Soon after, the Merritt family moved to Sausalito and he enrolled at the California School of Fine Arts for one term while working as a commercial artist. In 1929, the Crown Zellerbach Corporation commissioned him to paint his first mural, the history of paper making and shipping in the San Francisco Bay area.

Throughout his life Merritt painted a number of murals, one commissioned by the Shell Oil Company and another by Pacific Gas & Electric plus a number of historical wall panels for the Mamaroneck Public Library. Between 1935 and 1942, Merritt’s studio was in New York, but he divided his time between the East and West coasts. Returning to California, during World War Two he worked in the engineering office at Bethlehem Steel in Alameda. After the war he and his wife moved to Capitola where he continued to paint.

Merritt worked for many years as an illustrator for Railroad Magazine and also did illustrations for California history books during the 1940s and 50s. In addition to painting, he was an accomplished musician and often played with a group of friends at dances and functions held in Santa Cruz and the Capitola area. He died in Capitola, California on May 23, 1968. Member Carmel Art Association. Exhibited: Ferargil Galleries (New York City), 1938 (solo); San Francisco Museum of Art, 1939; New York World’s Fair, 1939; De Young Museum, 1943; California Palace of Legion of Honor, 1945.Works held: Santa Cruz City Museum; Mamaroneck Public Library.

Library Quilt
Mamaroneck Library Memory Quilt 2010

 

In celebration of the 2011, a Memory Quilt was created by members of the community to celebrate both the community and the Mamaroneck Library. It currently hangs just inside the entryway, opposite the self-checkout stations.

Continuing Education
Paula Shamion
Mamaroneck Streets
Ellen Maloney
Books
Jane Meryl
Mamaroneck High School Football
Terry Rainaldi
Columbia Engine Co.
Susan Deshensky
Columbia Engine Co.
Ladies Auxillary Club Mamaroneck Motel
Tammy Greeman
St. John’s Lutheran Church
Lisa Kerhle
LMC-TV Robert’s Department Store Main Hosiery
Mary Reed
Zitoune Restaurant Norman Rockwell (Former Resident)
Ellen Maloney
Tennis and Sailing
Barbara Mallet Ferruzzi
Columbia Fire Engine
Susan Deshensky
Summer Musical Theater
Alice Model
Volunteer Firemen Statue
Tammy Greeman
Indigeonous Native American
Ellen Maloney
Miller’s Toy Store
Tammy Greeman
Children’s Librarians
Laura Chess
Mamaroneck Public Library
Hilary Hertzoff
Children’s Librarians
Laura Chess
The Quilt Cottage
Nancy Rosenberger
Cherry Blossoms at the Mamaroneck Harbor
Fuyumi Ambe
Mamaroneck Avenue School Centennial
5th Grade Student
Mamaroneck Community Nursery School Ladies Auxillary Club Huber’s Hofbrau Haus
Karen Farrell
Harbor Scene
Ruth Spiro
Women’s Club of Mamaroneck Washington’s Rock
Tammy Greeman
Mamaroneck Train Station
Ellen Maloney
Sailboats in the Harbor
Ellen Maloney
Walter’s Hot Dog Stand
Tammy Greeman
Mamaroneck Police PBA