Welcome to Mamaroneck Public Library!
What is the financial future of the Mamaroneck Library? How can I help?
The Mamaroneck Public Library (MPL) has received emergency funding in the form of a Tax Anticipation Note (TAN) issued on our behalf by the Village of Mamaroneck. While we are very relieved that this immediate concern has been met, we are still working to regain the trust of the community and want to reassure the community of our efforts and offer clarity and accountability in our next steps.
The MPL has contracted forensic accountants Nawrocki Smith LLP (Nawrocki) to investigate and uncover irregularities, and also to recommend and implement ongoing fraud prevention and transparency measures. They are working closely with MPL administration beyond the necessary investigative work to:
- Support best accounting practices,
- Help implement necessary controls, and
- Ensure stakeholders get accurate and appropriate information.
Nawrocki’s work is ongoing. We are awaiting the completion of their investigation along with their final findings and recommendations.
While we wait for the final report, we are working to restore MPL’s financial health. Early on, the MPL took drastic steps to cut spending -even books- and continues to evaluate all programs and contracts. The Board Treasurer who initially identified the irregularities resigned to attend to unrelated personal matters, and the Board is seeking a Treasurer. The Treasurer does not need to be a member of the Board. In the interim, the Board has a new member with extensive budgeting and financial reporting experience who will help in any possible way.
A new Finance Committee composed of current and newly elected Trustees, as well as independent community members skilled in budgeting and finance, has been formed. The Finance Committee, in partnership with the MPL leadership, is working to address the immediate crisis, to map the next few years, and to prepare a budget for consideration in the December 2023 election. It is anticipated that the new budget will establish austerity level spending, which will mean a temporary reduction in services and programs. If approved, this budget will be in effect for the June 1, 2024-May 31, 2025 MPL fiscal year. With the anticipated new budget vote, we hope to emerge from this crisis even stronger. We will still welcome support and donations from the public – many libraries depend on a fundraising model to boost revenue over the tax monies received.
The Library is using Network for Good, linked on the MPL website, for direct donations–and that remains the best way for community members who would like to donate to support the MPL. Network for Good is a trusted tool used by many not-for-profit organizations. Donations, which are tax deductible to the extent provided by law, will be acknowledged and will help support the essential functions of the MPL. Those who wish to fund beloved non-essential programming can also make direct donations to the MPL. The MPL is grateful to the community for its support during this difficult time. The MPL has proudly served Mamaroneck for 100 years. With your support, we hope to continue for at least 100 more.
We are No Longer Accepting Donations of Books, DVDs, or CDs
Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees Work Session May 22, 2023
Mamaroneck Public Library 1923 – 2023 Centennial!
Mamaroneck Public Library will be celebrating its Centennial in 2023. We will be having a year-long celebration of our history, highlights, and the many ways Mamaroneck and world-at-large has evolved and changed in the last 100 years.
We gladly solicit your participation in these events; please use the Google form to apply. We regularly run many programs at MPL for our patrons (Adults, Teens, Tweens, and Children). If you are interested in presenting a program for our patrons, please complete and submit this form.