The West Palm Beach Library Foundation’s mission is to seek, advocate for, and obtain financial support which ensures that high-quality services will always be available at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is pleased to welcome the addition of Dianne Bernstein to its Board of Directors.
Bernstein, a West Palm Beach resident is a passionate believer in the value of a free public library to the community; she will draw on her prior institutional experiences to participate in developing on-going fund raising capabilities for the West Palm Beach Library Foundation. She holds a Masters in Education, and a Batchelor of Arts from Temple University. Bernstein’s is an accomplished artist with fine art education from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Fleisher School of Art, along with the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach.
Her experience as a board member is extensive serving on several boards of directors and advisory committees such as Philadelphia Free Library as a member of its Board of Directors along with a member of their Foundation Board. She has served on The Curtis Institute of Music as a member of Advisory Board of Directors, The American Friends of Magen David Adom (Israel’s Emergency Response Organization) served as the Chairman of Advisory Committee, Temple University School of Business as the Director of its Placement Office, and also the Philadelphia Museum of Art as the Chair of Annual Capital Fund Raising drive.
The WPBLF is very excited that Mrs. Bernstein will be bringing to the Foundation with her experience and enthusiasm for amazing public libraries like the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. The West Palm Beach Library Foundation serves the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach by obtaining funds to pilot new initiatives, enhance technology, increase collections, and support ongoing programs for children, teens, adults and families.
The Library Foundation has funded:
- Book, eBook and eMusic collections
- Enhanced technology
- Afterschool Homework Assistance
- Summer Reading Programming
- Summer Academy for students
- Science Projects Workshops for kids and parents
- Let’s Read, a story-time program for city schools
- Dog Tales, children read aloud to therapy
- Kids Can Cook, incorporating nutrition and math
- Teen Mentoring
- Bilingual Early Literacy Computer Stations
- Job Readiness Programs for teens and adults
- Computer classes and literacy training for all ages and
- Art, literature, cooking and music programs.
The Library is more than just books; it is a community resource where 1,500 children and adults visit every day. Thousands take part monthly in events such as yoga programs, after school homework help, and classes to expand their computer literacy. Over eight hundred thousand books, magazines, eBooks, DVDs and CDs are checked out annually by 107,000 library card patrons.
To contribute to the West Palm Beach Library Foundation in its efforts to support the Library, donations can be made via the website www.WPBLF.org. There are many other options available to leave a legacy for the love of the library and the programs that help so many in our growing community.
Schedule a private or small group behind the scenes tour of the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach by calling ExecutiveDirector Rebecca Weiss at 561-868-7793.