TUCKAHOE, N.Y. – One hundred years ago, the Women’s Club of Eastchester set up a lending library on the second floor of what is now the Generoso Pope Foundation building in Tuckahoe.
On Wednesday night, the village celebrated the centennial of that library at the Tuckahoe Community Center.
To honor the library’s 100 years in the village, local and Westchester County officials joined the library staff and about 150 residents for a celebration featuring a 40-basket Chinese auction, music from 1912 played by the Bronxville Pops Concert Band and refreshments.
Library Director Swadesh Pachnanda remarked at how different things are today from a century ago.
“Things have changed in so many ways from 1912, and then again later in the 1980s,” she said. “We went from the bulky card catalog to computers that tell you where things are, not only inside our four walls, but around the country and state.”
County Legislator Sheila Marcotte presented Pachnanda with a proclamation celebrating the library’s long tenure.
“I was reading an article about the library from 1913, which described it as a two-room library with a main reading room stocked with books, and another for supplies,” she said. “I laughed because while a lot has changed, not a lot has changed. The Tuckahoe Library has always been good at doing more with less.”
Tuckahoe Mayor Steve Ecklond complimented the library staff, praising them for continuing to host programs for residents of all ages, despite having their budget slashed this year.
“This great staff has done a great job during an especially tough financial time,” he said. “The library budget got cut like so many others, but they’ve continued to do as much, if not more for the community. It shows that they go the extra mile.”
The Tuckahoe Public Library, at 72 Columbus Ave., is among the oldest buildings in the village, Ecklond said, and has been an important part of the community.
“Being around this long says an awful lot about the Tuckahoe Library,” he said. “It’s a small library, but it’s a small village. The response tonight goes to show how much the community enjoys it.”