For several years now, Elyse Klayman has been active on a number of Scarsdale Public Library committees, first as a member of Friends of the Library and then as part of a committee working to diversify the library’s offerings by adding a speaker series and other innovations prior to the library’s capital campaign launch.
“I enjoyed being part of the effort, and when a spot was open on the board, I applied,” she said. “[I] have been so fortunate to be a part of this exciting stage in the library’s history.”
In May, Klayman moved up from vice president to president of the library board of directors, having worked under former library board presidents Terri Simon and Diane Greenwald. Greenwald will remain on the board during Klayman’s presidency as the board’s secretary.
The Brewster Road resident also serves on the board of the Westchester Community College Foundation and is starting a freelance career in editing and writing after working 15 years at New York University Law School. She and her husband Barry have lived in Scarsdale for 20 years with their daughter Julia.
As president, Klayman said she’ll be focusing on the library’s renovation process, and is looking forward to how it will all come together — specifically, how it will come together for everyone in the community.
“The library is meant to serve everyone, it’s truly a democratic space, and in this new incarnation [it] will be ADA compliant, have flexible meeting and event space and a café for getting together or taking a break while people are working,” she said. “There will be all sorts of places to work and study, some traditional quiet, some will be right for collaborative projects and for folks working remotely or who are entrepreneurs or freelancers. It will be a space to hold meetings, or just have a change of scenery.”
Klayman said the new library space will be inclusive for all patrons. While there will be a different space for everyone, everyone can use the different spaces.
On any given day, parents could take their child to a program in the children’s space; the next day, they could conduct a business meeting in one of the many meeting spaces.
This library, she said, can be another space for members of the community to gather.
“Scarsdale is perhaps best known for its school system, and we hope the new library will be like another jewel in the crown,” Klayman said. “A real additional asset for the town that will offer everyone in the community a space to gather, to learn and to be intellectually engaged.”