AWPL Foundation Mission Statement                                    

Albert Wisner Public Library Foundation, Inc. was incorporated pursuant to the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law of the State of New York on May 24, 2005.  The mission of the Foundation is to raise private funds in support of the services and programs of Albert Wisner Public Library, a taxpayer-funded School District Library.  The Foundation is exempt from payment of Federal income tax, and has qualified as a public charity, pursuant to the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible by the donor to the extent provided by law.  The Foundation also has registered with the Charities Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York.  Inquiries may be directed to that office at (212) 416-8686 and financial filings are posted on

AWPL Foundation Board of Governors

Mark Damia, President
Melissa Laico, Vice President
Glenn P. Dickes, Treasurer
Colleen Larsen, Vice President
Regina Wittosch

AWPL Foundation Officers

Mark Damia, President
Colleen Larsen, Vice President
Glenn P. Dickes, Treasurer
Melissa Laico, Secretary
Siobhan O'Riordan, Assistant Secretary

Annual Appeal 2023/2024                                                      

Foundation Financial Information                                                

The Foundation enjoys broad support from members of the community in the Library's service area and strives for transparency in its financial results.  Click the link above to locate and review the Foundation's financial statements, as well as Form 990-EZ, as filed with the Internal Revenue Service.

AWPL Foundation College Scholarship

Since 2007, the Albert Wisner Public Library Foundation has sponsored college scholarships, awarded annually through an essay competition.  College-bound high school seniors who reside within the Library's service district - specifically, the Warwick Valley Central School District -- are welcome and invited to participate in the essay competition, whether or not they attend Warwick Valley High School.  Essays are welcome from college-bound home-schooled students. Three $2,500.00 scholarships are offered, sponsored by Library benefactors Glenn P. and Susan D. Dickes (seen above) and one anonymous donor.

The essay topic for 2024 is:  Tell us about a book that has affected you deeply and explain why.  Essays are due by Friday, April 12, 2024 at 5pm.  Here are complete essay submission guidelines.  For more information, or if you have any questions, please call or email our Teen Advisor, Emily Wilson, at 845.986.1047, ext. 103 or email her at: