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Mt Vernon Public Library Open House

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mvplMount Vernon — The Mount Vernon Public Library, the Mount Vernon Public Library Foundation and the MVPL Trustees opened their doors, Tuesday to showcase some of the items they have to offer to the community. The Mount Vernon Public Library, the Central Library of the Westchester Library System, has a bright future and welcomed the public to be part of it, as they continue to restore the library to its original grandeur!

“We have made great progress within the last 2 years, but we aren’t done yet.” Today we unveiled 2 projects that the library has embarked upon through grants totaling approximately 120+k,” Oscar Davis, Jr., Acting President of MVPL Board of Trustees, informs BW. “We encourage people to visit the library and see what is happening. It’s not just about books but other services we have to offer the community.”

Elected officials in attendance included former Mayor Ernest D. Davis, County Legislator Lyndon Williams, City Council President Pro Tem J. Yuhanna Edwards, Councilwoman Lisa A. Copeland, MVPL Trustess Oscar Davis, Jr, Cathlin Gleason and Brian Johnson.

“I am so very excited for the new and upcoming improvements to the Mount Vernon Public Library,” newly appointed MVPL Trustee Cathlin Gleason, who fills unexpired term of former MVPL Trustee Sean McIntyre, shares with BW. “Not only are we improving the building, but we will be expanding programs for children and seniors. I invite the whole community to come and enjoy our new beginning!

“Our 2016 open house was designed to educate Mount Vernonites of all of the new services that we currently offer at the library that many people are not aware that we offer for free, MVPL Trustee Brian Johnson shares with BW. “I would encourage anyone who was not able to make the open to visit our website so that they can see the resources that we offer, such as Hoopla, to download free videos, music, eBooks, audio books, and comic books. You can also take free online courses with, all for free of charge with your library card!”

All too often, during events like this, all the big wigs and those in front of the camera get kudos and props for the success but BW will a lot to shout out Ms. Cathy Webb, who works tirelessly behind the scenes and has been a driving force in the success of the Mount Vernon Public Library for decades.


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AJ Woodson

AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company, Host & Producer of the People Before Politics Radio Show. AJ is a Father, Brother, An Author, Journalism Fellow (Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism), Hip-Hop Artist - one third of the legendary underground rap group JVC FORCE known for the single Strong Island, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian, Documentarian, Activist, Criminal Justice Advocate and Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale,,, Rolling Out Newspaper, Daily Challenge Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine, Word Up! Magazine, On The Go Magazine and several others.

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