Alec Baldwin Donates $1 Million To East Hampton Library - 27 East

Arts & Living

Arts & Living / 1356055

Alec Baldwin Donates $1 Million To East Hampton Library

icon 3 Photos

At the Sag Harbor home of Lenore and Adam Sender.   DAWN WATSON

At the Sag Harbor home of Lenore and Adam Sender. DAWN WATSON

author on Nov 11, 2013

Alec Baldwin announced via a telephone conference call on Monday morning, November 11, that he has donated $1 million to the East Hampton Library for the New Children’s addition on behalf of his family. The $1 million donation will be used to underwrite the completion of the Baldwin Family Lecture Room in the new addition. The space will be used for children’s programs, film screenings, poetry readings, historical lectures, and author and book events.

“I am making this gift to help complete the project and to encourage other residents to help support this vital institution in the town,” he said. “I like to have a chance to help finish something.”

Mr. Baldwin’s pledge will provide much of the remaining funds to complete the $6.2 million project. Including this donation, the library has collected $5.7 million, funded from private donations and a $342,262 grant from New York State as part of its Public Library Grant Program.

“You want to put your money on winners and they’re doing a great job,” Mr. Baldwin said of supporting the library. “They’ve fought hard to make this happen and they prevailed. The only obstacle was money. I was happy to help provide what I could.”

The lifelong avid reader and his wife, Hilaria, welcomed baby girl Carmen to the family on August 23. 2012. They live in Amagansett part-time. His daughter, Ireland, whose mother is Kim Basinger, is 18 years old.

East Hampton Library Chair Tom Twomey lauded Mr. Baldwin, who, since 2010, has donated a total of $275,000 to the library. Additionally, the actor serves as an Honorary Co-Chair of the Library’s Children’s Addition Committee and is the Founding Honorary Co-Chair of the Library’s annual Authors Night fundraising event.

“Over the last several years, Alec has been a tremendous supporter of the library,” Mr. Twomey said. “We’re now in the home stretch and close to the finish line of this 10-year marathon.”

The new Children’s Addition, designed by architect Robert A.M. Stern, will add 6,800 square feet to the existing library, allowing for the addition of 10,000 more children’s books, new computers, seating and other age-appropriate improvements. The addition will also allow for the installation of a second elevator, making the entire library handicapped accessible, and will also provide 16 new parking spaces, bringing the total of parking spaces to 42.

“We want to create a space for children to come in and fall in love with the library,” said Library Director Dennis Fabiszak. “We want it to be a child’s favorite place in East Hampton.”

Some of the more fantastical aspects of the Children’s Addition will include a hollowed out windmill, two lighthouses and check-in desk shaped like a boat, according to Mr. Twomey. Also, the addition will have its own separate entrance.

The expected completion date of the Children’s Addition is spring 2014, according to library Vice President and Capital Campaign Chair Sheila Rogers. She added that the remaining half a million in funds to be raised now will go toward “soft structures,” such as furniture, as well as toward building out some of the old structure of the library.

Expressing gratitude to Mr. Baldwin, library President Donald Hunting ended the conference call.

“Mr. Baldwin has been very gracious with his time, talent and his treasure and we are most grateful,” he said.

You May Also Like:

Amy Zerner Channels Feminine Energy In These Troubled Times

Given what’s going on in the world, it seems somehow poetic that just two weeks ... 22 Sep 2020 by Annette Hinkle

Special Screening Of “RBG” Added To Doc Fest Website On September 25

For the many Ruth Bader Ginsburg fans, in memory of her September 18 passing from ... by Staff Writer

Hans Van de Bovenkamp Embraces Artist’s Journey Through Driving Tour

At age 82, Hans Van de Bovenkamp has a twinkle in his eye. Shades of ... by Michelle Trauring

‘Eclectic 6’ Create Artistic Family

At first, they were a half-dozen strangers with one common connection. Now, they’re “The Eclectic ... 21 Sep 2020 by Michelle Trauring

Long Island Indigenous Paddle Tour

On Saturdays, September 26 and October 3, at 8 a.m., Southampton History Museum will host ... by Staff Writer

New Manager For WHBPAC Arts Academy

Teaching Artist Justin D. Harris has joined WHBPAC as its newest Arts Academy manager. Harris has been a teaching artist for the past several years, working on numerous productions and will be directing the Little Players, Elementary and Middle School After-School Musical Theater programs at WHBPAC this fall. A venerable East End actor, director, and writer, he is also a masterful teaching artist, working with actors from Manhattan to Montauk in theater and Shakespeare. Harris is a graduate of Brown University in neuroscience and has an extensive resume in the performing arts, including a capella, mariachi, and step dance. In ... by Staff Writer

HIFF Announces Full 2020 Slate For Fall Festival

HamptonsFilm has announced the full slate of programming for the 2020 edition of the Hamptons ... by Staff Writer

Jacques Brel By Alfredo Merat

Bay Street Theater is making “Jacques Brel by Alfredo Merat,” a concert performance, available to ... by Staff Writer

WHBPAC Unveils Fall Arts Academy Classes

Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center’s Arts Academy is gearing up for a full slate of classes beginning in October. Offerings include adult classes as well as WHBPAC’s After School Music Theatre program, the lynch pin of the academy. “We had a devastating spring 2020, so we’re excited to turn things around this fall,” says Arts Academy Director Kristen Poulakis. “Our students can’t wait to get back on stage where they belong.” The lineup includes: ADULT CLASSES AGES 18+ Songwriting Circle Tuesdays beginning October 6 7 to 9 p.m. Enhance your songwriting craft with weekly classes facilitated by esteemed East End ... by Staff Writer

Take A Route One Road Trip With Robert Kramer

Now available for viewing on Sag Harbor Cinema’s website is “Route One USA,” Robert Kramer’s ... by Staff Writer

Welcome to our new website!

To see what’s new, click “Start the Tour” to take a tour.

We welcome your feedback. Please click the
“contact/advertise” link in the menu bar to email us.

Start the Tour
Landscape view not supported