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

authorDawn Watson 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:

Bret Anthony Johnston To Speak About New Novel With Canio’s

Renowned author and Sag Harbor resident E.L Doctorow once said, “the historian will tell you ... 19 Jul 2024 by Hope Hamilton

Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner Inspire a Pair of Concerts at Duck Creek

On Thursday, July 25, at 6 p.m., The Arts Center at Duck Creek, in collaboration with the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, presents Jackson Pollock & Jazz (Quintet). Get ready for a unique evening that blends art and music as this is the first of two concerts sponsored by The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center that is inspired by the record collection of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. The evening features the renowned quintet led by Ray Anderson (trombone/vocals) with Tommy Campbell (drums), Steve Salerno (guitar), Sam Dillon (saxophone) and Tom Manuel (cornet). Original arrangements inspired by the work of ... by Staff Writer

At the Carl Fisher House, 1960s Montauk Is Alive and Well

This summer, the Montauk Historical Society is turning back the clock to 1965 in an ... 18 Jul 2024 by Staff Writer

Rarely Shown Work of Sag Harbor Artist Mark Heming Featured in Montauk Show

The selected work of Mark Heming, an artist privately collected by many artists including David ... by Staff Writer

'June Zero' Screening and Q&A at Sag Harbor Cinema

Writer-director Jake Paltrow (“Young Ones,” “The Good Night,” “De Palma”) will join Sag Harbor Cinema ... 17 Jul 2024 by Staff Writer

‘What’s So Funny?’ a Panel Discussion at The Church

What is humor? Who gets to determine what is funny? Where do women comics find ... by Staff Writer

Catching Up With Paul Reiser Before His July 21 Performance in Westhampton Beach

Comedian and multihyphenate Paul Reiser returns to the East End this weekend for his first ... 16 Jul 2024 by Brendan J. O’Reilly

'War Game' Is a Political Thriller That Offers a Stark Look at the 2024 Election

It’s January 6, and thousands of insurgents have amassed on the National Mall in Washington ... by Annette Hinkle

Grammy-Winning Artist Laufey Hosting Concert To Benefit Montauk Historical Society

Grammy award-winning singer, composer,and multi-instrumentalist Laufey will perform for one night only to benefit the ... by Staff Writer

John Mulaney Performing in Montauk To Benefit Montauk Point Lighthouse

Three-time Emmy and WGA award-winning writer, actor and comedian John Mulaney will perform for one ... by Staff Writer