Somers Library
 
Newsletter 
December 2017 
 
Keys to the Past .... Gateway to the Future
80 Primrose Street
Route 139 & Reis Park
Somers, NY 10589
914-232-5717
email: somers@wlsmail.org  
 
Summer Hours
Mon, Tue, Wed 10am - 5pm 
Thurs 11am - 8pm 
Fri 10am - 5pm 
Sat 10am - 3pm 
Sun - CLOSED 
 
Director's Corner
 
Happy Holidays! Although the year is coming to a close and the weather is turning towards winter, we here at the Somers Library are still going full steam ahead. You may have noticed that we have begun work on our bathroom renovation, and expect the work to be completed by early next year.  
 
Our databases are also changing, with Ancestry.com, Bookletters, Library Elf, and Morningstar having not been renewed by the Westchester Library System. We have added Mergent Online and Recorded books to our collection, and are always adding new titles to Overdrive.
 
To all of our wonderful staff, volunteers, friends, foundation, civic groups, and town leaders, THANK YOU for another great year.  We could not be the Library you deserve  without you.
Adult Events
 
* FOR ALL adult programs, click on the Online Calendar to register, or call the library at 914-232-5717. Please register each person separately for events. Current events are listed below; check our Online Calendar for upcoming events. All programs take place at the Somers Library unless otherwise noted. Registration required for most programs. 
 
Linda Spear's Writer's Group Open Mic at the Somers Library.  Saturday, December 2, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm.  The Writer's Workshop has been meeting for four months, working together and getting feedback for their work., Now that the workshop is ending, the members would like to share the results of their hard work. Come and enjoy hearing them reading their stories, essays and more!

We the Poets: Poetry Workshop for Adults. Thursdays 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm. Beginner and experienced poets "will hold these truths to be self-evident" that all poems can be created using trial and error, serendipity along with learning the processes of craft in this poetry workshop. Discover your muse as Thea Schiller will introduce an established poem, lead a discussion an create in class writing exercises with time allotted to write and share each week. Participating members will be encouraged to expand their repertoire of poems.
 
TED Talks at the Somers Library. December 7, 1:00 - 2:30 pm. Join host Eugene Ritchie in discussion after viewing two TED talk speakers each session who will speak on a specific topic. Each talk will be followed by light refreshment. Registration is required.

Holiday Music Concert at the Somers Library. Sunday, December 10, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Brighten the holiday season with a concert of seasonal favorites! Join guitarist John Fiscella in a program of holiday songs and rock standards. Come and sing along! No registration is necessary.

Mindful Eating . Monday,  December 11 at 1:30 pm. Are you an emotional eater?  Do you snack when you're bored?  Come to this workshop to understand how your mood can affect your food choices.  Discover ways to enjoy your favorite foods and how to choose foods to help your mood. 

Ongoing Events 
 
Coloring Book Club for Adults. Relax, color, socialize - all for free at Somers Library! Materials are provided, or bring your own colored pencils and coloring books (recommended.) Registration is not required; meetings will be held in the conference room every Friday from 10:30-12:30. 
   
Westchester Writers. 6:30pm on the first, third and fifth Thursday of each month in the program room. Join a safe, supportive, and creative environment to share literary works in progress. This is not a writing class, but rather an ongoing group of writers offering assistance to its members who are looking to improve their writing skills through positive feedback and helpful critiques. Beginners as well as experienced writers over the age of 18 are welcome.   
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  Teen Events
For all teen programs, click on the Online Calendar to register, or call the library at 914-232-5717.
     
2D Animation Design for Teens - Wednesday, December 6th  from 6:15-7:30 pm - Want to make digital cartoons? Animating is addicting and fun and allows the creative process to flow. Learn the basics of a free animation software application and let your imagination guide the way! This program is geared towards teens/tweens in grade 6th and up. Space is limited so please register using the link above.

Foodie Club for Teens: Thursdays, 12/7, 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 3/8, 3/22, 4/19, & 5/3 from 3:15-4:30 pm.  Join us at the Somers Library to make snacks and small meals that the group can enjoy using the library staff kitchen. We will also be discussing and planning for the next meeting's meal while we are cooking! This program is for teens / tweens in grades 6th and up. Space is limited so please register using the link above.

Teens and Adults: Create Beaded Earrings - Saturday, December 9th from 12:00 pm -2:30 pm - Can't make it at 12:00 pm? Come anytime up until 2:00 pm. Join us at the Somers Library to make your own beaded earrings and make additional pairs to donate. For example, for every pair of earrings you make for yourself, you will also make the same amount to be donated* to a local women's shelter. This program is free and is intended for adults teens & tweens, 5th grade and up. Space is limited so please register using the link above.  *Since this workshop benefits a women's shelter, it could be considered for community service hours. 

Teens: Video Game Design with Unity - Wednesday, December 13th 6:30-7:30 pm - Video games are fun to play, but even more fun to make! Create a 3D video game with Unity, a powerful game engine. Utilize your imagination to create something that has never been done before. This program is geared towards teens/tweens in grade 6th and up.  Space is limited so please register using the link above.

Teen Creative Writers Workshop - Thursdays from 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm on the following dates: 12/14, 1/4, 1/18, 2/1, 2/15 & 3/1. Work on developing your creative writing in a fun & encouraging environment! This program is geared towards students in 7th grade and up.  Space is limited so please register using the link above.

Anime Club - This club meets on the following Wednesdays (12/6 & 12/13) from 3:00-4:30 pm. 

Teen/Tween Pokemon Club - Join us at the Somers Library to meet, discuss and battle your friends using your Nintendo 3DS!  This program is for teens/tweens in grades 5th and up. Meeting dates are Fridays on the following dates:  12/1, & 12/15 from 3:15-4:30. Space is limited so please register using the link above.
 
Anime Nights! - Join us to watch anime from Crunchyroll with your friends! Meets from 5:00 - 7:00 pm on  12/1. 
 
Chess for Beginners & Intermediate Players - Grades 6th and up! - Mondays this fall from 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm. Meeting dates:  12/4, 12/11, & 12/18 - Space is limited so please register using the link above.
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Children's Events

* FOR ALL Children's programs*, click on the Online Calendar to register, or call the library at 914-232-5717.
                         *Funding for programs provided by Friends of Somers Library.
 
Mommy/Caregiver & Me Clay and Play Magic! (with caregiver)
Wednesday, Dec 6 from 10:30-11:15
Led by Art Teacher Wendy Podell.
Best for ages 3-5 years old.  
Register here- space is limited.

Creative Kitchen!
Thursday, Dec 7 from 3:30-4:30 for children in Gr. 3-5.  Children will make simple hors d'oeuvres to serve to family and friends at your next dinner, party or holiday celebration.  Children will bring home recipes to make at home.
Registration required and space is limited- register here.
 
Cupcake Decorating!
Friday, Dec 8 from 3:30-4:30.

Special Storytimes and Crafts for November and December!  
All programs take place from 3:30-4:30. Best for ages 6+.
Nov 14- Native American
Nov 21- Thanksgiving
Dec 12- Carey's World
Space is limited, and registration is necessary- register here.

Autumn Snack & Pinecone Craft!
Saturday, Dec 2 from 1:30-2:30.
Best for ages 6+.
Led by Heather Maguire.
Space is limited and registration is required.
Register here.

Winter Solstice Celebration!
Wednesday, Dec 20 from 3:30-4:15.
Best for ages 4+.
Storytime and craft!
No registration necessary. 

Vacation Week Activities!
Wednesday, Dec 27- Model Magic Winter Wonderland from 10:30-11:30
Thursday, Dec 28- Board Games! 10:00-4:00pm drop-in and play.
Friday, Dec 29- Drop-In Craft~ Pony Beads all day during library hours.

Special book displays this month : Winter, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, SEPTA!
 
PreSchool Story Time & Craft~  (for ages 4-5 years old~ without caregivers); 
Registration required~ minimum of 5 (five) registrants to run program.
Somers residents only
-Tuesdays 1:00-1:45 resumes Jan 2018
 
K- 2 Book Clubs:
Kindergarten will meet Mondays~ resumes Jan 2018
1st Grade will meet Tuesdays~ resumes Jan 2018
2nd Grade will meet Wednesdays~ resumes in Jan 2018
Time:  3:30-4:15
*Children must be in the grade for which they are registering.  
Registration required.
Somers residents only.  
Vicki DiSanto (Children's Librarian) will run these book clubs.

Grades 3-5 Book Clubs:  Meeting day is Thursday from 3:45-4:45 as follows:  
Grade 3 Book Club~resumes in Jan 2018
Combined Grade 4/5 Book Club~ Dec 14
Bus transportation available- Bus "K".
Registration required. 
Somers residents only. 
Children must be in the grade for which they are registering.  
Beth Levine (Library Assistant) will run these book clubs.
      
Story times for Babies for 6 months to 2 years with caregivers meets on 
Tuesdays at 10:30. 
Nov 14-Dec 19 (no program Nov 7).
NEW-Registration is now necessary, and you must have a Somers Library Card.

Toddler Story Time for children ages 2-3 with caregivers @ 10:30:
Thursday Nov 16-Dec 21 (No program Nov 2, 9, 23)
OR
Friday Nov 17-Dec 22 (No program Nov 3, 10, 24)
NEW- Registration is now necessary, and you must have a Somers Library Card.

 See the Story Time, Book Clubs and Program schedules  here.   

Bits and Pieces
Flowers : The flowers that you see at the library are sponsored by the Friends of Somers Library and donated by local businesses. We thank The Friends of Somers Library for donating this month's flower arrangement.

Art Gallery
If you are interested in displaying your art, please email somersartgallery@wls 
mail.org for an application. 
Somers Library Foundation
Not only do our librarians innovate inside the Library, they are taking their expertise out into the community to connect people to information and to introduce new programs. To learn more about their work in and around Somers, check out What's New at the Library on our website.
 
Join us in expressing thanks to our exceptional Library staff. We appreciate their tireless efforts to bring new and meaningful offerings to the community, ensuring the Library remains a vital intellectual and cultural center for Somers. We also extend our sincere gratitude to our donors for their generous support; they are making incredible things happen at our Library!
 
Become an integral part of our Library's future by making a tax-deductible donation today. Your gift will help fund projects that beautify, modernize and enrich the Library's capabilities. You can also support us by shopping online at AmazonSmile ; choose the Somers Library Foundation as your favorite charitable organization, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to us.
 
To learn more about the Library Foundation, visit our website and our Facebook page , or call us at (914) 361-9979.
 
Somers Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Friends of Somers Library

Programs and concerts are funded by the Friends of the Somers Library, through your donations. Thank you for your continued support!    
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