Somers Library Newsletter
News from Somers Library
January 2017
In This Issue
Hours of Operation  
80 Primrose Street 
(Reis Park, Route 139) 
Somers, NY 10589 

Mon. 10am - 5pm 
Tue. 10am - 5pm 
Wed. 10am - 5pm 
Thu. 11am - 8pm 
Fri. 10am - 5pm 
Sat. 10am - 5pm 
Did You Know... January is International Brain Teaser Month
"Start the year out right, celebrate "thinking fun" all month long, wherever you are around the world. Exercise your gray matter and widen your smile! Challenge your group, family and friends with daily or weekly activities." ~Chase's Calendar of Events
New Books

Fifth Petal - Brunonia
Days Without End - Barry
Prisoner - Berenson
Unpunished -Black
Sleepwalker - Bohjalian
Heretic's Creed - Buckley
Clownfish Blues - Dorsey
Power Game - Feehan
Final Day - Forstchen
Right Behind You - Gardner
Death's Mistress - Goodkind
Rising - Graham
Puzzle to Be Named Later - Hall
Fever in the Dark - Hart
Name of the Game is...Higashino
Nowhere Man - Hurwitz
11th Grave in Moonlight - Jones
Fatal - Lescroart
Feversong - Moning
Dangerous Ladies Affair - Muller
Never Never - Patterson
Old Man - Perry
Rather Be the Devil - Rankin
Falling for the Highlander - Sands
Mistress - Steel
Ring of Fire - Taylor
Guests on South Battery - White
Wicked City - Williams
Heart of What Was Lost - Williams
New DVDs

Jason Bourne
Blair Witch
Middle School: The Worst Years
of My Life
Bridget Jones Baby
Deepwater Horizon
Birth of a Nation
Don't Think Twice
Mr. Church
 Quotes We Love 

"My father told me that libraries are the best and most underused resources in our country. I'd sometimes skip school and spend the whole day at the library." ~Alison McLellan

"As I wandered the aisles of our town library, my 'adult' library card in my hand for the first time, I felt like I was clutching the precious invitation to every party, every club, every conversation I'd ever wanted to join." ~Renee White

"Libraries have been my home away from home since I was a little girl joining in my local summer reading club. I probably visit my library once a week and when I'm traveling, whether it's here in the U.S. or abroad, I always make a point to stop in the local library and take it all in." ~Cory Martin 
Art Gallery

Lavinia Wiggins and Sharon Kullberg are our featured artists this month. Lavinia Wiggins is a Peekskill artist working primarily in oils. She is also a mixed media artist and teaches classes throughout the county.

Artists reception: January 7 from 10-12:30.
If you are interested in displaying your art, please email somersartgallery@wls for an application.
Monthly Raffle Basket 
Gift basket
Congratulations to R. Lefkowitz winner of this months raffle basket winner.

Each month, the Friends of Somers Library raffles off a gift basket filled with books, movies, or other fun items. Take a chance - your purchase helps fund the various programs at Somers Library! $1.00 per ticket or six tickets for $5.00.
Flowers of the Month  
The flowers that you see at the library are sponsored by the Friends of Somers Library and donated by local businesses. We thank Advanced Computer Repair for donating this month's poinsetta arrangements.
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Director's Corner

Happy New Year!

With the new year comes new electronic resources for our patrons.  The Westchester Library System has made several changes to our database offerings, and will be unsubscribing from One Click Digital, Flipster, Rocket Languages, and Instantflix.  As replacements we now have access to Hoopla, Mango Languages, and PressReader.  These changes will take place on January 1st, 2017.  To learn more about the new services please come in to the Library and speak to any of our wonderful librarians.
Andrew Farber
Library Director 
Thinking about a healthier lifestyle in 2017? Forget about all those crazy diets and fitness fads. Join the Somers Library Foundation and experience a measurable change in your health. Think we are kidding?
The Harvard School of Public Health interviewed over 7,000 people and learned that volunteers make smarter decisions about their health:  People who volunteer, live longer, healthier lives. Some public health experts believe that the time has come for doctors to recommend it alongside diet and exercise. When you become a Library Foundation volunteer, you can do good and get well at the same time. Awesome!
You owe it to yourself to learn more about becoming a Foundation volunteer. Send us an email ( ) and let us know something about yourself and your interests. We'd love to make your acquaintance.
Remember, purpose in life helps drives good health. You'll not only have fun, but you'll discover that giving your time to a cause you care about can also make you healthier.
Our programs are funded by the Friends of the Somers Library, through your donations.  Thank you for your continued support!  

Friends Make All the Difference!  We need your support. 
The Friends support the library by funding all programs for adults, teens and children.  These are valuable and important to the community.  We work with the staff to identify areas where help is needed, to enhance the library's service as a cultural and informational center for our town. 

The Friends raise funds primarily by our annual appeal donation drive.  We also have book sales, monthly book basket raffles, participate in Amazon Smile, and receive matching grants. 

The Friends have also provided funding for the new circulation desk, additional seating for the program room and other furniture, activity kits to borrow, and much more!

Did you know that the Friends were formed in 1979, in part to help build our current library?  We are a nonprofit organization.   We facilitate donations from local businesses to provide the fresh flowers at the circulation desk.  Volunteers assist at many events.  The monthly raffle of a basket of books is created by a volunteer and funds library programs.  Special donations can be made in memory or honor of an individual.

Pick up our flier to donate at the Somers Library

Adult Programs & 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 future events.  

Multi-Media Art Class
Mondays 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27 at 10:30am. This class is all about your choices...if you want to paint in acrylics or work with watercolor pencils or watercolors, put them in your bag & let's have fun! $25 fee payable to the instructor (Judika Lieberman) on the first day of class. Call for supply list. Register online at or call 914-232-5717.

Painting in Acrylics . Mondays 3/6, 3/20, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24 at 10:30am. The program allows attendees of any skill level to create beautiful paintings. Participants will learn painting techniques and strokes from our instructor and experienced artist - Judika Lieberman. $25.00 fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Call for supply list. Register online at or call 914-232-5717.

Elements of Pen & Ink and Wash
Fridays March 10, 17, 24, 31 from 12:30 to 2pm. This four day workshop will focus on the traditional elements of pen & ink and its combination with wash. Professor Mark Cassata has more than 30 years of experience teaching in the classroom and studio. Call for supply list . Register online at or call 914-232-5717.
Psychic Medium Robin Mueller . Saturday March 18 at 1pm at the Somers Library. Renowned psychic Robin C. Mueller will speak with your loved ones who have passed on and exist in the spirit world. Robin is a gifted intuitive medium who shares her gift of being able to contact the other side with her many clients. She utilizes her gifts of clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience to give messages of love and support from the spirit world. Expect an interesting afternoon and be open to whatever might come through for you or those around you. Please bring a pen and paper, and come with an open heart and mind to this free event. No digital or video recording permitted. Register online at or call the library at 914-232-5717 to register. 
 Ongoing Adult 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.   
A World War II Booklist

War is unquestionably mankind at his worst. Yet, it is in war that men and women often show the very best of themselves. Many of us are fascinated with books about World War II. These compelling accounts of individuals, events and experiences of the war will provide a thorough understanding of the conflict, and should serve as a warning to us about the horrors of all wars. These books are all highly recommended non-fiction books about World War II.
  • A Matter of Honor: Pearl Harbor: Betrayal, Blame, and a Family's Quest for Justice by Anthony Summers
  • Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack by Steve Toomey
  • The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945 by James Hornfischer
  • Hero of the Empire by Candace Millard
  • The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
  • 1944 by Jay Winik
  • No Greater Valor: The Siege of Bastogne and the Miracle That Sealed Allied Victory by Jerome Corsi
  • The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942 by Nigel Hamilton
  • Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness by Craig Nelson
  • The Lost Airman: A True Story of Escape from Nazi Occupied France by Seth Meyerowitz
  • Dam Busters: The True Story of the Legendary Raid on the Ruhr by James Holland
  • The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 by Rick Atkinson
  • The Brenner Assignment: The Untold Story of the Most Daring Spy Mission of World War II by Patrick O'Donnell
  • Masters and Commanders: The Military Geniuses Who Led the West to Victory in World War II by Andrew Roberts
  • Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue by Kathrine Atwood
  • Devil at My Heels: A Heroic Olympian's Astonishing Story of Survival as a Japanese POW in World War II by Louis Zamperini
Find additional titles on this topic and many others by visiting our Pinterest boards. You may also place a hold on books by clicking here

Teen Events 
For more Information & to Register Click HERE
Tutoring at the Somers Library-Algebra Help: Monday, January 9 & 23 at 3:15-4:30 pm - Join us at the Somers Library for tutoring sessions in Algebra. Space is limited, please register here.

Teen Talk:  Improving Your Score on the New SAT - Saturday, January 21st at 12:30 (***Snow Date - 1/28 @ 12:30 pm) - SAT and math tutor, Michael Goodman will offer students tips on the right way to read a passage, the right way to approach a math problem, and surprising things that help! Space is limited, please register here.

Teen Snowman Building Contest: Saturday, January 28th from 2:00 -3:30 pm - Join us at the Somers Library for some fun in the snow! In the side yard of the library, we will create our snowmen and choose a winner! If we don't have snow, come anyway to make Model Magic snowmen in the library program room. Plenty of hot chocolate for all! This program is for teens/tweens in grades 6 and up. Space is limited, please register here.

Clubs for Teens 
For more Information & to Register Click HERE

Anime Club - This club meets every Wednesday beginning Jan. 4 and running through May from 3:15-4:30 pm.
Pokemon Club:  Join us at the Somers Library  to meet, discuss and battle your friends using your Nintendo 3DS (or even using your cards)!   This program is for teens/tweens in grades 5th and up.  Meeting dates are 1/20, 2/3, 2/17, 3/3, 3/17, 4/7, 4/21, 5/5, 5/19, & 6/2. Please register here.
Anime Nights! - Fridays once a month from 4:30 - 6:30 pm (1/20, 2/17, 3/17, 4/21, & 5/19.
Magic the Gathering Club - Saturdays through May 2:00 - 4:00 pm.
Teen Advisory Group (TAG) -Help volunteer at the Somers Library. We are looking for middle and high school students who are interested in developing and implementing teen programs/events, creating book displays, enhancing the library's website, and anything else we can think of. All members will receive community service hours. the group meets every other Wednesday starting 1/17 from 3:15-4:30 pm. Please register here.
Children's Programs & Events

 ►Special Event: Model Magic Winter Wonderland with Art Teacher Wendy Podell!
Saturday, Jan 21 from 10:30-11:30. Best for ages 5+. Registration needed- register here.
Please note:  Snow date is Saturday, Jan 28 from 10:30-11:30.
►PreSchool Story Time & Craft (for ages 4-5 years old~ without caregivers); Somers residents
-Tuesdays 1:00-1:45 from Jan 3- Feb 7 
-Wednesdays* 1:00-1:45 from Jan 4- Feb 8
*Note new meeting day.
►K- 2 Book Clubs* meet from 3:30-4:15 as follows:
Kindergarten Book Club Jan 9-Feb 6 (no program Jan 16)
1st Grade Book Club Jan 3-Feb 7
2nd Grade Book Club Jan 4-Feb 8
*Children must be in the grade for which they are registering.  Registration required. Somers residents only.  Children's Librarian Vicki DiSanto will run these book clubs.

►Grades 3-5 Book Clubs** meet Wednesdays from 3:45-4:45 as follows:
Grade 3 Book Club Jan 11, Feb 1, Mar 1, Apr 5, May 3
Grade 4 Book Club  Jan 18, Feb 8, Mar 8, Apr 12, May 10
Grade 5 Book Club Jan 25, Feb 15, Mar 15, Apr 19, May 17

* *Note new meeting day.  Registration required. Librarian Marie Pierre will run these book clubs.  Children must be in the grade for which they are registering.
Story times for Babies  (6 months to 2 years) meets on Tuesdays at 10:30 and 11:30 (select one session
Jan 3-Feb 28 (no program Feb 21).  NEW-Registration is now necessary, and you must have a Somers Library Card. See the Story Time schedule here.
Story times for Toddlers (ages 2-3) meets Thursdays at 10:30 am  Jan 5-Feb 16 (No program Feb 23) and Fridays  at 10:30 Jan 6-Feb 17 (no program Feb 24).  NEW- Registration is now necessary and you must have a Somers Library Card. See the Storytime schedule here.