Somers Library Newsletter
News from Somers Library
February 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... February is National Bird-Feeding Month
"This national event was created to advance and publicize the wild-bird-feeding and wild-bird watching hobby. Each February, the National Bird Feeding Society promotes a new theme to help celebrate the month." ~Chase's Calendar of Events
New Books

Broken Glass - V.C. Andrews
Darkness Absolute - Kelley Armstrong
Death of A Ghost - M.C. Beaton
White Russian - Vanora Bennett
Rush of Blood - Mark Billingham
Miranda & Caliban - Jacqueline Carey
What You Break - Reed Coleman
Gardens of Lamentations - Deborah Crombie
Divided Spy - Charles Cumming
Dark Flood Rises - M. Drabble
Long Time Lost - Chris Ewan
Banana Cream Pie Murder - Joanne Fluke
Setting Free the Kites - Alex George
Gunmetal Gray - Mark Greaney
Most Dangerous Place - James Grippando
Bone Box - Faye Kellerman
Heartbreak Hotel - Jonathan Kellerman
Born of Vengeance - Sherrilyn Kenyon
My Not So Perfect Life - Sophie Kinsella
Devil in Spring - Lisa Kleypas
Robert Parker's Revelation - Robert Knott
Rusty Puppy - Joe Lansdale
On Turpentine Lane - Elinor Lipman
Echoes in Death - J.D. Robb
Undesired - Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Autumn - Ali Smith
Racing the Devil - Charles Todd
New DVDs

Kevin Hart: What Now?
Max Steel
Eagle Huntress
Girl on the Train
Ouija: Origin of Evil
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Hacksaw Ridge
I'm Not Ashamed
Bad Santa 2
 Quotes We Love 

"A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way." ~Caroline Gordon

"Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"Books are the carriers of civilization...they are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print." ~Barbara Tuchman 
Art Gallery

Art Gallery
Lavinia Wiggins and Sharon Kullberg continue as our featured artists this month.

Lavinia is an artist working in oils, mixed media and collage. A Westchester NY native, her studio is located in Peekskill NY. She is inspired by vintage items and flea market finds; including them in all her work.  Her collage work is intuitive, using vintage images, poems, or quip as a starting point.

 Sharon's love of painting was inspired by the natural beauty of her native Illinois. Golden cornfields beneath a dramatically changing sky led her to landscapes. In the late Seventies, a move to Oregon introduced her to the mystery of fields and distant hills. In the Eighties, she headed for the east coast to the bustle of Brooklyn where the lack of a distant view spurred an interest in still life. She is still trying to share what she sees by using paint to capture a bit of her world on canvas.
If you are interested in displaying your art, please email somersartgallery@wls for an application.
Monthly Raffle Basket 
Gift basket
Congratulations to Mr. McMachan 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 Route 100 Market for donating this month's flower arrangement.
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Director's Corner

The Somers Library is offering young adults the opportunity to volunteer at the library by creating their own service to the community.  Students would use their own talents and interests to develop a program or a program series that would fill a need in the community.  This open-ended opportunity would offer educational, social and even entertainment value to the programs offered at the library.  Additionally, this volunteer opportunity allows teens to focus on programming for their own peers, or other demographics like children or older adults. Working closely with the Somers Library young adult librarian, the student would gain experience in planning, publicity, leadership and program execution.  Examples of some program ideas include:  a chess club for other teens or kids, a concert in the library program room while also collecting a donation to a food bank as admission, debate club, computer programming lessons for children, etc.

Andrew Farber
Library Director 
Somers Library Foundation   
Love the Somers Library ? Help spread the love in February a nd consider joining the Somers Library Foundation. Work with other library enthusiasts to help raise community support for large projects such as the newly redesigned reference desk. Other plans include renovating the main entrance this spring, and remodeling the children's room. We host special events throughout the year to raise funds for these and other library building projects.
Have ideas that might help the Foundation? Come to a monthly and share them! meeting To learn more about joining, email and tell us about yourself. The Foundation LOVES volunteers.

Somers Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable organization formed in 2011 to be nefit the Library through advocacy and fundraising. 
Friends of Somers Library

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

Transition to Better Health. Saturday March 4th from 3-4:30. Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Do you suffer from:Heart disease/high cholesterol? Cancer or have a family history of cancer? Diabetes? An Autoimmune disease?A Chronic disease? Are always tired, overweight, or confused? You don't need to be suffering. Learn how to make food your medicine and medicine your food. Presented by Shanti Urreta-Integrative Nutrition Health.   

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.

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 .
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.
 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.   
Words on Birds

If you are interested in feeding backyard birds, seeing birds or learning to identify them, these books will inspire you to go outside...take a walk, and enjoy the beauty of birds. Birding requires you make a few purchases: good binoculars, good walking shoes, and a good field guide; Somers Library plans on purchasing a few circulating kits with these items in it for you to borrow. New York is a great state for watching birds, and Somers Library has the books to help you identify them, be inspired to garden for them, feed them, or build houses for them.
  • Best Ever Back Yard Birding Tips by Deborah Martin
  • Peterson's Field Guide to the Birds of North America by Roger Peterson
  • Peter Dunne on Birdwatching: The How-To, Where-To, and When-To by Peter Dunne
  • Sibley's Birding Basics by David Sibley
  • Birdwatching for Dummies by Bill Thompson
  • Where to Find Birds in New York State by Susan Drennan
  • Gardening for the Birds: How to Create a Bird-Friendly Backyard by George Adams
  • Backyard Birds of New York by Bill Fenimore
  • Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America by Ted Floyd
  • Designer Birdhouses: 20 Upscale Homes for Sophisticated Birds by Richard Banks
  • Songbird Journeys: Four Seasons in the Lives of Migratory Birds by Miyoko Chu
  • Bird-by-Bird Gardening: The Ultimate Guide to Bringing in Your Favorite Birds--Year After Year by Sally Roth
  • Birds of Central Park by Cal Vornberger
  • The Birds of the Northeast: His Art and His Observation, a Personal Field Guide by John Audubon
  • DK Guide to Birds by Ben Morgan
  • 1000 Facts on Birds by Jinny Johnson
  • Birdhouses: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Attractive Homes for Your Feathered Friends by John Kelsey
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!
Teen Parent Talk: Is Your Child Academically Inconsistent? - Saturday, February 11th at 12:00 noon - This discussion will focus on what to do when kids are not doing their homework and begin to under-perform in school. Speaker for this program: Neal Schwartz of College Planning of Westchester. Register here.
Teen Parent Talk - Understanding College Rankings: Thursday, February 9th at 6:30 pm (*Snow Date is 3/9 at 6:30 pm) - Math professor and SAT tutor, Mike Goodman presents the pluses and minuses of the popular college ranking formulas. This presentation is geared towards teens and parents of teens beginning their college search. Register here.
Teen Cupcake Challenge: Saturday, February 11th @ 2:00 pm - Teen Cupcake Challenge (Snow Date-2/25) - Show off your cupcake-making skills at the Somers Library! As teams, teens will compete against others to create a great tasting, perfectly presented cupcake. Space is limited, please register here.
Teen Algebra Tutoring at the Library - Mondays 2/13, 3/6 & 3/20 from 3:15-4:30 PM- Join us at the Somers Library for tutoring sessions in Algebra. These sessions will help students with:
Topic Help, Examples, and Homework Help. Please register for each session separately: 
Clubs for Teens 
For more Information & to Register

Anime Club - This club meets every Wednesday  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.  Meets every other Friday through June 2nd. Please register here.
Anime Nights! - Fridays once a month from 4:30 - 6:30 pm (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 Tuesday starting 2/14 through June 6th from 3:15-4:30 pm. Please register here.
Children's Programs & Events

 New: 'Bingo' cards! Each month will bring new activities.  See Vicki or Beth beginning Feb 1 to receive your card. When you complete all 6 (six) activities, bring in your card and pick out a prize from the treasure chest!

►Special Event: Model Magic  Valentine's Day craft with Art Teacher Wendy Podell!
Saturday, Feb 11 from 10:30-11:30. Best for ages 5+. Registration needed- register here.

Make a Valentine's Day Card- Drop-In Craft- all day during library hours Saturday Feb 11.  Use our materials and your imagination to make a Valentine's Day card for someone special!

►Activities during the school break Feb 21-25~ see here   for story times, crafts, & movies!

►Read Across America Day~ Wednesday 
March 1 from 3:00-4:15.  Primrose and SIS principals and librarians will read their favorite stories to you!

►Special book displays this month: Winter, Valentine's Day, Presidents, Black History, Inventors!
►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 Feb 1, Mar 1, Apr 5, May 3
Grade 4 Book Club  Feb 8, Mar 8, Apr 12, May 10
Grade 5 Book Club 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.