Somers Library
January 2018  
Keys to the Past .... Gateway to the Future
80 Primrose Street
Route 139 & Reis Park
Somers, NY 10589
Mon, Tue, Wed 10am - 5pm 
Thurs 11am - 8pm 
Fri 10am - 5pm 
Sat 10am - 5pm 
Director's Corner
Library Elf is being discontinued as a subscription service of the Westchester Library System  on January 26th, 2018. Please speak with a library staff member to sign up for notifications via text, call, or e-mail. You can check your account online at or at a catalog computer in the library and view current check outs, holds, and fees. In the near future, you will also be able to download the WLS app for iOS and Android to stay up to date with your library account.

Why is this happening? Ending this subscription allows WLS to redirect funding to other online services. You can still get notifications about holds, due dates, and more by signing up for notifications from your library, by logging into the catalog online at, using a catalog computer in the library, or by downloading the WLS mobile app.

What types of notifications are available? You can receive notification through text, telephone calls, or e-mails. You can also use the WLS mobile app to check your account status. You will receive notices when your hold becomes available, about approaching due dates, and overdue items.

How can I sign up to get notifications? Speak to the staff at your local library to receive notifications.
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. 
Drop-In for Art. Mondays, 1/8, 22, 29, 2/5, 19, 26, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Do you want to create during the cold winter? I always want to create! Drop in, no registration required! Bring  supplies of your choice. There is a $6.00 charge per class.
Bridge At The Somers Library . Mondays, 1/8 - 12/31/18, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm. Always wanted to play bridge? Here is your chance! These classes are for both beginners and players with some experience. Bridge maven Walter Heitner will help you navigate your way around the game. Covered will be the mechanics of the game, bidding basics and how to work on the play of the hand. By working with a group, you will all become better players together! Space is limited.
Community Opioid Overdose Training at the Somers Library. Thursday, January 18, 12:30 - 2:00 pm. Help Save a Life! The Westchester County Department of Health will offer a FREE training for the public on how to respond to an opioid overdose using Naloxone (Narcan). Space is limited, pre-registration is required. Note: For this event, you need to register online at or call the Division of Health Promotion at 914-995-6584.
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.   
  Teen Events
* FOR ALL teen programs, click on the Online Calendar to register, or call the library at 914-232-5717.

Foodie Club for Teens: Thursdays, 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, January 20th from 1:00 pm -3:30 pm - (Can't make it at 1:00 pm? Join us anytime up until 3:00 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. Please register on the link above.
*Since this workshop benefits a women's shelter, it could be considered for community service hours. 

Teen Creative Writers Workshop - Thursdays from 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm on the following dates: 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.
ACT Practice Exam :  Saturday, January 27th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm - There is a difference between the SAT and the ACT, and some students do better on one over the other! Here is your opportunity to try your hand at the ACT without having to worry about the score going anywhere. After the test, participants will receive an extensive score-report showing you exactly where your strengths and weaknesses are, PLUS a personalized consultation to go over your scores and answer your questions!  Please bring graphing calculator, pens, pencils, and water and snack bar (optional). Registration is required.  Sign-up using the link above.

Anime Nights! - Join us for a chance to watch anime from Crunchyroll with your friends! This program is for teens entering 7th grade & up!  Meets one Friday a month from 4:30 - 6:30  pm on the following dates 1/19, 2/16, 3/16, 4/13, 5/11, & 6/1

Anime Club: 
Every Wednesday starting 1/3 through 5/30 from 3:15-4:30 pm.  This program is for teens entering 7th grade & up!

Teen/Tween Pokemon Club @ the Somers Library - 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. The library will supply snacks and an opportunity to meet friends interested in Pokemon! Meeting dates are Fridays on the following dates: 1/5, 1/19, 2/2, 2/16, 3/2, 3/16, 4/13, 4/27, 5/11.
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.
Special Storytime and Craft January
Program takes place from 3:30-4:30. Best for ages 6+.
Jan 9- Carey's World~ this has been reschedule from Dec 12..
Space is limited, and registration is necessary- register here. 

Special book displays this month : Winter, Martin Luther King Jr.!
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 
-Jan 2-Feb 27 (no program Feb 13, 20)
-Register here.
K- 2 Book Clubs:
Kindergarten will meet Mondays~ Jan 8- Feb 26 (no club Jan 15, Feb 12, 19)
1st Grade will meet Tuesdays~Jan 2- Feb 27 (no club Feb 13, 20)
2nd Grade will meet Wednesdays~Jan 3-Feb 28 (no program Feb 14, 21)
Time:  3:30-4:15
*Children must be in the grade for which they are registering.  
Registration required.
Register here.
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~Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 8, Apr 5, May 3
Combined Grade 4/5 Book Club~Jan 25, Feb 15, Mar 22, Apr 19, May 17
Bus transportation available- Bus "K".
Registration required. 
Register here.
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. 
Jan 2- Feb 27 (no program Feb 20)
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~ Jan 4- Feb 8 (no program Feb 15, 22)
Friday Jan 5- Feb 27 (no program Feb 13, 20)
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  Advanced Computer Repair for donating this month's flower arrangement.

Art Gallery
If you are interested in displaying your art, please email somersartgallery@wls for an application. 
Somers Library Foundation
Book Lovers - We Need Volunteers. We are busy preparing for a used book sale in April that will benefit the Somers Library, but we need your help to make it a success. If you have an interest or expertise in any genre such as children's and young adult fiction, mystery, thriller or other genres, we would appreciate your help. We also need volunteers to sort and alphabetize books. All volunteers are welcome, including students who want to earn community service hours. No heavy lifting is required. For more information, please email or call us at (914) 361-9979.
Save the Date! The long awaited used book sale is scheduled from April 20 - 23, 2018; all proceeds will support the Library. Look for updates about the sale on the Library Foundation's Facebook page or on our website .
Become an integral part of our Library's future by making a charitable donation today. Your gift will help fund projects that beautify, modernize and enrich the Library's capabilities. To learn more about the Library Foundation, visit our website and our Facebook , or call us at (914) 361-9979.
We wish you a happy and healthy new year in 2018.
Somers Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Friends of Somers Library

Friends make all the difference! 
The Friends provide support to enhance, preserve, and strengthen the library as it serves individuals, families and the community throughout the year, and each year we are tasked with raising sufficient funds to provide meaningful programs for children, teens and adults.   Your generosity so far in response to our 2018 Annual Appeal has been truly outstanding.  If you haven't yet made a contribution, our appeal continues into the new year.   If you don't have our current brochure, you can pick one up at the library, or donate using your PayPal account to  Thank you! 
The Friends of the Somers Library were chartered in 1979 by the Regents of the University of the State of New York.  

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