Somers Library Newsletter
News from Somers Library
March 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... March is National Craft Month?
"National Craft Month was started in 1994 as a way for individuals to participate in hands-on activities, try a new skill and discover the benefits of creativity." ~Chase's Calendar of Events
New Books

In Fairleigh Field - Rhys Bowen
Vicious Circle - C. J. Box
Silence Fallen - Patricia Briggs
Miramar Bay - T. Davis Bunn
Ill Will - Don Chaon
Pekoe Most Poison - Laura Childs
Will to Kill - Max Collins
Devil's Triangle - Catherine Coulter
Cutthroat - Clive Cussler
Wait for Dark - Kay Hooper
Mississippi Blood - Greg Iles
Man Overboard - J. A. Jance
Forgotten Girls - Owen Laukkanen
If Not for You - Debbie Macomber
Forever a Hero - Linda Lael Miller
Red Clover Inn - Carla Neggers
Say Nothing - Brad Parks
Black Book - James Patterson
Skeleton God - Eliot Pattison
Murder on Serpentine - Anne Perry
Violated - Bill Pronzini
Dead Man Switch - Matthew Quick
New York 2140 - Kim S. Robinson
Without Warning - Joel Rosenberg
Collapsing Empire - John Scalzi
Dangerous Games - Danielle Steel
Never Let You Go - Chevy Stevens
Ashes of London - Andrew Taylor
Before the War - Fay Weldon
Spymaster - Margaret Weis
Mangrove Lightning - Randy White
In This Grave Hour - Jacqueline Winspear
Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane - Lisa See
New DVDs

Almost Christmas
Edge of Seventeen
Bleed for This
Miss Sloane
Nocturnal Animals
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
20th Century Women
 Quotes We Love 

"Let's be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading." ~Lena Dunham 
"The library is not only there as a socially owned and governed institution, a true people's information service; it is staffed by men and women who maintain high respect for intellectual values. Because they are also the traditional keepers of the books, the librarians have a healthy sense of the hierarchical relationship between data and ideas, facts and knowledge." ~Theodore Roszak
"Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all." ~Abraham Lincoln"
Art Gallery 
Art Gallery Sharon Kullberg is our featured artist this month.
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 J . Youngman - 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 Mancini Realty for donating this month's flower arrangement.
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Director's Corner

The  Somers Library is excited to announce that we will be offering museum passes to our community.  Through a generous grant by Senator Murphy we are able to offer passes to the following museums:

* American Museum of Natural History 
* Children's Museum of Manhattan 
* Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum 
* New York Historical Society 
* Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 
* Storm King Art Center 
* The Discovery Museum 
* The Hudson Valley Museum of Westchester 
Families will be able to check out one museum at a time, and can reserve the passes for the future.  These passes are for Somers residents only, and you will need a valid Library Card to check them out.  If you need a Library Card please stop by the Library and you can get a card free.
We expect to begin offering these passes in the middle of March.  For more information, or to check on the status of the passes please call the Library and ask for the reference desk.

Andrew Farber
Library Director 
Somers Library Foundation   
Fun and games and more. It is time once again for the Foundation's annual Spring Bridge and Games Luncheon. Planned for Wednesday, April 26, at the GlenArbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, luncheon attendees can play games such as Bridge, Canasta, Scrabble, Mah Jongg and others. Bring your own games, or come just for some friendly conversation and a delicious lunch.

Tickets for the luncheon are $45 per person and will be on sale through April 19. Email Susan Petroccione at , pick up a registration form at the Library, or view our website for registration information. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund improvement projects at the Somers Library.

Looking for a fun volunteer opportunity? Work with other library enthusiasts to help raise community support for library improvement projects. We also need help with special events throughout the year. To learn about becoming a Library Foundation volunteer, email and tell us about yourself and your interests.

Somers Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable organization formed in 2011 to benefit the Library through advocacy and fundraising. 
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!   
Celebrate our Heritage:  
Happy Birthday Reis Park!
Saturday April 29th
from 12 - 4:00 pm
Join us on for the 50th birthday of Reis Park on to honor Somers prominent benefactor, Carolyn Wright Reis and to celebrate her legacy-the birth of Reis Park. 
There will plenty of activities for all: storytelling with Jonathan Kruk, local authors, tour of Wright Reis Homestead & special exhibits, old fashioned games, a children's Story Walk, music, face painting, arts & crafts, and more.

This all day event is a collaborative program with Somers Historical Society and is being made possible with funding from Westchester Library System's       mini-grant initiative supported by Entergy and Con Edison, the Friends of the Somers Library through your donations and Somers Historical Society. 
Thanks for your support!    
New Kits at the Library

Just in time for spring! New kits have been added to our collection, and are available for you to borrow.  
  • Bird Watching (Binoculars, book, CD)
  • Star Gazing (Telescope, DVD)
  • Learn to Play the Triangle/Tambourine (Triangle/Tambourine, Book)

These kits were funded by The Friends of Somers Library. Come on in and check it out! Also available - Wilton Cake Pans, Cookie Cutter Kits, Volt Meters, Knitting Kits, and Crochet Kits. Coming soon...Bongo Drum, Ukelele, Vegetable Gardening, and Flower Gardening kits! 

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. All programs take place at the Somers Library unless otherwise noted. 

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 .
►It's Your Health
Thursdays April 6-27 from 12:30-2pm. This 4 week workshop focuses on practical information and strategies for healthy eating, stress management, fitness and accessible activities. Topics include reading labels, portion sizes, daily servings recommended for food groups, how to better manage stress and methods to practice, and a discussion on adding activity into your day and increasing your fitness. Each week there will be a healthy snack and recipes for in season foods. Participants will be encouraged to share their experience with the group. Register online at or call 914-232-5717.

We the Poets . Thursdays April 6 - June 8 from 11am to 12:30pm. 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 and 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. Register online at or call the library at 914-232-5717 to register.   
►Alan Sklar Reads Two Short Stories by Neil Gaiman . Friday April 7 at 1pm. Join us as Alan Sklar, professional narrator, corporate spokesman, and actor with years of experience reads two stories by Neil Gaiman. Register online at or call the library at 914-232-5717 to register.   
►Titanic: The Experience . Saturday April 8 at 2pm. Join us for a wonderful presentation starring Denise Vanaria as Mrs. Thomas Andrews Jr., wife of Titanic's Designer. Hear her story of life, love, and loss. Featuring authentic artifacts associated with Titanic and the Edwardian Era. Register online at or call 914-232-5717.
From the Streets to the Stage: See the Emmy Award Winning Documentary and Meet the Star
Tuesday, April 11 at 1pm, and Wednesday April 12 at 4pm. Explore the story of a ballet dancer who overcame tremendous odds to achieve his dreams. FROM THE STREETS TO THE STAGE: THE JOURNEY OF FREDRICK DAVIS presents the powerful life story of Fredrick Davis, who, as a child, overcame poverty and homelessness to make his dreams of becoming a dancer a reality. Fred's story illustrates both the impact of the arts on the lives of young people and a community's drive to provide opportunity and support for its most vulnerable citizens. Fred is a world class ballet dancer. He was a premier dancer with the Dance Theater of Harlem, and tours the country dancing with other notable ballet companies. Somers Library will show this documentary, and Fred Davis will be a guest speaker for a Q & A. Register online at or call 914-232-5717.

►Seed Choices: The Relevance of Seeds and Our Local Food System . Saturday April 15 at 10:30am. This exploratory discussion offers a wonderful opportunity to explore the idea that we all-gardeners and eaters alike-play a role in stewarding one of our most valuable natural resources: seeds. Shanyn Siegel will lead this informative conversation about seeds and the seed industry, and how they both impact one of the things most essential to our everyday lives-our food. She will explain the different types of garden seeds available and share options for selecting the best seeds for organic gardens-and a resilient regional food system. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the significance of our seed choices and some unusual heirloom seeds to try. Information about Community Seeds and the Community Seed Resource program will be shared. Whether you're a homesteader, a gardener, or simply a person who cares about sustainable food and agriculture systems, this class provide a wonderful opportunity to experience the source of it all: seeds. Register online at or call 914-232-5717.
►Writer's Workshop. Dates: April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22
Session I: 1:00pm-2:30pm / Session II: 2:30pm-4:00pm
If there is a book in you, a memoir, a fictional recounting of a time in your life or an historical tome, there is no greater time to preserve your written words in a class with other students who are exploring an idea, a work in progress, or a chapter in their life. Bring your ideas, pen and paper (or laptop) so that within a few short weeks you will have developed the strategies to become a lifelong writer. People of all skill levels are welcome. Space is limited, so register early! Register for one session only please.
 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.   
Let's Get Crafting

If you're like many of us, you may experience the "winter blues" even in March. You're ready for spring, but the weather doesn't always comply. What to do? Why not check out the amazing selection of crafting books that we have at Somers Library, and learn something new? 
  • Turning Toys by Richard Raffan
  • Bring on the Bling! : Bracelets, Anklets and Rings for All Occasions by Debbie Kachidurian
  • Wooden Boxes: Skill Building Techniques for 7 Unique Projects by Dennis Zongker
  • Complete Photo Guide to Doll Making by Nancy Hoerner
  • You Can Knit That: Foolproof Instructions for Fabulous Sweaters by Amy Herzog
  • Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet by Kate Atherley
  • Making Scented Soap: 60 Fragrant Soaps and Bath Bombes to Make at Home by Linda Hamblen
  • Complete Photo Guide to Cardmaking by Judy Wantanbe
  • A to Z of Wool Embroidery (Search Press)
  • The Practical Illustrated Encyclopedia of Origami by Rick Beech
  • Modern Baby Crochet by Sharon Zientara
  • Birdhouses: A Step by Step Guide to Building Attractive Homes for Your Feathered Friends by John Kelsey
  • Creative Beaded Jewelry by Carolyn Schultz
  • Whittling Handbook by Peter Benson
  • Making Furniture for American Girl and Other 18" Dolls by Dennis Simmons
  • Stickmaking: A Complete Course by Andrew Jones
  • Get Started Quilting by Jessica Alexandrakis
  • Making Candles: Ideas for Home-Made Candles and Creative Displays in 130 Photographs by Gloria Nichol
  • The Needlepoint Book by Jo Christensen
  • Polymer Clay Projects by Fransie Snyman
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 Algebra Tutoring at the Library - Mondays 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:  for 3/6 click here
for 3/20 click 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.
ACT Free Practice Test offered by Princeton Review: Saturday, March 4th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Register here.
SAT Free Practice Test offered by Princeton Review: Saturday, March 11th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Register here.
Teen PhotoShop Workshop - Reinterpreting the Past: Fridays 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7 & 4/21* from 3:15 - 4:45 pm. - The Somers Library is offering teens a five-session workshop on how to use the popular photo editing program Adobe Photoshop. The workshop, taught by instructors from the Digital Arts Experience, is receiving funding from Westchester Library System's Mini-Grant Initiative supported by Entergy and Con Edison and with collaborative support from Somers Historical Society. The teens will use historical photos of our town (supplied by the historical society) to create new photos using the features learned in the Photoshop workshop.  This program is intended for teens in grades 7th and up! Space is limited; please register here
Teen/Tween Yoga & Mindfulness at the Somers Library: Thursdays 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/20, 4/27 & 5/4 from 3:45-4:30 - . This class is intended for teens / tweens in grade 5th and up! Please register here. 
Teen/Parent Talk: College Application Process from A-Z - Saturday, March 25th at 12:00 pm.3/25/2017.  Neal Schwartz, of College Planning of Westchester, will review the college application process to parents and teens. Please register here.  
►Ghost Hunter 101 - Saturday, March 25th at 2:00 pm. Join us at the Library for an informative and interesting talk about ghosts! Have you ever wanted to meet a real Ghost Hunter? . Questions will be answered and members of the audience will have a chance to share their ghost stories. This event is geared toward adults and young adults, ages 12 and up. Register here.

Clubs for Teens 
For more Information & Registration click here!

Anime Club - This club meets every* Wednesday  through May from 3:15-4:30 pm. *No meeting 3/1.
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. No meeting 3/31Please 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 3/14  through June 6th from 3:15-4:30 pm. New members always welcome! Please register here.
Children's Programs & Events

 New: 'Bingo' cards! Each month will bring new activities. See Vicki or Beth beginning March 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: Make a Whimsical Floral Fairy Garden! Saturday, March 4 from 11:00-12:00. Best for ages 6+~ real plants and glass will be used to create a fairy garden! Parents are welcome to stay with your child. Instructor: Heather Maguire. Registration necessary- register here.

►StoryWalk is coming from April 7-29. Read Hogwash by Karma Wilson as you walk around the exterior of the library!
►SAVE THE DATE~ Saturday, April 29 from 12:00-4:00! Reis Park is celebrating its 50th Anniversary!  Somers Historical Society and Somers Library are planning a day of events for all ages!  More details to follow.
►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!

►Stepping Back in Time- Local History for Kids! Led by teacher and Somers Town Historian Doris Jane Smith- 6 sessions: Mar 7, 21; Apr 4; May 2, 16; June 13 from 3:30-4:30. Best for grades K-3. Register here.
►Special book displays this month: Spring, Easter, Purim, Passover, St. Patrick's Day!
►PreSchool Story Time & Craft (for ages 4-5 years old~ without caregivers); Somers residents
-Tuesdays 1:00-1:45 from Feb 28-Apr 25 (No program Apr 11, 18) 
-Wednesdays 1:00-1:45 from Mar 1-Apr 26 (No program Apr 12, 19)
►K- 2 Book Clubs* meet from 3:30-4:15 as follows:
Kindergarten Book Club Feb 27-Apr 24 (no program Mar 20, Apr 10, 17)
1st Grade Book Club Feb 28-Apr 25 (No program 
Mar 21, Apr 11, 18)
2nd Grade Book Club Mar 1-Apr 26 (No program 
Mar 22, Apr 12, 19)
*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 Mar 1* (cancelled), Apr 5, May 3
Grade 4 Book Club  Mar 8* (cancelled), Apr 12, May 10
Grade 5 Book Club Mar 15* (cancelled), Apr 19, May 17

*Please note that there will be no Grades 3-5 Book clubs in March.  They will resume in April.

Registration required. 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
Mar 7-Apr 18 (no program Apr 11, 25).  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  Mar 2-Apr 20 (No program 
Apr 13, 27) and Fridays  at 10:30 Mar 3-Apr 21 (no program Apr 14, 28).  NEW- Registration is now necessary and you must have a Somers Library Card. See the Storytime schedule here.