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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... May is National Barbecue Month?
"To encourage people to start barbecuing early in the season when daylight savings time lengthens the day." ~Chase's Calendar of Events
Price of Duty by Dale Brown
Some Rise by Sin by Philip Caputo
New Boy by Tracy Chevalier
Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child
Nighthawk by Clive Cussler
Dinner Party by Joshua Ferris
Heat Storm by Richard Castle
Marathon by Brian Freeman
Dying Breath by Heather Graham
Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths
Tower Down by David Hagberg
Sticks & Bones by Carolyn Haines
Exit Strategy by Steve Hamilton
Fallen by Eric Lustbader
Secret Partner by Steve Martini
Long Drop by Denise Mina
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
G-Man by Stephen Hunter
You Will Pay by Lisa Jackson
Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
16th Seduction by James Patterson
Trajectory by Richard Russo
Frozen Hours by Jeff Shaara
Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve
Against All Odds by Danielle Steel
Mother Land by Paul Theroux
House of Names by Colm Toibin
Testimony by Scott Turow
A Dog's Purpose
I Am Not Your Negro
XXX: Return of Zander Cage
Resident Evil: Final Chapter
Space Between Us
Resurrection of Gavin Stone
Quotes We Love
"Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time." ~E.P. Whipple
"We must not think of learning as only what happens in schools. It is an extended part of life. The most readily available resource for all of life is our public library." ~David McCullough
"One of the joys of reading is the ability to plug into the shared wisdom of mankind." ~Ishmael Reed
"The trick is to get people to read anything, to engender the love of reading. Once you can read, you can teach yourself anything. Librarians are key, I think. They hold the power to empower." ~Jane Cleland
Our featured artists this month are participants of the Teen Photoshop Workshop:
Reinterpreting the Past
which was offered at the library this spring. The workshop gave students instruction on how to use the popular photo editing program
Teens used historical photos of our town (supplied by the historical society) to create new photos using the features learned in the workshop. These new reinterpreted photos have been printed and mounted on foam board (courtesy of Somers Custom Framing) and then hung in the library artists gallery.
The workshop, taught by instructors from the Digital Arts Experience, received funding from Westchester Library System's Mini-Grant Initiative supported by Entergy and Con Edison and with collaborative support from Somers Historical Society.
If you are interested in displaying your art, please email
mail.org for an application.
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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The museum pass program has been generating a great deal of interest, and I want to again thank Senator Murphy for his donation enabling the program.
Several questions have come up regarding the program and I would like to take the time to explain how the program works.
Each Museum has a kit that you check out for a week at a time and return to the Library. These kits contain the reusable museum pass, information packets, and directions. The kit also states how many people each pass allows. You can reserve the museums in advance and can call ahead of time to check the status of the museum passes.
Each museum allows a different number of people, so we recommend you call the Library when planning your trip.
We are very proud to be able to offer this wonderful service for our patrons.
Starting in the beginning of May we will have an all new landscaping project which was donated by the Friends of the Somers Libray. The Somers Library Foundation will also be providing the Library with a more modern entrance. We are very excited to have both the vestibule and new plantings coming soon. Thank you to both wonderful groups!
Somers Library Foundation
Coming soon -
a new Library entrance!
Modernizing the Library's main entrance is the Foundation's latest project. The new vestibule will better organize community information and reduce clutter, and new flooring and lighting will brighten and upgrade the space. The renovation is scheduled for this summer.
We are grateful to the hundreds of individuals and families, and businesses and community groups who have generously supported the Foundation since our founding six years ago. With their help, the Library has been able to add several upgrades to the facilities that increase enjoyment for all patrons. Thank you!
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!
The Friends of the Somers Library have generously donated new plants for the Library. At the beginning of May you can expect to see lovely new landscaping to beautify the Library.
Up Coming Concerts:
Sunday May 21st, 2:00pm - Dead Man's Cell Phone
M&M is once again presenting a production by the excellent Red Monkey Theater Group. An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man-with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man's Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative comedy by MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl, author of The Clean House and Eurydice. A work about how we memorialize the dead-and how that remembering changes us-it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically-obsessed world. Directed by Rachel Tamarin with Katy Wood, Basia Zak, Abigail Savage, Kate Berg, Germainne LeBron and Brian Rojas with stage management by Sam Schroedel.
How-To's For Your BBQ
When it comes to mouthwatering BBQ, you can never get enough. You can't go wrong with barbecue, or a juicy burger, or a nice salad! If you are looking for new recipes, these books are a great resource for your next barbecue outdoor adventure.
- BBQ Lovers Big Book of BBQ Sauces by Cheryl Jamison
- BBQ Rules by Myron Mixon
- Around the Fire: Recipes for Inspired Grilling and Seasonal Feasting from Ox Restaurant
- Essential New York Times Grilling Book
- Guy on Fire by Guy Fieri
- Grill with Levi by Levi Roots
- The Italian Grill by Mario Batali
- The Gardener and the Grill by Karen Adler
- New Vegetarian Grill by Andrea Chesman
- Bobby Flay's Grill It by Bobby Flay
- Soaked, Slathered, and Seasoned: A Complete Guide to Flavoring Food for the Grill by Elizabeth Karmel
- The Ultimate Guide to Grilling by Rick Brown
- The Great Barbecue Companion: Mops, Sops, Sauces, and Rubs
- Smoke and Spice by Cheryl Jamison
- Mediterranean Grilling by Diane Kochilas
- The Barbecue Bible by Steve Raichlen
- The Low-Carb Barbecue Book by Dana Carpender
- Everyday Gourmet Grilling by Ted Reader
- Let the Flames Begin by Chris Schlesinger
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* FOR ALL
adult programs, click on the
to register, or call the library at 914-232-5717. Please register each person separately for events. Current events are listed below; check our
for upcoming events. All programs take place at the Somers Library unless otherwise noted.
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.
►It's Your Move
. Thursdays May 4-25 from 12:30-2pm. Yoga can help you manage stress while increasing your strength and flexibility. This accessible 4 week yoga program includes seated or chair poses for individuals with a mobility disability.
►Hemingway in Paris
. Friday May 5 at 1pm. Learn the places that Hemingway frequented in Paris, such as La Closerie des Lilas, the café where he wrote his masterpiece, The Sun Also Rises as well as the famous people he associated with, such as Gertrude Stein and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Discover the reasons that
Hemingway went to Paris and how he got the chance to meet so many famous and influential people, such as Stein and Picasso. Learn also about his relationships with his mentors, such as Sherwood Anderson and Stein, and his "Paris" wives, Hadley and Pauline.
►Blue Ink: Writers Reading Their Work.
Friday May 19th at 1pm. This dynamic group will talk about their works in progress, the publishing process, and more. Join us for an engaging afternoon! Featuring Janet Garber, Thea Schiller, Priscilla Louise, and Marea Needle.
►It's Your Grocery Bag: Eating for Optimum Aging
. Thursday June 1 from 12:30-2pm.
Dietician led workshop on Eating for Optimal Aging takes a scientific look at how eating well can enrich your life and the natural process of aging.
"Anti-Aging" implies that there is something unwelcome about the aging process. "Optimal aging" views aging as a natural process that we have the ability to impact through our lifestyle choices. Aging is inevitable, optimal aging is a choice. Because eating and aging should be pleasurable, this lecture takes a scientific look at the food do's and dont's to enrich your quality of life so that eating and aging are working hand in hand year after year.
►Breathing Techniques and Meditation to Reduce Stress
. Thursday June 8 from 6-7:30pm.
Internationally acclaimed seminar based on innovative breathing techniques that can reduce stress and heighten mental clarity and awareness.
►Clear the Clutter, Clear Your Mind
June 16 at 1pm at the Somers Library. When you become overwhelmed by the clutter and all the stuff in your home (and life) you can no longer think clearly. Here are some steps on how to clear the decks and clear your mind, so that you can start to take control of your home and life. Workshop presented by Andrea Deinstadt, Professional Organizer, serving Westchester for over 10 years.
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.
For more Information & to Register click here!
Teen Cupcake Challenge: Saturday, May 6th @ 2:00 pm
- Teen Cupcake Challenge - 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. The cupcake decorators will have challenges to make everything just a little more interesting! This program is for teens/tweens in grades 5 & up. Space is limited, please register
Teen / Tween LEGO Mindstorm Programming Workshop: Saturday May 6th from 12-2:00 pm- & Saturday, May 13th from 12-1:30 pm (Conference Rm) - Do you want to build a robot and program it to do what you want? You'll learn how to build and program LEGO robots to do things such as: follow you around a room, balance itself on two wheels, & follow a line & much more! Please bring your own laptop to the library to use for this program. If you do not have a laptop, the library can supply up to 6 laptops for patron use, but you MUST let us know in advance if you will need to borrow a library laptop for this class. Call the library for laptop requirements. Register here.
Teen Algebra Tutoring at the Library - Mondays 5/8 & 6/5 from 3:15-4:30 pm
- These sessions will help students with:
Topic help with examples & homework help. Middle and high school students welcome. Please register for each session separately through our on line calendar.
►Teens 3D World Design with Alice - Wednesday May 5th from 6:15-7:30 pm - Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. For 6th graders and up! Space is limited, please register Space is limited, please register here.
Teen Fashion: Character Redo Using Illustration & College - Fridays 5/5, 5/12, 6/2 & 6/9 from 3:15-4:30 pm. Join us for a crafting and costume design class, where illustration and collage collide! You can design a costume or wardrobe collection for your favorite character from a book, comic, anime, video game, or movie.Using drawing and a collage medium, you will portray your favorite character in a new look of your own design and take home a homemade magazine that includes your designs. Your character can be chosen from any genre and media. This program is intended for students in grade 6th and up. Space is limited, please register here.
Clubs for Teens
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 5/12 & 6/2.
Anime Nights! - Fridays once a month from 4:30 - 6:30 pm (4/21, & 5/19).
Children's Programs & Events
►New: 'Bingo' cards! Each month will bring new activities. See Vicki or Beth beginning May 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!
►Model Magic- Mother's Day Craft! Saturday, May 6 from 10:30-11:30 with Art Teacher Wendy Podell. Registration required- register here.
►Stepping Back in Time- Local History for Kids! Led by teacher and Somers Town Historian Doris Jane Smith- 6 sessions: May 2, 16; June 13 from 3:30-4:30. Best for grades K-3. Register here.
►Special book displays this month: Spring, Physical Fitness, Mother Goose, and children's author's birthdays!
►PreSchool Story Time & Craft
(for ages 4-5 years old~ without caregivers); Somers residents
-Tuesdays 1:00-1:45 from
Apr 25-May 23
-Wednesdays 1:00-1:45 from
Apr 26-May 24
►K- 2 Book Clubs* meet from 3:30-4:15 as follows:
Kindergarten Book Club Apr 24- May 22
1st Grade Book Club Apr 25- May 23
2nd Grade Book Club
Apr 26- May 17
*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 May 3
Grade 4 Book Club
Grade 5 Book Club May 17
*Please note; Gr. 3-5 book clubs will be run by Betsy Bishop.
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)
May 16-June 13 (no program May 2, 9, June 6). NEW-Registration is now necessary, and you must have a Somers Library Card.
See the Story Time schedule
►Story times for Toddlers (ages 2-3) meets Thursdays at 10:30 am May 11- June 15 (No program
May 4) and Fridays at 10:30 May 12- June 16 (No program May 5). NEW- Registration is now necessary and you must have a Somers Library Card. See the Storytime schedule here.
►Summer Reading Kick-Off~ June 23 @ 1:00!
►Book Buddy information*~ see website here for younger and older* book buddy applications.
*Please note: OLDER Book Buddy applications are due by JUNE 8! OLDER Book Buddy orientation is Thursday, June 22 @ 4pm.