Somers Library Newsletter
News from Somers Library
July 2017
In This Issue
Summer 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 - 3pm 
Did You Know... July is National Make a Difference to Children Month?
"To remind us of the many ways adults can make a positive difference to children. Create opportunities for kids during this midsummer month when most children are not in school. ~Chase's Calendar of Events
New Books

Blame - Jeff Abbott
The Fallen - Ace Atkins
Paradise Valley - C. J. Box
Some Kind of Hero - S. Brockmann
Down a Dark Road - Linda Castillo
Late Show - Michael Connelly
Game of Ghosts - John Connelly
Third Nero - Lindsey Davis
Hidden Scars - Mark DeCastrique
Deadfall - Linda Fairstein
Nearness of You - Dorothy Garlock
Wired - Julie Garwood
Dark Rites - Heather Graham
Painted Queen - Joan Hess
Almost Sisters - Joshilyn Jackson
Look Behind You - Iris Johansen
Beautiful Tempest - Johanna Lindsey
Secrets of the Tulip Sisters - Susan Mallery
Distant View of Everything - Alexander McCall Smith
Assassin's Price - L.E. Modesitt
Reason You're Alive - Matthew Quick
Two Nights - Kathy Reichs
Secrets She Keeps - Michael Robotham
Library of Light & Shadow - M.J. Rose
Collared - David Rosenfelt
Afterlife - Marcus Sakey
House of Spies - Daniel Silva
Lying Game - Ruth Ware
New DVDs

Zookeeper's Wife
A Quiet Passion
Their Finest
Lost City of Z
Kong: Skull Island
The Promise
Boss Baby
United Kingdom
Young Pope
Alone in Berlin
Dark Angel
Ghost in the Shell
Grace & Frankie: Seasons 1 & 2
Grantchester: Season 3
The Shack
Song to Song
T2 Trainspotting
Vicious: The Finale
Weekend in Havana
 Quotes We Love 
"One of the joys of reading is the ability to plug into the shared wisdom of mankind." ~Ishmael Reed

"Libraries are about freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education (which is not a process that finishes the day we leave school or university), about entertainment, about making safe spaces, and about access to information. I worry that here in the 21st century people misunderstand what libraries are and the purpose of them. If you perceive a library as a shelf of books, it may seem antiquated or outdated in a world in which most, but not all, books in print exist digitally. But that is to miss the point fundamentally." ~Neil Gaiman

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." ~Saint Augustine  
Art Gallery 
Our featured artist this month is Rhonda Gentry. Rhonda is known for her landscape paintings, still life paintings, flowers and other subjects. She enjoys painting intuitively; just letting go and getting her whole body involved. She loves colors, especially vivid rich colors. Patterns and textures play an integral role in her work, and when all three are combined with intuitive painting, it takes her to a happy place in which she gets lost painting.

If you are interested in displaying your art, please email somersartgallery@wls 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 Mary Ward of Houlihan Lawrence for donating this month's flower arrangement.
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Director's Corner

Did you know that you can access from the Library's website for free? is an online platform with thousands of instructional videos and courses. You'll find topics like business skills, design, education & e-learning, marketing, photography, video editing, web development and so much more. Each course has multiple segments so you can watch as few or as many as you want. is designed for all levels of learners, and new courses are added weekly. Exercise files let you follow along with the instruction as you learn and bookmarks help keep track of what you'd like to watch. is available 24/7 from any computer or mobile device.

Check out and our other online resources right on our website,  
Andrew Farber
Library Director 
Somers Library Foundation   
Working for YOU to improve our Library . Thanks to the Library Foundation's donors and supporters, the Library's main entrance is getting a makeover. New flooring, new lights, new look! A custom-made publications center will keep the area neat and tidy. Watch the remodeling unfold over the next few months, and enjoy a bright new entrance after all the dust settles in the fall.
Consider making a tax-deductible gift to the Foundation today and help us continue working to modernize and update our Library. For more information, contact us at
Somers Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
Friends of Somers Library

  Concert: On Sunday, July 9th at 2 p.m., the Somers Library will present the band, " Hit the Roof," a keyboardist and drummer duo. Hit the Roof is the ultimate eclectic experience; they take their inspiration from exposure to different musical thinking, thus possessing their very own creative language. The duo offers an interactive musical program, presenting Jazz and Blues styles that emanated from the Harlem Renaissance and from the southern United States. Join us for this exciting afternoon of music. Space is limited, no registration, first come, first served. 

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

Beekeepers love being around their bees but they also like a good read. One of the best ways to learn about new techniques or beginning beekeeping is through reading books. Thankfully there are many excellent  books available.
  • The Good Living Guide to Beekeeping: Secrets of the Hive, Stories from the Field, and a Practical Guide That Explains It All by Dede Cumming
  • Save the Bees with Natural Backyard Hives: The Easy and Treatment-Free Way to Attract and Keep Healthy Bees by Rob McFarland
  • The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden by Kim Flottum
  • Robbing the Bees: A Biography of Honey--The Sweet Liquid Gold that Seduced the World by Holley Bishop
  • The Complete Guide to Beekeeping for Fun & Profit: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply with Cindy Belknap
  • Attracting Native Pollinators; Protecting North America's Bees and Butterflies
  • Homegrown Honey Bees: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Beekeeping Your First Year, from Hiving to Honey Harvest by Alethea Morrison
  • Build Your Own Beekeeping Equipment: How to Construct Hive Bodies, Supers, Frames, Stands, Covers, Feeders, Swarm Catchers, and Accessories by Tony Pisano
  • The Thinking Beekeeper: A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives
  • Bbka Guide to Beekeeping by Ivor Davis
  • Confessions of a Bad Beekeeper: What Not to Do When Keeping Bees by Bill Turnbull
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
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 upcoming events. All programs take place at the Somers Library unless otherwise noted. 
Summer Painting Class . July 17, 24, 31, Aug 7, 21, 28 at 10:30am. You can begin OR continue to explore painting with acrylics. This fun, relaxed class with inspirational music in the background will inspire your creativity. Instruction will include mixing colors and additives, and the application of paint with different tools to achieve dramatic effects. $25.00 fee payable to the instructor (Judika Lieberman) on the first day of class. Register online at or call 914-232-5717. Call for supply list.

It's Your Health . August 3, 10, 17, 14 at 12:30pm. It's Your Health- This four week workshop focuses on practical information and strategies for healthy eating, stress management, fitness and accessible activities.  Topics include reading labels, portion sizes, and 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.
 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.   
Teen Summer Reading 
June 21st - August 30th Click here for more information.
Registration starts June 19th, 2017!

  • Raffle Prizes - Amazon Gift Cards ($75, $50 & $25), $25 Chili's Gift Card, $25 Aunt B's gift card, Gift Cards from Route 100 Market & plus more!
  • Prizes of $10 iTune Gift Cards to top 3 readers with the most pages read!
How To Get Raffle Tickets: 
  • For every 100 pages read, receive 1 raffle ticket.
  • For every 1 review submitted, receive 1 raffle ticket
  • Earn 1 raffle ticket for every teen event you attend; remember-you must sign the attendance sheet when at the program. 
  • Register Early-1 raffle ticket will be given to the first 25 participants to sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program!
  • Bonus: you can earn 1 raffle ticket for every visit to the library (6/19-8/30)  
Summer Teen Events
Teens and Adults: Create Beaded Earrings - Saturday, July 8th from 12-2:30 pm - (Can't make it at 12 pm? Join us anytime up until 2:00 pm). Join us at the Somers Library to make your own beaded earrings and make additional pairs to donate to a local women's shelter.  This program is free and is intended for teens, 5th grade and up, as well as their parents. Please register here.
Teen Henna Workshop at the Somers Library - Thursday, July 13th from 4:30-6:00 pm. The henna we will be using is all natural, made from finely sifted henna, lemon juice and essential oils. With proper care a henna stain can last between 2-3 weeks. This program is intended for teens/tweens entering grades 6 and up. Space is limited, please register here. (Need signed permission slip to participate) 
Teens & Tweens - Create Fringed Flip Flops - Thursday, July 20th from 4-5:30 pm.  Join us at the Somers Library to decorate a pair of flip flops. Please bring a pair of new flip flops we will provide all decorative materials. You will also receive a small bag as well to take home your new flip flops. Plus, you can pick out a free teen book to take home. Please register here.  
Color Me Book Creation for Teens:  Thursday, July 27th from 4-5:30 pm -  Chill out, relax and join the trend!  Create and design your very own handmade Color Me Book by melding collage & scrap booking techniques, participants will use their imagination to create a collection of images that are unique and  meaningful to the individual participants. This program is intended for teens & tweens entering grade 6 and up.  Space is limited, please register here. 
Teens Create: Up-cycled T-shirt Pillow - Thursday, August 3rd from 4:00 -5:30 pm - Did you outgrow your favorite t-shirt and would you like to save it as a special memento?  Then join us at the Somers Library to turn it into a keepsake pillow!  Please bring a (clean) tee-shirt that you would like to turn into a keepsake decorative pillow and we will provide all other materials. This program is intended for teens in grades 5th and up! Please register here. 
Summer Clubs for Teens   

Summer Coloring Club for Teens :  Tuesdays: 6/27,  7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, & 8/15 from 3:00 - 4:30. Relax, color, and socialize... Materials are provided, or you may bring your own. Registration is not required.
Anime Club
- This club meets every* Wednesday  6/7, 6/14, 6/21, & 6/28 from 3:15-4:30 pm.  No registration necessary. 
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 6/2, 6/16, & 6/30. Register here.
Summer Anime Nights! - Meets Friday 4:30-6:30 pm on 7/7 & 8/4.  Join us for a chance to watch anime from Crunchyroll with your friends. No registration necessary. 
For our Teen Summer Programs Calendar   click here! 
Children's Programs & Events

►Summer Reading has begun!  See our website for all activities*:
*Some programs require registration.
-Create with Model Magic*: Tues July 11~ 1:00-2:00
-Drop-In Activity: July 17-22 during library hours! Build a replica of London Bridge
-Farm to Table Herb Pot and Salad*: July 13~ 3:30-4:30
-Stuffed Animal Sleepover: Thurs July 27~ 7:00-7:45
-Juggling Funny Stories: July 31~ 3:30-4:15
Check out the website link for more information!

StoryWalk returns August 21-Sept 3!  Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin will be posted around the exterior of the library. Come into the library during hours and receive a cookie for completing the storywalk. Cookies are provided courtesy of Friends of Somers Library. 
  ►Special book displays this month : Kindergarten, Summer, Summer Reading, Camping!
►PreSchool Story Time & Craft will resume in September  (for ages 4-5 years old~ without caregivers); Somers residents only
-Tuesdays 1:00-1:45- dates to be posted
-Wednesdays 1:00-1:45- dates to be posted
►K- 2 Book Clubs will resume in September!
Kindergarten will meet Mondays;
1st Grade will meet Tuesdays;
2nd Grade will meet Wednesdays.
Time:  3:30-4:15
*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 will resume in October and will meet Wednesdays from 3:45-4:45.
Specific dates will be posted.  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
July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1, 8.  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  July 6- August 3;  Fridays  at 10:30 July 7-August 4.  NEW- Registration is now necessary  and  you must have a Somers Library Card. See the Storytime schedule here .