Somers Library
 
Newsletter 
April 2020
 
April Programming at the Somers Library

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the NY PAUSE Executive Order, all programs have been
cancelled for the  month of April .  

Because of the uncertainty surrounding this situation, please check our website often and look for emails about upcoming events.
 
Director's Corner

During these difficult times, the Somers Library is here to help maintain a sense of normality.  We have been adding to our online services and our staff is available to assist you with any questions you may have.  If you need any reference help with our digital offerings or need someone to recommend new books, our staff is monitoring our general email address, somers@wlsmail.org.  If you need help with your library account, need your pin reset, or need to update your information, our circulation department can be reached at somerscirc@wlsmail.org.

While we are not physically open to serve our patrons, we have been increasing our digital collections, including adding new streaming television through RB Digital.  We have been increasing our collections on Overdrive, and the Westchester Library System has increased the number of checkouts you can have through Hoopla.

We encourage all of our patrons to stay safe.  We have extended all of our due dates into May.  We have also extended any cards that were due to expire in March or April to May. And, we are allowing access to our digital services even if you are blocked due to overdue fines.  If you need any help, please email us.

Updates on our status and offerings can be found at our home page, somerslibrary.org.

Andrew Farber
Library Director

 
Adult Information  
Important Note about the Senior Benefits Information Center (SBIC):  Our SBIC program coordinators are still providing Medicare counseling by phone and by email. Clients can leave a question and their preferred contact method and our counselors will get back to them within 2 business days or sooner. We monitor the hotline 7 days a week.The SBIC hotline information: 914-231-3260 or SBICS@wlsmail.org.

In order to help make your time at home more enjoyable, here are some online resources, digital collections and readers advisory for your assistance!

RB Digital Streaming:  In case you missed it, the Somers Library is proud to offer our patrons a n ew streaming service providing  on-demand video -  RB Digital's Acorn TV, IndieFlix, The Great Courses and more! Click here!

Overdrive - New ebooks and downloadable audio books ordered for your enjoyment:
  • The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate (ebook & audiobook)
  • Hidden Salem by Kay Hooper (ebook & audiobook)
  • The Immortals of Tehran by Ali Araghi (ebook & audiobook)
  • Broken by Don Winslow (ebook & audiobook)

Hoopla Bonus Borrows Collection - Until April 30th, hoopla is offering a selection of titles that do not require our patrons to use one of their 10 borrows that they have for the month. Titles for all ages are included in this free Hoopla Bonus Borrows Collection

Looking for the Perfect Book?  Here are some links to help in your search!

Teen Information
Looking for a good YA book to read? Here are some resources to find some great reads!

  • GoodReads - A website for readers to find books by genre, age-group as well as expand their choices by lists of books similar to books they like. Can also search by themes.
  • National Public Radio offers their favorite 100 Teen Novels:
  • The American Library Association publication Booklist offers their current list of Alex Awards - adult books that teens would love.
  • ALA  2019 Prinz AwardThe Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.
  • YALSA Teen Book Finder
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Children's Events

FOR ALL Children's programs, click on the Online Calendar to register,  or call the library at 914-232-5717 to speak to Vicki or Beth.

Vicki and Beth have been working hard to bring you interesting, informative and fun websites during this virus outbreak.

Visit the Children's page here to access:
-ABC Mouse
-Tumblebook Library
-Tumble Math
-Big List of Children's Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds & Activities
-CIA/Spy Kids
-NASA for Kids
-Math Mavens Mysteries
-Child Mind Institute (parenting advice)
-Maths Case
-PBS Kids

Look for special emails on Mondays and Thursdays!  These are themed and timely websites, activities and links to e-books!

-Click Tutor.com to access this website using your Somers Library card # and pin:
Tutor.com offers live online chat and email support for learners of all ages. You can check a homework question, send in an essay for review, prepare for a test, and even have a cover letter or résumé checked. Hay tutores que hablan español.  Note: Due to coronavirus, Tutor.com has expanded its tutoring hours from 9:00 am - 10:00 pm, Monday through Friday, until June 15.

You'll need your Somers Library card and pin.  This is a downloadable audiobook and eBook service offered by the Westchester Library System.

News from the
Friends of the Somers Library
"What in the world would we do without our libraries?"
   -Katherine Hepburn
 

As you know, all library programs are cancelled through the end of April. Thank you for your understanding. We are hoping to be able to run our May programs which are described below.
 
On May 16th at 1:00 PM, we will be sponsoring our first spring WINK program:   What if you are suddenly incapacitated, hospitalized, or worse? What vital information about you do family and friends need to know? The Friends of the Somers Library, in collaboration with the library staff and Tracy Christen Reimann, Esq., have created a program featuring a document that each person should complete in case of emergency, called "WINK (What I Need Known) - Important Information About Me". At the presentation, you will receive a copy of this document and will be instructed on its general use. A "WINK- Important Information about Me" document is a significant gift for your loved ones as well as a significant self-care document. Categories include Personal Information, Financial Information, Health Information, Information about my Home, and Final Wishes. Each person completes and keeps their own document, to be left easily accessible to others, and includes the details they want to share - from basics like the garage door code, to information about the care of your pet, to how you pay bills, or where your important legal papers are stored. You get the idea. Registration is required to ensure your blank document copy is available.
 
National Library Week is April 19th-25th. Hopefully our library will be open and you will be able to stop in to thank our wonderful library staff for all of the work that they did through the Covid-19 epidemic and that they do throughout the year.
 
The Friends of the Somers Library is a nonprofit organization chartered by 
the Regents of the University of the State of New York.
From the Somers Library Foundation...

The COVID-19 pandemic has us all living through uncharted territory with far-reaching implications, uncertainty, and significant disruption. During this time, our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and your friends. We remain thankful, encouraged and inspired by the many acts of kindness we see between members of the Somers Community.

The Somers Library Foundation has postponed its upcoming Book Sale
until daily life returns to normal.  As soon as we can reschedule, we will.  

Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers who assisted in the collecting, sorting and organizing of the donated books. And thank you to all who have donated books
over the last few months. 

We have suspended all operations for the time being and have made arrangements to store the collected books until we can reschedule and hold an even better book sale in the (hopefully) near future. We will keep all updated as soon as we have a new date.

The Somers Library Foundation wishes everyone good health during this difficult time.

Somers Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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