LIBRARY NEWS 
A Message from
 Director Stephanie Harrison
Looking Forward!

With 2020 behind us, this is what I am excited about for 2021:

1.       Continuing to expand upon the excellent customer service we already deliver to our patrons and providing staff with continuing education opportunities and tools to raise the bar even higher. Our ultimate goal is to make sure you find value in what the library offers and leave every interaction with staff with your needs met.
 
2.      Providing new ways to deliver the life-long learning and community engagement opportunities you expect from us—whether through continuing to offer virtual programs (for now) or getting back to our popular in-person programming as soon as our current environment allows.
 
3.     Welcoming our newest trustees, Amanda Opromolla and Catherine Halkett, who bring new ideas to our already vibrant and busy library Board of Trustees.
 
4.     Seeing more of our patrons in person, seeing our garden & grounds blossom and grow, and working with local businesses and organizations to better serve all members of our community.


We thank you for your support, generosity, and kindness during this past year. Your input is always important to us, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at director@pattersonlibrary.org or to my staff if there is anything the library can assist you with during this time.

Be well!
Stephanie Harrison, Library Director

2020 WHAT A YEAR!
Yay, it's 2021, and while we had to find ways to restructure and stay connected, we managed to keep services going even when we had to close our doors to the public for a bit. We took the time to improve the building and added online resources to support our patrons' needs. We stayed positive and upbeat and planned programs we thought would do us all good. We learned to Zoom, and virtual programs became our new norm. Miss Jenn and Miss Jane planned dozens of fun programs for the little ones and teens. Parents stopped by to pick-up arts and crafts kits, books, and pumpkins, and families walked around town following the pages of our storyboards. The rest of us cooked with John and Beth from the local Blue Olive shop, learned about the Roosevelts, and listened to inspirational words from Kacey, WHUD's morning DJ, as she talked about ways to cope with stress. Our Director, Stephanie, and PR Coordinator, Lillie, Zoomed on Pawling Radio with Mike and Sandro to get information about our resources out to you. Our park served as a beautiful and safe gathering place for everyone to be outdoors. Erik Petersen from Petersen's Patterson Greenhouses added wonderful raised beds to our vegetable garden and planted a beautiful flower garden donated by BOT President Donald Ferraro and his wife Judy, that kept our spirits up all summer and fall. We gave out vegetables from our garden, pumpkins, held a drive-by senior breakfast, and collected coats, food, and toys. We installed plexiglass, reorganized spaces, removed furniture, and implemented new procedures and guidelines to reopen safely so we could offer our best to you because our patrons are the heart of this library, and that makes everything we do so worthwhile.
2020's MOST POPULAR BOOKS & DVDs!
Here are a few fun facts about the most popular 2020
checkouts at the Patterson Library

Top Three Most Popular Fiction Titles
Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens
The Dutch House: A Novel by Ann Patchett
The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes

The Top Three Most Popular Non-Fiction Titles
The Instant Pot Bible by Bruce Weinstein
How to Draw by David Brodie
Signs by Laura Lynne Jackson

The Top Three Most Popular DVD Titles
The House that Jack Built
Yellowstone: Season 1
10 Minutes Gone

Top Three Most Popular Juvenile Fiction Titles
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Top Three Most Popular Young Adult Fiction Titles
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Top Three Most Popular Early Reader Titles
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Pigs Make Me Sneeze!: An Elephant & Piggie Book by Mo Willems
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
REEL TALK MOVIE CLUB
Have you always wanted to be a movie critic? Are Siskel & Ebert your role models? Now is your chance!

We will begin our new virtual movie club on January 13 at 1:00 pm. Although we can’t have you in the library to watch the movie of the month on our big screen, you can watch it on your own television and get together on Zoom to discuss it.

We will select movies that are widely available through the MHLS library system or our online resources so you can request a copy to be picked up at the library using your MHLS library card and view it at home at your leisure. If you subscribe to Netflix, Amazon Prime, “On Demand,” or other streaming services, you can also check those listings for availability.

See you after the movie!
Not Sure What To Watch Or Read?
We Can Help!
Not sure what to read or watch? Perfect Picks is a new service that allows us to help you choose with recommendations based on your likes and preferences. Just fill out the online questionnaire, and we will generate a list of titles for you.
EMERGENCY CLOSINGS & CHAT FEATURE
We never like to close, but if weather, imposed closures, or building emergencies force us to close, remember to visit our website for information, announcements, and updates. www.pattersonlibrary.org.
CHAT WITH US!
On days the library is closed due to weather or other emergencies, we will turn on our new CHAT feature during business hours so you can reach a staff member to get help with your questions.
TAX HELP
Due to the current circumstances, we do not have any definitive details regarding the availability of the AARP Tax Assistance Program that we offer every year. At this time, AARP has asked that everyone call the United Way's 211 Helpline of the Hudson Valley for information and details. If we get any updates or information, we will post it on our website at www.pattersonlibrary.org.
Stay Updated and Connected
VIRTUAL ADULT PROGRAMS
Virtual Program
January 7 @ 7:00 PM
Jeff Urbin, the Education Specialist at the Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, returns with a virtual presentation on FDR’s Inner Circle. This program examines FDR’s special set of advisors who came to be called his “brain trust.” Interactive discussion topics will include: What kinds of people should/shouldn’t a president surround themselves with? Whose voice is missing from FDR’s inner circle? How were these people helpful to FDR? Whom would you describe as being your inner circle?

This is a virtual program, so a valid email address is required.
Virtual Discussion
January 13 @ 1:00 PM
Reel Talk is the Patterson Library’s new virtual movie club. We will be kicking off Reel Talk with “Knives Out” and its all-star cast. This fun movie offers a little something in multiple genres. The circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey are mysterious. Still, there's one thing that renowned Detective Benoit Blanc knows for sure -- everyone in the wildly dysfunctional Thrombey family is a suspect. Now, Blanc must sift through a web of lies and red herrings to uncover the truth.
Watch the movie on your own time and join us for a lively movie discussion on January 13th.

This is a virtual program, so a valid email address is required.
Virtual Discussion
Epigenetics and Aging
January 13 @ 7:00 PM
Science Readers, facilitated by Dr. Ruth Light, meets monthly via Zoom at 7:00 pm on the second Wednesday to discuss a current topic using journal articles and video clips that will be emailed in advance. This month’s topic is epigenetics as it gives insight into aging. New participants are welcome.

This is a virtual program, so a valid email address is required.
Ayurvedic Medicine Series
Virtual Presentation
The Immune System: Maintaining Balance
January 19 @ 7:00 PM
Dr. Kaushik is back with a series of virtual lectures on Ayurvedic Medicine. Ayurveda, in Sanskrit, means “science of life.” Ayurveda is a true body-mind approach to health and wellness and defines health as a balance of body, mind, and spirit. Join us to learn more about this ancient practice that is rapidly becoming more recognized.
This will be Crowdcast for MHLS library patrons.

This is a virtual program, so a valid email address is required.
Bagels and Books
Virtual Book Club
January 25 @ 11:30 AM
In keeping with social distancing, Library Director Stephanie Harrison has moved her monthly Book Club discussion online! Her January book selection is In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson. Since we can't travel right now, let’s follow him on a funny, fact-filled adventure through Australia,
a place with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet. You can pick up the book at the Patterson Library. If you are interested in joining the online discussion, e-mail Stephanie at director@pattersonlibrary.org to register. She will be sending a link to join the discussion.

This is a virtual program, so a valid email address is required.
Know Your Rights Regarding Unemployment Benefits
January 26 @ 6:00 PM
Join William J. McNamara, a staff attorney at Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, for a presentation about knowing and understanding your rights regarding unemployment benefits.

The presentation will cover the basics of unemployment compensation. Topics to be discussed will include eligibility for benefits, benefit amounts, and their duration. The application process will be reviewed, touching upon the most common reasons for denial of benefits. How to request determination hearings will be outlined, including hearing procedures and the appeals process. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

This talk was arranged and will be facilitated by the Desmond-Fish Public Library.

This is the first in a series of events curated by the Putnam and Upper Westchester County Libraries. They have teamed up to share their events with everyone in our broader community.


This is a virtual program, so a valid email address is required.
Virtual Workshop
February 11 @ 7:00 PM
Learn how to take breathtaking photographs in this virtual introductory photography workshop with professional photographer Justin Goodhart. Topics will include principles of composition, thinking about light, introduction to camera settings, and what they mean.

This is a virtual program, so a valid email address is required.
Checking in With Creamsickle!
Since Creamsickle's arrival at Patterson Library, there have been hi-jinks galore! While Creamsickle has been very helpful in making craft videos with Miss Jane to send out to parents, they have also gotten themselves into plenty of trouble; playing surprise hide and seek with members of the staff, they got a little too excited ordering holiday books AND even managed to convince Miss Jenn to buy some festive accessories.

What kinds of things do you want to see Creamsickle doing?
CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
Begins Tuesday February 2
4 PM
Grades 5 - 8

Manga friends old and new are welcome in this "backwards" book club. Have you ever read a book that is only pictures? Have you read them "backwards"? Sign up for this fun book club for manga and graphic novels! Every other week we'll talk about different manga, anime and animated films!

This is a virtual program so a valid email address is required.
Thursday February 4
4:30 PM
Grades 2 & 3

You'll have a blast in this hilarious and interactive cartooning class with Marty Pants author, Mark Parisi! He'll show you how to draw and create your own cartoon! All you need is a pencil, paper and all your creativity!

This is a virtual program so a valid email address is required.
Begins Monday February 8
4:30 PM
Ages 10 & up

Let the adventure begin! Join us for virtual "table top" adventures of sneaking through forests, hunting down monsters and dangerous quests. You'll create your character the first day with your dungeon master, Dustine, who will walk you through your epic adventure! All levels welcome.

This is a virtual program so a valid email address is required.
TEEN PROGRAMS 
Saturday, February 27
10 AM
Grades 7 and up

Teen Leadership Council is a program for teens run by teens. You will earn community service hours by planning programs for your peers, assisting younger kids in children’s programs and you will volunteer with other members of the community while your adult adviser helps you along the way. Let your voice be heard, join today!

This is a virtual program so a valid email address is required.
Don't Miss Out On These
Great January Programs!
Children's Programs:
Begins Tuesdays, January 5
4:30 PM
Ages 7 - 13 years
Sign up for this character driven fitness program! On top of this full body fitness program the Youth Empowerment System will teach your child leadership, loyalty and how to believe in themselves. AND they even get a free shirt!
This is a virtual program so a valid email address is required.
Saturday January 23 & 30
10 AM
Ages 10 & up
This 3 hour course prepares students to be safe when watching younger siblings or babysitting. Learn to negotiate pay and stay safe in an emergency.
This is a virtual program so a valid email address is required.
Begins Wednesday January 27
10:15 AM
All Ages
Come one, come all for this all ages family story-time! Get through the chilly months with books, songs, felt-boards and more! We'll be moving, laughing and singing our way through Wednesday mornings with children of all ages!
This is a virtual program so a valid email address is required.
Begins Wednesday January 27
11:15 AM
Aged 2
Our twos are back in town! Our first virtual two-year-old story time includes singing and movement with stories, crafts and felt boards to get your twos back in the groove! This class will focus on color and letter awareness, gross motor skills and more!
Craft kits will be put together for all registered participants. Please ask about siblings in this program.
This is a virtual program so a valid email address is required.
Begins Thursday January 28
4:30 PM
Grades K - 1
Do you love making art? Join Miss Hannah as we learn about the history of art and how it can be created! We will be reading stories and creating crafts to show just the type of mini artist you can be.
This is a virtual program so a valid email address is required.
Begins Thursday January 28
4:30 PM
Ages 7 - 12 years
Do you love watching movies? Then the Movie Crew is right for you. We'll watch movies new and old (even as old as the 80s! WHAT?) Just like our book clubs, you'll watch the movies on your own, and we'll talk about them together. We'll even have some activities and games thrown in here and there.
This is a virtual program so a valid email address is required.
Begins Friday January 29
1:30 PM
Ages 3 - 5 years
Stories galore! Let's read some crazy books that get kids moving! On top of our stories and songs, we'll walk your child through how to make a super fun craft! *Craft kits will be provided with materials for each family.
This is a virtual program so a valid email address is required.
Teen Programs:
Friday, January 8
7 PM
Ages 16 and up
Older teens and young adults! Come join us for a fun trivia night! Test your knowledge on movies, pop culture and more! You'll be playing for some awesome gift cards as prizes in this trivia competition! Have fun! Win prizes! Come play!
This is a virtual program so a valid email address is required.
Begins Monday, January 11
10:45 AM
Grades 7 and up
Come join Marie O'Shea for this creative writing series! Together, you will work on your personal pieces, talk about writing styles, learn some tips and tricks and gain valuable constructive feedback. Start a new piece or work on one you've already begun! This is a teen program.
This is a virtual program so a valid email address is required.
Saturday, January 23
10 AM
Grades 7 and up
Teen Leadership Council is a program for teens run by teens. You will earn community service hours by planning programs for your peers, assisting younger kids in children’s programs and you will volunteer with other members of the community while your adult adviser helps you along the way. Let your voice be heard, join today!
This is a virtual program so a valid email address is required.
Virtual Program Disclaimer
Please be advised that the Library makes no warranties and/or representations concerning the virtual programs. The Patterson Library Trustees and Staff do not promote or endorse the opinions or views of the presenters or performers. Your decision to participate, or allow your minor child to participate, in the programs is an express consent on your part to waive any and all claims against the Library which may result from said participation and hereby release and discharge the Patterson Library from any and all liabilities.