Somers Library
December 2018  
Keys to the Past .... Gateway to the Future
80 Primrose Street
Route 139 & Reis Park
Somers, NY 10589
Mon, Tue, Wed 10am - 5pm 
Thurs 11am - 8pm 
Fri 10am - 5pm 
Sat 10am - 5pm 
Director's Corner

Congratulations to our two Battle of the Books teams!  Although we did not win this year, our teams put on a wonderful and spirited fight.

What is the Battle of the Books?   The Battle of the Books is a book-based trivia tournament for Westchester youth grades 4-10.  

The goal of the program is to promote a love of reading in kids and teens, to expose them to titles and authors that they might not encounter otherwise, to encourage them to think of their local public library as a resource for entertainment and to inspire teamwork and good sportsmanship in an atmosphere of friendly competition.
The program began in 2014 thanks to Liz Anastasi, and is planned and executed by the
Westchester Library System Battle of the Books Planning Committee.   The Somers Record has a great article about the battle, and I encourage everyone to read it.

We wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season from all of us at the Somers Library!
Andrew Farber 
Our Programs Are Funded By the Friends of the Somers Library.

Adult 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. Registration required for most programs.
Exhibit: Susan Oliverio Photographs. November 1 - December 31, during library hours Most of her Susan Oliverio's  work comes from travels with her husband and her most loved location, New York City.  With the photographic image, she tries to capture an essence of an emotion, a unique perspective or tell a story.  She has shown in various galleries in New York, Westchester and Long Island. She appreciates the opportunity to share her world with you at the Somers Library.  She can be reached for questions or comments at

Linda Spear's Writers workshop Open Mic. Saturday, December 1, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm. The Writer's Workshop, under the guidance of Linda Spear, has been meeting for four months, working together and giving each other feedback for their work. Now, as the workshop is ending, come and hear the results of the members' hard work as they read their stories, essays and more! Register online at or call 914-232-5717.

Community Opioid Overdose Training. Tuesday, December 4th, 6:00-7:30 pm. The Westchester County Department of Health in conjunction with the Somers Police Department will offer a FREE training for the public on how to respond to an opioid overdose using Naloxone (Narcan). Space is limited, pre-registration is required; register online for this event at or call the Division of Health Promotion at 914-995-6584. The event will be held at the Somers Library at Rt 139 & Reis Park in Somers . Sponsored by Somers Partners in Prevention.

Web Design for Beginners. Wednesday, December 5, 6:15 - 7:30pm. Every wonder how the internet works? Nowadays, having your own website puts you ahead in the world. Participants will learn how to design the look and logic behind a basic website and experience being a web developer using freely available software. This program is for adults. We will be using the public computers for this class, but please let us know if you can bring your own laptop to use in class. Space is limited to 12,  registration is required.

December TED Talks. Friday, December 7, 1:00 - 2:30 pm. TED talks are back! Join host Eugene Ritchie in discussion after viewing two TED talk speakers each session who will speak on a specific topic. Each program consists of diverse speakers with short presentations of 10 and 21 minutes long. Each talk will be followed by light refreshment. The topic and speakers for December are: Technology: 
Dystopia or Utopia?: Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattis - "What Your Smart Devices Know (and Share) About You." Once your smart devices can talk to you, who else are they talking to? Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu wanted to find out, so they outfitted Hill's apartment with 18 different internet-connected devices and built a special router to track how often they contacted their servers to see what they were reporting back. The results were surprising.  
Zeynep Tufecki - "We're Building a Dystopia Just to Make People Click on Ads." We're building an artificial intelligence-powered dystopia, one click at a time, says techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci. In an eye-opening talk, she details how the same algorithms companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon use to get you to click on ads are also used to organize your access to political and social information. The machines aren't even the real threat. What we need to understand is how the powerful might use AI to control us and what we can do in response.

Seasonal Floral Design - Winter. Saturday, December 8, 10:30 - 11:30. This is a beginners friendly hands-on course. Instructor Wendy Podell will show you how to achieve and create beautiful floral arrangements using basic techniques and tools. Easy and fun, you'll learn floral tricks for keeping flowers alive and healthy even if you don't have a green thumb. Arrangements will be seasonal. Flowers and containers will be provided for one floral design per student. Feel free to bring your own flowers. Please bring floral clippers to each class. Flowers make every day special! Other seasonal classes will be offered: Spring - April 6, 2019 & Summer - June 1, 2019. Learn something new in each class. Classes are limited to 12 people. Please register by November 30 on our online calendar at or call 914-232-5717.

Reception for Susan Oliverio's Photograph Exhibition. Saturday, December 8, 12:00 - 2:00 pm. Come and celebrate Susan Oliverio's vibrant photographs with the artist! Most of her Susan Oliverio's work comes from travels with her husband and her most loved location, New York City.  With the photographic image, she tries to capture an essence of an emotion, a unique perspective or tell a story. She has shown at various galleries in New York, Westchester and Long Island. Refreshments will be served; all are welcome! No registration required.

Holiday Sing-Along with John Fiscella & Friends. Sunday, December 9, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Brighten the holiday season with a concert of seasonal favorites! Join guitarist John Fiscella in a program of holiday songs and rock standards. Come and sing along! No registration is necessary.

Winter Art Drop-In. Mondays, 12/10, 17; 1/7, 14 & 28, 10:30 - 12:30. Usher in the winter months with a relaxing drop-in art class. Take a break on Monday mornings and pack your bag with your favorite art supplies: watercolors,acrylic paints, colored pencils, pens, paints and brushes. Quiet music will accompany you while you relax and create art with other enthusiastic art lovers! There is a $30.00 fee; checks should be made out to Judika Lieberman. Space is limited.

Race Amity Day Discussion Group, Part 3. Sunday, December 16, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Join us to view and discuss the third part of the PBS series "Race: the Power of an Illusion: The House We Live In." All are welcome to attend, registration is not required.

Ongoing 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. 6:30 pm 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 Events
* FOR ALL teen programs, click on the
Online Calendar to register,

Foodie Club for Teens.  Thursdays, 12/6, 1/3, 1/17, 2/14, 2/28, 3/14,3/28, 4/11, 4/25 & 5/9 from 3:15-4:30 pm.  Join us at the Somers Library to make snacks and small meals that the group can enjoy using the library staff kitchen.  We will also be discussing and planning for the next meeting's meal while we are cooking! This program is for teens / tweens in grades 6th and up.  Space is limited. 

Admissions & Financial Aid: What it Takes to get into College Today. Monday, December 3rd from 7:00 - 8:30. In this seminar, presented by College Planning 101, students and parents will learn the following:
  • What it takes to get into college today including the financial aid system and how it works
  • How to maximize your student's potential to receive scholarships, grants, & forms of merit-aid
  • The SAT & ACT tests and how colleges value them
  • What the more selective colleges really want to see on your student application.
  • To make a timeline for success for where you should start in the college planning process
  • How it's possible to attend a private college for a public college price.
Seating is limited.    

Winter Holiday Art for Teens.  Friday, December 14, 3:15 - 4:30 pm. Spread a little holiday cheer decorating a glass votive candle holder and take home with you in time for the holidays. A perfect gift for yourself, or a loved one! Space is limited to 15; registration is required.

Ongoing Events

Teen: Dungeons & Dragons Club (D&D).  Saturdays, 12/1 & 12/15, 3:00 pm to 4:45 pm. Join us to play Dungeons & Dragons this fall! Familiarity with Dungeons and  Dragons is encouraged. Grades 6 and up. No registration required.

Magic The Gathering. Saturdays, December 1 - December 29, 12:30 - 2:30. Come join us to play Magic the Gathering. Bring your own cards or borrow a deck to use from the library. New members and beginners are welcome! For teens and tweens. For more information, please contact the Somers Library at 914-232-5717 or email 

Anime Club - Every Wednesday beginning 12/5 through 12/19 from 3:00-4:30 pm (No Meeting on:  10/17, 10/31 & 11/21).  Join us for a chance to watch anime from Crunchyroll with your friends!

Fall Pokemon Club. Fridays, 12/7, 21; 1/4,18; 2/1/2019, 15; 3/1, 15, 29; 4/12,; 5/3, 17, 31; 6/14 & 28. 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. The library will supply snacks and an opportunity to meet friends interested in Pokemon!

Children's Events

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


Fall Story Time & Craft! Books, stories, crafts, history and fun with Doris Jane Smith- teacher and Somers Town Historian.  All classes are 3:30-4:30, space is limited and registration is required. Best for ages 6+.
Tues, Dec 4- Carrie Wright Reis celebrates a Victorian holiday

Mindful and Artful Parenting with Art Therapist Lynn Cukaj!
2 more sessions~ register for 1, 2, or all!
Tuesdays:  January 15, April 30.
Registration required- details here.

Special book displays this month : Winter, Hanukkah, Christmas

And more...

Gingerbread House Decorating- group drop-in project! 
Saturday, December 1st from 10:00-4:00. Drop-in to the Children's Room and use our supplies to decorate a gingerbread house village. The village will be on display in the Reading Room during December.

Cupcake Decorating- 2 sessions!
Led by Marlene Sable.
Monday, Dec 10 for children in grades K-2 from 3:30-4:30. Register here.
Monday, Dec 17 for children in grades 3-5 from 3:30-4:30. Register here.

Winter Solstice Celebration!
Thursday, December 20 from 3:30-4:15.
Hear stories, make an orange and clove pomander and a special sunshine cookie.
Register here.

Activities during the Winter break from Dec 27-29~

Model Magic Winter Wonderland Craft with Art Teacher Wendy Podell!
Thursday, December 27 from 10:30-11:30.
Best for ages 5+~ parents are welcome to stay with your child.
Space is limited and registration is required. Register here. 
Winter Story Time & Hot Chocolate!
Hear winter stories read by Doris Jane Smith and enjoy some hot chocolate while you listen!
Friday, December 28 @ 1:30.
No registration required.

Drop-In Craft during library hours!
Saturday, December 29~ make a craft project when you visit the Children's Room!

PreSchool Story Time & Craft~ 
(for ages 4-5 years old~ without caregivers); 
Registration required~ minimum of 5 (five) registrants to run program.
Somers residents only
-Tuesdays 1:00-1:45 

K- 2 Book Clubs~
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.  
Vicki DiSanto (Children's Librarian) will run these book clubs.

Grades 3-5 Book Clubs~ 
Meeting day is Thursday from 3:45-4:45  
Bus transportation available- bus #K
Registration required. 
Somers residents only. 
Children must be in the grade for which they are registering.  
Beth Levine (Library Assistant) will run these book clubs.

Babytime for children ages 0-2 with caregivers on Tuesday @ 10:30.
Toddler Story Time for children ages 2-3 with caregivers @ 10:30:

Registration is now necessary, and you must have a Somers Library Card.

See the Story Time, Book Clubs and Program schedules  here.   

Bits and Pieces

The flowers that you see at the library are sponsored by the Friends of Somers Library and donated by local businesses. We thank The Friends of Somers Library for donating this month's flower arrangement.

Art Gallery

Jane Hogan has been sharing her collages with friends and family for 
over thirty years, and her photographs have been shared in half that time. So it is with great delight that she is able to share some of her works with us at the Somers Library through the month of January.
Jane has been a Somers resident for fourteen years. While not an artist by profession or degree, she has always enjoyed the arts. She takes photographs of anything that catches her eye - previously from a camera, but now mostly from her iPhone. 
The collage work she creates is very personal since it is usually created with a friend or family member in mind. Her later works are annual Christmas cards she has created, in addition to works that reflect current (now past) events.  This will be Jane's first solo public Art show. Her works have previously been displayed at the Putnam Arts Council in Mahopac, NY, and she has had her work accepted into a juried art show there. She would like to thank the Somers Library for the opportunity to show some of her work in the hope that it
will inspire others to get out there and create their own.
There will be an opening reception on Saturday, January 5th from 2-4pm in the library program room. Jane's work will be displayed from January 5th - February 1st. She would love for you to see the pieces in person at the library, but if weather is keeping you inside, you can also view her work on her Instagram
account @janecollagecards
News from the Somers Library Foundation

Are looking for a creative and meaningful gift for a library lover in your life? You might consider making a donation in that person's name to the Library Foundation. Your gift will keep on giving as it helps enrich the Library's capabilities and makes our great community Library even better!
You can also support your Library when shopping online. If you buy from Amazon, have you tried AmazonSmile ? When you select the Somers Library Foundation as your favorite charitable organization, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the Foundation.
As 2018 comes to a close, we want to express our gratitude to everyone who helped make this year's fundraising endeavors a resounding success. Thank you to our generous donors, our dedicated and hard-working volunteers, and our enthusiastic book sale customers and 5k participants! Because of you, this year's events raised nearly $20,000 that will fund Library improvements. Thank you!
If you are not already a donor, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the Foundation that will benefit the Somers Library. To make a donation or to learn about the many ways you can give, please visit our website or call us at (914) 361-9979.
Somers Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Please join the Friends of the Somers Library at these upcoming  December events:

Holiday Sing Along  with John Fiscella and Friends
Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 2-4 PM, Program Room

Brighten the holiday season with a concert of seasonal favorites! Join guitarist John Fiscella (SHS class of '86) in a program of holiday songs and rock standards. Come and sing along! No registration is necessary.

Race Amity Day, Part 
3 Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 2-4 PM, Program Room

We will be viewing and discussing the third of the three installment PBS series Race: the Power of an Illusion "The House We Live In ". This is the first film of its kind to focus on why institutions in our society advantage certain groups at the expense of others.
The purpose of these discussions is to build deeper friendships among us all.

 Our programs are funded by the Friends of the Somers Library through your donations. Thanks for your support!

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