Somers Library
February 2019 
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

We have been getting a lot of inquiries on book donations lately, and have begun collecting donations for the friend's book sale again.  
Acceptable donations include clean and undamaged soft and hard cover fiction and nonfiction books. Non-fiction books should have been published within the last five years. Also accepted are music CDs and DVDs  
Please note that we limit donations to 20 items a week, and they must be brought during Library hours.  Books left outside the Library after hours are often found damaged by the weather and become unusable .  We do not accept  Textbooks, videocassettes, Reader's Digest condensed books, or National Geographic magazines. Items may be dropped off at the Reference Desk in the Library during our regularly scheduled hours 
We thank you for your generous support of the Library, and can answer any questions you may have by calling the reference desk at 232-5717.
Andrew Farber 
Our Programs Are Funded By the Friends of the Somers Library.

Adult Events  
* FOR ALL adult programs, call the library at 914-232-5717 or register using our  Online Calendar for upcoming events. All programs take place at the Somers Library unless otherwise noted. Registration required for most programs. 

Senior Benefits Information Center:   Every Wednesday, through December 18, 2019, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm  (No meeting on 11/27). Senior Benefits Information Centers (SBICs) help older adults 60 and over and those caring for the elderly achieve a better understanding of Medicare health plans and prescription drug coverage. Information is provided about different types of government programs. Meet with trained counselors in a private setting to get information about:  Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and Medigap supplement plans; Part D prescription drug coverage; Medicare savings plans for low-income seniors; Financial benefit programs such as Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), & food stamps (SNAP).  You will be able to meet with trained counselors in a private setting. No appointment is necessary. If you can't visit the library in person, you can leave a message on the SBIC helpline at 914-231-3260 or email us at with your name, number, a time to call between 9am-5pm and whether your interest is in Medicare services or other benefits. SBIC will not meet on days the Somers schools are closed due to snow.
Managing Your Career in Changing Times at the Somers Library: The world of work is you need to plan for what's next??? Managing Your Career in Changing Times is a free 8-week seminar conducted by a professional career counselor. The seminars will teach how to: Take formal assessments to evaluate your interests and personality; learn how to use career information to research industries and companies, find out about educational/training programs, learn about the latest trends in resumes and job search, and understand how to market yourself effectively. NOTE: For dates and times and to register for this seminar, please call 914-674-3612. 
Acrylic Painting: Mondays, 2/4, 11, 25; 3/11 & 18, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. When you want endless opportunities, acrylic painting is it! The colors, the textures, the special effects you can achieve are limitless! Instructor Judika Lieberman will demonstrate various techniques during the session. Photos will be brought in for creative ideas or you may bring your own. Music will be played for your inspiration. Suggested Supplies List: Canvas or canvas board, water cup, soft brush, slanted brush, broad/wide brush, pencil, erase,acrylic paints.  There is a $30 fee to be paid on the first day of class. Make checks out to Judika Lieberman. Registration is required. 

TED TALK: Addiction - Countering the Opioid Crisis: Thursday, February 7 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. Join host Eugene Ritchie in a discussion after viewing two TED talk speakers speak on a this topic. Professor Ritchie's mission is to provide a viewing, discussion, and inspirational forum for the Somers Community of themed TED Talks designed for personal and professional growth. Each program consists of diverse speakers with short presentations of 10 and 20 minutes long. Speakers for this date are Jan Rader: "In the Opioid Crisis, Here's What it Takes to Save a Life" and Chera Kowalski: "The Critical Role Librarians Play in the Opioid Crisis." Each talk will be followed by light refreshment. 
2019 Schedule for TED TALKS:  Thursdays, 2/7, 3/7, 4/4,5/2 & 6/6, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.Upcoming Topics are: 
  • February 7 - Addiction: Community Understanding of and Countering the Opioid Crisis
  • March 7 - Communications - Language Learning
  • April 4 - Environment - Global Warming & Climate Change  
  • May 2 - Business - Globalization and Leadership
  • June 6 - Human Relations - Enhancing Personal & Professional Relationships.
Essentials of Online Health Information for Older Adults: Friday, February 22, 12:00 - 1:30 pm, Snow date - March 15th. This workshop teaches older adults how to find, use and assess the online information you need. Learn about authoritative sources on health matters - from diseases and conditions to evaluation of doctors and hospitals; from drugs and supplements to Medicare management. Know where to start and what you can expect from these online tools. Discover sources worth mastering and practices that will keep you safe online. If you can, please bring your own laptops to the class. Registration is required.
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Teen Events
* FOR ALL teen programs, click on the  Online Calendar  to register.
VolunTEEN: Have a Heart: Do Your Part! Friday, February 1, 2019 - Tuesday, February 12, 2019.
Do you sometimes feel as if no one is listening to you? We will! Our TAG group recently created a survey for you so that we can continue to provide the books, programs & services that you want! Here is a copy of the link:
 Your feedback matters! Please complete the survey by midnight on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Youth between the grades 6 - 12 may receive volunteer 30 minutes of volunteer credit upon completion.
SAT Practice Exam. Saturday, February 2, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Free SAT Practice Test at the Somers Library offered by the Princeton Review.  Here is your opportunity to try your hand at the SAT without having to worry about the score going anywhere! After the test, participants will receive an extensive score-report and a personalized consultation to go over your scores and answer your questions! Please Note: If there are fewer than 25 registrants by the end of January, this program may be canceled and the library will notify the registrants accordingly. 
 Teen + Teen = Success: Free Tutoring at the Somers Library. Mondays, February 4, 11 & 25 from 3:30 - 4:45 pm; Thursdays, February 7 & 14 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. Do math and science leave you stumped? Have no fear - Student Success is here! Somers student Nitin Seshadri, author of website called Mathematica, is offering free tutoring for middle and high school students in the following subject areas: Algebra 1 & 2/Trig,
Biology, and Geometry. Space is limited to six students. Registration is required.
Get Your Swag On - Make a Plush Valentine Heart for Valentines Day!. Tuesday, February 12 from 3:30 - 4:45 pm. Conquer the cold with fire in your heart - create your very own cuddle-buddy plush heart! Crafters will create this cute, plushie that is easy to make, and makes the perfect gift for that special someone. For grades 6 and up. Space is limited-register today! 
Janine Logue is a self-taught artist, that brings imagination to life. She is also the Proprietress of Enchanted Wishes Designs!" - a whimsical fairy tale business...for those who believe. 
 18 SAT Questions You Can Answer. Thursday, February 14 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Celebrate love by committing to your future!  Long time math professor and ACT/SAT tutor Michael Goodman will present a review of the SAT with a handout describing 18 types of questions found on the exam. Students will learn how to recognize 18 different types of SAT questions, and to develop proven strategies to conquer the exam. For students grades 9 and up. Registration is required.  
Teens & Adults - Create Beaded Earrings. Saturday, February 16th from 1:30 pm -4:00 pm - (Can't make it at 1:30  pm? Join us anytime up until 3:00 pm!) Come to the Somers Library to make your own beaded earrings and make additional pairs to donate.  For example, for every pair of earrings you make for yourself, you will also make the same amount to be donated** to a local women's shelter.  This free program is intended for adults, teens & tweens entering 5 grade & up. **Since this workshop benefits a women's shelter, it could be considered for community service hours. 
VolunTEEN: Community Helpers  in Your Neighborhood.Tuesday, February 19 from 3:30 - 5:00pm.  Do you love animals? Do you sometimes wish you could change the world?  Sunny Boy is a golden retriever who works as a volunteer dog for Therapy Dogs International, an organization that trains, certifies, and connects service dogs to volunteer in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and other places where emotional support is needed. Sunny Boy is a golden retriever that works as a volunteer as a therapy dog. He will be visiting with his Pawpaw Mr. Michael Jones to talk about life as a community helper. This program is for students grades 6 and up seeking community service hours. Special consideration will be given for 6th and 7th grades. Registration is required. 
Becoming Pocket Wise: Teen Money Talk. Wednesday, February 20 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.  Power through your season of love and power through accessing financial abundance! In this workshop, students will learn more about stress free saving, simple investing tips, and how understanding credit and planning a budget may lessen the chances of ramen noodle dinners in the future. This program for parents and students grades 6 and up. 
Ongoing Events
Winter/Spring Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) Club. Alternating Saturdays starting 2/2, 2/16, 3/2, 3/30, 4/6, 5/4, 5/18, 3:00 - 4:45 pm. Join us to play Dungeons & Dragons! Familiarity with Dungeons and Dragons is encouraged, but not required. Grades 6 and up. Registration is required.
Magic the Gathering Club. Alternating Saturdays starting 2/2, 2/16, 3/2, 3/30, 4/6, 5/4, 5/18. Join us to play the popular card game of Magic the Gathering! Bring your own cards, or borrow a deck from the library-new players and beginners welcome!Attendee must be between the grades of 6 and 12. Registration is required.
Winter/Spring Anime/Manga Club. Wednesdays, from 3:15-4:30 pm on the following dates: 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, /8, 5/15, 5/22, & 5/29. Join us  to watch anime from Crunchyroll on our big screen TV & to hang out with friends. This program is for teens entering 7th grade & up! This program is for teens entering 7th grade & up!    
Children's Events

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


Mindful and Artful Parenting with Art Therapist Lynn Cukaj!
1 more session~  Tuesday April 30.
Registration required- details here.

Model Magic Valentine's Day with Art Teacher Wendy Podell.
Saturday, Feb 9 from 10:30-11:30.
Register here. 

Make Your Own Valentine's Day Card- Drop-In Craft!
Saturday, Feb 9 during library hours.
Use our materials and your imagination~ no registration required.

February Mid-Winter Break Activities:
~Tuesday, Feb 19:
 Model Magic Snowman Craft; 10:30-11:30. 
Registration required- register here.

~Wednesday, Feb 20:
Make edible snowflakes! Use edible glitter and cinnamon/sugar.
Registration required- register here.

~Thursday, Feb 21:
Free movie- Frozen.
Run time 93 minutes.
No registration required.

~Friday, Feb 22:
Drop-In Craft- Pony Bead snowflakes!
During library hours.

~Saturday, Feb 23:
Scratch Art Stained Glass!
With Wendy Podell
Registration required- register here.

Story Time & Craft
Stories, fun, history and crafts!
With Doris Jane Smith- Somers Town Historian and Primrose Teacher
Tuesdays:  Feb 26; March 19; April 2; April 30
Best for ages 6+.
Registration is required- register here.

Read Across America- Save the date for March 5!
Principals, Assistant Principals and Librarians read their favorite stories to you!


See website for specific dates:

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 Mancini Realty for donating this month's flower arrangement.

Art Gallery
Susan Richman,
our February Artist, photographs temporary sculptures made out of ice in which botanical materials and colors are layered to create objects who's short lived existence speaks to the ephemeral nature of the environment.
News from the Somers Library Foundation
In so many ways, the Somers Library is the Heart of the Somers Community.  Libraries belong to the community and are central to it.  They are open to all, and provide essential services to help people and neighborhoods thrive.  From internet access and homework help, to story times, community gathering rooms and learning programs, the Somers Library offers vital resources to address community needs.

If you've been thinking about volunteering for years or are looking for a way to better connect with the Somers Community, consider volunteering for the Somers Library Foundation.  Volunteers were vital to the success of the Somers Library Foundation's 2018 Book Sale and 5K Trail Run, as well as other Foundation events and last year.
So be a sweetheart and support/volunteer with/donate to the Somers Library Foundation.  For more information about the many ways you can volunteer, please visit our website or call us at (914) 361-9979.

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

Annual Appeal

The Friends of the Somers Library have begun their annual appeal. Thanks to the generosity of their many donors, they are able each year to fund the many fabulous programs that children, teens and adults enjoy and that are not funded in our town budget, as well as providing gifts to the library such as the new landscaping. If you have not already received their mailing, you can pick up an appeal brochure at the libraries. Donations of any amount can be sent to the Friends care of Somers Library, P O Box 443, Somers, NY 10589 or via PayPal at   Any questions can be sent to .
The Friends of the Somers Library is a nonprofit organization chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York. Their mission is to provide support for the needs of a contemporary library... to benefit the diverse interests of our town and to keep our library vibrant.
A special shout-out to T3 LogoWear for donating the bookmarks that went out in the annual appeal.  

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