February E-News

WLS Reaches Digital Milestone

Have you met Libby? If not, maybe you should. Libby is the digital library catalog embraced by thousands of Westchester County residents who used it it to collectively read 1.6 million books in 2023.


Libby is an app, available through the Bedford Hills Free Library and the Westchester Library System, that provides readers with 24/7 access to e-books, audiobooks, magazines, comic books and other digital content.


"Libby is a fantastic resource," says patron Fiona Mitchell. "I use it mostly for audiobooks and always find something I want to listen to."


To see the top five e-book and audio book titles borrowed last year, click here.


Look for Libby in the App store on your phone or computer. Any major device works, including Apple, Android, Chromebook and Kindle. If you need help, stop by the library and our librarians will walk you through it.


If it's movies and TV shows that you're looking for, download Kanopy, the video streaming service for critically acclaimed movies, inspiring documentaries, and award-winning foreign films. Like Libby, Kanopy is available through the App store for free with your library card.

Event Highlights

Free Your Voice in Song

Saturday, February 17 from 10am - Noon

Bedford Hills Train Station

Led by Kristin Kelleher


If you’ve been singing your whole life or have merely dreamed of finding the courage to try, Kristin, an exceptionally gifted professional singer and performer, will inspire you to free your voice. No previous musical experience needed. Even if you can’t read music, you’ll find your voice and the freedom to sing like never before.

Kristin is a musical theatre artist originally from Katonah and now based in NYC. She has performed all over the world both as a vocalist and an actor. She has a passion for sharing her love of the arts with others and is excited to bring this workshop to her hometown.


This event is part of a workshop series, Living a Creative Life, a collaboration with the Creative Alliance Project. Support is provided by the Town of Bedford Recreation & Parks. 

Winter Break Arts Workshops:

Sensory Art, Upcycle Art, and Nature Art

Tuesday - Thursday, February 20-22

from 2 - 3pm

Led by Jessica Colon

Kids K-Grade 5 & Families

When kids are on winter break, the Library is a great destination for a hands-on exploration of textures, colors, and shapes. 

Sensory Art – Tuesday

Create unique artworks that stimulate your senses and sensory awareness.

Upcycle Art – Wednesday

Unleash creativity by repurposing everyday items into imaginative and eco-friendly art pieces.

Nature Art – Thursday

Craft beautiful and inspired artwork using natural elements like leaves, twigs, and flowers.

Jessica is the founder, president, and bilingual educator at For the People and Kids. She has served as an educator at The New York Botanical Garden’s Edible Academy, the Bronx Children’s Museum, and Morris Jumel Mansion Museum.


This series is co-sponsored by For the People and KIDS, a nonprofit organization that collaborates with local farms, gardens, and other groups to provide diverse, hands-on programs that empower community members of all ages.

Crafting a Memory Keepsake: All Loves

Saturday, February 24 from 10 - 11am

Via Zoom

Led by Misty Yarnall


Join a supportive community of people seeking to share their stories, recognize patterns in their interactions and habits, and reflect on their truth. This creative workshop encourages us to explore our lives through writing and other arts, focusing on a different topic each month. In February, we look at appreciating our relationships (not just the romantic ones)!

Misty Yarnall is a Rochester-based writer, editor, and teaching artist. She received her BA in Creative Writing from Purchase College and currently works as the Administrative and Communications Coordinator and the Youth Programs Coordinator at the Hudson Valley Writers Center.


Ongoing Programs


Little Folks & Friends

Wednesdays at 10:30am

Led by Rachel Izes

2 years and up

We embrace the boundless energy of toddlers and focus on stories, singing, and movement. Storytimes are centered on a theme to increase vocabulary and knowledge of a subject. Toddlers learn sounds, letter/number recognition, and language patterns while having fun with their caregivers and peers.

Laptime for Pipsqueaks

Fridays at 10:30am

Led by Rachel Izes

Birth - 2 Years

This storytime utilizes "lap bounces," fingerplays, songs, and picture books to underline the importance of talking, singing, and reading with babies. Puppets, shakers, and colorful scarves also engage our littlest patrons and encourage caregiver/child interaction. 

Rachel Izes is the Early Literacy Coordinator at the Bedford Hills Free Library.


FIESTA with Flor Bromley!

Tuesday, February 20 at 10:30am

Preschoolers & Families

Flor Bromley presents stories, music, movement, and puppetry, in both English and Spanish. An entertaining and popular program to engage young families.

Flor Bromley is a recording artist, bilingual singer/songwriter, actress, storyteller, and puppeteer. She has a degree in Acting, Musical Theatre Performance and a BA in Theatre Education. She is originally from Peru.


Stories & Stretches: Family Yoga Storytime

Saturday, February 24 from 12:30 - 1:00pm

Preschoolers & Families

Led by Lindsay Fletcher

Children are introduced to books, songs, simple poses, and mindfulness

activities in this new program designed for preschoolers and their grown-ups. Discover how movement can bring stories to life in new ways, strengthening our minds, bodies, breath, and hearts! Bring a towel or yoga mat to join the fun!

Lindsay Fletcher is a children's yoga instructor certified through Yoga Effects and Karma Kids.



In BeTween Pages

Thursday, February 8 at 4pm

Led by Elizabeth McGoldrick


Tweens are invited to delve into stories, from realistic fiction to graphic novels. We voice opinions about what we read over snacks. Pick up a copy of the book for our next discussion at Patron Services.

Elizabeth McGoldrick, M.Ed. is a reading fanatic. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book she works as the Literacy Coordinator at Waterside School in Stamford, CT. She loves introducing children to the world of reading and facilitating the journey for even the most reticent reader.


Books & BowWows

Saturday, February 10 from 11am - Noon

Children learning to read are invited to read a few pages from a favorite book or show their favorite illustrations to Trixie the Labrador Retriever, a Pet Partners certified therapy dog accompanied by her owner.


Little Owls

Friday, February 16 at 4pm

Led by Debra Coppola

K - 2nd Grade

Let the craft tell the story. Kids are invited to recreate the story through a themed craft after listening to wonderful new and funny, familiar stories. 

Debra Coppola is a librarian in the Children's Room at the Bedford Hills Free Library.



Fee to Read Book Group

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Sunday, February 4 from 12:15 - 2pm

Antioch Baptist Church

Teens, Adults & Seniors

Free to Read is a new book group that focuses on fiction and nonfiction books that have been targeted or restricted in libraries and schools and that may close off readers to people, places and perspectives.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, is a remix of of Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped From the Beginning. Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative, the book book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.

Free to Read is offered in partnership with the Antioch Baptist Church, Bedford Hills.


Digital Smarts: What is WhatsApp?

Tuesday, February 13 from 4 - 5pm

Led by Katherine Whymark

WhatsApp is an application on your smartphone, and a great free way to keep in touch with people all over the world. It is freeware, cross-platform, and centralized instant messaging. You can send texts, voice messages and video messages, make voice and video calls, and share images, documents, user locations, and other content.


Fine Reading Book Group

At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks

Friday, February 16 from 12:30 - 1:30pm

Bedford Hills Community House

Led by Katherine Whymark

In this New York Times bestselling follow-up to True Believer, by Nicolas Sparks, a young couple's love faces the ultimate test when the past disrupts the life and family they've built together. Dramatic, heartbreaking, and surprising, this is a story about the love between a man and a woman and between a parent and a child. More than that, it is a story that beautifully portrays how the same emotion that can break your heart is also the one that will ultimately heal it.


Thursday, February 22 from 7 - 8pm

Via Zoom

Lauren Acompora is reading

Lemonade by Aimee Bender

Moderated by Heide Shilstone

Do you like a good story, but are too busy to commit to a book club? Enjoy hearing great short stories read aloud by members of our community, followed by a short discussion. Register for the Zoom meeting and you will receive a link to join us.

Lauren Acampora is the author of The Wonder Garden, The Paper Wasp, and The Hundred Waters. A NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow, her writing has appeared in Paris Review, Guernica, The NYT Book Review, and LitHub. Lauren lives in Katonah with her husband, artist Thomas Doyle, and their daughter Amity.


Holiday Closing

The Library will be closed on Monday, February 19 for Presidents Day. Have a safe and happy holiday!

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