Somers Library
January 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

Get your HOMEWORK done.
Get Back to Your LIFE! can help you get your homework done, write your paper or study for your test so that you can get back to doing the things you love. Don't get frustrated and don't stay stuck. Instead, log on to through the Somers Library to get the help you need, right when you need it. 
Students (and parents!) can get help for any kind of academic question in math, science, English, social studies and writing. The tutors work with students in kindergarten through 12th grade and even AP level class work and intro-level college coursework. Connecting with a tutor is easy. You just need a library card and a computer or mobile device with internet access. Just point your browser to Connect. Learn. Go.

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, 1/2/19 - 12/18/19, 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.

Winter Art Drop-In: Mondays, 1/7, 1/14 & 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. Please register.

Wednesday Writers Group.   Every Wednesday, running January 9th through April 17th from 10:30-12:00. Banish the winter doldrums.  Join us at the Somers Library for a writing class for all levels where participants can be creative and share their efforts in class.  Each week writers will have their creativity challenged in different ways. The class will be lead by Jo Ann Francella, a columnist for The Somers Record, and Kathy Neggers, a published author.  Space is limited. Please register on our online calendar or by calling the library.  

Poetry Workshop for Adults: Thursdays, 1/10 - 6/27, 11:00 - 12:30 pm. Beginner and experienced poets "will hold these truths to be self-evident" that all poems can be created using trial and error, and serendipity along with learning the processes of craft in this poetry workshop. Discover your muse as Thea Schiller introduces an established poem, leads discussions and creates in-class writing exercises, leaving time to write and share each week. Participating members will be encouraged to expand their repertoire of poems.  Space is limited. Please register on our online calendar or by calling the library.                                         

Knit and Crochet Club.   Fridays,  January 11th from 10:30 am -12:00 pm.  Join Kathy Neggers (facilitator) and other knitters and crocheters to enjoy working on individual projects together. Bring your project and supplies. Beginners are welcome! Just bring a pair of knitting needles or a crochet hook, some yarn and learn the basics! 

Happiness Workshop. Thursday, January 24, 11:30 - 1:00 pm. Everyone wants to be happy, but many cannot find their way to be truly so. In this workshop, Rabbi Laurie Gold and attendees will explore paths to happiness, including practicing forgiveness, gratitude, and meditation. They will also discuss some of the scientific, sociological and spiritual underpinnings of joy. This workshop is open to everyone and is non-denominational. 
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Teen News
VolunTEENS:  A special thank you to the Somers Library VolunTEENS who helped create holiday cards for the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Yorktown.  Over 200 cards were donated!
Foodie Club:  The members of the Foodie Club got into the holiday Spirit when they
made gingerbread  houses!  They did a great job and had fun!

Teen Events
* FOR ALL teen programs, click on the Online Calendar  to register.

ACT Practice Exam:  Saturday, January 5, 9:00 am  - 1:00 pm. There is a difference between the SAT and the ACT, and some students do better on one over the other. Here is your opportunity to try your hand at the ACT without having to worry about the score going anywhere. After the test, participants will receive an extensive score-report showing you exactly where your strengths and weaknesses are, PLUS a personalized consultation to go over your scores and answer your questions! Please bring graphing calculator, pens, pencils, and water and snack bar (optional). Registration is required. Please go to our online calendar at or call us at 914-232-5717. Notice: If there are not enough registrants, this program may be cancelled and the library will notify the registrants accordingly.

Get Your Swag On- Join TAG!  Tuesdays, 1/8, 2/12, 3/12, 4/9, 5/14, & 6/11 from 3:15-4:30 pm. Are you a teen or tween and a Somers resident? Would you like to make an impact on your library & your community? Join our Somers Library TAG! TAG members will have an opportunity to work with the library to gain volunteer hours while developing leadership skills. Food will be provided. This program is for teens / tweens in grades 6th and up. Space is limited. 

18 ACT Questions You Can Answer:  Thursday, January 10, 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Long time math professor and ACT/SAT tutor, Mike Goodman presents a review of the ACT college entrance exam by presenting students with a handout describing 18 types of questions found on the ACT Exam. Mr. Goodman will explain to the students what to look for to recognize these questions and will present a solid strategy that students can use to solve them. Space is limited, please register!!

Teen Tech: What is Hacking? Wednesday, January 16, 6:15-7:30 pm. Snow Date:  1/23/19. What is Hacking? It looks simple in the movies, but in reality hacking is for more complex. As a society, we rely on both experimental "white hat hacking" for protection and also need to be protected against malicious "black hat hacking" at the same time. In this class, participants will learn these concepts and see how hacking is an essential element of security-focused institutions, as well as test their skills with "out-of-the-box" thinking. This program is for teens/tweens in grades 6 and up. 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. Registration is required, space is limited to 15.

A Parent's Essential Guide to College Planning:   Thursday, January 24, 7:00 - 8:30 pm.  Most students don't start the formal application process soon enough, and miss important opportunities. In this presentation and Q & A, learn critical insights for completing a competitive college application. This seminar for parents of college-bound students will explore relevant tips that will help make the most of this timetable, new information, and admissions insider's knowledge. Open to all. Please share details with other parents!  Topics discussed will be 
· Learn insider tips for a competitive Common Application and Coalition Application
· Discuss how to write compelling essays that stand out
· Uncover tips to maximize chances of financial aid, including FAFSA insights
· Create a personalized application timeline that increases changes of admission

Presenter: Dr. Tony Di Giacomo, founder and Executive Director of Novella Prep will share his behind-the-scenes admission experience from Boston University, test prep knowledge from the College Board (which manages the PSAT, SAT, and AP) and experience serving families in our area.


Ongoing Events

Winter/Spring Anime/Manga Club:  Wednesdays, from 3:15-4:30 pm on the following dates: 1/9, 1/16, 1/23 1/23, 1/30, 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! 

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.


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

Cupcake Decorating- new K-2 session added due to popular demand!
Led by Marlene Sable.
January 17 from 3:30-4:30. Register here.

Model Magic Winter Wonderland with Art Teacher Wendy Podell.
Saturday, Jan 19 from 10:30-11:30.
Register here.
Please note:  Snow date is Saturday, Jan 26.


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 Advanced Computer Repair 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

Welcoming a New Year offers a wonderful opportunity to make new choices and take new chances in life. Whether you reflect proudly on your many accomplishments in the past year or you can't wait to turn a new page and look toward the future, the new calendar year is an opportunity to do the things that might have been on your back burner. If you've been thinking about volunteering for years or have been contemplating your resolutions for the 2019, 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 activities in the past year.

Volunteerism has countless benefits to the community and also to the health and happiness of individuals who commit to volunteering. Did you know that people who volunteer report physical, mental, and emotional health benefits? Doing Good is not only good for your surrounding community, Doing Good is Good for You!

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.
Somers High School Students' Volunteerism
Makes a Difference at the Library
Nate and Daniel Schwartz, juniors at Somers High School, have volunteered at the Somers Library for the past three years. The boys saw a request for volunteers to help the Friends of the Somers Library set up and clean up for all of their programs. Over the course of the three years that the Daniel and Nate have been volunteering in this capacity, they have worked on over thirty different events for the Friends.
Daniel and Nate, twins, were born prematurely in 2002. They each weighed 1½ pounds at birth. The boys had many challenges associated with their premature birth including 16 surgeries for Daniel. As soon as the boys learned to walk, they began to spend many hours at the Somers Library reading and taking advantage of the children's programs. The boys' dad, Ron Schwartz, says that, "When the boys saw the request for volunteers at the library, they wanted to give back for all of the good times that they had spent at the library." Daniel, Nate and Ron set up all of the chairs and some of the props for each of the concerts, plays, and readings that the Friends of the Somers Library sponsors. They also clean up again after each performance. Nate and Daniel say that, "The best part of the work is the gratitude of the performers and the public who come to see the performances."
In addition to Daniel and Nate's volunteer work at the library, they are high honor roll students at Somers High School. They also umpire for Somers Youth Sports Organization, participate in the SHS Academic Challenge, volunteer with Let's Play it Forward and they are both brown belts in Kempo Karate. Daniel also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and Nate volunteers for community service as a tutor for the National Honor Society program at SHS.
Ron Schwartz says that, "The boys have learned valuable lessons doing this volunteer work. They have seen firsthand how their work enriches the lives of the people who depend upon them for these productions. They learn responsibility and how to be on time at the library no matter what else is going on in their lives. They learn and maintain a work ethic that will help them later in life."
Susan Berkow, president of the Friends of the Somers Library, says that 'amongst the many friends of the library, these boys stand out. Especially in this season of giving, it's important to recognize and thank our loyal supporters. "
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