Somers Library
 
Newsletter 
March 2020
 
 
Keys to the Past .... Gateway to the Future
80 Primrose Street
Route 139 & Reis Park
Somers, NY 10589
914-232-5717
email: somers@wlsmail.org  
 
Library Hours:
Sun - 1pm - 5 pm 
Mon 10am - 5pm
Tue 10am - 8pm
Wed 10am - 8pm 
Thurs 11am - 8pm 
Fri 10am - 5pm 
Sat 10am - 5pm 

 
Director's Corner

Libraries are more than just a place to find books.  You may have heard that we offer music, movies, musical instruments, cake pans, knitting kits, and learning kits, but did you know we also offer job skills training as well?  This month I would like to highlight Learning Express Career Center by Ebsco.  

Are you preparing for a professional exam? Are you curious about a particular occupation or looking to improve your workplace skills? Choose the Career Center and begin your path to a bright future.  You can access Learning Express Career Center with your library card from our website.

Andrew Farber
Library Director

 
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.   Our programs are funded by the Friends of the Somers Library.

Basic Computer Help by Appointment. 
Do you need help using your computer? Would you like to learn more about how to work with word documents, spreadsheets, email, etc.? Please call the library to set-up an appointment with a knowledgeable volunteer who will meet with you at the library.  We encourage you to bring your own laptop or tablet to the library to use to practice. For more information or to make arrangements, please call the library (Reference Desk). 

Senior Benefits Information Center. Every Wednesday, 1/2 - 12/18, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm  (No meeting on 11/27). For more information, click here.
Race Amity of Northern Westchester & Putnam. Sunday, 3/8,  2:00 - 4:00 pm. Please join us for our monthly discussion as we work to advance cross-racial and cross-cultural amity to impact the public discourse on race.  Our monthly meetings feature speakers, screenings, and presentations where discussions are aimed at educating one another on who we really are. For this meeting, we will discover and discuss a variety of ways that white people can effectively work for social justice. No registration necessary. Refreshments will be served.

Solving the Retirement Income Puzzle. Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Presenter Paul M. Petrone, CFP, CPA and a Social Security, Retirement Income & Tax Specialist will discuss the following: 
  • How Do I Replace My Paycheck? 
  • It's All About Income, Not Accumulation
  • Retirement Challenges Unique to Retirees
  • Planning When You Don't Know How Long Your Money Has to Last
  • Planning when You Don't Know What Your Portfolio's Investment Returns will be over an Uncertain Lifetime
  • Planning when You Don't Know the Right % You Can Safely Withdraw to Not Run Out of Money
  • Strategies for a Happy & Secure Retirement.
This workshop is for people approaching or entering retirement or recently retired. Please register. 

Teens & Adults - Create Beaded Earrings.  Thursday, March 12th from 5:30 pm - 7:30 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. Please register.

The Five Secrets of Permanent Weight Loss . Saturday, March 28 from 10:30-12:00 - Join us to learn about how to lose weight and feel great.  The topics to be discussed are as follows:
  • Why diets don't work
  • Why eating fat does not make you fat
  • What hormones could be out of control in your body
  • Learn ways to reduce your risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer and more! 1979. 
Presenter:  Edward A. Markowitz D.C., D.A.C.B.O.H., received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in s instructor by the Foundation for Wellness Professionals.  In addition, Dr. Markowitz lectures on the topics of Type 2 Diabetes Reversal, natural solutions to health problems, decreasing the harmful effects of stress, acupressure, chiropractic and holistic health. Please register.

Ghost Hunter Presentation. Saturday, March 28, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Have you ever wanted to meet a real Ghost Hunter? Do you want to hear actual recordings of ghosts captured at haunted houses in and around the Connecticut and New York area? Join paranormal investigator Barry Pirro of ConnecticutGhostHunter.com who will share chilling stories from recent investigations, play recordings of real ghosts, and share ghost hunting tips. Questions will be answered and members of the audience will have a chance to share their ghost stories. This event is geared toward adults and young adults, ages 12 and up. Please register.

Decorating Your Home to Sell (or Dwell). Monday, March 30, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. If you want to learn the tricks of the staging trade to sell your home or listings faster and for more money, or you just want to revitalize your home's appearance, join home staging expert Susan Atwell as she teaches you: 
  • The 3 keys to outshining the competition when selling your home.
  • Our top 10 Do-It-Yourself home staging tips guaranteed to sell homes faster.
  • How to accentuate your home's most attractive features using what you already have.
  • Tips to ditch the stress, mess, and overwhelm and get it all done at lightning speed! 
Genesis Macedo, owner of GenesisProPainting.com in Bedford Hills, will also answer all of your home restoration and painting questions. Whether you are a home seller, real estate professional, or just someone who enjoys interior decorating, this workshop is for you! 
This program is hosted by Judi McAnaw, Financial Advisor, EdwardJones.com in Somers, NY and presented by Susan Atwell, home staging expert and president of AtWellStagedHome.com. Please register.

Social Security Benefits Strategy Presentation. Tuesday, March 31, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Do You Have A Social Security Benefits Strategy? While many Americans think Social Security is simple and straightforward, often it is not. Just recently, the bipartisan budget act made some significant changes to Social Security laws about claiming retirement and spousal benefits. Making a mistake when selecting your benefit option can cost thousands or tens of thousands of dollars over the course of retirement. Consequently, it's a good idea to talk with experts in the field, gather the information you need, and make informed benefits decisions. Please register.


Ongoing Programs

Monday Writers Workshop with Linda Spear.
Mondays, 
4/6-6/22, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm.  
Preserve your written words in a class with other students who are exploring an idea, a work in progress, or a chapter in their life. Bring your ideas, pen and paper or laptop, so that within a few short weeks, you will have developed the strategies to become a lifelong writer. People of all skill levels are welcome. Space is limited to 12. 
 
Tuesday Creative Writing Class. 
2/4-5/5, 11:00 am-12:30 pm. 
Join our Creative Writing Group where each week you will be challenged with new and creative ideas to write about. Feedback from other writers and editing of your pieces will help you to develop your own writing style. The class will be led by Jo Ann Francella, a columnist for The Somers Record.  Class size is limited to 12.
 
Westchester Writers Workshop.
1/2-6/18, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.
A group for writers and poets to help with  writer's block, feedback on your memoir, short story, novel, or poem, need some editing or polishing tips for your texts and/or want to share in the love of writing with fellow writers. We are the original peer review  writers group with no fees, no dues, and many chances to showcase your talents. Meets every 1st & 3rd (& 5th) Thursday.
 
Journalism Workshop.
1/16-4/9, 1:00-2:30 pm.
Join us to learn how to present information so your readers can form their own opinion and make clear decisions. During this workshop, the following topics will be discussed: The art of journalism, What journalists actually do, & Skills of a good journalist. The group is led by Linda Spear, journalist, author and workshop facilitator.  Space is limited to 12. Meets every Thursday.
 
Somers Library Book Club:   Meeting dates - Fridays:  2/14, 3/13, 4/17, 5/8  & 6/5, 2:30 - 4:00 pm. This Somers Library sponsored book club is led by Diana Cunningham, who, in consultation with the Somers adult reference library, Tara Ferretti will select the books to be discussed at each meeting. . The books will be based on currency, not on best-seller lists. Any Somers library user can register/attend and copies of books discusses will be reserved for club members.The upcoming books to be discussed 2/14: House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea; 3/13: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson. Space is limited to 20 people and registration is required; please register online at www.somerslibrary.org or call 914-232-5717. Please include your email address in your registration.

Poetry Workshop for Adults at the Somers LibraryThursdays, 1/9 - 6/25, 11:00 - 12:30 pm. 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. Register online at www.somerslibrary.org or call 914-232-5717.

Knit and Crochet ClubEvery Friday, beginning 1/10, 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! No registration required.

Teen Events  
* For ALL teen and tween programs, please call us at 914-232-5717, or register here for upcoming events. All programs will take place at the Somers Library unless otherwise noted. Registration required for most programs. 

The Great Oreo Taste Off Challenge. Friday, March 6, 3:15-3:45 pm. Calling all students Grades 6 and up. How well do you know your Oreos? In honor of National Oreo Cookie Day, the library challenges you to a blind taste test of 5 different Oreo flavors. Registration is required as spaces are limited. 

SAT Practice Exam with C2 Education of Mt. Kisco. Saturday. March 7 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. 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 bring graphing calculator, pens, pencils, and water and snack bar (optional). This program is for students grades 9 - 12. Please Note: If there are fewer than 25 registrants by the middle of February, this program may be canceled and the library will notify the registrants accordingly.  Please register!

ACT Practice Exam with C2 Education of Mt. Kisco. Saturday. March 7 from 1:30 - 4:30 pm. 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 and a personalized consultation to go over your scores and answer your questions! Please bring graphing calculator, pens, pencils, and water and snack bar (optional). This program is for students grades 9 - 12. Please Note: If there are fewer than 25 registrants by the middle of February, this program may be canceled and the library will notify the registrants accordingly. Please register!   

Teens & Adults: Create Beaded Earrings. Thursday, March 12th from 5:30 pm - 7:30 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. Please register.
           
Ongoing Events
Teen Anime Club  - Every Wednesday* through June 3, 2020 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm.  *(No meeting on 10/16, 11/27, 12/25, & 1/1). Join us in the Somers Library to watch anime from Crunchyroll on our big screen TV and hang out with friends! New members welcome! For teens 7th grade - 12th grade. No registration necessary.  
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Children's Events

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

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March 2020  Programs**- 
see website for dates/times:

Special Events:

Read Across America Day:
Tuesday, March 3-  see times below
The Principals and Assistant Principals of Primrose and SIS will be visiting 
the Somers Library to read aloud! 
These are some of the best readers you will ever hear! 
Come and enjoy some of their favorite books, 
delivered in a most memorable style!

3:15:
Mrs. Winter- Principal- Primrose
Mrs. Benedetto- Asst Principal- Primrose
Mrs. Secor- Librarian- Primrose

4:00
Mrs. Turner- Principal- SIS
Mrs. Belger- Asst Principal- SIS
Mr. Behling- Librarian- SIS

*Parent Program with Lynn Cukaj:
Do you want to increase reading and creativity in your home? 
Attend a series of workshops- see dates below.  
You will take a children's book and create an art project from it. 
This hour-long workshop will show you how!
Monday, March 9
7:00-8:00pm

*STORY TIME & CRAFT!
 'Stepping Back in Time'-making local history come alive!
Somers Town Historian and teacher Doris Jane Smith 
will lead a program incorporating books, crafts and more 
for children in Grades K-3. Maximum 10 participants.
Tuesday, March 10
3:30-4:15

New Program~ Pajama Story Time!
Begins Tuesday, March 10-June 16, 2020
Time:  7:00-7:30pm
No registration necessary.
(It's OK to come in your pajamas!)

Celebrate the Spring Solstice and St. Patrick's Day!
Stories, books, crafts and fun with Doris Jane Smith!
Best for ages 5+.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
3:30-4:15pm

*Mindful and Artful Parenting with Art Therapist Lynn Cukaj
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." Pablo Picasso

For Adults~ To process experiences related to parenting, 
particularly anxiety and frustration. 
An Art Studio approach will be used to experience
 different creative techniques in a non-judgmental atmosphere. 
Techniques will include visualization, journaling and mindfulness.
Monday, March 23
7:00-8:00pm

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On-going programs:

*Baby time (for ages up to 2 yr with caregiver)
Tuesdays: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
10:30-11:15

*Toddler Time (for ages 2 to 3 yr old with caregiver)
Thursdays: March 5, 12, 19, 26 from 10:30-11:15
OR
Fridays: March 6, 13, 20, 27 from 10:30-11:15

*PreSchool Story Time (for ages 4-5 without caregiver)
Tuesdays: March 3, 10m, 17, 24, 31 from 1:00-1:45
 
*Kindergarten Book Club- must presently be in Kindergarten
Mondays: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 from 3:30-4:15

*1st Grade Book Club- must presently be in 1st Grade
Tuesdays: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 from 3:30-4:15

*2nd Grade Book Club- must presently be in 2nd Grade
Wednesdays: March 4, 11, 18, 25 from 3:30-4:15

* 3rd Grade Book Club- must presently be in 3rd Grade
Thursday: March 5 from 3:45-4:45

*4th/5th Grade Book Club- must presently be in 4th or 5th Grade
Thursday: March 12 from 3:45-4:45

Sunday Story Times
Sundays: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 2:00-2:45

New:  Pajama Story Times
Tuesdays:  March 10-June 16
7:00-7:30pm

**These programs require pre-registration- register here..


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See website for specific dates 
and further details:  

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten**:
See Vicki,  Beth or Diana 
to easily sign-up and receive a packet to begin the 
wonderful journey of reading to your child. 
 Each packet contains a reading folder; 
adult bookmark; child's bookmark and a sticker.  
Come into the library to 
receive a sticker for each 100 books you read!

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

Bits and Pieces

Flowers 
The flowers that you see at the library are sponsored by the Friends of Somers Library and donated by local businesses. We thank Appliance Sales Plus for this month's flowers.

Art Gallery
Photographs by Christy Hicks at the Somers Library
March 1 - 31, during library hours.

Since she was young, local photographer Christy Hicks always felt connected to nature and thrived in being outdoors. This passion continues through her photographs. She believes "Art doesn't let people out it lets them in." Her featured exhibit is called (Nature at its best), in which she has photographed animals, flowers, the forest, moon and the moments in life that are forever changing, including the seasons.

News from the
Friends of the Somers Library
"What in the world would we do without our libraries?"
   -Katherine Hepburn
 

The Friends of the Somers Library would like to thank our 2019 local business donors:

Diamond Friend
Denis Timone, Esq.

Platinum Friends
DeCicco and Sons, Somers
Dr Paul Harbottle
Le Fontane Restaurant
Dr Robert Pitaro
Somers Animal Hospital
Somers Democrats
Somers Smiles
Friend Somers Pharmacy
In Kind Donors Mobile Mart
M. Furman Printing

Front Desk Flower Sponsors: Advanced Computer Repair, Appliance Sales Plus, Dr. Robert Grimshaw, Dr. Jeffrey Schachne, Il Forno Restaurant, Mancini Realty, Mexican Shack, Putnam County Savings Bank, and Mary Ward, Houlihan Lawrence.

Donated funds are used to enhance library services by providing the extras not covered by the Town of Somers' budget. All programs for adults, teens and children are funded through our fundraising efforts. For the Somers Library to remain a vital, valuable asset to our Town, the support from local businesses is key. We encourage you to thank these businesses for their continued support of the Somers Library.

Hope to see you at an upcoming program at our library!

The Friends of the Somers Library is a nonprofit organization chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York.
From the Somers Library Foundation...
We need books and volunteers!
The Foundation is preparing for the  2020 annual book sale.  We need books and volunteers to make sure that it goes as smoothly as possible!
 
Books can be dropped off inside the library, by the Community Room, any time the library is open. We accept both adult and children's hard cover and trade books, but no regular paperbacks. Books should all be in excellent condition (they should not have tears or be marked up/highlighted).
 
Volunteers are needed now through the last weekend of April, when the sale will be held. People can volunteer for an hour or two at a time, a few hours each week, or for as much time as they can spare. Books will need to be sorted, organized, and then stored. There will be a variety of different jobs available at the sale, including sorting books by type and genre, moving books from storage to the library and setting them up before the sale begins, managing cash registers, assisting customers in locating books, and keeping books orderly.
 
If you're interested in volunteering or have any other questions, please contact us using the contact form.

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