Somers Library
May 2020
May 2020 at the Somers Library
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the NY PAUSE Executive Order, all in-person programs have been  cancelled for the 
month of May and June .   See below for upcoming virtual programming being offered at the library.  

Because of the uncertainty surrounding this situation, please check our website often for news updates about the library.
Director's Corner

For ways to continually engage your child, we have a multitude of  amazing resources!  These include: reading, science, math, virtual author visits, space, mysteries, and more.  These sites are all designed to keep learning and reading fun!  Additionally, we are sending out two weekly emails (Mondays and Thursdays) which include themed activities to keep children engaged, interested, and to discover the world around them!

Check out the Children's section of our website for details:   

The  Center for Aging in Place  has published a resource directory of important services and programs for use by Westchester's seniors during the PAUSE order.  To view this directory, please click here.

Andrew Farber
Library Director

Adult Information  
Important Note about the Senior Benefits Information Center (SBIC):  Our SBIC program coordinators are still providing Medicare counseling by phone and by email. Clients can leave a question and their preferred contact method and our counselors will get back to them within 2 business days or sooner. We monitor the hotline 7 days a week.The SBIC hotline information: 914-231-3260 or

WEBINAR: How to Boost Your Immune System, Prevent and Reverse Chronic Disease with Plant-Based Nutrition:  May 19, 2020 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Find out more about what eating plant-based really means, strategies to transition your diet, and how to prepare simple plant-based foods that are satisfying, nutrition packed, and taste amazing. Led by Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Dentist, Dr. Janet Levine. You need to be registered by 4 pm on the day of the event to participate. Please click here to register.

Virtual Meeting:  Somers Library Book Group: Friday, June 5, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. - We will virtually discuss via Zoom the landmark Isabel Wilkerson book:  "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration." Isabel Wilkerson is a Pulitzer-prize willing author who chronicles one of the reportedly "great untold stories of American history:  the decades-long migration of black citizens fleeing the South for northern and western cities."  This is a documented, researched book about Southern blacks who fled the South from 1915-1970, an "exodus" that changed the history of our country. This is a substantial story, but one worth reading. Please register here in order to have access to this meeting.

WEBINAR: New York Skyscrapers 1870-1931 - June 6 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Using original photographs and historic images, presenter Kevin Woyce tells the story of New York's greatest skyscrapers, from the 1890 New York World building to the Woolworth, Chrysler, and Empire State buildings. He will explain how and why they were built, and introduce the architects and businessmen whose visions shaped New York City's world-famous skyline. NOTICE: This event will be presented virtually. You must register here in order to participate.

Teen Information
Webinar: Admissions & Financial Aid :  Tuesday, May 5 from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - You will need to be registered by 4 pm on the day of the event to participate in the webinar. Presented by Stephanie Mauro of College Planning 101. 
In this presentation you will learn:
  • A timeline for success-where you should start in the college planning process.
  • How important are SAT & ACT tests and how they can make college affordable
  • What the more selective colleges really want to see in your student's application.
  • The financial aid systems and how they work and why it's important to have your expected family contribution (EFC) calculated BEFORE your student visits colleges
  • How to maximize your student's potential to receive scholarships, grants, and forms of merit aid
  • The differences between the FAFSA and CSS Profile financial aid forms and how they affect the cost of college
  • What financial aid really means to a family and how need is determined
  • The parental, student and other family assets that take away from qualifying for financial aid
  • The differences between the federal and private loan programs
  • How it's possible to attend a Private College for a Public College Price.
  • Two case studies showing how college planning makes a difference
  • And much, much more...
Register here or email us at
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.

Vicki and Beth have been working hard to bring you interesting, informative and fun websites during this virus outbreak.

Summer Reading:  we are working on this and will be sending out information late June.  Details are not finalized.

Visit the Children's page here to access:
-MidAmerica Books and Abdo Digital/Zoom are giving patrons of Somers Library
FREE and unrestricted access to online libraries and database* resources needed to continue learning through JUNE 2020

Also check out:
-ABC Mouse
-Tumblebook Library
-Tumble Math
-Big List of Children's Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds & Activities
-CIA/Spy Kids
-NASA for Kids
-Math Mavens Mysteries
-Child Mind Institute (parenting advice)
-Maths Case
-PBS Kids

Look for special emails on Mondays and Thursdays!  These are themed and timely websites, activities and links to e-books!

-Click to access this website using your Somers Library card # and pin: offers live online chat and email support for learners of all ages. You can check a homework question, send in an essay for review, prepare for a test, and even have a cover letter or résumé checked. Hay tutores que hablan español.  Note: Due to coronavirus, has expanded its tutoring hours from 9:00 am - 10:00 pm, Monday through Friday, until June 15.

You'll need your Somers Library card and pin.  This is a downloadable audiobook and eBook service offered by the Westchester Library System.

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

As you know, all library programs are cancelled for the foreseeable future. The Friends of the Somers Library will be ready to plan for future programming as soon as we are given the go-ahead.   Thank you for your understanding.
Our next WINK program was rescheduled for July 18th. (Registration information is on the library calendar.)

Be safe and we'll be here when things re-open!

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...

The Somers Library Foundation has postponed its upcoming Book Sale  until daily life returns to normal.  As soon as we can reschedule, we will.  

Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers who assisted in the collecting, sorting and organizing of the donated books. And thank you to all who have donated books  earlier this year. 

We have suspended all operations for the time being and have made arrangements to store the collected books until we can reschedule and hold an even better book sale in the (hopefully) near future. We will keep all updated as soon as we have a new date.

The Somers Library Foundation wishes everyone good health during this difficult time.

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