Banned Books Week
September 25, 2020
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"In turbulent times, books are tools that help people navigate the world around them. Intellectual freedom and access to information uplift people in crisis and during more peaceful times, so the Banned Books Week Coalition invites you to champion the right to read during Banned Books Week, September 27 - October 3, 2020." (from
Banned Books Week
Curious about which books have been banned? The American Library Association has a list of 2019's most challenged books, additional lists of frequently challenged titles, and advice on how to report challenges.

Surprised by how many classics show up on banned book lists and want to take a look at some? The Online Books Page provides links to online versions of many of these titles. Additional titles can be found in the library's Overdrive collection. Search by title or just type in "banned books."

Want to get involved? The Banned Books Week website has links to things you can do online if you want to participate. A couple of other organizations concerned with protecting First Amendment rights might also be of interest: the Freedom To Read Foundation and the National Coalition Against Censorship.

If you would like to see what writers have had to say about book banning, there's no better place to start than Ray Bradbury's classic Fahrenheit 451. Teens might be interested in Dave Connis' Suggested Reading, while younger readers can try Chris Grabenstein's Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics.
Visit Us - In Person!
The hours for Browsing and for Curbside Pick-up at the Main Library are: Mondays through Saturdays, 10 am - 12 noon and 2 pm - 4 pm. Additional hours on Mondays and Thursdays, from 6 pm - 8 pm. To learn more about these sessions at the main library, click here.

At the Huguenot Children's Library: The hours for Curbside Pick-up, and for Browsing Sessions are: Mondays and Fridays: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Curbside) and 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Browsing); Wednesdays: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Curbside) and 3:00 pm -5:00 pm (Browsing); Thursdays: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Browsing). HCL is closed on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. To learn about HCL Browsing guidelines or to schedule a Curbside Pick-up, patrons should call (914) 632-8954 or email
Important Election Information and Links from the League of Women Voters YOUR VOTE IS YOUR POWER
Apply online for Absentee Ballot here. If you're hesitant to go to the polls due to COVID-19 concerns, select "temporary illness" as the reason for your request. Or select another reason. APPLY NOW to assure you receive a ballot in time. You may submit an application in person at the Board of Elections on or before November 3rd Questions? Call BOE at 914-995-5700.
Register and Vote!
Voter registration deadline is OCTOBER 9th.  For the form and instructions.

There are 3 WAYS TO VOTE. Read more.

Need More Help? Attend a Virtual Election Workshop
The League of Women Voters of Westchester, in collaboration with the Westchester Library System, is offering virtual workshops for the public to inform all of how to register to vote, how to get an absentee ballot, how to select which one of 3 ways of voting is best for you, and much more. NRPL will be the host library on Thursday, October 1st, from 3:30-4:30pm. To register for the zoom session, please email

See the full schedule of workshops and all election information at the League of Women Voters of Westchester website.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Summer Reading Bingo
Eight adults successfully completed the library's Summer Reading Bingo.
They will each receive a bag filled with books and literary-inspired gifts!
Be sure to join in on the fun next summer.
Honoring Two National Women's Rights Pioneers with Westchester Connections:
A Virtual Presentation on Saturday, October 17th at 4:00 pm
The Bird Homestead and Meeting House Conservancy in Rye in partnership with the New Rochelle Public Library will present "Lucretia Mott and Susan B. Anthony in Westchester County: Local Connections to a National Mission," an illustrated zoom presentation by Barbara Davis, New Rochelle City Historian. She will focus on two women of national fame and importance, who are also part of Westchester's local history: Lucretia Mott, a Quaker orator, was a major figure in the effort to abolish slavery and to secure rights for women in the 19th century, and Susan B. Anthony, one of the foremost advocates for women's suffrage in U.S. history. 

The talk is the first in a three-part series offered by the Conservancy, "The Struggle for Women's Rights: Three Leaders Rooted in Quaker Values, Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul."
The series will shed light on the influence that Quaker values had on three major historical figures. The Quakers espoused the concept of gender equality long before this principle entered mainstream thinking. For part of its history, the historic Meeting House in Rye was home to the Rye Friends Meeting. It is now secular and operated by the nonprofit Conservancy for preservation, environmental, and educational purposes.

This program is funded in part by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. To register, email
All About Medicare
Medicare Basics: Wednesday, September 30th, 10:00 - 11:00 am
This webinar will provide an overview of the basics of Medicare and options for enrolling. Rachel Nassau, Client Services Associate, Medicare Rights Center, will provide information on Medicare changes related to coronavirus, such as tips on how to enroll in Medicare remotely and access telehealth services. Limited to first 100 participants. Register for this FREE webinar for Seniors & their Families: Click here. (Dial-in by phone also available; numbers obtained on registration or by calling and leaving a message for Paul at 914.231.3227). For more information, contact: bruce@
Demystifying Medicare
"Demystifying Medicare" is designed not only for people currently enrolled in Medicare, but for those soon to be 65 or helping relatives and friends with their medical decisions and paperwork. Topics include Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans, prescription drug plans, Medigaps (supplemental plans), EPIC, and cost-saving programs for people with limited resources. For questions about the "Demystifying Medicare Online" or to sign up for future live presentations, please leave your name and number at (914) 231-3236, or email SBICmedia@
gmail.comYou can get individual help at the WSOS helpline, (914) 231-3260, or by emailing them at
Like the workshops, the counseling is also free. Audio recording can be accessed here.