Somers Library
 
Newsletter 
November 2019 
 
 
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  
 
Summer Hours
Mon, Tue, Wed 10am - 5pm 
Thurs 11am - 8pm 
Fri 10am - 5pm 
Sat 10am - 5pm 
Sun - CLOSED 

 
Director's Corner

Did you know that every year the Somers Library hosts a Halloween Costume Parade?  


For more fun activities for you and your family, check out our children's programs below!

Andrew Farber 
Director
  Battle of the Books 2019
The Somers Library would like to congratulate our 2019 WLS Battle of the Books teams! Our Teen Team came in 2ND place overall!! And our Kids Team made it all the way to the semi-finals!

In case you do not know, the WLS Battle of the Books (BoB) is a book-based trivia tournament for children and teens entering Grades 4 - 10. Teams are sponsored by public libraries in Westchester County. This year, the Somers Library sent two amazing teams to the competition and we are so pleased with their performance!


Beginning in the early summer, both teams read five pre-determined books, put in countless hours studying trivia questions about these books, practicing using buzzers and answering questions as a team. We applaud their hard work and dedication and we commend their teamwork and sportsmanship. We are so proud of the Somers Library teams!

Special thanks to Elizabeth Portillo (Gr 4-6 Team Coach) and Terre Thomas and Jordan Cowie (Gr 7-10 Team Coaches). Thanks as well to Tom Newman of T3 Logowear of Somers for donating the team tee shirts!

Congratulations to the team members:
Teen Team
Conner Entenberg 
Sean Kim 
Amanda Jen 
Madeline Jen 
Jaewon Yeo 
Sebastian Wissa
Kid Team
Jimmy Galivan
Claire Higgins 
Allie Lusthaus
Ruby McDowell
Morgan Roepe
Fiona Sledzik
Charlie Sullivan
Isabella Wissa
Lucas Ziegler
 
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). 

M&M Productions Presents: A Full House.  Sunday, November 3rd, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. M&M is offering a collection of one-act comedies in A FULL HOUSE, comedies with a twist, for fall. From the same writers that brought you FOUR ON THE FLOOR, these five light comedies each have an interesting twist that leaves you with something to think about: 
  • Kissing Will by Ginny Reynolds - The magic of the City of Lights invites a seemingly mismatched couple to challenge their assumptions about age and appearances and discover a beauty that is timeless.
  • Bless Me Father by Pat Lennon  - A high school seminarian in the late 60's seeks penance from the priest he is terrified by, yet idolizes.
  • The Erythrosine Ballad by Pat O'Neill - A chance meeting at a bus stop sends two would-be passengers on a ride down the blurred lines of reality.
  • After the Ball by Robin Anne Joseph - When Cinderella is not quite how Prince Charming remembers her, and Cinderella is in no need of being swept off her feet, do they still live happily ever after?
  • Speed Date by Carol Mark - A couple that crashes and burns during a speed-date session begin to find each other when they slow things down.
No registration required; first come, first seated!

Westchester Writers Workshop. Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30, 10/3, 17, 31; 11/7, 21; 12/5, 19; 1/2, 16, 30; 2/6, 20; 3/5, 19; 4/2, 16, 30; 5/7, 21; 6/4 & 18. Calling all writers and poets! Looking for a writers group to help with that writer's block? Looking for some feedback on your memoir, short story, novel or poem? Need some editing or polishing tips for your texts? Want to share the love of writing with fellow writers? Then Westchester Writers Workshop is the one for you! We are the original peer review writers group with no fees, no dues, and many chances to showcase your talents. Established in 2013, our group has helped many authors and poets prepare their work for reading, presentation, submission and publication. Come join us for our Thursday evening group in the library program room.

Adults - Lotus Flower Lantern Workshop. Saturday, November 9, 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Members of The Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project will be on hand to help attendees make lovely traditional lotus flower lanterns using colored paper and wire frames. All materials will be provided; participants can choose the color of their lotus flower. In addition, we will hand out books on Korean history and culture for free. After class, we will show short documentaries on Korea and serve Korean traditional refreshments. Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project (KSCPP) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to raising awareness of Korean history and culture.  This program is for adults as well as teens / tweens in middle school and high school.

Adults & Teens: Create Beaded Earrings.  Thursday, November 14th from 5:00 pm -7:00 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 6 grade & up. 
*Can't make it at 5:00 pm? Join us anytime up until 6:30 pm! 
**Since this workshop benefits a women's shelter, it could be considered for community service hours.

Script your Family's Future: Why you Need an Estate Plan.  Tuesday November 19th from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Join us for an educational program designed to help individuals understand the important role a well-executed estate plan can play in ensuring their strategy remains aligned with their goals. In addition, Miriam Scholl, LMSW, founder Westchester Elder Care Consultants and with extensive geriatric experience, will share ways to be proactive when it comes to personal care and living situation choices for ourselves and our families. Additional speakers will be: Judi McAnaw, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones Investments; and Linda Burpee, Estate Attorney. Please register.

Concert: New Cambridge Trio.  Sunday, November 17, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Music to Move By from Bouree to Tango: The New Cambridge Trio (flute, piano & double bass) performs an eclectic selection of exciting jazz and dance music ranging from Bolling's Jazz Suite, tangos by Piazzolla and minuets by Bach. No registration needed - first come, first seated! 
Alice Feinglass Miller, flute,  Tony Coretto, piano and   Marcel Villaflor, double bass.

The Power of Plant-Based Nutrition: How whole foods and common spices can prevent and reverse disease without side effects. Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Eating a whole food, plant-based diet has been scientifically proven to prevent and even reverse chronic illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes and gastro-intestinal diseases. It is also the diet many athletes choose to achieve maximum performance. Come find out how simple it can be to prepare plant-based foods that are satisfying, nutrition packed and taste amazing! In this presentation, you will discover:
  • What eating plant-based really means and why it is so healthy
  • How plant-based nutrition can be healthier and more effective than medication when treating many common diseases.
Presenter: Janet Levine, R.D.N., D.M.D.
Please register.

Balancing Your Hormones Naturally at Any Age. Saturday, November 23, 10:30 - 12:00. Join Dr. Edward Markowitz for a presentation to learn how to boost energy and alleviate these common symptoms of hormonal problems: hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, depression, back pain, headaches and more!  
Dr Edward Makrowicz of Advanced Wellness and Injury Center has utilized a unique combination of customized nutrition, electrical acupuncture and hands on therapy to successfully help thousands of patients with their health issues and has lectured extensively on natural solutions to health problems for more than 25 years.
   
Winter/Holiday Art Using Acrylics & Watercolor.  Mondays, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, & 12/16  from 10:30 pm -12:30 pm. We will use water colors, add salt & make glittery snow scenes and holiday cards.  You can use our imagination to create your own masterpiece or be guided by Judika Lieberman, our local resident artist to guide you. Do join in the fun here at the Monday Library Art class.

Author Presentation & Discussion: Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane -
Tuesday, December 3, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Join us at the Somers Library as author Mary Beth Keane presents how she came to write this book.  Discussion to follow. Ask Again, Yes is a profoundly moving novel about two neighboring families in a suburban town, the friendship between their children, a tragedy that reverberates over four decades, and the power of forgiveness. Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope are two NYPD rookies assigned to the same Bronx precinct in 1973. They aren't close friends on the job, but end up living next door to each other outside the city. What goes on behind closed doors in both houses-the loneliness of Francis's wife, Lena, and the instability of Brian's wife, Anne, sets the stage for the stunning events to come. Ask Again, Yes is a beautifully moving exploration of the friendship and love that blossoms between Francis's youngest daughter, Kate, and Brian's son, Peter.  This story reveals how childhood memories look different when reexamined from the distance of adulthood. Kate and Peter's love story is marked by tenderness, generosity, and grace. Seating is limited. Please register. Light refreshments will be served.


Ongoing Events
Senior Benefits Information Center. Every Wednesday, 1/2 - 12/18, 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 SBIC@wlsmail.org with your name, number, a time to call between 9am-5pm and whether your interest is in Medicare services or other benefits. A counselor will return your call within two business days.  SBIC will not meet on days the Somers schools are closed due to snow.

The Writers Club:   Tuesdays through December 10 - 11:00 am - 12:30 pm. 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. 

Monday Evening Non-Fiction Book Club. Mondays, 12/2 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Meeting on Mondays once a month. No mysteries, no love stories, no elves, no schools for magic (not that there's anything wrong with them!). We will be concentrating on history, biography, technology, astronomy, computers and science. In the future, members will choose the books to be read. Call the library Reference Desk for information on the current book. 

Somers Library Book Club. Tuesdays, 11/12, & 12/10, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. This Somers Library sponsored book club will be led by Diana Cunningham, who will select the books to be discussed at each meeting. The titles will be mostly fiction, but could also be non-fiction or biographical. The titles will be chosen in consultation with the Somers adult reference library, Tara Ferretti, and based on currency, not on best-seller lists, not new, varied in terms of type and format, and substantive or suitable for discussions. Any Somers library user can register/attend. . At the end of the current month's meeting, book marks with the following month's selection will be handed out, and members will have enough time to check out the next month's selection as they leave the library. Space is limited to 20 people.  Please register.  Please include your email address in your registration.  October Book:  Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.

Monday Writers Workshop.  Monday, September 11/4, 18, 25 & 12/2, 10:30 am-12:00 pm.  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.

Knit and Crochet Club.  Fridays 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!

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.                  
 
ACT Practice Exam With Applerouth. Saturday, November 16, from 12:30 pm  - 4:30 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). 

Introduction to Babysitting: Essential Knowledge for the Smart Sitter. Saturday, November 16,  from 10:30 to 1:30 pm - Want to know all of the ins and outs of babysitting? Then join us at the Somers Library for this program geared for 5th Graders and up! Topics include: Infant Care, Playing, Responsibilities & Emergencies. Please bring lunch, a drink, a notebook, and a pencil. Certificates of completion will be given at the end of class. Space is limited to 25, so please register online or call 232-5717.

 
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.  

Teen Magic the Gathering Club - Saturdays, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 12/7,  & 12/21 from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm.  Come join us to play Magic the Gathering. Bring your own cards or borrow a deck to use from the library! New members & beginners welcome!  For teens 6th 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.

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October Programs**- see website for dates/times:

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten:
See Vicki or Beth 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!

Mindful & Artful Parenting** with Lynn Cukaj!
Oct 21, Nov 18, Jan 13, Mar 23, Apr 20
7:00-8:00pm
Register here.

Make a Fall Tree (craft) with Doris Jane Smith**!
Tuesday, Oct 22@ 3:30-4:15.
Register here.

Fall StoryWalk!
Begins Oct 18-Oct 30. 
Read Hello, Fall by Deborah Diesen as your walk around the exterior of the library.  When you're done, come into the library for a cookie (during library hours)- 
courtesy of Friends of Somers Library!

Halloween Story Time & Parade!
Tuesday, Oct 29 @ 4:00-4:45pm.
Come dressed in costume and hear Halloween stories ready by Doris Jane Smith, 
then trick-or-treat around the inside of the library- 
candy provided by Friends of Somers Library.

**These programs require pre-registration.


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See website for specific dates and further detailswww.somerslibrary.org

PreSchool Story Time & Craft~ Oct 15-Dec 3
(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: Oct 21- Dec 2 (no program Oct 14; Nov 11)
1st Grade will meet Tuesdays: Oct 15- Dec 3 (no program Oct 29)
2nd Grade will meet Wednesdays:  Oct 16-Dec 4 (no program Nov 27)
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~
Grade 3:  Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5
Grade 4th/5th Combined:  Oct 17, Nov 14, Dec 19
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.
Sept 10-Oct 29 (no program Oct 1, 22)
      
Toddler Story Time for children ages 2-3 with caregivers @ 10:30:
Thursday:  Sept 12-Oct 31 (no program Oct 24)
OR
Friday:  Sept 13-Nov 1 (no program Oct 25)

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

Flowers 
The flowers that you see at the library are sponsored by the Friends of Somers Library and donated by local businesses. We thanks Il Forno for November's flowers.


Art Gallery
 


Dual Art Exhibit at the Somers Library: Paintings by Marion Comins & Photographs by DuAnne Simon
November 1 - 30, during library hours
This double exhibit features the botanical and bird drawings by artist Marion Comins and photographer DuAnne Simon. Both artists were inspired by the flora and fauna around them.

Marion Comins obtained a certificate in Botanical Illustration at the New York Botanical Gardens in 2015. She works in colored pencil and graphite and has spent the last year or so focusing on birds, especially local songbirds and raptors. Living in Putnam County has afforded her plenty of time to be out in nature and experience the wonder of watching so many beautiful birds in the wild, as well as in her own backyard. This show is a combination of her garden flora and local birds as well as those of distant regions.
DuAnne Simon switched from a degree in graphic design at Auburn University when one of her design classes introduced her to commercial photography. Discovering her true passion, she gained experience in various assistant photographer roles, a photographer at Macy's photo studio in NYC, published a children's book, and was principal photographer on the best-selling style book "Nora Murphy's Connecticut Country Home". All the while, she continued to pursue her love of photographing people and nature. Combining her interest in gardening with photography, she experimented with using a macro lens to document the flora and fauna in her own garden. She presents a collection of black and white and color close-ups that were executed with attention to detail in form, texture, and color.

News from the
Friends of the Somers Library
Please join the Friends of the Somers Library at these upcoming November events:
 
M&M Productions present "A Full House"
Sunday, November 3 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description:
 M&M is offering a collection of one-act comedies in A FULL HOUSE, comedies with a twist, for fall. From the same writers that brought you FOUR ON THE FLOOR,
these five light comedies each have an interesting twist that leaves you with something to think about: 
Kissing Will by Ginny Reynolds - The magic of the City of Lights invites a seemingly mismatched couple to challenge their assumptions about age and appearances and discover a beauty that is timeless.
Bless Me Father by Pat Lennon - A high school seminarian in the late 60's seeks penance from the priest he is terrified by, yet idolizes.
The Erythrosine Ballad: by Pat O'Neill - A chance meeting at a bus stop sends two would-be passengers on a ride down the blurred lines of reality.
After the Ball by Robin Anne Joseph - When Cinderella is not quite how Prince Charming remembers her, and Cinderella is in no need of being swept off her feet, do they still live happily ever after?
Speed Date by Carol Mark - A couple that crashes and burns during a speed date session begin to find each other when they slow things down.

No registration required; first come, first seated! 
Location:  Program Room
Presenter: M&M Productions
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Concert: New Cambridge Trio: Music to Move by from Bouree to Tango
Sunday, November 17 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description:
The New Cambridge Trio (flute, piano and double bass) performs an eclectic selection of exciting jazz and dance music ranging from Bolling's Jazz Suite, tangos by Piazzolla and minuets by Bach. No registration needed - first come, first seated!
Location: Program Room
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