Somers Library
November 2018  
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
Through a generous grant by Senator Terrence Murphy we are able to offer passes to the following museums:

  • American Museum of Natural History - 1 ticket per person (1 use - no return required) up to 2 tickets per family 
  • (Solomon R.) Guggenheim Museum - admission for 4 people and all children under 12
  • Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum - admission for up to 6 people
  • The Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk - $2 discount from regular price of admission for ticket to museum and movie
  • New York Historical Society - 2 adults, unlimited children
To request a museum pass please click here.

Families will be able to check out passes to one museum at a time, and can reserve the passes for the future. These passes are for Somers residents only, and you will need a valid Library Card to check them out. If you need a Library Card please stop by the Library and get a card at no cost.

For more information, or to check on the status of the passes please call the Library and ask for the reference desk.

Andrew Farber 
Our Programs Are Funded By the Friends of the Somers Library.

Adult Events  
* FOR ALL adult programs, click on the Online Calendar to register, or call the library at 914-232-5717. Please register each person separately for events. Current events are listed below; check our Online Calendar for upcoming events. All programs take place at the Somers Library unless otherwise noted. Registration required for most programs.
Performance: M &M Performing Arts Presents "Four on the Floor" -  Sunday, November 4, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Four comic looks at life's serious twists and turns by four award-winning local writers.  No registration required. Come early to get a good seat!

November TED Talks. Friday, November 5, 1:00 - 2:30 pm. TED talks are back! Join host Eugene Ritchie in discussion after viewing two TED talk speakers each session who will speak on a specific topic. Each program consists of diverse speakers with short presentations of 10 and 21 minutes long. Each talk will be followed by light refreshment. The topics and speakers for November are: Community Health: The Opioid Crisis - Travis Rieder - "The Agony of Opioid Withdrawal and What Doctors Should Tell Patients" AND  "The Critical Role Libraries Play in the Opioid Crisis" -  Registration is required - please register on our online calendar above or at  or call 914-232-5717.

How to Pay for College Without Going Broke! - Thursday, November 8,  7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Somers Library.  In this seminar, presented by College Planning 101, parents will learn the following:
  • What are the differences are 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. Parental and student assets that take away from  qualifying for financial aid will also be discussed.
  • How the financial aid system works and why it's important to have your expected family contribution (EFC) calculated before your student visits colleges.
  • When a parent leaves this seminar, they will understand the federal and private loan programs and how case studies show how college planning makes a difference.  
This program is designed for parents of high school students. Seating is limited.  Registration is required.  Please go to our online calendar above or at or call us at 914-232-5717.  

Social Bridge Club. Tuesdays, 11/6 - 6/18, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. Come join us to play a fun and casual game of Social Bridge. Open to beginners with basic knowledge to intermediate players. Sharpen your game, meet new players and just have a good time. Space is limited to 12 people. Registration is required; register our online calendar above or at or call 914-232-5717.

Seasonal Floral Design - Fall. Saturday, November 10, 12:30 - 1:30. This is a beginners friendly hands-on course. Instructor Wendy Podell will show you how to achieve and create beautiful floral arrangements using basic techniques and tools. Easy and fun, you'll learn floral tricks for keeping flowers alive and healthy even if you don't have a green thumb. Arrangements will be seasonal. Flowers and containers will be provided for one floral design per student. Feel free to bring your own flowers. Please bring floral clippers to each class. Flowers make every day special! Other seasonal classes will be offered: Winter - December 8; Spring - April 6, 2019 & Summer - June 1, 2019 . Learn something new in each class. Classes are limited to 12 people. Please register by November 2 on our online calendar at or call 914-232-5717.

Teens & Adults - Create Beaded Earrings.   Saturday, November 10,  2:00 pm - 4:30 pm  (Can't make it at 2:00 pm? Join us anytime up until 4:00 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 5 grade & up. **Since this workshop benefits a women's shelter, it could be considered for community service hours. Registration is required; register online at or call 914-232-5717.

Adults: Video Editing 101. Wednesday, November 14, 6:15 - 7:30 pm. Do you know how a movie is made? Participants of this class will learn how to import, edit, and export video clips into creative projects for viewing. Using free software, you can create the movie you've always wanted to see. This program is for adults. 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. Space is limited to 12, so registration is required.

Race Amity Day Discussion Group. Sunday, November 18, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. The Race Amity discussion group will meet at the library to watch and discuss the second part of the PBS series "Race: the Power of an Illusion: The Story We Tell." All are welcome to attend, registration is not required.

How To Navigate Through Medicare. Tuesday, November 27, 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Discover what every person needs to know about our country's premier senior health plan! This course is designed to address the life events for everyone who is Medicare eligible as well as Baby Boomers who are just entering that stage of life. Whether you are already retired or just wanting to learn about the various options available in our county, this course is for you. The following topics will be covered:How to make the important decisions navigating through the Parts A, B, C, & D; Whether to purchase a Medigap or Supplemental Plan; Whether to buy a separate prescription drug plan (PDP) or maintain prior employer's or union benefits; The differences and similarities of the Advantage Plans (known as Part C with D); The various costs associated with Medicare, Supplements or Gaps, Drug Plans and Advantage Plans. Please register above.

Ongoing Events
Coloring Book Club for Adults. Relax, color, socialize - all for free at Somers Library! Materials are provided, or bring your own colored pencils and coloring books (recommended.) Registration is not required; meetings will be held in the conference room every Friday from 10:30-12:30. 
Westchester Writers. 6:30 pm on the first, third and fifth Thursday of each month in the program room. Join a safe, supportive, and creative environment to share literary works in progress. This is not a writing class, but rather an ongoing group of writers offering assistance to its members who are looking to improve their writing skills through positive feedback and helpful critiques. Beginners as well as experienced writers over the age of 18 are welcome.   


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

Introduction to Babysitting: Essential Knowledge for the Smart Sitter.  Saturday, November 3, 10:30 - 2:30 pm.   Want to know all of the ins and outs of babysitting? Then Join Us at the Somers Library! 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 so please register online or call 232-5717.

Unwrapping the College Applications.  Thursday, November 5,  6:30 - 8:00  pm. There are so many applications colleges use. Workshop topics will include types of applications, questions on the college applications, essay prompts, and supplemental questions. Join us and learn about the essential components of a college application and get organized! This program is geared towards juniors and seniors who have not yet applied.

Teens: Design with Code. Wednesday, November 7, 6:15 - 7:30 pm. Are you an artist? Many educational tools that teach coding focus on the game aspect of computer programming, but few focus on the artistic side. Learn how to program animations and designs, using freely available software. 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 12.

Teens: Intro to 3D Modelling. Wednesday, November 28, 6:15 - 7:30 pm. Ever design in 3D? There are hundreds of models in many games you play, and someone else created them. Learn how to make characters and items yourself, using freely available software. 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 12.

Ongoing Events

Teen: Dungeons & Dragons Club (D&D).  Saturdays, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1 & 12/15, 3:00 pm to 4:45 pm. Join us to play Dungeons & Dragons this fall! Familiarity with Dungeons and  Dragons is encouraged. Grades 6 and up. No registration required.

Magic The Gathering. Saturdays, October 6 - December 29, 12:30 - 2:30. Come join us to play Magic the Gathering. Bring your own cards or borrow a deck to use from the library. New members and beginners are welcome! For teens and tweens. For more information, please contact the Somers Library at 914-232-5717 or email 

Anime Club - Every Wednesday beginning 11/7 through 12/19 from 3:00-4:30 pm (No Meeting on:  10/17, 10/31 & 11/21).  Join us for a chance to watch anime from Crunchyroll with your friends!

Fall Pokemon Club. Fridays, 11/2, 16, 30; 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.

STEM Learning for Grades 3+!

Led by Mike Carson, an Electrical Engineer for Hubbell.  
Registration necessary.

Program is on Saturday and takes place 10:30-11:30

Nov 10- Magical Magnetics (register here)

Fall Story Time & Craft! Books, stories, crafts, history and fun with Doris Jane Smith- teacher and Somers Town Historian.  All classes are 3:30-4:30, space is limited and registration is required. Best for ages 6+.
Tues, Nov 13- The 3 Sisters & the Pillgrim Story
Tues, Dec 4- Carrie Wright Reis celebrates a Victorian holiday

Mindful and Artful Parenting with Art Therapist Lynn Cukaj!
3 sessions~ register for 1, 2, or all 3!
Tuesdays:  January 15, April 30.
Registration required- details here.

Autumn Wreath & Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Snack! With Heather Maguire! Saturday, November 3 from 3:15-4:15. Best for ages 6+. Registration required and space is limited.
Register here.

Model Magic Fall Harvest with Art Teacher Wendy Podell.
Saturday, November 17 from 10:30-11:30.
Best for ages 5+; parents are welcome to stay with your child.
Space is limited and registration is required.

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Move- an annual family event!
Saturday, November 17 @ 1:30.
No registration required.

Special book displays this month : Fall, Thanksgiving

And coming up in December...

Gingerbread House Decorating- group drop-in project! 
Saturday, December 1st from 10:00-4:00. Drop-in to the Children's Room and use our supplies to decorate a gingerbread house village. The village will be on display in the Reading Room during December.

Cupcake Decorating- 2 sessions!
Led by Marlene Sable.
Monday, Dec 10 for children in grades K-2 from 3:30-4:30. Register here.
Monday, Dec 17 for children in grades 3-5 from 3:30-4:30. Register here.

Winter Solstice Celebration!
Thursday, December 20 from 3:30-4:15.
Hear stories, make an orange and clove pomander and a special sunshine cookie.
Register here.

Activities during the Winter break from Dec 27-29~

Model Magic Winter Wonderland Craft with Art Teacher Wendy Podell!
Thursday, December 27 from 10:30-11:30.
Best for ages 5+~ parents are welcome to stay with your child.
Space is limited and registration is required. Register here. 
Winter Story Time & Hot Chocolate!
Hear winter stories read by Doris Jane Smith and enjoy some hot chocolate while you listen!
Friday, December 28 @ 1:30.
No registration required.

Drop-In Craft during library hours!
Saturday, December 29~ make a craft project when you visit the Children's Room!

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 Il Forno Restaurant for donating this month's flower arrangement.

Art Gallery
Susan Oliverio (aka Susan Grace) has never been a professional artist. Having a diverse background (as a nurse and later an attorney) and a large family (4 kids, 9 grands) meant that she was often in an office and/or obligated to long hours. It wasn't until retirement that she was able to develop her interest in artistic expression.

Most of her work comes from travels with her husband and her most loved location, New York City. With the photographic image, she tries to capture an essence of an emotion, a unique perspective or tell a story. She has shown in various galleries in New York, Westchester and Long Island.

She appreciates the opportunity to share her world with you at the Somers Library. She can be reached for questions or comments at
News from the Somers Library Foundation
Thank you to our many generous sponsors of the 5K Trail Run on September 30- you helped us raise $11,000 that will fund improvements at our Library! And thanks to the many participants who turned out for the race, as well as our volunteers for making this a great community event.
In this season of Thanksgiving, the Foundation would like to recognize our exceptional Library staff. Their expertise and tireless efforts are what make our Library extraordinary. We are also grateful to our many donors - your gifts pay for projects that beautify, modernize and enrich the offerings and capabilities of our Library. What a difference you make!
If you are not already a donor, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the Foundation that will benefit the Somers Library. To make a donation or to learn about the many ways you can give, please visit our website or call us at (914) 361-9979.
Somers Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
Please join the Friends of the Somers Library at these upcoming  November events:

Race Amity Day, Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 2-4 PM, Program Room.
We will be viewing and discussing the second of the three installment PBS series Race: the Power of an Illusion " The Story We Tell ", an eye-opening tale of how deep social inequalities came to be rationalized as natural - deflecting attention from the social practices and public policies.  The purpose of these discussions is to build deeper friendships among us all.

M&M Productions Presents:  FOUR ON THE FLOOR
Sunday, November 4, 2018 2-4 PM, Program Room.  Four on the Floor looks at life's serious twists and turns by four award-winning local writers. A man with an ingrown toenail gets treatment for his ingrown soul; a Sunday school teacher offers a rather unique interpretation of the Ten Commandments; a widow makes an unusual request of the Rabbi at the funeral of her husband; and a patient turns the tables on a shrink. A funny and touching collection of four short plays.
  • Foodhold by Pat Lennon with Christopher Lukas/Joe Niola and Ali Bernhardt. Directed by Christopher Lukas
  • Is Nothing Sacred? by Evelyn Mertens with Ann Gulian. Directed by Jen Siciliano
  • The Late Gordon Kaplan by Robin Anne Joseph with Ann Gulian, Jess Beveridge and Bruce Apar. Directed by Robin Anne Joseph
  • Split Session by Albi Gorn with Jess Beveridge and Bruce Apar. Directed by Albi Gorn
 Our programs are funded by the Friends of the Somers Library through your donations. Thanks for your support!

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