We are Open for Visits and Pickup Service!
Library Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am - 3pm
Tuesday 10am - 6pm and Saturday 10am - 2pm 
The Library is closed Saturday, September 5 -- Monday, September 7, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Have a safe and happy weekend!
The Library invites patrons to come into the Library to briefly browse, use a public computer, or other services, such as checking out a mobile hotspot or getting a library card. The Children's Room, Reading Room, and Restroom continue to be closed until further notice. Contact-free pickup of library materials is available and our librarians are happy to help you select materials. 


Please call the Library at 914.666.6472 or email us to tell us when you are coming or to pick up items placed on our front porch. 

Click here for a handout listing services and procedures.

A reminder that patrons have access to hundreds of digital resources, such as e-books, audio-books, TV programs, movies, and music for adults, children, and teens

Fine Forgiveness Extended to September 30
In response to the pandemic, the Library has forgiven fines for overdue books since March. Fine forgiveness has been extended through September 30. Please check your patron record to see if you have overdue items and return them in the bins at our pickup table or in the 24 hour book return before October 1. Thank you!
Green Read: Book Talk & Author Q&A
The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham 
Thursday, September 24 at 7pm 
Virtual Gathering via Zoom 
Read the book and join our community on Zoom as we discuss with the author, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature. The book received the Reed Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Southern Book Prize, and was a finalist for the John Burroughs Medal. 

Copies or e-books can be obtained through your local library, the Hoopla app, or call Little Joe's Books at 914.334.8019 to order a hard copy. 

Organized by Bedford 2020 and hosted by Katonah Village Library, Bedford Hills Free Library, and Bedford Free Library. 
Career Workshop Series: 
Job Search Resources 

Tuesday, September 29 at 7pm
Led by Gabrielisa Borrero 
If you are changing careers or looking for a job don't miss information that may help you find the best position available. Our public libraries offer many useful and free resources, from databases listing job openings to skills building for the workplace. Attend this Zoom workshop to learn more. Please click here to register. You will receive the link to join the meeting.
Demystifying Medicare Workshop Online!

Westchester Seniors Out Speaking (WSOS) is offering an upbeat and interactive workshop for adults soon to be 65 or those helping relatives and friends plan for Medicare. Topics include original Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans, prescription drug plans, Medigaps (supplemental plans), EPIC, and cost-saving programs for people with limited resources. Review information at your own pace and receive downloadable handouts. Click Here for Access to the Online Workshop and Handouts.
 
WSOS also runs free Senior Benefits Individual Counseling Centers. Volunteers trained by the Medicare Rights Center in New York City, an advocacy group not affiliated with insurance companies or Medicare, answer questions about coverage and billing. Request individual help at the WSOS helpline, 914.231.3260 or email them.
Home-bound Delivery Service
The Library is pleased to offer a new service bringing library materials to patrons who may be home-bound due to illness, disability, or other mobility issues. Deliveries are made weekly to patrons in our Bedford Hills service area. Patrons may place a hold on books, DVD's or audio-books on-line or tell us what they are interested in and we can make suggestions and place holds for patrons.

Please call us at 914.666.6472 or email us (with Home-bound Delivery in the subject line) and provide your phone number and address. We will call you to schedule the delivery when your requested items are available.
Mobile Hotspots & ChromeBooks Available 
No Wi-Fi at Home? Going on Vacation? Work remotely? The Library offers free mobile hotspots available for Bedford Hills Free Library card-holders. Borrow 4G LTE mobile hotspots to connect computers, smartphones and tablets to the Internet from any location within the 4G coverage area for up to 7 days.

The Library also has several Chromebooks which may be used for access to the Internet in the building or on the premises. Please call the library at 914.666.6472 or email us to reserve your mobile hotspot or Chromebook. 
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life  
The Bedford Teachers' Association invites parents and adults from the community to join the FoxRead 2020: Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, by Wendy Mass. Rising 5th, 6th, and 7th graders are encouraged to read this great book filled with mystery and a puzzle to solve. 

When everyone reads the same book, it's more fun and encourages discussion. Bedford Hills Free Library and other libraries in the Bedford Central School District have books available for check out now. Read the book now and stay tuned for related events co-hosted by participating libraries later this fall. Click here for more information.
Join the Teens Talk club and share your thoughts on books and other media with friends old and new.  Teens from area high schools are invited to read and discuss, as a group, the novel All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. Discussions will be held virtually by posting to Padlet boards and via video conferencing. Members may also choose to write an essay, letter, or review what interests them most and share via the virtual platforms provided. Get feedback and respond to posts by others. Blogs and other virtual venues are available. 

Facilitated by Sonta Frindt, Library Media Specialist, Fox Lane. Click here to access the siteClick here to express interest and you will receive an invite to the blog. 
Little Owls Book Club
Friday, September 25 at 4:30pm
Led by Alanna Donohue
Grades K-2
Kids are invited to join a monthly program that combines a book club with a themed story time. Laughter is required. Listen to stories and let's find out what's so funny. 

Please sign up here and we will send a Zoom link to join the fun. After you register, pick up an activity bag with craft to put together before the meeting.
Chapter Chatter
Chapter Chatter

Wednesday, September 30 at 6:30pm
Led by Willoughby Levesque and Erin Meyer
Grades 3-4
Chat about favorite chapter books with others at a friendly Zoom gathering. Share your favorite story and help choose the book to read for the next discussion. 

Please sign up here and we will send a Zoom link to join the fun.
 
Tuesday, September 15 at 11am
Led by Rachel Izes
Join us for our monthly gathering of parents and caregivers via Zoom. Share experiences, support, and information on library resources. Bring a cup of coffee and enjoy a conversation to brighten your day. Click Here to Register You will receive an email with the link to join the Zoom meeting. 

LIVE ON FACEBOOK
Saturday, September 19 at 11am
Led by Flor Bromley

Flor Bromley presents Fiesta Live! Stories, music, movement, and puppetry, in both English and Spanish via Facebook. An entertaining and popular program to engage young families with dual languages. Visit the Library's Facebook Page when we're live or anytime.
Stories on Stairs/Cuentos de Escalera

Rachel Izes and Nancy Coradin share books, songs, and puppets in this engaging bilingual program for preschool children. Rachel Izes y Nancy Coradin de la Biblioteca Gratuita de BedfordHills comparten libros, canciones y títeres en este programa bilingüe y cautivador para niños preescolares. Click here and here for two of our videos.

Stories on Stairs/Cuentos de Escalera - Llamas!

Story Time with Miss Rachel at Home

 
Laptime for Pipsqueaks and Little Folks and Friends story times with Miss Rachel are available on our new YouTube Channel as well as posted on Facebook. New programs are announced every Wednesday along with Early Literacy Notes, which contain parenting resources and activities to stimulate learning with children. 
 
Programs for young children and families are part of our Early Literacy Initiative, a multi-year program sponsored by David & Melanie Worby.

US Census - New Deadline is September 30
The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States. Each home should have received an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire -- online, by phone, or by mail. Please click here to respond online (it takes about 10 minutes). Census takers will contact homes that haven't responded to ensure everyone is counted. Thank you! 
For more information call (914) 666-6472
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