Somers Library
 
Newsletter 
August 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 - 3pm 
Sun - CLOSED 

 
Director's Corner
Did you know that the Somers Library offers more than just books and movies online?  We also have a large collection of databases, online learning tools, and job hunting assistance.  This month I will highlight LearningExpress.

Overcoming test-taking anxiety, raising test scores, and improving skills is possible with just the click of a mouse at LearningExpress Library 3.0.

The latest version of the most-loved and now more powerful online learning resource for academic and career development is here. LearningExpress Library 3.0, from LearningExpress, LLC - known for basic skills improvement in reading, writing, math, and basic sciences and test preparation for academic and career testing - features a new tutorial and test-preparation platform, with easier access to skill-building resources and new features designed to help students and adults prepare for success in school and in life.

Using LearningExpress Library is easy, and can be done from the library or your home computer, but from home you'll need your library card number. Simply click here.

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

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. 

Senior Benefits Information Center:  Click HERE for more information. 

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).

How to Increase Your ENERGY, VITALITY and YOUTH (While Decreasing Your Need for Medication & Surgery). Saturday, September 7th , 10:30 am - 12:00 pm. At this educational workshop presented by Dr. Edward Markowitz of the Advanced Wellness and Injury Center in Danbury, CT, you will learn: How to improve the way you feel, look and work; How to limit your need for drugs and surgery; How to reduce your pain naturally; How to reduce the harmful effects of stress; Why our health care costs are rising while we are still so sick. Dr. Markowitz is one of the Clinical Directors of the Advanced Wellness and Injury Center in Danbury, CT. He frequently consults many corporations on ergonomics as well as the prevention and treatment of work-related injuries.

W.I.N.K. (WHAT I NEED KNOWN)- Important Information about Me: Join us on Tuesday, September 10 from 6:30 to 8 PM - What if you are suddenly incapacitated, hospitalized, or worse? What vital information about you do family and friends need to know? The Friends of the Somers Library, in collaboration with the library staff and Tracy Christen Reimann, Esq., have created a program featuring a document that each person should complete in case of emergency, called "WINK (What I Need Known) - Important Information About Me". At the presentation, you will receive a copy of this document and will be instructed on its general use. A "WINK- Important Information about Me" document is a significant gift for your loved ones as well as a significant self-care document. Categories include Personal Information, Financial Information, Health Information, Information about my Home, and Final Wishes. Each person completes and keeps their own document, to be left easily accessible to others, and includes the details they want to share - from basics like the garage door code, to information about the care of your pet, to how you pay bills, or where your important legal papers are stored. You get the idea. Registration is required to ensure your blank document copy is available. Please contact the library at 232-5717 to register.

Writer's Workshops with Linda Spear:
Mondays Writers' Workshop with Linda Spear. Monday, September 9, 16, 23, 30; 10/7, 14, 21, 28; 11/4, 18, 25 & 12/2, 10:30 am-12:00 pm. (Please register separately to the workshop you would like to attend).
OR
Thursday Afternoon Writer's Workshop with Linda Spear. Thursdays, 9/12, 19, 26; 10/3, 10, 17, 24, 31; 11/7, 14, 21 & 12/5, 1:00 - 2:30 pm. (Please register separately to the workshop you would like to attend).
If there is a book in you, a memoir, a fictional recounting of a time in your life or an historical tome, there is no greater time to preserve your written words in a class with other students who are exploring an idea, a work in progress, or a chapter in their life. 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. Space is limited to 12, so register early.

Poetry Workshop for Adults at the Somers Library. Thursdays, starting September 12th through December 19th from 11:00 - 12:30 pm. (No meeting on 11/28) - Beginner and experienced poets "will hold these truths to be self-evident" that all poems can be created using trial and error, and serendipity along with learning the processes of craft in this poetry workshop. Discover your muse as Thea Schiller introduces established poems, leads discussions and creates in-class writing exercises, leaving time to write and share each week. Participating members will be encouraged to expand their repertoire of poems. new members are welcome! Please register.

Painting in Autumn With Judika. Mondays, 9/9, 16, 23 & 10/7, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. It's fall, an inspirational season to create more ART. We can draw from nature's colors using acrylic paints, watercolors or watercolor oil pencils. This class offers you the time and space to make new artwork to express yourself. Our local artist and instructor Judika Lieberman is well versed in all disciplines and will demonstrate the advantages of each medium. Be you novice or expert - you are all welcome! Bring your supplies for the first class: canvases, paper, brushes, water cup, palette, and your favorite medium. Then the fun will begin!

Fall Gardening & Seed Saving Program: Saturday, September 14 from 10:30 - 12:30 - Are you interested in fall gardening? Want to learn how to save seeds and re-grow plants and harvest from this years garden? You can! Meet master gardener, Shanyn Siegel who will share her tips on seed saving! Use those leftover seeds to help grow a new garden in the spring! Please register!

Decorating Your Home to Sell (or Dwell): Monday, September 16, 6:30 - 8:00 pm - If you want to learn the tricks of the staging trade to sell your home or listings faster and for more money, or you just want to revitalize your home's appearance, join home staging expert Susan Atwell as she teaches you:
The 3 keys to outshining the competition when selling your home.
Our top 10 Do-It-Yourself home staging tips guaranteed to sell homes faster.
How to accentuate your home's most attractive features using what you already have.
Tips to ditch the stress, mess, and overwhelm and get it all done at lightning speed!
Whether you are a home seller, real estate professional, or just someone who enjoys interior decorating, this workshop is for you!
Hosted by Judi McAnaw, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones in Somers, NY. Presented by Susan Atwell is a home staging expert and president of AtWell Staged Home and Genesis Macedo is the owner of Genesis Pro Painting & Restoration in Bedford Hills. Registration is required.

Fall Creative Writing Class. Tuesdays, September 17 - 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. The class will be lead Jo Ann Francella, a columnist for The Somers Record, and Kathy Neggers, a published author. Space is limited to 12.

Five Money Questions for Women: Wednesday, September 18th from 6:30-8:00pm. Women and men have differing considerations when it comes to long-term financial goals. Does your financial strategy fit your lifestyle and needs? Join us and learn more about five critical money questions for women. There will also be a short presentation on key tips for your important banking and short-term liquidity needs. Presented by Judi McAnaw, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones Investments & Carol Masi, Vice President, Branch Manager, PCSB Bank. Registration is required.

Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease . Thursday, September 19, 1:30 - 3:00 pm. The diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease makes planning more important than ever. This program, given by the Alzheimer's Association Hudson Valley Chapter, will offer information about legal and financial issues to consider how to put plans in place and how to access legal and financial resources near you. Topics covered will include:
making legal plans that fit your needs
legal documents you'll need
how to find legal and financial assistance
practical strategies for making a long-term care plan  
government programs that can help pay for care

Emergency Preparedness Program. Thursday, September 19th 7:00 - 8:30 pm. This program is presented by the New York National Guard troops, in conjunction with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. September is Emergency Preparedness Month! With severe weather events becoming more frequent and extreme, it is more important than ever that New Yorkers are prepared for disasters. The NY Citizen Preparedness Training Program teaches residents to have the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions. The training course will provide an introduction to responding to a natural or man-made disaster. Participants will be advised on how to properly prepare for any disaster, including developing a family emergency plan and stocking up on emergency supplies. Registration is required. Please go to the events calendar on our website - somerslibrary.org or call the library at 914-232-5717.

Famous Women Artists Workshop: Four consecutive Fridays - September 20, 27, and October 4 & 11 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm. An Exploration of the art, personal life and artistic impact of five famous women artists: Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, Camille Claudel, Georgia O'Keeffe and Sally Manna. Course Instructor: Susan Courtney. Space is limited and registration is required. This Program is presented by the Mainstream Institute for Mature Adults at Westchester Community College. Since this program is funded by the US Department of Health & Human Services, the Administration on Aging (AOA), the New York State Office for the Aging, Westchester County Department of Senior Programs & Services, it is geared towards older adults. As per grant requirements, preference is given to adults 60+ years old. Please call Reference Librarian Tara Ferretti at 914-232-5717 to register. 

Recording on Broadway: An Afternoon with Thomas Z. Shephard. Saturday, September 21, 1:00 - 2:30 pm. The winner of 12 Grammy Awards, Shepard is America's preeminent producer of Broadway cast albums.He's a gifted composer, pianist, orchestrator and even forensic musicologist, but his legacy is etched in the grooves of hundreds of records. Now Shepard is bringing his unique insider's view on the history of Broadway in this brand-new lecture program. In this exclusive offering, Shepard will tell the audience about the historic shows he's worked on and talk about the memorable personalities he's worked with, including stars such as Julie Andrews, Sarah Brightman, Yul Brynner, Betty Buckley, Barbara Cook, Joel Grey, Danny Kaye, Angela Lansbury, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Anthony Quinn, Debbie Reynolds, Barbra Streisand and more, as well as legendary Broadway creators such as Harold Arlen, Leonard Bernstein, Fred Ebb, Jerry Herman, Sheldon Harnick, John Kander, Richard Rodgers and, of course, Stephen Sondheim.
With Shepard spinning tales and offering musical examples from his collection of immortal recordings, this will be catnip to anyone who loves Broadway-and the library audience loves few things better than it loves Broadway.

Ongoing Events
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!

Somers Library Book Club. Tuesdays,  9/3, 10/22, 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 July meeting, the group will be reading Circe by Madeline Miller . 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.

Teens
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.                  
 
College Essay Writing Workshop. Thursday, September 12, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Get a head start on writing your college essay before applications are due! Join us at the Somers Library for this informative workshop. The following topics will be discussed:
What is the admissions office really looking for?
  • Common App prompts for 2019
  • Common elements of great essays
  • How to bring your character into your personal statement
  • Supplemental essays and the rest of the application. 
Seating is limited. Please register. 
This program is intended for high school juniors and seniors. Parents are also welcome to attend. Presenter: Neal Schwartz of College Planning of Westchester - (914-273-2353 or www.collegeplanningofwestchester.com)
 
Teens & Adults: Optimizing Your Mental Wellness for the College Preparation Process. Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. The hunt for the perfect college and career can be stressful. Recent brain science has taught us that positive mental health and effective social and emotional skills are key to success in both academics and life. Participants will learn how emotions such as anxiety and sadness are important and why managing them is important for success. Both students and parents will discuss various strategies teens can use to build resilience and psychological tools to prepare for a successful college admissions process and ultimately, a successful college experience. This program is for teens grades 9 - 12 and their parents/caregivers.
About the Presenter:   Lata K. McGinn, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and co-founder of Cognitive Behavioral Consultants (CBC), a group of internationally recognized mental health professionals who have researched, pioneered delivering cutting edge treatments to help adults, adolescents and children live more fulfilled lives. She is a tenured Professor of Psychology, Director of the Doctoral Clinical Program, and Director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Program for Anxiety and Depressive Disorders at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. CBC is located in Manhattan and White Plains, NY.
 
Admissions & Financial Aid: What it takes to get into college today! - Saturday, September 21 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Presented by Stephanie Mauro of College Planning 101. In this class you will learn:  
  • A time-line 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......
Space is limited. Please register.     

ACT Practice Exam With Applerouth. Saturday, September 28, from 10:00 am - 2:00 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. Take a diagnostic test or take a test for practice to become more comfortable with the complete testing environment. The test comes with a detailed score report that highlights your personal strengths and weaknesses. If you take one of each, Applerouth will help you compare your scores to decide which is a better test to prepare for. Scores are returned the following week. Please bring a graphing calculator, pencils, and water and snack bar (optional). Please Note: If there are not enough registrants by the middle of September, this program may be cancelled and the library will notify the registrants accordingly. Upcoming SAT Practice Exam: Saturday Nov. 16th.
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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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September Programs- see website for dates/times:

Star Party* Thurday Sept 5 @ 7:30pm! 
Westchester Amateur Astronomers will be back again at Upper Reis!  Rain/Cloud date is Friday, Sept 6 @ 7:30pm
Please register so we can  email
you in the event we need to implement the Rain/Cloud date.  Register here.

Elephant Appreciation Day!
Friday, Sept 20- Drop-In Craft 10-4:30.  Use our materials to make an elephant craft and check out books too!

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


*These programs require pre-registration.


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

PreSchool Story Time & Craft~ Sept 23-Dec 3 (no program Oct 15, 22)
(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: Sept 23- Dec 2 (no program Oct 14, 21; Nov 11)
1st Grade will meet Tuesdays: Sept 24- Dec 3 (no program Oct 15, 22, 29)
2nd Grade will meet Wednesdays:  Sept 25-Dec 4 (no program Oct 16, 23; 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 Mary Ward -  Houlihan Lawrence  for donating this month's flower arrangement.

Art Gallery
Art Exhibit: Constanza Mallol Paintings
September 1 - 30, during library hours. Those who experience Constanza Mallol's colorful, descriptive still-lifes and figures are struck by their revealing use of light and form. Born in Chile, but fled with her family to Mexico, Mallol's  individualistic sense of color and form was influenced by the vibrant history, art and exuberance of this ancient, ever-changing nation. In 1993, Constanza moved to New York to study at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design. Career highlights include shows at SOHO 20, Warde-Nasse Gallery, Wisteria Gallery, La Mama La Galleria and Art Students League in New York City. Her work is on permanent display at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Chile, at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at SUNY Stony Brook, and in private collections in the U.S. and abroad. Constanza leads a growing group of students at her Hudson River studio, where she creates new works and inspires young artists.

News from the
Friends of the Somers Library

Please join the Friends of the Somers Library at this upcoming event and please read our "Want-Ad" 

SAVE this September DATE!!  
W.I.N.K.: "What I Need Known"
 
Date:  9/10/2019
Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM

 W.I.N.K. (WHAT I NEED KNOWN)- Important Information about Me: Join us on Tuesday, September 10 from 6:30 to 8 PM - What if you are suddenly incapacitated, hospitalized, or worse? What vital information about you do family and friends need to know? The Friends of the Somers Library, in collaboration with the library staff and Tracy Christen Reimann, Esq., have created a program featuring a document that each person should complete in case of emergency, called "WINK (What I Need Known) - Important Information About Me". At the presentation, you will receive a copy of this document and will be instructed on its general use. A "WINK- Important Information about Me" document is a significant gift for your loved ones as well as a significant self-care document. Categories include Personal Information, Financial Information, Health Information, Information about my Home, and Final Wishes. Each person completes and keeps their own document, to be left easily accessible to others, and includes the details they want to share - from basics like the garage door code, to information about the care of your pet, to how you pay bills, or where your important legal papers are stored. You get the idea. Registration is required to ensure your blank document copy is available. Please contact the library at 232-5717 to register. 

Location: Program Room
Contact: 
Tara Ferretti
Contact Number: 914-232-5717
Presenter: Susan Berkow / Tracy Reimann

From the Somers Library Foundation...

Sign up now for SLF's 8th Annual
5K Trail Run and 1 Mile Family Fun Run!

The EIGHTH Annual Somers Library Foundation 5K Trail Run and 1 Mile Family Fun Run will be held on Sunday, September 15. The challenging and scenic race course begins at Reis Park, then travels through the rolling hills and beautiful cross country trails of Reis Homestead, Van Tassel Park, Primrose Elementary School and Somers High School, before finishing back at Reis Park. After working up an appetite, enjoy lunch at the Somers Education Foundation's Third Annual Chili Cook-Off at the Reis Park Pavilion following the 5K Trail Run Awards Ceremony.

Fun For Everyone. Top conditioned athletes and weekend warriors alike while be tested by the 5K Trail Run. Awards are given out to top finishers by age and gender and commemorative T-Shirt's are free to the first 100 5K registrants. The 1 Mile Family Fun Run appeals to those who love nature and enjoy spending time with friends and family on a (hopefully) crisp and sunny fall morning. For those who want to participate in another way, we are also in need of volunteers to assist with the many tasks that go into hosting the Trail Run. Whether you are running, walking or volunteering, the Trail Run is a great way to meet new friends, reconnect with old ones, and support your community library.

Support Your Somers Library. Thanks to our wonderful and generous community sponsors, and your participation, the Somers Library Foundation expects to raise more than $10,000 again this year at this event alone, every penny of which will be devoted to improving your Somers Library. After the race, find a foundation member who can show you the many improvements and tell you about our plans to further enhance your library.

Special Thanks to this Year's Gold Medal Sponsors: Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP; Kensico Cemetery; PCSB Community Foundation; Route 100 Market; Sammel Architecture PLLC; Sheryl and Barry K. Schwartz and the Somers Democratic Club.

Please visit www.SomersLibaryFoundation.org to register to run or walk, or to volunteer, and help improve your great library.

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