Somers Library
July 2020
Director's Corner

Curbside Pick-up of Books and DVDs
For those of you missing holding a book in your hand, the Somers Library has begun offering contactless curbside pick- up for books and other items. 
Please call the library at 914-232-5717 between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm Monday through Friday with your requests,  or fill out the form at the bottom of the page .   Staff will contact you when the items are ready for pickup, and schedule your appointment.

Please note that the Westchester Library System is only filling holds that are at our location.  If you place a hold online and we do not own the item, it will not be sent to the Somers Library.  If you get an automated notice that your items are ready, please call to schedule and appointment.

It is best to have an author or type of book in mind when you call rather than a specific title. We are happy to do title checks but many of our materials are out and new book arrivals are stalled in the warehouse. If you let us know that you like mysteries or enjoy books by a particular author, the library staff will do its best to find something you like. We can provide books for all ages
  • Hours for curbside pickup are Monday through Friday, 10 am - 3 pm
  • When contacting the library, be sure to give us your library card number and phone number or email address.
  • Genres and authors, rather than specific titles, work best due to limited availability.
  • We are limiting checkouts to 5 per household at this time.
  • The library will contact you to schedule an appointment when your items are ready for pickup.  Please wait for us to contact you before you come to the Library.
  • When you arrive at the library parking lot, call us from your car and please stay in your vehicle. We will bring the items out to a table set up at the bottom of the walkway. After we have gone back inside, you may retrieve the items from the table. If you are walking, please stay at least 6 feet from the table.
  • There will be a bin on the table to return any items you may have out. Please only return items during our curbside hours.  Patrons will get charged for items that are left outside and get damaged outside of our curbside hours.
  • Fines should not have accrued during our closing. All materials will be checked in as fine free during our curbside opening, to ensure our patrons will not be charged.
  • Please do not be alarmed if you check your account and see material you dropped off still checked out to you; we will check items in 1 week after you drop them off to protect library staff handling the items. 
  • For the safety of the staff and patrons please maintain the safety protocols as outlined by the Governor and the CDC.

Andrew Farber
Library Director
Independence Day
The Somers Library will  not be opened 
for curbside pick-up on
Friday, July 3rd 
in honor of Independence Day.

We will resume curbside pick-up on Monday, July 6th. 
The Library wishes all our patrons a happy, healthy and safe holiday weekend.
Thank You
Our programs are funded by the Friends of the Somers Library through your donations.  Thanks for your support!
Adult Events & Information
Please click here to register for events.

Adult Summer Reading 2020 - BOOK BINGO   Book Bingo for Adults is an adult summer  reading challenge.  You can h
ave fun reading and who might be a lucky winner!  To find out more information, to register and to obtain a BINGO card, please click here.

Important Note about the Senior Benefits Information Center (SBIC):  Our SBIC program coordinators are still providing Medicare counseling by phone and by email. Clients can leave a question and their preferred contact method and our counselors will get back to them within 2 business days or sooner. The SBIC hotline information: 914-231-3260 or

Virtual Poetry Workshop for Adults at the Somers Library. Thursdays, 6/4 - 6/25, 11:00 - 12:30 pm. 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 an established poem, 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. Please register.

Virtual Meeting of the Somers Library Book Group. Friday, June 5, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. We will virtually discuss via Zoom the landmark Isabel Wilkerson book, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration. Please register.

Virtual Presentation: Race Amity of Northern Westchester & Putnam. Sunday, 6/14, 2:00 - 4:00 pm.   Race Amity of Northern Westchester & Putnam's monthly meeting will be held virtually. Please check the NWPRA facebook page for more details:

Our programs are funded by the Friends of the Somers Library through your donations.  Thanks for your support!

Teen Events

Volunteer Teen Book Reviewer :  Earn community service
hours for reading 
and reviewing books!  Please click  here  for details!

Teen Summer Reading Challenge 
June 26th - August 26th
For teens/tweens entering 6th grade & up! 

Register HERE!!
  • Prizes to each of the top 3 readers with the most pages read.
  • Raffle Prizes: Many gift baskets for lucky winners!
How To Get Raffle Tickets:
  • For every 100 pages read, earn 1 raffle ticket.
  • For every 1 review submitted, earn 1 raffle ticket.
  • Register Early- earn 2 raffle tickets for being one of the first 30 participants to sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program!
  • Bonus: you can earn 4 raffle tickets by completing the weekly Teen Summer Reading (Fun) Task posted on the Teen Summer Reading Page every Monday beginning 6/29!
  • Bonus:  You can earn 4 raffle tickets by completing the bi-monthly Friday Photo Scavenger Hunt (every other Friday beginning on July 10: 7/10, 7/24, 8/7, 8/21).  
    The photos will be judged (by library staff) for originality and creativity. The top 3 submissions will earn an additional 4 raffle tickets each.
Our programs are funded by the Friends of the Somers Library through your donations.  Thanks for your support!
Children's Events

FOR ALL Children's programs, click on the Online Calendar to register,  or call the library at 914-232-5717 to speak to Vicki or Beth or email

Vicki and Beth have been working hard to bring you interesting, informative and fun websites during this virus outbreak.

PLEASE NOTE:  Summer Reading~  we are working on this and will be sending out information late June when all details are finalized. 

ZOOM~ Yoga and Sound Meditation for Children Grades 3-6:
June 2, 9, 16, 23 from 3:45-4:45pm
Led by Vivian Lee~ see website for details.
Registration required~ register here.
Registration ends June 1.

ZOOM~ Pajama Story Time- for all children!
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 from 6:30-7:00pm
Led by Diana Cunningham
Registration required~ register here.
Registration ends June 1.

ZOOM~ Children's Art Workshop- Make a Card for Someone Special
 with Wendy Podell
June 18 from 3:30-4:15pm
Best for ages 3-11 years
Please see website here for materials to have ready for this program.
Registration required- register here.
Registration ends June 17.

ZOOM~ June Story Times via Zoom are coming in June.
Details to be emailed!

Visit the Children's page here to access:
-MidAmerica Books and Abdo Digital/Zoom are giving patrons of Somers Library
FREE and unrestricted access to online libraries and database* resources needed to continue learning through JUNE 2020

Also check out:
-ABC Mouse
-Tumblebook Library
-Tumble Math
-Big List of Children's Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds & Activities
-CIA/Spy Kids
-NASA for Kids
-Math Mavens Mysteries
-Child Mind Institute (parenting advice)
-Maths Case
-PBS Kids

Look for special emails on Mondays and Thursdays!  These are themed and timely websites, activities and links to e-books!

-Click to access this website using your Somers Library card # and pin: offers live online chat and email support for learners of all ages. You can check a homework question, send in an essay for review, prepare for a test, and even have a cover letter or résumé checked. Hay tutores que hablan español.  Note: Due to coronavirus, has expanded its tutoring hours from 9:00 am - 10:00 pm, Monday through Friday, until June 15.

You'll need your Somers Library card and pin.  This is a downloadable audiobook and eBook service offered by the Westchester Library System.

Our programs are funded by the Friends of the Somers Library through your donations.  Thanks for your support!

News from the
Friends of the Somers Library
"What in the world would we do without our libraries?"
   -Katherine Hepburn

Over the past four years, Somers High School students Daniel and Nathaniel Schwartz have been invaluable volunteers for Friends entertainment events, assisting in the setting up and breaking down of chairs, tables, or equipment. Their dedication has been an immense help to the entire community's ability to enjoy the programs at the library. We are grateful for their dedication! We also want to thank their parents who supported the boys' efforts by driving them to and from the library, helping out with set-up, etc.. Family participation is so important to the life of the library, as the Schwartz's have proven for four straight years! We wish Daniel and Nathaniel much success in their college careers. 

The WINK program's spring presentation was done via Zoom, and we thank everyone who attended. We also thank librarian Tara Ferretti, whose work in difficult circumstances allowed the program to go forward. We also want to acknowledge the partnership of Tracy Christen Reimann, who has been part of this program since its inception. We will be planning another WINK presentation this fall, although we don't know yet when or how that will be done.

As you know, all in-person library programs are cancelled for the foreseeable future. The Friends of the Somers Library will be ready to plan for future programming as soon as we are given the go-ahead. Thank you for your understanding.

Be safe!

The Friends of the Somers Library is a nonprofit organization chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York.
From the Somers Library Foundation

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness....

With this remarkable Declaration of Rights, the Second Continental Congress made the Declaration of Independence the "first formal pronouncement by an organized body of people of the right to government by choice" and severed colonial ties with England. Members of the Congress adopted Thomas Jefferson's declaration on July 4, 1776, and this date became the birthday of the United States of America.

During these uncertain times, we all wish for a return to carefree (and mask free) barbecues, fireworks and parades. In addition, the Somers Library Foundation looks forward to a return to the events that have supported our organization over the last several years. Unfortunately, trail races, bridge and games luncheons, book sales and other events through which you have contributed mightily to many worthwhile projects supporting the Somers Library are not able to be held at this time.

In the meantime, did you know that the Somers Library Foundation participates in the AmazonSmile program? AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones. When you shop at AmazonSmile, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the Somers Library Foundation.

Please enter "Somers Library Foundation" as your charitable organization and start contributing a portion of your purchases toward the Foundation's efforts to providing Somers with a modern and welcoming place to read and explore ideas, to connect with others, and to learn and grow.

The Somers Library Foundation hopes that all of us will focus over the July 4th Holiday on the remarkable gifts that we enjoy as Americans as a result of the wisdom and vision of our forefathers. May each and every one of you have a Happy and Healthy Independence Day.

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