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The American Revolution: A Lesson in history. A Lesson to move forward.

November 17th, 2015 / Caroline McKinley / 1 comment

We are a country that continues to grow. Sometimes, two steps forward and one step back, but we are progressing. In most cases, we have learned from past mistakes, hoping never to repeat the events that we would rather forget. But history shows that there are many things we should and can be proud of […]

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October 16

October 13th, 2015 / Carole Meehan / 3 comments

After a long day spent fulfilling responsibilities, after the stresses of commuting, perhaps needing to prove yourself at work, perhaps feeing underappreciated, what is better to come home to than a non-judgmental, lovable, innocent, needy-in-a-good way, non-human that we choose to share our homes with. Our cats and dogs, along with assorted other creatures, quickly […]

Americans and Paris

June 2nd, 2015 / Judith Clark / 0 comments

“Good Americans, when they die, go to Paris.” This quote is attributed to Thomas Gold Appleton of Boston who spent many years in 19th Century Paris. Americans and the French have had a love (and sometimes hate) relationship from the time of the American Revolution. Indeed without France’s help, the United States might have remained […]

Spring Cleaning @ Your Library

May 5th, 2015 / Galina Chernykh / 0 comments

The snow has melted, the spring flowers are blooming, and it’s time to bring a feeling of openness and renewal back into your life…and onto your bookshelves. Just as not every child’s crayon drawing, every pair of half-found mittens (what happened to that other one?), or every ten-year-old, half-empty spice container on your spice rack […]

Global Parenting

April 6th, 2015 / Jennie Yang / 0 comments

April is National Poetry Month. One of my favorite poems is Robert Frost’s “Devotion”. The heart can think of no devotion Greater than being shore to ocean – Holding the curve of one position, Counting an endless repetition. Parenting often comes to my mind when reciting the poem. Many parents devote at least eighteen years of their […]

Spring Is Here! Children’s Books That Celebrate Springtime.

March 2nd, 2015 / Bonnie Tjomstol / 0 comments

Spring (to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”) Spring, spring is coming soon, Grass is green and flowers bloom, Birds returning from the south, Bees are buzzing all about, Leaves are budding everywhere, Spring, spring is finally here! Although some of us might still have snow on the ground, the coming of Daylight Saving […]

Harlem Renaissance

February 5th, 2015 / Carole Meehan / 0 comments

Strolling past the Apollo Theater on a wintery day early in the new year, I could hear a refrain of the sounds long ago. The voices of Billie, Ella, and Lena resonated in the air. Were they calling my name? Intrigued, I wanted to learn more. Opening on January 26, 1934, in its first decade […]

Getting to Know the Ancestors

January 5th, 2015 / Marilyn / 0 comments

January is a time to look forwards – and backwards. Janus, the ancient Roman god of beginnings and transitions, has two faces, one looking to the future and one to the past. If you are interested in looking back, way back, I highly recommend the This is an online resource that is free through […]

Mark Twain: The First All-American Author

December 4th, 2014 / Judith Clark / 0 comments

“All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.” This quote by Ernest Hemingway, one of the most famous American authors of the 20th Century and the winner of the Noble Prize in Literature describes in a nutshell the importance and the continuing importance of Mark Twain as both an […]

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

November 5th, 2014 / Jennie Yang / 0 comments

Q: Help! I just moved here from Japan and need to learn English fast! You are not alone. Millions of people worldwide learn English as a foreign language using various methods. There are many different English language learning programs available on the Internet. There are just as many English learning course DVDs, CDs, and books […]

The Drama and Spice of Modern Italian Writing

October 6th, 2014 / Galina Chernykh / 0 comments

Italian literature. What immediately comes to mind is classical literature.Cicero‘s rhetoric and philosophy. Virgil’s Aenid. Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron. Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince. Petrarch’s poetry. This takes us all the way up to the first third of the sixteenth century! Fortunately, Italians haven’t stopped turning out fascinating modern classics, full […]

Fun & Funny Series Books for the Intermediate Reader

September 15th, 2014 / Bonnie Tjomstol / 0 comments

Why so glum? Well, summer’s over! School is in session! Yikes! Homework and grades are front and center. School books are heavy! But…the good news is…reading can still be fun! Sure, kids will be assigned things to read and their comprehension will be tested and their assignments graded, but reading for fun is still possible, […]

What to Read When You Don’t Know What to Read

August 1st, 2014 / Carole Meehan / 0 comments

It’s been around for ages. We do it every day. It starts in our earliest years and continues throughout our lives. It teaches, it transports, it transforms. You’re doing it now. It’s Reading. Are you always looking for something new to read? Do you always have at least 2 books going at the same time, […]

True Crime

July 2nd, 2014 / Marilyn / 0 comments

Our society seems fascinated by crime. We have, of course, a legal system to deal with criminals, but we also have an odd interest in them. We watch television shows about them, read books about their lives and their crimes, and even have nicknames for the worst of them-Jack the Ripper, the Zodiac Killer, Son […]

World War One AKA The Great War AKA The War To End All Wars

June 3rd, 2014 / Judith Clark / 0 comments

One hundred years ago on June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austrian-Hungarian throne and his wife Sophie were assassinated by a Serb nationalist while they were visiting the Austrian-Hungarian province of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Their assassination was the catalyst that set in motion a series of events that led to the outbreak of […]

Ten Japanese Authors to Get Hooked On…

April 30th, 2014 / Galina Chernykh / 0 comments

The idea of reading Japanese literature might seem intimidating at first: most of what we celebrate in the U.S. about Japanese culture is its strangeness, foreignness. We seem to think that Japan begins with Zen and ends with wacky game shows. However, Japanese literature is very accessible and has an extremely broad range–from the sublime […]

Poetry in Movies

April 1st, 2014 / Jennie Yang / 0 comments

When was the last time you listened to someone reciting a poem? Was it at the movie theatre? Poems have been the means used by filmmakers to add a magical and intoxicating effect in memorable and emotional scenes in movies. April, the National Poetry Month, is the perfect time to share some of your favorite […]

Celebrating National Women’s History Month with Your Children and with Books

March 4th, 2014 / Bonnie Tjomstol / 0 comments

Did you know that as recently as thirty years ago women’s history was almost non-existent in many schools’ curricula? For example, many stories depicted girls and women passively watching the boys play or simply waiting to be noticed by them. Many textbooks at that time left out a majority of women’s contributions or limited them […]

Books to Love

February 8th, 2014 / Deanna Smith / 0 comments

Express your love for books at West Harrison Library. It is important to encourage children to express this emotion about the people and things they cherish most. Love provides a foundation for a child’s positive growth and development. An understanding of love helps a child develop meaningful friendships. It also helps them to overcome obstacles […]


January 3rd, 2014 / Carole Meehan / 0 comments

The library is fluid. The flow of items into and out of the library is ongoing as materials are borrowed from and returned to the library constantly. Each time this occurs, the collection has been altered. The book or movie sitting on the shelf one day could be checked out at a moment’s notice and […]

Witness Literature

December 2nd, 2013 / Marilyn / 0 comments

Here it is, that time of year again. We pause to be so very thankful in November, and then we hustle to be so very giving. We give to our loved ones. But we are aware that there is a world beyond our loved ones, and that there is suffering, great suffering– that could be […]

“So may books be always with you.” – Lisa Bu

November 4th, 2013 / Galina Chernykh / 0 comments

I love TED talks. TED, which is an acronym for Technology, Education and Design, is a nonprofit organization whose slogan is “Ideas Worth Spreading.” The speaker series was launched in 1984. There are now more than 1,500 TED talks available! For those who have never seen a TED talk, I highly recommend visiting and […]

Surprise! Many of the Most Popular Literary Classics Were Originally Not Written in the English Language.

October 8th, 2013 / Judith Clark / 0 comments

When many of us think of a “Literary Classic” we probably think of books written by an English author such as Charles Dickens during the 19th Century or books written by an American author such as Ernest Hemingway during the 20th Century; we probably do not think or perhaps realize that some of the most […]

Knitting and Crocheting – One Stitch at a Time

September 16th, 2013 / Jennie Yang / 0 comments

If you think that knitting and crocheting are only for grandmas, you are way behind the times. Knitting and crocheting are hot! People of all ages – men and women – are learning how to knit because it’s fun, relaxing, and truly therapeutic. Knitters gather together to knit socially in parks and town squares, on […]

Best Children’s Chapter Books for Reluctant Readers

September 4th, 2013 / Bonnie Tjomstol / 0 comments

Our Summer Reading Game was a great success this year and the participants read many books and spent a lot of time reading for pleasure this Summer. Congratulations to all of them, I am very proud of you! Along with many avid readers, there are also many children who did not pick up a single […]

Forgotten Treasures

August 13th, 2013 / Carole Meehan / 0 comments

Perhaps forgotten but certainly not gone is the reference collection at the Harrison Public Library. Reference books can be expensive and voluminous. Purchasing these sets for a home library is unaffordable and unrealistic, and fortunately, unnecessary. For research or for browsing, for the scholar and the intellectually curious, isn’t it nice to know that access […]

“Help, my child is suffering from Summer Brain Drain!”

July 22nd, 2013 / Liz Karkoff / 0 comments

Are your worried your child’s reading ability and math skills are melting away in the summer heat? Studies show that the average student loses at least one month of instruction during the summer break. The children’s room at the library has everything you need to keep your child’s brain active during the summer in a […]

The Gender Flow in YA Fiction

July 8th, 2013 / Marilyn / 0 comments

I recently met up with a friend in a city. Two slim, long-legged kids with shocks of short blonde and green dyed hair trailed behind her and kept their distance. I asked if one was her son. She informed me that, no, one was her daughter. As I tried to apologize for my mistake, she […]

Is the Movie Better (Sometimes) Than the Book? You Be the Judge.

June 26th, 2013 / Judith Clark / 0 comments

Going to the Movies has been a popular American past time for over 100 years. However, the Westchester Library System only began to circulate movies as video tapes in the mid 1980s. Movies, both video tapes, DVDs and Blu-rays are now an integral part of the Westchester Library System’s collection and consequently the Harrison Public […]

Download Your Dinner

June 7th, 2013 / Galina Chernykh / 0 comments

Oh, Summer! As you begin thinking about picnics and gatherings with family and friends, stop by to browse our cooking selection. If you are too busy in the hustle and bustle, look through our online catalog and request us to hold your books for easy pick up and check out. If that takes you a […]

The Battle of Gettysburg

May 21st, 2013 / Jennie Yang / 0 comments

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Battle of Gettysburg and President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The Battle of Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil. It is considered the turning point of the Civil War. The outcome of the war was decided during the first three hot […]

WHEELS! Children’s Picture Books about Cars, Trucks, Diggers & More.

May 2nd, 2013 / Bonnie Tjomstol / 0 comments

May 12-18, 2013 is National Transportation Week. I thought this was a good time to recommend some of my favorite books about cars, trucks, fire engines, and other equipment that seem to particularly appeal to young children. Some of these books are classics, some are more recent, but all these picture books are sure to […]

Departures, Destinations

April 17th, 2013 / Carole Meehan / 0 comments

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard The weather is warming up, the leaves are budding, and the breeze is pleasant. It’s the time of year when thoughts turn to vacation planning. Before deciding where to […]

Children’s Cookbooks

April 2nd, 2013 / Liz Karkoff / 0 comments

From mashed potato monster heads to spaghetti with eyeballs to green eggs and ham to math homework on a plate, the library’s cookbook collection carries everything. Whether you want a fun activity for your toddler, a gross-out snack for your 7 year-old’s birthday party or want your fourth grader to learn something about how that […]

Young Adult Males….What they can’t keep their eyes off!

March 18th, 2013 / Marilyn / 0 comments

Books with adventure! Go directly to the Series in the Young Adult section and you will find numerous chronicles with characters that go through dangerous exploits ending in fantastic results (saving the world, etc.). Bravery and honor is found deep in the hearts of the heroes of these contemporary escapades. The readers of these books […]

Eternal Shakespeare: A Playwright and Poet for All Seasons

March 4th, 2013 / Judith Clark / 0 comments

When the best and brightest playwrights and poets of the 20th century are long forgotten, William Shakespeare will still be remembered as the greatest playwright in the English language and one of the best poets in the English language. How did the son of a middle-class family from Stratford-upon-Avon in England become the greatest playwright […]

After Downton Abbey

February 19th, 2013 / Galina Chernykh / 0 comments

Are you already suffering from Downton withdrawal? Are you craving for more books and movies illustrating life in England during the Edwardian era, World War I, and the Roaring 20s? Check this reading list. Hopefully, this will keep you busy until the next Downton Abbey airs. Feel free to add your own recommendations in the […]

Ed Young: Renowned Chinese American Writer and Illustrator

February 4th, 2013 / Jennie Yang / 0 comments

Ed Young is an award winning writer and illustrator of more than eighty children’s books, seventeen of which he has also written. His books have been nominated and have won many prestigious awards. He will be our guest of honor at the Chinese New Year Celebration at the West Harrison Library on Chinese New Year […]

2012 Notable Children’s Fiction

January 22nd, 2013 / Bonnie Tjomstol / 0 comments

What is fiction? Fiction is invented stories, which may seem real or may be completely unrealistic. Whether read to you or by you, stories allow you to go places you’ve never been. Fiction sparks our imaginations. I have listed some notable 2012 fiction for middle readers to inspire not only our avid readers (of which […]

Diet? Live It!

January 7th, 2013 / Carole Meehan / 0 comments

It’s a new year and as usual the most common resolution is “Lose Weight”. If you are considering making a change to your eating habits, the library has the books to help you navigate the ever popular and always growing genre encompassing diet, weight loss and health. What exactly is a vegan diet? Is vegetarianism […]

Enjoying Winter Sports

December 24th, 2012 / Margaret Lorusso / 0 comments

There are many ways to enjoy the winter weather. You can go downhill or cross-country skiing. Many states, such as New York, Maine and Vermont, have ski slopes; or you can combine a European vacation with skiing in countries such as Switzerland, France and Italy. There is also ice skating in indoors rinks or outdoor […]

Visiting Museums through Books and in Person*

December 3rd, 2012 / Liz Karkoff / 0 comments

Reading books about museums can be fun preparation for your little ones before actually stepping foot in the eclectic Museum of Natural History or the hallowed halls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Or perhaps you are looking for an unusually beautifully illustrated book or simply an exciting story about museums. Books about museums are […]

Essays in the Real World

November 19th, 2012 / Marilyn / 0 comments

Do you remember having to write an essay to get into college? How about that English Composition class many of us have had to take at one time or another, where we learned about the introduction, body, and conclusion of the classic five-paragraph essay? In these classes, common assignments are descriptive, narrative, expository and argumentative […]

The War of 1812; The War Nobody Won; The War Nobody Lost and The War Nobody Remembers

November 5th, 2012 / Judith Clark / 0 comments

Over two hundred years ago on June 18, 1812 the young republic of the United States of America declared war on Great Britain, then the World’s greatest power. Congress had declared war at the request of President James Madison. His reasons for going to war were the impressment of American sailors by the British and […]

What to Read After ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

October 15th, 2012 / Galina Chernykh / 0 comments

The 50 Shades of Grey series may be wildly popular, but even its most diehard fans would likely admit that it doesn’t present readers with the most realistic view of relationships and sex. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a little fantasizing now and then, but at some point you’ll likely find yourself wanting to […]

Hayao Miyazaki 宮崎 駿 – the Living Walt Disney of Japan

October 1st, 2012 / Jennie Yang / 0 comments

What would you say if I asked you to name a few of the greatest living animation film makers? Would Hayao Miyazaki be one of them? Hayao Miyazaki is considered one of the greatest living directors and animated film makers of our time. The Jacob Burns Film Center in Mount Pleasant, which presents the best […]

Easy Reader Children’s Books

September 17th, 2012 / Bonnie Tjomstol / 0 comments

Fall is here, children are going back to school, or perhaps starting Kindergarten. For these kids, books will be a big part of their school day and those that are just beginning to read have so many books available to them that help them practice their reading. Many teachers want their students to read 15-20 […]

Politicians to Pundits

September 4th, 2012 / Carole Meehan / 0 comments

Politics. Love it. Hate it. It can be divisive. It can be inclusive. Political issues always make for dynamic discourse. In 2012, the Publishing industry is bursting with titles exploring the many issues, economic, social and philosophical, encompassing the political spectrum. There is no better time to do some reading on the subject than today. […]

Selecting Books by Genre

August 20th, 2012 / Margaret Lorusso / 0 comments

Genre – A class or category of artistic endeavor having a particular form, content, or technique. Books can be divided into various genres and readers often use genre as a way to select books to read. Some genres are: Fiction – Narrative literary works whose plot is produced by the imagination and is not necessarily […]

Here a Flap, There a Flap, Everywhere a Flap-Flap

August 7th, 2012 / Liz Karkoff / 0 comments

Sometimes one of the most important features of a children’s picture book isn’t the writing or the artwork, it’s the shape of the page itself! As book production has become less costly more and more lift-the-flap books and gatefold books as well as slide-out books are being published. When done well these books really enhance […]

Young Adult Literature Provides Insight and Hope During Difficult Times

July 23rd, 2012 / Marilyn / 0 comments

When we are faced with harrowing real-life events, we struggle to find words to help us understand…. An example of this is the latest shooting rampage in a movie theatre in Colorado. It is completely inexplicable. We are able to come to terms with the seemingly incomprehensible with the help of the words of others. […]

Harrison Public Library Job Information Center

July 9th, 2012 / Judith Clark / 0 comments

With unemployment still high in the United States, the prospects for people looking for employment is discouraging. The Harrison Public Library is not an employment center but it does have the Job Information Center which is located between the Young Adult Fiction area and part of the Adult Biography area. The Job Information Center consists […]

Summer Reading – Something for Everyone

June 20th, 2012 / Galina Chernykh / 0 comments

School may be almost out, but learning doesn’t have to be! Summer is a great time to kick back and relax with a good book; you can read whatever sounds interesting and fun, without any worries about deadlines or homework. So if you’re looking for something to do, or if you just need a break […]

Reading Books with Your Ears

June 5th, 2012 / Jennie Yang / 0 comments

Do you feel that it is getting harder and harder to find time to read? You are not alone. There is so much to do in so little time. Yet, you can’t suppress the little voice that is constantly urging you to pick up that best-seller. What should you do? Check out audiobooks from your […]

Children’s Books with Environmental Themes

May 21st, 2012 / Bonnie Tjomstol / 0 comments

Empower and inspire kids with books that target the environment, pollution, ecology, endangered habitats. Kids often study these topics at school and are inquisitive already. This is their world. Make nature studies fun! Taking the time to read about these themes now might pique their interests and help them understand a bit more about the […]


May 7th, 2012 / Carole Meehan / 0 comments

That’s how many music CD’s are owned by the Harrison Public Library, with an additional 905 owned by West Harrison Library, all available for you to check out or reserve with your library card. Lucky you! It has been said “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~Berthold Auerbach “Without music […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

April 30th, 2012 / Margaret Lorusso / 0 comments

America’s Pastime Baseball is known by many as “America’s Pastime.” Throughout the 18th century, amateurs played a game similar to the baseball of today using various objects for bats and other equipment. Years later, it was found that the original layout for playing baseball was created by Union General Abner Doubleday at Cooperstown, New York, […]

Mommies Mommies Everywhere!

April 23rd, 2012 / Liz Karkoff / 0 comments

The pink on the trees is at its brightest and tulips are putting on a show everywhere you look. It can only mean one thing… it’s almost time for Mother’s Day! Mothers come in all shapes and sizes, whether they be tall or short, red-haired or brunette. One thing they all have in common is […]

The World of Words

April 16th, 2012 / Marilyn / 0 comments

If you are a lover of words—a lexiphile, you will find plenty of fun reading in the library. Take a look in the 420 section (the call number, in library lingo). And while you are there, you might as well see if you can find the meaning for the slang 420 (hint: it is illegal!). […]

Poetry Is Meant to Be Shared

April 9th, 2012 / Galina Chernykh / 0 comments

April is National Poetry Month. Libraries and poems share something in common. Both offer worlds of discovery that challenge us to view our lives from a different perspective. Poetry is meant to be shared. I’d like to share some poems and public performances that have touched me deeply: Sarah Kay: If I should have a […]

The Titanic

April 2nd, 2012 / Judith Clark / 0 comments

The “Unsinkable” TITANIC sank in the North Atlantic at 11:40PM on April 14, 1912. For many years, people believed that an iceberg had cut a huge gash in the Titanic’s hull but a study of steel samples from the TITANIC in 1985 concluded that the hull was made of a steel that became brittle in […]

The Top Ten eBooks Checked Out by Harrison Cardholders

March 26th, 2012 / Jennie Yang / 0 comments

Publishers’ Role in Libraries’ eBook Lending In the last two months, the amount of downloads from our digital media catalog has grown three times more than the same period last year. One of the questions that our patrons often ask is why some of the most popular eBooks are available on the Barnes and Noble […]

Reading Aloud to Children

March 19th, 2012 / Bonnie Tjomstol / 0 comments

You don’t have to wait for your baby to be a certain age to begin reading to them. You can start anytime. Start now! Don’t stop until they are at least 10 years old. Do it often and make it an enjoyable experience for both of you. They will benefit from listening to you read long after […]

Check Out Our Professors

March 12th, 2012 / Carole Meehan / 0 comments

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey What better place to begin and continue your learning journey than at the library? The highlight of the library’s diverse, lifelong learning collection is our selection of The Great Courses. Remember when the adventure of learning took place in a great classroom, […]

Women’s History Month

March 5th, 2012 / Margaret Lorusso / 0 comments

The public celebration of women’s history in this country began in 1978 as “Women’s History Week” in Sonoma County, California. The week included March 8th, which was called “International Women’s Day”. In 1981, a Congressional resolution proclaimed a national Women’s History Week and in 1987, Congress expanded the celebration to a month. Not only have […]

Drug Abuse

February 27th, 2012 / Judith Clark / 0 comments

There has always been a history of Drug Abuse in the United States. From the time of the settlement of Virginia where the cultivation of tobacco saved the colony in the early 1600’s to the distillation of rum in the New England colonies, tobacco and alcohol were part of the average American’s diet. Just about […]

Celebrate All Kinds of Love on Valentine’s Day

February 13th, 2012 / Liz Karkoff / 0 comments

Aaahh, Valentine’s Day! ‘Tis the season for Conversation Hearts, flowers, chocolates wrapped in red and pink foil, and Valentine’s Day cards. Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, whether that be romantic, platonic, or familial. It is also a day to honor friendships, both in the human world and beyond. There is a little something […]

Living Through It

February 12th, 2012 / Marilyn / 0 comments

A good memoir stays with me as the memory of a good friend. The hours spent involved in the reading of the memories of someone’s life creates a feeling of intimacy that fiction does not. A real person is sharing his or her life, and the reader shares his or her joys and pains. A […]

A Nation Divided: The American Civil War

February 7th, 2012 / Judith Clark / 0 comments

The American Civil War began over 150 years ago when Confederate Troops under the command of General Pierre Beauregard attacked Fort Sumter in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina in April of 1861. No soldiers were killed, but at the end of the American Civil War in April of 1865 the United States had lost […]

“No Regrets” Education

January 30th, 2012 / Galina Chernykh / 0 comments

According to Kathryn Schulz, author of Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error, the top regret experienced by most people in their lives is their education (followed by issues related to their careers, romance, and parenting). However, just because you regret your choice of education, that doesn’t mean that, you’re stuck for the rest […]

It’s 10 PM, do you know your digital library is still open?

January 23rd, 2012 / Jennie Yang / 0 comments

Yes, your digital library is open anytime and anywhere where there is access to the Internet. Just connect to the Internet; click on OverDrive Advantage on the left side of our home page. In the summer of 2007, Westchester Library System started the Digital Collection powered by OverDrive for all Westchester residents. Many e-books and […]

Large Print Books

January 17th, 2012 / Bonnie Tjomstol / 0 comments

Sometimes it’s just easier on the eyes to read a large print book. Sometimes I take a book off the regular shelf, and open it up to find that it has tiniest print I’ve ever seen. I get tired of squinting, so I turn to our large print collection. I never have to worry about […]

Modern Families

January 9th, 2012 / Carole Meehan / 0 comments

Families are flawed. Spouses disappoint. Children make bad choices. Contemporary family life comes with challenges, stresses and expectations that must be navigated with great care. In the frenzy of everyday living, attention to the most important relationships can suffer. In a crisis, even the most solid bonds can crack; a tenuous bond can collapse. When […]

Crafty Vacation Tips

December 27th, 2011 / Liz Karkoff / 0 comments

After the kids (and you!) have played with your new gizmos and gadgets and are looking for something else to do during school vacation come to the library and get crafty! The library has shelves of books dedicated to crafts, magic, cooking, baking, science experiments, drawing and other hands-on activities. Need some stationery for writing […]

Brave New Novels

December 19th, 2011 / Marilyn / 0 comments

It’s 2012 (almost). Do you know what your teenager is reading? If you guessed vampire love stories, you’d be behind the times. Pushing them out of their prominence are dystopian novels. Out with Twilight, in with The Hunger Games. Remember reading 1984 for school? Well, the future has evolved into mind-blowing all-out, survivor episodes from […]

Redcoats and Rebels

December 12th, 2011 / Judith Clark / 0 comments

Most Americans would agree that Great Britain and the United States of America have had an especially close relationship and indeed enjoy a “special relationship.” However, as we all know the United States won its independence from Great Britain in 1783 after years of fighting for its independence. What many of us probably do not […]

A Bedtime Story for the Digital Natives

December 5th, 2011 / Galina Chernykh / 1 comment

In Margaret Wise Brown’s beloved Good Night Moon the bunny falls asleep to the sound of a little old woman whispering “hush” and the soft glow of the moon. (It was first published in 1947).The last century! Here we are, in the era of digital communication. In a new book titled Goodnight iPad that same […]


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