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Cozy Fantasies to Read on Vacation

June 1st, 2024 / Jovy / Comments Off on Cozy Fantasies to Read on Vacation

Cozy fantasies are fantasies with low-stakes and nothing too scary or too dark.  They’re comforting instead of anxiety-inducing. They’re usually whimsical slice-of-life instead of earth-shattering epic battles. They’re filled with quirky, lovable characters instead of malevolent entities who want to kill you. In other words, perfect books to bring on a relaxing vacation. Below are… read more

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Books to Read After Binge Watching Bridgerton

May 1st, 2024 / Emily / Comments Off on Books to Read After Binge Watching Bridgerton

This list is to give you some ideas of what to read while we wait for the second half of the season to be released in June.

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Reality Bites: Handpicked Non-Fiction Gems

April 1st, 2024 / Galina / Comments Off on Reality Bites: Handpicked Non-Fiction Gems

These are my personal picks – books that have made me think or discover something new. They are not in any specific order – each one is a gem waiting to be explored.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Meet Your Next Read

March 2nd, 2024 / Robert / Comments Off on Meet Your Next Read

Harrison Public Library invites you to “Meet Your Next Read” as we introduce new displays of fiction and nonfiction in the front of the Library, starting in March. In these displays we’re expanding our recommendations beyond what’s new to include great reads you might have missed. In that spirit, allow me to recommend these selected… read more


Quirky Humor

January 4th, 2024 / Adam / Comments Off on Quirky Humor
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Booktok Recommends

December 5th, 2023 / Emily / Comments Off on Booktok Recommends

Avid readers are always looking for a new book that will capture their interest, but sometimes it feels like you are wading through endless information. Then when you do find a book that sounds good you can’t really tell if it’s the right fit for you. The social media site TikTok allows viewers to feel… read more

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2023 West Harrison Book Club

November 5th, 2023 / Greg / Comments Off on 2023 West Harrison Book Club

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of restarting the West Harrison Branch’s Book Club following a pandemic-induced hiatus. Over the past nine months, I have enjoyed discussing a stellar array of titles that the members and I chose together. It has a been a joy discussing the following books with the curious, open-minded, and… read more

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month ~ Books for Children

September 1st, 2023 / Mariella / Comments Off on Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month ~ Books for Children

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! Explore this rich collection of bilingual, Spanish and English, books for children. Learn more about the lives of various Latin American writers and notable people who have made a difference with their work, music, dance and literary works. In these selections you will find more about the culture, the traditions and… read more

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Science Fiction

August 9th, 2023 / Adam / Comments Off on Science Fiction
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Cross-Generational Gems: Young Adult Novels for Adult Readers

June 7th, 2023 / Jovy / Comments Off on Cross-Generational Gems: Young Adult Novels for Adult Readers

If there’s one area I’m well-versed in, it’s young adult (YA) books. Even as an adult, I’m drawn to their gripping plots, thought-provoking themes and emotional depth. Furthermore, series are common, allowing readers to immerse themselves into beloved characters’ lives and the worlds they inhabit.    As the Adult Services Librarian, I often receive inquiries about… read more

Battle Cry of Freedom by Jame McPherson

The Civil War

May 6th, 2023 / Robert / Comments Off on The Civil War

In one of his appearances in the well-known Civil War documentary by Ken Burns, the historian and novelist Shelby Foote commented, “Any understanding of this nation has to be based, and I mean really based on the understanding of the Civil War.”  Here are a selected handful of podcasts, books, and movies that provide a… read more

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Beyond the Cardigan

April 5th, 2023 / Galina / Comments Off on Beyond the Cardigan

When you think of librarians, you might picture a stereotypical middle-aged woman in a cardigan, shushing you for daring to speak above a whisper. But as these contemporary fiction books show, librarians are actually some of the coolest and most fashionable people around.  Why pay attention to a fashionable librarian? Well, why not? Just because… read more

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“March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.”

March 1st, 2023 / Rebecca / Comments Off on “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.”

That may be true (or not so true this year) when it comes to weather, but when talking about the self, it’s not so easy. A lot of the time, we’re both creatures simultaneously.  As a lamb, we develop thought, understanding, and empathy. It is a time to discover our own desires, our own flaws,… read more

Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover

“Matters of the Heart”

February 8th, 2023 / Giovanna / Comments Off on “Matters of the Heart”

Go to your bosom; knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know…William Shakespeare February’s recommendations focus on heart health and matters of the heart. The human experience of love and the language of the heart are universal. Yet, why does February, the shortest month of the year, honor the heart? In 1964 President… read more

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Dump Month Movies

January 6th, 2023 / Dan / Comments Off on Dump Month Movies

Picture this. You’re a movie studio executive with a slam dunk thriller/romance. You secured Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and, best of all, large subsidies from the country you’re shooting in. But, when you screen the final product, it’s a disaster and you’re sure it will flop. What do you do? Well, you release it in… read more

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Growing Up at the Library: Our Newest Librarian’s Picks

November 14th, 2022 / Greg / Comments Off on Growing Up at the Library: Our Newest Librarian’s Picks

I am a proud lifelong Harrison resident and I have used the Harrison Public Library my entire life. Over the past ten years, I have also worked at the Harrison Public Library on and off as a volunteer, page, and clerk. In August, I happily became a full-time librarian here at the library! For my… read more

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Best Fall Books

October 30th, 2022 / Claudia / Comments Off on Best Fall Books
Two books side-by-side, It Ends with Us and Chasing Red

Colleen Hoover Read-Alikes

September 14th, 2022 / Jovy / Comments Off on Colleen Hoover Read-Alikes

In the past few months, the staff at the Harrison Public Library have been asked many times if we have any Colleen Hoover titles available. Unfortunately, most of the time, we have to say no. However, we don’t want you to go home without a book to read that gives you the same “feels” as… read more

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August 11th, 2022 / Adam / Comments Off on Horror
Batman: White Knight

YA Graphic Novel Recommendations

July 11th, 2022 / Kenji / Comments Off on YA Graphic Novel Recommendations

From superheroes to manga (and some choices outside those categories) these are the best graphic novels I’ve recently enjoyed, and others that are not-so-recent but getting TV show adaptations.

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World Refugee Day

June 7th, 2022 / Rebecca / Comments Off on World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day is June 20, 2022 At least 82.4 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes. Among them are nearly 26.4 million refugees, around half of whom are under the age of 18. UN Refugee Agency

Mom and Me and Mom by Maya Angelou

The Many Forms of Motherhood

May 5th, 2022 / Giovanna / Comments Off on The Many Forms of Motherhood

Among the many holidays we associate with the month of May, Mother’s Day and the role of motherhood, in all of its connotations, is the most universal. One might say every day is Mother’s Day when we look to a maternal figure who has not only nurtured us physically, but guided and supported us emotionally… read more

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Podcast Recommendations

April 2nd, 2022 / Robert / Comments Off on Podcast Recommendations

Thousands of audio programs, known as podcasts, are available for free on the Internet. This technology has ushered in a second golden age of radio in a new format. Forty one percent of the US population (aged 12+) were monthly podcast listeners in 2021, up from 37% in 2020. You can listen to podcasts on… read more

The Last Cuentista

Women’s Voices ~ Young Adult Books

March 8th, 2022 / Mariella / Comments Off on Women’s Voices ~ Young Adult Books

Have you read any young adult literature lately? Check out this list! In honor of Women’s History Month, I will share with you some of my favorite young adult biographies, memoirs, and fiction books! Check out this selection and learn more about these inspirational women and their literary works!

This Is Your Mind On Plants by Michael Pollan

Garden Awakening

February 1st, 2022 / Galina / Comments Off on Garden Awakening

It’s the first day of February. Our garden looks completely different, covered in a blanket of snow, peaceful and serene. In just a few months it will be blooming with colors. I am not a gardener. I just don’t have it in me. My mom can revive any plant. She talks to her flowers every morning! Me? I admire beautiful… read more

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Rabbit Holes

January 3rd, 2022 / Dan / Comments Off on Rabbit Holes

rabbit hole: one in which the pursuit of something (such as an answer or solution) leads to other questions, problems, or pursuits Rabbit holes are dangerous. Big Tech makes it easier than ever to fall into them. Many large tech companies monetize our interactions using algorithms beyond our comprehension. They pull invisible strings that… read more

Two books: Apples Never Fall and Confessions on the 7:45

Read-Alikes for the Best Books of 2021

December 1st, 2021 / Jovy / Comments Off on Read-Alikes for the Best Books of 2021

Everyone is coming out with their Best Books of 2021 list just in time for the holiday season. Most of these books will have hundreds of holds. What’s a reader to do? That’s where we come in with this handy list of titles that you can borrow right now.  If You’re Waiting For Apples Never… read more

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Music Mania

November 10th, 2021 / Adam / Comments Off on Music Mania

Book Buzz: Episode 13

October 11th, 2021 / Giovanna / Comments Off on Book Buzz: Episode 13

Featuring: Giovanna Iannace, Robert Huerster, Galina Chernykh, Kenji Kaneshiro, and Jovy-Anne O’Grady

Books on Design

August 1st, 2021 / Kenji / Comments Off on Books on Design

It’s easy to point out when something doesn’t work properly, or appears off somehow. If something’s too hard to read because of an obscure font, we notice that difficulty very quickly. If we have trouble opening a door, maybe it’s unclear you had to push instead of pull. Somewhere along the way in the design… read more

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

Global Reads

May 1st, 2021 / Giovanna / 0 comments

Why wait for a national heritage celebration to enjoy books written in different countries? Here is a list of recommended books which have been translated into English or originally published outside of the United States. Whether you find yourself traveling back in time in a Japanese cafe, on a train to Bologna, Italy, or traipsing… read more

Team of Rivals

Books About Abraham Lincoln

April 12th, 2021 / Robert / 0 comments

The name and image of Abraham Lincoln are all around us: from schools and parks bearing his name and the famous tunnel connecting New York and New Jersey to caricatures of him wearing a stove pipe hat in ads for Presidents’ Day sales at car dealers. It’s easy to overlook or dismiss an iconic figure… read more

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Interior Design and Home Decorations Collection – 747

March 1st, 2021 / Mariella / 2 comments

Did you know that the Harrison Public Library has an extensive and well curated collection of interior design for home decorating resources? For years our librarians have dedicated their time to build this collection for you!  Our librarian, Carole, mentioned that, in the past, she found that patrons had a great need for high interior design… read more

Twisted by Emma Dabiri

Celebrating Black Hair-Story Month!

February 8th, 2021 / Galina / 0 comments

This year for Black History Month we would like to celebrate something that is the pride and glory of many women and man: hair! Nearly every culture worldwide and across history finds hair to be important, with long hair often signifying beauty and strength of spirit.   Hair is a big topic! It’s fascinating to… read more

The Great Gatsby belongs to all of us – and none of us.

January 4th, 2021 / Dan / 1 comment

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald On January 1, 2021, works copyrighted in 1925 finally entered the public domain. Incredible works by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, Irving Berlin, Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Duke Ellington, Buster Keaton and many,… read more

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Best Graphic Novels for Children and Teens

December 12th, 2020 / Mariella / 0 comments

One of my favorite hobbies is reading graphic novels with my sons. We are BIG  fans of graphic novels and Manga art. Through the art of drawings and colors, we  dive into each character’s world. Here are some of my favorite graphic novels for  you to read:  In this moving memoir, When Stars Are Scattered,… read more

Children’s #OwnVoices Books

July 13th, 2020 / Rebecca / 0 comments

#Ownvoices refers to an author from a marginalized or under-represented group writing about their own experiences/from their own perspective.


June 1st, 2020 / Galina / 0 comments

#ICantBreathe: books & movies to help start conversations about racism, inequality and racial healing:

Fun Things to Make and Do at Home

May 15th, 2020 / Carole / 0 comments

Calling All Kids! and Caregivers! Check out these E-books on Hoopla! These books are full of fun things to make and do at home. We’d love for you to share any pictures or videos of  anything you made or learned from these books.

2020 Finest Fiction for Teens, so far

May 11th, 2020 / Jennie / 0 comments

Are you looking for a new young adult fiction book to read? Here are a dozen brand new and highly recommended books that cover various genres including fantasy, science fiction, romance, historical fiction, and mystery. Whether you are looking for a new series or a sequel of a beloved book, a whodunit murder story or… read more

YAY! It’s May! Film Festival

May 8th, 2020 / Carole / 0 comments

We celebrate so many things in May, besides the welcome uptick in temperatures. It’s the national recognition month for Asian-American and Pacific Islanders, Foster Care, Mental Health and Inventors. And of course we salute mothers on May 10th. The stories these films depict are as multidimensional and complex as life itself, and viewers will enjoy… read more

May the Fourth be with you!

May 4th, 2020 / Mariella / 4 comments

For Star Wars fans, let’s start the day remembering the great Skywalker saga and the struggle between good and evil! Why not celebrate the day reading a book or watching a movie? When I was little… a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… I grew upwatching Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back,… read more

Autism Speaks

April 6th, 2020 / Galina / 0 comments

Here is a list of some wonderful movies from Hoopla to inspire you, to learn more about people’s experiences and to help you to spread some autism awareness of your own!

Kanopy Film Suggestion

April 2nd, 2020 / Carole / 0 comments

For all of you used to enjoying a Thursday movie screening at the library and for those of you who weren’t able to attend our films on Thursdays at 1PM, here is a suggestion for something to watch on Kanopy. The Tomorrow Man is a quiet film with two quirky characters, played by two beloved actors… read more

Goodreads Choice Awards 2019

December 11th, 2019 / Harrison Public Library / 0 comments

Goodreads announced their winners of the 11th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards decided by over 4 million votes from readers like you! These are some of the winners available for checkout from the library:

Book Buzz: Episode 8

October 8th, 2019 / Giovanna / 0 comments

   Meet the Authors Day Sunday, October 27, 12pm – 5:30pm at the JCC of Harrison View Flyer The Harrison Public Library is partnering with the Jewish Community Center of Harrison to bring you another exciting “Meet the Authors” event featuring local and bestselling writers. We will be raffling books, and the Village Bookstore… read more

Board Games? At the Library?

September 3rd, 2019 / Kenji / 0 comments

Yes, starting in October we’re planning on hosting board game nights at the Harrison Public Library.  The first game night is Mon., Oct. 21 from 4-6pm at the Halperin Building. To start, our game collection features titles exclusively from Japanese designers and publishers (with English rules included!).  Each of these games was selected for their… read more

Wanderlust in Books and Movies

July 5th, 2019 / Giovanna / 0 comments

Summer is a major traveling month and what better way to consume your desire to travel than by reading a great book or watching an amazing movie that takes you to new worlds? You may need to travel back in time or out of the universe to immerse yourself fully in these adventures.

Mental Health Month

May 10th, 2019 / Giovanna / 0 comments

Since 1949, the month of May has been observed as Mental Health Month in the United States and many national organizations such as NAMI, Mental Health America, and other affiliates spotlight Mental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and to stop the stigma associated with mental health disorders. Here are some books for teens and adults which deal with mental health… read more

Immerse Yourself in the World of Knitting

May 6th, 2019 / Mariella / 0 comments

Spring is here, but it’s still cold outside! What’s the best way to keep yourself warm and comfy? For me, there is nothing better than bundling up with my favorite knitted scarf, my knitting project, and a good book to read! This is a great time to learn something new, such as the art of… read more

Family Roots

April 2nd, 2019 / Galina / 0 comments

The Harrison Public Library is launching its One Book, One Community reading project during the month of April, which will coincide with National Library Week. This year we have chosen to read the thought-provoking memoir Inheritance: Genealogy, Paternity and Love by bestselling author Dani Shapiro. Among the topical issues explored are genealogy, DNA testing, paternity,… read more

One Book, One Community

March 29th, 2019 / Lisa / 0 comments

   One Book, One Community Brochure The Harrison Public Library engages everyone in the community to read and discuss this year’s One Book, One Community Read: Inheritance by Dani Shapiro and participate in a series of themed events. The author, Dani Shapiro, will be at the Jewish Community Center of Harrison, 130 Union Ave.,… read more

Horror Movies – Directed by Women

March 29th, 2019 / Dan / 0 comments

Jordan Peele’s second film, Us, came out last weekend to a $70+ million dollar opening. With thought-provoking horror on the rise and Women’s History Month coming to a close, here are ten innovative and provocative horror movies directed by women for you to check out from the library. American Psycho The Babadook Pet Sematary American… read more

Books Being Made into Movies in 2019

February 25th, 2019 / Jennie / 0 comments

The Aftermath Where’d You Go, Bernadette Five Feet Apart Pet Sematary The Sun Is Also a Star Artemis Fowl The Woman in the Window The Goldfinch All the Bright Places Native Son The Nightingale

Not Nominated – Worth Watching

February 24th, 2019 / Dan / 0 comments

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Sorry to Bother You Eighth Grade Leave No Trace Mid90s Bad Times at the El Royale Death of Stalin: A Comedy of Terrors Annihilation Hereditary Three Identical Strangers

2019 Oscar Nominees @ the Library

January 22nd, 2019 / Harrison Public Library / 0 comments

Black Panther Blackkklansman RBG Incredibles 2 Isle of Dogs First Reformed At Eternity’s Gate The Wife First Man A Quiet Place Avengers Infinity War Ready Player One Solo-A Star Wars Story

2019 Golden Globe Nominees

January 6th, 2019 / Harrison Public Library / 0 comments

Americans-Season 6 Blackkklansman Black Panther Crazy Rich Asians Eighth Grade Handmaids Tale-Season 2 Incredibles 2 Isle of Dogs The Old Man and the Gun Private War A Quiet Place Sharp Objects Succession-Season 1 The Tale Tully Westworld Season 2: The Door The Wife

Chill Out and Read

January 2nd, 2019 / Bonnie / 0 comments

The holidays are over and the Winter chill has set in. The playground is not always an option these days (brrr, cold!), but reading a great picture book with your little one is always an option. Stop by the library and read together or cozy up at home in your favorite reading spot. Relax and enjoy… read more

Most Watched on Kanopy

December 15th, 2018 / Dan / 0 comments

Lady Bird First Reformed Moonlight Obit. 20th Century Women The Lobster Green Room Kedi The Florida Project The Killing of a Sacred Deer Amy Hunt for the Wilderpeople American Honey Good Time

Into the Future: Technology

December 5th, 2018 / Daniel / 0 comments

The Silicon States: The New Power of Big Tech and What It Means for Our Future Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in Silicon Valley Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed Einstein’s Monsters: The Life and Times of Black Holes No One at the Wheel: Driverless Cars… read more

2018 Book to Movie

November 18th, 2018 / Dan / 0 comments

Annihilation Annihilation Bel Canto Bel Canto Black Klansman: A Memoir Blackkklansman Crazy Rich Asians Crazy Rich Asians Disobedience Disobedience Juliet, Naked Juliet, Naked The Little Stranger Little Stranger Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Love, Simon A Prayer Before Dawn: My Nightmare in Thailand’s Prisons Prayer Before Dawn Ready Player One Ready Player One Red… read more

Company’s Coming

November 7th, 2018 / Carole / 0 comments

Come to the Harrison Public Library to check out this wide array of books for all your entertaining needs, from menu planning, holiday cooking and baking, to sprucing up your home and getting along with all your guests! Simply Divine: A Guide to Easy, Elegant, and Affordable Entertaining The Minimalist Entertains Pretty Fun: Creating and… read more

PBS: The Great American Read

October 25th, 2018 / Harrison Public Library / 0 comments

To Kill a Mockingbird was voted by PBS viewers as America’s #1 best-loved novel in The Great American Read. Here are the top 100 that you can check out from the library. To Kill a Mockingbird Outlander Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Pride and Prejudice The Fellowship of the Ring Gone with the Wind… read more

Horror Movies on Hoopla

October 22nd, 2018 / Dan / 0 comments

Halloween might be doing big numbers at the box office, but you don’t have to go to the theater to get your horror fix. Use your library card to access thousands of movies on Hoopla and start watching on your phone, computer, tablet, Apple TV, Roku, or Chromecast. Check out some of the titles below or browse… read more

Book Buzz: Episode 4

October 12th, 2018 / Giovanna / 0 comments

   Sold on a Monday The Dinner List The Class: A Life-Changing Teacher and His World-Changing Kids Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen Sadie A Key to Treehouse Living The Winter Soldier The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock In Pieces Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life,… read more

Books to Inspire Her on #AdaLovelaceDay

October 9th, 2018 / Dan / 0 comments

ADA Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer Cece Loves Science Ada Twist, Scientist The Most Magnificent Thing Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science Me… Jane Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science Rosie Revere,… read more

Meet the Authors: A Book Lover’s Dream Come True

October 5th, 2018 / Giovanna / 0 comments

The Harrison Public Library will be hosting a phenomenal book event on Saturday, October 20, from 10 am to 5 pm, which is free and open to the public with registration. Fifteen bestselling and debut authors will be appearing, several of whom are from Westchester County. The five book categories being featured include Contemporary Fiction,… read more

Kanopy: German Cinema

October 5th, 2018 / Harrison Public Library / 0 comments

Kanopy has partnered with the Goethe-Institut to provide access to a vast collection of German cinema. Stream films for free with your library card! Metropolis The Cabinet of Caligari Nosferatu Aguirre, the Wrath of God The Blue Angel Faust Goya Nowhere in Africa Hannah Arendt Victoria 3 North Face The Chambermaid Barbara Young Goethe in Love

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 14th, 2018 / Harrison Public Library / 0 comments

This collection was originally posted on OverDrive. Mas Alla del Invierno: Spanish-Language Edition of in the Midst of Winter El Amante Japones: Una Novela 2666 El Tiempo Entre Costuras Cinco Esquinas / Five Points Los Detectives Salvajes Cuentos de Buenas Noches Para Niaas Rebeldes (Tapa Dura) La Reina del Sur Rayuela Berta Isla / Berta Island… read more

Back to School List

September 6th, 2018 / Rebecca / 0 comments

How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? We Don’t Eat Our Classmates! Wow! School! Preschool Day Hooray! Maisy Goes to Preschool First Day Jitters The Name Jar If You Take a Mouse to School How to Get Your Teacher Ready If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! Wemberly Worried Chu’s First Day… read more

Book Buzz: Episode 3

August 24th, 2018 / Giovanna / 0 comments

   The Dry The Death of Mrs. Westaway The Husband Hour When Life Gives You Lululemons

OverDrive Movies

August 21st, 2018 / Dan / 0 comments

You might already use OverDrive to download e-books and audio books, but did you know there are movies available, too? It’s a small collection, but there are a few gems. You can watch OverDrive videos in your web browser or on the OverDrive app (no videos on OverDrive’s “Libby” app yet). They automatically return after 7 days… read more

Read It & Hear It: Novels for Music Lovers

August 1st, 2018 / Jennie / 0 comments

The Music Shop Reservation Blues The Ensemble Orfeo Swing: A Mystery Danse Macabre 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas Sight Reading The House of Silence Marrying Mozart Where She Went Music & Silence An Equal Music Mister Monkey The Commitments The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love High Fidelity Accordion Crimes Bel Canto A Visit… read more

Ready, Set, Picnic!

July 2nd, 2018 / Bonnie / 0 comments

There is currently a debate as to whether July or August is National Picnic Month.  I say either month is perfect for being outdoors, enjoying summer’s delicious foods and spending time with family and friends. Here are books with terrific menus and ideas to help you picnic this Summer. Picnic: 125 Recipes with 29 Seasonal… read more

Take Me There

June 1st, 2018 / Lisa / 0 comments

10 new(ish) books that will transport you to another place & time. Another Brooklyn Burial Rites The Dry A Gentleman in Moscow Half of a Yellow Sun Here Comes the Sun Manhattan Beach News of the World Stay with Me Tangerine

Boston Globe-Horn Awards

May 31st, 2018 / Harrison Public Library / 0 comments

They Say Blue The Poet X Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide When’s My Birthday? A Different Pond The Parker Inheritance The First Rule of Punk A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives

Read It and Weep

May 1st, 2018 / Carole / 1 comment

All the Bright Places All the Ugly and Wonderful Things Before We Were Yours Blackbird: A Childhood Lost and Found Eleanor & Park A Fine Balance The Guest Cat The Heart’s Invisible Furies A Hundred Summers It Ends with Us The Leavers (National Book Award Finalist) The Light We Lost A Little Life Love You… read more

2018 Edgar Awards

April 28th, 2018 / Harrison Public Library / 0 comments

Bluebird, Bluebird She Rides Shotgun The Unseeing Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Chester B. Himes: A Biography Vanished! Long Way Down The Widow’s House The Dime Prussian Blue A Rising Man The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley Dark Chapter Lola Tornado Weather Idaho In Farleigh Field:… read more

Children’s Book Week April 30 – May 6

April 27th, 2018 / Marilyn / 0 comments

In  honor of Children’s Book Week, here are some fun new reads to get kids ready for the Summer: Dude! How to Code a Sandcastle Dolphin Rescue (Animal Planet Adventures Chapter Books #1) Pearl’s Ocean Magic (Dolphin School #1) Trapped in a Video Game: Book One Warriors: A Vision of Shadows #5: River of Fire… read more

April is Autism Awareness Month

April 21st, 2018 / Rebecca / 0 comments

In My Mind: The World Through the Eyes of Autism My Brother Charlie Understanding Sam and Asperger Syndrome Al Capone Does My Shirts Anything But Typical The London Eye Mystery Rain Reign Rules Marcelo in the Real World Mockingbird The Conscious Parent’s Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome: A Mindful Approach for Helping Your Child Succeed The… read more

Book Buzz: Episode 1

April 18th, 2018 / Lisa / 0 comments

  Unraveling Oliver Little Fires Everywhere My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family’s Nazi Past An American Marriage Mrs. Fletcher The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir

Chill Out in the Past: Iconic Works Released in 1968

April 2nd, 2018 / Giovanna / 3 comments

The Harrison Library begins its celebration of National Library Week this month by honoring 1968, our theme for this year’s One Book – One Community  program. Here are some books, movies, Broadway shows and popular songs that will immerse you in the year that rocked the world! Check them out on Hoopla, OverDrive and Freegal,… read more

One Book One Community 2018

March 17th, 2018 / Mamaroneck Public Library / 0 comments

Credit: Lori Friedli, Head of Adult Reference Mamaroneck Public Library District 1968: The Year That Rocked the World Girl in the Polka Dot Dress The Girls Airport The Short-Timers The Nix The Last Summer Tree of Smoke Cruel Beautiful World Couples The Sixties Witness to the Revolution: Radicals, Resisters, Vets, Hippies, and the Year America… read more

How to Talk to Kids About #MeToo

March 9th, 2018 / Donna / 0 comments

A Smart Girl’s Guide to Sticky Situations: How to Tackle Tricky, Icky Problems and Tough Times. Strike a Pose: The Planet Girl Guide to Yoga Friends: Making Them & Keeping Them [With 5 Mini Friendship Posters] How to Be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them Because It’s My Body! Dear Girl,

2018 Oscar Snubs

March 8th, 2018 / Dan / 0 comments

Logan Lucky Colossal The Beguiled Stronger Battle of the Sexes Wonder Woman The Lego Batman Movie The Lost City of Z It Comes at Night

Pets, Love and Friendship

February 24th, 2018 / Mariella / 6 comments

My family and I just recently adopted a beautiful kitten. I didn’t know much about cats. Then, I decided to learn more about my new pet by borrowing materials from our libraries. Soon I found myself immersed in her feline world. I learned about her breed and her diet, along with what toys to buy…. read more

Children’s Book Awards Announced Today…

February 12th, 2018 / Marilyn / 0 comments

Hello, Universe Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut Long Way Down Piecing Me Together Wolf in the Snow Big Cat, Little Cat Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut A Different Pond Grand Canyon

Celebrate African-American History Month

February 1st, 2018 / Marilyn / 0 comments

Sing, Unburied, Sing Beloved The Underground Railroad Homegoing Between the World and Me The Known World Their Eyes Were Watching God The Color Purple Roots: The Saga of an American Family A Lesson Before Dying Native Son

2018 Oscar Nominees

January 25th, 2018 / Dan / 0 comments

Dunkirk Get Out Roman J. Israel, Esq. The Florida Project The Boss Baby Loving Vincent Blade Runner 2049 Beauty and the Beast Victoria and Abdul Baby Driver Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Kong: Skull Island War For The Planet Of The Apes Logan The Big Sick Square Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

New Picture Books in the Children’s Discovery Center

January 25th, 2018 / Donna / 0 comments

Winter is time for playing and friends, waiting for snow, music and even a Valentine! On a Magical Do-Nothing Day Playdates Rule! Spunky Little Monkey Acoustic Rooster and His Barny A Song for Snow The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way)

Books for National Native American Heritage Month

November 1st, 2017 / Jennie / 0 comments

Did you know there were probably more people living in the Americas than in Europe in 1491? Did you know the corn the Pilgrims harvested and enjoyed at the First Thanksgiving was domesticated around 1000 A.D? It was such a sophisticated breeding process that scientists regard it as man’s first feat of genetic engineering. Native… read more

Dream Big! Picture Books to Inspire Children

October 4th, 2017 / Bonnie / 0 comments

Remember when you were a kid and dreamed that you could be whatever you wanted to be when you grew up? Maybe you dreamed of becoming a ballerina, or an astronaut, a famous artist or President of the United States? Do you see those same dreams in your children? Let’s encourage children to follow those… read more

Fall, Hurry up and Get Here!

September 5th, 2017 / Lisa / 0 comments

Fall is my FAVORITE season. Can you guess why? Is it because… …it brings the promise of cool, crisp weather? Nah. …the leaves change from blah green into vibrant gem-colored beauties? Nope. …we can break out the warm, fuzzy sweaters? Nice, but not even close. It’s not even the arrival of pumpkin spice everything in… read more

Healthy, Wealthy and Wise with Anthony at Banahan Bros.

August 1st, 2017 / Donna / 2 comments

I made my weekly stop this morning to Banahan Bros, on Theodore Fremd. Anthony, knowing that I work at a library, mentioned that he was in need of a new book to read. (Alas, he planned a weekend trip to his local Barnes & Noble, lured by the aroma of coffee.) Anthony likes to read… read more

On and On: The Saga

July 3rd, 2017 / Carole / 0 comments

Sometimes we just don’t want a book to end. The plights of the characters move us, intrigue us. We become invested in their well-being or their demise. Perhaps we identify with them. Although fictional, seeing how characters manage sadness, loss, love, disaster may help us do the same in our lives. Fiction mirrors real life… read more

Summer Reads for Teens: Antidotes for the SATs

June 5th, 2017 / Marilyn / 1 comment

Congratulations, teens!  You have made it through another school year. Reading for pleasure may now commence! Leave those 6000 SAT vocabulary words behind and concentrate on synonyms for *relax*. Listed here are recent releases that are —no essay required—just entertaining.  Whether you’re hitting the beach or chilling on the porch, don’t forget to take along… read more

What’s on the menu today? Latin flavor in my kitchen!

May 8th, 2017 / Mariella / 4 comments

What’s on the menu today? Latin flavor in my kitchen! May is one of my favorite months of the year. It is full of celebrations! How do we celebrate May? By cooking with a lot of love and Latin flavor! Ever since I was little, homemade Peruvian food has been a fundamental part of my… read more

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Amelia Earhart

March 3rd, 2017 / Galina / 0 comments

Amelia Earhart is famed for being an early female aviationist—who once lived in Harrison! She held the women’s altitude record in 1922. She was the first woman to fly an autogyro (a one-person helicopter) in 1931, the first woman to cross the U.S. in an autogyro, the first woman to cross the Atlantic and the… read more

For Fans of the Academy Awards

February 1st, 2017 / Jennie / 0 comments

Did you know that you can watch Oscar-winning films of past years instantly and completely free? Borrow them from Hoopla, a newly added digital service with more than 500,000 titles in six different formats: movies, TV, music albums, eAudiobooks, eBooks, and comics. Best of all, these titles are always available and there are no waiting… read more

Cozy Mysteries

January 17th, 2017 / Bonnie / 1 comment

You maybe asking yourself what is a cozy mystery? You may have heard the term before but are not exactly sure what it is. Cozy mysteries are what I like to call “fun reads”. They do not contain graphic violence nor profanity. They often come in themed series and the newest installments are often devoured by… read more

10 “Must Read” Novels of 2016

December 1st, 2016 / Lisa / 1 comment

2017 is right around the corner, and with that, I want to call your attention to books, really good books that were published this past year that you might have missed. Suspense Nutshellby Ian McEwan Hamlet is telling his story in utero. Deeply unsettling, this story of murder and deceit will leave you aghast as… read more

Traveling Through Libraries

November 4th, 2016 / Thao / 2 comments

What does it mean when someone says they have a passion for “travel?” Are they saying they like to go on vacation – who doesn’t like to lounge on the beach? The word travel to me is a very active verb, encompassing the act of movement, exploration, and sensory stimulation.  My passion for travel is… read more

All in a Day’s Work

September 5th, 2016 / Carole / 4 comments

Lots of interesting and challenging inquiries come to a public library reference desk. This remains true even in the age of Google. Recently, a young man in his late teens approached the desk with the request, “I want to be more social. Do you have books on that?” We had just received several new books… read more

A book cover for Zane and the Hurriane

Animals as Teachers

August 10th, 2016 / Caroline / 1 comment

Digital literacy is essential for moving children forward from their earliest years at school to becoming successful adults, contributing to the world and making a positive impact. But, in this environment of interactive arcades and virtual realities that serve as attractors, or some might say, distractors, it is heartwarming to see how the power of… read more

Shine a Light

July 14th, 2016 / Harrison Public Library / 0 comments

Sadness reverberates across the country when famous people die from drug overdoses. Depending on your age, you will remember the untimely deaths of many talented musicians and actors: Prince, Whitney Houston, Corey Monteith, Michael Jackson, River Phoenix, John Belushi, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, and many more. These deaths make… read more

La Importancia de Hablar Nuestra Lengua, el Español

June 6th, 2016 / Mariella / 6 comments

La importancia de hablar nuestra lengua, el español. Reseña de libros bilingües. ¡Hola me llamo Mariella y hablo español! Trabajo en la Biblioteca de West Harrison, sucursal de la Biblioteca Pública de Harrison. Soy asistenta de la biblioteca, bilingüe, y próximamente estaré realizando programas bilingües para la comunidad. Este mes de Junio es muy especial… read more

Recreational Reading for Teens

May 2nd, 2016 / Marilyn / 2 comments

As a teen librarian, I am challenged in a special way. When I am in the teen area and ask a young person who is clearly looking for something if he or she needs help, the answer is predictably, “no.” Teens are notoriously monosyllabic and unwilling to be uncool enough to require assistance. Therein lies… read more

Libraries Transform

April 3rd, 2016 / Galina / 0 comments

Libraries Transform The theme of this year’s National Library Week is Libraries Transform. Libraries have always been about finding, storing, and making information available to everyone. In the last decade or so, we’ve been discovering just how awesome and far-reaching a library’s abilities to build communities can be—and we’ve been stepping up to meet our… read more

Total BooX – Yours to Keep

March 1st, 2016 / Jennie / 3 comments

Did you know you can keep the eBooks downloaded from Total BooX for as long as you want? Total BooX is an eBook service that Westchester Library System has been subscribing to since September 2013.  It offers a new model for reading that allows multiple users to borrow the same book simultaneously, unlike other eBook… read more

Reading to Infants and Toddlers

February 2nd, 2016 / Bonnie / 0 comments

The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging members to encourage reading to newborns. But what exactly should they be reading? And if your baby doesn’t understand the words, does it matter which books you read and how often you do it? Dr. Pamela High is the lead author of a paper released by the American… read more

The World’s Most Popular Drink Deserves a Month of Celebration.

January 20th, 2016 / Thao / 2 comments

For the Northeast, cold January is the perfect month to celebrate hot tea.  Tea is considered the most popular drink in the world, perhaps second only to water.  In Chinese legend, tea dates back to 2737 BCE, when tea leaves serendipitously landed in Emperor Shen-Nung’s boiling cup of water. The first official record of tea… read more

The Gothic Novel, Mother of the Modern Mystery

December 3rd, 2015 / Cheri / 0 comments

If you have ever wondered from where our modern-day mysteries originated, think Gothic.  That’s right.  It is the Gothic novel which formulated the beginnings of what we now call murder mysteries, suspense, and thrillers.  But what characteristics do these modern-day genres have that are the same as or derivations of those characteristics pertaining to the… read more

Photo of a cat's face.

October 16

October 13th, 2015 / Carole / 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… read more

Americans and Paris

June 2nd, 2015 / Judith / 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… read more

Spring Cleaning @ Your Library

May 5th, 2015 / Galina / 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… read more

Global Parenting

April 6th, 2015 / Jennie / 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… read more

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

March 2nd, 2015 / Bonnie / 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… read more

Harlem Renaissance

February 5th, 2015 / Carole / 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… read more

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 site This is an online resource that is free… read more

Mark Twain: The First All-American Author

December 4th, 2014 / Judith / 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… read more

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

November 5th, 2014 / Jennie / 3 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… read more

The Drama and Spice of Modern Italian Writing

October 6th, 2014 / Galina / 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… read more

Fun & Funny Series Books for the Intermediate Reader

September 15th, 2014 / Bonnie / 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,… read more

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

August 1st, 2014 / Carole / 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,… read more

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… read more

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

June 3rd, 2014 / Judith / 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… read more

Ten Japanese Authors to Get Hooked On…

April 30th, 2014 / Galina / 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… read more

Poetry in Movies

April 1st, 2014 / Jennie / 1 comment

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… read more

Books to Love

February 8th, 2014 / Deanna / 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… read more


January 3rd, 2014 / Carole / 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… read more

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… read more

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

November 4th, 2013 / Galina / 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… read more

Knitting and Crocheting – One Stitch at a Time

September 16th, 2013 / Jennie / 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… read more

Best Children’s Chapter Books for Reluctant Readers

September 4th, 2013 / Bonnie / 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… read more

Forgotten Treasures

August 13th, 2013 / Carole / 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… read more

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

July 22nd, 2013 / Liz / 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… read more

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… read more

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

June 26th, 2013 / Judith / 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… read more

Download Your Dinner

June 7th, 2013 / Galina / 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… read more

The Battle of Gettysburg

May 21st, 2013 / Jennie / 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… read more

Departures, Destinations

April 17th, 2013 / Carole / 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… read more

Children’s Cookbooks

April 2nd, 2013 / Liz / 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… read more

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… read more

Eternal Shakespeare: A Playwright and Poet for All Seasons

March 4th, 2013 / Judith / 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… read more

After Downton Abbey

February 19th, 2013 / Galina / 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… read more

Ed Young: Renowned Chinese American Writer and Illustrator

February 4th, 2013 / Jennie / 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… read more

2012 Notable Children’s Fiction

January 22nd, 2013 / Bonnie / 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… read more

Diet? Live It!

January 7th, 2013 / Carole / 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… read more

Enjoying Winter Sports

December 24th, 2012 / Margaret / 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… read more

Visiting Museums through Books and in Person*

December 3rd, 2012 / Liz / 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… read more

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… read more

What to Read After ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

October 15th, 2012 / Galina / 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… read more

Hayao Miyazaki 宮崎 駿 – the Living Walt Disney of Japan

October 1st, 2012 / Jennie / 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… read more

Easy Reader Children’s Books

September 17th, 2012 / Bonnie / 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… read more

Politicians to Pundits

September 4th, 2012 / Carole / 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…. read more

Selecting Books by Genre

August 20th, 2012 / Margaret / 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… read more

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

August 7th, 2012 / Liz / 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… read more

Harrison Public Library Job Information Center

July 9th, 2012 / Judith / 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… read more

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