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Teen/Adult Summer Reading

Online author conversations, panel discussions, virtual tours, workshops, and more! We kick off with Susie Orman Schnall, author of We Came Here to Shine. Register for our programs below. Summer Reading Brochure

Book Launch

Book Launch

Online

You can join us from this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89702245042?pwd=WW0zOXpFSlFmNjZmZ2JPVUtjeDloZz09

Join us for the virtual book launch of We Came Here to Shine by award-winning author Susie Orman Schnall. Susie will be discussing her book in conversation with national bestselling author Fiona Davis and share with us her writing process and the research involved to bring the Word's Fair to life.

The novel is set during the iconic 1939 New York World’s Fair and features two intrepid young women—an aspiring journalist and a down-on-her-luck actress— who form an unlikely friendship as they navigate a world of endless possibility, confront adversity, and find out what they are truly made of during the glorious summer of spectacle and opportunity.

Fiona Davis has written five novels, including The Chelsea Girls (2019) which tells the story of the bright lights of the theater district, the glamour and danger of 1950s New York, and the wild scene at the iconic Chelsea Hotel. This dazzling novel explores a twenty-year friendship that will irrevocably change two women's lives. Fiona's next book, The Lions of Fifth Avenue, will be released on August 4 of this year.

The Village Bookstore of Pleasantville will have signed copies of the We Came Here to Shine and The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis available for purchase at the shop. Call to place an order at (914) 769-8322 or purchase the book at www.thevillagebookstore.net.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

Please note the program will start at 7 pm EDT and 4 pm PDT.

Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannace

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Book Talk & Tour of the 1939 World's Fair with Untapped NY Tours

Book Talk & Tour of the 1939 World's Fair with Untapped NY Tours

Online

Join us for this fascinating Virtual Walking Tour of Flushing Meadows Park, the site of the 1939 World's Fair, offered by Untapped Cities. You can register on the Untapped New York site for this free and exciting tour.

Bestselling author Susie Orman Schnall will present an in-depth talk about her newly released novel, "We Came Here to Shine." Set during the iconic 1939 New York World's Fair, two intrepid young women--an aspiring journalist and a down-on-her-luck actress--form an unlikely friendship as they navigate a world of endless possibility, stand down adversity, and find out what they are truly made of during the glorious summer of spectacle and opportunity.

Justin Rivers, Chief Experience Officer, will join the author for a virtual look at the remnants of many of the sites mentioned in the book including the Billy Rose Aquacade, the Life Savers Parachute Jump, the Administration Building, the Trylon and Perisphere, the Lagoon of Nations, and more. The talk will wrap up with a Q&A session with the author.

You can register on the Untapped New York site here for this free program. Details on how to attend the tour will be available after you become a member of Untapped Cities and sign up for this free, virtual tour of the 1939 World's Fair.

Use the code STAYHOME to receive two free months.

Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannace

Summer Dance Lessons

Summer Dance Lessons

Online

Get your dancing shoes ready! The Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Mamaroneck is back to teach us some popular dance moves from the 1930s.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannce

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CANCELED: To be Rescheduled - Baseball in the Summer of 1939

CANCELED: To be Rescheduled - Baseball in the Summer of 1939

Online

July 4, 2020 will mark the 81st anniversary of Lou Gehrig's retirement from baseball. A Yankees legend, famous for his 2,130 consecutive-games-playing streak, Gehrig stunned his fans when he announced he would no longer be playing professional baseball in one of the most memorable and heartfelt speeches even given in sports history. 

Gehrig’s life story appeared on the big screen in 1942 when The Pride of the Yankees, starring Gary Cooper as the legendary first baseman of the New York Yankees and Teresa Wright as his devoted wife Eleanor. The making of the famed biopic is the subject of author Richard Sandomir’s book, The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and the Making of a Classic.

A reporter for The New York Times, Richard Sandomir will be exploring the world of baseball during 1939, the year Lou Gehrig retired. The floor will be open to questions following the presentation.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannace

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Summer Dance Lessons

Summer Dance Lessons

Online

Get your dancing shoes ready! The Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Mamaroneck is back to teach us some popular dance moves from the 1930s.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannce

Register
Summer Dance Lessons

Summer Dance Lessons

Online

Get your dancing shoes ready! The Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Mamaroneck is back to teach us some popular dance moves from the 1930s. No experience or dance partner required.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannce

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Talk with Toni McKeen

Talk with Toni McKeen

Online

Educator Toni McKeen will discuss two American women who changed the world -- Marjorie Merriweather Post and Joan Cooney. Wondering who they are and what they accomplished? Join us and find out.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannace

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Calling All Book Clubs for Trivia Night

Calling All Book Clubs for Trivia Night

Online

Book Clubs unite for a chance to win 10 copies of We Came Here to Shine for their group to read. 

Test your knowledge of the 1939 World's Fair and pop culture from that period with our Adult Summer Reading Ambassador Susie Orman Schnall!

All book clubs and members are welcome to join us! 

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. When you sign up, please include your name and the name of your book club.

Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannace

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1930s Baking with Tina Zaccardi

1930s Baking with Tina Zaccardi

Online

Flash back to the 1930s and learn how to make an Ice Box Cake with baker extraordinaire and winner of the American Baking Show, Tina Zaccardi. The perfect dessert for a hot summer night!

Here are the ingredients you will need to make a Chocolate Espresso Ice Box Cake

1 Stick of Unsalted Room Temperature Butter (114 g)

2/3 of a Cup of Granulated Sugar (132 g)

1 Large Egg White

½ Teaspoon of Kosher Salt

½ Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1 Cup of All-Purpose Flour (120 g)

¼ Cup of Unsweetened Cocoa (25 g)

1 ½ Cups of Heavy Cream

1 Tablespoon of Instant Espresso Powder

2/3 Cup of Powdered Sugar

Bakeware needed:

1 – 8” x 4” Loaf Pan

Plastic Wrap

2 Cookie Sheets

4 Sheets of Parchment Paper

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannace

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1939 Classic Movie Feature

1939 Classic Movie Feature

Online

You voted and chose The Little Princess for the 1939 movie feature which will be shown for our Adult Summer Reading program.

The choices include 

The Little Princess with Shirley Temple

Love Affair starring Irene Dunn and

The Wizard of Oz with Judy Garland.

Vote using this link or emailing HarrisonLibrarians@gmail.com by July 15.

Registration is required for the Zoom link to view the movie on July 20.

Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannace

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Wine Down & Paint Night

Wine Down & Paint Night

Online

Paint a masterpiece from the 1930s with art instructor Connie Manna. You will be making a seascape originally painted by American realist painter Edward Hopper called The Long Leg (1935). Known for his oil paintings, Hopper was equally proficient as a watercolorist and printmaker in etching. Both in his urban and rural scenes, his spare and finely calculated renderings reflected his personal vision of modern American life.

All materials will be supplied by the library and can be picked up in advance of the class. Please contact the library at (914)-835-0324 to arrange the pick up of your art packet.

For anyone on the Waitlist, you will be notified if a spot become available. Our supplies are limited, but you are welcome to join us for the class.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannace

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Handmade Bandanna Beach Book Tote

Handmade Bandanna Beach Book Tote

Online

Bandanna Beach Summer Reading Book Bag:  Learn to sew a roomy book bag by hand.  

Supply List: 2 woven bandannas at least 18" square. For the straps, two pieces of 20-inch long pieces of ribbon (at least 1-inch wide).  A needle, thread, scissors and a few straight pins or even safety pins.

Upcycle those bandanas and square scarves. Sewing instructor Ellen Brown will be showing us how to make a handmade book tote for the beach using bandanas. A sewing machine is not required as we will be hand-stitching the totes.

During the 1930s, scarves could be worn in a number of ways. They were often worn loosely draped around the neck or shoulders to accessorize an outfit. Scarves could be fastened either with a simple knot, or through the use of scarf clips or buckles.

Materials are posted here for each event. Teens are welcome to join us!

Registration is required to receive the Zoom meeting link.

Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannace

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Virtual Wine Tasting Night

Virtual Wine Tasting Night

Online

The Harrison Wine Vault will be hosting this special virtual wine tasting to celebrate our Adult Summer Reading program. Each wine sample serves two.

Among the wines you will be tasting are

A sparkling wine (Cava) from Spain

A red (cotes du Rhône) and

A white (Bordeaux) from France.

Registration is required to receive the tasting kit prior to the event and to receive the Zoom link.

The wine kits will be available at the Harrison Wine Vault at 289 Halstead Ave, Harrison, NY 10528 starting on Friday, July 24. Please call the shop in advance at (914) 835-0125.

Sponsored by Westchester Periodontics, Inc. of Scarsdale, New York.

Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannace

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The Early Days of Radio

The Early Days of Radio

Online

For the radio, the 1930s was a golden age. At the start of the decade 12 million American households owned a radio, and by 1939 this total had exploded to more than 28 million.

Evan Weiner will discuss the early days of radio and why this ‘talking telegram’ was so popular.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannace

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Women Raising their Voices - A Panel Discussion

Women Raising their Voices - A Panel Discussion

Online

Need some inspiration to push yourself forward and to have your voice heard?

Join us for a panel discussion on "Women Raising their Voices" featuring  Juliet Grames, author of The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna, Randi Gray, Senior IT Manager at an EdTech company, Laura Katen, President of Katen Consulting and author of The Communication Habit: Strategies that Set You Apart and Leave a Lasting Impression, and Lori Soderlind, Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing, Manhattanville College and author of The Change: My Great American, Postindustrial, Midlife Crisis Tour

A Q&A session will follow the discussion.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

More about our panelists:

Juliet Grames was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and grew up in a tight-knit Italian-American family. A book editor, she has spent the last decade at Soho Press, where she is an associate publisher and curator of the Soho Crime imprint. Her first novel, The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna, was published last year and has been translated into over a dozen languages, It was released in paperback this May.

Randi Gray is a Senior IT Manager at an EdTech company and has over 20 years of experience and various facets of the IT industry including Retail, FinTech, and Health Care. She's served on numerous boards including the founding board for The Parris Foundation, as the President of the North Manhattan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and as a member of the Junior Board for Family Services of Westchester. 

Laura Katen – keynote speaker, author, consultant, communications coach, and founder/president of New York-based professional development training company Katen Consulting. Laura travels over 100 days a year for speaking engagements. She divides her time giving keynote talks at various conferences across North America, leading group-training programs, and facilitating one-on-one coaching sessions in 4 key topics: Executive presence, Communication skills, Individual and team presentations, and Business social etiquette. Katen’s latest book “The Communication Habit: Strategies That Set You Apart and Leave a Lasting Impression (©2020 MCGRAW HILL) is available on Amazon.

Lori Soderlind is the Director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. Her most recent memoir, The Change: My Great American, Postindustrial, Midlife Crisis Tour, was released in June. Her first book, also a memoir, was Chasing Montana: A Love Story. Her essays have been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including Norton's anthology of Best Creative Nonfiction.

Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannace

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Baseball in the Summer of 1939

Baseball in the Summer of 1939

Online

July 4, 2020 marked the 81st anniversary of Lou Gehrig's retirement from baseball. A Yankees legend, famous for his 2,130 consecutive-games-playing streak, Gehrig stunned his fans when he announced he would no longer be playing professional baseball in one of the most memorable and heartfelt speeches even given in sports history. 

Gehrig’s life story appeared on the big screen in 1942 when The Pride of the Yankees, starring Gary Cooper as the legendary first baseman of the New York Yankees and Teresa Wright as his devoted wife Eleanor. The making of the famed biopic is the subject of author Richard Sandomir’s book, The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and the Making of a Classic.

A reporter for The New York Times, Richard Sandomir will be exploring the world of baseball during 1939, the year Lou Gehrig retired. The floor will be open to questions following the presentation.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. This talk was rescheduled from June 27.

Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannace

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The 1939 World's Fair & The Queens Museum

The 1939 World's Fair & The Queens Museum

Online

The Queens Museum in New York was featured in not one, but two World Fairs in 1939 and 1964. Join Dr. Amy Raffel for a virtual presentation on the history of the 1939-40 World's Fair and the Queens Museum. Featuring a slideshow of photographs, archival materials, artefacts, and memorabilia from the Museum's collection, Dr. Raffel will give an overview of this popular event and its legacy. Even 80 years later, this World Fair continues to influence and impact our current moment.

Amy Raffel has a PhD degree from the CUNY Graduate Center and a Master’s degree from the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU) in contemporary art history. Her doctoral research focused on Keith Haring and his Pop Shop, as well as the eighties New York art scene. She has researched, written, edited for several art websites and publications, and has worked for many educational art platforms. For the past two years, she has worked at the Queens Museum as the Andrew W. Mellon Interpretation Research Fellow, making art accessible and engaging for all audiences. She has done extensive archival research into the Museum's collections, including its 1939-40 and 1964-65 World Fairs objects and memorabilia (particularly the Panorama of the City of New York), as well as research into the building's history and the surviving Fair structures in Flushing-Meadows Corona Park. She has created a variety of interpretative content on these collections and histories, from narrated videos, wall labels, and audio tours, and has regularly given tours of the collection to visitors and school groups.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannace

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Handmade Journal Cover: Imagine Your Story

Handmade Journal Cover: Imagine Your Story

Online

Create your own journal cover with sewing instructor Ellen Brown. A sewing machine is not required as we will be handstitching the cover, which can be adapted to fit any summer read.

Imagine Your Story Fabric Journal Cover – Learn to stitch your own fabric cover to journal your story!  We’ll patch together small bits of cloth to create a personalized work of art.

Supply List:  1/2 yard of fabric for outside cover; 1/2 yard of fabric for the lining.  Small pieces of fabric, felt, ribbon or lace for personalizing.

Teens are welcome to join us.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannace

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Summer Book Club

Summer Book Club

Online

The Summer Book Club will be discussing Susie Orman Schnall's latest book, We Came Here to Shine. You heard about the book from our Adult Summer Reading Ambassador, now join us as we explore the themes of the book.

New members are always welcome to join us!

Registration is  required to receive the Zoom link.

Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannace

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Live Jazz Music Performance

Live Jazz Music Performance

Online

Join us for the end of our Adult Summer Reading program with a live concert with the Libby Richman Jazz Group performance, featuring music from the 1930s.

The music will lift your spirits and take you back in time as you move to the tunes in the comfort of your home.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannace

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