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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

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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Open Mic & Story Time for Adults

Open Mic & Story Time for Adults

Online

Have a story, poem or song to share? Join us for a fun evening celebrating the themes of our Summer Read, We Came Here to Shine, by Susie Orman Schnall -- Longlasting Friendships, Having a Voice and Pursuing Your Dreams.

All are welcome to participate and can sign up with Giovanna at the start of the program.

Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannace

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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 Clooney. 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 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!

Ingredients will be posted here.

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 will be voting for the 1939 movie feature that 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 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.

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

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 maching is not required as we will be handstitching 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 in honor of our Adult Summer Reading program. Each wine sample serves two.

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

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 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. This talk was rescheduled from June 27.

Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannace

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The World's Fairs & The Queen Museum

The World's Fairs & The Queen Museum

Online

The Queens Museum in New York was featured in not one, but two World Fairs in 1939 and 1964. Join  Amy Rallel, Andrew W. Mellon Interpretation Research Fellow at The Queens Museum for an indepth look at the history of the museum building and how it was featured in 1939.

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.

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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Teen/Adult Summer Reading Finale

Teen/Adult Summer Reading Finale

Online

Join us for a live concert with the Libby Richman Jazz Group and dance performance featuring music and dance moves from the 1930s.

Contact: Giovanna Fiorino-Iannace

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