Monday, December 24, 2012

Solstice Poem by Susan Cooper

So the shortest day came, and the year died,
And everywhere down the centuries of the
Snow-white world,
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.

They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen.
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.

And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing, behind us – listen!

All the long echoes sing the same delight
This shortest day
As promise wakens in the sleeping land.

They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends, and hope for peace.
And so do we, here, now,
This year, and every year.
Welcome, Yule!
--by Susan Cooper, 1977 written for The Christmas Revels

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

An Offer of Some Help

The shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School has left a lot of people really shaken and upset. There's lots of places to turn to for help.

Here's one: Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990

And another closer to home: Westchester County Department of Community Mental Helth Crisis Prevention and Response Team: (914) 493-7075

If you want to help the people of Sandy Hook (Courtesy of the Yorktown Voice): and here (Courtesy of USA Today):

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Survey and a Contest

Take the TeenReads 2012 YA Readers Survey and win a free book:

Shoot videos? Enter the 2013 Summer Reading Teen Video Challenge: You might wins some money.

Monday, December 10, 2012

New Catalog and Free Stuff!

On the right, there's a link to the Westchester Library System's new catalog called Enterprise. Patrons can "Like" the library system on FaceBook and follow tweets. You can search ebooks, and eaudiobooks. You can choose your own login. You can set the library you want your holds sent to once and never have to worry about which library you sent your books to this time. You can save lists of material you're interested in. You can even see the stuff you checked out for a year before it's purged from your record. Go ahead, play with it!

If you're not impressed, the old catalog, now called the "Classic Catalog," is still available through the Westchester Library webpage: It's on the bottom of the links on the left-hand side of the page.

The library system now subscribes to Freegal:
AND Freading: Check them out too. What do you think of all these improvements?

Thursday, September 20, 2012

I'm with the Banned!

Banned Books Week is September 30 - October 6 this year.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Downloadable Audiobooks for Teens and Kids - Always Available!

The Westchester Library System has a subscription to a free audiobook service through Recorded Books called OneClickDigital.  These titles are always available on your computer, and there's an app for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch too:

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

Summer Craft Programs!

Wednesday, May 23 at 6:30 PM Paper Arts & Mixed Media – Collaged Night Lights - Illuminate Your Art! Led by Sharon Kullberg, use photographs and/or images to decorate a night light shade and see your artwork glow. For Adults & Teens, program limited to 25 participants.

Wednesday, June 13 at 6:00 PM Earring Making Workshop Make earrings for yourself and for a Battered Women’s Shelter. Optional: Bring any old bead jewelry that you can recycle into earrings! If you have any jewelry making tools, bring them along too. For Adults & Teens, program limited to 30 participants.

Wednesday, June 27 at 6:30 PM Paper Arts & Mixed Media: Altered Book Box Led by Sharon Kullberg. Creat a lovely memory box or picture frame from an altered board book. Learn more altered book techniques.

Wednesday July 11 at 6:30 PM: Paper Arts & Mixed Media: Waterfall Cards Led by Lavinia Wiggins. A Waterfall card is a fun moveable card. Four decorated squares are mounted on a sliding strip. When the tab is pulled they cascade like a waterfall.

Wednesday, July 25 at 6:00 PM Earring Making Workshop Make earrings for yourself and for a Battered Women’s Shelter. Optional: Bring any old bead jewelry that you can recycle into earrings! If you have any jewelry making tools, bring them along too. For Adults & Teens, program limited to 30 participants.

Wednesday, August 8 at 6:30 PM Paper Arts & Mixed Media: Paste Paper Backgrounds Led by Lavinia Wiggins. Paste paper is one of the oldest decorated papers used by bookbinders, but the decorated paper can be used in a variety of crafts (collage, card making, artwork etc.). We will create several sheets of paste papers and learn to make a super simple, no sew book. Save money, don’t buy the packages of patterned paper, create your own!

Wednesday, August 22 at 6:00 PM Earring Making Workshop Make earrings for yourself and for a Battered Women’s Shelter. Optional: Bring any old bead jewelry that you can recycle into earrings! If you have any jewelry making tools, bring them along too. For Adults & Teens, program limited to 30 participants.

The Programs are FREE and open to the public. Registration is necessary. 

For information contact the Reference Desk or call 914-245-5262, x-227

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Upcoming Programs

First off, we have college counselor Trish Jumper stopping by on Tuesday, May 15th at 7:00 p.m. to give a talk on college admissions, focusing on summer college visits for those of you who have them scheduled on your to-do list.

Reading Buddies registration starts Monday, May 14th. If you're 13 and older and like working with children ages 3-7, consider spending a couple of hours a week at the library reading with them in the Children's Room. Reading Buddies training sessions are scheduled for Wed., June 6th and Mon., June 18th at 6:00 p.m. You need to attend one session if you've never been a Buddy before. Stop by the Adult Reference Desk to register and fill out a form with your preferred time, and your vacation schedule. The program runs from Mon. June 25th through Thursday, August 16th. Returning Buddies need to register and submit that form, but don't need a training session. Stop in or call the library at (914)245-5262, ext. 227 or 228. Space is limited, so only teens who live or go to school in the Yorktown area will be accepted.

Friday, April 6, 2012

100th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Titanic: A Special Program!

Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 PM The RMS Titanic...Her Final Days On a cold April night in 1912, the magnificent new luxury liner R.M.S. Titanic struck an iceberg as she was making her way towards New York on her maiden voyage from England. In a few short hours, she sank beneath the icy waters of the North Atlantic, taking with her the lives of more than 1,500 people. The tragedy shocked the world and, through the years, the legend of this story has continued to grow. Seventy three years after the sinking, the wreck of the Titanic was discovered 2 ½ miles below the surface by an intrepid group of Oceanographers using state of the art technology. Join Eco-Photo Explorers as they recall the tragic history of the R.M.S. Titanic and the exciting search for her remains. The show will also feature discussions on the technology used to find the wreck and will examine the current controversy over the recovery of artifacts from this site. Please register at the Adult Reference Desk in person or by phone: (914)245-5262, ext. 227 or 228.

Thursday, March 22, 2012


There's going to be a FREE combined SAT/ACT practice test hosted by Kaplan, on Saturday, March 31st from 10-2. This was rescheduled from January 20th, when the library closed due to bad weather. Remember to bring #2 pencils and a calculator with fresh batteries. Please register at the Adult Reference Desk.

The Reading Buddies registration is coming! If you like working with young children, spend a couple of hours a week reading with them. You'll make a new friend, and earn community service credit. Registration begins Monday, May 14th. Requirements: You must be 13 years old (or turning 13 by August). You need to commit to volunteer at least 5 weeks. Since there are a limited number of spots, the library will only accept applicants who live or attend school in Yorktown. There are two training sessions scheduled: Wednesday, June 6th and Monday June 18th. Both start at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room. Please choose one. Returning Buddies don't need to attend the training, but still have to register. You can register over the phone or in person. Call (914)245-5262, ext. 227 or 228.

The 2012 Summer Reading Club theme for older kids is "Own the Night." The club officially begins on Monday, June 25th. Read and record to earn prizes. Guess "Where in Yorktown is Bruno?" and win a gift card to Barnes and Noble.

Check out the nominees for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement, given by the Horror Writers of America:" (Sorry, you'll have to cut and paste the URL). Scroll down to the YA books. We have 4 of the nominated books:

Rotters - Daniel Kraus
This Dark Endeavor: the apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein - Kenneth Oppel
A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness
Dust and Decay - Jonathan Maberry