Thursday, February 2, 2017

Let's Get Crafting

If you're like many of us, you may experience the "winter blues" even in March. You're ready for spring, but the weather doesn't always comply. What to do? Why not check out the amazing selection of crafting books that we have at Somers Library, and learn something new? 
  • Turning Toys by Richard Raffan
  • Bring on the Bling! : Bracelets, Anklets and Rings for All Occasions by Debbie Kachidurian
  • Wooden Boxes: Skill Building Techniques for 7 Unique Projects by Dennis Zongker
  • Complete Photo Guide to Doll Making by Nancy Hoerner
  • You Can Knit That: Foolproof Instructions for Fabulous Sweaters by Amy Herzog
  • Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet by Kate Atherley
  • Making Scented Soap: 60 Fragrant Soaps and Bath Bombes to Make at Home by Linda Hamblen
  • Complete Photo Guide to Cardmaking by Judy Wantanbe
  • A to Z of Wool Embroidery (Search Press)
  • The Practical Illustrated Encyclopedia of Origami by Rick Beech
  • Modern Baby Crochet by Sharon Zientara
  • Birdhouses: A Step by Step Guide to Building Attractive Homes for Your Feathered Friends by John Kelsey
  • Creative Beaded Jewelry by Carolyn Schultz
  • Whittling Handbook by Peter Benson
  • Making Furniture for American Girl and Other 18" Dolls by Dennis Simmons
  • Stickmaking: A Complete Course by Andrew Jones
  • Get Started Quilting by Jessica Alexandrakis
  • Making Candles: Ideas for Home-Made Candles and Creative Displays in 130 Photographs by Gloria Nichol
  • The Needlepoint Book by Jo Christensen
  • Polymer Clay Projects by Fransie Snyman
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

College Information On Our Website

On the Somers Library website (, we have links to websites to help with the college search process. If you go to our teen section, and look under College / Career, you will find the following:
Career Zone -- CareerZone is an innovative online career exploration and planning system designed especially for today's high-tech youth in New York State. CareerZone presents current and relevant occupational and labor market Information in a clear and interesting way, making career exploration and planning fun and easy.  Youth in grades 6 -12 most often use CareerZone to start their career exploration journey by beginning with the Interest, Work Values and Skill assessment tools to explore potential careers. A middle school and high school career portfolio are available to help youth create a meaningful plan for their future education and career choices.
Pell Grants – This link takes users to the U.S Department of Education ( where parents and students can get information on Pell Grants. mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.   
College Board -- The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.
Technical Schools -- Find info on schools and colleges offering Technical programs by state
College Navigator – offers users the following information about colleges in the U. S.:  General Information, Tuition, Fees, and Estimated Student Expenses, Financial Aid, Net Price, Enrollment, Admissions, Retention and Graduation Rates, Programs/Majors, Varsity Athletic Teams, Accreditation, and Campus Security.
Technical Careers -- Individuals interested in a career in the field of technology may want further information on the various specialties before making a decision on which is the best fit for them.  The information found on this site will help provide a wealth of information on all facets of the IT field. The first step to getting a start in this field is earning your degree in IT. To find a school and degree program that best suit your individual needs, use this site’s large directory of schools
Federal Student Aid – website for the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
U.S. College Database --  this website provides accurate information to ease the decision making process for post-secondary education for high school students, college students and adult learners. Drawing only from reliable data sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, American Fact Finder, The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, this site publishes only data that is backed by the United States federal government.
Mapping Your Future -- Mapping Your Future is a national collaborative, public-service, nonprofit organization providing career, college, financial aid, and financial literacy information and services for students, families, and schools.
U.S. Department of Education
New York State: HESC – Higher Education Services Corporation
Also, the Somers Library has a collection of Young Adult College and Career books located in the lower level.  Please come in to visit our collection!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A World War II Booklist

War is unquestionably mankind at his worst. Yet, it is in war that men and women often show the very best of themselves. Many of us are fascinated with books about World War II. These compelling accounts of individuals, events and experiences of the war will provide a thorough understanding of the conflict, and should serve as a warning to us about the horrors of all wars. These books are all highly recommended non-fiction books about World War II.
  • A Matter of Honor: Pearl Harbor: Betrayal, Blame, and a Family's Quest for Justice by Anthony Summers
  • Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack by Steve Toomey
  • The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945 by James Hornfischer
  • Hero of the Empire by Candace Millard
  • The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
  • 1944 by Jay Winik
  • No Greater Valor: The Siege of Bastogne and the Miracle That Sealed Allied Victory by Jerome Corsi
  • The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942 by Nigel Hamilton
  • Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness by Craig Nelson
  • The Lost Airman: A True Story of Escape from Nazi Occupied France by Seth Meyerowitz
  • Dam Busters: The True Story of the Legendary Raid on the Ruhr by James Holland
  • The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 by Rick Atkinson
  • The Brenner Assignment: The Untold Story of the Most Daring Spy Mission of World War II by Patrick O'Donnell
  • Masters and Commanders: The Military Geniuses Who Led the West to Victory in World War II by Andrew Roberts
  • Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue by Kathrine Atwood
  • Devil at My Heels: A Heroic Olympian's Astonishing Story of Survival as a Japanese POW in World War II by Louis Zamperini
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Monday, December 12, 2016

Somers Library Visits Kennedy Catholic High School

Our young adult librarian and our reference librarian, Tara Ferretti & Valerie Herman visited Kennedy Catholic High School and presented an overview of the valuable resources available to the students from the Somers Library and the Westchester Library System, specifically our digital collections (ebooks, audio books, movies, music, etc), career tutorials (e.g. Lynda), readers advisory (e.g. Novelist) and especially our database collection. The discussion of the databases included tips and best practices when doing research - a topic many of these students could certainly use as they come towards the end of their high school careers. Besides speaking to the students, we also anticipate receiving around 125-150 new card applications from students and faculty. This is a wonderful and exciting community outreach program and the library is very pleased. Photo courtesy of Kennedy Catholic High School.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Book Club Resources

Book clubs are where you can meet with other people to discuss books (both fiction and nonfiction), and at the end of each meeting (or months in advance), determine the next month's book selection. If you are looking to start your own book club, or are looking to find interesting books for your group to read, the library has a variety of books to help you make your selections. All of the following books are located on the top shelf above the 'Express Books' area. 

Book Group Guides
Book Club Bible
Reading Women: A Book Club Guide for Women's Fiction
Reading Group Choices (yearly)
Reading Group Handbook
Book Lust
Read This
Good Books Lately
One Hundred and One Great Jewish Books
Reading Group Book
Read This Next 
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Friday, November 18, 2016

Teen 3D Modeling Workshop

The Somers Library would like to thank the participants of the Teen 3D Modeling Workshop

held at the Somers Library during the early fall. This workshop series offered teens in grades 6th

and up an opportunity to develop a 3D model of our library in order to assist our library leaders

to get a better visual of future plans. Collaborating with Digital Arts Experience, Inc. of White

Plains, students participated in a series of 5 workshops and a presentation meeting with the

library board of trustees. This program was made possible in part with funds from Westchester

Library System's Mini-Grant Initiative supported by Entergy and Con Edison and the Friends of

the Somers Library.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Savory Sweet Life

This month kicks off the fall and holiday baking season. With a wide variety of ingredients popping up in grocery stores, fall is an excellent time to get back in the kitchen, and try your hand at baking and decorating. Somers Library has a large selection of titles to expand your baking horizons - listed below is a delicious sampling of titles to get you started. When did you last break out your cake pans? Somers Library offers a large selection of Wilton Cake Pans for you to borrow, and cookie cutter kits. Check one out today!

Complete Guide to Cake Decorating and Baking - DVD
►Austrian Desserts: Over 400 Cakes, Pastries, Strudels, Tortes and Candies
►Boutique Wedding Cakes: Bake and Decorate Beautiful Cakes at Home
►The Seasonal Baker: Easy Recipes From My Home Kitchen to Make Year-Round
►Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes For More than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats
►Gluten-Free Baking With the Culinary Institute of America
Kids Cakes From the Whimsical Bakehouse and Other Treats for Colorful Celebrations
►A Baker's Odyssey: Celebrating Time-Honored Recipes From America's Rich Immigrant Heritage
►Ace of Cakes: Inside the World of Charm City Cakes
►Cake Art: Simplified Step-by-Step Instructions and Illustrated Techniques For the Home Baker to Create Showstopping Cakes and Cupcakes
►The Confetti Cakes Cookbook: Spectacular Cookies, Cakes and Cupcakes from New York City's Famed Bakery
►Cake Decorating For the First Time

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