Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New Kits at the Library

Two new kits have been added to our ever growing maker collection. The first is a flower gardening kit, which contains a book, a soil meter, and a DVD. The other kit is a vegetable gardening kit which also contains a book, soil meter, and DVD. These two kits were donated by Physician’s One Urgent Care.

Stop in and see what else is available in our awesome maker collection including bird watching kits, telescope/astronomy kits, bongo drum kits, ukulele kits, and tambourine/triangle kits, cookie decorating kits, cake pans, knitting kits, and crocheting kits.
Each of these kits can be borrowed for 3 weeks.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Summer Hours and Summer Loan

Library Hours

Monday          10am - 5pm
Tuesday         10am - 5pm
Wednesday    10am - 5pm
Thursday        11am - 8pm
Friday             10am - 5pm
Saturday        10am - 3pm
Sunday          CLOSED
Beginning June 12, 2017, books for Summer Loan may be charged out for the entire summer. Summer Loan books must be returned by September 9, 2017.  Patrons with an up-to-date library card may charge out a maximum of seven older fiction and/or non-fiction books.  

Books belonging to other libraries, 14-Day Books, Books from the Summer Reading List, Express Books, Travel Books, Magazines, and AV material, may NOT be charged out for Summer Loan.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Celebrating Our Heritage - Happy Birthday Reis Park!

On Saturday, April 29, 2017 the library put together a wonderful collaborative celebration to honor Carolyn Wright Reis and celebrate the 50th anniversary of her legacy—the bequest of her farmstead and its contents to the Town of Somers which became Reis Park.  This program plan presented our local history in an appealing, multi-generational way.
Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk

The focus of the day was the prominent local historical figure Carolyn Wright Reis, who, upon her death, donated 84- plus acres of farmland to the Town of Somers and is the land on which the library was built in 1982 after being moved from another location.  Her bequest was made with the stipulation that this land be used by the Town of Somers for recreational and educational purposes.  Mrs. Wright Reis was also one of the earliest members of the Somers Library's Board of Trustees.

Perhaps Carolyn played a hand in the weather that day as we had sunny skies and warm breezy temperatures.  The day started with historical storytelling by master storyteller, Jonathan Kruk and a new sign dedication at the Mt Zion Church.  

After that, there were plenty of places for people of all ages to have fun and to explore.  The library front yard had face painting, old fashioned games, storytelling and balloon art.  The Wright-Reis Homestead was open for tours. Also at the homestead, there was a meet the Muscoot Farm animals exhibit as well as a special exhibit inside the house.  Under the park pavilion, local authors displayed their books. There was also a concert on the park stage with musicians Scott Urgola and Fred Gillen, Jr. As the day began to wind down, we had, of course, a birthday cake and closing remarks by town and other local officials.

This collaborative program with the Somers Library and the Somers Historical Society was made possible with funding from the Westchester Library System's mini-grant initiative supported by Entergy and Con Edison.  Additional support is being provided by the Friends of the Somers Library, Somers    Library Foundation, Somers Custom Framing Shop and Somers Historical Society.  Special thanks to the Somers Parks & Rec and the Somers Police.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

How-To's For Your BBQ

When it comes to mouthwatering BBQ, you can never get enough. You can't go wrong with barbecue, or a juicy burger, or a nice salad! If you are looking for new recipes, these books are a great resource for your next barbecue outdoor adventure.
  • BBQ Lovers Big Book of BBQ Sauces by Cheryl Jamison
  • BBQ Rules by Myron Mixon
  • Around the Fire: Recipes for Inspired Grilling and Seasonal Feasting from Ox Restaurant
  • Essential New York Times Grilling Book
  • Guy on Fire by Guy Fieri
  • Grill with Levi by Levi Roots
  • The Italian Grill by Mario Batali
  • The Gardener and the Grill by Karen Adler
  • New Vegetarian Grill by Andrea Chesman
  • Bobby Flay's Grill It by Bobby Flay
  • Soaked, Slathered, and Seasoned: A Complete Guide to Flavoring Food for the Grill by Elizabeth Karmel
  • The Ultimate Guide to Grilling by Rick Brown
  • The Great Barbecue Companion: Mops, Sops, Sauces, and Rubs
  • Smoke and Spice by Cheryl Jamison
  • Mediterranean Grilling by Diane Kochilas
  • The Barbecue Bible by Steve Raichlen
  • The Low-Carb Barbecue Book by Dana Carpender
  • Everyday Gourmet Grilling by Ted Reader
  • Let the Flames Begin by Chris Schlesinger
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Mango Languages

We are pleased to announce that we now offer Mango Languages online language-learning system to our patrons.

Mango is free for all library patrons and can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user's native language. In addition to traditional language courses, Mango also offers the opportunity to learn through foreign film with Mango Premiere™ and access to a variety of specialty mini courses, like Pirate, Medical Spanish and romance courses. Mango can be accessed at the library, remotely, or even on-the-go with apps for iPhone®, Android™, Kindle® and Nook®.

To learn more about Mango, stop by the library and ask a librarian for an introduction. Library card holders can access Mango through the library website at somerslibrary.org. For more information, contact the Library at (914) 232-5717.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Somers Seed Lending Library News

Happy spring! Now that spring has officially arrived, now is the time to gather your seeds and get growing! The Somers Seed Lending Library is a good place to start!
For the last 4 years, the Somers Seed Lending Library has been a wonderful addition to our library and to this community. The Somers Seed Lending Library is a free community heirloom seed lending project, demonstrating that libraries check out more than books! The idea is simple. Growers get enough seeds to grow 5-6 plants from the seed catalog.  They record what seeds they are taking, and complete a basic contact info sheet. Then they grow their plants during the season, and at the end of the growing season, the grower saves some of the seed for next season, and returns a portion (usually 2-3 times the starting amount or more) to the seed library to continue the cycle.
Our hope is that you will enjoy gardening and picking the fruits of your hard labor. Along with saving seeds, consider checking out some great books on gardening and cooking to experience a true culinary treat!
Donations are gratefully accepted to help grow our seed library. On our wish list: new packets of heirloom and/or organic seeds.
Lastly, we have a free seminar coming up in April that offers a wonderful opportunity to educate patrons on seeds:
Seed Choices: The Relevance of Seeds and Our Local Food System: Saturday, April 15 @ 10:30 - This exploratory discussion offers a wonderful opportunity to explore the idea that we all—gardeners and eaters alike—play a role in stewarding one of our most valuable natural resources: seeds. Shanyn Siegel will lead this informative conversation about seeds and the seed industry, and how they both impact one of the things most essential to our everyday lives—our food. Shanyn will explain the different types of garden seeds available and share options for selecting the best seeds for organic gardens—and a resilient regional food system. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the significance of our seed choices and some unusual heirloom seeds to try. Information about Community Seeds and the Community Seed Resource program will be shared.  Whether you're a homesteader, a gardener, or simply a person who cares about sustainable food and agriculture systems, this class provide a wonderful opportunity to experience the source of it all: seeds.  
So, please come and visit the Somers Seed Lending Library the next time you are in the library.  This is your chance to get heirloom quality seeds to grow quality plants, to learn about the importance of seed as a vital natural resource, and to get into the spirit of the season of spring! Follow Somers Seed Lending Library on Facebook.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

New Travel and Cooking DVDs

We are pleased to offer two new series to our growing DVD collection. If you are interested in travel or cooking, then come on in and check out these new sets.

Planet Food 
Follow travelers as they take you on a culinary journey exploring planet earth's food cultures in some of the world's most delicious destinations.

Israel and the Palestinian Territories
Southern China
Southern Spain

Destinations: The America

This travel series invites discovery of the most significant destinations in all of the America's. Each major travel destination reveals the most popular "must see" sites, events, and attractions. Many of the destinations also spotlight surrounding areas to further enrich the experience.

Florida: South & West
Florida: Key West and Everglades
San Francisco & North California
Philadelphia & Washington DC
Boston & New England
Calgary and Canadian Rockies
Montreal & Quebec
New York City