Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Somers Library is Now a Pick-Up Location for Field Goods

Somers Library is now a pick-up location for Field Goods, a local produce subscription delivery service. Each week, you will receive 5-8 different types of fruits and vegetables.  Field Goods chooses the items delivered and purchases them directly from over 60 different Hudson Valley farms. A subscription costs $20, $25, or $30 a week depending on which size bag you choose. All of the produce is non-GMO, much is organic, and all is grown by small farms.  Their newsletter gives you information about what you’re eating and how to eat it. Field Goods delivers 150+ varieties of fruits and vegetables, and more than a dozen types of local cheese and artisan bread, all grown by local small farms or local producers. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Somers Friends Group and the Somers Library Foundation.  To sign up & learn more, go to Field-goods.com

Thursday, June 25, 2015

July is National Grilling Month

If you have ever seen our displays, you know that Somers Library has lots of books about grilling, barbeque, and entertaining. Jump-start your imagination, your taste buds, and your summer dining pleasure by checking out books from our vast collection of cookbooks. Think fresh green beans, yummy herbed tomato slices, mouth-watering corn on the cob, vegetable kabobs, blueberry pie and more. Our shelves also include a wide range of how-to books on entertaining outdoors. Whether you are looking to prepare a down-home traditional barbecue or prepare the finest meats slowly smoked over smoldering coals, we have the books for you.
  • Barbecue Lovers Big Book of BBQ Sauces by Cheryl Jamison
  • Essential New York Times Grilling Book
  • King of the Q's Blue Plate BBQ by Ted Reader
  • Essentials of Grilling: Recipes and Techniques for Successful Outdoor Cooking
  • Big Book of Outdoor Cooking and Entertaining by Cheryl Jamison
  • Backyard Barbecues (Williams-Sonoma)
  • Bobby Flay's Grilling For Life by Bobby Flay
  • Taming the Flame: Secrets for Hot-and-Quick Grilling and Low-and-Slow Barbecue by Elizabeth Karmel
  • Weber's Big Book of Grilling by Jamie Purviance
  • Italian Grill by Mario Batali
  • The New Gas Grill Gourmet by A. Sinnes
  • The Italian Grill: Fresh Ideas to Fire Up Your Outdoor Cooking by Micol Negrin
  • 125 Best Indoor Grill Recipes by Illana Simon
  • Shellfish on the Grill by Phyllis Magida
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Monday, June 8, 2015

The Battle of the Books 2015 is a countywide competition of young adults from all participating Westchester County public libraries. There are two sections of Battle of the Books Competition – one for kids in grades 4-6 and one for grades 6-9. Teams will compete by answering trivia questions based on 5 different books.  Last year, The Somers Library was proud to send a wonderful group of students from both age groups and the library could not have been prouder of there dedication and success!
Battle of the Books 2014 Somers Library Teams

Looking forward, the Somers Library will be taking 2 teams – one from each age group to the Battle of the Books 2015!  These teams will be representing the Somers Library and making a commitment to its success.  Each Participant must read all 5 books in their age group, try to attend the summer meetings, and meet every week to practice once the school year begins. And, of course, team members must be able to make the competition on Saturday, October 17th at the Ossining High School.

Besides getting teams of students for our two teams, the Somers Library is required to send at least 5 adult volunteers (parents, friends, siblings, etc.) to help out at the championship battle.  We also need help reading the required books and making up practice questions for our teams.  If you are available to help in any way, please call the library (232-5717).

Here is a list of the great books chosen for this year’s competition:
Grades 4-6:
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Cracker by Cynthia Kadohata
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

Grades 6-9:
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg
Hold Me Closer Necromancer by Lish McBride
Legend by Marie Lu
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt