Monday, October 26, 2015

Astronomy Program

On a chilly but clear night close to 100 people gathered in the Upper Reis parking lot to get a closer glimpse of the moon and other celestial objects.  Visible were the planet Neptune, the Andromeda Galaxy, and the Planetary Nebula.  Invited by the Children's Librarians,  members of the Westchester Amateur Astronomers club set up 5 telescopes of various sizes (one of them bigger than the kids themselves!) and patiently adjusted and focused the lenses so each child could peer intently at the moon and the far away stars.  The volunteers answered numerous questions about the distance and origin of the stars and planets.  Favorite comment of the night from a 4th grader:  "This is REAL!"  Thanks to the Parks and Rec department and AYSO for helping us arrange to turn out the lights for this one special night.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Battle of the Books 2015

Earlier this year, we asked for Somers volunteers from grades 4th through 9th to represent the Somers Library in the Westchester Library System Second Annual Battle of the Books.  The Battle of the Books is a book-based trivia tournament for Westchester youth with the goal to promote a love of reading in kids and teens, to expose them to titles and authors that they might not encounter otherwise, to encourage them to think of their local public library as a resource for entertainment and to inspire teamwork and good sportsmanship in an atmosphere of friendly competition.  The battle teams are broken down to 2 levels:  one with teams from grades 4th-6th and the other from grades 6th-9th.  Each team was expected to read five books, practice with their teammates for the battle and then represent the Somers Library on October 17th 2014 at the Battle of the Books! 

Early on, we knew we had some bright, eager, enthusiastic kids willing to take this challenge! During the summer, each team member was given copies of the 5 books for their team, which were generously sponsored by the Friends of the Somers Library. We met as a large group during the summer, but when the start of the new school year began, each team split up to work as separate groups.  Since September, the both teams met at least 9 times to review and practice for battle day! On the evening before the battle we had a Pizza Party and Pep Rally to show them how much we appreciated their hard work.
On Saturday morning October 17th, our teams showed up at 9:00 am at the Ossining High School where they battled against teams from other libraries in Westchester County.  Both teams made a good showing!  The Tusker Readers scored the highest point score and qualified for the semifinal round.  The Tusker Readers, Jr.fought valiantly and made a great showing!  Although the Briarcliff Manor team won for the older bracket, and the Bedford team won for the younger bracket, the two teams from the Somers Library are winners in our book!!! We could not have asked for a more hardworking and dedicated group.  

The Somers Library would like to thank the team members, as well as their parents, and volunteer coach Holly Rivlin. Additionally, the Somers Library would like to thank all the volunteer readers & question makers especially Diane Heyert, Ruth Rosenberg, and Mary Coletti.  We would like to also thank the volunteers who showed up for the Somers Library on a beautiful Saturday to help at the battle:  Pat and Barlow Humphreys, Ruth Rosenberg, and Jane Rothschild. Our library director, Andrew Farber was at the battle as well to act as the master score keeper for the entire event. And last but not least, thank you to the Friends of the Somers Library for their financial support.

We congratulate both the teams on their amazing dedication and teamwork:
The Somers Tusker Readers, the 6th-9th grade team: Leigha Carnow, Maria Klimentova, Aine Hoekstra, Jordan Han, Darius Faizani, Hannah Roth, Max Caron, Jordan Cowie, Matthew Kushner, and Marguerite Pugliese.  And assistant coaches Keira Ferretti and Dominique Pugliese.

The Somers Tusker Reader, Jr, the 4th-6th grade team: Sean Kim, Jacob Cowie, Julia Wilkinson, Jay Wilkinson, Connor Entenberg, Madeline Jen, Amanda Jen, Jaewon Yeo, Nicholas Maurantonio, Sebastian Wissa

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

New Maker Kits Added

 We've added to our Maker Kit collection. Check out the library's new Cookie Cutter kits! There's a kit for Halloween, and one for Christmas. Coming soon: we will be adding farm animals, and dinosaurs. We are also adding additional kits to the Knitting & Crochet kits. These have been so popular here - check one out today!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Winner of This Year's Creativity Connect Award

Greater Hudson Heritage Network explores the ways in which heritage and history organizations can think creatively - to connect to new audiences, new funding sources, new stories to tell, and new ways to engage with their communities. This year's winner includes the partnership between Somers  Library (Seed Lending Library) and Somers Historical Society, benefiting St. Lukes Food Pantry. We are so proud to receive this honor!