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Adult Programs at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library PDF  | Print |  E-mail

The library offers a variety of programs for adults.  Click on one of the buttons below to see individual programs.

 
Barbershop Quartet
Save the Date!
Barbershop Quartet 29 Seconds Coming to the Library
Saturday, September 12th at 4:00

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This group is affiliated with the Westchester Chordsmen.

Funded by the Friends of the Library with a grant from M&T Bank.

This is a program for the whole family. Refreshments will be served.

Mahjong at the Library
Mahjong Groups at the Library

Mah Jong Set

Tuesdays at 1:00
-We are taking a waiting list for the Tuesday session.

Led by Linda Springer

**NOTE: The Friday afternoon group is no longer meeting. Come instead on Thursday evenings, at 6:30**

Led by Michelle La Mothe

Local residents, Linda Springer and Michelle LaMothe, have generously offered to lead/teach Mahjong. There is no cost and we will have the sets and cards here. There is no registration and drop-in's are welcome but it would be good if you could let us know if you are coming so we can plan.

These groups are for beginners as well as those who have experience playing Mahjong.

Technology Workshops: Social Media for Stumped Adults
Technology Workshops: Social Media for Stumped Adults
This program will begin again in the fall.
Second Thursdays of the Month at 7:00 PM

Learn how to use Twitter, Google+, Google Drive (and more Google), Evernote, Diigo, Dropbox, and more with Library President Jocko McKean.

If you have a laptop or tablet, please bring it. Registration is not necessary and drop-ins are welcome, but please give your email to the Library in case we want to email you something.

Healing Through Writing
Healing Through Writing
A writing workshop for people touched by illness; patients, survivors, and family
10:30 - 12:00 on Tuesdays
October 13, 20, 27
November 3, 10, 17

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No writing experience is necessary and all are welcome. Registration is prefered but drop-ins are encouraged. This program is co-sponsored by the N.S. Recreation Dept.

Led by Susie Aybar, a North Salem resident with a BA in Psychology from Duke University, a BS in nursing from Northeastern University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College. Her poem "Renaissance 1994" won Inkwell's MAW Poetry Contest.

History and Biography Book Club
History and Biography Book Club
Second Tuesdays of the Month at 7:30 pm

co-sponsored by the NS Recreation Department

We have copies of the book for those who need one; this group is open to all on a drop-in 

Spring 2015 Theme - Southern Women in the Civil War

 September 8th - Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto

Island at the Center of the World

"When the British wrested New Amsterdam from the Dutch in 1664, the truth about its thriving, polyglot society began to disappear into myths about an island purchased for 24 dollars and a cartoonish peg-legged governor. But the story of the Dutch colony of New Netherland was merely lost, not destroyed: 12,000 pages of its records–recently declared a national treasure–are now being translated. Drawing on this remarkable archive, Russell Shorto has created a gripping narrative–a story of global sweep centered on a wilderness called Manhattan–that transforms our understanding of early America."


 October 13th - The Nazi Seizure of Power: Experience of a Single German Town 1930-1935 by William Sheridan Allen

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Northeim was a small town (10,000 pop.) in the north of Germany. Allen's description of the Nazi's 1933 program of Gleichschaltung (coordination), by which they meant the transformation of every government and social organization into Nazi control, is breathtaking. They were methodical, relentless and ruthless, and they did the job in about six months (from Feb to August), after which any opportunity for resistance or even an untoward thought, was nearly impossible.


 November 10th - The Great Mutiny: India 1857 by Christopher Hibbert

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'By far the best single-volume description of the mutiny yet written' - "Economist". A beautifully written and meticulously researched narrative history of the great Indian uprising of 1857 by one of our most acclaimed living historians. First published in 1978 and re-issued with a handsome new cover for the 2002 paperback edition.

Book Discussion Groups
Monthly Book Discussion Group - Bagels and Books
Thursdays at 10:30 am

Join us to discuss these books over bagels and coffee. No registration; drop-ins welcome. Ask the library if you need help obtaining copies of these books.

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August 6th - Sweetland by Michael Crummey

Sweetland

The scarcely populated town of Sweetland rests on the shore of a remote Canadian island. Its slow decline finally reaches a head when the mainland government offers each islander a generous resettlement package—the sole stipulation being that everyone must leave. Fierce and enigmatic Moses Sweetland, whose ancestors founded the village, is the only one to refuse. As he watches his neighbors abandon the island, he recalls the town's rugged history and its eccentric cast of characters. Evoking The Shipping News, Michael Crummey—one of Canada's finest novelists—conjures up the mythical, sublime world of Sweetland's past amid a stormbattered landscape haunted by local lore. As in his critically acclaimed novel Galore, Crummey masterfully weaves together past and present, creating in Sweetland a spectacular portrait of one man's battle to survive as his environment vanishes around him.

September 10th - Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant Because of Labor Day weekend, we have changed the date of this event.

Sacred Hearts

The year is 1570, and a new novice has just been forced into the Italian convent of Santa Caterina. Ripped by her family from the man she loves, sixteen-year-old Serafina is sharp and defiant. Her first night inside the walls is spent in an incandescent rage so violent that the dispensary mistress, Suora Zuana, is dispatched to the girl’s cell to sedate her. Thus begins a complex relationship of trust and betrayal. As Serafina rails against her incarceration, disorder and rebellion mount inside the convent, while beyond its walls, the dictates of the Counter-Reformation begin to impose a regime of oppression that threatens what little freedom the nuns have enjoyed. Acclaimed author Sarah Dunant brings the intricate Renaissance world compellingly to life in this rich, engrossing, multifaceted love story encompassing the passions of the flesh, the exultation of the spirit, and the deep, enduring power of friendship.

October 1st - Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff

Cleopatra

Her palace shimmered with onyx and gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first and poisoned the second; incest and assassination were family specialties. She had children by Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, two of the most prominent Romans of the day. With Antony she would attempt to forge a new empire, in an alliance that spelled both their ends. Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Her supple personality and the drama of her circumstances have been lost. In a masterly return to the classical sources, Stacy Schiff boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order.

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Seniors' Book Club
Note: This book club will resume in 2015
At the NS Fire Dept., 274 Titicus Rd 

This book group is open to anyone even if you are not a senior or a member of the NS seniors group. It will begin immediately after the meeting at the firehouse.

The library can get a copy of this book for you to read. 

 

Conversation with Local Gardeners
Conversation with Local Gardeners
Second Saturday of each month at 10:00 am -  August 8th, September 12th, October 10th

Hammond Garden

Conversation with Local Gardeners meets monthly on the first Saturday of the month at 10:00 am. Bring your questions and ideas to this formal group of local expert garden enthusiasts.

Garden Air

A series of interviews with Pam Pooley and Page Dickey. Click on the title to view them.

Writers' Workshop
Writers' Workshop
First Wednesdays of the Month at 11:00 AM
September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2

Come join us for a series of writing workshops led by Susie Aybar. Aybar is a North Salem resident with a BA in Pyschology, a BS in nursing, and an MFA in Creative Writing. Her poem "Renaissance 1994" won Inkwell's MAW Poetry Contest. All writers (and aspiring writers) are invited to share their work, or desire to write, in a supportive atmosphere. Registration is not required and drop-ins are welcome. This program is free.

Night Time Arts
Night Time Arts with Maggie Zander
This program is Monday nights at 7:00 - no registration - newcomers welcome

Please come and check out our Monday night art workshops!

It is an informal get  together for people who love to create. Bring your own project or work on one of our on-going ones. We make altered books (please check out the exhibit in the case) and do collage, knitting, painting and artist trading cards.

No artistic experience is required - we have plenty of art supplies and friendly inspiration. There are always  lots of laughs and even occasionally baked goods or chocolate.

 
Free Individual Computer Help

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Our Saturday librarians offer free one-on-one help with basic computer help between 1:00 and 4:00 on Saturdays. They can help you search the Internet, set up an email account, use Word, learn about social networking sites, search our online databases and more. Call to set up a time, or simply drop-in.

Do you have an e-reader or do you listen to audiobooks? The Library can help you download e-books or audiobooks to your device. Downloadable e-books and audiobooks are available for free from the Westchester Library System.

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 You can email Linda with questions at keelerlibrary@wlsmail.org.