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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.

Sensory Storytimes for Kids and Teens
Sensory Storytimes for Kids and Teens
Tuesdays at 4:00 pm; May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12

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A family-oriented, sensory-friendly program for children of any age who have trouble sitting still. Friends and family welcome. The interactive sessions include stories, music, songs, movement, crafts and more.

Please register for this event by calling, emailing, or going to the library.

Healing Through Writing
Healing Through Writing
A writing workshop for people touched by cancer; patients, survivors, and family members
Every third Friday of the Month from 10:00-11:30 am
Friday, Apr. 18, May 16, and Jun. 20th

Creative Writing

No writing experience is necessary and all are welcome. There is no registration and drop-ins are encouraged.

Led by Susie Aybar, a North Salem resident with a BA in Psychology, a BS in nursing, and an MFA in Creative Writing. 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 basis.

April 8 - Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

"Erik Larson—author of #1 bestseller In the Garden of Beasts—intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World's Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction."

May 13 - John Adams by David McCullough

This biography of John Adams is a thrilling tale of this brilliant, earnest, independent patriot who would become one of the founding fathers of the U.S. and its second president. His marriage to the wise and faithful Abigail Adams displays a love story rivaled by few. This story is not just of political and social issues, but also about human nature, love, virtue, and friendship, among other things.

June 10 - Revolutionary Summer by Joseph Ellis

Revolutionary Summer narrates, in a new and refreshing way, the summer months of 1776. In this book, Ellis examines the crucial figures of both sides of the war for American independence, weaving together the political and military decisions that affected both sides into a single story.

July 8 - The Women of the Cousins' War by Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory joins two eminent historians to explore the extraordinary true stories of three women largely forgotten by history: Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford; Elizabeth Woodville, queen of England; and Margaret Beaufort, the founder of the Tudor dynasty. This non-fiction account is an accompaniment to The White Queen, The Red Queen, and The Lady of the Rivers.

August 12 - A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Formar

"At the age of eighteen, Patrick Leigh Fermor set off from the heart of London on an epic journey—to walk to Constantinople. A Time of Gifts is the rich account of his adventures as far as Hungary ... At once a memoir of coming-of-age, an account of a journey, and a dazzling exposition of the English language, A Time of Gifts is also a portrait of a continent already showing ominous signs of the holocaust to come."

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

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.

April 3 - The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdich

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"The unsolved murder of a farm family continues haunting the white small town of Pluto, North Dakota, generations after the vengeance exacted and the distortions of fact transformed the lives of Ojibwe living on the nearby reservation. Through the distinct and winning voices of three unforgettable narrators -- the part-Ojibwe, part-white Evelina Harp, her grandfather Mooshum, and Judge Antone Bazil Coutts -- the collective stories of two interwoven communities ultimately come together to reveal a final wrenching truth." (Amazon.com)

May 1 - Heartburn by Nora Ephron


"Seven months into her pregnancy, Rachel Samstat discovers that her husband, Mark, is in love with another woman. The fact that the other woman has 'a neck as long as an arm and a nose as long as a thumb and you should see her legs' is no consolation. Food sometimes is, though, since Rachel writes cookbooks for a living. And in between trying to win Mark back and loudly wishing him dead, Ephron's irrepressible heroine offers some of her favorite recipes. Heartburn is a sinfully delicious novel, as soul-satisfying as mashed potatoes and as airy as a perfect soufflé." (Goodreads)


Seniors Book Club
May 13, 2014 at the NS Fire Dept, 274 Titicus Rd
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Books

Calebs Crossing

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. 

Technology Wednesdays
Technology Wednesdays
Every Wednesday from 3:00 - 5:00 pm

We will have four of our volunteers from NS High School every Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 - 5:00 eager to help you with technological issues; bring your devices and questions.

Conversation with Local Gardeners
Second Saturday of each month at 10:00 am - April 12, May 17 (rescheduled due to the book fair), June 14

Hammond Garden      page dickey

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

Garden Air

A series of interviews with Pam Pooley and Page Dickey.

Writers' Workshop
Writers' Workshop
First Wednesdays of the Month at 11:00 AM; Apr. 2, May 7, Jun. 4


Come join us for a series of writing workshops led by Pam Pooley. Pam is a former instructor at Columbia Teacher's College and author of the memoir, A Season Abroad: Reflections of a Journey of Faith. All writers (and wannabe writers) are invited to share their work, or desire to write, in a supportive atmosphere. Registration is not required and drop-ins are welcome.


Night Time Arts
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.

Our current group project is a 5" x  5" book based on the theme  RED.

Free Individual Computer Help

computerOur 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 audio-books? The Library can help you download e-books or audio-books to your device. Downloadable  E-books and audio-books are available for free from the Westchester Library System.

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