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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.

Technology Workshops: Social Media for Stumped Adults
Technology Workshops: Social Media for Stumped Adults
Second Thursdays of the Month; September 11, October 9, November 13, December 11 at 7:30 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.

World War I: History, Suffering, and Loss in Prose and Poetry
World War I: History, Suffering and Loss in Prose and Poetry -- Book Discussions

Thanks to a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities, we will be holding a series of book discussions on World War I.

Registration is preferred. We will have copies of the books here for you to borrow about a month in advance of the discussion date. Please email or call the library to register and get the books.

Thursday, September 4th - 10:30 am
Regeneration by Pat Barker;  movie after discussion - Regeneration

Tuesday, September 9th - 7:30 pm
The War that Ended Peace by Margaret MacMillan, discussion led by John Steele Gordon

Thursday, October 2nd - 10:00 am
All Quiet on the Western Front by Remarque, led by Heather Ostman; movie after discussion - All Quiet on the Western Front - 1930 edition

Thursday, November 6th - 10:00 am
One of Ours by Willa Cather, led by Heather Ostman

Tuesday, November 18th - 7:30 pm
Good-Bye to All That by Robert Graves, led by Heather Ostman

Thursday, December 4th - 10:00 am
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulk: movie TBD

Tuesday, December 9th - 7:30 pm
Essay "What we Lost in the Great War"  by John Steele Gordon,  led by John Steele Gordon

Sunday, December 13th - 3:00 pm
Winter's Dream by F.Scott Fitzgerald, selections from the "trench poets", and The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot, led by Heather Ostman

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 7:30
Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan 


John Steele Gordon is a historian with five books and multiple articles to his credit. He is a frequent commentator on radio and television in business and financial history.

Heather Ostman is an assistant professor and acting chair of the English Department at  Westchester Community College. She is the author of four books and numerous articles.

Author Talk: Jini Jones Vail
The French are Coming! Author Talk with Jini Jones Vail, author of Rochambeau, Washington's Ideal Lieutenant
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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Jini Jones Vail will introduce us to Comte de Rochambeau, the general chosen by Louis XVI to bring the French army to the aid of American patriots. Rochambeau led his army through North Salem twice: heading south to join Washington's troops and camping  here on the return march to the French fleet in Boston after the victory at Yorktown.

Sponsored by the North Salem Historical Society, the NS Town Historian, Susan Thompson, and the Keeler Library. This program is free and open to all with no registration. Join us after the talk for wine and cheese and a toast to Rochambeau. 

Job Search and Salary Negotiation Workshop
Job Search and Salary Negotiation Workshop
Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 7:30-9:00 pm

- Understand the latest trends and technologies in job search
- Overcome your fears and develop confidence to manage the process
- Learn strategies for winning a higher salary

Conducted by a professional counselor. Provided and funded by WEBS - Career & Educational Counseling Service.

WEBS is an award winning job counseling program offered by the Westchester Library System. Registration is suggested but not required.

Healing Through Writing
Healing Through Writing
A writing workshop for people touched by cancer; patients, survivors, and family members
Friday, August 29 from 10:00-11:30

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No writing experience is necessary and all are welcome. There is no registration and 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, a BS in nursing, and an MFA in Creative Writing. Her poem "Renaissance 1994" won Inkwell's MAW Poetry Contest.

**NOTE: The program schedule will change in the Fall. There will be no meeting in September. It will restart in October with a six-week session on Tuesdays from 10:30-12:30. The dates are as following: October 28; November 4, 18, and 25; December 2 and 9.

The title of the program will be changed to include all illnesses and registration is suggested.

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.

The Fall books will be related to the WWI book discussions.

September 9 - The War That Ended Peace by Margaret MacMillan

"... a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, a fascinating portrait of Europe from 1900 up to the outbreak of World War 1. The War That Ended Peace brings vividly to life the military leaders, politicians, diplomats, bankers, and the extended, interrelated family of crowned heads across Europe who failed to sotp the descent into war." Led by John Steele Gordon.

October 7 - Rochambeau: Washington's Ideal Lieutenant by Jini Jones Vail

This book provides a vivid account of Rochambeau's travels through North Salem, NY, to meet George Washington. Vail will be speaking in a program at the Library on Sunday, October 5 at 3:00 pm, co-sponsored with the Town Historian, Susan Thompson at the NS Historical Society.

November 18 - Good-Bye to All That by Robert Graves

"In this autobiography, first published in 1929, Poet Robert Graves traces the monumental and universal loss of innocence that occurred as a result of the First World War. Written after the war and as he was leaving his birthplace, Good-Bye to All That bids farewell not only to England...but also his way of life." Led by Heather Ostman.

December 9 - Essay: "What We Lost in the Great War" by John Steele Gordon

Led by John Steele Gordon.

January 13 - Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan

MacMillan examines the motives of Great Britain, France, and the United States as they crafted the Treaty of Versailles.

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.


The Fall books are related to the World War I book discussions.

September 4 - Regeneration by Pat Barker (meets at 10:30 am)


In this first book of the Regeneration Trilogy and a Booker Prize nominee explores the experiences of British soldiers being treated for shell shock in a hospital after World War I. Movie TBD.

October 2 - All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (meets at 10:00 am)

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This classic follows several schoolmates who represent a generation destroyed by the dehumanization of WWI's trench warfare. The author, Remarque, served with the German army. Book discussion led by Heather Ostman. The movie All Quiet on the Western Front will be shown after the book discussion. This powerful movie version of the novel was made in the United States in 1930.

November 6 - One of Ours by Willa Cather (meets at 10:00 am)


"One of Ours is a portait of a peculiarly American personality: it is the story of a young man born after the American frontier has vanished, yet whos quintessentially American restlessness seeks redemption on the frontier far bloodier and more distant." This novel won the 1923 Pulitzer Prize.

December 4 - Birdsong: A Novel of Love and War by Sebastian Faulks (meets at 10:00 am)


This acclaimed novel spans three generations and focuses on a young Englishman, Stephen Wraysford, his experiences in the trenches, his love affair with a married woman and the efforts of his granddaughter to discover his story. Book discussion led by Heather Ostman. Movie TBD


Seniors' Book Club
Wednesday,  September 10th at 12:30 pm - The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
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. 

Technology Wednesdays - Will resume in the Fall
Technology Wednesdays (will resume in Fall)
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 - September 13, October 11,
November  8, December 13 

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. Click on the title to view them.

Writers' Workshop
Writers' Workshop
First Wednesdays of the Month at 11:00 AM; September 3, October 1, November 5, December 3


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.

Susan Aybar will be taking over for Pam Pooley starting October 1.

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

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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 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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