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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.

Family Concert
 Washboard Slim and the Bluelights
Saturday, November 8 at 3:00 pm
Free and Open to All

Family Concert

Washboard Slim and the Bluelights have been performing their blues, jugband, early jazz, Appalachian, Cajun and rockabilly mix throughout the United States for over twenty-five years, winning awards at festivals. Children are invited to sing along and play rhythm instruments provided by the band. Join us for a fun afternoon!

Check out their website at www.washboardslim.com

Paid for by the Friends of the Library in memory of Pat Malanchuk, a loyal and greatly-missed friend of the Library, and with a grant from M&T Bank.

Technology Workshops: Social Media for Stumped Adults
Technology Workshops: Social Media for Stumped Adults
Second Thursdays of the Month; November 11 and December 11 at 7:30 pm

NOTE: November meeting is on a Tuesday

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, 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 14th - 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.

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 illness; patients, survivors, and family
Thursday from 5:30-7:00
October 30th
November 6th, 13th, 20th
December 4th, 11th


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, 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.

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

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.

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,  October 14th at 12:30 pm - Regeneration by Pat Barker
At the NS Fire Dept., 274 Titicus Rd 


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.

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 - November 8, December 13 and January 10 

Hammond Garden      page dickey

James Figura will be a guest speaker for the meeting in December. He is an expert in growing orchids.

Susan M. Duys will be a guest speaker for the meeting in January. She is a sustainability consultant with a BS from Rutgers in Environmental Science and an M.I.D. in industrial design focusing on eco-design from Pratt. Her topics will be Deer Resistant Native Plants and Edible Native Plants.

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; November 5 and December 3

Come join us for a series of writing workshops. 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
Night Time Arts with Maggie Zander Orling
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.

Beginning on November 10th, we will start a mini workshop, five sessions on: How to make a Handmade Book.
There are only four spots open, so if this interests you , please let us know asap. You must register for this workshop and it is necessary to attend all five sessions, Nov. 10, 17, 24, & Dec. 1,

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