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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.

Library Receives Grant




The Keeler Library has received a grant to hold a reading and discussion program on the topic of:
                 Growing and Aging: Narrating the Mature Years


The discussions will be led by Heather Ostman, Associate Professor of English at SUNY Westchester Community College.

There will be five sessions and it is not necessary to attend all of them or to register. The program is free. The books will be supplied by the NY Council for the Humanities and the library.


Tuesday March 8th from 7:30 – 9:00, In Our Prime: The Invention of Middle Age by Patricia Cohen


Thursday, March 24th from 10:30 – 12:00, The Summer of My Great Grandmother by Madeline L’Engle


Thursday, April 14th from 10:30 – 12:00, Tinkers by Paul Harding


Thursday, May 5th from 10:30 – 12:00, The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy


Sunday, May 15th from 3:00 - 4:30, King Lear by Shakespeare- The

library will partner with SPACE on Ryder Farm for this session.



Author Talks



February 21st John Steele Gordon, Washington's Monument: And the Fascinating History of the Obelisk


Conceived soon after the American Revolution ended, the great monument to George Washington was not finally completed until almost a century later; the great obelisk was finished in 1884, and remains the tallest stone structure in the world at 555 feet. The story behind its construction is a largely untold and intriguing piece of American history, which acclaimed historian John Steele Gordon relates with verve, connecting it to the colorful saga of the ancient obelisks of Egypt.



March 6th - Todd Brewster, Lincoln's Gamblealt
Keeler Library Annual Meeting

This is a brilliant, authoritative, and riveting account of the most critical six months in Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, when he penned the Emancipation Proclamation and changed the course of the Civil War.



These programs are jointly sponsored by the NS Historical Society and the NS Town Historian.

Mah Jongg at the Library

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We have two Mah Jongg groups that meet at the library. 
Tuesdays at 1:00 and Thursdays at 6:30
There is no cost and we  have the sets and cards here. 
These groups are for beginners and for those who have experience.

Please call or email the library about joining these groups. The Thursday group is looking for new participants.

Free Museum Passes

North Salem is surrounded by many world class museums. You can visit some of these free of charge by simply going to the library and checking out passes to the museums. It is as easy as checking out a book: just ask for the passes at the front desk.You may call the library to reserve a pass for a particular week. Passes must be returned to the front desk within 7 days.  Passes may not be returned to any other library, nor put in the book drop. It is possible to renew a pass for an additional week, provided no one else is waiting for it, by calling the library. Loss of a museum pass will result in you being charged the full replacement cost.

These passes were provided through the generous support of the Friends of the Keeler Library.

They are available for Keeler Library card holders only.


The Neuberger Museum of Art at SUNY Purchaseneuberger Museum

Presenting 12 changing exhibitions annually in addition to ongoing exhibitions from the permanent collections, the Neuberger Museum of Art offers visitors insights into the work of 20th century masters, and mid-career and emerging artists, as well as exposure to the county's only permanent exhibition of African art.

Embracing the highest standards of artistic and professional excellence, the Museum collects, preserves, presents and interprets the art in its permanent collection and its changing exhibitions. It is committed to creating an educational, cultural, intellectual and collegial environment for both Purchase College, State University of New York, and the community at large.

Admits: 2 adults + unlimited children under 18

Replacement cost for lost pass: $75


The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum


The Aldrich is one of the few non-collecting contemporary art museums in the United States. Founded on Ridgefield's historic Main Street in 1964, the Museum enjoys the curatorial independence of an alternative space while maintaining the registrarial and art-handling standards of a national institution. Exhibitions feature work by emerging and mid-career artists, and education programs help adults and children to connect to today's world through contemporary art.

In addition, passes to this museum will also be accepted at Bruce Museum, Hudson River Museum, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Wave Hill, and Barnum Museum.

The Bruce Museum contains both art and science exhibition space which hold about 15000 objects, including fine art, decorative art, natural history and anthropology. Exhibits change more than a dozen times a year.

The Hudson River Museum is the largest museum in Westchester County. While often seen as an art museum due to the extensive collection of works from the Hudson River school, the museum also features exhibits on the history, science and heritage of the region.

The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art offers a 12000 square foot exhibition space with temporary and long-term installations of contemporary art by both well-known and emerging artists. There are also many events throughout the year providing great opportunities to learn more about contemporary art.

Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the estate includes three houses and a botanical garden. The oldest part of the main house, Wave Hill House, dates back to 1843; Glyndor House dates from 1927, and contains a multi-room art gallery; Perkins Visitor Center, which was originally a garage, contains a gift shop and an information desk.

Barnum Museum is dedicated to the life of P. T. Barnum. The Barnum Museum contains a 1,000-square-foot (93 m2) miniature replica of his circus hand crafted by William Brinley and 3000 miniature figures. There is also a miniature replica of his library from his former Iranistan estate and a number of other artifacts and displays of 19th Century life in Bridgeport. Also housed on the property is an exhibit devoted to Tom Thumb, one of P. T. Barnum's most famous acts. The oldest artifact in the museum is a 2500 year old Egyptian mummy verified as authentic by Quinnipiac University personnel.

Admits: passholder & accompanying family.

Replacement cost for lost pass: $125


The American Museum of Natural Historydinosaur

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition.  The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.

Two Vouchers per family/group per year.  One voucher admits one person.  Each voucher is for general admission and one precial exihibition, film, or live animal exhibition of the visitor's choosing. 

  The musuem charges the following for general admisions:
Adults - $16
Children - ages 2 to 12 - $9
Children under the age of 2 - free
Seniors/students with ID - $12


The Guggenheim Museum

guggenheimAn internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, the Guggenheim Museum is at once a vital cultural center, an educational institution, and the heart of an international network of museums. Visitors can experience special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, lectures by artists and critics, performances and film screenings, classes for teens and adults, and daily tours of the galleries led by experienced docents. Founded on a collection of early modern masterpieces, the Guggenheim Museum today is an ever-growing institution devoted to the art of the 20th century and beyond.

Admits: 2 adults, plus children under 18 & 3 adult guests

Replacement cost: $225


The Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Gardenhammond

 The Hammond Museum is located at 28 Deveau Road, North Salem, NY.  The Japanese Stroll Garden provides a place of natural beauty and tranquility, to delight the senses and refresh the spirit. It is a place where aspects of Eastern and Western culture can be appreciated through art exhibitions, concerts, special 2010 Events andeducational programs in order to promote global awareness and understanding. The museum also supports the efforts of artists and performers in the Greater New York Metropolitan Region.

Admits: 1 Family

Replacement cost for lost pass: $50


The Katonah Museum of Art

Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Katonah Museum of Art originates ten to twelve exhibitions annually, covering a broad range of art and humanities topics. As a non-collecting Museum, the KMA has the opportunity to develop an aspect of art historical concern from a focused KMAand original point of view, and presents it within a fully developed educational context. Committed to making itself accessible and relevant to its community, the Museum offers lectures, symposia, films, workshops, concerts and other events for a general audience; and presents innovative and substantive programs for its member schools. The Children’s Learning Center, which is open to the public free of charge, is the only interactive space in the community where children can come on a daily basis to explore, interpret, and create art. The Katonah Museum of Art serves a primary population of 850,000, with an annual attendance of approximately 40,000 people.

Admits: 2 adults & any amount of children


The Maritime Aquarium (DISCOUNT ONLY, not a free pass)

The Maritime Aquarium is different from most aquariums in that we focus solely on one body of water: Long Island Sound, the “Estuary of National Significance” just outside our doors. As an arm of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sound is an environment rich in aquatic life … even within sight of heavily urbanized New York City. The marine population that we exhibit includes varieties of crabs, lobsters, mollusks (like delicious and economically important oysters and clams), game fish, jellies, sea turtles, sharks (big and small) and – in the winter – visiting seals. The Maritime Aquarium is just minutes off I-95 in southwestern Connecticut. You can even take the MetroNorth train here from Grand Central Station: we're just a 10-minute walk from the South Norwalk Station. Visit maritimeaquarium.org or call them using the number below with any questions.




NOT A FREE PASS- Library Discount Card is for $2 off combination ticket (Aquarium & Daytime IMAX)

Good for up to 6 people. Can't be combine with other offers.

Aquarium Hours: 10AM-5PM

10 North West Street
Norwalk, CT 06854-2228
Phone: 203-852-0700
Fax: 203-838-5416 

 Directions - Car: I-95, Exit 14N or 15S or Route 7 South

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.


February 4th - A History of Loneliness by John Boyne


This book is "the riveting narrative of an honorable Irish priest who finds the church collapsing around him at a pivotal moment in history. A novel as intimate as it is universal, A History of Loneliness is about the most searching storytellers of his generation"




March 3rd - Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann


"In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in Colum McCann's intricate portrait of a city and its people. Let the Great World Spin is the author's most ambitious novel yet: a dazzlingly rich version of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s."

Conversation with Local Gardeners
Conversation with Local Gardeners

February 13th

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
February 3, March 2, April 6

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.