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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.

Author Talk: Marilyn Johnson
Author Talk: Marilyn Johnson
Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble
Sunday January 25, 2015 at 3:00


"Johnson's wonderful and engaging work peels back the super-ficial glamour surrounding archaeology and archaeologists..." Library Journal starred review

Wine and refreshments free. All welcome!

Great American Folk Song Revival
Save the date:
Caroline Doctorow with Russ Seeger - The Great American Folk Song Revival
Sunday, February 8th, 2015 at 3:00

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and funded by a grant from M&T Bank.

Join the Friends for a concert, a glass of wine, and a tour of all the hidden parts of the library.

College Costs, Financial Aid, and Wise Decisions
College Costs, Financial Aid, and Wise Decisions
How to unravel the mystery and gain a better understanding of your investment
Wednesday, January 14th at 7:30 PM
Free and open to all

Laurie Schaffler, former Dean of Financial Aid and Associate Dean of Student Affairs at an ivy league college and NS resident.

Laurie Schaffler

Schaffler will be giving a workshop on college financial aid, including the FAFSA.

Technology Workshops: Social Media for Stumped Adults
Technology Workshops: Social Media for Stumped Adults

NOTE: Meeting are now at 7:00 PM
Second Thursdays of the Month

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, 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.

Healing Through Writing
Healing Through Writing
A writing workshop for people touched by illness; patients, survivors, and family
2015 - First Friday of Month 10 AM - 11:30 AM
January 9, February 6, March 6, April 10
NOTE: January and April meeting will be on second Friday


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.

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.

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. The movie, Birdsong, will be shown after the discussion.


January 8 - The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama

The Samurais Garden

This novel follows a young Chinese man, Stephen, in Japan in the time prior to World War II where Japan was invading China. As war rages between Japan and China, Stephen learns many things from the house keeper and master gardner, Matsu, while struggling with a relationship with a local Japanese girl and learning about what happened to the relationship of Sachi and Kenzo.


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. 

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 -  January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11 

Hammond Garden      page dickey

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; January 7, Febuary 4, and March 4

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.

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 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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