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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.

* NEW * Medicare Counseling and Open Enrollment
Saturday, November 7th from 10:30 to 1:30
Counselors from the Senior Benefits Information Centers
will be available for one-on-one help for older adults and caregivers on
Medicare health and prescription plans, Nutrition assistance, Home Energy Assistance Program, (HEAP), Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance coverage (EPIC) and more.
No registration necessary
Drop in and spend as long as necessary with a trained counselor.
Sponsored with the Westchester Library System
Creating Learning Environments at Home: Parents as Teachers

with Karen Aronian

Sunday, October 18th at 2:00 pm


North Salem resident, Karen Aronian, has an Ed.D. from Columbia University. She has taught at various places including Montclair State, Pepperdine, and Pace Universities and in elementary and high schools in New York City. Recently, she was featured in a PARENTS Magazine article highlighting how to incorporate learning spaces within the home. She works with public companies and private individuals to create dynamic educational spaces and curriculum.


Play Reading

Boo Killebrew will read her play, The D Life

Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 7:00

Presented jointly with SPACE on Ryder Farm.



SPACE on Ryder Farm is a non-profit artist residency program located an hour north of New York City on the grounds of Ryder Farm in Brewster, New York. SPACE on Ryder Farm creates an environment singular in its ability to invigorate artists and innovators and their work, and contributes to the sustainability and resourceful preservation of one of the oldest organic family farms on the East Coast.

Boo Killebrew is a playwright, actress and co-founder of Collaboration Town Theater Company, a fellow at The Juilliard School, a teaching artist with The Roundabout Theater Company and winner of numerous awards.

Free — wine and refreshments

Author Ryan D'Agostino on "The Rising"

Saturday, November 7th at 6:00


D'Agostino chronicles one man's survival after the devastating loss of his family in Cheshire Connecticut.

Award-winning journalist Ryan D'Agostino renders Dr. William Petit's harrowing but deeply uplifting story in The Rising: Murder, Heartbreak, and the Power of Human Resilience in an American Town. Many people remember hearing of the horrific 2007 Cheshire, Connecticut, home invasion−an assault that left Dr. Petit brutally beaten and in which he lost his wife and two daughters. D'Agostino, who grew up in nearby West Hartford, Connecticut, has been immersed in Petit's remarkable story from the beginning, first writing about it as an editor for Esquire. The only reporter Petit has spoken to at length, he draws on interviews born of that trust to bring to life Bill's poignant, harrowing, and yet ultimately inspiring journey.

Image result for ryan dagostino"The Rising lingers long after you have read it. It raises fundamental issues about the human condition−our ability to move on in the face of unspeakable tragedy. Bill Petit lost his wife and two children in a crime beyond imagination. In the hands of Ryan D'Agostino what emerges is a pitch-perfect story of grace, eloquence, and renewal."−Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights

Ryan D'Agostino is the editor-in-chief of Popular Mechanics magazine. Previously, he was an articles editor at Esquire, and he has written for The New YorkerSki and other publications.

This author talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Keeler Library. They will hold a short (three minute) annual meeting at the beginning of the talk.

Mahjong at the Library
Mahjong Groups at the Library

Mah Jong Set

Tuesdays at 1:00 and Thursday evenings at 6:30

Local residents, Linda Springer and Michelle LaMothe, have generously offered to lead/teach Mahjong. There is no cost and we will have the sets and cards here. 

These groups are for beginners as well as those who have experience playing Mahjong.

Please call or email the library about joining these groups.

Healing Through Writing
Healing Through Writing
A writing workshop for people touched by illness; patients, survivors, and family
10:30 - 12:00 on Tuesdays
October 13, 20, 27
November 3, 10, 17


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 from Duke University, a BS in nursing from Northeastern University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College. 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.


 October 13th - The Nazi Seizure of Power: Experience of a Single German Town 1930-1935 by William Sheridan Allen

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Northeim was a small town (10,000 pop.) in the north of Germany. Allen's description of the Nazi's 1933 program of Gleichschaltung (coordination), by which they meant the transformation of every government and social organization into Nazi control, is breathtaking. They were methodical, relentless and ruthless, and they did the job in about six months (from Feb to August), after which any opportunity for resistance or even an untoward thought, was nearly impossible.

 November 10th - The Great Mutiny: India 1857 by Christopher Hibbert

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'By far the best single-volume description of the mutiny yet written' - "Economist". A beautifully written and meticulously researched narrative history of the great Indian uprising of 1857 by one of our most acclaimed living historians. First published in 1978 and re-issued with a handsome new cover for the 2002 paperback edition.

December 8th - The Armada by Garrett Mattingly


A popular history by Garrett Mattingly—a historian who taught at Columbia University—about the attempt of the Spanish Armada to invade England in 1588. It was published in 1959 by Houghton Mifflin Company, and Mattingly won a special Pulitzer Prize for the work in 1960 as "a first class history and a literary work of high order." One biographer wrote that The Armada was "written in purple prose but a royal purple, which read like historical fiction." Another biographer noted that Mattingly "treated his job as that of telling a story about people" and that The Armada was "that rarity, a book by a professional historian and admired by professional historians which nevertheless became a best seller." The Armada remains in print and has also been issued outside the United States under the title The Defeat of the Spanish Armada.

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.


November 5th - Transatlantic by Colum McCann


"McCann’s stunning sixth novel is a brilliant tribute to his loamy, lyrical and complicated Irish homeland, and an ode to the ties that, across time and space, bind Ireland and America. The book begins with three transatlantic crossings, each a novella within a novel: Frederick Douglas’s 1845 visit to Ireland; the 1919 flight of British aviators Alcock and Brown; and former US senator George Mitchell’s 1998 attempt to mediate peace in Northern Ireland. McCann then loops back to 1863 to launch the saga of the women we’ve briefly met throughout Book One, beginning with Irish housemaid Lily Duggan, whose bold escape from her troubled homeland cracks open the world for her daughter and granddaughter."


Conversation with Local Gardeners
Conversation with Local Gardeners
   will meet on Saturday, October 10th

Conversation with local gardeners will meet as scheduled on Saturday, October 10th. The library will open at 9:30 for the group and close when the program is over. Catherine Budd, a student at NSHS, will present the growing kit she created as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award.


Writers' Workshop
Writers' Workshop
First Wednesdays of the Month at 11:00 AM
September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2

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.