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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.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A one-hour solo stage adaptation performed by Greg Oliver Bodine from the North Shore Theater Group

Sunday, December 6 at 2:00pm

Directed by Shana Solomon

 " changes of voice, gesture and expression he peoples the stage with a throng of characters from the classic Christmas tale...What sets this fresh, new adaptation apart is its ability to rely on the power of the text--shared simply, directly and intimately through great storytelling." 


"This one-act, one-hour, solo stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol is enacted by Dickens himself, and is based on a condensed version of the novel that he used while on the second of his historic reading tours of the United States."

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and M&T Bank.
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.

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.


 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- One Man Against the World by Tim Winer


“One Man Against the World paints a devastating portrait of a tortured yet brilliant man who led the country largely according to a deep-seated insecurity and distrust of not only his cabinet and congress, but the American population at large. In riveting, tick-tock prose, Weiner illuminates how the Vietnam War and the Watergate controversy that brought about Nixon's demise were inextricably linked.”


January 12th - 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.


 December 3rd - Old Filth by Jane Gardam


"Sir Edward Feathers has had a brilliant career, from his early days as a lawyer in Southeast Asia, where he earned the nickname Old Filth (FILTH being an acronym for Failed In London Try Hong Kong) to his final working days as a respected judge at the English bar. Yet through it all he has carried with him the wounds of a difficult and emotionally hollow children. Now an eighty-year-old widower living in comfortable seclusion in Dorset, Feathers is finally free from the regimen of work and the sentimental scaffolding that has sustained him throughout his life. He slips back into the past with ever mounting frequency and intensity..."



January 7th - The Time in Between by María Dueñas


"At age twelve, Sira Quiroga sweeps the atelier floors where her single mother works as a seamstress. At fourteen, she quietly begins her own apprenticeship. By her early twenties she has learned the ropes of the business and is engaged to a modest government clerk. But everything changes when two charismatic men burst unexpectedly into her neatly mapped-out life: an attractive salesman and the father she never knew. With the Spanish Civil War brewing in Madrid, Sira leaves her mother and her fiancé, impetuously following her handsome lover to Morocco. However, she soon finds herself abandoned, penniless, and heartbroken in an exotic land... As England, Germany, and other great powers launch into the dire conflict of World War II, Sira is persuaded to return to Madrid, where she takes on a new identity to embark upon the most dangerous undertaking of her career... Sira becomes embroiled in the half-lit world of espionage and political conspiracy rife with love, intrigue, and betrayal."


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

December 12th

January 9th

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
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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