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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.

Alan Sklar Reads The Silver Jug
Jug of Silver
Alan Sklar will read Truman Capote's Jug of Silver
Sunday, April 19 at 3:00 pm

Co-sponsored by the NS Recreation Department and Keeler Library.

Jug of Silver, by Truman Capote, is about an underprivileged boy who is determined to guess the amount of money in and thereby win a jug of silver coins so that he can do something very special for his sister.

Join us for a glass of wine and an old fashioned afternoon.

Alan Sklar has been a freelance voice actor for over 20 years, voicing radio/TV commercials, audio books, documentaries, and thousands of corporate and medical video projects. You will probably recognize his voice.

Aging Wisely
Aging Wisely
A new program jointly offered by the Keeler Library, St. James Church
and the North Salem Recreation Department Senior Citizen's Club

This community based program focuses on multiple aspects of retirement, aging and planning for the future. It is free, open to all and requires no registration. Come with your questions and concerns.

The speakers and leaders of the discussions are experts from law firms that work with Westchester County on Senior Law Day and representatives from Volunteer NY, Hospice, Aging in Place, and elsewhere.

 estate planning

There are Four Parts to this Program on Thursdays in March and April
March 12th from 6:00 - 7:30 at the library

Estate planning, wills, trusts, probates, and other essentials

March 19th from 4:00 - 6:30 at St. James Church in their Village Hall

Passion, Purpose, and Meaning

March 26th from 6:00 - 7:30 at the library

Planning with and without long term care insurance and more

April 2nd from 4:00 - 6:30 at St. James Church in their Village Hall

Responsibilities and Opportunities

Mahjong at the Library
Mahjong Groups at the Library

Mah Jong Set

We are taking a waiting list for the Tuesday session.

Led by Linda Springer

Fridays at 3:00
March 20, 27
April 24
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Led by Michelle La Mothe

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. There is no registration and drop-in's are welcome but it would be good if you could let us know if you are coming so we can plan.

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

Technology Workshops: Social Media for Stumped Adults
Technology Workshops: Social Media for Stumped Adults
April 9th
Second Thursdays of the Month at 7:00 PM

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.

Healing Through Writing
Healing Through Writing
A writing workshop for people touched by illness; patients, survivors, and family
April 10 from 10-11:30 am


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.

Spring 2015 Theme - Southern Women in the Civil War

April 14 - The diaries of Mary Chesnut - there are different editions of these diaries; the library will have copies available.

Diaries of Mary Chesnut

Mary Chesnut was a South Carolina author who described the Civil War from “within her upper-class circles of Southern planter society.” Chesnut was married to a lawyer who served as a United States senator and confederate officer. Mary Chesnut secretly held abolitionist views, unlike her husband. Chesnut’s diaries are regarded highly by literary critics and historians.

May 12 – Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet A. Jacobs

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

“Harriet A. Jacobs was born a slave in North Carolina in 1813 and became a fugitive in the 1830’s. She recorded her triumphant struggle for freedom in an autobiography that was published pseudonymously in 1861. …Jacobs recounts the history of her family: a remarkable grandmother who hid her from her master for seven years; a brother who escaped and spoke out for abolition; her two children, whom she rescued and sent north.”


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.


April 2 - The Painted Girls by C. M. Buchanan

The PaintedGirls

Following their father’s sudden death, the Van Goethem sisters find their lives upended. Without his wages, and with the small amount their laundress mother earns disappearing into the absinthe bottle, eviction seems imminent. With few options for work, Marie is dispatched to the Paris Opéra, where she will be trained to enter the famous Ballet and meet Edgar Degas. Her older sister, Antoinette, finds employment—and the love of a dangerous young man—as an extra in a stage adaptation of Émile Zola’s Naturalist masterpiece L’Assommoir. Set at a moment of profound artistic, cultural, and societal change,The Painted Girls is a tale of two remarkable sisters rendered uniquely vulnerable to the darker impulses of “civilized society.”
-The Painted Girls


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
Conversation with Local Gardeners
Second Saturday of each month at 10:00 am -  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

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
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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