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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.

 
Mah Jong at the Library
We are starting two Mahjong groups at the library.

Mah Jong Set

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.

Tuesday, February 3rd at 1:30
Linda Springer

Friday afternoons beginning in late March
Michelle La Mothe
Author Talk: Marilyn Johnson
Author Talk: Marilyn Johnson
Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble
RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 8TH AT 3:00 IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE LIBRARY'S ANNUAL MEETING.

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"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
Caroline Doctorow with Russ Seeger
The Great American Folk Song Revival
Sunday, February 8th at 3:00

Free and open to all, join the Friends for a concert, a glass of wine, and a tour of all the hidden parts of the library.

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

Technology Workshops: Social Media for Stumped Adults
Technology Workshops: Social Media for Stumped Adults
Feb 12th, March 12th and 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
February 6, March 6, April 10 from 10-11:30 am
THE JANUARY 16TH SESSION AT 10:00 HAS BEEN CANCELLED. THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE FEBRUARY 6TH.

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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.
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Febuary 10 - City of Shadows by Ariana Franklin and The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood

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These two books take place in Germany during the time of the Weimar Republic and Hitler's rise to power.

Spring 2015 Theme - Southern Women in the Civil War

March 10 – Mothers of Invention by Drew Gilpin Faust

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“When Confederate men marched off to battle, southern women struggled with the new responsibilities of directing farms and plantations, providing for families, and supervising increasingly restive slaves. Drew Faust offers a compelling picture of the more than half-million women who belonged to the slaveholding families of the Confederacy during this period of acute crisis, when every part of these women’s lives became vexed and uncertain”


The group will be reading other books on the same theme in the months of April, May and June 2015, including:

   -The Private Mary Chesnut: The Unpublished Civil War Diaries by Mary Boykin Chesnut
   -Harriet Jacobs: A Life by Jean Fagan Yellin
   -Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself by Harriet Jones
   -Tara Revisited: Women, War & the Plantation Legend by Catherine Clinton

The schedule & dates for these books will be announced later.

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.

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February 5 - Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie

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Youthful, ambitious Peter Schoeffer is on the verge of professional success as a scribe in Paris when his foster father, wealthy merchant and bookseller Johann Fust, summons him home to corrupt, feud-plagued Mainz to meet “a most amazing man.” Johann Gutenberg, a driven and caustic inventor, has devised a revolutionary—and to some, blasphemous—method of bookmaking: a machine he calls a printing press. Fust is financing Gutenberg's workshop and he orders Peter to become Gutenberg’s apprentice. Resentful at having to abandon a prestigious career as a scribe, Peter begins his education in the “darkest art.”

As his skill grows, so too does his admiration for Gutenberg and his dedication to their daring venture: copies of the Holy Bible. But mechanical difficulties and the crushing power of the Catholic Church threaten their work. As outside forces align against them, Peter finds himself torn between the genius and the merchant, the old ways and the new. He and the men he admires must work together to prevail against overwhelming obstacles—a battle that will change history . . . and irrevocably transform them.
-gutenbergsapprentice.com

March 5 - The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean

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Bit by bit, the ravages of age are eroding Marina's grip on the everyday. An elderly Russian woman now living in America, she cannot hold on to fresh memories—the details of her grown children's lives, the approaching wedding of her grandchild—yet her distant past is miraculously preserved in her mind's eye. Vivid images of her youth in war-torn Leningrad arise unbidden, carrying her back to the terrible fall of 1941, when she was a tour guide at the Hermitage Museum and the German army's approach signaled the beginning of what would be a long, torturous siege on the city. As the people braved starvation, bitter cold, and a relentless German onslaught, Marina joined other staff members in removing the museum's priceless masterpieces for safekeeping, leaving the frames hanging empty on the walls to symbolize the artworks' eventual return. As the Luftwaffe's bombs pounded the proud, stricken city, Marina built a personal Hermitage in her mind—a refuge that would stay buried deep within her, until she needed it once more. . . .

-The Madonnas of Leningrad - Amazon

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

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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

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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 

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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; 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
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.