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North Salem's Ruth Keeler Library Plans Special Events Throughout 2014

Ruth Keeler Memorial Library
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NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- The Ruth Keeler Library will host educational events throughout the year.

Tuesdays at 4 p.m. on Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 11 and April 8: Sensory Storytimes for Special Needs Children and Teens: A family oriented program for children of any age who have trouble sitting still. Friends and family welcome. The interactive sessions include stories, music, songs, movement, crafts and more. Please register for this event by calling, emailing, or going to the library.

Friday, Jan. 17, Feb. 21, and March 14 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Healing Through Writing: A writing workshop for people touched by cancer, (patients, survivors and caregivers). No writing experience is necessary and all are welcome. There is no registration and drop-ins are encouraged. Led by Susie Aybar, a North Salem resident with a bachelor's degree in psychology, a bachelor's degree in nursing, and an master's of fine arts degree in creative writing. Her poem "Renaissance 1994" won Inkwell's MAW Poetry Contest.

Second Tuesdays of the month at 7:30 p.m.: History and Biography Book Club: Copies of the book will be provided for those who need one. This group is open to all on a drop-in basis.

Tuesday, Jan. 14: "Citizen Soldiers" by Stephen Ambrose: Discussion of the book by historian Stephen Ambrose. It follows the individual characters of World War II, from the high command down to the ordinary soldier, recreating the war experience with startling clarity and immediacy. From the hedgerows of Normandy to the overrunning of Germany, Ambrose tells the real story of World War II from the perspective of the men and women who fought it.

Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.: Monthly Book Discussion Group - Bagels and Books: Join the group to discuss the books below over bagels and coffee. No registration; drop-ins welcome. Ask the library if you need help obtaining copies of these books.

  • Thursday, Jan. 9: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles: "Rules of Civility is a love story for New York City during the last few years of the 1930s. That’s not to say that Towles's characters aren’t fully realized. They are. The dialog is distinct but real. Rules has an energy that’s exhilarating. There is a blend of 15th and 2nd generation Americans all dreaming their dreams and banging into one another." (GoodReads)
  • Thursday, Feb. 6: "The Cat's Table" by Michael Ondaatje: "With the ocean liner a brilliant microcosm for the floating dream of childhood, The Cat’s Table is a vivid, poignant and thrilling book, full of Ondaatje’s trademark set-pieces and breathtaking images: a story told with a child’s sense of wonder by a novelist at the very height of his powers." (GoodReads)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 12:30 p.m.: Seniors Book Club at at the NS Fire Dept, 274 Titicus Road: The book to be discussed is "The Pilot's Wife" by Anita Shreve. 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.

Every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Technology Wednesdays: We will have four of our volunteers from North Salem High School every Wednesday afternoon from 3 p.m. to  5 p.m. eager to help you with technological issues; bring your devices and questions.

Second Saturday of  each month at 10 a.m. on Jan. 11, Feb. 8, and March 8: Conversation with Local Gardeners: Conversation with Local Gardeners meets monthly on the second Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m. Bring your questions and ideas to this formal group of garden enthusiasts.

First Wednesdays of the month at 11 a.m on Jan. 8 (an exception because of New Year's Day), Feb. 5, March 5, April. 2, May 7, June 4: Writers' Workshop: Join the library for a series of writing workshops led by Pam Pooley. Pam is a former instructor at Columbia Teacher's College and author of the memoir, "A Season Abroad: Reflections of a Journey of Faith." 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.

Monday nights at 7:00 p.m.: Night Time Arts: It's 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. There will be plenty of art supplies and friendly inspiration. There are always  lots of laughs and even occasionally baked goods or chocolate.

The current group project is a 5" x  5" book based on the theme RED. No registration is required and newcomers are welcome.

Free Individual Computer Help, Saturdays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Saturday librarians offer free one-on-one help with basic computer help. 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 audio-books? The library can help you download e-books or audio-books to your device. Downloadable E-books and audio-books are available for free from the Westchester Library System. Follow this link. You can email Linda with questions at keelerlibrary@wlsmail.org.

For more information, please visit ruthkeelermemoriallibrary.org

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