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2020 Voters Guides Now Available Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON OCTOBER 16, 2020 12:43PM


The 2020 Voters Guide published by the League of Women Voters of Westchester is now available at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library. A limited number of booklets have been provided. To get a copy, please call the library at 914-941-7072 x1 or email bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com to schedule an appointment for curbside pickup. Copies are limited to one per household.

Additional information about voting in the 2020 General Election can be found on our website at https://www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org/adults.html#electioninfo

Library Staff



Managing Your Career in Changing Times: A 5-Week Virtual Seminar
WEBS Career & Educational Counseling Service
POSTED ON OCTOBER 14, 2020 3:37PM


Managing Your Career in Changing Times: WEBS Career & Educational Counseling Service 5-Week Virtual Seminar

This free five-week virtual seminar meets once a week for 90 minutes and will help you identify your interests, skills and personality, explore career alternatives using online resources, learn about the latest job search trends with resumes, LinkedIn and interviewing.

Sessions will meet for five consecutive weeks on:

Tuesdays: 10:30am-12:00pm (Session 1 begins Oct 20th)

Wednesdays: 12:00pm-1:30pm (Session 1 begins on Oct. 21st)

Call 914-231-3238 for more information

You can register online by going to:

http://westchesterlibraries.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=5718&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2020/10/08
For Tuesday Session

http://westchesterlibraries.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=5719&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2020/10/08
For Wednesday Session



Fine art photography of Jennifer Verde King, a virtual exhibit
at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON OCTOBER 13, 2020 3:07PM


Good afternoon,

Let this misty afternoon transport you to the fairy tale land of the Briarcliff Manor-based artist and photographer Jennifer Verde King.

Many of Jennifer’s photos are taken in back yards in right here in Briarcliff Manor.

To view this virtual exhibit, click here.

The Library Staff

PS – See what else is new for fall at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org. Or, call us at 914-941-7072 or email bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com.



Apples to Apples, Spyfall and more. Virtual GAME Night for 9th - 12th graders only.
This Friday night! Brought to you by Briarcliff Manor Public Library's Teen Advisory Board.
POSTED ON OCTOBER 13, 2020 12:48PM


APPLES TO APPLES, SPYFALL AND MORE. VIRTUAL GAME NIGHT FOR 9TH - 12TH GRADERS ONLY.

Friday, October 16th at 7:00 pm -- The school year is underway and your high schoolers deserve a break from schoolwork to just relax and have fun with their peers. Everyone in grades 9 - 12 is invited for an evening of games at this Briarcliff Manor Public Library virtual event. We will play Apples to Apples, Spyfall and more. If your teen has not played these games before - no worries! They are fun to play and easy to learn. To join us contact Amy Kaplan with your name and grade to get the meeting link. It's fine to contact Amy in advance or at the last minute. Email abgkapan@gmail.com or text 914-487-3123.



Author Talk: Jean Hanff Korelitz;Thursday October 29 at 7 PM
a Virtual Program presented by the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON OCTOBER 1, 2020 4:47PM


Author Talk: Jean Hanff Korelitz on Thursday, October 29 at 7:00-8:00 PM presented by the Briarcliff Manor Public Library

Jean Hanff Korelitz, well known novelist, essayist and theater person, will discuss her writings during this virtual talk. Her psychological thrillers including Admission and You Should Have Known have been adopted for the screen. The new HBO miniseries “The Undoing” (based on You Should Have Known) starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant premiers at the end of October. Her latest novel, The Plot, will be released in June 2021.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom invitation for this virtual Author Talk. To register, please email Shelley Glick at sglick@wlsmail.org or call the library at 914-941-7072.

For information on all of the library's programs and services, please visit us at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org.

Enjoy the long weekend and the fall colors!

The Library Staff



BRIARCLIFF MANOR PUBLIC LIBRARY HALLOWEEN FUN
open to children of any age excited to show off their costumes!
POSTED ON OCTOBER 1, 2020 4:47PM


Celebrate Halloween with Briarcliff Library by taking part in our special program! Be featured in our Halloween slideshow, get a special Halloween gift bag, and enjoy a virtual program with Halloween read alouds, our slideshow viewing, and other Halloween fun. Find details about the program and how to register below. If you have additional questions, do not hesitate to contact Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com.

How it works:

  • Schedule a special appointment (REGISTER HERE) to come to the library in costume and get your picture taken outside in Law Park. All photos will be taken from a safe distance with one child or one sibling set at at time only. All children are to come for their photo in costume! [NOTE: Photo will be viewable by the public on our website until the end of November.]
  • At your photo taking session you will receive a small Halloween gift bag to take home
  • Join us on Friday, October 30th at 4:30 pm via Zoom to view the slideshow, listen to Halloween read alouds and enjoy some other family Halloween fun.




October offerings
at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON OCTOBER 1, 2020 4:47PM


Good afternoon,

With the usual fall activities off to an uncertain start, the library is layering in some of our best-used services in low-contact formats.

  • We have a full schedule of programs for all ages – book groups, talks, storytimes, activities – all offered virtually.
  • Curbside continues five days a week with an added hour on Thursdays (now from 4-7 PM) - perfect for picking up book and DVD holds or requests, remote printing, museum passes, even a magazine.
  • Saturday hours from 12-2 PM have been added to Browse & Go, by appointment. Self-service public computers and the adult, children and teen areas are all available.


Meanwhile, we have been working on some small projects - new public computers, no-touch faucets, more accessible collections and a section of beautiful home design books. We hope to have these done in November.

Please visit us at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org. Or, call us at 914-941-7072 or email bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com.

Happy October!

The Library Staff



Westchester Women Speak Out!: Virtual Talk on Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00 PM
Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 4:48PM


Westchester Women Speak Out! Virtual talk on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 7:00 – 8:00 PM.

Women have been speaking in public for centuries, but what they said was seldom written down, recorded or remembered. In this virtual talk, Dana Rubin will pay homage to women of all backgrounds with a connection to Westchester including:

abolitionist Sojourner Truth,
American Revolutionary soldier Deborah Sampson Gannett and
suffragist and Briarcliff Manor resident Carrie Chapman Catt.

Dana Rubin is a longtime speechwriter and founder of the Mouthy Woman initiative and the Keynote Women Speech Bank.

This program is cosponsored with the Briarcliff Manor – Scarborough Historical Society. Registration is required to receive the Zoom invitation. To register, please email Shelley Glick at sglick@wlsmail.org or call the library at 914-941-7072. Since this program ends at 8:00 PM there will not be a conflict with the Vice President Debate which starts at 9:00 PM Eastern Time.



Medicare Basics Virtual Webinar Tomorrow, September 30 at 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Senior Law Day Collaborative
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 4:23PM


Medicare Basics Free Virtual Webinar on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 10:00 - 11:00 AM.

This free virtual webinar will provide an overview of the basics of Medicare and options for enrolling. Important information will be presented on Medicare changes related to coronavirus, such as tips on how to enroll in Medicare remotely and access telehealth services.

Speaker: Rachel Nassau, Client Services Associate, Medicare Rights Center

Register for this FREE webinar for Seniors & their Families offered as part of the Senior Law Day Collaborative. To register, click on the link shown below: http://bit.ly/WestMedicare

(Dial-in by phone also available; numbers obtained on registration or by calling and leaving a message for Paul at 914.231.3227)

Limited to first 100 participants
Contact: bruce@marketingsense2.com



Managing Your Career in Changing Times: A 5-Week Virtual Seminar WEBS Career & Educational Counseling Service
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 12:18PM


Managing Your Career in Changing Times: WEBS Career & Educational Counseling Service 5-Week Virtual Seminar starting in October

Do you need to get your career back on track? This free 5-week virtual seminar starting in October is offered by the Westchester Library System Career & Educational Counseling Service (WEBS). The seminar is led by a professional career counselor and will help you to:
  • Build self-awareness of your interests, skills and personality
  • Explore career alternatives using online networking and resources
  • Learn about the latest job search trends in resumes, LinkedIn and interviewing
  • Establish a support network with other participants

For more information and to register, please call 914-231-3238. This program is funded in part with support from New York State Library Funds and Westchester County Government.



Westchester Women Speak Out!: Virtual Talk on Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00 PM Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 3:22PM


Westchester Women Speak Out! Virtual talk on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 7:00 – 8:00 PM.

Women have been speaking in public for centuries, but what they said was seldom written down, recorded or remembered. In this virtual talk, Dana Rubin will pay homage to women of all backgrounds with a connection to Westchester including:

abolitionist Sojourner Truth,
American Revolutionary soldier Deborah Sampson Gannett and
suffragist and Briarcliff Manor resident Carrie Chapman Catt.

Dana Rubin is a longtime speechwriter and founder of the Mouthy Woman initiative and the Keynote Women Speech Bank.

This program is cosponsored with the Briarcliff Manor – Scarborough Historical Society. Registration is required to recieve the Zoom invitation. To register, please email Shelley Glick at sglick@wlsmail.org or call the library at 914-941-7072.



ORIGAMI ANIMALS, Fridays at 4:30 pm for kids/teens/families
a Briarcliff Manor Public Library virtual program
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 12:12PM


ORIGAMI ANIMALS - for kids/teens/families (live & recorded)

Fridays at 4:30 pm October 2nd - 23rd: At each meeting we will create a different origami animal. We will guide participants along slowly and step by step. Follow along at the live Zoom meeting so that you can ask questions along the way and get help with any tricky steps; or, watch the video later and follow along. The videos will be posted a few days after each meeting on our webpage. All registrants will receive the Zoom link and a bundle of paper for the program (bundle includes several square scrap papers and 8 sheets of official origami paper).

Children of any age are encouraged to give it a try (just so they already have the skill of being able to follow directions, and carefully fold a paper in half)! However, any children that are under age 9 should be sure to have an older helper nearby while they are on the Zoom meeting.

Contact Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com to register. When you register we will make arrangements for you to pick up your special paper bundle at a curbside pickup appointment.



Museum Passes are back!
at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 1:07PM


Good afternoon,

With the fall chill in the air, we are starting to look to some indoor activities.

Just in time, museums are opening their galleries and exhibits. Museum passes are once again available to 10501 residents to borrow for free admission to:

MOMA
Bruce Museum
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

For more information, visit www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org/museums.html. To reserve a pass, call the library at 914-941-7072.

These passes are available due to the generous support of the Friends of the Briarcliff Manor Public Library.

Enjoy to beautiful fall day!

The Library Staff



Kids & Teens Talking About Books: Book Discussions for Grades 2 - 12
virtual programs for grades 2 - 12 from Briarcliff Library
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 22, 2020 10:27AM


Do you have an enthusiastic reader in your house? Check out the virtual book club programming for children and teens being offered this Fall for each age group. Please note that if your child falls into more than one of the age groups they can pick which one they feel most comfortable attending - or attend both! Book reviews of any of the titles listed are available upon request. Just email Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com if you wish to see the professional review of any title listed.

Grades 2 - 4: Enjoy a book discussion and book trivia game about the book at each meeting. All participants should read the designated book before attending. Meetings will take place over Zoom. Copies of the books will be available upon request for curbside pickup from the library. Registration is required. Contact Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com to register or with any questions you may have. These books will be challenging for most 2nd graders. Feel free to read the book aloud to the child in advance of the meeting date. Dates/times/titles are as follows:

Tuesday, October 6 at 6:00 pm -- Upside Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins.

Tuesday, November 10 at 6:00 pm -- The Ember Stones (The Last Firehawk, 1) by Katrina Charman.

Grades 4 -6: Enjoy a book discussion and book trivia game about the book at each meeting. All participants should read the designated book before attending. Meetings will take place over Zoom. Copies of the books will be available upon request for curbside pickup from the library. Registration is required. Contact Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com to register or with any questions you may have. These books may be challenging for some 4th graders. In that case, encourage the 4th grader to attend the Grades 2 - 4 discussions and/or read these books aloud to your 4th grader before the meeting date. Dates/times/titles are as follows:

Thursday, October 8 at 5:30 pm -- Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder.

Thursday, November 19 at 5:30 pm -- My Year in the Middle by Lila Quintero Weaver.

Grades 6 - 8: Enjoy 4 consecutive weekly meetings on Tuesdays at 7 pm via Zoom or Google Meets (depending on participants' preference). Three of the meetings are book chats/review & the final meeting will be a traditional book discussion. You may register for the book chats only, the book discussion only, or both! The first meeting is tonight...but if you cannot attend tonight and plan to attend the remaining meetings, that's fine too. To register contact Amy at abgkaplan@gmail.com.

BOOK CHAT/REVIEW MEETINGS: Tuesdays, September 22, 29 and October 6 at 7 pm For those meetings the participants need not have read anything in particular. The kids will talk with each other about books they've been reading, give and get recommendations, and chat about books in general. They may also write/dictate some informal reviews that we will post on to the library's website.

BOOK DISCUSSION MEETING: Tuesday, October 13th at 7 pm The 4th and final meeting will be a traditional book discussion about the book Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. Copies of the book will be available from the library upon request to pick up curbside.

Grades 9 - 12: Enjoy a book discussion on Tuesday, October 20th at 7 pm of Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Copies of the book will be available from the library upon request to pick up curbside. Contact Amy to register at abgkaplan@gmail.com.



Prepare to Vote 2020: 3 Ways to Vote is a Virtual Workshop
through the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 3:42PM


Good Afternoon,

Election season upon us and changes have been made from previous years. To learn more, please join us for:

Prepare to Vote 2020: 3 Ways to Vote is a Virtual Workshop, Presented by the Westchester League of Women Voters

Wednesday, September 23 at 7 PM

Registration is required. To register, please email Shelley Glick at sglick@wlsmail.org or call the library at 914-941-7072.

For more voting information and links, visit our election information page.

The Library Staff



Browse new children's books, teen books & halloween books from home & pick them up curbside!
now on the Briarcliff Manor Public Library website
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 6:12PM


Our website has a new feature that allows patrons to browse new children's books from home!

Find NEW TEEN BOOKS on the teen webpage, NEW CHILDRENS BOOKS linked from the children's webpage, and (for a limited time) HALLOWEEN STORIES on our children's webpage. The new teen and children's books virtually browsing windows will be updated regularly as we receive new items - so check back again every few weeks to see what's been added!

You can simply scroll the book covers, let us know which ones you want, and then schedule an appointment to pick them up curbside. You can let us know by calling 914-941-7072, emailing bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com, or placing a hold in the catalog.

The catalog record for each book is only a few clicks away making it easy to view book summaries, see if it's checked in, and place holds as desired. Here is how you get to the catalog entry from our website:
  • Click on the cover image of the book

  • This will bring you to our Pinterest post of this title. You will see a larger image of the cover. It will invite you to set up a free Pinterest account, but you do not need to create an account! Just ignore that offer and...

  • Look to the right of the cover image, towards the top. You should see text that reads: "saved from catalog.westchesterlibraries.org." Click on that catalog link.

  • Now you should be in the catalog record for the book
If you have any questions about the virtual browsing of these books, do not hesitate to reach out to Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com.



Virtual Storytimes this Fall - Register Now
Briarcliff Manor Public Library programs
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 1:44PM


FALL STORYTIMES - Zoom live and recorded!

Preschool Storytime (2.5 - 4 year olds)

TUESDAYS AT 11:00 AM, SEPTEMBER 29 - OCTOBER 27 -- Enjoy short interactive books and singing songs at this storytime. The intended audience is 2.5 - 4 year olds with caregivers. Register for the live storytime to get the Zoom link so we can interact and sing together by emailing Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com. (No time on Tuesday mornings? Videos will be posted a few days later and linked from the library website.) Afterschool Stories (age 5 to grade 2)

THURSDAYS AT 4:30 PM, SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 22 -- Showcasing the library's newest picture book arrivals! We want to know what YOU think of them! Amy will read aloud a few picture books (that our library just added to the collection) at each meeting. Participants will relax, listen and then vote for their favorite. Register for the live storytime to get the Zoom link by emailing Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com. (No time on Thursday afternoons? Videos will be posted a few days later and linked from the library website.)

Go to www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org/children.html to discover old storytime videos and other offerings.



It’s Library Card Sign-up Month
Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 5:27PM


Good afternoon,

The current situation has shuffled living arrangements. Many are coming "home" to live with family in the community. Some may be new to the area.

Those making our Library's service area home temporarily are often eligible for temporary library cards. Registration can be done over the phone or by email. Use can begin right away and the card will be sent in the mail.

Cardholders can access e-resources like e-books, video streaming and online tutorials. And, they can take out "real" books at Curbside or Browse & Go.

For more information, call us at 914-941-7072, email bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com or visit us at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org.

Welcome home!

The Library Staff



Virtual Reading to Rover! Fall registration starting now!
a Briarcliff Manor Public Library program for 1st - 5th graders
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 7:14PM


Calling all dog lovers! In this program, children sign up to read aloud to a trained therapy dog over Zoom. Participation can help children gain confidence in reading aloud and/or build excitement around reading. The therapy dog is a patient listener who looks adorable on screen!

This program is for children in grades 1 through 5. Registration is required. The program runs on Wednesday afternoons this fall. Please use the online sign up form to register and indicate your time and date preferences. Each participant will be registered for one "SESSION" that includes two meeting dates. Do not consider registration complete until you receive an email confirmation.

Do not hesitate to contact Amy Kaplan with any questions you may have at abgkaplan@gmail.com or 914-941-7072. REGISTRATION FORM



Information on Voting in the 2020 General Election
Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 4, 2020 4:17PM


Voting in the upcoming General Election on November 3, 2020 will be different than in previous years, due to the impacts of COVID-19.

To help you learn more about how to vote this year, the library is sponsoring a virtual informational workshop “Prepare to Vote 2020: 3 Ways to Vote” presented by the Westchester League of Women Voters on Wednesday, September 23 at 7:00 PM. Registration is required to receive the Zoom invitation for the workshop. To register, please email Shelley Glick at sglick@wlsmail.org or call the library at 914-941-7072

In addition, to find information about registering to vote, voting by absentee ballot, early voting and voting on Election Day, we have put together a Fact Sheet with links to the appropriate sites. Please note that this information is subject to change so it is important to check the Westchester County and New York State Board of Election websites to make sure you are getting the most up to date facts.

Have a fun and safe Labor Day weekend,
The Library Staff



Library Board of Trustees meeting - Wednesday, September 9, at 7 PM
at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 2, 2020 5:17PM


Good afternoon,

The next Library Board of Trustees meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 9, at 7 PM. The meeting will tentatively take place in-person, unless the Governor extends his order allowing remote public meetings.

The main topic of discussion will be our ever-evolving service plan for during the COVID pandemic. How do we provide and sustain library services, while keeping the community safe?

The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. If you would like to attend or have any questions, please email me at dpesce@wlsmail.org.

Thank you,

Donna Pesce

Library Director

PS - Please visit us at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org. You can also reach us at bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com or (914) 941-7072.



CODE HEROES: a virtual program for 6th - 8th graders this fall
Briarcliff Manor Public Library program provided by The Digital Arts Experience
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 2, 2020 4:43PM


Learn to code and change the world! Students will address the impacts of cyberbullying and design a choose your own adventure game that presents a variety of different cyberbully scenerios. The group will brainstorm and storyboard their scenerios, create custom graphics and code their games using Scratch. This program is being led by pro instructors from The Digital Arts Experience.

Meetings will take place via Google Meets on Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:30 pm from September 16 - October 21. Registration and a commitment to all 5 meeting dates is required. Participants must register for the program by no later than Friday, September 11th. To register email the child's name and grade to Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com. Please do not consider registration complete until you receive an email reply/confirmation.

Thanks to AT&T, Westchester Library System, and Digital Arts Experience this is a totally free program! (detail flier)



Browse & Go, by appointment
at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON AUGUST 31, 2020 2:22PM


Ready, set. . .

Browse & Go, by appointment, will take place on Tuesdays, starting tomorrow.

Patrons are invited to call the Library at 914-941-7072 to make an appointment to browse a specific area of the Library or to use a computer for 30 minutes. When you call, we will take care of the “housekeeping” tasks over the phone, so you can make the most of your time here. Please have you library card handy, if possible.

Our popular Curbside service will continue, and, as always, we will be happy to help you by phone at 914-941-7072 or email at bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com

We hope to see you soon!



Coming soon – Browse & Go
at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON AUGUST 28, 2020 12:26PM


Good afternoon,

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have your favorite area of the library to yourself for a while?

This fall, you will have that chance!

Browse & Go will be starting September 1. Patrons will be invited to make appointments to browse a specific area for 30 minutes or to use a computer. Details will be on our website soon.

Our other services will still be offered by phone, email and online. Curbside will continue, too.

Have wonderful weekend!

The Library Staff

PS – Fall offerings are being added! www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org



website and catalog back!
at the Library
POSTED ON AUGUST 26, 2020 11:01AM


Greetings,

Our website and the library catalog are back up and seem to be working fine today, after yesterday’s outage due to the Westchester Library System’s switch to new equipment.

Thank you for your patience!

The Library Staff



website & catalog still down
At the Library
POSTED ON AUGUST 25, 2020 6:36PM


Good evening,

It seems that the Westchester Library System network maintenance that was scheduled for this morning is taking much longer to complete than expected. The catalog and our website are still down.

We are sorry for any inconvenience.

The Library Staff



Library website will be down tomorrow morning
at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON AUGUST 24, 2020 4:11PM


Greetings,

Our website and the library catalog will be down for network maintenance tomorrow morning, between 10 AM and noon, as the Westchester Library System switches to new equipment that will provide better service.

Thank you for your patience!

The Library Staff



Fall Book Discussion Groups for Adults
Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON AUGUST 17, 2020 2:41PM


Attention Readers! The Briarcliff Manor Public Library offers several thought-provoking and lively book discussion groups for adults. The titles selected for this fall represent a variety of subjects, styles and genres. We think that you will find one of interest to you!

Contemporary Fiction by Award-Winning Authors Fall 2020 (Wednesdays from 7:30 - 9:00 pm) September 16: The Nickel Boys by Colin Whitehead (2020 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Fiction) October 14: Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss (Best Book of 2017, Times Literary Supplement) November 18: A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende (2018 Lifetime Achievement, National Book Foundation) DETAILED FLIER AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Brown Bag Lunch Book Discussion Group (Tuesdays from 12:30-2:00 PM)
September 22: Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
October 20: You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Koerlitz - Author Talk on Thursday, October 29 at 7:00 PM
November 17: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
DETAILED FLIER AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Westchester Great Books Council Discussion Series (Tuesdays from 7:30-9:00 PM)
DETAILED FLIER AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Books to Start You Thinking: Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
Date and title to be announced.

Registration is required for all book discussion groups, as detailed in each flyer. At this time, all book discussions are expected to be virtual through Zoom. However, this is subject to change. If you have any questions, please email Shelley Glick at sglick@wlsmail.org or call the library at 914-941-7072. We hope to “see” you at some of our discussions.

Briarcliff Manor Library Staff



HS VIRTUAL GAME NIGHT: AN EVENING OF JACKBOX.TV
a Briarcliff Library event on Tuesday, August 18th at 7:00 pm
POSTED ON AUGUST 13, 2020 8:12PM


HS VIRTUAL GAME NIGHT: AN EVENING OF JACKBOX.TV

Tuesday, August 18th at 7:00 pm -- all 9th - 12th graders are invited for evening of virtual games via JACKBOX.TV. We will enjoy Quiplash, Drawful and more. Contact Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com to register so that you can recieve the zoom link to join the fun. Never played before? No problem. The games are easy to learn and fun to play.

All registrants will receive confirmation of registration and the zoom link to join us on Tuesday afternoon.

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Briarcliff Library Virtual Game Night for 2nd - 4th Graders
Tuesday, August 18th at 5 pm via Zoom
POSTED ON AUGUST 13, 2020 7:56PM


VIRTUAL GAME NIGHT FOR 2ND - 4TH GRADERS (via zoom)

Did you think you missed it? You are in luck! Due to the outages last week this event was rescheduled for Tuesday, August 18th at 5 pm. The kids will enjoy everything from word games to "in-a-minute" challenges to trivia matches. Register by contacting Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com.

Please note that all registrants will recieve confirmation of registration, a zoom link, and a list of a few (common household) items that the child needs to have ready with them at the event on Tuesday morning.



Virtual Trivia Night on Thursday, August 20 at 7:30-9:00 PM
through the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON AUGUST 13, 2020 8:12PM


Good afternoon,

Join us for a fun evening of Virtual Trivia presented by triviaad.com, on Thursday, August 20, 7:30 to 9 PM, via Zoom.

The theme is general trivia. All are welcome to attend.

Please register to Shelley at sglick@wlsmail.org or call the library at 914-941-7072.

We hope to "see" you there!

The Library Staff

PS-Please visit us at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org for more summer offerings.



NOT YOUR AVERAGE SCAVENGER HUNT...FAMILY GAME NIGHT
a Briarcliff Manor Public Library virtual event
POSTED ON AUGUST 10, 2020 1:06PM


TUESDAY, AUGUST 11th at 6 PM *

Families with children and teens of all ages are invited to participate in this event! In this event families will be challenged to be creative and get moving.

This is NOT your average scavenger hunt. No special/certain items are required. There is no way for a family to get it "wrong." Families will be encouraged to think outside the box and come together as a team for a joyful evening of posing for family "portraits," testing family "skills" and showing off household items that are "scary, silly, beautiful" and more...

The winning family will win a small prize.

Registration is required. Contact Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com to register.

*Please note this time change from what was originally scheduled and posted on our website/calendar. The event has been rescheduled so that it will not conflict with the Todd School meeting for families scheduled for 7 pm. We intend to conclude our event by no later than 7:15 pm.



phones & Wi-fi working at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON AUGUST 10, 2020 10:46AM


Good morning,

The Library’s phones and wi-fi are working again!
  • We are in and able to answer your calls.
  • The wi-fi is working again after an area service outage over the weekend.
  • Curbside continues as usual.

Please spread the word to those who may still be without services.

Thank you,

The Library Staff



Robert Uricchio: Landscape Photography
a Virtual Exhibit at the Library
POSTED ON AUGUST 7, 2020 1:36PM


Good Afternoon Photography Enthusiasts,

For the Library's August Virtual Exhibit we are pleased to be able to once again showcase the evocative landscape photography of local photographer Robert Uricchio. Through his images, he is able to share with us some of the beauty, splendor and freedom of nature and the outdoors that he has experienced. You may view his exhibit by clicking on Uricchio slideshow

We hope you experience a sense of relaxation from these photographs of beautiful landscapes, near and far.

The Library Staff

PS - Please visit us at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org. You can reach us at bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com or (914) 941-7072.



Library Phones Out/Curbside still on/Wi-fi access
at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON AUGUST 6, 2020 11:11AM


Hi,

Due to the storm, the phones at the Library are not working. Callers may get a busy signal. We are unable to make outgoing calls.

We are still offering curbside service. Please knock on the door when you arrive. Do not worry if you are unable to make your appointment.

All are welcome to sit on the nearby benches to access the Library wi-fi.

Stay safe,

The Library Staff



Summer Reimagined at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON JULY 31, 2020 3:51PM


Good afternoon,

The last day of July seems like the right time to send out a few summer library reminders.

  • "Summer Reading Reimagined: is open to both kids age three and up and teens. It’s part game, part activities, part talking about books and a few prizes, too. There’s still time to sign up and receive a welcome packet in the mail.
  • For Adults, Virtual Trivia Night is on Wednesday, August 5, from 7:30 to 9 PM. To sign up, email Shelley at sglick@wlsmail.org.
  • Our curbside hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 11 AM to 3 PM, Thursday from 5 PM to 7 PM and Saturday from 10 AM to noon. Click here for more information.


We hope to see you soon and wish all of you a wonderful weekend!

The Library Staff



GAME NIGHT! FOR 4TH - 6TH GRADERS TOMORROW NIGHT!
Briarcliff Library program -- Register now so you can get the Zoom link
POSTED ON JULY 29, 2020 5:36PM


GAME NIGHT FOR 4TH - 6TH GRADERS --- July 30th at 5:00 - 6:30 pm, registration required

Do you know a 4th, 5th or 6th grader who loves playing games? We encourage them to join us for our ZOOM GAME NIGHT. Participants will enjoy a series of short fun games - word games, drawing games and more. All games are easy to learn, fun to play and interactive for all. Winners will receive some small prizes to pick up during a curbside pickup appointment!

To register contact Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com.



Virtual Trivia Night on Wednesday, August 5 at 7:30-9:00 PM
through the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON JULY 29, 2020 11:06AM


Greetings trivia fans!

There's still time to sign up for Trivia Night on Wednesday, August 5 at 7:30-9:00 PM brought to you by the Briarcliff Manor Public Library. Join us from home or anywhere for an evening of general trivia questions and friendly competition. Anyone can participate. You must register to receive the invitation to join this Zoom event run by triviaad.com.

To register or find out more, please email Shelley Glick at sglick@wlsmail.org or call the library at 914-941-7072.

The Library Staff

PS-Find more offerings at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org, visit our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram and email us at bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com. Or, give us a call at (914) 941-7072.



Looking for local events?
through the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON JULY 27, 2020 5:21PM


Good afternoon,

Filled with colorful flyers, the Library's lobby bulletin has been an information hub for those looking to spread the word and others looking to get involved. Most local not-for-profit organizations are represented at one time or another. Local students often promote volunteer projects. It is an indication of a vibrant community.

As of today, you can peruse the Library's virtual community bulletin board through our website and click directly on informational links.

We hope this helps to keep the community connected!

The Library Staff

PS-Please find Library offerings at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org, visit our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram and email us at bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com. Or, give us a call at (914) 941-7072.



Virtual Trivia Night on Wednesday, August 5 at 7:30-9:00 PM
through the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON JULY 21, 2020 1:06PM


Greetings trivia fans!

Mark your calendars for a fun Trivia Night on Wednesday, August 5 at 7:30-9:00 PM brought to you by the Briarcliff Manor Public Library. Join us from home or anywhere for an evening of general trivia questions and friendly competition. Anyone can participate. You must register to receive the invitation to join this Zoom event run by triviaad.com.

To register or find out more, please email Shelley Glick at sglick@wlsmail.org or call the library at 914-941-7072.

The Library Staff



Virtual Teen Game Events - Next Week! Register Now!
Briarcliff Manor Public Library events for 7th/8th grades & 9th-12th graders
POSTED ON JULY 16, 2020 6:31PM


HS VIRTUAL GAME NIGHT for 9th - 12th graders only at 7:00 pm on July 21st

GAME SHOW NIGHT!! featuring Jeopardy and Team Hangman Everyone attending will enjoy some trivia and hangman competition. There will be small prizes for winners! Register with Amy Kaplan to get the Zoom link at abgkaplan@gmail.com.

VIRTUAL GAME EVENT for 7th/8th graders only at 4:30 pm on July 22nd

FOUR ROUNDS OF FUN!! Everyone attending will enjoy games that are easy to learn and fun to play. There will be small prizes for the winners! Register with Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com to get the Zoom link.



No worries about fines, overdue notices, and due dates!
at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON JULY 15, 2020 5:06PM


Good afternoon,

Many of you have noticed that items that you have returned are still checked out to you, that you are receiving overdue notices, or that there are unexpected fines accruing on your card. Not to worry! This is yet another pandemic quirk! All WLS libraries are quarantining returned items for 72 hours before checking them in. Fines should erase at check in. We will help with any that don’t.

For now, enjoy your items. Return them at your earliest convenience, without regard to due date. And, don’t worry about fines.

We are grateful that our library users are very conscientious about returning items on time so others can use them and paying their fines, knowing that it helps the library to provide additional materials for the community.

It is one month ago today that we began curbside services here at the Briarcliff Manor Library. WLS holds and interlibrary holds (ILLs) are up and running and all cardholders can arrange to pick up items here. As of today, we have filled over 427 "orders" and happily, the phone keeps ringing with more requests.

Thank you for your support and enthusiasm as we provide this new service!

The Library Staff

PS-Please find more offerings at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org, visit our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram and email us at bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com. Or, give us a call at (914) 941-7072.



FAMILY GAME NIGHT! TOMORROW NIGHT AT 7 PM
does your family want to join the fun?
POSTED ON JULY 13, 2020 4:46PM


Looking for a change of pace this week? Enjoy a fun evening of silly competitions in a virtual MINUTE-TO-WIN-IT event for families hosted by Briarcliff Manor Public Library! All you have to do is gather some simple household items, join the zoom meeting, and have the whole family ready to play some games. If you want to give it a try - register now! This event is at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, July 14th. Email Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com.



Virtual Cookbook Meetup on Tuesday, July 21 at 12:30 PM
through the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON JULY 13, 2020 3:26PM


Greetings!

How have you adapted your cooking, meals and recipes during this period of COVID- related restrictions and isolation?

Join us at a Virtual Cookbook Meetup on Tuesday, July 21 at 12:30-1:30 PM to share your food shopping experiences, meal planning tips as well as a favorite recipe. Everyone is welcome to participate!

Registration is required by July 20 in order to receive an invitation to the Zoom Virtual Meetup. To register, please email bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com or call the library at 914-941-7072.

Hope to "see" you then!

The Library Staff



FAMILY GAME NIGHT on July 14th at 7 pm
An Evening of Minute-to-Win-It Challenges! Register now!
POSTED ON JULY 10, 2020 1:01PM


FAMILY GAME NIGHT: An Evening of Minute-to-Win-it-Challanges

July 14th at 7:00 pm -- This event will take place via Zoom and is for families with kids and teens of all ages. Get ready to have an evening filled with silly competition. All participating families will be sent a printable scorecard chart and a list of materials needed to be collected in advance of the event. (All materials are common household items.) A small prize will be awarded to the winning family! To join the fun you need to register with Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com. Register today!



“Holds” are back!
at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON JULY 8, 2020 3:11PM


That's right!

Library users can now request items from any WLS library and will receive the usual notification by text, phone or email. (Of course, you can still email or call for our assistance requesting items.)

When you receive a notification, call the library to make an appointment for pick up. We’ll have your “order” all ready for you, curbside. No need to fuss with a library card.

We’ve added more, convenient curbside hours, too:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Fridays between 11 am and 3 pm,
  • Thursdays between 5 pm and 7 pm, and
  • Saturdays between 10 am and noon.

For more information, visit us at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org.

Plus, ordering books from the Library is a pleasant way to spend a rainy afternoon!

The Library Staff



teen event date correction
7th & 8th grade game event
POSTED ON JULY 7, 2020 3:56PM


This is to correct a date mistake in the news blast about teen programs at Briarcliff Manor Public Library sent earlier today, July 7th.

Please note the following:

7th & 8th grade book discussion is on August 5 at 4:30 pm

7th & 8th grade game event is on August 19th at 4:30 pm

We apologize for any confusion this may have caused. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com with any questions you have regarding teen and children's programming.



Summer Teen Events (7th - 12th grades)
Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON JULY 7, 2020 2:21PM


The following programs are scheduled for teens this summer by Briarcliff Manor Public Library:

TEEN SUMMER READING GAME: 7th - 12th graders can sign up and then start to track their reading. There are weekly raffles where teens can win new books or a candy/cookie! There will also be a grand prize raffle at the end of the summer. Go to the teen summer reading game page of our website to find out more and to sign up today! Sign up anytime while the program is going on. The program ends on August 21st.

ONLINE BOOK CHAT AND BOOK DISCUSSION: 7th & 8th graders will meet via Zoom on Wednesday July 8th at 4:30 pm to talk about what they have been reading lately and to select a book discussion book from books presented by Amy Kaplan. The book discussion on the selected book will be held via Zoom on August 5th at 4:30 pm. Register to attend one of both of those programs. Email Amy at abgkaplan@gmail.com.

ONLINE BOOK CHAT AND BOOK DISCUSSION: 9th - 12th graders will meet via Zoom today, July 7th at 4:30 pm to talk about what they have been reading lately and to select a book discussion book from books presented by Amy Kaplan. The book discussion on the selected book will be held via Zoom on Tuesday August 4th at 4:30 pm. Register to attend one of both of those programs. Email Amy at abgkaplan@gmail.com.

HS VIRTUAL GAME NIGHTS: 9th - 12th graders are invited to join us for two summer game nights. Details on each night will be provided at a time near the event. Mark your calendars now! Contact Amy to register at abgkaplan@gmail.com. July 21st at 7 pm & August 18th at 7 pm.

VIRTUAL GAME EVENTS: 7th & 8th graders are invited for some game events of their own. Mark your calendars now and contact Amy for details and to register. July 20th at 4:30 pm & August 5 at 4:30 pm.

Discover summer programming for all ages at briarcliffmanorlibrary.org/summer.



Briarcliff Manor Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, Wednesday, July 8, 7 PM via Zoom
All are welcome to attend
POSTED ON JULY 6, 2020 11:41AM


Good Morning,

The Library Board of Trustees will meet this Wednesday, July 8, at 7 PM. via Zoom. The public is welcome to attend. Please email dpesce@wlsmail.org or call the library at 914-941-7072, ext. 6, for more information or if you would like at attend.

Thank you,

Donna



The Freedom to Read and Access Information
at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
POSTED ON JULY 2, 2020 2:42PM


July 4 or Independence Day, a federal holiday, falls on Saturday this year, with most municipal services, including our library, officially closed on both Friday and Saturday.

Most years, fireworks and gatherings were the norm to celebrate our nation’s freedom.

This year, let’s consider the library as a place to celebrate freedom: the freedom to read and access information. The freedom to learn about the world, ourselves and each other.
  • Stream TV shows, films and documentaries.
  • Download all kinds of books, even graphic novels and romance.
  • View our online exhibits of photos, paintings, food and more!
  • Kids and teens can start their summer reading challenge (82 have already!)

  • The library is here, online, all weekend, to be part of your celebration! Wishing all a safe and healthy 4th!

    The Library Staff



    Virtual Reading to Rover - going on all summer!
    register now! for entering 1st through 5th graders
    POSTED ON JUNE 30, 2020 7:51PM


    What child doesn't need a quick cool off, rest and read in the AC break every now and then? Why not take that break while reading aloud to an adorable and patient listener? Our therapy dog team is continuing to offer their time to Briarcliff readers all summer long! This program is great for readers who will be enthusiastic to practice their new skills in this novel way -- and for seasoned readers who love an all-ears non-judgemental audience!

    Reserve your reading time today!! SIGN UP FORM

    Go to briarcliffmanorlibrary.org/summer/ to see all summer offerings for all ages. Do not hesitate to reach out to Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com with any questions you have about our programs.



    Holds resume tomorrow!
    at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
    POSTED ON JUNE 30, 2020 4:51PM


    Good Afternoon,

    We are very happy to report that holds among public libraries in Westchester resume tomorrow, Wednesday, July 1.

    All WLS library patrons will again be able to hold items from any WLS library. All cardholders are welcome to use our curbside pickup, by appointment.

    Please place holds as you did before:

    • Through the online catalog
    • By email to the staff at bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com
    • By calling the library at 914-941-7072.

    When you receive a notification that your holds are available for pick up, call the library to set a pickup appointment.

    We look forward to seeing everyone!

    The Library Staff

    PS-We've still got lots of great stuff online at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org!



    Bring Your Own Book Discussion Online
    through the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
    POSTED ON JUNE 30, 2020 10:11AM


    Dear Readers,

    If you’re like me, you miss the informal book chats and recommendations that so often took place in our library building. Perhaps you are even having difficulty finding some new good books to read. While our virtual book groups continue, we thought it would also be fun to hold a more casual virtual meeting where devoted readers can simply share titles they loved, a Bring Your Own Book Discussion. So instead of being prepared to discuss a single shared text, just be ready to tell the group about one or more books you’ve recently enjoyed (without giving away too much) and reasons for your recommendation(s). All genres are welcome. Hopefully, you’ll leave with some new suggestions to keep you reading. After the discussion, I will send all the participants a list of the recommended titles indicating their availability from the library.

    The BYO Book Discussion is a fun way to share your love of reading with others, so join me on Wednesday, July 15 at 7:30 - 9:00 PM. Registration is required to receive the invitation to the virtual book chat. To register, please email bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com or call the library at 914-941-7072.

    Stay well,

    Lorraine



    Book Club Meetings & Game Events! Register Now
    at Briarcliff Manor Public Library
    POSTED ON JUNE 24, 2020 4:16PM


    Join us via Zoom this summer for game events and book club meetings. All programs will provide an opportunity for kids to get together virtually for some interactive fun. Make sure to register so that you can get the link to join us! Please note that the books are available for everyone with their library card via HOOPLA. (Please note that the book for the 4th - 6th grade meeting is for the older end of that range. Scroll down for reviews of both books.)

    JULY DATES:

    July 2nd at 5 pm - GAME EVENT (4th - 6th graders)

    July 9th at 5 pm - GAME EVENT (2nd - 4th graders)

    July 16th at 5 pm - BOOK MEETING (4th - 6th): MASTERMINDS BY GORDAN KORMAN

    July 23rd at 5 pm - BOOK MEETING (2nd - 4th):THE INVISIBLE INKLING BY EMILY JENKINS

    EMAIL AMY KAPLAN at abgkaplan@gmail.com to register or with any questions you may have.

    Review of Masterminds: Booklist starred (December 15, 2014 (Vol. 111, No. 8)) Grades 5-8. Tiny Serenity, New Mexico, is idyllic as it gets—everyone has a job and a home, the kids are well behaved, and the genial community spirit is intoxicating. Sure, it’s boring, and it’s suspicious that a town of 185 people has its own helicopter-equipped security force, but 13-year-old Eli is content. That is, until his misbehaving friend Randy gets sent away. Eli’s sure there’s something screwy going on, and his suspicions are confirmed when he and his friends investigate the town’s factory. Using their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, they discover that it’s not traffic cones they manufacture there, but the truth. Korman cleverly constructs Serenity as a kind of stand-in for pearl-clutching attitudes about children—the history lessons exclude rebellion and any antiauthoritarian notions, and the kids don’t even know what murder means. But learning they have been lied to is worse, and in alternating first-person perspectives, they explore thought-provoking questions about honesty and struggle with the dastardly, life-altering secrets that may change who they are. The compelling, twisty mystery has a truly gratifying payoff, and the emotional depth of the characters, not to mention the steadily building pace, will keep readers engaged to the final page, which happily lays the groundwork for a sequel. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Korman is no stranger to the New York Times best-seller list, and with a hefty marketing campaign behind this one, don’t be surprised if he pops up on the list again.

    Review of Invisible Inkling: Booklist (June 1, 2011 (Vol. 107, No. 19)) Grades 2-4. With a mix of wild humor, fantasy, and sadness, this series starter offers a moving story about defeating bullies. When his best friend moves away, Hank dreads fourth grade alone in his Brooklyn school, and he is thrilled to discover a small, invisible creature, Inkling, who helps him face the lunchroom jungle. Inkling isn’t imaginary. Hank can feel its fur and, even better, the two can talk, and together they stand up to the school bully. Told in Hank’s present-tense voice, the story will grab readers with its comedyand captivating sidekick. A subplot about scientists who want to investigate Inkling’s invisibility adds tension, but what will pull readers most is the everyday realism. Adults are no help in dealing with the bully, who backs off. Was it because Inkling bites him or because Hank delivers a devastating insult? Starting with the cover image of a creature snuggling in Hank’s backpack, the spot art extends the story’s immediacy and humor. Readers will recognize Hank’s conflicting feelings about the desire to win and what it can make you do.



    Update on Curbside pickup, by appointment
    at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
    POSTED ON JUNE 23, 2020 4:22PM


    Greetings,

    It has been about a week since we started curbside pickup and we are happy to report that we have gotten through the shelves of holds from the last three months. That’s close to 150 pickups!

    We are now ready to start processing current holds. If you have placed a hold or requested an item recently, you should be notified soon by your usual method of contact: email, text or phone. Please call the Library at 914-941-7072 to make an appointment for pickup. Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 11 AM to 3 PM.

    We hope to add more hours and increase our offerings as we phase in and staff returns to work onsite.

    Thank you for your enthusiasm and support.

    See you soon!

    The Library Staff



    Summer Reading...Reimagined at Briarcliff Manor Public Library
    From age 3 to grade 12
    POSTED ON JUNE 23, 2020 11:22PM


    The summer reading incentive program and teen summer reading game are annual traditions at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library that encourage children and teens to read all summer long.

    Summer reading is a program that asks children to set a reading goal for the summer and check in with the library to talk about their reading and keep track of their progress, receiving prizes along the way. This summer it will look a little different, but we plan to keep the heart of this tradition going!

    Children age 3 to grade 6 are encouraged to sign up for the children’s program. For pre-readers, “reading” is what is read aloud to them; and the older kids track independent reading. (7th – 12th grade teen summer reading game: details on our website.)

    Sign up begins on June 29th: Sign up online at briarcliffmanorlibrary.org/summer/ or sign up by talking with a staff member during “virtual check in hours” (described below). We feel it is important for children to sign themselves up for this program to the extent possible. This way, the child will realize they are setting a goal, tracking their reading, earning their prizes.

    We will have “virtual check in hours” for summer reading:
    To keep everyone safe and healthy, but maintain the personal connection and conversation about books between children and staff, there will be a two-hour window each day (Monday – Saturday) that the kids can hop on the zoom link and talk to us about their reading. VIRTUAL CHECK-IN HOURS SCHEDULE. You can also sign up for summer reading by hopping on during these hours and talking with staff.

    Each person who signs up will receive a special welcome packet: When you sign up for summer reading this year, you will receive a special delivery to your home with a reading log, activity sheets, and a special “prize.”

    The wall of readers:
    Instead of filling out a special paper with their name and goal and finding that paper among the sea of other summer readers posted on the wall of the children’s room, the children will pick an avatar and a font. Each child’s name and goal will be with their chosen avator on a virtual wall of readers on our website.

    Winning new book prizes:
    Instead of looking through the prize box of new books to choose from, several participants a week will win the new book raffle. The winners will get to look through a list of book titles and select the one they want sent to their home (or arrange to be picked up curbside). Every time you check in with us (either during virtual check-in hours or via the online reading log or both!) your name is entered.

    Keeping track of your reading:
    As always, you can either keep track of your reading on a paper log and then tell us about it “in person” (this summer, during virtual check-in hours); or you can track your reading by entering it in the online reading log (and then tell us about it “in person” during virtual check-in hours). You also may not wish to use any log at all, and just try to remember as best you can and let us know what you've been reading lately at the virtual check-in hours. If you can’t hop on to the zoom link to chat about your reading during the virtual check-in hours, you may opt to only use the online log (logging your reading this way also enters your name in the weekly raffles.)

    All details about this program can be found on our website at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org/summer. Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you have to Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com.

    Stay tuned for details about all of our special interactive virtual programs planned for all ages this summer.



    Check your account anytime by phone
    an automated Library option
    POSTED ON JUNE 16, 2020 1:48PM


    Good Afternoon,

    Do you know that you can hear automated information about your account and renew items by phone? All you need is your library card number and PIN (last four digits of your phone number).

    Call 914-674-4169 at anytime to access Westchester Library System's "telecirc" feature.

    This is a quick way to find out your check-outs and current holds or renew items when Library staff are not available by phone.

    Please note that holds cannot be placed or cancelled through this automated service. At this time, holds can be placed through our online catalog, by emailing bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com, or by calling the Briarcliff Library at 914-941-7072.

    The Library Staff



    Request Book Recommendations
    from the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
    POSTED ON JUNE 15, 2020 3:51PM


    Hello Library Patrons,

    The library staff is looking forward to offering our patrons curbside pickup of library materials, which started today. Since at first items available for curbside pickup will be limited to those owned by our library, we would be happy to suggest titles from our own collection that you might enjoy.

    Simply answer a few questions on the Request for Book Recommendation Form located on our website, and a staff member will provide you with suggestions for books that are available for checkout. Once you receive these recommendations, you will have the option of placing any of them on hold for curbside pickup. Initially, curbside pickup service may be for local library cardholders at most libraries.

    Full details about curbside pick-up are available on our website at https://www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org/curbside.html.

    Happy reading!

    The Library Staff



    WE ARE GETTING STARTED!
    Curbside Pickup at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
    POSTED ON JUNE 12, 2020 2:26PM


    Dear library user,

    As wonderful as e-books and streaming can be, many of us miss traditional books and DVDs.

    Starting on June 15, we will offer noncontact curbside pickup by appointment to Briarcliff Manor Public Library cardholders. Pickup appointments will be scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 11 AM until 3 PM. There will be a limit of 5 items per library card. Items will be from our local collection, only.

    If all goes well, we hope to expand our pickup services on June 29.

    Next week, library staff will start to call patrons who have items waiting to schedule pickup times. For more details, you can visit us online at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org.

    Thank you for your understanding as we keep the community safe, while phasing in our services.

    The Library Staff



    How will curbside pickup work
    at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library?
    POSTED ON JUNE 10, 2020 3:21PM


    Good afternoon,

    How will curbside pickup work at the Library?

    Here in Briarcliff Manor, we are fortunate to have a lovely traffic circle and a roof above the entrance, adjacent to our items returns.

    Limitations will apply at first, but here are the basics:
    • Local items can be reserved online, by email or by phone,
    • Library staff will be in touch to schedule your pick up,
    • Drive or walk up at the scheduled time and take you items off the table,
    • Make any returns to the items drops.
    The Library Board of Trustees will meet tonight, via Zoom, to finalize our curbside plan. Please email Donna Pesce at dpesce@wlsmail.org for information. All are welcome to attend!

    Donna



    Curbside pickup coming soon!
    Briarcliff Manor Public Library
    POSTED ON JUNE 9, 2020 4:26PM


    Good afternoon,

    In the last several months, we have all gotten quite used to various curbside offerings for food and shopping. Soon, the Briarcliff Manor Public Library will be giving it a try, too.

    Our goal is to keep the community and staff safe, while providing access to the print books, DVDs and other items that we all miss.

    Initially, we will start off slowly, offering:
    • Scheduled hours
    • For our cardholders
    • With an item limit.
    System-wide, holds to and from other libraries and fines will still be suspended.

    If all goes well, we plan to add to what we can offer.

    Thank you for your patience and support as we explore new ways to offer library services.

    The Library Staff

    PS-Please use our website at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org, visit our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram and email us at bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com. Or, give us a call at (914) 941-7072.



    We are getting ready for you...
    at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
    POSTED ON JUNE 5, 2020 2:16PM


    Hello Library Patrons,

    The Library staff is looking forward to the initial phase of reopening with curbside pick-up of items owned by the Briarcliff Library for Briarcliff cardholders. We hope to start in mid-June, in conjunction with most other WLS libraries. Once they are finalized, full details about curbside pick-up at Briarcliff Manor Public Library will be available on our website at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org,

    One way you can let us know what items you wish to pick up curbside is by placing a hold. Hold-filling will be limited initially. Holds will be filled only with items owned by the Briarcliff Library at this time. Other holds will be filled as usual only after regular hold-filling resumes at a later date. All holds will remain on your account until filled or cancelled.

    To help us get ready, we ask you to review items that you have on hold now, and cancel holds that you no longer want. This "housekeeping" will help us better serve all patrons. Please keep in mind that until regular hold-filling resumes, the wait for some holds may be longer than usual. You may receive a phone call from the Library staff offering to assist with reviewing and cancelling your holds as you desire. Please contact the Library at (914) 941-7072 or bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com if we can be of assistance.

    We are getting ready for you,

    The Library Staff



    Library Board Meeting
    Wednesday, June 10, at 7 PM
    POSTED ON JUNE 3, 2020 3:37PM


    Good Afternoon,

    The next Library Board of Trustees meeting will talk place on Wednesday, June 10, at 7 PM. It is tentatively scheduled as an in-person meeting, but video-conferencing may be used if Open Meeting Law will allow.

    The topic of the meeting will be the delivery of curbside library services.

    Library Board meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

    For more information, please email me at dpesce@wlsmail.org or call 914-941-7072, ext. 6.

    Sincerely yours,

    Donna Pesce



    Now Accepting Returns
    at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library
    POSTED ON JUNE 1, 2020 11:41AM


    Good morning,

    As you may recall, during the PAUSE, we had requested that you hold on to your library materials; no fines have been charged for these materials.

    As of today, June 1, while the building remains closed, we will accept all Westchester Library System materials in our book drop if you feel comfortable returning them. These materials will be checked in after 72 hours, and you should see them come off your record. Again, no fines will be charged even if you decide to wait to return them.

    And although the building remains closed, our programs continue online! Summer reading, book groups, virtual art exhibits, and more are available to all. Join us! To learn more about our programs, visit www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org

    The Library Staff

    You can reach us at by email to bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com and by phone to (914) 941-7072.



    We are getting ready!
    Plans at the Library
    POSTED ON MAY 27, 2020 4:36PM


    Dear Library Users,

    We are getting ready!

    Now that the region has entered Phase 1, public libraries are beginning to implement plans for partial re-openings. In Westchester, this will mean contactless curbside pick-up.

    Here at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library, we have a tentative plan drafted and are coordinating with the Village, the Westchester Library System, the Library Board of Trustees and the Library staff.

    Please look for announcements in the upcoming weeks.

    The Library Staff

    As always, you can visit our website at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org, visit our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram and email us at bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com. Or, give us a call at (914) 941-7072.



    Virtual Game Night for 9th - 12th Graders!! Tomorrow night!!
    brought to you by BMPL's Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
    POSTED ON MAY 27, 2020 3:16PM


    Skribbl.io, "Mafia" and More! (for 9th - 12th graders only)

    Friday, May 29th at 7:00 - 9:00 pm -- Calling all high schoolers of Briarcliff. Join us for another virtual game night! Don't know what skribble.io is? No problem. Never played "Mafia"? No worries. Hop on to our game night and we will explain it all! The games are quick to learn and fun to play. Everyone in grades 9 through 12 is welcome. We will be meeting via the newly expanded Google Meets. Email Amy at abgkaplan@gmail.com or text her at 914-487-3123 to register and get the link in advance of the meeting.

    P.S. Wishing there was a virtual game night for a different age group? Stay tuned! Amy is planning to have live virtual game events for a range of ages offered this summer - including some special family events.



    Recipes from the Briarcliff Manor Public Library Cookbook Meetup Group
    Virtually Sharing Favorite Snacks at the Library
    POSTED ON MAY 27, 2020 1:56PM


    Delicious greetings from the Library!

    Our Cookbook Meetup Group presents enticing recipes for some of their favorite snacks. This group of enthusiastic home chefs, led by patron volunteers, builds community through a shared passion for good food and fellowship. Participants select recipes related to the chosen theme to try out and share from the Library's wide collection of new and classic cookbooks, or from their own cookbooks.

    Normally, the Group meets several times a year at the Community Center. Until the regular Meetups can begin again, they connect with us and each other virtually by sharing these recipes.

    While we miss the delicious smells and friendly bustle of their Meetups at the Library, we can vicariously enjoy snacking with them! If you are interested in finding out more about the Cookbook Meetup, please email Shelley Glick at sglick@wlsmail.org

    Bon appetit,

    The Library Staff

    PS-Please use our website at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org, visit our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram and email us at bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com. Or, give us a call at (914) 941-7072.



    Virtual Book Discussion for Kids - JUNE DATES!
    note age group and details, register today
    POSTED ON MAY 26, 2020 4:32PM


    Register your child now to participate in a fun virtual book club meeting!

    All kids should read the book in advance of the meeting date. They should be ready to talk about the book, play a book trivia game and more. Both book selections are available anytime as an ebook via Hoopla.* Please note the age groups and register accordingly. (4th graders should pick one or the other and can pick whichever book they are most comfortable with. Note that the older kids' selection will be challenging for many 4th graders.)

    Go to the children's page of our website (www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org) to register or click on the links below. Do not hesitate to reach out to Amy with any questions you may have by email at abgkaplan@gmail.com.

    FOR CHILDREN IN GRADES 2 - 4:

    Tashi and the Wicked Magician by Anna Fienberg -- Everyone should read the book in advance of the meeting date and be ready to talk about the book and play some book trivia and more! Registration is required.

    Discussion date: Thursday, June 11th @ 5 -5:45 pm, Register Now

    FOR CHILDREN IN GRADES 4 - 6:

    Saving Lucas Biggs by Marisa De Los Santos -- Everyone should read the book in advance of the meeting date and be ready to talk about the book and play some book trivia and more! Registration is required.

    Discussion date: Thursday, June 18th @ 5 - 5:45 pm, Register Now

    *If you are not familiar with using Hoopla, email Amy Kaplan with any questions at abgkaplan@gmail.com. We are using Hoopla rather than Overdrive/Libby because several copies of the book can be "checked out" at once. The book should be immediately available for the child to check out and start reading.



    Learn Something New While Sitting on Your Couch
    Great Courses from the Library
    POSTED ON MAY 22, 2020 10:17AM


    Good morning,

    How would you like to learn something new while sitting on your couch or taking a walk in your neighborhood?

    Then check out the wide selection of subjects available to you at no charge from the Great Courses series.

    Topics include
    • How to Boost Your Physical and Mental Energy,
    • Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy and
    • Great Music Of The 20th Century.

    The Great Courses series lectures are presented by university professors and other experts in their fields.

    These Great Courses titles are available in digital audiobook format on Hoopla. To find them go to www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org/audiobooks.html and click on Hoopla. Then search Great Courses to see a list of all 177 titles (do not click on "Search Suggestions"). The Great Courses audiobooks are always available and can be checked out for 21 days.

    If you need assistance using Hoopla or any of our digital services, please email Shelley Glick at sglick@wlsmail.org or call the library at 914-941-7072.

    Shelley

    Visit our website at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org for more "great" resources!



    Additional Library Board meeting
    Thursday, May 28, at 7 PM, via Zoom
    POSTED ON MAY 21, 2020 4:41PM


    Greetings,

    The Briarcliff Manor Public Library Board of Trustees has added an additional meeting on Thursday, May 28, at 7 PM, via Zoom. The public is welcome to attend.

    For more information, please contact Donna Pesce, Library Director, at dpesce@wlsmail.org, or call the Library at 914-941-7072.

    With warmest regards,

    Donna



    Library Programs
    Our building might be closed but our programs continue
    POSTED ON MAY 19, 2020 4:14PM


    Good Afternoon,

    Have you visited the Briarcliff Manor Public Library lately? Our building might be closed but our programs continue...online.

    In the past few weeks...

    171 families viewed seven storytime videos in lieu of the weekly in person sessions. 72 adults attended five book groups, including the ever-popular Brown Bag book group. 395 people viewed a virtual art exhibit featuring oils by artisit Ken Okin, who was scheduled to exhibit in our gallery. A second exhibit of photographs by Dawn Brown has been added. We've also hosted an informative video Alzheimer's talk with a live Q & A. Adult Coloring and More continues by email and with a virtual exhibit on our website and a Poetry Reading with Lorraine McLeod became a slide show to enjoy at your leisure.

    We are just getting started! Please look for...
    • Reading with Rover for kids,
    • A Cookbook Meet Up on Zoom,
    • More book groups for all ages,
    • And an online summer reading program.
    To learn more about our programs, please visit www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org.

    The Library Staff



    June 2020 Primary Election and School Budget Voting Information
    Available on the Library Web Site
    POSTED ON MAY 18, 2020 2:36PM


    Dear Voters,

    Due to the coronavirus pandemic and based on Governor Cuomo's Executive Order, the School Board Election and School Budget Vote will take place on June 9, 2020.

    The Presidential and New York State Primary will take place on June 23, 2020. Voting by absentee ballot will be allowed by all registered voters as will voting at various polling sites throughout Westchester County.

    The specific instructions on voting may change so please check with the Westchester County Board of Elections and your local school district for updated information. The links to these websites are included in our voting details page.

    Shelley

    PS - Your Library is a source you can trust for quality information. Please use our website at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org, email us at bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com or call us at (914) 941-7072.



    Virtual "Reading to Rover" - Sign Up Today!
    for children in grades 1 - 5
    POSTED ON MAY 15, 2020 4:11PM


    Briarcliff Manor Public Library has taken its "Reading to Rover" program online. In this program, children in grades 1 through 5 are invited to read aloud to a trained therapy dog. This program helps children gain confidence in reading aloud and builds excitement around reading for dog lovers. Register today for a special ZOOM meeting with our favorite furry friends! Do not consider registration complete until you have received an email confirmation. Contact Amy Kaplan with any questions you may have at abgkaplan@gmail.com.

    REGISTER HERE (Or find the registration link on the children's page of our website: www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org)



    Briarcliff Manor Public Library's Annual Report
    POSTED ON MAY 15, 2020 3:26PM


    Good afternoon,

    It is a little later than usual and seems like it is from another time, but the Briarcliff Manor Public Library's annual report is out today.

    Public Libraries are required to both submit a detailed annual report to New York State and provide an annual report to the community. Work on the latter starts over the winter once county library statistics are released. This winter, there were obvious delays.

    The references to the beautiful building seem like they are from so long ago. The books and programs that the community enjoys are now online. Reference questions are answered by email, phone, text and video conferencing.

    Our connection with the community remains the same.

    The Library Staff

    You can reach us at by email to bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com and by phone to (914) 941-7072, or visit our website at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org.



    Picture Book eBooks
    things to consider & a new booklist
    POSTED ON MAY 14, 2020 6:31PM


    Hello families,

    Reading aloud picture books to children is a great joy and a beloved part of each day for many families. Many families are lucky enough to have a small library of their own books; however, even so, at some point the children and parents get tired of reading the same ones over and over again. This is where library books usually enter the scene...

    I understand there might be a reluctance to read picture books aloud from a computer screen. I know I am reluctant. It is certainly not my go-to choice. However, during this time it may be something worth considering.

    The difference between ebooks and book apps:

    Your children may have explored some book apps in the Briarcliff Library children's room on our library's ipad in the past. Those are book apps: a book/game hybrid. They have things to push, they talk to the child, sometimes additional games are inserted. They are fun, but they are not books. Often they are designed for the child to do by themselves. Ebooks, on the other hand, are basically just the static picture of the pages of the book. They won't "turn" until you turn them. They won't read themselves. There are no games involved.

    The benefits of reading a book together:

    "Reading aloud to young children, particularly in an engaging manner, promotes emerging literacy and language development and supports the relationship between child and parent," concluded a 2008 review in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. In other words, reading that bedtime story may not only entertain and soothe Johnny, it may also develop his vocabulary, improve his ability to learn to read, and - perhaps most important - foster a lifelong love of books and reading." -- http://www.readaloud.org/why.html

    2008 is a long time ago, but these reading aloud benefits still hold true, and all of these benefits are still to be found when you sit together over an ebook. As you sit together and read it to them, pointing out the pictures, talking about the story, and simply enjoying the story and the togetherness -- all of these benefits of reading aloud remain.

    Concern over children's eyes looking at the screen for prolonged periods:

    Even though an ebook is not a game, even though reading an ebook aloud to your child is still a shared beneficial reading activity, it is still yet another thing in front of a computer screen. Considering that these days many children are on screens for longer than usual due to everything going on right now, here are some suggestions for easing eye strain. These tips and more information about this subject can be found in this article.
    Some suggestions for easing the strain are:
    • taking breaks,
    • holding the device further away than you would a regular book,
    • not reading it outside where the glare is higher, and
    • adjusting the screen brightness/contrast so that it is more comfortable for your eyes.
    If you and your children want to consider carving out a bit of that screen time for reading some new stories together; and you want to give reading picture book ebooks aloud together a try, we have two booklists that you might want to use to navigate the ebook collections offered by the library.

    We have recently added a RECOMMENDED PICTURE BOOKS ON HOOPLA booklist. The FAVORITE PICTURE BOOKS ON OVERDRIVE booklist can also still be found on our website on the Children's page. If you find a picture book ebook on Hoopla or Overdrive that you loved that is not on our list - let us know!

    Also, another great way to share - is to read chapter book ebooks aloud to them. We will have a booklist soon of suggested family read-alouds that are available on Overdrive and Hoopla. Check our website for that list over the coming weeks! If you want some suggestions sooner - please do not hesitate to reach out and ask for some recommendations. Contact me anytime. I encourage you to reach out with any questions you may have. I can be reached at abgkaplan@gmail.com.

    Happy reading,

    Amy



    Download and Streaming are the new check outs!
    At the Library
    POSTED ON MAY 13, 2020 2:32PM


    Hi,

    For generations, we have all gone to the library to check out or borrow a book (or other item). It was a very physical, very tangible experience. We left the library building with an item to take home, enjoy and remember to return.

    Librarians have been watching closely as e-books, e-audio books, and streaming have become more popular. How many books and DVDs should we buy? How many e-resources should we license instead? When will that big shift take place?

    In Briarcliff Manor, that shift has taken place. It started with commuters and travelers appreciating the lightweight portability of a small device over a stack of books. It was further driven by many new cars not having CD players driving up the demand for downloading audiobooks. Library streaming services are much more convenient for binge watching than a weekend DVD run to the library. Now we have the pandemic "PAUSE."

    These are the "downloads & streaming" by the numbers:

    • April 2020 brought an increase of 1405 or 60% over April 2019.
    • Between April 2019 and March 2020 the mean monthly usage was 1934. In April 2020, it soared to 3750.
    So while right now people may not be able to get physical items from the library, downloads and streaming have quickly become the 24/7 accessible, lightweight, no return way to "check out" in Briarcliff Manor.

    The Library Staff

    PS-If you need assistance using these digital services just let the staff know and someone will help you. You can reach us at by email to bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com and by phone to (914) 941-7072, or visit our website at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org.



    We Recommend That YOU Recommend
    A Hint from the Library
    POSTED ON MAY 12, 2020 4:36PM


    Greetings from the Briarcliff Manor Library!

    We hope you are taking advantage of the wide range of digital resources available from the Library during this time, including Overdrive and the Overdrive app for Ebooks and audiobooks. You can access Overdrive at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org/read.html, with your Library card number and PIN.

    While Overdrive offers a large collection of Ebooks and audiobooks, occasionally a title you search for may not appear in the Overdrive catalog. At the bottom of the search results page, you may find your desired title, captioned "Not Owned". You have the option to Recommend the title (be sure to choose the format you desire). Library staff use patron Recommendations to make purchase decisions for Overdrive. While we can not guarantee that each recommendation will be added, if the title is purchased, you will receive an email notification that a hold has been placed for you, or that the desired title is available to hold. You can Recommend up to a generous 99 titles per day!

    You can view your list of Recommendations under the My Account tab. Your Recommendations list will show all titles you have recommended until you dismiss the Recommendation.

    Happy reading and listening,

    Catherine



    Washington Square, by Henry James on Wednesday, May 27 at 7:30-9:00 PM
    A Virtual Book Discussion offered by the Library
    POSTED ON MAY 11, 2020 3:01PM


    Good Afternoon,

    Would you like to escape to a simpler time and place - New York City in the 1840's? Then join us for a virtual discussion of the classic Washington Square, by Henry James on Wednesday, May 27 at 7:30-9:00 PM. Registration is required to Shelley Glick at sglick@wlsmail.org.

    This title is available as an eBook and an eAudiobook from the library through OverDrive(Libby) and also through Hoopla. The Hoopla copies can be checked out for 21 days while the maximum for OverDrive is only 14 days. However, Hoopla is not compatible with a Kindle reader. Additional information on downloading from Hoopla and OverDrive can be found at https://www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org/read.html.

    This novel provides a rich and engrossing tale that grips readers until its very last page and leaves them nonplussed; any reader in search of a definitive answer or "moral to the story" must look elsewhere, for the book does not outline any possible solutions to the intricate problems it cultivates. At the end, it remains a spectacle as resolute and nonsensical as the place of its title, Washington Square, a location which still exists today in New York City. (from The Lawrenthian, 2017)

    Shelley

    PS - For more Library offerings, please use our website at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org, visit our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram and email us at bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com. Or, give us a call at (914) 941-7072.



    Works by Our Adult Coloring and More Group
    Another Virtual Exhibit at the Library
    POSTED ON MAY 8, 2020 11:41PM


    Hello,

    A visit with the Adult Coloring and More Group that met weekly in the Community Center on Monday afternoons conveyed that this was truly a group of artistic people engaged in the intricacies of their projects. Each has preferences for the designs they choose. Each has favorite tools -- gel pens, markers, colored pencils.

    The results are vibrant, colorful designs that make one smile.

    While the group has taken a pause from meeting, many were eager to share their works.

    Hoping these bring a smile to your face.

    The Library Staff

    PS-Please use our website at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org, visit our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram and email us at bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com. Or, give us a call at (914) 941-7072.



    Briarcliff Manor Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting
    Wednesday, May 13, at 7 PM, via Zooms
    POSTED ON MAY 6, 2020 2:10PM


    Good Afternoon,

    The Library Board of Trustees will meet remotely on Wednesday, May 13, at 7 PM, via Zoom. The meetings are open to the public and all are welcome.

    The Library Board meets monthly, usually on the second Wednesday of the month, and is made up of nine members who are appointed for five year terms by the Village Board of Trustees.

    As a "municipal village library," the Briarcliff Manor Public Library is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and funded by the Village to serve the residents of the municipality.

    This makes the Library part of "one of the most extensive and comprehensive library networks in the country," according to the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State.

    If you would like more information or to attend the May meeting, please contact Donna Pesce, Library Director at dpesce@wlsmail.org or call the Library at 914-941-7072.

    Kim Izzarelli, President
    Rosalyn Beck, Treasurer
    Amanda Bromberg
    Stephanie Casper
    Robert Fetonti
    Jakob Hesketh
    Javad Shabani
    Jessie Swisher Spiers
    Andrea Ziltzer
    Village Liaison: Kevin Hunt



    Favorite TV Shows Streamed
    by Briarcliff Manor Library Users
    POSTED ON MAY 4, 2020 3:01PM


    Hello,

    The warm, sunny weekend gave us some time outside and away from our TVs.

    At my house, we've been spending more time than usual streaming TV shows and are running out of ideas for next shows to watch.

    At the same time, it's been about a month since we started offering Acorn TV through the Library and I was curious about what everyone has been watching. Viewers in Briarcliff Manor watched 375 shows through our Library Acorn account and these are the shows that were most watched:

    Doc Martin
    Place to Call Home
    Boomer
    800 Words
    Foyles War
    Indian Doctor
    A variety of documentaries were also viewed.

    I hope you enjoy the warm weather and sunshine and will tuck this list away for some cloudy day viewing.

    Donna

    PS-If you need assistance using these digital services just let the staff know and someone will help you. You can reach us at by email to bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com and by phone to (914) 941-7072, or visit our website at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org.



    Census Awareness Weekend May 1st - 3rd
    A request from your Library
    POSTED ON MAY 1, 2020 2:41PM


    Hello,

    Today starts Census Awareness Weekend.

    The Census Committee would like to remind you that there's still time to shape the future for Briarcliff Manor. If you have not already done so, you can complete the #2020Census now online, by phone, or by mail. Visit 2020Census.gov.

    Or, do it next time you visit the Library's website. There's a link on the lower left of the page.

    Thank you and enjoy your weekend.



    Casual Virtual Book Chats for Teens
    hosted by Briarcliff Manor Public Library
    POSTED ON APRIL 30, 2020 2:46PM


    Do you know a middle schooler or high schooler who is a big reader? Do they miss chatting about what they have been reading lately with friends? Are they always looking to recommend books to their peers...and to get recommendations back? Are they having trouble finding some good new books to read in the ebook collection? Or have they read a few great ones already that they want to tell others about? Basically, if it's about reading lately - then it's on the table for discussion at these short casual meetings.

    Our high school book chats have already begun (new participants always welcome), and our first Middle School Book Chat is tomorrow, Friday, May 1st at 4:30 pm. Contact Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com if you want to join the conversation!

    Details about both book chats are below. The chats are scheduled to last around 30 minutes.

    High Schoolers Virtual Book Chat (9th - 12th graders)
    This group meets virtually on Wednesdays at 4:30 pm. The group has been meeting every other week. However, due to the AP weeks, the May meeting dates have been adjusted. We will meet on the following dates in May: Wednesday, May 6th & Wednesday, May 27th. Meetings will resume thereafter every other week as long as there is interest. If you know a high schooler that might want to join the conversation, email Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com to get the meeting link.

    Middle School Virtual Book Chat (6th - 8th graders)
    This group is just getting started! We will meet on Fridays at 4:30 pm. The group plans to meet every other week (starting tomorrow, May 1st) for as long as participants are interested. If you know a middle schooler that might want to join us, email Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com to get the meeting link.



    Legal & Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia on Thursday, May 7, 2020
    An Online Informational Program through the Library
    POSTED ON APRIL 29, 2020 11:51AM


    Online Informational Program: Legal & Financial Planning for Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia on Thursday, May 7, 2020.

    If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer's disease or dementia, the time for legal and financial planning is now. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about important legal and financial issues you may face and how to put plans in place. This program consists of a pre-recorded presentation followed by a Q & A by phone with the presenter, Moira Laidlaw, Esquire. The link to the presentation and a phone number for the Q&A will be sent to everyone who registers. The Q & A will be from 6:00-6:30 PM.

    Ms. Laidlaw is a Certified Elder Law Attorney and is an executive committee member of the New York State Bar Association's Elder Law and Special Needs Section.

    Registration is required for this program. To register, please email Shelley Glick at sglick@wlsmail.org. This program is offered by the Alzheimer's Association, Hudson Valley NY Chapter and is supported in part by a grant from the New York State Department of Health. To meet grant requirements, we request that you provide the following information when you register (although only your name and E-mail address are required to register):
    1. Name
    2. E-mail Address
    3. Address or Zip Code
    4. Birth Year
    5. Ethnicity/Race
    6. Are you a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia? Yes/No
    7. Would you like additional information about Alzheimer's or dementia? Yes/No

    For more quality informational offerings, please visit the Library's website at www.BriarcliffManorLibrary.org. The Library offers a full menu of online programs, exhibits, eBooks and unlimited movie and TV show streaming. We can be reached by email to bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com and by phone to (914) 941-7072.

    As always, we are here to help.

    The Library Staff



    "Check in" on your item check outs and holds
    More Hints from the Library
    POSTED ON APRIL 28, 2020 11:05AM


    Hello fellow readers,

    During this time, are you wondering about the items that you have checked out or on hold? Go to https://www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org/youraccount.html or the library app to review items on your account.

    For items currently checked out, we kindly remind you to hold on to them until library buildings re-open. All library items checked out after February 1, 2020, have been automatically renewed until May 16, 2020 (this date may change should library building closures continue). We will be forgiving fines during this time.

    For items currently on hold, you retain your place in the holds queue. "Available" item holds will remain available for you. You can continue to place holds as usual. Item holds will become active again when library buildings re-open and hold services resume.

    We suggest you take a minute to review your item holds. Do you have items on hold that you no longer want to borrow? Do you want to manage your holds to fit your schedule? To remove, suspend, or activate an item hold, select the item, go to "Actions for selected holds", and choose from the dropdown menu. Then select Go. You can also set or change activation dates for your suspended holds using the Edit button on the right.

    We will be offering additional tips about features of your online library account that can help you organize, save, and share information during this time and beyond.

    Please contact us by email at bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com, or by phone 914-941-7072 with any questions.

    Catherine



    What Should I Read Next?
    Briarcliff Library Offers Book Recommendations from Staff
    POSTED ON APRIL 27, 2020 1:46PM


    Dear Readers,

    With more time to read you may be wondering what to read or listen to next. Now there is an easy way for you to get book recommendations from library staff even while the library building is closed.

    Go to the Book Recommendation Request Form on our website, complete the 7 short answers and submit the form. Then one of our library staff will contact you about providing suggestions of titles that you might enjoy. These titles will be accessible for download from one of the library's digital services.

    If you need assistance using these digital services just let the staff know and someone will help you. You can reach us at by email to bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com and by phone to (914) 941-7072, or visit our website at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org.

    Shelley



    Virtual Game Night for 9th - 12th Graders
    tomorrow night! brought to you by TAB!
    POSTED ON APRIL 23, 2020 4:31PM


    Virtual Game Night for 9th - 12th Graders

    Friday, April 24th at 7:00 - 8:30 pm -- Briarcliff Manor Public Library's Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and teen librarian, Amy Kaplan, have planned a virtual game night for 9th - 12th graders. Be sure to bring a pencil, paper and a willingness to get a little silly. There will be games, there will be winners, and there will be prizes!

    If you wish to "attend" this event, email Amy at abgkaplan@gmail.com or text her at 914-487-3123. Please note your first and last name and grade when you register. All participants will receive the link to join right at the meeting start time. (We will be using Google Hangouts to meet.)



    National Library Week
    Thoughts from the Library
    POSTED ON APRIL 22, 2020 1:51PM


    Hello Everyone,

    With all going on, I almost lost sight of National Library Week taking place this week. While those of us in the library world see it as a chance to offer a few more programs or do some library-themed book displays, I wondered how relevant that would be this year during a health crisis.

    So, librarian that I am, I read about it. It seems that the first National Library Week was in 1958, starting as a campaign to promote library use and support. The idea was to encourage people to read more instead of watching so much TV or only listening to the radio. Some of the goals of the founding committee were:

    • "encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time,"
    • "improving incomes and health,"
    • "developing strong and happy family life."
    The Ad Council, well-known for their public service work, helped with the campaign, the same year it created the campaign to fight another health crisis, with the Salk Polio Vaccine.

    Just over sixty years later, in the midst of all this, I am asking you to read and use the library for the same reasons stated above. The only difference seems to be that I am asking you to embrace technology in order to do that.

    Please use our website at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org, visit our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram and email us at bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com. Or, give us a call at (914) 941-7072.

    "See" you at the Library,

    Donna



    Wish Lists & Favorites
    Hints from the Library
    POSTED ON APRIL 21, 2020 12:01PM


    Hello fellow readers,

    Did you know that you can create a Wish list in Overdrive or the Libby app, and a Favorites list in Hoopla? Using these features is an easy way to organize and remember eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, and movies that you wish to borrow in the future. This is a great feature if you have reached your holds or borrowing limit, you are researching titles for future travel or a project, or want a convenient place to list titles you intend to enjoy later.

    In Overdrive or the Libby app, locate the title you wish to save, and click the ribbon icon at the bottom right of the thumbnail photo to save to your Wish list. The ribbon icon will then display a check mark. To view your Wish list, go to My Account, and select Wish list from the dropdown menu. Observe that you have the option to view All Titles or only Available Now Titles from your Wish list. From here, you can borrow a title if available, place a hold, or remove from the Wish list.

    In Hoopla, locate AND select the title you wish to save, and click the heart icon at the bottom right of the thumbnail photo to save to your Favorites. The heart icon will change color. To view your Favorites list, go to My Hoopla and select Favorites from the dropdown menu. Observe that your Favorites list is organized by format: eBooks, music, etc. From here, you must first select a title, then borrow, or remove from Favorites by clicking the heart icon.

    For those who have not yet begun to take advantage of the vast array of electronic books, audiobook, movies, music and movies offered by the Library and available through Overdrive and the Libby app, and Hoopla, we invite you to visit www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org/read with your Library card number (user name) and PIN (last four digits of your phone number). For assistance, please email us at bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com or phone 914-941-7072.

    Catherine



    Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens
    A Virtual Book Discussion offered by the Library
    POSTED ON APRIL 17, 2020 10:46AM


    Dear "Crawdad" fans,

    Have you read the best-selling book Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens and been waiting for the opportunity to discuss it with others?

    Then you're in luck. The Briarcliff Manor Public Library will be conducting a virtual discussion of this book using Zoom on Monday, April 27. We are considering one of two possible times for the discussion, 1:30-3:00 PM or 7:30-9:00 PM. Registration is required and space is limited. To register for the book discussion, please send an email to Shelley Glick at sglick@wlsmail.org by this Monday, April 20 and indicate which time you would prefer. We will then send a follow-up email to all those who registered with additional details.

    If you read the book a while ago and need a refresher, you can find a summary at www.litcharts.com/lit/where-the-crawdads-sing/summary.

    If you are one of the few people who haven't yet read this book, you may be able to download the eBook and eAudiobook from OverDrive by going to our website www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org/read.html or the Libby app although copies are limited.

    If you are unable to read the book in time but are interested in future book discussions, let Shelley know and she will add you to the book discussion email list.

    We look forward to "seeing" everyone soon.

    Shelley & Lorraine

    PS- As always, you can visit us at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org and reach us at bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com or (914) 941-7072.



    Virtual Book Discussions for Kids!
    note age groups and details
    POSTED ON APRIL 16, 2020 5:55PM


    Virtual Book Discussion Meetings for Kids!

    Participants will come together in a virtual meeting to enjoy a book trivia contest, and other games, all about the book they read (with some traditional book discussion questions sprinkled in).

    Please note that we have two discussions scheduled for two different age groups. All participants should read the entire book in advance of the scheduled meeting date, and registration is required. The books chosen are available for free to all library patrons in Hoopla* as ebooks.

    FOR CHILDREN IN GRADES 2 - 4*

    STINK: THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING KID by Megan McDonald "Every morning, Judy Moody measures Stink and it's always the same: three feet, eight inches tall. Stink feels like even the class newt is growing faster than he is. Then, one day, the ruler reads - can it be? - three feet, seven and three-quarters inches! Is Stink shrinking? ...In Stink's first solo adventure, his special style comes through loud and strong - enhanced by a series of comic strips, drawn by Stink himself, which are sprinkled throughout the book." (Amazon.com summary excerpt)

    Discussion date: Thursday, May 7th at 4:30 - 5:15 pm, go to briarcliffmanorlibrary.org/children.html to register, or register now

    FOR CHILDREN IN GRADES 4* - 6

    SWEEP: THE STORY OF A GIRL AND HER MONSTER by Jonathan Auxier "Eleven-year-old Nan Sparrow is quite possibly the best climber who ever lived - and a girl. With her wits and will, she's managed to beat the deadly odds time and time again. But when Nan gets stuck in a deadly chimney fire, she fears her time has come. Instead, she wakes to find herself in an abandoned attic. And she is not alone. Huddled in the corner is a mysterious creature...that saved her from the fire. Sweep is the story of a girl and her monster. Together, these two outcasts carve out a life - saving one another in the process..."(Amazon.com summary excerpt)

    Discussion date: Thursday, May 14th at 4:30 - 5:15 pm, go to briarcliffmanorlibrary.org/children.html to register, or register now

    *If you are not familiar with using Hoopla, email Amy Kaplan with any questions at abgkaplan@gmail.com. We are using Hoopla rather than Overdrive/Libby because several copies of the book can be "checked out" at once. The book should be immediately available for the child to check out and start reading.

    *If you child is in 4th grade, please select whichever book they will enjoy most. (Please note that Sweep might be challenging for your 4th grader, although could make a great read-aloud; professional book review sources state the grade range as 5th - 8th.)



    Ken Okin -- Oils
    a Virtual Art Exhibit at the Library
    POSTED ON APRIL 15, 2020 2:36PM


    Good Afternoon Art Enthusiasts,

    As with much else this month, we are trying something new!

    Area artist Ken Okin was to exhibit his oil paintings this month in our Library gallery. Since the building is closed, we put our heads together and came up with this online slide show. Please click the triangle on the lower left to start and feel free to pause to take a longer look.

    We hope you enjoy this scenic stroll by both familiar and far off spots, followed by some lovely figure and still life paintings.

    The Library Staff

    PS - Please visit us at www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org. You can reach us at bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com or (914) 941-7072.



    Health Insurance Assistance
    still available while libraries are closed
    POSTED ON APRIL 13, 2020 1:41PM


    Good afternoon,

    Health insurance assistance is still available while libraries are closed.

    Medicare Counseling

    The Westchester Library System's Senior Benefits Individual Counseling (SBIC) sites remain closed through April but you can still receive unbiased Medicare counseling by calling their helpline at 914-231-3260 or emailing SBICS@wlsmail.org with your name, question, and preferred method of contact. Volunteer counselors will get back to you within two days, weekends included.

    Westchester County Department of Health Navigator Program

    If you need health insurance you can get personal assistance from one of the Westchester County Department of Health Navigators. You can apply whether you've lost a job that provided insurance or weren't previously insured. Call 914-995-6350 or email hnav@westchestergov.com. To learn more visit: https://health.westchestergov.com/health-plan-web-sites.

    For other information questions, please contact the Library by email to bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com or by phone to (914) 941-7072.

    We are here to provide information and resources for a variety of needs.

    The Library Staff



    More for children and families...
    from Briarcliff Manor Public Library
    POSTED ON APRIL 9, 2020 6:10PM


    Hello families!

    I miss the families of Briarcliff and have been thinking of you often as I work to develop our virtual children's services during this time.

    If you or your child want to visit with me, I encourage you to schedule a meeting! We now have a form on our website that can be used anytime to schedule a phone or video chat with me.

    Maybe your child wants to chat about what she has been reading lately, or get a book recommendation from me about what to read next. Maybe you or your child wants to recommend titles that we should add to our ebook collection...or some kids might just want to say hello or show me something they have made lately. Whatever the reason, I would be happy to meet.

    Go to https://www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org/children.html to fill out the meeting request form -- but do not consider it scheduled until you have confirmation from me.

    To help make it easier for families and children to find some good ebooks, I have been continuing to scrutinize our ebook offerings, make booklists to help showcase some great titles, and add titles to help round out the collection. I have also created a How-To guide for honing in on the beginning readers titles for the K - 2 learners.

    You can find the following booklists on our website:

    • FAVORITE PICTURE BOOKS ON OVERDRIVE
    • AVAILABLE ON HOOPLA FOR INDEPENDENT READERS
    • AMY'S FAVORITES NOVELS ON OVERDRIVE, BY GENRE
    • YOUNG READERS CHAPTER BOOKS ON OVERDRIVE (GRADES 2-4)
    • HOW TO BROWSE BEGINNING READER COLLECTIONS ON HOOPLA AND OVERDRIVE

    If there is another booklist or How To resource you would find helpful, please contact me at abgkaplan@gmail.com and let me know.

    I encourage you to check the CHILDREN page on our website regularly so that you can see what has been added. You may find something has been added that interests your family. We have some storytime videos* with more to come, kids-only online resources, and a virtual chess club has also begun!

    I hope you are enjoying your Activities of the Day!

    Amy

    *one storytime video needs a password to view; [email abgkaplan@gmail.com for the password]



    Booklists for Your Next eBook Read:
    From the Library
    POSTED ON APRIL 7, 2020 1:15PM


    Good Afternoon,

    Our booklists, a library staple, have received an update making suggested titles easier to find in our eBook collections.

    We now offer the following booklists:

    • Brown Bag Titles - Booklist of past titles discussed in our Brown Bag Book Discussion series that are in the library's ebook collection.


    • Contemporary Fiction Titles - Booklist of past titles discussed in our Contemporary Fiction by Award Winning Authors Book Discussion Series that are in the library's ebook collection.


    • Award Winning Titles - Booklist of award winning books that are in the library's ebook collection.


    • Recommended Nonfiction Titles - Booklist of nonfiction books that we have discussed at the library's nonfiction book club in the past that are in the library's ebook collection. For more resources for all ages, please visit www.BriarcliffManorLibrary.org.

    And of course you can get in touch with us by email to bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com or by phone to (914) 941-7072.

    We hope you enjoy our selections.

    The Library Staff



    Stream British TV with Acorn TV
    through the Library
    POSTED ON APRIL 3, 2020 1:31PM


    Greetings British TV Fans,

    The Briarcliff Manor Public Library now offers Acorn TV.

    For those not familiar:

    "Acorn TV is a subscription streaming service that offers world-class mysteries, dramas, comedies, and documentaries, all commercial-free. Acorn TV's library includes hard-to-find gems, timeless classics, and newly discovered favorites from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and beyond."

    Briarcliff Library cardholders can sign up free of charge on our website, www.BriarcliffManorLibrary.org, and start watching right away. Each time you sign in, you can watch unlimited shows for a week!

    You'll need:
    • Your Briarcliff Library Card
    • Your email address, and
    • A username and password that you choose.


    Not a cardholder? Ask at your home library or email bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com for assistance.

    Acorn TV can be set up on a variety of devices. The Acorn TV "help" tab provides instructions.

    The "Binge Worthy" and "Armchair Escapes" recommended lists look quite appealing!



    Today is Census Day
    A reminder from the Library
    POSTED ON APRIL 1, 2020 3:10PM


    Today is Census Day

    If you'd like to participate by answering the Census right now, just click here. You don't even need the code that was sent in the mail. Your street and cross street will do.

    If today's not a good day to respond, please take a few minutes (about eight minutes, typically) to answer on your next visit to BriarcliffManorLibrary.org. A Census2020 link is on the bottom of the page. And, you can treat yourself to one of the library's new online offerings when you are done.

    This is what we've added:
    • Booklists for all ages to use with our eBook resources
    • Amy's storytime video for children & families
    • A slide presentation, "COVID-19 Fact vs. Fiction," for Adults
    • Acorn TV streaming service (more information to come!)
    Thank you to everyone who has responded to the Census already. It really does help us all!

    Everyone in Briarcliff Counts.

    The Library Staff



    Briarcliff Manor Public Library
    Connecting the Community: From Our Homes to Yours
    POSTED ON MARCH 30, 2020 2:51PM


    Hello Everyone,

    Starting today, our

    "Connecting the Community: From Our Homes to Yours" website is up to connect you easily to high demand library resources.
    • Library card help, the library newsletter sign-up & archive and "contact us" are right at the top.
    • Quick links to the Census Survey, Covid-19 updates and the Library Board page are at the bottom.
    • Exciting resources to Read, Watch, Listen and Learn are all front and center.
    • Looking for What's New, or activities for Families or Adults? We have those, too.
    The address is still the same: BriarcliffManorLibrary.org and, if you prefer, you can still click on the old familiar website from the link at the bottom of the page.

    Please come visit us at our new online home!

    The Library Staff



    Library Services
    after our first week
    POSTED ON MARCH 27, 2020 2:46PM


    Hello Everyone,

    Today marks the end of our first full week of providing library services from our homes to your homes.

    Please know that:
    • Library staff is returning calls and answering e-mails.
    • Residents can still sign up for library cards and
    • Everyone can still get reference help.
    • We will continue to send "Library News" emails full of information about online music, movies and books that you can access through our website: www.BriarcliffManorLibrary.org.
    We will be adding more offerings. In the works are:
    • family activities to get kids off their screens,
    • online adult programs,
    • additional streaming services and
    • a "Connecting the Community: From Our Homes to Yours" web page.
    We look forward to sharing more on this next week. Meanwhile, email bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com if we can be of assistance.

    Wishing everyone a safe and healthy weekend,

    The Library Staff



    Vast selection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, films, and music
    Library card & PIN help
    POSTED ON: MARCH 25, 2020 - 2:18PM


    HELLO AGAIN FELLOW READERS,

    We want you to have access to download the vast selection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, films, and music for all ages that is available to you through the Briarcliff Manor Library, now during our temporary building closure, and beyond.

    Your gateway is https://www.briarcliffmanorlibrary.org, and your ticket is your Briarcliff Manor Library card (the 14-digit account number on your card) and PIN (generally the last four digits of the phone number you provided for your account).

    Don't have a card, lost your card, forgot your PIN, or any other account log-in problems? Click here for the Westchester Library System account page.

    Or you can send an email bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com with your questions. Our staff will email a personalized response and offer support as needed.

    Check back often for more information about enhancing and personalizing your online Library account and user experience.

    Happy reading,

    Catherine



    Sign Up to Receive ACTIVITY OF THE DAY Emails
    for children and families from Briarcliff Manor Public Library
    POSTED ON: MARCH 25, 2020 - 2:13PM


    Is your family looking for ways to keep the kids from getting bored and to keep them away from their screens? Sign up for our new ACTIVITY OF THE DAY newsletter! You will receive an email with a suggested activity to do that day. The emails will go out daily Monday through Thursday while the library is closed.

    Amy Kaplan will be combing the internet (so you don't have to!) to find activities that are engaging, fun, and don't require leaving your house or yard. We plan to send science experiments, games to play around the house, adventures for the yard, and craft/art ideas. We will provide ideas that work for a range of ages- from toddlers to preteens.

    If you are interested in receiving our ACTIVITY OF THE DAY emails, please complete the form below. If the form does not appear, you can find it here: Sign Up for Activity of the Day Emails.

    If you sign up but aren't seeing any emails from us, please check your spam folder to make sure they haven't ended up in there. If you find it in your spam folder make sure to note that these emails are not spam and then you should receive them in your inbox.

    Do not hesitate to contact us at abgkaplan@gmail.com with any questions you may have. We hope the kids enjoy the activities!



    More Titles Available to Download
    from the Library
    POSTED ON: MARCH 24, 2020 - 1:34PM


    HELLO FELLOW READERS.

    The Briarcliff Library building may be closed, but we have been busy ordering eBooks and eAudiobooks for adults, teens and children. You can download these titles to your tablet, Kindle, phone or computer using the Libby app or by going to https://westchester.overdrive.com/

    If the title you want is not currently available, place a hold and you will be notified when it is. While you are waiting, there are thousands of titles that you can choose from to borrow right now. Whether you like mysteries, historical fiction, biographies or romance, you are sure to find something that's right for you.

    Happy reading,

    Shelley

    Need help? Email bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com



    Library Books for Children
    with a booklist of great picture books available on Overdrive
    POSTED ON: MARCH 23, 2020 - 5:25PM


    Dear families,

    During this time we understand that many of you are already missing your weekly trips to the library to stock up on some new books to read. I know our family sure is. I know that your older readers are going through a series and are eager to get the next one right away. I know that the beginning readers need a constant flow of new books to practice honing their new skills. I know that children of all ages are eager to listen to their caregivers read aloud to them often. And I know that our youngest patrons can easily listen to picture book after picture book (after picture book) and that they (and their caregivers) are missing stocking up on a fresh new batch of books.

    Although we can continue to read our home library in traditional book format...the fresh library books that we read will have to be in ebook format for this period. This will be an adjustment for many families- I know it will be a big adjustment for mine. In light of this reality, I am working hard to try to make the ebook selection a great one.

    I am evaluating our Overdrive library so that we can continue to serve our young patrons as best as we can and keep their thirst for reading as strong as ever. Offerings for our youngest patrons are particularly slim in this format and I am working hard to increase our collection of picture books and beginning readers. Of course, I am also going to try to make our collection of books for older readers as robust as possible as well.

    I plan to highlight some great books that are available on Overdrive for all ages over the coming days and weeks. Today I have highlighted some of my favorite picture books that are available (although some are checked out, place a hold!) via Overdrive. Please scroll down to the end of this email for the list.

    I am available by email to help you figure out how to utilize this service on your phone, tablet, Kindle or computer. I also encourage you to reach out to me via email for any book recommendations. Please also let me know of any series or authors you hope to find there and I will do my best to try to make them available. I am investigating ways to be available to help families by video chat as well...so stay tuned!

    I will be in touch in the coming days and weeks with more updates about how I aim to provide library services for the children of our community virtually during this time.

    Amy Kaplan

    abgkaplan@gmail.com

    FAVORITE PICTURE BOOKS AVAILABLE ON OVERDRIVE
    The Best Pet of All by LaRochelle
    Budgie and Boo by McPhail
    Creepy Pair of Underwear by Reynolds
    The Day Louis Got Eaten by Fardell
    Dragons Love Tacos by Rubin
    Dr. Desoto by Steig
    The Giant Hug by Horning
    I Want my Hat Back by Klassen
    Little Pea by Rosenthall
    Meet Mr. and Mrs. Green by Baker
    Mossy by Brett
    Owl Babies by Waddell
    Serious Farm by Egan
    Sunflower Sword by Sperring
    We Don't Eat our Classmates by Higgins
    The Whale in my Swimming Pool by Wan




    Briarcliff Manor Public Library staff
    From our homes to yours
    POSTED ON: MARCH 23, 2020 - 3:08PM


    Greetings,

    Starting today, most of the Briarcliff Manor Public Library staff is working from home. Shelley is answering reference questions. Amy is coordinating children's and teen services. Ricki is answering calls to the front desk.

    This is how you can reach us-

    By email to bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com
    By phone to (914) 941-7072.

    (Generally, we will respond Monday through Friday, between 10:30 am and 4:30 PM.)

    You can still contact us at our individual emails:

    Shelley at sglick@wlsmail,org
    Amy at abgkaplan@gmail.com
    Donna at dpesce@wlsmail,org

    Lori, Catherine, Lorraine, Joan, Frank and Harrison are all in touch, working on projects and providing backup.

    We hope to have our website updated soon to reflect our current offerings.

    From our homes to yours,

    Shelley, Amy, Ricki & Donna



    Census Invitations in the Mail
    Questions? Email the Library
    POSTED ON: MARCH 20, 2020 - 4:00PM


    Hi Everyone,

    Yesterday evening, with all the crazyness swirling around, I answered the Census.

    Most of the others on the Briarcliff Manor Census Committee had already received their invitations in the mail and responded online.

    It seemed llike a small action, but one that looked forward to the future.

    Let's count on it,

    Donna

    The Library can help if you have Census questions.
    Email bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com.



    Escaping into a good book . . .
    via the Library app
    POSTED ON: MARCH 19, 2020 - 3:13PM


    Readers

    Escaping into a good book about a world so different from my own feels especially good during this time. I just finished reading "The Giver of Stars" by JoJo Moyes about the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky during 1937. I delighted in this fictional tale of a woman who gains independence and friendships as she discovers a community who is so grateful for the books and magazines she transports on horseback.

    Enjoy this title and others on the Libby app.

    Lorraine

    PS--New help with Libby? Email us at bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com.



    Lots to Listen to
    from the Library
    POSTED ON: MARCH 18, 2020 - 3:50PM


    Hello Everyone,

    Today, I would like to share my favorite online library resource, Freegal. It is free music and much more for listening.

    A big part of the appeal is that it is fast and easy and almost always has what I want with no advertising or delay.

    Usually, I search for whatever I feel like listening to . . . '80s music, salsa, a certain artist. When I am not sure, I just click on featured recordings like Grammy Award winners or Poetry, and get to try something new.

    I prefer the streaming, but you can also download and create your own collection. All you need for your first sign in is your library card number and PIN (usually the last four digits of your phone number). This is the link https://briarcliffmanorlibrary.freegalmusic.com/home.

    Need help with your library card? Please call the library between 10 and 6, Monday- Friday or email bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com.

    Happy listening!

    Donna at the Library



    A Message from the Library
    serving you remotely
    POSTED ON: MARCH 17, 2020 - 5:06PM


    Hi Everyone,

    In the coming weeks, we look forward to bringing the library to you online by highlighting our resources that you can use at home and by adding exciting new ones.

    First, we need to take care of a bit of housekeeping so you will be able to access everything.

    Do you have an up-to date library card?

    If your library card or PIN does not work, you just don't have a card yet or have not used your card in years, please email bmplibrary@gmail.com or call the library between 10 AM and 6 PM, Monday through Friday, at 914-941-7072.

    Don't worry about overdue books!

    That's right. We are waiving all fines until we reopen. So, keep your books and other items for a little longer.

    We miss seeing everyone, but be assured that we are working behind the scenes with you in mind.

    With warmest wishes,

    The Library Staff



    Library Closed
    Please visit us online
    POSTED ON: MARCH 16, 2020 - 12:50PM


    Good Afternoon,

    The Briarcliff Manor Public Library will be closed until further notice as a precaution to help keep the community, volunteers and staff safe. During this time, we request that you do not return books and other items. There will be no charge on items returned after the due date. Holds throughout the Westchester Library System have also been suspended and most other libraries are closed.

    Please remember that the library has online music, movies and books that you can access from home, through our web site: www.BriarcliffManorLibrary.org.

    Please email bmplibrarycirc@gmail.com if we can be of assistance.

    We look forward reopening when things settle down.



    Library Closed this Weekend
    for precautionary cleaning
    POSTED ON: MARCH 13, 2020 - 4:50PM


    The Briarcliff Manor Public Library will be closed Saturday, March 14 through Sunday March 15 for a deep cleaning of the facility as a precaution to help keep the community, volunteers and staff safe. During this time, we request that you do not return books and other items. There will be no charge on items returned after the due date. Holds throughout the Westchester Library System have also been suspended. The Library will reopen on Monday morning at its usual time,10 AM. (subject to change based on events)

    Please remember that the library has online music, movies and books that you can access from home, through our web site: www.BriarcliffManorLibrary.org.

    Wishing all a safe and healthy weekend.
































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