Briarcliff Manor Public Library, One Library Road, Briarcliff Manor, New York, 914-941-7072


PROGRAMS & RESOURCES



What Should I Read Next?

Book Recommendation Request Form - Would you like some help in selecting library books that you might enjoy? Let us know what kind of books you like and our librarians will give you some recommendations for books from our library's collection. We will set them aside for you to pick up.

Booklists

"Bring Your Own Book" Booklist - Booklist of titles recommended by library patrons who participated in a "Bring Your Own Book" discussion about books they have been enjoying lately.

"Bring Your Own Book" Booklist #2 - Booklist of titles recommended by library patrons who participated in a "Bring Your Own Book" discussion about books they have been enjoying lately.

"Bring Your Own Book" Booklist #3 - Booklist of titles recommended by library patrons who participated in a "Bring Your Own Book" discussion about books they have been enjoying lately.

Brown Bag Book Club Titles - Ebook titles | All past titles
Booklists of past titles discussed in our Brown Bag Book Discussion series.

Contemporary Fiction Book Club Titles- Ebook titles | All past titles
Booklist of past titles discussed in our Contemporary Fiction by Award Winning Authors Book Discussion Series.

Award Winning Titles - Award Winner Ebooks Booklist | List & Award Websites

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.


Fall Programs for Adults
Registration is required to sglick@wlsmail.org or call 914-941-7072.

Dance for Balance (outside in Law Park Pavilion)

Registration for this program is closed due to high demand. We will look into offering it again at a later time.


Please email dpesce@wlsmail.org to be added to the waiting list. We will contact you when the next session is scheduled.
  • Dance for balance has been created by Dr. Neha Kachroo, DPT. She is a practicing Physical therapist for the past 16 years and has incorporated her love for dance to improve balance for her patient population.

    Dr. Kachroo uses an ancient Indian classical dance form called Odissi which is known for its graceful body movements and rhythmic footwork . There have been extensive studies done to prove that when dance is incorporated in the treatment of any neurological balance disorders there has been improvement. So why not we use it as a preventative tool and dance our way to improve and maintain our balance.

    Dr. Kachroo is a local resident.

Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick Mobile Office Hours

Monday, September 13 at 1:00 – 4:00 PM, in the community center

Drop-in, no registration required. All are welcome to attend.
  • A representative from the senator’s constituent service team will be present.

    Learn how the Senator’s office can help you. Ask about legislative initiatives and proposals. Alert the Senator’s office about community issues.



A Short Tanka Adventure with Peter Fiore

Tuesday, September 28⋅ at 12:30 – 2:00 PM, in the Library

Registration for this program is full. Please email dpesce@wlsmail.org to be added to the waiting list.
  • Try writing this form of short poem. Instructor Peter Fiore – Westchester artist and poet.



Understanding Alzheimer's and Dementia: A Virtual Education Program

New Date! Wednesday, September 29 at 6:30 – 7:30 PM, via Zoom

Registration to sglick@wlsmail.org
  • Join us for a free virtual program presented by the Alzheimer's Association.

    Learn about the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's, the impact of Alzheimer’s, COVID and caregiving implications, risk factors, research and treatments as well as Alzheimer’s Association resources.



Demystifying Medicare and Healthcare Coverage for Seniors

Thursday, October 7 at 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, in the community center

Registration requested to Stephanie Rossi at srossi@briarcliffmanor.org or 914-941-6560. Please leave your name, telephone number and the name of the event. Space is limited.
  • This presentation of the Westchester Library System’s senior services is perfect for anyone trying to navigate their way through our complicated healthcare system for older adults.

    Topics include:
    • Original Medicare
    • Medicare Advantage Plan
    • Prescription drug plans (Part D)
    • Medigaps (supplemental plans)
    • Various cost-saving programs


    Cosponsored with the Briarcliff Manor Recreation Department.



Author Talk with Tom Leihbacher

Saturday, October 16 at 2:30 – 3:30 PM, in the Law Park Pavilion

Registration to sglick@wlsmail.org, space is limited.
  • Join Local Briarcliff Manor resident Tom Leihbacher as he discusses his novels based on his childhood memories of growing up in Briarcliff Manor. Tom Leihbacher attended the University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and Marketing. After graduation, he moved home to Briarcliff Manor, New York, began a career in Manhattan, married and started a small family. Tom and his wife are active in community activities. In addition to serving as co-Youth Director at church, he also is on the board of Make A Wish and St. Christopher’s School. He also was inducted to the Briarcliff High School Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

    After 35+ years in the corporate world, Tom published his first novel – A Gift Most Rare in October of 2020. Summer Up! is the first sequel in this four-part series.

    Cosponsored with the Briarcliff Manor – Scarborough Historical Society.



DNA Testing - Perks, Pitfalls and Privacy: A Virtual Informational Program

Monday, October 25 at 7:00 – 8:00 PM, via Zoom

Registration to sglick@wlsmail.org
  • Direct to consumer DNA testing can offer information on your ethnic background, help build your family tree, or even alert you to possible health concerns.

    Learn more about the pros and cons of different tests before deciding whether DNA testing is right for you.

    The program presenter, Michelle Torosian, is experienced in both traditional and genetic genealogical research and is the founder of Torosian Genealogy, LLC.



Linkedin: Virtual Career Webinar

Thursday, October 28 at 7:00 – 8:00 PM, via Zoom

Registration to dpesce@wlsmail.org Space is limited.
  • With the lack of in person opportunities, Linkedin has become more important. Learn to set up a good profile that markets your strengths and positions you. You will also learn how to use the networking job posting viewing features.



DIGITAL OPEN HOUSES: Provided by Westchester Library System

Second Tuesdays of the month at 5:30 pm, see below
  • Have a question about a specific resource available on westchesterlibaries.org? Want to learn how to download/stream content - from comics and ebooks, to movies and music? Curious about the many tools you can use now to build skills and enhance your resume or test scores?

    This is your chance to find out what's available to you for FREE as someone who lives, works, or goes to school in Westchester County.

    Register Online -- After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with your meeting link.

    MONTHLY OPEN HOUSE DATES, Second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 - 6:15 pm:

    5/11, 6/8, 7/13, 8/10, 9/14, 10/12, 11/9 & 12/14



Ongoing Programs for Adults
Registration is required to sglick@wlsmail.org or call 914-941-7072.

Bring Your Own Book Discussion

December 16th at 7:00 - 8:30 pm
  • This informal discussion provides our reading community an opportunity to share reading suggestions. If you are interested in attending, just be ready to tell the group about one or more books you've enjoyed (without giving away too much) and the reasons for your recommendation(s). All genres are welcome. Hopefully, the discussion will leave you excited about some new and interesting titles. We will send all the participants a list of the recommended titles indicating their availability from the library.

    Whether this will be via Zoom or in person is not determined at this time. To register, please email sglick@wlsmail.org or call the library at 914-941-7072 x1.



Adult Coloring: in the Community Center

Mondays at 1:00 - 2:30 pm. September 20, 27, October 4, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29. (face mask and social distancing required)


Registration is required to Stephanie Rossi at srossi@briarcliffmanor.org or call the Briarcliff Manor Recreation Department at 914-941-6560. Please leave your name, telephone number and the name of the program. Space is limited. Please register early!

  • Coloring is a wonderful way to relax and improve your concentration. It can help relieve stress and reduce anxiety. Come explore your artistic side, meet new people and have fun while rediscovering your inner child. No artistic skills required. Coloring pages will be provided but please bring your own colored pencils, gel pens or markers. Co-sponsored with the Briarcliff Manor Recreation Department.



Cookbook Meetup

Theme and date to be determined

  • Come together with others to discuss all things food! Get inspiration from a selection of library cookbooks or choose from one of your own.



Film Discussion (virtual via Zoom)

Saturday, September 11 at 2:30 - 3:30 pm, Film: Juliet, Naked (available on Kanopy)

Registration to dpesce@wlsmail.org.

  • Don't judge a book (or movie) just by its cover (or title).

    Juliet, Naked is a 2018 romantic comedy film directed by Jesse Peretz based on Nick Hornby's 2009 novel of the same name. It centers on the story of Annie (Rose Byrne), and her unlikely romance with singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke), who is also the subject of her boyfriend's (Chris O'Dowd) long-time music obsession.

    Join Frank Erlanger, via Zoom, for a discussion featuring a selection from Kanopy, on our Library website.



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Book Discussions

September discussions will be held virtually via Zoom except as noted. Format for the remaining discussions is to be determined.

Books to borrow are available at the Briarcliff Manor Public Library one month prior to the discussion and also can be downloaded from OverDrive. Registration is required to participate.

To register, email sglick@wlsmail.org or call 914-941-7072.

  • Contemporary Fiction by Award-Winning Authors Fall 2021 (Now on Thursdays from 7:30 - 9:00 pm)

    DETAILED FLIER AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION

    September 23: Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam (Finalist for 2020 National Book Award)
    October 21: How Much of These Hills is Gold by C. Pam Zhang (Winner of the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters)
    November 18: Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague by Maggie O'Farrell (Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award)
    .More detailed summaries of the selected titles and additional information about the book discussion can be found on the flyer.








  • Brown Bag Lunch Book Discussion Group (Tuesdays from 12:30-2:00 PM)

    DETAILED FLIER AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION

    September 14: This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger Krueger (In–person discussion in Law Park Pavilion across from library)
    October 12: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
    November 9: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
    .More detailed summaries of the selected titles and additional information about the book discussion can be found on the flyer.





  • Westchester Great Books Council Book Discussions
    Tuesday Discussion Series (Tuesdays from 7:30 - 9:00 pm)
    Fall 2021 titles and dates



  • Books that Will Start you Thinking: Nonfiction Book Discussion (Thursday at 1:00 - 2:30 pm)

    DETAILED FLIER AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION (coming soon)

    December 9: title to be determined






FYI: Resources & Online Presentations

NY State Disaster & Flood Resource Center - Find information about DFS resources, locations where consumers can get in-person assistance, and links to other disaster recovery resources.



WLS Career Coaching Services - WLS Career Coaching Services, formerly called WEBS, offers "Managing Your Career in Changing Times" virtual seminars and other career-related workshops run by professional career coaches, all free of charge, sponsored by the Westchester Library System.



Redistricting/Fair Mapping 101 - The League of Women Voters of Westchester is now offering this online tutorial regarding Redistricting/Fair Mapping. The mapping that takes place now in 2021 will stand for ten years.

Election Information - VOTE411.org is a "one-stop-shop" for election related information that provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information.



Employment Information
  • NY State Department of Labor - Information about employment, job openings, and unemployment coverage.


  • careeronestop.org Find career, training, and job search resources at this site sponsored by U.S. Department of Labor.


  • WLS employment services - Westchester Library Services employment resources, online career center, and career coaching services.


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. To learn more visit: https://health.westchestergov.com/health-plan-web-sites
  • Call 914-995-6350 or
  • email hnav@westchestergov.com.


Tax Forms

Westchester County Resources -- A listing of current contact information for Westchester County social service agencies and programs providing assistance to residents. (updated June 2020)




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Last revised September 23, 2021