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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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