Museums are starting to open!

Edit on December 30 (And Happy New Year, everyone!) Tonight at 7:00, The Bruce presents The Origin of Species…Survival Plans. Click on the link to register! And be sure to check other museum websites for streaming programs!

Yes, it’s true. Admission is limited for safety’s sake, but several local museums now do allow visitors. Here’s how to borrow passes for these museums.

  1. Call the library and ask for the reference desk—that’s 914-273-3887, x 3. Ask us if the pass you want is available for the day you would like to go. We will sign you up in our checkout book.
  2. Be sure to also contact the museum and reserve in advance. Most museums require advance reservations.
  3. Either the day of or the day before your visit, please call the library and arrange a time to pick up your pass. We will check it out to you.
  4. Bring the pass to the museum at the time of your reservation and enjoy your visit!
  5. After your visit, please call us to arrange a drop-off time. Remember, museum passes must be picked up and dropped off in person. You can borrow them for a maximum of three days.

Here’s a short list of museums that are now open, with info about their hours and how to book.

If you click on the pictures of the museums, you’ll get information about exactly how to plan your visit.

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Tonight’s film – 2 Autumns , 3 Winters 

Hey All!

Heads up on time change This Friday & next – 7:30 pm start time!

Otherwise- set your table, pour your beverage of choice & join me fir the film! See you tonight!!!

2 Autumns , 3 Winters  – Over the course of two autumns and three winters, Arman, Amélie and Benjamin share the incidental moments, unexpected accidents, unconventional love stories and unforgettable memories that will define who they are.Join ProfValFranco for a look at this insightful film. In French With English subtitles.

Please load Kanopy through the Library website, as we watch the film independently and then 

meet up on Zoom for the intro to the film, and then again for the post-viewing film lecture and discussion. 

Go to Zoom.us website. 

Enter zoom meeting ID 

zoom id 

690 885 641

Then enter Zoom password 



Hank Aaron

Today, a home run king who also spoke eloquently about the experience of being Black in America has died. If you’d like to find out more about hammering Hank (who beat Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1974), we’ve got some resources for you!

In The Baseball Book, you can read a moving essay by the famous sports writer George Plimpton about Hank Aaron’s record-shattering homer.

Fastball is a documentary; famous players, including Aaron, discuss the game.

We’ve also got a biography that’s suitable for adults as well as older kids; you can find Hank Aaron and the Home Run that Changed America in the teen room.

Finally, you can read the entry on Aaron in Players of Cooperstown. The vote to admit Aaron was practically unanimous!

Art Wednesday January 20 at 7 PM -Fernand Leger

Hello All!

Friday night’s film, Song of the Basques, available through your library card on Kanopy, took us on an incredible region to this beautiful yet rugged land. The combination of connection to the land, love of culture, and depth of history all combine to in a people tremendously proud of their roots, both literal & figurative.

The film was followed by quite a spirited discussion on the education, sports, folklore, health and gastronomy as represented by various individuals including vintners, Michelin starred chefs, professional pelota players, artists, athletes, fishermen (& women), folk dancers and miners.

As always, the discussion is up for the next two weeks on my FB page ( ProfValFranco) if you’d like to tap into the post-film insights after you enjoy the movie. You can also leave comments here if you’d like to continue the discussion!

After a wonderful conversation on Friday night, we turn this week to art on Wednesday and a look at French artist Fernand Leger. Join Me for a look at his life and work. After apprenticing to an architect, he started his professional career as an architectural draftsman before studying art at the Académie Julian. He moved from Impressionism through to an increasingly abstract style, focused on a limited color palette.

See you this Wednesday on zoom at 7 pm! A bientot!