Encyclopedias at your fingertips for kids, big and small!

Encyclopedias are huge resources of information on all topics A to Z.  Some are online and some in print.  They are major starting points for curious learners or those needing homework help.  Before school starts, here are a few:

  • Wikipedia is often a quick online resource, but not necessarily the best one for you.  It is a free online encyclopedia written by volunteers some of whom may be more knowledgeable than others.  CAUTION: Documentation and sources are very important.     caution
  • Research tools provided by the North Castle  Library  https://www.westchesterlibraries.org/ include online encyclopedias in both English and Spanish targeted for specific ages. They are current and all written by experts:
    • Britannica Academic or the combined Encyclopaedia Britannica and the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary for the collegiate level research;
    • Britannica High or quick facts/in-depth information for the high school level;
    • Britannica Middle for information for the middle school level;
    • Britannica Elementary for information at the elementary school level;
    • Kids InfoBits designed especially for students in kindergarten to grade 5.
  • World Book Discovery Encyclopedia (J Reference) a 13 volume print encyclopedia including an atlas and index to all volumes that is easy to understand and use if you are just curious or need to better understand and research a new topic.

Bottom line:  All of us are here to help you with your homework or information needs, and we have so many ways to help you!  



The Borgias

Just back from taking some of our art & film patrons on tour through the South of Italy & as always, I still can’t get enough of Italian history, culture, politics, etc., even while I am starting to plan next year’s tour.

My art & film lectures this month here at the Library focus on Italian heavy hitters (Art : da Vinci, & Donatello this Wednesday, Oct 17 at 6 pm & 7 pm respectively; Verrocchio oct 24 at 7 pm; & contemporary Italian artists oct 31 at 7 pm; & film: The comedy Buon Giorno, Papà, starting heartthrob Raoul Bova at 7 pm on October 19, & master comedic storyteller Leonardo Pieraccioni’s Al Paradisdo all’improvviso October 26 at 7 pm) and my reading is the perfect companion to this month’s lectures.

The Borgias, by G.J. Meyer ( who wrote an incredible compendium on the Tudors), takes us through the Borgia dynasty & political tumult, upheaval & intrigue of over 240-odd years leading into and through the Renaissance that propelled them into power.

Meyer brings the individuals to life in compelling detail, emphasizing the dangers of various political threats throughout Europe and the Middle East, while also explaining the nuances of diplomatic relations & royal egos at a time when 5 months was considered lightning speed to get a military action in place, and Twitter was just what the birds did.

(Heavenly Bodies @the Met; photo Val Franco, c, October 2018)

As a companion to the Metropolitan Museum’s recent Heavenly Bodies exhibit on fashion from design powerhouses of the 20th & 21st Century & religious artifacts from the Catholic Church, this book also serves to illuminate a segment of the far reaching influence the church held in Renaissance Europe.

Note: Congratulations to the Friends of the North Castle Public Library for the completion of the 58th Annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show in September. All of their amazing volunteer work to mount this incredible juried art show comes back around to support the great art, film and music offerings presented at the library, as well as children’s programming, guest lectures & series. Because of their generosity & hard work, most of these offerings ( like the Wednesday art lecture series & Friday film series) are open & offered free to the public.

Indie Authors at the Library!

Once again, we’ll be celebrating Indie Author Day at the library! When? Tomorrow, Saturday, October 13! Here are the authors who will be visiting us:

  1. The Berliners! Susan Berliner and her husband have both written witty adventure stories. Here’s a little info about just one of their many books–click on the image to  find out more!bubbles
  2. K. Samuel Murray has a lot of experience he wants to share with his clients and their children. That’s why he wrote Bank Magic. Click on the book cover to go to his amazon page.

Bank Magic

3. Barbara Josselsohn’s debut novel was praised by Kirkus reviews, who said, ““In this engaging debut novel, Josselsohn delves into the anxieties and insecurities of modern womanhood as well as the whims of celebrity-obsessed culture.” If you’re a fan of contemporary realistic fiction, you should enjoy meeting her and hearing about her author’s journey. Click on the book cover to go to her author page.

last dreamer

Fiction, nonfiction, adult and children’s lit, humor, romance, dystopian thrillers–our talented authors have something for everyone! It all starts at 10:30, when you can share coffee and donut holes with the author. After that, you can stay for an author roundtable, creative writing workshops, book signings, and more! See you at the library!


College Net Price

We have been saving for college for 17 years, but nothing prepares you for the costs. We were disappointed when my daughter announced that her 1st choice school was one of the more expensive schools. I confess consoling myself with the fact that she probably wouldn’t get into it any way.

Then we got out the net price calculator. And, you know what? We found that some schools we thought would be less expensive are more expensive, and my daughter’s first choice….was actually more on the affordable side.

Here’s the link. Give it a try!



Book Donations

North Castle Library strives to obtain a collect that our patrons are requesting in the format that that they are most comfortable using. The public outcry right now is for more multi-media items, and more programs. We need space!

Fortunately, your beautiful books don’t need to be thrown away. If your’re interested in donating your books, please Check this list to find a place to donate.




Free Books You Can Keep

The North Castle Public Library offers tons of free goodies, from classes and concerts to streaming video. But did you know that we also offer e-books you never, ever, have to return?

It’s true! Of course, you can download and keep classics from Project Gutenberg. But we also offer these databases:

total boox

Total Boox is very easy to use and has current titles. It’s especially good for travel. Click on the picture to explore it!


Biblioboard is unique because it lets you borrow excellent micro-press and self-published books you might not be able to find any other way. As with  Total Boox,  you never have to place a hold, and there are never any fines


Finally, if you’re a North Castle patron, you can access the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Do you need to practice for a civil service exam? Or figure out what majors suit you best? Or learn about novelists, or study algebra or business leadership or more? This is your one-stop information source! You’ll need your North Castle library card to use the Virtual Reference Library from home. Just click on the image above to get started!

Questions, problems, or comments? Just give us a call (914-273-3887) or email us!


Aaar! It’s talk like a pirate day-

So you might want to come in to the library to get some great stories about pirates! I’m starting off with a new nonfiction title for adults.

desert and sea

Journalist Michael Scott Moore was held captive by Somali pirates for three years. This is his story. It has been widely praised for both style and substance.

And here’s an older book that will appeal to archaeologists as well as adventure and history fans:


Did you know the first pirates were English privateers during the age of Elizabeth I? It’s true! But, during the high age of piracy, there were privateers from France as well as Spain and England. Here’s the story of the discovery of a lost French pirate fleet.


We may remember pirates as cruel thieves, but, in the Americas, the society of pirates was actually surprisingly democratic. For example, pirate crews included Black sailors, they elected their leaders, and they attacked slave ships. Here’s another good history, this one focusing on the 18th century.


Finally, here’s a story for the whole family! This may be the best ever filming of the classic tale.



Do You LOVE Our Programming?

Show your LOVElove heart of your library by going to the OUTDOOR ARMONK ART SHOW coming to town Sept 29-30!

In 1961, the Friends of the North Castle Public Library, including Charles Elson, Lucille Bruno and Jean West, decided to try an outdoor art exhibition as a way to raise funds for the library. With only a handful of artists showing their work on the lawn of the Armonk Methodist Church bordering Main Street, the Armonk Outdoor Art Show was born. The show soon outgrew the churchyard and was relocated to the parking lot in front of the library. read more

This is THE fundraising event that enables the library to bring the outstanding programming to our Library, but not everyone is aware of this. So if you get a chance, stop by the show, bring a friend (or two! Discount bookmarks available in the Library) Not only will you be helping to continue quality programs at the Library, but you may even find that perfect gift for an upcoming family occasion!

Come out and enjoy the weekend!  Share the LOVE of your Library!

    September 29 & 30, 2018
         Saturday & Sunday  10am–5pm
205 Business Park Dr., Armonk, NY     RAIN OR SHINE · NO DOGS Please