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!