Solar Eclipse!

If we’re lucky and the weather permits, everyone in the U.S., as well as parts of Mexico, Canada, and Europe, will get to see a partial solar eclipse. The path of totality cuts right through the country, from landfall on the coast of Oregon in the morning till departure  on the coast of South Carolina in the early afternoon. If you’d like to know exactly when the partial eclipse will hit Armonk (or wherever you happen to be on the 21st!), this handy link will tell you.

Interactive eclipse map

Right here in Westchester, several libraries are hosting eclipse programs. Here’s a handy link provided by Cheryl Berent. It shows you how to make a pinhole camera so you can view the eclipse safely.

Pinhole Camera

Of course, you can also buy special glasses for eclipse viewing. Not all glasses for sale are safe. Here’s a link that can help you get safe ones.

Safe glasses: a link from NASA

Please note: not all libraries have eclipse glasses. Here is a list of those who do. The glasses are for those attending the eclipse events at those libraries; please call them to inquire or register.

The Rye free reading room

The Chappaqua Public Library

One last link from Cheryl; how to watch the eclipse online if you’re stuck inside!

Watching online

And, of course, we’ve got books and media for you to enjoy as well! A few are listed below the cut.

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It’s National Book Day!

Yes, really! There is such a thing. Click on the picture below to read a story about it. cropped-cropped-download-1.jpg

Of course, if you’re looking for something to read, whether fiction or nonfiction, brand-new or classic, we can help! We’ve got lots of books for readers of all ages, and e-books and audiobooks, too. Just browse through this blog for some suggestions. Try the tag “reading”, and you’ll find lots of books my colleagues and I enjoyed. I’m going to list just a couple of new ones here, too (you can find this first one in the system, and don’t forget all our wonderful e-book databases!)

every morning

By the author of the bestselling “A Man Called Ove”, this is the story of a grandfather, a son, a grandson, and a family’s struggle with Alzheimer’s. Touching and beautifully written.  Continue reading “It’s National Book Day!”

Out of This World!

Do you remember what anniversary it is? Of course you do, at least if you are a certain age. Some of us are old enough to remember being glued to our TVs more than 40 years ago, watching this.

Then on this same day 17 years later, we saw this.  So how better to celebrate the spirit of exploration than with some great books (and movies, of course!) about astronauts?


If you love optimistic, adventurous stories about survival, and you haven’t read this one, you’re in for a treat! We’ve got the movie, too.

Lost Moon

If you think astronauts couldn’t stay this cool under pressure, how about some real-life heroics? Lost Moon tells the story of Apollo 13 in the voice of astronaut Jim Lovell.

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July celebrations!

Of course, we celebrate freedom in July! But it’s not just us Americans who celebrate. Canada day is July 2, and Bastille day is July 14. And that’s not all. In July, we also celebrate:

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Eid Mubarak!

Yesterday was the end of the month of Ramadan, and Muslims around the world celebrated. If you’re curious about the culture, we’ve got information at the library! Here are a few books, and even a movie or two.

Funny in Farsi

Firoozah Dumas was just seven years old when she moved to the United States with her family. She had no idea what to expect. This collection of essays documents her struggle to adjust; the book’s been called hilarious and touching.

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Happy Father’s Day!

Yes, we’ve got some great books (and movies) about fathers and sons, and daughters, too. Here’s just a sample.  Enjoy!

Letters to father

Sister Maria Celeste corresponds with her father, Galileo Galilei. A unique introduction to a brilliant family.

Father's Soul

In 1953, Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest along with Sir Edmund Hillary. In 1996, his son, Jamling Tenzing Norgay, also climbed the mountain. Publisher’s Weekly says, “Norgay’s clever weaving of the parallel stories of his climb and his father’s enriches an already gripping tale.”  This is also the first modern tale of ascent from the indigenous people who revere the sacred mountain. Continue reading “Happy Father’s Day!”

It’s Hug your Cat Day!

Yes, really! Hug Your Cat Day is celebrated on June 4.

On Hug Your Cat Day, I am going to:Whether you can hug a cat or not, you can still celebrate with some great books and media from the library! Continue reading “It’s Hug your Cat Day!”