North Castle library card holders are fortunate to have access to a great number of magazines, and are able to quickly zoom in on what they want.  We may do this in two ways, right from our homepage. Just go to the right hand column, under E-magazines and Newspapers, scroll down to 1) Flipster; and 2) Pressreader.  Both of these methods give you the ability to page through the magazines. Pressreader gives you the ability to search through a number of local news sources, keyword search, or browse.

Let us know what you think of it!



Major Matters

Recently, the New York Times published, “6 Myths About Choosing a College Major,” including the following: 1) For the big money, STEM always delivers. 2) Women want to have it all. 3) Choice of major matters more than choice of college. 4) Liberal arts majors are unemployable. 5) It’s important to choose a major early. 6) You need a major.

Get your library card to see this and other NYT articles for free.

In addition, Payscale.com publishes lists of types of majors, linked to schools with the best Return On Investment.

Native American Authors!

This is a tricky one, actually! At least one Patuxet warrior spoke English, and the Indigenous people probably had as much religious liberty as the English colonists. But we do know:

  1. Both the British and the Native peoples celebrated the harvest, and
  2. The colonists would have died without the help of indigenous people. In fact, nearly half of the colonists at Plymouth died of starvation during their first winter.

That’s why we celebrate Native American culture in November, when we celebrate Thanksgiving. There are millions of Native Americans from many different tribes, and some of them are well-known, award-winning authors. Here’s just a sample of books, music, and more, by or about Native Americans.


house made of dawn

The magnificent Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of a stranger in his native land.

round house

When his mother slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with three friends to find the person who destroyed his family.

code talker

“Readers who choose the book for the attraction of Navajo code talking and the heat of battle will come away with more than they ever expected to find.”  Booklist, starred review

Native American Currents

An excellent introduction to modern Native American music.

And that’s not all! We’ve also got biographies of the famous shaman Black Elk, many more books by Native American authors, well-received books about Native Americans such as Tony Hillerman’s mysteries, and more. If you’d like to find out more about Native American life and literature today, these blogs are a great place to start:

Native American Authors You Should be Reading

Native Reader

Booktoberfest is Here!

BooktoberfestHello People,

It’s time again for the annual Booktoberfest adult reading game.  It began October 3rd and runs through November 30th.  This year’s format will be a ‘book bingo’ game.

Here is the link to the game, that you can print out if you want to play along.


For the opening night of the festivities, we were thrilled to have NYT bestselling author Will Schwalbe with us to talk about his newest book, Books for Living.  Mr. Schwalbe  spoke with us about the value of reading and how it can connect us to others.  His words were truly touching and inspiring.  Thank you, Will, for a wonderful evening!

Here is a link to the other programs that are part of the Booktoberfest celebration. Lots of fun stuff to enjoy, so please join us!




On Art & Film…

Hi All!

I have been very fortunate to do a great art and film series here at the North Castle Public Library, under the auspices of Library Director, Edie Martimucci.  Towards that end, we are going to be posting on the various films and specific artists that I cover during the series. I’ll also be covering the discussions (sometimes quite spirited!!) that the films and art classes inspire.  Looking forward to your input and opinions as well.


(Sottsass’ landmark 1969 Valentina laptop typewriter designed for Olivetti)             typewriter Our art class last night on internationally acclaimed architect and designer Ettore Sottsass is part of a month long series on fantastic Italian artists, Italian art movements, and Italian cinema in recognition of  Italian American Heritage Month. While we looked at how form meets function, and in fact surpasses it, in Sottsass’ work (see the above typewriter he designed for Olivetti & try not to drool), we also returned to the discussion about the nature and value of art, and the pervasiveness of  forgeries in the rt world. How do you define art? Consider questions posed in this post…  https://profvalfranco.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/on-art-film/


Val Franco


Indie Author Day!


If you love to read, love to write, or both, come to Indie Author Day at the North Castle Public Library this Saturday! We’ll be having three excellent authors visit us for readings, book signings, and conversations. They are:

Patricia Dunn, author of Rebels By Accident

Jimin Han, author of A Small Revolution

Diane Pomerantz, author of Lost in the Reflecting Pool

To find out more about these wonderful authors, just click on the images below!

rebels by accident        small revolution    Lost in the reflecting pool

Ms. Dunn and Ms. Han teach creative writing at Sarah Lawrence college, and they’ll be presenting two hands-on workshops at noon and at 1:00 p.m. All writers and aspiring writers will want to attend! Ms. Pomerantz will be doing a reading and a book signing, and you’ll have a chance to share coffee, donut holes, and conversation with all three authors.

Like all our library programs, Indie Author Day is totally free and open to the public. No registration is necessary, and writers of all ages are welcome. See you at the library!