A Look Back at 2016 in Books

imagesAre you number 157 on the reserve list for Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow?  Can’t get your hands on J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy?  You could write your own autobiography before your number comes up for Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist?  Already crying over Nicholas Sparks’ latest tearjerker, Two by Two, because everyone is going to read it before you get it?

Take a deep breath, pour yourself a nice cup of tea (or a big glass of wine) and take a look back at the best of 2016 and see if maybe there isn’t something you may have missed that might be easier to clap your eyes on and make the wait for that recent bestseller a little less painful.  A few links to get you started…

Buzzfeed’s 24 Best Fiction Books of 2016  a nicely laid out article featuring a cover shot of the book, a photograph of the author and a brief description of the book. Continue reading “A Look Back at 2016 in Books”


Gaming: The importance of play


Carsten Holler Turns Frieze Booth Into Children's Playground

NPR podcast this morning was all about how gaming and play in general is an important part of EVERYONE’S life http://the1a.org/shows/2017-01-25/how-play-shapes-the-world. Tune in an listen to what has to be said, it may change your mind about giving the stink-eye to the computer games.

Some books that deal with Gaming in the plot:penumbra

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore :a wonderful mix of an old book store, savy computer characters and a wonderful cult-like group of devotees,



The Nix a popular title has an extensive sub plot of gaming and its place in people’s lives.

Superbowl! (and some books about football)

In less than two weeks, it’ll be Superbowl Sunday! Have another poll.


On Superbowl Sunday, I will be:

  1. Glued to the TV to see if my team wins. I love football!
  2. Entertaining my friends. We’ll have a great Superbowl party.
  3. Going to visit friends for a party.
  4. Doing something completely different. Not a football fan.
  5. Glued to the TV to watch the ads. I love the ads!

Whether you’re a football fan or not, we’ve got books and movies that you’ll enjoy. Here are a few. Continue reading “Superbowl! (and some books about football)”

First Ladies: Their role over history


First Ladies have played an important role in the history of the United States.Recently,  NPR had an interesting interview on this topic :http://the1a.org/shows/2017-01-16/first-ladies-jh. How will Melania  adjust to this new role?  How did previous first ladies adjust to their role?


The more it snows…


You wake up one winter morning to find it’s pouring snow. Do you:

  1. Look out the window, groan, and pull your blanket over your head.
  2. Leap joyfully out of bed and throw on your winter gear. You can’t wait to play in all that lovely, fluffy white stuff!
  3. Wish you’d set your alarm for a half hour earlier. It takes you forever to shovel out your car.
  4. Immediately check the school closings.
  5. Something else, which I’ll explain in the comments.

As my colleagues mentioned, winter is an opportunity! It’s a chance to enjoy activities that you don’t get to do at any other time of year. And we’ve got resources to help you do exactly that. Here are a few of them. Continue reading “The more it snows…”

Celebrate January!

Feeling sad that the holiday season is over?   The North Castle Library can help you make the cold months more enjoyable.

man-reading-by-the-fire1.  Choose a “Snow Read”.  These are books that require more concentration than “Beach Reads.”  When you’re home on a snowy day, it’s much easier to focus on a book than it is when you’re out in the sand and sun.  Maybe there is a classic that you’ve always wanted to read.  You can also check out the Best Books lists that are compiled by The New York Times and NPR.

slateoscar32. Catch up on movies that are generating Oscar buzz. Several of the movies and television shows that were nominated for Golden Globe awards are already out in DVD and are available in the library.  These include Florence Foster Jenkins, Sing Street, The Lobster, Deadpool, Hell or High Water, War Dogs and more!

3.  Embrace a Healthier Lifestyle.  It doesn’t sound like fun, but many people who commit iceskatingto it report feeling much better.  “Dryuary”, the practice of abstaining from alcohol in January or February, is rapidly catching on. Our library has many of the newest books on aspects of healthy living including The 4 x 4 Diet: 4 Key Foods, 4 Minute Workouts, 4 Weeks to the Body You Want by Erin Opria, The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes and  The Mindspan Diet: Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk, Minimize Memory Loss, and Keep Your Brain Young by Preston Estep III.

king34.  Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by learning more about the man who dedicated his life to promoting racial equality.  The library has biographies of King, and many books about the civil rights movement. You can also check out fiction books like The Help and We are all Welcome Here that are set in the civil rights era.  In addition, we have award-winning movies like Selma, 4 Little Girls, The Butler, Mississippi Burning, and All The Way.        

Happy January!        










If you keep moving, you’ll keep improving!


Creating and sticking to your exercise plan Make exercise fun – do things you enjoy. Get a friend to join you. Exercise early in the day. Start slow and know: three 10- minute periods throughout the day has the same benefit as 30 minutes of exercise at one time


North Castle Public Library will help you keep moving with a new year of programming to keep you in tune with your inner self! Alka Kaminer presents Mid-Day Meditation at 12:15 followed by Chair Yoga on Wednesdays 1:oo in Armonk. Chair Yoga comes to the North White Branch on Mondays at 12:30

Larry Attile presents Tai Chi as he has for the past 5 years Saturday Mornings 10:30AM

Starting on Januarymove-without-pain 14 Move Without Pain series presented by Dominique Daly will start at 2:00PM.

“Increasing your energy Regular, moderate physical activity can help reduce fatigue and even help you manage stress. Once you become active, you’re likely to have more energy than before. As you do more, you also may notice that you can do things more easily, faster, and for longer than before.”

*Remember to always check with your doctor before starting any new exercise regimen. Adapted from http://www.go4life.nia.nih.gov