Posts by Joshua, Manager of Youth Services

Good Trouble: Amanda Gorman

On January 20, 2021, I watched Joe Biden’s inauguration. Perhaps, like me, you were feeling hopeful and optimistic, that democracy was working, that positive change was taking place – the country had survived January 6, we had a new President, and for the first time a female Vice President. Perhaps, also like me, all of that became secondary as you were transfixed by the young woman who took the podium – Amanda Gorman, only the sixth poet to read at an inauguration, and by far the youngest. As she stood there reading, Amanda Gorman seemed far older than her 22
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Snow Kidding! Wintertime Family Variety Show

Snow Kidding! – Wintertime Family Variety Show Children ages 4+, Families Monday, March 25, 6:30 p.m. The hilariously entertaining David Engel returns to the Library for his Snow Kidding! wintertime family variety show featuring the prankster Jack Frost! Cousin to Old Man Winter, Jack Frost’s world-renown comical antics stretch from Victorian England to Scandinavia and even the Hindu Kush Mountains!  Mr. Frost thought his legacy secure as his talents painting fall foliage, spreading frost on windows, and cold nipping at your nose have been featured in books, songs, movies, and television. But recently our world’s weird warming weather has prompted
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March Programs for Younger Kids

Great programs for younger children take place all month long, every month, at the Library.  See our online calendar or stop in the Trove for location information. Some programs require advance registration, while others may require a ticket. If registration is required, details will be provided for how to register on our online calendar. If a program requires a ticket, tickets will be handed out on a first come, first served basis starting 30 minutes before the program. Tiny Tots! 0 – 24 months, with a caregiver Fridays, 11:00 a.m. – March 1, 8, 15, 22 Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. –
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New Books in the Trove

We have new books coming in all the time with them on display right as you enter the Trove.  Here’s some of our recent favorite new titles! For Babies My Hair is Like the Sun by St. Clair Detrick-Jules & Tabitha Brown (Birth to 3 Years-Old) Library Catalog “I ask you, one and all, to take a good, long, hard look at this cover. This, my friends, is my perpetual frustration. This cover is not overly complicated and yet it is, in essence, incredibly well made. It’s beautiful, the colors are fantastic, and look at how well the photo itself
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February Programs for Younger Kids

Great programs for younger children take place all month long, every month, at the Library.  See our online calendar or stop in the Trove for location information. Some programs require advance registration, while others may require a ticket. If registration is required, details will be provided for how to register on our online calendar. If a program requires a ticket, tickets will be handed out on a first come, first served basis starting 30 minutes before the program. Storytime! Ages 2-6, Families Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. – February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. – February 6 Storytime! will
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Good Trouble: Music and Protest

This installment of Good Trouble features a few books about the strong connections between music and activism, as well as individual artists who have made an impact. Nina: A Story of Nina Simone by Traci N. Todd, art by Christian Robinson Library Catalog Discover some of Nina Simone’s music  Born Eunice Kathlyn Wayman, the artist who would become known as Nina Simone was a musical prodigy whose dreams were smashed against the walls of racism and prejudice. As her career finally began to flourish, not in the music halls where her classical piano training would have taken her otherwise, but
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Good Trouble: Clothing and Activism

From the uniforms of the Black Panther Party, to slogan t-shirts, to the audacity of women wearing pants, clothing and fashion are frequently connected to activism. Jovita Wore Pants: The Story of a Mexican Freedom Fighter by Aida Salazar, art by Molly Mendoza Library Catalog Perhaps you’ve heard of the legendary Chinese folk hero Mulan, who dressed as a man and goes to battle, however Jovita Valdovinos was a real person who disguised herself so she could take part in the battle for religious freedom in Mexico, and came to be known as “Mexico’s Joan of Arc.”  Filled with beautiful
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January Programs for Younger Kids

Great programs for younger children take place all month long, every month, at the Library.  See our online calendar or stop in the Trove for location information. Some programs require advance registration, while others may require a ticket. If registration is required, details will be provided for how to register on our online calendar. If a program requires a ticket, tickets will be handed out on a first come, first served basis starting 30 minutes before the program. Tiny Tots! 0 – 24 months, with a caregiver Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. – January 2, 16, 30 Fridays, 11:00 a.m. – January
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One World Concert

One World Concert Thursday, December 28, at 2:00 p.m. Children, Families, All Ages Library Auditorium Chris Merwin's One World concert is a musical exploration of sounds and music from around the globe. Chris has spent decades learning instruments from all around the world, including steel drums, the Japanese shakuhachi flute, and a 10-foot Tibetan trumpet. Come learn about different instruments, dance, and take part in this fun, musical experience.
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Great Podcasts for Kids 8

Traveling with kids for the holidays? It’s a great opportunity to listen to a podcast! All of these podcasts should be available on any service you use to listen to podcasts, such as Apple Podcasts, Apple Music, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, etc. Some, however, may be available only through the link provided. If you have some additional great podcast recommendations, leave them in the comments below! Great Podcast’s Greatest Hits It’s been a while since I have posted one of these, so I’m going to first list off some of the podcasts that have been featured in the Great Podcast
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December Programs for Younger Kids

Great programs for younger children take place all month long, every month, at the Library.  See our online calendar or stop in the Trove for location information. Some programs require advance registration, while others may require a ticket. If registration is required, details will be provided for how to register on our online calendar. If a program requires a ticket, tickets will be handed out on a first come, first served basis starting 30 minutes before the program. Tiny Tots! 0 – 24 months, with a caregiver Fridays, 11:00 a.m. – December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m.
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Steffi Nossen School of Dance Performance and Class

Dance Performance and Interactive Dance Class Presented by The Steffi Nossen School of Dance and Center for Movement Tuesday, November 21, 6:30 p.m. All Ages Library Auditorium Dance is a universal language that transcends communication barriers to touch audiences of diverse backgrounds. The Steffi Nossen School of Dance and Center for Movement’s premiere ensemble, the Steffi Nossen Dance Company for pre-professional dancers, will host an evening dance performance and interactive dance class for all ages Tuesday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m. About Steffi Nossen School of Dance and Center for Movement, the premier dance school of Westchester, provides students with
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Good Trouble: The Young Activist’s Dictionary of Social Justice

Taking part in activism and fighting for social justice and change takes courage, commitment and is often sparked by strong emotions, such as anger, fear, or love. It also takes a lot of information. Being informed allows you to back up your opinions and beliefs with facts: knowledge is power. The Young Activist’s Dictionary of Social Justice by Ryse Tottingham, illustrated by Andy Passchier Library Catalog This is the fourth installment in the Good Trouble series, and while I have mentioned activism and being an activist several times, I’ve taken for granted that those terms are understood. These definitions are taken from
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November Programs for Younger Kids

Great programs for younger children take place all month long, every month, at the Library.  See our online calendar or stop in the Trove for location information. Some programs require advance registration, while others may require a ticket.  If registration is required, details will be provided for how to register on our online calendar. If a program requires a ticket, tickets will be handed out on a first come, first served basis starting 30 minutes before the program. Bilingual Family Storytime Ages 3+, Families Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. – November 1 Families will listen to a bilingual story, sing bilingual songs
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Good Trouble: Being the Change

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Attributed to Mahatma Gandhi (although not actually said by him), this quote is nonetheless a fantastic statement of purpose and a call to activism.  This installment of Good Trouble features a few books which include words of inspiration from civil rights leaders and young activists, a “how to” guide for kids to be change makers, and more. We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration from Civil Rights Leaders by Chronicle Books Library Catalog A gorgeously illustrated collection of inspirational quotes from famous, as well as not so well known, individuals
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Celebrate Spooktober!

We 🧡 Halloween in Youth Services at the Library and we have some great events coming up to celebrate the spookiest of months, October.  Also, be sure to check out some of our older Halloween blog posts for great ideas for Halloween activities and reads! K-2 STEAM: Zombie Edition Grades K-2 Thursday, 4:30 p.m. – October 19 Ticket required.  Please pick up tickets in the Trove starting 30 minutes before the program. Halloween Grab & Go Kit Grades K-3 Available while supplies last starting Tuesday, October 24. Family Storytime: Ghosts & Ghouls Ages 3+, Families Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. – October
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October Programs for Younger Kids

Great programs for younger children take place all month long, every month, at the Library.  See our online calendar or stop in the Trove for location information. Some programs require advance registration, while others may require a ticket.  If registration is required, details will be provided for how to register on our online calendar. If a program requires a ticket, tickets will be handed out on a first come, first served basis starting 30 minutes before the program. Tiny Tots! 0 – 24 months, with a caregiver Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. – October 3, 10, 17, 31 Fridays, 11:00 a.m. –
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Good Trouble: Greta Thunberg

This installment of Good Trouble features a few books about, and by, Greta Thunberg to inspire environmental activism. From the time she was 11, Greta Thunberg has been taking on climate change, politics, governments and corporations. Greta is a role model for young people to be activists and changemakers. As Greta says, “No one is too small to make a difference.” Little People, Big Dreams: Greta Thunberg by Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara, illustrated by Anke Weckmann Library Catalog This biography in the popular and well-made Little People, Big Dreams series provides an introduction to the young activist’s life. Greta Thunberg
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September Programs for Younger Kids

Great programs for younger children take place all month long, every month, at the Library. See our online calendar or stop in the Trove for location information. Tiny Tots! 0 – 24 months, with a caregiver Fridays, 11:00 a.m. – September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Ticket required. Please pick up tickets in the Trove starting 30 minutes before the program. Interactive songs and fun in a lapsit format for wee ones and their caregivers. Due to limited space and concerns for the well-being of the young children, this program will be strictly for up to 24 months old. Bilingual
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Good Trouble: Anti-Racist Art Activities for Kids

Among many important things, civil rights activist and Congressman John Lewis was famous for using the term “good trouble” when speaking on fighting against injustice in this country. “Speak up, speak out, get in the way. Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.” “What can you do to get into good trouble? There is a light inside of you that will turn on when you get into good trouble. You will feel emboldened and freed. You will realize that unjust laws cannot stop you. These laws cannot stop the truth that is in your
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