February 5, 2020

What's the Fastest Growing Format?

It's audiobooks! More and more, readers are discovering the pleasures of listening to great books. But what makes an audiobook successful is complicated, including the narrator or narrators, use of accents, pacing, emotion, sound effects, and more.

To help you discover great audiobooks, every January librarians produce the Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration.  The juried list—designed for both avid listeners and those new to the pleasures of stories read aloud—includes fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and graphic novels and features voices that enthrall, delight, and inspire.

Check out the full list of 13 titles here.

Brian Kenney
Library Director

We're Closed Next Wednesday

Please note that the Library will be closed on Wednesday, February 12th for Lincoln's Birthday. We will reopen with regular hours from 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 13th.

Our external book drop, located to the left of our main entrance, will remain open for anyone looking to return materials while we're closed.

Adult Technology Workshops

We have a variety of Technology workshops and trainings happening over the next week. Learn about Coding with Java with Austin Olney tomorrow, 2/6 at 12:15 p.m. Seniors can get comfortable using laptops on Friday, 2/7 from 10:15-11:45 a.m. Discover the world of Extended Reality on Monday, 2/10 at 6:00 p.m.

Registration is required for each of these events aside from Drop-In Computer Help for Seniors. To register, click the relevant link to our online caledar or call us at (914) 422-1480.

AARP Tax-Aide is Back!

One of our most popular programs is back: the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free, individualized tax preparation for low-to moderate-income taxpayers—especially those 50 and older. Volunteers are trained to assist you in filing certain tax forms and schedules, including the Form 1040.

The program is offered on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis in the Community Room. As the Library doesn't open until 10:00 a.m. those days, you can enter the Community Room through the Café. You will need to bring your important documents with you; here’s a list of what to have with you.

Interested in other locations? This locator will help you identify other organizations in Westchester that host the service.

Coping with Disinformation

Whether called misinformation or disinformation, Americans feel fake news is one of the biggest issues for our society, according to a recent Pew Research study. Former journalist Andrew Katell presents a workshop tomorrow, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. as part of the League of Women Voters of Westchester’s “Know Your Government” program.

Around the Web

29 Nigerian-English words added to the 2020 Oxford English Dictionary.

American Dirt publisher to increase Latinx staff, published authors.

 "They know us better than we know ourselves": how Amazon tracked my last two years of reading.

The Third Rainbow Girl review: Emma Copley Eisenberg revisits 1980 murders.

14 new books to watch for in February.

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