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spellingbeeThe Friends of the Scarsdale Library will host the first Annual Adult and Teen Spelling Bee at the Scarsdale High School auditorium on January 28, 2011. Children in grades K-5 are invited to help get the community buzzing for this event by making a poster on any aspect of a spelling bee contest, bees or spelling in general. BEE creative! Posters should be on an 8 ½ x 11 inch white sheet of paper, and crayons, markers, pens, paints and collage are all acceptable art forms. The child’s name should be written on the bottom right of the poster. Completed posters should be placed in the “Spelling Bee Poster Box” at the circulation desk at the Scarsdale Library by Wednesday, December 17, 2010. The poster activity is co-sponsored by the Scarsdale Recreation Department.

The posters will be displayed in the Library prior to the Spelling Bee and at Scarsdale High School on the night of the Spelling Bee. Proceeds from the Spelling Bee will be used to upgrade technology in the Scarsdale Public Library’s community room. For more information about forming a spelling bee team, becoming a sponsor or making a poster, please contact Co-Chairs Renu Lalwani at (917) 584-8834 or; Carolyn Mehta at (914) 723-4739 or; or Kelly Berkell at



hawkanddoveThe Scarsdale Public Library will welcome the Hindu New Year by celebrating Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, on Sunday, November 7, at 2 p.m. The program will feature “Indian Tales to Celebrate Diwali” told by noted storyteller LuAnn Adams, traditional Indian sitar music, dancing by children from the community and food. The event is free and open to the public; registration is not required.

Diwali, the most popular holiday in India, means, “Row of lighted lamps,” a reference to the rows of lamps that were lit to welcome the return of Rama after his victory over the demon, Ravana. Lights are displayed to represent the importance of good over evil. Each of Diwali’s five days has special significance. The fourth day is New Years and the fifth, falling on November 7, honors siblings.

Traditions and customs vary throughout India. Generally, Diwali is celebrated with fireworks, firecrackers and dazzling lights. The fireworks are dedicated to the gods in thanks for health, wealth, and intelligence. Rangoli, a traditional Indian folk art consisting of beautiful designs and bright colors, decorates the interiors and exteriors of houses.

On Monday November 8, The Friends of the Scarsdale Library proudly present writer Nicholas Thompson, author of The Hawk and the Dove - Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War at 8 p.m. in the Scott Room of Scarsdale Public Library. Admission is free.

“May be the most important political biography in recent memory” —The Washington Times

“Brilliant … a penetrating, amazingly accessible study of the origins and conduct of the Cold War.” —James Hoagland in The Washington Post

“The book is brimming with fascinating revelations about the men and the harrowing events they steered through.” —The New York Times

“In this important and astute new study, Nitze emerges as a driven patriot and Kennan as a darkly conflicted and prophetic one.” —The Washington Post Book Review

For more information on both events, call the library at 722-1300.




On January 28, 2011, the Friends of the Scarsdale Library will host its first Annual Adult and Teen Spelling Bee contest to raise money for the Scarsdale Library. While silence and tension are the hallmarks of children’s spelling bees, this spelling bee for adults and teens will encourage all participants to let loose, have fun and spell their way to great prizes.

The Bee fundraiser will be open to teens and adults. Each team will be composed of three spellers. Audience members will not be mere spectators but will also have the opportunity to participate in the event, as fun word quizzes, spell-along with prizes, food, and raffles are planned. So, all are encouraged to attend and spell their way toward a good cause!

Twenty teams of three will compete for the Scarsdale spelling champ honor. An entry fee of $150 for each team, along with admission fees and money from personal or corporate sponsorships, will support the acquisition of state-of-the-art technological support for the Scott Room at the Scarsdale Library. Teams are encouraged to adopt creative team names and costumes.

So to make our First annual Spelling Bee spelltacular and beeautiful we urge the entire Scarsdale community to be part of this historic event and see if adults and teens hooked on computer spell check programs can return to the basics and spell. Talk to your bookclub, sports buddies or parenting group about forming a team. It’s sure to be fun.

Application forms for Spelling Bee teams will be available at the library or online at For further questions, please contact Renu Lalwani at or 917-584-8834



books1Public input into Scarsdale Library 2020, the strategic planning process undertaken by the Scarsdale Library Board to set a vision and roadmap for the next decade, will be sought on Monday, November 1 at 8 p.m. at the Scarsdale Library.

The session, an important component of the effort, will seek the views of residents on such areas as what new services, improvements and resources they want; what changes should the library plan for; how should the role of the library in the community evolve over the next decade; and how should the library harness new technology.

“The last strategic plan for the library was prepared in 1991,” said Sara Werder, Library Board President. “As we all know, advances in technology and lifestyle changes since then have had a dramatic impact on our lives. The library wants to stay current with these changes and is seeking input from the community on our future direction and services and the evolving role of the library in the community. We also want to know what we should keep and to hear your concerns.”

The public session is part of the second phase of the strategic planning process. Phase I involved a review and analysis of current library operations and procedures by Alan Gray, a consultant retained to work with the Library Board and the library administration and staff on the plan. Phase II includes community input, with the November 1 open meeting, several focus groups and discussions with community leaders. At the completion of Phase II, the Board will develop the plan based on an analysis of current operations, projections into future use of the library and the information gathered from the community. The plan will be completed during the spring.

“The Scarsdale Library is one of the crown jewels of our community and used by a broader range of residents than any other organization,” Werder said. “This really is your library and we want to have as much input from you, the residents, as possible.”

Residents, whether they attend the meeting or not, can mail their comments to Elizabeth Bermel, Director, Scarsdale Public Library, 54 Olmsted Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583, or fill out the survey on the library website or get a copy at the library.

The strategic planning process is funded by the Friends of the Scarsdale Library.



bookvolunteersTo the Editor:  On behalf of the Scarsdale Library Board of Trustees, I would like to express our appreciation to the volunteers and patrons who made this year's Friends of the Scarsdale Library book sale our most successful one yet.

We are so grateful to our dedicated group of volunteers who, under the leadership of Kathy Steves, spent hundreds of hours toiling in the library's basement to sort the thousands of donated books, and then staffed the nine-day sale.

We also thank the community for generously donating books, records and DVDs, and for showing up -- not only once but multiple times, in many cases -- to purchase from the enormous assortment available.

The Library relies upon the book sale proceeds to provide programs for children and adults and to pay for many other important projects. Your continued enthusiasm for the sale will help the Library remain a vital community resource for years to come.

Sara Werder
President, Scarsdale Library Board of Trustees
October 3, 2010



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