Friday, May 27th

books2For most Scarsdalians summer represents a time to relax and enjoy a more leisurely pace to life. For the Friends of the Scarsdale Library and their dedicated volunteers it means preparing for the annual library book fair.

Donations of gently used salable books are now in progress. Donations will be accepted until August 27th. For space reasons no books will be accepted after that date. Books may be left during library hours inside the gray service door to the right of the main entrance. Text books, out of date business and travel books and books that are badly damaged or high lighted are not considered saleable and should not be left.

The library book fair has grown in size each year and the job of sorting donations has grown accordingly. Interested volunteers should contact Kathy Steves at or stop by the library’s main desk and they will direct you to the sorting area. The job requires only a brief training to get you started.

All funds raised by the book fair are returned to the library in the form of program support and the purchase of new items requested by the library staff.


books1The first “Finals Night” at the Scarsdale Public Library did not go as planned on Tuesday June 15, when a stink bomb was thrown into the library drop box around 7:00 pm. The odorous smell from the stink bomb got into the air conditioning system and took 30-45 minutes to permeate the library. Since concerned staff members were not able to locate the source of the smell they reported it to the fire department.

According to SHS Junior Zach Edelman who was studying at the library at the time, the stink bomb smelled like garlic and onions and the fumes were tolerable. However, once the report was made, emergency responders arrived in droves and forced everyone to leave the building and wait in the library plaza.  As a few people felt ill, the area was taped off and those who had been inside were told that they could not leave the scene until Hazmat workers and the Health Department could investigate.

Edelman reports that the stink bomb incident was treated as a full-scale emergency. In addition to police cars there were fire trucks, Hazmat workers sporting gas masks and even an emergency spill team. The students waited 20-30 minutes for officials to arrive and were told that depending on the findings of the Hzamat team, those who were inside the library may have to be decontaminated and showered off.

Parents of the students drove to the library to pick up their kids but found Olmstead Road closed and were also told to wait for the results of the investigation. While 20-30 students and library staff waited outside, the emergency team determined that the bomb did contain an irritant. Before releasing the group around 9:45 pm, they cautioned those that had been inside the library to call 911 if they felt any discomfort or symptoms.

The library had been scheduled to stay open until 11 pm on Tuesday to accommodate students studying for final exams. But rather than prepare for their tests, the students spent their evening trapped in yellow tape.

Elizabeth Bermel, Director of the Library contacted Scarsdale10583 to say that the library will stay open Wednesday night until 11 pm as originally planned for Final Night and snacks will be served.  She encourages students to come back and use the library to prepare for their tests.


On Tuesday, May 24th, the Scarsdale Public Library held the annual Big Truck Tuesday. Big Truck Tuesday has once again proved to be an excellent tradition, with a great turnout this year. Participants of all ages came to the Library to see the different trucks supplied by the Scarsdale Highway Department and at the end of the day enjoyed ice cream from the ice cream truck. Whether they were going in the trucks and honking the horns, or watching as they wore hats and stickers which they received as prizes, the participants all had an exceptional time. Big Truck Tuesday will be held again on May 31st at 4:00 in the Library parking lot. The event would not be possible without the Friends of the Scarsdale Library, who provided the ice cream as well as other support. Robbie Sturdivant from the highway department was, as always instrumental in organizing and participating in the event along with Frank Cipriano, Dexter Kirton, Duane Downey, Steve Giorgio and Michael Keating.



librarybenchOn Tuesday, June 14, and Wednesday, June 15, the Scarsdale Public Library will inaugurate “Finals Nights” and extend its hours for high school students studying for final exams. The Library will remain open to only high school students until 11:00pm; low-cost snacks will be available for purchase. All proceeds will help support future activities of the Scarsdale Public Library Teen Advisory Board.

“We have seen this service offered at other libraries with great success, and when we mentioned it to our own Teen Advisory Board, they said it would be a great benefit to Scarsdale students,” said Barbara Josselsohn, the President of the Scarsdale Library Board of Trustees. “We know how stressful finals can be, and we are very happy to give high school students some extra time at the library during Finals Week, where they will be able to study quietly, study in groups, and also take a break and enjoy a snack.”

“The teens have expressed a desire to use the Library to study alone and in groups, and the hours and shared space in the Library aren’t always ideal for these students,” said Library Director Beth Bermel. “We thought it would a great idea to just let them have the whole Library to themselves for a couple of hours when they really need it.”

“I am always overwhelmed by the amount of studying I have to do for finals,” Scarsdale high school junior, Greta Miconi, stated. “I look forward to having the Library’s finals nights this year because having a quiet place to go will definitely allow to me study more efficiently.”



If you’re looking for a good book to read or listen to or a film to watch, look no further than your Scarsdale neighbors.They are an active group of tinafeysmalllibrary-goers, who borrow books and movies from the library and use the new free download service to get audio books. Here’s a list of their most popular choices. If you have a suggestion, please share what you’re reading in the comments section below.

What Scarsdale is Reading:


  • Fifth Witness – Michael Connelly
  • Paris Wife – Paula McLain
  • Fifth Man – David Baldacci
  • Save Me – Lisa Scottoline
  • I’ll Walk Alone – Mary Higgins Clark


  • Bossypants – Tina Fey
  • Unbroken: a World War II Airman’s Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption - Lauren Hillenbrand
  • The Social Animal: A Story of Love, Character and Achievement – David Brooks
  • Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust – Diana Henriques
  • Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World – William Cohan

What Scarsdale is Watching:

  • The King’s Speech
  • The Tourist
  • Love & Other Drugs
  • Blue Valentine
  • Fair Game

What Scarsdale Is Downloading:


  • The Help – Kathleen Stockett
  • The Confession – John Grisham
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan
  • The Finkler Question – Howard Jacobson
  • Worth Dying For – Lee Child


  • Outliers: the Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell
  • I Still Dream About You – Fannie Flagg
  • Just Kids: from Brooklyn to the Chelsea Hotel – Patti Smith
  • All the Devils Are Here: the Hidden History of the Financial Crisis – Bethany McLean
  • Unbroken -a World War II Airman’s Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption - Lauren Hillenbrand
  • I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections – Nora Ephron



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