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The Scarsdale Public Library has an opening for a high school or college student to work as a part-time, public relations intern. The unpaid position would assist the library in promoting events and services.

Requirements for the position include an interest in public relations and a willingness to learn. The intern will keep track of library events, conduct research, write news releases and brief articles and distribute news releases. The intern will be supervised by library staff and work directly with professionals in journalism and public relations.

The hours and days are flexible.

“This is an excellent opportunity for a student interested in learning about public relations to get hands-on experience and work with and learn from professionals,” said Elizabeth Bermel, Library Director.

If interested, please contact Ms. Bermel at 914-722-1304 or email:

Marilyn Berger, author of This Is A Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes will discuss her book at the Scarsdale Public Library on Monday May 3rd at 7:30 p.m. Passionately written, This is a Soul is the moving and inspirational story of Dr. Rick Hodes, an American doctor living in Ethiopia who has devoted his life to caring for the sickest of the sick and the poorest of the poor. Dr. Hodes life and work makes for fascinating reading, especially for those who have been profoundly touched by books such as Three Cups of Tea or Cutting for Stone. This Is A Soul is also the story of the author's personal journey; while doing research for the book in Adis Ababa, she found a small child, alone and suffering. Learn how she rescued him, got him life-saving surgery and secured a new life for him in New York.

In the words of one Amazon reviewer, “Having spent time in Ethiopia I was interested in this book and found it to be an eye-opening account of the work of one man that has changed so many lives in Ethiopia and other parts of the world. I read the book in one day; simply couldn't put it down. It's a book that should be required reading for all college students. No, it should be required reading for everyone.

Learn more about Marilyn Berger and Rick Hodes here:

Admission is free and open to the public

This is a Soul
Marilyn Berger
Scarsdale Public Library
Scott Room
Monday May 3rd, 2010 – 7:30 p.m.

The Greenburgh Public Library will host a literary feast on the evening of April 12 to raise funds for the library. Designated Books and Cooks the event will bring together fine cuisine and literature. Chefs from local restaurants and notable Westchester authors will be on hand, and attendees will be invited to tour the library as they sample a variety of food and meet local authors.

Books and Cooks
is a completely unique event. Chefs from the participating restaurants will be creating dishes inspired by works of literature. For example, the novel Chocolat, by Joanne Harris, might inspire a chocolate fondue, while Under the Tuscan Sun, by Francis Mayes, could prompt a white bean and pasta dish. Participating restaurants will be setting up food stations throughout the library so that attendees can tour the facility as they move from food station to food station. Participating authors will also be located throughout the library and will be discussing their published works and will also be signing copies of their books. Village Books, located in Pleasantville, NY, will be facilitating the sale of the author’s books and a portion of the proceeds from each sale will go to the Greenburgh Public Library Foundation. The Books and Cooks event is a great way to get to know the Greenburgh Public library, enjoy some of the best food in Westchester County, meet some of the County’s finest literary talent and to help raise much needed funding.

The Books and Cooks event has confirmed eleven local restaurants to date, who will each provide a unique culinary experience. Restaurants confirmed include, 42 at the Ritz Carlton (American), Caravela (Brazilian and Portuguese), Dragonfly Café (Coffee and Tea), Gervasi’s (Italian), Great American BBQ (American), Milonga Wine and Tapas (Argentinean and Italian), Morton’s Steakhouse (American), Mughal Palace (South Indian), Rioja (Mediterranean), River City Grill (Eclectic) and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (American). Additional confirmed restaurants are anticipated.

In addition to the confirmed restaurants, a growing list of local authors has also been confirmed for the event and include best-selling author Benjamin Cheever who’s novels include The Plagiarist, The Partisan, Famous After Death and The Good Nanny, Herbert Hadad, author of several highly acclaimed essays on the Middle-East as well as his memoir, Finding Immortality: The Making of One American Family. Rev. Bente Hansen, author of The New World of Self-Healing and Messages From Beyond and Marilyn Johnson, author of This Book is Overdue and The Dead Beat are also participating. Rounding out the list of confirmed authors are Simon Schama, who has written many works on history and including The Embarrassment of Riches, Landscape and Memory, Dead Certainties, Rembrandt’s Eyes and Citizens, and Joseph Wallace whose works include non-fiction books about dinosaurs, baseball and many other topics, as well as the soon-to-be-published novel, Diamond Ruby. Additional authors are anticipated to join the event.

The Books and Cooks event does not feature a formal program, but instead will serve to educate those attending about the library and its programs and services through carefully designed materials and displays, in addition to the great food and literary conversation on offer. There will be live music and a Books and Cooks silent auction will be held to compliment the event. The silent auction is expected to include gift certificates for dinners at participating restaurants, baskets of books, travel packages with literary themes and many other exciting items.

“We are excited about Books and Cooks, our first annual fundraising event for the benefit of the Greenburgh Public Library. Now more than ever, it is critical that we provide the necessary funding to insure that our Library remains the focal point of our community”, said Ms. Judy Chriss, Foundation President. "Books and Cooks is a unique event that will simultaneously entertain and educate and at only $99 per person is a terrific value. The Greenburgh Public Library Foundation hopes that our annual fundraising event will become an integral part of insuring that our Library has the funding it needs to continue to offer the top-notch programming and services our community has become accustomed to”.

The timing for the Books and Cooks event is significant. On the heels of well-publicized 2010 budget cuts, the Greenburgh Public Library will benefit tremendously from the funds that are raised through the Greenburgh Public Library Foundation’s efforts and the Books and Cooks event.

“The Greenburgh Public Library has historically provided the Greenburgh community with an outstanding array of services and programming and we have grown into one of the largest and most vital Libraries in Westchester County”, said Eugenie Contrata, Library Director. “But it takes funding to make these services and programs available and continue them at levels that those in our community have come to expect. We’re thrilled with what the Greenburgh Public Library Foundation is doing on behalf of our Library and we know that the Books and Cooks event will be a tremendous success”.

Tickets are now on-sale for $99.00 per person and may be purchased through the Greenburgh Public Library Foundation on their website at or by calling 914-747-0519. Tickets are tax deductible.

Books and Cooks
The Greenburgh Public Library
Monday April 12, 2010
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tickets: $99.00 Per Person

The Scarsdale Library is pleased to present the authors of The Power of Half: One Family’s Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back, on Wednesday April 14th at 7:30 pm in the Scott Room. The book tells the story of the Salwen family, a fairly typical American foursome: baby boomer parents and teenage kids, always busy with school, work, and youth sports. They aspired to the usual “stuff”: new cars, stylish clothes, nice vacations. In the process, they managed to acquire their dream house: a big, beautiful Atlanta home with enough space to allow the Salwens to scatter in different directions.

Everything changed when then fourteen-year-old Hannah had a eureka moment. Seeing a homeless man in her neighborhood alongside a glistening Mercedes, she said, “You know, Dad, if that man had a less nice car, that man there could have a meal.” What followed was an extraordinary decision: motivated by Hannah, the Salwens decided to sell their spacious home and give half of their profits to a worthy charity.

Written in tandem by the father-daughter team of Kevin and Hannah Salwen, The Power of Half: One Family’s Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back is the story of one family’s life-altering decision and its unexpected results. The Salwens hoped that selling their home would allow them to make things better in a small corner of the world. Little did they expect how much they would gain themselves.

About the Authors:

Kevin Salwen was a reporter and editor at the Wall Street Journal for more than eighteen years. He has served on the board of Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta and works with the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Hannah Salwen is a junior at the Atlanta Girls’ School, where she plays volleyball, serves on the student council, and volunteers regularly.

“Mixing humor, inspiration and self-reflection, The Power of Half will give you a whole new perspective on your life.” — Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor of The Last Lecture

The Power of Half
is a story of generosity become realized — a family’s unpretentious, morally introspective life becomes a kind of lived enactment and fulfillment of an old ethical and spiritual imperative: that in giving we receive.” — Dr. Robert Coles

The Power of Half is not just an extraordinary story of a fourteen-year-old girl who pushes her family to look outside of themselves and give something big back to the world. The Salwen father-daughter duo sets a new standard for families and individuals seeking to inject meaning into their lives.” — Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind and Drive

“An adventure with a conscience.” — Susanne B. Beck, Executive Director, National Coalition of Girls' Schools

The computer system will be down for ALL libraries in the Westchester Library System during the week of March 9th. On March 9 and 10, 2010 the system will be taken offline to rebuild the Headings Index. This is essential to keeping the system running efficiently. The system will also be taken offline to load the Authorities File. This file needs to be updated to allow the catalog to be accurate and consistent. The system needs to be taken offline from time to time to allow big server jobs to be run, which cannot be done while people are using the system.

As a result, these rules will be in place during the system maintenance:

  • There will be a 5-item limit at check out
  • Patrons will not get overdue or lost item notices
  • The catalog will not work
  • Holds cannot be placed
  • Library Express will be out of service
  • Existing Overdrive users (downloadable audio books) will be able to use the service, but new users cannot register on these days
  • Library ELF will also not be able to gather more information

The good news is that during this time the Scarsdale Public Library will be open for regular hours and public access computers and wireless service will continue to work.

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