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Summer Olympics - Paris 2024

Timing is everything, in life and in sports.  The Paris Olympics, which run from July 26-August 11, are perfectly timed to provide diversion and inspiration at the midpoint of a summer that is beginning to feel too long and too hot.  Paris has previously hosted the Games twice, first  in 1900 and again in 1924.

Armchair Travel 2024

Feeling a surge of wanderlust but unable to travel this summer? Or, would you like to be  inspired, motivated and energized about planning a future journey? Why not escape into a genre known as “armchair travel,” books that transport. No need for an airline ticket, passport or security clearance and, best of all, no glitches and no headaches.  Exotic locales are just a page away when you check out the titles below.  Click on the book jacket for a catalog link. Or, create your own armchair journey by consulting our extensive catalog.  Adventure awaits.

Summer at Scarsdale Library

Summer is officially upon us and with that comes Summer Reading! Our Summer Reading Challenge has returned.  Make sure to sign up to receive your prizes for all the reading you do over the summer. 

If you were going to choose a new name for yourself, what would it be?

Hello Scarsdale Teens!

Here's the next installment of our bite-sized writing exercise: Post-it Prompts!

Our latest prompt for you was:  If you were going to choose a new name for yourself, what would it be?

You wrote:

  • I'd just keep my name Artur
  • Bob
  • Katie
  • I would choose the name Amelia - Janice
  • Something awesome - Cate

This project is brought to you by Scarsdale Public Library's Teen Services Department & Teen Advisory Board.

Beach Reads for Adults - 2024

There’s no better vacation - or staycation - companion than a good book, a real page turner that you absolutely cannot put down. The books pictured below encompass a wide variety of styles and themes; the one thing they have in common is their ability to transport.  See the quotes below for the thoughts of famous authors on the joys of summer reading.  And, finally, click on a book jacket to be taken to a catalog link.  

“One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.” Jeannette Walls

A Certain Way: A Pride Month Retrospective

When the world has decided that people are supposed to be a certain way, but you’re living proof to the contrary, then hiding your differences is just helping everybody else erase who you are. - Cat Sebastian’s You Should Be So Lucky

Every reader their book. Every book its reader. - Two of S. R. Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science


Please note: All opinions expressed in this blog are my own.


Father's Day - June 16, 2024

Father’s Day, which always falls on the third Sunday in June, will be commemorated this year on June 16. While many of us think of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day as twin holidays, the two celebrations had very different historical trajectories. Mother’s Day became a national holiday only seven years after it was first celebrated on May 10, 1907, in Grafton, West Virginia.

Juneteenth 2024

Juneteenth, also known as the second Independence Day or Emancipation Day, is our eleventh and newest  federal  holiday,  following the creation of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day in 1983.  President Biden signed  the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law on June 17, 2021, officially making June 19 a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.  On June 19, 1865, 2,000 federal troops marched into Texas, the westernmost state in the Confederacy and the last state to acknowledge the end of slavery despite the fact that the Civil

2024 Scarsdale Summer Reading for All Teens

For teens of all ages, rising Grades 6 through 12: It’s almost that time of year all students are waiting for: summer! With that comes the annual Summer Reading Challenge–this year’s theme is “Adventure Begins at Your Library.” Scarsdale teens in rising grades 6-12 can register by downloading the free app, Beanstack, on their phone or tablet.

2024 Scarsdale Middle School Summer Reading at SPL

For teens going into Scarsdale Middle School in Grades 6 through 8: To support Scarsdale Middle School’s summer reading requirements, Scarsdale Public Library’s Teen Services Department teams up with other library departments as well as with Scarsdale Middle School’s teacher librarian, Shana Frazin, to establish and maintain a summer reading section of all readily available materials meeting the prepared-for-back-to-school curricular requirements set by the teachers in: 

Adult Summer Reading Program 2024

Welcome to Scarsdale's Summer Reading Program! Not just for kids, summer reading is a wonderful opportunity for self-discovery and delight. Come join us in reading a book (or ten) and sharing some of your favorite moments along the way. Keep cool, uncover something new, and get the chance to win some prizes along the way!


Hello Scarsdale Teens!

Here's April's installment of our bite-sized writing exercise:  Post-it-Prompts!

Our latest prompt for you was:  April is National Poetry Month: Write a Haiku!

You wrote:

Jewish American Heritage Month - May 2024

In August of 1790, President George Washington wrote to the Jewish Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island: “The Government of the United States gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. Washington reached out to the Jewish community to assure them that they were integral and valued members of the fledgling democracy.