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What was your proudest accomplishment?

Hello Scarsdale Teens!

Here is the March installment of our bite-sized writing exercise: Post-it-Prompts!

Our latest prompt for you was: What was your proudest moment?

You wrote:

Earth Day: April 22, 2024

Over sixty years ago, Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring sounded an alarm about the devastating impact of pesticides on the natural world.  Her book was the wake up call we all needed, the spark that ignited the modern environmental movement. Silent Spring not only  led to the 1972 banning of DDT but resulted in new government policies to safeguard our air and water and, ultimately, our health.  Eight years  after the publication of Silent Spring, Earth Day was celebrated for the first time on April 22, 1970, by more than 20 million Americans p

National Poetry Month - April 2024

Amanda Gorman, the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate, wrote: “Poetry is the lens we use to interrogate the history we stand on and the future we stand for. It is no coincidence that at the base of the Statue of Liberty, there is a poem.”  Her message that poetry transcends the boundaries of time and place is one of the reasons this literary form will always be an integral part of our lives and culture.

Must Read Books

Welcome to  Must Read Books, Scarsdale Public Library

Teen Advisory Board's Book Review Corner

TAB members in grades 6 -12 are welcome to read and

write book reviews for fellow reading enthusiasts. 

If you click on the cover or title of a book, you will be

directly linked to our catalog to see if it is available.

If you're interested writing reviews for Must Read Books,

send us an email at 

Celebrate Black History Month - February 2024

February is Black History Month, an annual tribute to generations of African Americans whose invaluable contributions to this country were often achieved in the face of tremendous adversity.  Originally a week-long observance created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, the event is celebrated in February to acknowledge the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.  In 1976, the celebration was expanded to a month by President Gerald R.

Scarsdale Reads: Most Checked Out Titles of 2023

At the end of each year we are all besieged by lists singling out the best in every genre - best movies, best books, best TV series, etc.  While these suggestions are certainly valid sources for recommendations, in our community of avid readers you can also find inspiration in the titles your neighbors have selected over the past year.  Listed below are some of the books that have flown off our library shelves most frequently in 2023.  Click on the book jacket to be taken to the link. Happy New Year and happy reading!   

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - January 15, 2024

Nobel Peace Prize winner and visionary civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., died on April 4, 1968, but it took 32 years for a government holiday in his honor to be recognized by all fifty states.  Dr. King’s birthday was signed into law as a federal holiday in 1983 and took effect three years later on January 20, 1986.  However, it was not until 2000 that  all fifty states officially observed the holiday.

A New Year, A New You - Books That Inspire Change, 2024

January is synonymous with resolutions. In the spirit of the new year, who has not, with the best intentions, committed to a better life, a better self, a better world?  Change can be daunting but you don’t have to go it alone - there are countless books to both inspire and guide you. Is the proliferation of self-help books a response to the complexity and anxiety of our current times? Possibly; but, believe it or not, the very first self-help book, conveniently and obviously titled Self-Help,  was written in 1859 by Scottish author Samuel Smiles.

Season's Readings: December 2023

December can be daunting - holidays, family gatherings, cooking and decorating are exhilarating but they can also result in exhaustion and sensory overload.  Add on the psychological impact of early sunsets and you have a perfect storm for stress.  How to decompress? Escape into a good book,  the ideal way to reboot your psyche and re-center your soul.  What to read?

Native American Heritage Month - November 2023

November is Native American Heritage Month, aka American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.  While the annual month-long celebration has been in existence for only 33 years, efforts to honor Native Americans go back more than a century to “American Indian Day,” which was declared a holiday by the Governor of New York State in 1916 and celebrated on the second Saturday in May. Fast forward to 1986, when Congress declared th

October Thrills and Chills - Halloween 2023

Now that we are looking in the rear view mirror at the summer of ‘23, we can finally set our sights on the pleasures of early fall. In addition to the renewed energy brought on by sweater weather and the thrill of fall foliage and cool weather comfort foods, October culminates with Halloween, an occasion for costumes, candy and scary stories.

Banned and Challenged Books

The theme for Banned Books Week, October 1-7, 2023, is "Let Freedom Read.

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read and spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. Join in on the celebration...and read!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month - 2023

Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed from September 15 to October 15, is an annual tribute to the history, cultural contributions and continuing vibrant presence of Hispanic-Americans, those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.  Formerly known as Hispanic Heritage Week, the celebration began under President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 and was expanded to a 30-day event by President Reagan in 1988.