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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.

Artificial Intelligence - The Road To ChatGPT

What do you think was the first example of artificial intelligence? Was it the chatbot ELIZA in the 1960s? When IBM’s supercomputer Deep Blue defeated a chess grandmaster in the 1990s? Perhaps it was when the program Watson competitively played Jeopardy! in 2011 or when Boston Dynamics unveiled its dexterous dog-like robot Spot in 2016. Just this year, you might have engaged with the strikingly lucid writings of ChatGPT or the elaborate artistic creations of Midjourney.

National Dog Month - August 2023

August is an auspicious month for our canine companions.  The “Dog Days,” of summer, which officially begin on July 3 and end on August 11, coincide with Sirius, the Dog Star, rising and setting with the sun. Known as the Dog Star because it is part of the constellation Canis Major, Latin for “Greater Dog,” Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky at this time.

Beach Reads for Adults - 2023

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.  Click on a book jacket to be taken to a link in our catalog.  

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

Young Adult Artists' Showcase of Scarsdale

Every month, Scarsdale Public Library's Teen Services Department collects via this Google Form images of original artworks created by local teens (i.e., those in Grades 6 through 12) to display on our Teen Room flatscreen.

Each teen artist may submit up to five pieces per month. The submission deadline for the following month's showcase is the 15th of the current month.

Independence Day - July 4, 2023

The Fourth of July, aka Independence Day, is America’s most iconic holiday and undoubtedly its favorite as well.  Who doesn’t love a day featuring parades, fireworks, barbecues, baseball and family reunions?  A bit of background: on July 2nd, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted in favor of the independence of the colonies from Great Britain. Two days later, delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, which was drafted by Thomas Jefferson and edited by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams.

Adult Summer Reading Program 2023

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!

French-American Heritage Month - July 2023

July is French-American Heritage Month, a celebration spearheaded by the Alliance Française to acknowledge the many contributions of French immigrants to the history and culture of the United States.  While the French did not immigrate to these shores in great waves, as did other groups, the Huguenots did arrive here as far back as 1538, seeking the freedom to practice their Protestant faith.