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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!

APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH: WRITE A HAIKU!

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.

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month - May 2024

May is rich in reasons to celebrate, including  Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, an annual tribute to the cultural and historical contributions of Asians and Pacific Islanders to the diverse tapestry of  the United States.  In  common with the other commemorative months, the yearly celebration originated in Congress. In 1992, Congress passed Public Law 102-450, which  designated May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Celebrate Mother's Day - May 12, 2024

Many people (especially Moms!) feel Mother’s Day should be celebrated every day, but the official holiday always falls on the second Sunday in May; this year, May 12 is Mother’s Day. How did the holiday come into being? The celebration owes its existence to the tireless efforts of Philadelphia resident, Anna Jarvis.

Spring into a New Book - May 2024

Who doesn’t love May? In May, we finally convince ourselves that we are looking at winter in the rear view mirror. Longer days, warm sunny weather and blooming buds are energizing, inspiring us to attempt new things and take on new challenges.  In the spirit of this month of rebirth and renewal, why not read a recently released book or explore the works of a first time author?  The Scarsdale Library’s shelves are packed with brand new titles, as fresh as spring itself.  Exciting new worlds await you. Click on the book jackets below to be taken to catalog links.

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