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While it's true that libraries have never been ONLY about books, they are an important part of our mission and our dedication to bring people together. Here are several ways that we can come together to discuss books, meet authors, and further connect with each other as book lovers.

Author Events

Author Talk: Debby Applegate, author of Madam: The Biography of Polly Adler, Icon of the Jazz Age

Tues. May 17th at 7pm

A virtual event. 

Join us for an evening with Pulitzer Prize winning author, Debby Applegate in conversation with Scarsdale Librarian Katie about her book Madam: The Biography of Polly Adler, Icon of the Jazz Age.  

In Roaring Twenties New York City, when the nightclubs closed down, the in-crowd didn’t go home.  Everyone went to Polly’s place, the “speakeasy with a harem” run by “The Female Al Capone,” as the newspapers dubbed her. 

Applegate immerses the reader in Polly’s world and uses her rip-roaring life to unpack what made this era so corrupt, so glamorous and so transformational, showing how this riotous collision of high and low gave birth to modern American culture.

Bruce Goldfarb, author of 18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Gessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics

Tues. June 21st at 7pm

A Virtual Event

Everything we know and expect in a CSI-type crime scene investigation -- in real life and in pop culture -- is because of Frances Glessner Lee. Known mostly as the
creator of the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, this elderly millionairess with no formal training is the Mother of Forensic Science. Bruce Goldfarb, author of Lee's biography, discusses her role as a reformer, educator, and activist in the movement from the archaic coroner system to a modern, science-based medical examiner system of death investigation.

Book Discussions

Library Libations: The House in the Cerulean Sea with special guest, author, T.J. Klune

Tues June 7th at 7pm

Celebrate Pride Month

The Author will join us at 8pm

A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

Books You May Have Missed: Tell Me How To Be, with special guest, author, Neel Patel

Weds. May 25th at 7pm

Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month

The author will join us at 8pm. 

Lost in the jungle of Los Angeles, Akash Amin is filled with shame. Shame for liking men. Shame for wanting to be a songwriter. Shame for not being like his perfect brother.  Akash's mum, Renu, is also plagued by guilt.When their pasts catch up to them, Renu and Akash must decide between the lives they left behind and the ones they've since created.


Coming Soon

Weds. June 22nd at 7pm

Tues. July 12th at 7pm

Local Authors

An Afternoon of Poetry with Elaine Sexton and the Scarsdale Library's Poetry Community

Sun June 5th at 3pm

This event will take place in-person on the library lawn

Celebrating Elaine Sexton's fourth collection of poetry, Drive.  Additional readings by Marlena Maduro Baraf, Mary O’Keefe Brady, Mark Levine, Nahal Motamed, and Harriet Schenkman.

Deb Schupack, author of Relentless: How a Leading New York City Health System Mobilized to Battle the Greatest Health Crisis of our Time

Mon June 6th at 7pm 

This event will take place in-person at the library. 

Relentless tells the compelling story of how one of America’s leading health care systems—the Mount Sinai Health System—mobilized science, medicine and the human spirit to confront the Covid-19 pandemic, which struck New York City and Westchester County early and hard. Journalist and novelist Deborah Schupack interviewed more than 100 frontline clinicians, scientists, staff and patients for a behind-the-scenes narrative that is heartbreaking, heroic, and hopeful—from the bursting-at-the-seams emergency rooms and rapidly reconfigured ICUs to the busy research laboratories sleuthing the virus’s secrets, and all the life-or-death decision-making in between.

Brooke Lea Foster, author of On Gin Lane

Sun June 12th at 3pm 

This event is in-person on the library lawn

After her fiancé whisks her off to the glistening shores of Southampton in June of 1957, one young socialite begins to realize that her glamorous summer is giving her everything—except what she really wants—in this new novel from the author of Summer Darlings