January Teen Programs

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Ring in the New Year with some fun and exciting programs at The Field Library this January! All programs are free, and all supplies are provided by the library (including what’s needed for that indoor snowball fight).


1/8/18 – Gaming Mondays continues with not just one, but two screens and consoles to play on at this program! Join your friends and race to the finish in Nintendo’s Mario Kart.


1/9/18 – Take a relaxing break from the stress of school by painting some colorful rocks that will be sure to brighten up your winter day. No sign-up is required, first come, first served.


1/16/18 – Got a hankering for playing a new kind of game? Join Teen Librarian Sarah as we make indoor-safe snowballs, and then face off against other teams in an exhilarating indoor snowball battle!

1/22/18 – Anime & Manga Club continues with this month’s pick of fan favorite: Bleach. Join Teen Librarian Sarah in the Gallery from 3:30-5:00 to watch this action packed anime.

1/23/18 – Bring some light into your life by designing your own mason jar luminary! Supplies are provided by the library, and this craft is first come, first served. Everyone will get to take home their creation.

1/29/18 – Learn how to bring birds to your yard this winter without needing to purchase a bird feeder! Birdseed ornaments are fun to create and will look awesome hanging in your trees. Teen interested in attending this program do not need to sign up, and will be able to pick up their ornaments the day after.

1/30/18 – Start off the New Year with a new journal! Customize your journal with markers, paint, pom-poms, and just about any of the crafting materials we have at our disposal in the library! This program is open to 12 participants, so please sign-up in advance.


Winter is coming…

It’s almost here! Winter programs are starting early this December. Learn how to make hot cocoa and ice candles! Try your hand at window painting! Make three festive holiday ornaments! Enjoy the animation of Kino’s Journey, and play your heart out with Forza Horizon 3! Details on these free programs below… 

2012/4/17 – Gaming Mondays continues with Forza Horizon 3. Join your friends and play this game in the Nutrition Room from 3:30-5:00, snacks will be provided!

All teens are welcome, no sign-up is required to attend this program. 


2112/5/17 – Come to the library and learn how to make these unique candles with ice and hot wax with Teen Librarian Sarah and Adult Cultural Programming Curator Alicia. All supplies are provided by the library, and everyone will be able to bring a candle home that day! This program will meet in the Nutrition Room Senior Center downstairs, and there will be signs to direct people.

There are still a few spots left, and sign-up is required.  (For interested adults, there is an adult session of this program as well from 6-8, and there are still spots available!)


2212/11/17 – Join Sarah in the Nutrition Room on this day to learn how to make hot cocoa from scratch! All supplies are provided by the library, and there may even be some cookies to bake along with the cocoa.

Sign-up is not required, and everyone will get to have cocoa!


2312/12/17 – Teen Crafternoons returns to the teen section this day from 3:30-5 where participants will get to make and take home 3 different kinds of holiday ornaments! There will be fimo clay designs, glittery pine cones, and clothespin snowflakes.

Sign-up is required, and all materials are provided by the library. 


2412/18/17 – Anime & Manga continues this month with the newly released Kino’s Journey. A beautifully rendered animation that re-imagines the look and aesthetic of the original series.Teens are welcome to come and enjoy this pick from 3:30-5 in the Gallery.

No sign-up is required to attend. 

“The world is not beautiful, therefore it is.” A story about Kino, who travels around the world with nothing but guns for protection and the talking motorcycle Hermes. Kino travels to many mystical worlds, each with its unique customs and people, and learns about the world through their stories, at times conjuring humor and inspiration or other times piercing cynicism. However, Kino’s own custom is to stay no longer than three days in every town without exception, as it is enough time to learn almost everything important about the place while still leaving time to explore new lands.


12/19/17 – Paint the teen section windows! 

Yes, you read that correctly! 

The theme for the windows is “Winter Wonderland” and you can work on your own, or as a team. There are only 8 windows though so the sooner you submit your sketched design to Sarah, the more likely you will have a window to paint on December 19! 

Designs must be submitted and approved before painting can begin though, so please submit your design early! 

All supplies are provided by the library, and there will be cocoa and cookies for all participants. Sign-up is required.


-Don’t Miss Out!-

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On December 16, 2017, The Field Library will host their first cookie walk fundraiser in the Nutrition Room from 10-2.

Please come out to support the library!

Enter into our raffle for a platter of homemade cookies, or purchase a box with a selection of your choosing for $8.00/lb.

All proceeds will go towards purchasing a die-cut machine for the library. 


November Teen Programs are here!

Looking ahead into November, come join Teen Librarian Sarah at the Field Library for these great free programs! You can register by calling the library, or by emailing Sarah.

11/6 – Gaming Mondays – Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, Road to Boruto! Believe it! Meet in the Nutrition Room for snacks and to play this awesome game.

11/7 – Chocolate Tasting – What’s the difference between milk chocolate and dark chocolate? What about the percentages on dark chocolate? Find out at this yummy program, hosted in the Teen Section. First come, first served.

11/13 – Learn to Code! – Are you curious about programming and coding? Join Expert Larry Ferretti and learn the basics of how to program and interact with Arduinos. Teens in grades 6-12 are welcome to attend this program, and must sign-up in advance. This free event will be on November 13, from 3:00-5 in the Teen Section.

11/14 – Money for Teens – Resident money expert Nikki “The Beast” Suig will be visiting the library and going over money and financial basics. There will be snacks, there will be monopoly money, there may even be some learning!

11/20 – Anime & Manga Club – Ouran High School Host Club is the pick for this month. Get ready to laugh when it comes to this anime. Tea and light snacks will be served, those who know the show know why.

11/21, 11/28, 11/30 – Stop Motion Film – Do you like The Nightmare Before Christmas? The Lego Movie? Or maybe Kubo and the Two Strings? Join Teen Librarian Sarah and learn how to make a stop motion animation film! All supplies are provided by the library, and teens must attend all three sessions. Register in advance, please.

Coming Soon…

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There will be another candle making program! Registration for the Ice Candle Workshop opens on November 1! There are 12 spots open for this program, and only those who sign up will be able to attend.

October Programs

October is nearly here, and with it comes new teen programming! Experience all that the library has to offer this month, from candle making to classic monster movies!


10/2 Gaming Mondays continues with the brand new title “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” in the Nutrition Room from 3:30-5:00. Snacks will be provided.

10/3  Learn how to make a pretzel in the Nutrition Room from 3:00-5:00, and get to take home this yummy snack!

10/10 Can’t get enough of Pumpkin Spice? Make a candle with your favorite fall scent (or an unscented one) at this program from 3-5 in the Nutrition Room.

10/16 Our teen club continues this month with the popular anime The Devil is a Part-Timer, following the journey of Mau, the powerful and revered King of all demons as he escapes into the human realm with a Hero hot in pursuit and he begins taking a job as… a fast food worker?? Join Teen Librarian Sarah from 3:30-5 on October 16 to watch this comical anime!

10/17 Meet with special guest lecturer Tony Giacomo P.h.D. to learn what you need to be college ready! Ask your burning questions, and get answers in person! Join Teen Librarian Sarah on October 17 from 6:30-8:00 and get all the information about what you need to do to be ready for college. All attendants will also receive a link to see a webinar the following Saturday. Snacks and light refreshments will be available. Sign-up in advance –> sprosser@wlsmail.org -or- (914)-737-1212

10/23 This month’s teen book group selection is: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Join Teen Librarian Sarah in the teen section on October 23 from 3:30-5:00 to discuss this great read and enjoy some snacks!

10/30 See how the horror movie genre got started with these classic monster movies! Options for the day include “Creature from the Black Lagoon”, “The Wolf Man”, “Dracula”, “Frankenstein”, and “Bride of Frankenstein”! Join Teen Librarian Sarah in the Gallery on October 30 from 3:00-5:00 and watch some true Hollywood classics. Popcorn will be provided!

Worried about paying for college?

Come to Financial Aid 101! Expert Jeffrey Hirsch will be at the library on September 28 from 7-8 in the Nutrition Room. Paying for college doesn’t have to be scary! Ask your burning questions and receive the answers at this event.

Parents and teens are welcome to attend, please call (914)-737-1212 or email (sprosser@wlsmail.org) ahead of time to let the library know if you will be attending. See you there!

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September 2017 Programs

Summer is wrapping up at The Field Library, but that doesn’t mean that teen programs are ending! There’s plenty going on at the library for all interests.


1Our local HRHCare organization has teamed up with the library to put on a 2 session evidence-based sex education workshop aimed at addressing the needs of teenagers. Teens that attend both programs (9/5, 9/12) will receive a $25 gift card. You must sign-up in advance though, which you can do by calling the library at (914)-737-0010, or via email: sprosser@wlsmail.org . Parents or teens with any questions or concerns about the curriculum are encouraged to reach out to HRHCare or the library for more information.


Our teen gaming Mondays continues with a Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament that begins at 3 pm on September 11. The winner will receive a $25 Game Stop gift card. Snacks and controllers will be provided. Interested teens should meet in the Nutrition Room on that day.



Our Anime & Manga Club continues this month with a viewing of Black Butler. Teens new to the show or those that are already fans are welcome to join Teen Librarian Sarah in the Gallery on September 18 from 3:30-5 to share snacks and enjoy this popular anime.



Ever wondered how to sign your name? Or how to write in fancy letters? Come to the Cursive Workshop on September 19 to practice writing in script! Teens interested in learning cursive should meet in the Teen Section from 3-4 on 9/19.



It’s apple season in New York! What better way to celebrate the beginning of the Fall Harvest than learning how to make an apple crisp! Join Teen Librarian Sarah in the Nutrition Room on September 25 from 3-5 to make this delicious treat! Signing-up in advance is encouraged, and all supplies will be provided.


National Banned Books Week
is the last week in September. Join Teen Librarian Sarah in the Teen Section on Tuesday, September 26 from 3-5 to discuss banned books, censorship in the United States and around the world, and to learn about the First Amendment. Snacks will be provided.


As always, our Battle of the Books team is meeting weekly until the Grand Event in October! Cheer us on as we battle it out with other libraries to see who has the best team in Westchester County. Volunteers are also welcome, please contact Sarah for more information about how you can help with this year’s Battle.

Review: Akata Witch


Akata Witch
Nnedi Okorafor

Set in the nation of Nigeria, Sunny feels out of place. It might be because, while African, she also considers herself African-American since she was born in New York and only recently moved back to her parents’ birth nation. It might also be that she’s albino in a village where no one else looks like her. Deep down, she thinks it’s also because a few days ago she looked into a candle flame and saw a vision of the world ending.

Her parents want to keep a close eye on her, especially since there is someone going around stealing and mutilating children, leaving a black hat symbol on their bodies. When Sunny befriends Chichi and Orlu, she begins to enter a new world parallel to her old one; a world of juju and Leopard People. A world also full of danger. When Sunny and her friends are tasked with stopping the Black Hat ritual killer, more is at stake than any of them can imagine.

This is a book that, just like Sunny, readers are thrown into a world where rules, explanations, and meanings are not given readily. In a way, it is frustrating, but also helps readers to empathize more with Sunny for the things she is learning, and the tasks she must accomplish with little guidance from her teachers. This is a carefully crafted book that, even when it slows down, does not fall into a lull.

This is a largely plot-driven book, although some character development does occur since the characters do age and begin figuring out who they are as Leopard People, and as humans. Akata Witch throws you into the Leopard Society world, and those that can hack not having all information at all times and things simply happening without explanation or reason, will like how this story plays out.

If anything, this librarian wishes the story could have been drawn out a bit longer to give the reader (and Sunny) more experience with juju and the way the magic system works before the climax. Thankfully…. there’s a sequel coming out in October(!!!) titled Akata Warrior which will absolutely be added to our collection. Get your hands on this absolute gem of a book before then!

Grades: 8+

tl; dr: Akata Witch follows Sunny, a girl with many facets to her identity (Nigerian, American, Albino, Leopard Person) who suddenly has to navigate a new world filled with juju, and somehow stop a serial killer with her new and only slightly more experienced friends. What could go wrong?

Westchester Solar Eclipse Useful Details

[If you haven’t already heard, there’s a Solar Eclipse happening amost one week from today! Our location on the East Coast means that we will only have a partial eclipse, but don’t let that stop you from coming out to The Field Library and watching the live stream, learning to make pinhole viewers, and sharing this moment with other science and celestial enthusiasts.

30There will be a NASA live stream set up in the teen section of The Field Library (on the adult side, straight back once you enter the library), and all ages are welcome to meet here 15-20 minutes early and make the pinhole viewers that will be taken outside and used during the eclipse. It is very important that unless you have purchased Eclipse Viewing Glasses (and here’s a handy list of NASA-approved reputable vendors), that you do not look directly at the sun while this event is occurring!  Adults that wish to attend with young children should keep an eye on them to make sure that they stick to this rule, and also to gently remind others during this event. Sun-damaged retinas are sad retinas.

If you’re not close to Peekskill, but still live in Westchester, here is a list of other libraries in WLS that are offering Eclipse Events near you (edited to add: these libraries have set aside glasses for patrons that are coming to their events on the day of the Eclipse; the glasses allotments for those libraries that did have supplies for patrons not coming to an event have all been given out) :

Chappaqua Public Library
The Chappaqua Library is hosting an all ages event, and has glasses to give out for their event. They will also have a livestream of the eclipse in their theater. For more information, call 914.238.4779

Eastchester Public Library
The Eastchester Public library is hosting an all ages event and has glasses to give out for their event. They are also making Solar Eclipse cookies, a sun-catcher craft, and handing out activities sheets on planets and the path of the Total Eclipse. For more information, please call: (914) 793-5055.

Harrison Public Library
The Harrison Public Library is hosting an all ages event, and has glasses to give out for their event. They are partnering with the Westchester Amateur Astronomers and are offering outdoor activities like viewing the eclipse using various object with pinholes and recording environmental changes. Indoors, they are offering NASA coverage, making “sun” cookies, and, of course, a selection of related books. For more information, please call: (914) 835-0324.

Larchmont Public Library
The Larchmont Public Library is hosting an all ages event, and has glasses to give out for their event. For more information please call: (914)-834-2281.

Mamaroneck Public Library
The Mamaroneck Public Library is hosting a youth (pre-k – teen) event, and does not have glasses to give out for their event. They are doing something with their pre-k population, and also planning an event with the teens in which they will create a pin hole eclipse viewer, which will then be tested during the eclipse.
For more information, please call: (914) 698-1250.

Purchase Public Library
The Purchase Public Library is hosting a youth (pre-k – teen) event, and does not have glasses to give out for their event. The goal of their program is to learn about the eclipse and make a space themed craft program.
For more information, please call: (914) 948-0550.

Rye Public Library
The Rye Public Library is hosting an all ages event, and has glasses to give out for their event.
For more information, please call: (914) 967-0481.

Somers Public Library
The Somers Public Library is hosting an all ages event, and has glasses to give out for their event. They are unsure if the glasses will arrive in time though, so call ahead to be sure. They will also have a live stream from NASA in their program room. Also on Aug 19 there will be a Story Time with solar craft (with good weather).
For more information, please call: (914) 232-5717.

Yonkers Public Library
The Riverfront branch of the Yonkers Public Library is allowing the Yonkers Public Schools to use the library to host a youth event, and the school is providing glasses to share for the event (about 30 pairs). Their program will be moderated by a local science teacher. She will do a demo with inflatable sun, moon and Earth and teach revolution and rotation (about 15 mins), then participants will go outside and use the YPS solar telescope to view the eclipse.
For more information, please call: 914-337-1500.
[Updated to add: this program has been filled]

The Friends of the Crestwood branch of the Yonkers Public Library are hosting an all ages event, and have glasses to give out for their event at the library. Local Crestwood PhD Scientist Howard Heitner will be on hand to answer questions, and there will be a NASA Live stream. Call ahead to check on glasses availability.
For more information, please call 914-337-1500.
[updated to add that this program has been filled]

Lewisboro Public Library
The Lewisboro Public Library is hosting an all ages event, and has glasses to give out for their event. They will also offer those who want to make an eclipse scanner out of a cereal box.
For more information, please call: (914) 875-9004.

Ruth Keeler Memorial Library
The Ruth Keeler Memorial Library is hosting an all ages event, and does not have glasses to give out for their event. There will be a NASA Live stream, and on the Saturday before, Aug 19, story time and solar craft.
For more information, please call: (914) 669-5161.

Warner Public Library
For Tarrytown resident, the Warner Public Library is hosting an all ages event, and has glasses to give out for their event. Interested patrons can arrive at the library at 1 pm to view the New York partial solar eclipse. Everyone will meet on the front steps, and library staff will hand out the eclipse glasses and look at the sky.
For more information, please call: (914) 631-7734

Mt. Kisco Public Library
The Mt. Kisco Public Library is hosting a youth event (parents and guardians are welcome to come as well), and they have glasses to give out to patrons attending the event. There will be 2 crafts available as well: paper eclipses for younger children and pinhole projectors for students in elementary school and up.
For more information, please call: 914-666-8041

Book Review: The Library of Fates


The Library of Fates

Aditi Khorana

Set in the fictional city of Shalingar, a war-mongering Macedonian emperor named Sikander has come to claim the hand of Princess Amrita in an attempt by her father to save his kingdom from being overrrun by Sikander’s men. Amrita is presented with a gift, an oracle. The oracle, a girl named Thala, tells Amrita that Sikander is not to be trusted, he will ruin the kingdom… and Oracles cannot lie. Then, true to Thala’s word, things suddenly go south very quickly for her, her family, and her kingdom. Amrita is left with only Thala by her side, but Thala tells her something that changes everything. There is a place where anyone can change their destiny, it is The Library of All Things, and if they can find a way to trick the Keeper of the library into letting them enter, Amrita can undo everything.

This book was charming to read, and felt like a story that deserved to be told out loud, like one of the many parables that is told within its pages. Amrita is well developed, as are the other characters, and it makes the story largely plot-driven, which is a bit of a welcome reprieve from character-driven, drama-loaded stories that tend to dominate Young Adult literature (which, if that’s your thing- awesome! This might not be the book you’re looking for then). The events that unfold around her are magical, and while larger plot points were easy to figure out, it didn’t detract from the story in anyway because there were still many things that were unpredictable which led to those moments. This is a standalone book, and a world that deserves to be revisited, and hopefully it will be in the future.

Amrita is largely likeable, even if her self-preservation instincts are slow (so painfully slow) to kick in when there is life-threatening danger happening in the book. She is a character that begins a journey of re-discovery when she loses all the pieces of her identity that make her unique, and the answers and eventual decisions she finds and makes are poignant and difficult, but truly the right thing to do. The romance in the book, while an important element of the resolution, is not overdone or cloying, but does feel a little unrealistic (but this is fantasy, and purely this librarian’s opinion).

The Library of Fates is a perfect read for someone looking for a fantasy story that breaks the mold of white characters and European folklore as its basis. It is also a great read for someone who wants a book that can standalone, as well as for readers who like to read aloud. This librarian highly recommends reading it together with someone (friend, family member, stranger on the bus…maybe not that last one).

Happy reading!

tl;dr: Grades 7+, plot driven fantasy set in fictitious Middle East following Princess Amrita’s journey to rewrite the fates of her murdered/betrayed family and friends by finding the mysterious Library of All Things. Light romance.



Speed Read Picks

Looking for something to read, and fast? Look no further! The following books are on display in the teen section of the library, and are ready for you to check them out!


22752127The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

“Struggling through his senior year of high school, where he is targeted by bullies because of his father’s extreme faith, Dill teams up with fellow outcast Lydia, who is determined to escape their tiny town by pursuing a career in fashion, and Travis whose obsession with an epic book series and a fangirl turns his reality into real-life fantasy.”

18718848Mosquitoland by David Arnold

“After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the ‘wastelands’ of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.
So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes  a  few  turns  she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.”

wasp-coverArchivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace

“Wasp’s job is simple. Hunt ghosts. And every year she has to fight to remain Archivist. Desperate and alone, she strikes a bargain with the ghost of a supersoldier. She will go with him on his underworld hunt for the long-lost ghost of his former partner, and in exchange she will find out more about his pre-apocalyptic world than any Archivist before her. And there is much to know. After all, Archivists are marked from birth to do the holy work of a goddess. They’re chosen. They’re special. Or so they’ve been told for 400 years…

Archivist Wasp fears she is not the chosen one, that she won’t survive the trip to the underworld, that the brutal life she has escaped might be better than where she is going. There is only one way to find out.”

51Q0w0XnijL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Crank by Ellen Hopkins

“Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter, gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul – her life.”

the-may-queen-murdersThe May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude

“When her beloved cousin goes missing after a May Day celebration, sixteen-year-old Ivy discovers that both her cousin and her hometown in the Missouri Ozarks are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.”

81GUJCr23RLTrish Trash 1: Rollergirl of Mars by Jessica Abel

“Fifteen-(Earth)-year-old Trish “Trash” Nupindju dreams of derby stardom. When you come from a multiracial family of poor moisture farmers on Mars, making the local hover derby team seems like the only way out. But when Trish finally gets (AKA sneaks into) a tryout, will this “fresh meat” have what it takes to make the cut? And then when a half-dead Martian shows up on her doorstep, how will that change what Trish had planned for her future?”

The_Giver_first_edition_1993The Giver by Lois Lowry

“Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives. What choices will he make with this newly discovered truth?”

18049007When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

“Ali lives in Bed-Stuy, a Brooklyn neighborhood known for guns and drugs, but he and his sister, Jazz, and their neighbors, Needles and Noodles, stay out of trouble until they go to the wrong party, where one gets badly hurt and another leaves with a target on his back.”

how-it-went-downHow It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

“When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into an uproar because Tariq was black and the shooter, Jack Franklin, is white, and in the aftermath everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree.”