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.”


August Programming

August is here, and it’s not just the weather heating up! Our first ever Summer Spark Challenge is getting fierce, and will be ending on August 25 at 5 pm. Make sure you have your challenges submitted before then. Winners will be notified over the weekend. Similarly, our Summer Reading Challenge will end on August 25 at 5 pm, and all participants are invited to a Pizza Party at the library on August 28!

Without further adieu, here are the programs for this August!

Teen Summer Programming!

This year there are three ways teens can have fun at The Field Library: Summer Reading, Summer Spark Challenge, and Summer Teen Programming!

Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading 2017The Summer Reading Challenge at the library has started. Read books and earn fabulous prizes!

The teen who reads the most pages will win a $50 Amazon gift card, and the teen who spends the most time reading will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

How do you submit your reading?

This is a little different than how things are run in the Children’s Room. This year, you have 3 options. You can:

  1. Email me – sprosser@wlsmail.org
  2. Text me – 914-734-5119
  3. Tell me in-person!

You must give me the title of the book you read, the author of the book, how many pages, and how long it took you to read the book.  If you didn’t read the most pages or for the longest amount of time, fear not, there are still f a b u l o u s prizes you’ll be eligible for winning.

Prizes (that are not Amazon gift cards)

Everyone who reads books will earn entries to put towards different Prize Packs.

1 book = 2 entries
100 pages = 1 entry
1 hour of reading = 1 entry

Movie Prize Pack
movie tickets to a local theater

Snack Prize Pack chips

Art Prize Pack
kneaded eraser
water color palette

Shonen Prize Pack
One Punch Man 
Naruto keychain
Full Metal Alchemist pocket watch

Shojo Prize Pack 
Yuri on Ice 
Sailor Moon keychain
Cardcaptor Sakura pocket watch

Gaming Prize Pack
$20 gift card to Gamestop
Legend of Zelda keychain

Summer Spark Challenge

Summer Spark Challenge Weeks - Facebook

If reading isn’t inherently your thing, that’s cool! That’s why the Summer Spark Challenge was created-  an alternative to Summer Reading.

Here’s how it works: complete challenges, earn points. Top score wins a $100 Amazon gift card. 2nd place wins a $50 Amazon gift card. 3rd and 4th place wins a $25 Amazon gift card.
Every week for eight weeks, a series of 6 challenges will be released on the website, Monday mornings at 9am. They will also be posted in the Teen Section, as well as brief overviews on Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook. Challenges range in topic from solving puzzles to going on a nature scavenger hunt.

You can submit your challenges in-person, over Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, or email. For full rules and challenge submission requirements, check out our Summer Spark Challenge Rules page.

Teen Summer Programming



July 3
Gaming Mondays: Mario Kart!
Nutrition Room

Come see who’s the best racer at this Gaming Monday event! Teen players are welcome to attend, including players who are entering 6th grade in the fall.


22July 18
Anime & Manga Club: Attack on Titan!

For new watchers, or otaku-type fans of the show, join other teens in the Gallery to watch this exciting anime!  [Content warning: this anime does contain violence]


Taken from wikipedia:

Over 101 years before the beginning of the story on an alternate world, giant human-shaped creatures called Titans suddenly appeared and nearly wiped out humanity, devouring them without remorse or reason. What remains of humanity now resides within three enormous curtain walls: the outermost is Wall Maria; the middle wall is Wall Rose, and the innermost is Wall Sheena. Inside these walls, humanity has lived in uneasy peace for one hundred years; many people growing up without ever having seen a Titan. This all changes when one day, a giant 60-meter (200 ft)-tall Colossus Titan mysteriously appears after a strike of lightning and breaches the outer wall of the Shiganshina district, a town at Wall Maria, allowing the smaller Titans to invade the district.


July 24
Tie Dye!

Space is limited to this program for 12 participants. We provide the dye, you provide the shirt. Sign up at the reference desk, call 914-737-0010, or email sprosser@wlsmail.org to register for this program.

July 25
Design Your Own Fidget Spinner
Teen Section

Have you ever wondered about how to design something to be 3d printed? In this program, 8 teens will learn how to use Tinkercad to design their own fidget spinner that will be printed out for them at no cost!  Space is limited, so register in advance at the reference desk, by calling 914-737-0010, or emailing sprosser@wlsmail.org

July 31
DIY Tin Can Lanterns
Teen Section

Join teen librarian Sarah and learn how to make beautiful luminaries out of tin cans this summer! All supplies are provided, and this program is on a first-come first-served basis.(This program may move to the Nutrition Room due to noise issues).

Some August Programs to be aware of:

There will be a solar eclipse in August, so come to The Field Library to participate in a viewing party!

We’ll also make and play some life-size games, watch some more Yuri on Ice and have crafting and cooking programs. Watch this space for updates.


Happy reading,

It’s that time of year! The time… for surveys!

If you have (or haven’t) attended a teen program in the last year, your opinion matters! Sarah’s job as teen librarian for The Field Library is to provide programming that you all want to attend–she can create programs that meet your expectations only if she knows what you want.  Here’s where you come in: If you’re a teenager that uses The Field Library, please fill out this survey so that you can get the programs you want for the next year.

June is (finally) here!

Snapchat-322761311June is here, and so are the new Chromeboxes and iPads in the Teen Zone! Brand new chairs and tables too! You can also expect to see iMacs within the coming week, so watch our Twitter (@field_teens) or our Snapchat (fieldteens) for updates on that and other upcoming events in the Teen Space.

Programming is also going to be kicked up a notch with programs happening on Mondays AND Tuesdays. Pop-up programs will also be occurring in the teen space. Our last two were May 4th– Star Wars perler beads craft, and also a Tissue Paper Flower making pop-up craft. You can see the results of that program on display for this month’s LGBT Pride Book Display in the teen space.




Programs for the upcoming month kick off with an ACT Prep course on Saturday June 3 from 11-1 in the Teen Zone. If you’d like to come, but haven’t signed up yet, please call! You must bring your own calculator and pencil for this study session.  We will have more SAT and ACT Prep sessions in the fall.

Join the peer powered Educate-Make-A-Difference team on this day to learn about what you need to know in order to pass the ACT Exam with flying colors!



Gaming Mondays, the first Monday of every month, returns with June’s featured game: Rocket League!

Teens that would like to play this high-octane game must show up in the Nutrition Room on Monday, June 5 at 3. This program goes from 3-5, and snacks will be provided! Requests for July and August’s games are being taken now.

When this program has completed, within the next 24 hours, teens are welcome to check out the game and bring it come to play. (Did you know we have a Video Game collection now?)

June Flyers

June’s first Tuesday program is great for any teen that’s feeling a little stressed out with upcoming State tests, Regents exams, and the end-of-school crunch. Make your own putty, perfect to help de-stress by mashing, kneading, and squishing!

All materials are provided, and putty is made on a first-come, first-served basis (or until materials run out). Meet in the Teen Zone on June 6 from 3-5 for this program!




Monday, June 12, and Tuesday June 20 are The Field Library’s two Battle of the Books General Interest meetings.

Are you going into grades 7, 8, 9, or 10 this fall? Are you a reader? Are you competitive? Do you like making new friends and free snacks? If you answered “Yes!” to any of those questions, Battle of the Books is for you!

Join The Field Library’s two coaches, Sarah and Petya, in the Gallery from 3-5 as they discuss the books for this year’s Battle, when, and where it’s going to be held, as well as practice times for the team.

All team members will get a shirt for the event too!
Sign-up for the team will open on June 12.


Tuesday June 13 will be a Teen Crafternoon! Interested teens can show up in the Teen Zone from 3-5 and make Pride Pins out of felt.

Minor sewing skills will be used and are easily learned. Materials are provided, and pins can be made until 5, or the felt runs out. Whichever comes first.

Teens who want to participate in this program are welcome to make more than one pin too. No sign-up is required, either.


Monday June 19 is the third Monday of the June. This is when The Field Library’s Anime & Manga club will meet!

June’s theme will be a redo of a previously cancelled one (Teen Librarian Sarah was out sick with a plague of some sort). The ever-popular Fruits Basket anime will be watched, and teens that attend will learn how to make the delicious snack onigiri!

Interested teens should come to the Gallery on June 19 from 3:30-5 to watch this endearing anime and smack on these yummy treats!
If you would like to attend and have an allergy concern, please contact Sarah either by phone 914-862-3290, or by email sprosser@wlsmail.org


Our last official June Program is a teen request via Snapchat (fieldteens, add us) for Make Your Own Ice Cream!

Teens that want to make their own ice cream can come to this program on June 26 from 3-5 in the Teen Zone. Materials are provided, and are given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sign-up is not required, but highly encouraged.