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 All Ardsley Listings10502, history, about ardsley, about activities, attractions, things to do, places to go, hiking in ardsley, biking in ardsley, picnic in ardsley, great hunger memorial, children, town of ardsley, kids, children, golf courses in westchester

 Ardsley Library | NYS Library

10502 Children's Storytimes Preschool-Storytime stories songs puppets Babies Book Groups Kids Craft Club Wireless Internet | Westchester Ardsley Public Library

914-693-6636 
  Ardsley Public Library is located at 9 American Legion Drive, Ardsley, NY 10502 in Westchester County. We offer many interesting events such as: Ardsley Public Library | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Armonk Library | NYS Library

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914-273-3887 
  The North Castle Public Library has two branches.
    Armonk Branch
    19 Whippoorwill Road East
    Armonk NY 10504

    North White Plains Branch
    North Castle Community Center
    10 Clove Road
    North White Plains, NY 10603
The North Castle Public Library offers many services, including:
    Newspapers, Magazines and other Databases
    Armonk Calendar
    North White Plains Calendar
    Downloadables
    Adult Services
    Teen Space
    Children's Corner
North Castle Public Library - Armonk | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Banksville Library | NYS Library

10504, 10603, North Castle Public Library, Armonk Branch, Armonk NY, North White Plains Branch, North White Plains, Armonk Calendar, North White Plains Calendar, Children's Corner, What's New, Children's Corner, Children's Blog, Calendar of Events | Westchester North Castle Public Library - Banksville

914-273-3887 
  The North Castle Public Library has two branches.
    Armonk Branch
    19 Whippoorwill Road East
    Armonk NY 10504

    North White Plains Branch
    North Castle Community Center
    10 Clove Road
    North White Plains, NY 10603
The North Castle Public Library offers many services, including:
    Newspapers, Magazines and other Databases
    Armonk Calendar
    North White Plains Calendar
    Downloadables
    Adult Services
    Teen Space
    Children's Corner
North Castle Public Library - Banksville | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Bedford Hills Library | NYS Library

10507 Children's Room Story Times | Westchester Bedford Hills Free Library

914-666-6472 
  The Bedford Hills Free Library is located at 26 Main Street, Bedford Hills, NY 10507 in Westchester County.

From Bedford Hills Free Library: "The Bedford Hills Free Library was first opened by Mrs. Eliza Gourlie above a local hardware store and has been serving the people of Bedford Hills since 1915. Later the library moved to the Bedford Hills Community House, using what is now their Audubon Room.

The present building, built in 1860, was acquired in 1952. On the second floor two apartments were constructed to help acquire funds for the library. The library was renovated in 1960 and the two apartments eliminated to provide more space for the growing needs of the library. Mary C. Hyatt, served as library director from 1947 to 1974. In 1974 the new children's room was opened and named in her honor. The library continues to change as technology enhances the use of our collections. Bedford Hills Free Library | Westchester  website and more . . .
 All Bedford Village Listings10506, hamlets, bedford hills, bedford village, katonah, history of bedford, about bedford village, bedford village memorial park, biking, hiking, fishing, ward pound ridge reservation,  largest park, fun day, out with the kids, historic sites

 Bedford Village Library | NYS Library

10506 libraries located hamlets Katonah Bedford-Hills Bedford-Village historic landmark  historic-building Historical Society Storytimes Children preschoolers Storytime Children's Room special programs Audios Young Adult | Westchester Bedford Free Library

914-234-3570 
  The Bedford Free Library is located at 32 Village Green, Bedford, NY 10506 in Westchester County. The town of Bedford has three libraries located in the hamlets of Katonah, Bedford Hills, and Bedford Village. Bedford Free Library | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Briarcliff Manor Library | NYS Library

10510 children's young adults' reading Online Research  Local Catalogs Computer Classes Book Discussion Groups | Westchester Briarcliff Manor Public Library

914-941-7072 
  The Briarcliff Manor Public Library is located at One Library Road (off Pleasantville Road in Law Park) Briarcliff Manor, New York 10510. The mission of the Briarcliff Manor Public Library is to provide state-of-the-art facilities, programs, collections, and information services in a community environment in which residents can meet and interact. The Library emphasizes:
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 Bronxville Library | NYS Library

Bronxville-Public-Library Children's Room  children  Childrens Programs Events Schedule Friends of the Library History  Search Library-Catalog Downloadable Audiobooks | Westchester Bronxville Library

914-337-7680 
  The Bronxville Public Library is located at 201 Pondfield Road at the intersection of Midland Avenue and Pondfield Road in Bronxville. The Bronxville Public Library proudly serves the Bronxville community and its surrounding neighbors. We offer services ranging from simply borrowing books, videos and CDs to using our computers to access Westchester Library's site and for surfing the Internet. Bronxville Library | Westchester  website and more . . .
 All Buchanan Listings10511, history, town of cortlandt, village of buchanan, things to do, places to go, around buchanan, activities, attractions, state parks in cortlandt, golf, bergstol golf courses, antique shops, find antiques, outdoor activities, fishing

 Buchanan Library | NYS Library

10548, Free Library, Buchanan, personal computing, Community Room, art exhibits, Adult Activities and Attractions, Parents and Kids, Children's Things To Do, Storytime, Winter Tales, Puppet Plays, attractions for kids | Westchester Hendrick Hudson Free Library - Buchanan

914-739-5654 
  The Hendrick Hudson Free Library is located at 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548 in northern Westchester County. The library covers the towns of Buchanan, Verplanck, Crugers, Montrose, and parts of Cortlandt Manor, Croton, and the City of Peekskill. Hendrick Hudson Free Library - Buchanan | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Chappaqua Library | NYS Library

10514 Adult Teen Children's Services Online Research Adult-Programs Teen-Programs Children's-Programs, Children, Library Catalogs | Westchester Chappaqua Public Library

914-238-4779 
  The Chappaqua Public Library is located at 195 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY 10514. The Chappaqua Library aspires to be a welcoming community center for human interaction, intellectual stimulation and cultural enrichment for people of all ages through books, other informational, educational and cultural materials, events and programs. Decisions about library services, equipment and facilities are based on library priorities and stringent cost-benefit analyses. Chappaqua Public Library | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Cortlandt Manor Library | NYS Library

10548, Free Library, Cortlandt Manor, computing, Community Room, art exhibits, Adult Activities and Attractions, Parents and Kids, Children's Things To Do, Storytime, Winter Tales, Puppet Plays, attractions for kids | Westchester Hendrick Hudson Free Library - Cortlandt Manor

914-739-5654 
  The Hendrick Hudson Free Library is located at 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548 in northern Westchester County. The library covers the towns of Buchanan, Verplanck, Crugers, Montrose, and parts of Cortlandt Manor, Croton, and the City of Peekskill. Hendrick Hudson Free Library - Cortlandt Manor | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Croton-on-Hudson Library | NYS Library

10520 Film Festival Book Club Children's Events Programming | Westchester Croton Free Library

914-271-6612 
  The Croton Free Library is located at 171 Cleveland Drive, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.We offer many services and information about: Croton Free Library | Westchester  website and more . . .

10548, Free Library, Croton, computing, Community Room, art exhibits, Adult Activities and Attractions, Parents and Kids, Children's Things To Do, Storytime, Winter Tales, Puppet Plays, attractions for kids | Westchester Hendrick Hudson Free Library - Croton

914-739-5654 
  The Hendrick Hudson Free Library is located at 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548 in northern Westchester County. The library covers the towns of Buchanan, Verplanck, Crugers, Montrose, and parts of Cortlandt Manor, Croton, and the City of Peekskill. Hendrick Hudson Free Library - Croton | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Crugers Library | NYS Library

10548, Free Library, Crugers, computing, Community Room, art exhibits, Adult Activities and Attractions, Parents and Kids, Children's Things To Do, Storytime, Winter Tales, Puppet Plays, attractions for kids | Westchester Hendrick Hudson Free Library - Crugers

914-739-5654 
  The Hendrick Hudson Free Library is located at 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548 in northern Westchester County. The library covers the towns of Buchanan, Verplanck, Crugers, Montrose, and parts of Cortlandt Manor, Croton, and the City of Peekskill. Hendrick Hudson Free Library - Crugers | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Dobbs Ferry Library | NYS Library

10522 History Dobbs Ferry Children's Room Adult Reading Hudson River Downloadable Audiobooks Children's Programs Westchester Library System Homepage | Westchester Dobbs Ferry Public Library

914-693-6614 
  The Dobbs Ferry Public Library is located at 55 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522.

Brief History about Dobbs Ferry Public Library
"In 1899, the Dobbs Ferry Free Library and Reading Room was organized under the " Women's Christian. Temperance Union." The small collection of books gathered by the ladies was placed in the front parlor of a home on lower Main Street. Mrs. Pearse, the wife of the owner, acted as librarian. Situated in what was then the very center of town, she kept the library open every day, and allowed books to circulate for two weeks. Dobbs Ferry Public Library | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Eastchester Library | NYS Library

10709 Children's Room children story time reading groups | Westchester Eastchester Public Library

914-793-5055 
  The Eastchester Public Library is located at 11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester, New York 10709. The Eastchester Public Library opened in May, 1967 at its current location. The library serves the residents of the unincorporated area of the Town of Eastchester as well as all residents of Westchester County. The Eastchester Public Library is a member of the Westchester Library System. Eastchester Public Library | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Elmsford Library | NYS Library

10607 Tarrytown Road books periodicals DVDs videos CDs audio books Westchester-Library-System  Ardsley Dobbs Ferry Elmsford Hastings Irvington Tarrytown | Westchester Greenburgh Public Library

914-993-1600 
  The Greenburgh Public Library is located at 177 Hillside Avenue, Greenburgh, NY 10607 in Westchester County. The Greenburgh Public Library was granted its charter on August 24, 1962, and began library service to Greenburgh residents that month in rented rooms in a Dobbs Ferry Road Building. In 1969, the Library moved into an 18,900 square-foot building in a central location on Tarrytown Road to better serve the public. At that time, we served a population of about 18,500 people. Presently, we serve a population of approximately 44,000 people, who reside in 10 separate school district areas of the unincorporated portions of the Town of Greenburgh. The Library has a collection of 186,000 items, including books, periodicals, DVDs, videos, CDs and audio books. Greenburgh Library is the fifth largest member of the Westchester Library System, and in 2005 had the second highest circulation in the county. Greenburgh Public Library | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Harrison Library | NYS Library

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TumbleBook Library - e-books for e-kids WLS | Westchester Harrison Public Library - Downtown Main Branch

914-835-0324 
  The Harrison Public Library has two branches:
    Downtown (Main) Library
    Bruce Avenue
    Harrison, NY 10528

    West Harrison Branch
    2 Madison Street
    West Harrison, NY 10604
Harrison Public Library - Downtown Main Branch | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Hastings-on-Hudson Library | NYS Library

10706 Hastings Programs for Children majestic river view books periodicals audio visual Village documents computers library catalogs | Westchester Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library

914-478-3307 
  The Hastings Library is located at 7 Maple Avenue Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706. The Hastings Library's majestic river view is due to its location in Fulton Park, adjacent to the Municipal Building. In 2002 the library was renovated and expanded. Besides making the building ADA accessible, updating wiring and enlarging community rooms, a beautiful new picture book room for toddlers was added. Fulton Park, to the south, was also enhanced with new terraces, benches, tables, and landscaping. Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Irvington-on-Hudson Library | NYS Library

10533 Children's Adult Programs Wireless Internet Access Free-Library Catalogs Tiffany Reading Room Westchester-Library-System schoolhouse | Westchester Irvington Public Library

914-591-7840 
  The Irvington Public Library is located at 12 South Astor Street, Irvington-on-Hudson, NY 10533. The first Irvington Public Library was established in the mid-19th century by an interested group of Irvington residents. It was located in "the little red schoolhouse." The schoolhouse library evolved into the short-lived Irvington Free Library, which later became the Atheneum. Irvington Public Library | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Katonah Library | NYS Library

10536 Childrens' Room New York State Poets and Writers program poetry readings Book Discussion Group | Westchester Katonah Village Library

914-232-3508 
  The Katonah Village Library is located at 26 Bedford Road, Katonah, NY 10536. General Informaion about the Katonah Village Library includes:
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 Larchmont Library | NYS Library

10538 Downloadable Audiobooks Online Resources Adult Programs Exhibits Children Children's Room 
Book Group | Westchester Larchmont Public Library

914-834-2281 
  The Larchmont Public Library is located at 121 Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont, NY 10538. The Larchmont Public Library offers many services including:
    The Catalog - search, reserve items and check your account
    Downloadable Audiobooks
    Online Resources - newspaper, magazine and scholarly articles
    Suggested Web Pages
    Adult Programs
    Exhibits
    Programs for Children: For information about events at the Children's Room call 914-834-4666.
    Hours and Holidays
    Book Group Selections
    Village and Town webpages
    Friends of the Library
Larchmont Public Library | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Mamaroneck Library | NYS Library

Downloadable Audiobooks Adult Programs Internet Classes e-Audiobooks Reading Lists Children Storytimes RIF Reading is Fundamental Tumblebooks | Westchester Mamaroneck Public Library

914-698-1250 
  The Mamaroneck Library provides services to its community in an atmosphere that is pleasant, comfortable, and "user friendly". Those services include a lending library for popular materials; support for high school students; materials and personnel to stimulate young children's appreciation for reading and learning. The library is a learning and educational center for all residents of the community. Mamaroneck Public Library | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Montrose Library | NYS Library

10548, Free Library, Montrose, computing, Community Room, art exhibits, Adult Activities and Attractions, Parents and Kids, Children's Things To Do, Storytime, Winter Tales, Puppet Plays, attractions for kids | Westchester Hendrick Hudson Free Library - Montrose

914-739-5654 
  The Hendrick Hudson Free Library is located at 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548 in northern Westchester County. The library covers the towns of Buchanan, Verplanck, Crugers, Montrose, and parts of Cortlandt Manor, Croton, and the City of Peekskill. Hendrick Hudson Free Library - Montrose | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Mount Kisco Library | NYS Library

10549 Kids Family Storytimes Museum Passes Calendar of Events Teens En Espanol | Westchester Mount Kisco Public Library

914-666-8041 
  The Mount Kisco Public Library is located at 55 Maple Avenue, Mt Kisco, NY 10549. Find out about the many services available at the Mount Kisco Public Library, including: Mount Kisco Public Library | Westchester  website and more . . .
 All Mount Vernon Listings

 Mount Vernon Library | NYS Library

10550 Central-Library Westchester-Library-System Children's Room foreign books Anne Izard Storytelling Collection Computer Center Kid's Catalog Parenting videos Family programs Cyber Corner  Gates Computer Training Lab ESOL | Westchester Mount Vernon Public Library

914-668-1840 
  The Mount Vernon Public Library is located at 28 South First Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10550.The Mount Vernon Public Library was chartered by the State of New York in March, 1896. Andrew Carnegie, the retired steel tycoon and benefactor of libraries, donated $50,000 in 1904 that allowed for the building to be constructed on its present site. The library is a neoclassical Revival style building. Mount Vernon Public Library | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 New Rochelle Library | NYS Library

10801, urban Park, New Rochelle Public Library | Westchester Library Green

914-654-2087 
  Library Green is a downtown urban Park located adjacent to the New Rochelle Public Library bounded by Lawton Street (east) Memorial Highway (west) and Huguenot Street (north) in New Rochelle NY 10801, Westchester County. Library Green | Westchester  more . . .

10804 children’s-library children families books activities for kids Storytimes Homework Help 
Teachers Fun Internet Sites School Family Programs | Westchester New Rochelle - Huguenot Childrens' Library

914-632-8954 
  The Huguenot Children’s Library, a branch of the New Rochelle Public Library, is located at 794 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York 10804.

New Rochelle - Huguenot Childrens' Library | Westchester  website and more . . .

10802 Children's Services Storytimes Homework Help Teachers Fun Internet Sites School Family Programs Teen Adult Services Huguenot-Children’s-Library History Book Club Sales | Westchester New Rochelle Public Library

914-632-7878 
  The New Rochelle Public Library is located at One Library Plaza, New Rochelle, New York 10802.The New Rochelle Public Library offers many services including:
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 North Salem Library | NYS Library

10560 Interlibrary Loan Children's Programs children Online Databases Internet access Kids Annual Booksale | Westchester Ruth Keeler Memorial Library

914-669-5161 
  The Ruth Keeler Memorial Library is located at 276 Titicus Road, North Salem, NY 10560. The North Salem Free Library, now called Ruth Keeler Memorial Library, was started in 1932 in two rooms on the main floor of the Town House, with 1600 books contributed by the Universalist Church. In 2005 the library was renamed "Ruth Keeler Memorial Library" in recognition of the major contribution from the Ruth Keeler Charitable Trust. Ruth Keeler Memorial Library | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 North White Plains Library | NYS Library

10603, North Castle Public Library, Armonk Branch, Armonk NY, North White Plains Branch, North White Plains, Armonk Calendar, North White Plains Calendar, Children's Corner, What's New, Children's Corner, Children's Blog, Calendar of Events | Westchester North Castle Public Library - North White Plains

914-948-6359 
  The North Castle Public Library has two branches.
    Armonk Branch
    19 Whippoorwill Road East
    Armonk NY 10504

    North White Plains Branch
    North Castle Community Center
    10 Clove Road
    North White Plains, NY 10603
The North Castle Public Library offers many services, including:
    Newspapers, Magazines and other Databases
    Armonk Calendar
    North White Plains Calendar
    Downloadables
    Adult Services
    Teen Space
    Children's Corner
North Castle Public Library - North White Plains | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Ossining Library | NYS Library

Click to visit Ossining Library Events

914-941-2416 
   

10562 library is a green LEED building geothermal energy U.S. Green-Buildings Westchester Library System Science Reference Center Websites | Westchester Ossining Public Library

914-941-2416 
  The Ossining Public Library is located at 53 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562. The Ossining Public Library is 47,000 sq. feet. The library is a “green” building, powered by geothermal energy, and landscaped with drought and pest-resistant native plants. The library construction is following the U.S. Green Buildings Council’s procedures for accreditation as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building. It will be only the second LEED building in Westchester. Ossining Public Library | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Peekskill Library | NYS Library

10548, Free Library, Peekskill, computing, Community Room, art exhibits, Adult Activities and Attractions, Parents and Kids, Children's Things To Do, Storytime, Winter Tales, Puppet Plays, attractions for kids | Westchester Hendrick Hudson Free Library - Peekskill

914-739-5654 
  The Hendrick Hudson Free Library is located at 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548 in northern Westchester County. The library covers the towns of Buchanan, Verplanck, Crugers, Montrose, and parts of Cortlandt Manor, Croton, and the City of Peekskill. Hendrick Hudson Free Library - Peekskill | Westchester  website and more . . .

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Children's Activities Childrens Department children's-databases storytelling music 

Childrens-Library Kid's Corner Bookstore Local History | Westchester Peekskill Field Library

914-737-1212 
  The Field Library, located several blocks from the Hudson River at 4 Nelson Avenue, is Peekskill's major information resource. As a full scale public library serving a population of approximately 22,000 Peekskill residents and 35,000 Town of Cortlandt residents, The Field Library boasts a collection of 80,000 books, over 300 different magazine and newspaper titles, and a wide variety of audiocassettes, compact discs and videocassettes. Peekskill Field Library | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Pelham Library | NYS Library

10803 Downloadable Audiobooks TumbleBook Story Time for children Book Groups Computers | Westchester Pelham Public Library

914-738-1234 
  The Pelham Public Library is located at 530 Colonial Avenue, Pelham, NY 10803. The Town of Pelham Public Library serves the people of Pelham and Westchester County by providing books, materials, information and library services to meet their interests and needs. The Library strives to provide excellent library services and programs which work in concert with other cultural and educational institutions in the Town of Pelham. Pelham Public Library | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Pleasantville Library | NYS Library

10570 10595 Children's children Books Audio-books Computers PCs Internet Microsoft Word educational Interlibrary Loan Service Job Information Center Videos DVDs Tumble-Book-Library e-books for e-kids English Spanish | Westchester Mount Pleasant Library in Pleasantville

914-769-0548 
  The Mount Pleasant Public Library has two locations:
    The Main Library is located at 350 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY 10570.
    The Branch Library is located at 125 Lozza Drive, Valhalla, NY 10595.
Mount Pleasant Library in Pleasantville | Westchester  website and more . . .
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 Port Chester Library | NYS Library

10573 children toddlers preschoolers Children's Services Playtime Story Adult Young-Adult Programs Books Videos DVDs Books-on-Tape Large Print Homebound Services Internet Access Microcomputers  Book Club Literacy Volunteer Tutoring | Westchester Port Chester Public Library

914-939-6710 
  The Port Chester Public Library is located at Haseco and Westchester Avenues, Port Chester, New York 10573. The Port Chester Public Library was founded in 1876 by the Honorable Jared V. Peck. Fifty years later, the Library building was dedicated in its present location. The library is funded by the Villages of Port Chester and Rye Brook. Port Chester Public Library | Westchester  website and more . . .

10573 children toddlers preschoolers Children's Services Playtime Story Adult Young-Adult Programs Books Videos DVDs Books-on-Tape Large Print Homebound Services Internet Access Microcomputers  Book Club Literacy Volunteer Tutoring | Westchester Port Chester Public Library - Portchester & Rye Brook

914-939-6710 
  The Port Chester Public Library is located at Haseco and Westchester Avenues, Port Chester, New York 10573. The Port Chester Public Library was founded in 1876 by the Honorable Jared V. Peck. Fifty years later, the Library building was dedicated in its present location. The library is funded by the Villages of Port Chester and Rye Brook. Port Chester Public Library - Portchester & Rye Brook | Westchester  website and more . . .
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914-764-5085 
  Hiram Halle Memorial Library is located at the intersection of Routes 124 and 137 in the Hamlet of Pound Ridge. Opened in 1952, the Library now has a collection of over 60,000 items including books, magazines, CDs, talking- book cassettes and videos. The Library's collection is broad and diverse, but is particularly strong in the arts, biographies, mysteries and cookbooks. In addition, the Library offers electronic database searching and Internet access for reference and research. Through the Interlibrary Loan Program, books not owned by the Library can be provided quickly and efficiently via WESTLYNX, the computerized card catalog of Westchester's 38 public libraries and other data bases. Hiram Halle Memorial Library | Westchester  website and more . . .
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  The Purchase Free Library is located at 3093 Purchase Street, Purchase, New York 10577. We offer videos, DVDs, audio books, magazines and newspapers, as well as fiction and non-fiction for adults and children. Purchase Free Library | Westchester  website and more . . .
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914-967-0480 
  The Rye Free Reading Room on the Village Green, is located at 1061 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY 10580. Press blue button for information about Borrowing, Books & Beyond, Programs and Events, Online Services, and more about the Rye Free Reading Room. Rye Free Reading Room | Westchester  website and more . . .
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914-722-1300 
  The Scarsdale Public Library is located at 54 Olmsted Road, Scarsdale, NY, 10583. The Scarsdale Public Library was founded in 1928. It operates under a charter from the New York State Education Department and is governed by a seven member Board of Trustees. The Scarsdale Public Library is a member of the Westchester Library System, providing borrowers with access to extensive library resources throughout Westchester County. Scarsdale Public Library | Westchester  website and more . . .
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914-631-7734 
  The Warner Library is located at 121 North Broadway, Tarrytown, New York 10591. The Warner Library services the villages of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown and offers many services and programs, including Events and Programs for Adults, Young Adults, and Kids. Warner Library | Westchester  website and more . . .

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914-631-7734 
  The Warner Library is located at 121 North Broadway, Tarrytown, New York 10591. The Warner Library services the villages of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown and offers many services and programs, including Events and Programs for Adults, Young Adults, and Kids. Warner Library  "Kids Programs" | Westchester  website and more . . .
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914-232-5717 
  The Somers Library is located in Reis Park on the east side of Route 139, about half-way between Route 100 and Route 202. GPS users can use the following address: 82 Primrose Street, Katonah, NY. Somers Library | Westchester  website and more . . .
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914-763-3857 
  The South Salem Library is located at 15 Main Street, South Salem, NY 10590. The South Salem Library offers many weekly programs and special events, including:
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914-631-7734 
  The Warner Library is located at 121 North Broadway, Tarrytown, New York 10591. The Warner Library services the villages of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown and offers many services and programs, including Events and Programs for Adults, Young Adults, and Kids. Warner Library | Westchester  website and more . . .

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914-631-7734 
  The Warner Library is located at 121 North Broadway, Tarrytown, New York 10591. The Warner Library services the villages of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown and offers many services and programs, including Events and Programs for Adults, Young Adults, and Kids. Warner Library  "Kids Programs" | Westchester  website and more . . .
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914-741-0276 
  The Mount Pleasant Public Library has two locations:
    The Main Library is located at 350 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY 10570.
    The Branch Library is located at 125 Lozza Drive, Valhalla, NY 10595.
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914-739-5654 
  The Hendrick Hudson Free Library is located at 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548 in northern Westchester County. The library covers the towns of Buchanan, Verplanck, Crugers, Montrose, and parts of Cortlandt Manor, Croton, and the City of Peekskill. Hendrick Hudson Free Library - Verplanck | Westchester  website and more . . .
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914-948-2092 
  The Harrison Public Library has two branches:
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  The White Plains Public Library is located at 100 Martine Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601. The White Plains Public Library is a dynamic, civic resource. "Our mission is to enable all members of our community to engage in lifelong learning, find inspiration and build citizenship by providing: free and open access to recorded knowledge, personal guidance in its use, and diverse opportunities for cultural exchange and exploration of ideas." The White Plains Public Library offers many services and programs, such as: White Plains Public Library | Westchester  website and more . . .
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914-337-1500 
  The Yonkers Public Library - Crestwood Branch is located at 16 Thompson Street, Yonkers, New York 10707. The Crestwood Branch of the Yonkers Public Library is a community library serving a large residential area in the northeastern section of the City. The Crestwood Branch offers best sellers and other popular titles, large print books, and an excellent collection of children’s materials. The Crestwood Branch maintains an active schedule of story hours and other children’s programs. The Crestwood Branch offers many services and programs, including: Yonkers Library - Crestwood Branch | Westchester  website and more . . .

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914-337-1500 
  The Yonkers Library - Grinton I. Will Branch is located at 1500 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10710. In addition to the full range of modern public library services and collections, the Grinton I. Will Branch houses the Yonkers Public Library’s Fine Arts Department. The Fine Arts Department has one of the county’s best collections of reference resources and circulating books devoted to the visual and performing arts, sound recordings, and musical scores. Yonkers Library - Grinton I. Will Branch | Westchester  website and more . . .

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The History and Resources of the New York State Library By Melinda Yates, Senior Reference Librarian, New York State Library. This article appeared in Capital Neighbors Volume 2, Number 4 and Volume 3, Number 1

Note: Unless otherwise noted, the quotations in this article are taken from Cecil Roseberry's A History of the New York State Library (1970).

To many readers of Capital Neighbors, the State buildings in the Empire State Plaza are the antithesis of neighborhood. On the "Neighborhoods" map which appears in each issue of this publication, they are omitted - their marble mass deftly reduced to a narrow black line labeled Madison Ave.

Since 1976, the Cultural Education Center has stood on the south side of this stretch of Madison Ave.- adjacent to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, between the Mansion and the Hudson/Park neighborhoods. Though technically a part of none of the "capital" neighborhoods, the Cultural Education Center is home to three State agencies that are an invaluable and remarkably accessible resource to residents of the capital community: the State Library, the State Museum and the State Archives. Of these, the oldest is the New York State Library, which has been a capital neighbor since 1818 when it was established by an act of the New York State Legislature "for the use of the government and people of this state."

What most readily defines a "state" library, and distinguishes it from a public or university library, is its legal mandate to serve the executive, legislative and judicial branches of its state's government. Located in the state capital, it is normally the main repository for state and local history and often has extensive holdings in law and subjects related to public policy. To this extent, the New York State Library conforms to the standard definition of a state library. But in the volume, scope, quality and wide dissemination of its collections and services, it is like no other.

New York was the third state to establish a state library, preceded by Pennsylvania in 1816 and Ohio in 1817. Today, the New York State Library is the largest of the nation's state libraries (having over 19 million items) and the only one to qualify for membership in the prestigious Association of Research Libraries. How it rose to its present pre-eminence is a fascinating, suspenseful and even uplifting chapter in library and State history.

That history began with the election of Governor DeWitt Clinton in 1817. For in Clinton, New York had a governor highly disposed to the creation of a state library. A man of vision and learning, Clinton had assembled an extensive personal library of "scarce and valuable works," and while mayor of New York City had actively promoted the New York Institution, a kind of Cultural Education Center, which held various "literary, artistic, and historical societies." He believed government had a responsibility to foster cultural institutions, because "whenever such institutions appear... there will always be an intimate and immutable alliance between their advancement and the glory and prosperity of the state."

There was also the practical, and increasingly pressing, need for a repository in which to store the growing number of State laws and documents, in addition to the federal laws, journals and documents the State had been receiving from Congress since 1813. (The State Library is a full Regional Depository for U.S. government publications and patents.)

The State Library opened with the start of the 1819 Legislative session. Heated by firewood and lit by candles, the Library was located on the second floor of the original Capitol, a graceful building designed by Philip Hooker with a cupola and a portico of four Ionic columns. The building, which stood slightly to the east of the present Capitol, housed not only the Library and the Legislature but also the Governor's office, the Mayor's office and several State and municipal courts. Its first director was John Cook, who prior to his appointment had run a popular and respected reading room on lower State St. Its first trustees were Governor Clinton, Lieutenant Governor John Tayler, Chancellor James Kent and Chief Justice Smith Thompson. Its collection contained 669 volumes and 9 maps, the titles of which are listed in the Library's first annual report.

In A History of the New York State Library, an excellent and entertaining account of the State Library's first 165 years, Cecil R. Roseberry notes that "considerably less than half" of these volumes fell "under the heading of law, statute, and political economy books." The majority were works of literature, history, biography and travel. Among these early volumes were a first edition of Chaucer, Aristotle's Ethics and Politics and a recent life of Robert Fulton by Cadwallader Colden, a New York State legislator. From its beginning, just 18 years after the founding of the Library of Congress, the State Library was an institution that supported State government but also promoted "liberal learning." Indeed it has often been said that the State Library is to the State what the Library of Congress is to the nation.

Of the Library's benefactors, none was, perhaps, more visionary or magnanimous than Alexandre Vattemare, a French ventriloquist whose talent brought him world renown. Monsieur Vattemare used his fame and much of his fortune to promote a noble endeavor: the international exchange of books. He hoped in this way to forge the "intellectual union of nations."

On May 5, 1840, he presented his international exchange proposal to the New York State Senate. Four years later, the Legislature passed an "act authorizing the library trustees to "transmit to the French government, and to such other foreign governments as may have made donations to the state, in books or works of art, a duplicate copy of the Session Laws and Legislative Documents of this State." In response to this Legislative initiative, the State Library, which had been exchanging session laws and documents with neighboring Massachusetts since 1840, began broader and more formal exchanges with other states and countries. Through these exchanges, the State Library rapidly developed and increased its collections. It also gained an international reputation and much good will, which were to prove invaluable in the aftermath of the great fire that nearly destroyed the Library in 1911.

These are some of the generous gifts the State Library received through the zealous efforts of Monsieur Vattemare, who became its European agent: from the King of the Netherlands, a major work on Japan; from Pope Gregory XVI, elegant copper plate engravings of master paintings; from Prussia, the works of Frederick the Great; and from Austria, splendid works on botany and oriental literature.

Among the most coveted gifts the State Library sent to foreign libraries were the reports of the State's Natural History Survey and E.B. O'Callaghan's Documents Relative to the Colonial History of New York State. Dr. O'Callaghan, an Albany physician and historian of New Netherland, compiled his monumental work largely from colonial manuscripts transferred to the State Library from the Office of the Secretary of State.

In addition to these colonial documents, the State Library acquired other important manuscript and book collections relating to New York State and the history of the Americas. These acquisitions, coupled with a broad directive from the Board of Regents, did much to determine the State Library's policy of comprehensive collecting in New York State and local history, as did the appointment, successively, of three library directors who were themselves historians.

Of the manuscript acquisitions, the most important were the papers of Sir William Johnson in 1850 and those of George Clinton in 1853. The former was New York's most brilliant royal governor; the latter, its first State governor. With the publication of scholarly editions of the State Library's Clinton and Johnson papers, completed, respectively, in 1914 and 1926, New York State and its Library made an immense contribution to the historiography of the State. Two manuscript treasures in the State Library that are smaller in size but of vast significance are the first drafts of Washington's Farewell Address and Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.

Another major acquisition, added to the State Library's holdings in 1845, was the 2,185-volume collection of David Bailie Warden, an expatriate American diplomat and author; its descriptive catalog is entitled Biblioteca Americana: Being a Choice Collection of Books Relating to North and South America and the West-Indies. Two years later, the Board of Regents urged the State Library to "accumulate, as far as possible, every work of interest or value relating to the United States." Among the State Library's most popular and important holdings at this time were its four elephant folios of Audubon's Birds of America.

There were also important and positive changes in the Library's statutory and internal governance. In 1844, the State Legislature shifted the trusteeship of the State Library to the Board of Regents. By this stroke, the Legislature insulated the State Library from political pressure, raising both the caliber and the commitment of its directors, and recognized the Library's importance as an educational institution. Thus, the New York State Library is today part of the State Education Department.

Under Alfred B. Street (1847-1862), Henry A. Homes (1862-1887) and George R. Howell (1887-1888), the State Library was led by men of admirable intellect, character and competence. Literate and learned men of letters, they exemplified an honored Victorian tradition: the library director as book man, bibliophile and antiquarian. In that regard, Howell was the compiler, with Jonathan Tenney, of the indispensable Bicentennial History of Albany and Schenectady Counties published by Munsell in 1886.

With the arrival of Melvil Dewey in 1888, the State Library entered the modern age. The inventor of the Dewey decimal system of classification, a system still in use at the State Library, Dewey has been called the "Edison of Library Science." A man of singular eccentricity and vision, Dewey started the first library school (which he moved to the State Library from Columbia College), the first state library services for the blind, the first traveling library (a forerunner of interlibrary loan) and organized the first State library association. He envisioned the State Library as a "People's University," and under his leadership the State Library introduced innovative reference services and exponentially increased the circulation of its collections. When Dewey left the State Library in 1905, it had become, in the scientific organization of its holdings, the professionalism of its staff and the high level and range of its services - a model library.

While in Albany, Dewey lived in a large house at 315 Madison Ave and often took his staff and students, who may have had little choice in the matter, on bicycle rides. A believer in outdoor exercise, Dewey considered the bicycle the "librarian's horse." He was also an enthusiastic and practicing proponent of simplified spelling. When President Barnard of Columbia failed, in the face of strong faculty resistance, to save Dewey's library school, Dewey wrote that Barnard "gave it up as impossibl, and ill with mortification sent for his fisician."

In 1996 the State Library's Talking Book and Braille Library, which circulates, in conjunction with the Library of Congress, audio-cassettes, records and braille materials to 36,000 upstate New Yorkers, celebrated its 100th birthday. Its century of service is a lasting tribute to Dewey's proactive and progressive vision.

Under Dewey, the State Library also significantly increased its holdings in law and medicine. Today the State Library serves as the State Law Library and the State Medical Library. As such, it lends its holdings directly to members of the New York State Bar and licensed physicians resident in New York State.

The Cultural Education Center is the State Library's fifth residence in Albany. In 1855, when its collection had grown to 43,634 volumes, the Library moved to a modest building adjacent to the original Capitol; in 1883 to the present Capitol; in 1912, to the State Education Building on Washington Ave., and finally, in 1978, to the Cultural Education Center.

On March 29, 1911 the State Library was almost totally destroyed by a fire that swept through the State Capitol. Franklin D. Roosevelt was then a member of the State Senate, and one of the first to see the reading room ablaze was his dear friend, the legislative correspondent Louis M. Howe. In the fire, the State Library lost 400,000 books, 270,000 manuscripts and 1,000,000 catalog cards. Nearly a century's worth of gifts and acquisitions had turned to ashes.

Thanks to a munificent Legislative appropriation ($1,250,000), the generosity of libraries throughout the world and heartening public support, the State Library was able to rebuild its collections and become again a great research library.

Yet, before the fire, as Cecil Roseberry noted, "the average man-in-the-street... had a tendency to think of the State Library as a 'room on the third floor of the Capitol.'" It was this tragic event that awakened many of the Library's neighbors to the cultural treasure in their midst. Similarly, today, many readers of Capital Neighbors may think of the State Library as simply "the room on the seventh floor of the Cultural Education Center," forgetting, for the moment, what an invaluable resource it is for Albany.

As a matter of fact, in 1978, this modern new reading room, with its minimalist interior and eight-foot high ceiling , was something of a culture shock to local residents who had used the Library's collections in the State Education Building. Gone were the 94-foot high, Guastavino-domed ceiling, the graceful Keck chandelier, the soft allegorical murals by Will Low - depicting "Aspiration," "Veritas," "Painting" - the "skylights of painted glass," and the Rotunda laid out in the "cruciform design of a cathedral." Gone, too, was the card catalog, whose drawers had lined the walls of the Rotunda. (It had been filmed and replaced by 1,720 microfiche that could fit in a shoebox.) The new catalog was online - a primitive and glowing avatar of emerging digital and virtual worlds.

With its move to the Cultural Education Center (CEC), the State Library had, for the first time, a facility specifically designed for a modern electronic research library. The CEC is air-conditioned, secure, accessible to the handicapped, wired, and commodious. According to George Webb of the State Education Department, it is the largest building owned and operated by the State of New York. With 1.3 million square feet of usable space, it is actually larger than the Corning Tower. The State Library occupies six levels of the CEC, and its 19 million items rest on 77 miles of shelving. Consolidated within the CEC are the three main divisions of the State Library: the Research Library, the Division of Library Development and the Talking Book and Braille Library.

Twenty-five years ago, State Library had none of these modern advances in information technology and telecommunications: online catalogs, commercial databases, CD-ROMs, electronic publications, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the Internet. In the Cultural Education Center, it offers public access to all of them.

In a climate of fiscal austerity, the State Library has tried to maintain the excellence of its manuscript and research collections, to support scholarly research and publications, and to preserve rare materials.

Two manuscript collections with an Albany focus acquired in recent years are the records of the Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood Association and the Parsons Child and Family Center (formerly the Albany Orphan Asylum). Judith Dulberger makes extensive use of the latter collection in "Mother Donit fore the Best" - her recently published book on the Albany Orphan Asylum.

The State Library's local history and genealogy collections are among the most heavily used. Any capital resident seeking to document the life of an individual or the history of a family, a neighborhood, a business, an organization, a house, or even an antique or artifact - will find them indispensable.

They include genealogies and biographical works; state and local histories; church and cemetery records; census records; city directories; local newspapers; probate indexes; abstracts of wills, and passenger lists.

The State Library also has an extensive collection of 18th and 19th century Albany imprints. Among these are many sermons and works printed by Joel Munsell, the Albany printer, historian and genealogist.

Through the New Netherland Project and the Research Residency Program, the State Library continues to support scholarly research and publications. Formed in 1974, under the sponsorship of the State Library and the Holland Society of New York City, the New Netherland Project is a Dutch translation program whose task is the translation, editing and publication of the records of the 17th century New Netherland Colony. It also sponsors an annual Rensselaerswijck Seminar, which focuses on various topics relating to the history of New Netherland and colonial New York.

In addition to papers from the Rensselaerswijck Seminar, the Project also publishes an English language newsletter De Nieu Nederlandse Marcurius and presents the annual Hendricks Manuscript Award for the best published or unpublished manuscript focusing on any aspect of the Dutch colonial experience in America. Since its inception, the Project has received many awards. In 1994, Dr. Charles T. Gehring, its director and translator, was made an officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau by Queen Beatrix. Located in the State Library, the Project has an active friends group. For more information, call the Project at (518)474-6067.

In 1986, the State Library established a Research Residency Program to recognize and encourage individual research and to promote the use of its collections in scholarly research. In selecting its Research Residents, the State Library gives special consideration to those who submit proposals that will either use significant resources of the State Library or improve access to these holdings. For more information, contact Linda Braun at (518)474-2274.

The State Library has an outstanding collection of New York State newspapers from the 18th century to the present. Of particular interest to capital residents are its extensive holdings of Albany newspapers -- these include major daily and weekly newspapers, as well as special interest, alternative and ethnic publications. The State Library is also the statewide coordinator of the New York State Newspaper Project, which locates State newspapers and preserves them on microfilm. The Project also has an active friends group. For more information, call the Project at (518)474-7491.

The State Library is a regional depository for materials published or issued by the Foundation Center in New York City. The foundation collection contains lists and descriptions of foundations, individual grants and grant sources, private and governmental. Especially useful are the IRS returns (990 forms) of New York State foundations. Recently the Library added FC Search , a new CD-ROM product distributed by the Foundation Center. These materials are a valuable resource for local non-profit, cultural and community organizations.

In recent years, the State Library has strengthened its collections in business, economics and trade. Thus, local businesses will find many helpful resources at the State Library. Among them are STAT-USA, the National Trade and Data Bank (NTDB), commercial databases and CD-ROMs, e.g., Disclosure, Business Dateline and American Business Disk. The Library is a full depository for U.S. Patents and trademarks, and its collection of standards is the most comprehensive in the region. Of special interest to local companies is the Library's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software which displays data geospatially. The State Library has recently begun a program of direct interlibrary loan for the business community. For more information, call (518)474-5383.

Recently, Joseph Shubert, who guided the State Library during its years in the Cultural Education Center, retired after 19 years of service as State Librarian. To many, Mr. Shubert has been the Dewey of his era. In an interview with Paul Grondahl of the Times Union, Mr. Shubert observed: "Even as technology is changing, it's important not to lose sight that a library holds a special place in the community."

For its capital neighbors - writers, scholars, architects, lawyers, doctors, students, genealogists, artists, inventors, retired persons, business owners, community groups - the New York State Library continues to be an invaluable and accessible resource.

The State Library's excellence - its ability to maintain and introduce quality collections and services - depends more than ever on the informed knowledge and support of the people and the government its serves.




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