Spotlight On

A rotating showcase for topics of interest: current, historical, local, global. At the Library,
find a physical display highlighting materials in the collection that deepen one’s
understanding of and give context to the featured subject.

“Spotlight On” is also home to “Staff Picks,” where patrons will find reading, viewing,
and listening recommendations, and a forum for book clubs and other groups
in the community to share what they’re enjoying.

June is Pride Month

With nonfiction and fiction books for all ages, young people and adults alike can find much to learn through these works. Here are a few picks for celebrating pride:

Grandad's Pride

Harry Woodgate
Picture book: Fiction

This sequel to “Grandad’s Camper” depicts another fun adventure for Milly and her Grandad. But this time, the whole town gets involved! This small but mighty Pride parade story may strike a chord with young HoH residents fresh off the heels of our own Hastings Friday Night Pride.

Sewing the Rainbow

Gayle E. Pitman
Picture book: Nonfiction

This will surely not be the last time you read Gayle E. Pitman’s name on the list! A master of nonfiction LGBTQ+ history storytelling, the author tells the story of how a young man from Kansas joined the gay rights movement of the 1970s by using his passion for sewing and art.

Alice Austen Lived Here

Alex Gino
Middle grade: Fiction

Alex Gino has a wonderful collection of middle grade realistic fiction featuring LGBTQ+ characters. This book, the most recent of theirs, highlights various aspects of LGBTQ life, like intergenerational chosen family and self-advocacy. The two protagonists, who are nonbinary middle schoolers, have important goals and interests that do not center around the fact that they are nonbinary. This type of representation can be very refreshing for kids who are tired of reading “coming out” stories.

A Child's Introduction to Pride

Sarah Prager
Middle Grade: Nonfiction

This historic overview of the LGBTQ+ community (in the U.S. and abroad) is a well-researched, beautifully-illustrated, and wide-ranging collection. It is both informative and entertaining, and provides a great jumping-off point for kids interested in reading about LGBTQ+ people in history across various disciplines and time periods.

You Should See Me In A Crown

Leah Johnson
Young Adult: Fiction

One of my very favorite YA romance stories. Liz Lighty is a protagonist that’s easy to root for (even when she doesn’t behave perfectly). This novel addresses various intersectional issues, like race and class, while also giving the reader high stakes and a fun blooming romance plotline to follow with baited breath.

The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out In The Streets

Gayle E. Pitman
Young Adult: Nonfiction

Through using various objects/artifacts, Gayle E. Pitman tells the story of a pivotal night in U.S. LGBTQ+ history and the origins of our national LGBTQ+ rights movement. It is a quick and lively read with a format that will appeal to those for whom nonfiction may feel daunting.

New Travel Books

Whether you are planning a trip or just dreaming about the possibilities, the Library has recently acquired numerous updated guides for 2024. Check out some of the titles highlighted below and visit the Library to view the entire collection.

Jeanne Bastone, Reference Librarian

DK Eyewitness Portugal 2024

A beautifully illustrated guide offering expert advice and recommendations. Includes sample itineraries, detailed maps, suggested walks and much more. A very comprehensive guide.

Europe Through the Back Door 2024

Rick Steves

Rick Steves is a renowned travel expert with over 40 years of experience. He offers introductions to the most popular destinations in Europe and suggestions on itinerary planning, what to pack, how to maximize your time, dealing with language barriers, cultural differences and much more.

Fodor’s Barbados & Saint Lucia 2024

A Fodor’s InFocus edition that has been fully redesigned with fresh information and lovely photos.

Fodor’s Paris 2024

Researched and written by local experts, it provides an easy-to-read format. In addition to recommendations for multiple itineraries, hotels, restaurants, etc., it includes a special feature section on the Louvre and Versailles.

Frommer’s Hawaii 2024

Fully updated and covering most of the Hawaiian Islands, the guide was researched by experienced travel journalists with recommendations on what to do to get the most out of your trip.

Rough Guide to the Netherlands 2024

A great resource for independent travelers; it covers all the must-see sights, sample itineraries, hotel and restaurant suggestions and more.

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Not sure what to do with leftover solar eclipse glasses? Please consider donating to one of the organizations that is collecting them for distribution to other countries that have upcoming eclipse events. Follow this link for more information. 

For those of you who attended any of the summer series at the Library, “The Drs. Clarke and Their Circle,” you may be interested in a podcast that was featured in the “Goings On” column of the September 4th issue of The New Yorker magazine. Here is a brief description: In 2020, Vann R. Newkirk II and The Atlantic (where Newkirk is a senior editor) released “Floodlines,” a majestic, artfully produced, Peabody-winning podcast series about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath in New Orleans. With similar sensitivity, finesse, and attention to exacting detail, this year’s ambitious “Holy Week: The Story of a Revolution Undone” chronicles the tumultuous period of agony and uprisings that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1968. The show skillfully weaves together original reporting by Newkirk with vivid archival audio and sophisticated sound design to tell the stories of families, activists, and politicians in Washington, D.C., and beyond. We follow some of their struggles to cope and to find faith during a historic moment that’s often overlooked—and that reveals much about our own time.—Sarah Larson

Watch a Youtube video from the Social Security Administration about scam awareness.

200 Books That Shaped 200 Years of Literature from The Center for Fiction

Meet Libby, the library reading app that has now replaced the OverDrive app. Upgrade to Libby today. You’ll find the same great titles and all of your loans, holds, and wish list items waiting for you. Watch a video about Libby to get started.

The New York State Department of Labor is partnering with Coursera to offer free classes to unemployed New Yorkers.

The Westchester-Putnam Career Center Network (WPCCN) and Westchester Community College (WCC) are actively recruiting men and women, 18 and up, who reside in Westchester, NY and are interested in exploring careers in healthcare with free training. Follow this link for more information.

Visit Westchester Library System’s website for Seniors to see library programs and services just for seniors. This includes information on VisionLabs, a program designed to find new ways for libraries to serve patrons with visual impairments and emerging vision loss.

The Television News Archive, launched September 2012, is an archive of hundreds of thousands of hours of news programming from 20 different networks, made sharable and searchable through closed captioning data. Follow this link to check it out.

The Internet Archive’s Democracy’s Library is working to provide free and open access to government materials in an online catalog for the public.

You can now turn your smart phone into a mobile PDF scanner! Download the free Adobe Scan app and scan any text, convert to PDF or JPEG, edit and share easily.


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