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.

April is National Poetry Month and it is also the month that we celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd. Here is a small selection from our poetry collection as well as a few environmentally educational and provocative books on understanding, protecting and standing-up for our planet.  Please take a look at our window display at the Library for many more books celebrating National Poetry Month and Earth Day.

Moy Sand and Gravel

Paul Muldoon


The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country

Amanda Gorman


Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God

Tony Hoagland

Now and Then

Gil Scott-Heron


Night Sky With Exit Wounds

Ocean Vuong


Studying with Miss Bishop: Memoirs from a Young Writer's Life

Dana Gioia

Does the name “Dana Gioia” seem familiar? The Gioia family lived in Hastings during the 1980’s and early 1990’s. In memory of their son, the Gioias endowed a collection of books for children written by Hastings’ authors. Mr. Gioia is now a resident of California and writes as a poet, critic, essayist. Studying with Miss Bishop is a delightful memoir of learning the craft of writing.

The Thoreau You Don't Know: What the Prophet of Environmentalism Really Meant

Robert Sullivan 

A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety

Sarah Jaquette Ray

Superman's Not Coming

Erin Brockovich


The Parents' Guide to Climate Revolution

Mary DeMocker


Youth to Power

Jamie Margolin


How to Change Everything

Naomi Klein


The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge

Joanna Cole


Antiracist Baby

Ibram X. Kendi


My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies

Resmaa Menakem


Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

Cathy Park Hong

Explore More…

Don’t forget to check out the Hastings Conservation Commissions many Zoom offerings and volunteer opportunities in celebration of our Earth:

Zoom-a-Palooza! Earth Month 2021 Series of Presentations

In addition, here’s an upcoming virtual program from The Field Library:

Animal Ambassadors of The Hudson Valley

Now that spring is officially here, maybe you really just want to get outside and get your hands dirty. You can do it with grace and ease by registering with the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester for various home gardening webinars. Just click the link below:

2021 Home Gardening Webinar Lecture Series