Community Conversations in the Library – The 2018 Conversation series – Supporting Resilience for the Health of Our Community – focuses on adverse childhood events (ACEs). Join community members at several library locations in a screening and discussion of the documentary film Resilience. See the calendar and highlighted resources to know more. Content from the 2017 series on Criminal Justice – Yesterday and Today is also available.
Creative Aging in NY State Libraries – The groundbreaking Creating Aging in New York State Libraries Project funded through a U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant supports the building of a national model for outreach, professional development and art making programs in libraries. Mini-grants to WLS libraries enable librarians to work with professional teaching artists to present long-term residencies for seniors in the visual, performing and literary arts.
Firstfind.org – Want to pass the TASC exam and get your high school equivalency diploma? Learn English? Need to update your computer skills? Looking for a job? Find out if you qualify for benefits? Firstfind.org is an easy-to-use website with information and resources to help Westchester residents work toward these goals. Firstfind.org can also point you to agencies in Westchester County and in New York State where you can get specific, in-depth help.
HSE Connect! (Formerly known as TASC Connect! – This program helps adults get their high school equivalency diploma. Attend an Information Session to learn about the three paths to a diploma and the resources for study – from local classes to online course.
Music and Memory at the Library – Being a home caregiver for a friend or a family member with dementia or Alzheimer’s is challenging. With the use of a personal music player and over the ear headphones, you can incorporate music into daily care. Westchester Library System offers a free music workshop explaining the program, which reviews the impact of music on those with dementia or Alzheimer’s.
One Book Westchester – A literacy initiative designed to bring the community of Westchester County together through books written by local authors. This project is being sponsored by the Westchester County Executive’s Office, Westchester Library System, the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival, and BOCES.
Read Better – Adults who want to improve their reading skills can get free one-to-one support at their local library.
Reading for a Lifetime – Access programs that lend out free audio books, Braille books, and necessary playback equipment to New York State residents with visual or physical impairments which make reading or holding a book difficult.
Senior Benefits Individual Counseling Services – Get free, one-to-one counseling on how to enroll in and make the most of your Medicare Benefits, as well as learn about other senior service programs that can provide support. This service is available through the year at 10 libraries.
Senior Law Day Project – Learn more about legal and financial topics impacting older adults. Get your questions answered at free seminars and consultations offered throughout the year. Sample topics include wills and trusts, retirement planning, home care options, and having a successful dialog between parents and adult children about health and legal matters. See the calendar for upcoming evens and access recorded sessions.
WEBS Career & Educational Counseling Service – Whether you’re facing a difficult situation at work, or need help planning or managing your career, WEBS offers specialized programs with trained professionals to guide you in your career path.
Westchester Connections – is a guide for persons formerly incarcerated, those working through probation or parole, and others similarly in need. It offers advice from those with experience and information about organizations that can help you get ahead.
Westchester Seniors Out Speaking – is the only volunteer group in the county devoted to delivering free services to help adults 60+ to achieve a better understanding of Medicare health plans and prescription drug coverage. In addition to monthly training by the Medicare Rights Center, volunteers are regularly briefed on related senior-directed services.
Battle of the Books – a book based trivia tournament for Westchester youth grades 4-10. The goal of the program is to promote a love of reading in kids and teens, to expose them to titles and authors that they might not encounter otherwise, to encourage them to think of their local public library as a resource for entertainment and to inspire teamwork and good sportsmanship in an atmosphere of friendly competition.
Learning Ambassadors – a youth employment project that engages teens in the experience of work in the 21st Century. Teens in this program acquire critical academic and workforce skills as part of their training to advance the goals of public library Summer Reading programs throughout Westchester County.