Author Archives: Ann Cloonan

2020 Poetry Contest Winners

The winners of the 2020 Poetry Contest have been announced. We had delayed the outcome because we hoped to have a socially distanced ceremony in the fall. It looks like that will not be possible at this time. Thank you all poets for your work and hope to hear from you again in 2021. 2020

Zoom Program”I Didn’t Know That! Fun Facts About New York

New date! Tuesday, August 25 7:00-8:30 pm Did you know that when Aaron Burr was being sued for divorce, his wife hired Alexander Hamilton’s son to represent her? Amusing and informative anecdotes are part of this fun history presentation by Art and Susan Zuckerman. You’ll learn interesting tidbits about New York history that the average

5 Ways to Prevent Learning Loss & Prepare your Student for Fall

A free Webinar for Parents of Elementary, Middle, and High School Students In a 30-minute highly dynamic, action-specific, and interactive seminar, parents are invited to learn best-practice, tools and strategies to support their student over the summer, so they can be ready for school this fall. When: Monday, June 15, 2020, 10:00 am -or- 4:00 pm How: You

Fox Read 2020: Author Talk

Tuesday, December 1 7:00-7:45 p.m. Grades 5-7 An  evening with Wendy Maas, author of Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life. All 5th, 6th, and 7th graders, their families, and all community members are invited to enjoy an evening in conversation with the author of this year’s Fox Read. Link for 12/1 Google Meet:

State of New York Shelter in Place

  Beginning Sunday March 22, all unessential business in the state are closed.  Below is a link to a resource document from the town of Bedford. It has important links about what is open, the corona virus and other important information. Below is also a link to sign up for Supervisor Burdick’s newsletter. More details

Mahjong for Beginners

Mondays, October 21,28 & November 4  10:00-noon This this 3 week course gives an introductory overview of the rules and strategy to playing Mahjong.  You will learn the basics of the game and continue learning through supervised games. At the end of the series you will feel confident enough to play with friends and organize

American Short Stories: a ZOOM Mini Course with Dr. DiYanni

Wednesdays, October 7 – 28 4:00 pm Please join us for conversations about short stories by American writers. The first two sessions, sponsored by the Pound Ridge Library, will be devoted to 19th-century authors, with stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe. Two additional sessions sponsored by the Bedford Free Library will be on

Drop in Tech Help

Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm Come meet Charlie our new student volunteer. He can help you with any technology questions. Please bring your device and any questions you might have. No appointment needed. Free of charge.

Local Author Talk With Katie Sise

Thursday, December 3 7:00 pm Katie Sise’s latest novel revolves around an unsolved mystery of a missing college art student. Emma McCullough has been missing for ten years. Her bracelet is found and her best friend from college is mysteriously attacked. A gripping psychological thriller from the best selling author of “We Were Mothers.” Register

English Conversation for Non Native Speakers

  Mondays, beginning April 9th 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Barbara Kornfield is a retired language teacher with many years of experience as a Literacy Volunteer. She will facilitate this free-flowing English language class. This is a great opportunity to practice your language skills in a supportive environment. Weekly participation strongly encouraged.Space is limited and

Raising Emotionally Healthy Kids in the Digital Age

WEDNESDAY MARCH 28TH, 7:00PM, SPACE AVAILABLE Parenting these days seems more difficult than ever. Juggling schedules, negotiating priorities and integrating technology leaves many parents frazzled and confused. In this interactive presentation, Dr. Donna Volpitta will guide participants through a very simple, fun brain model that provides critical information for parents to make more mindful, informed decisions. Click here to sign up

Building Your College List

Wednesday, March 18th, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Lisa Nelson and David Means from Dunbar Educational Consultants will answer all your questions about planning campus visits. Registration is required. Recommended for high school juniors and parents. Register here More Information

Westchester Library System App now available

Download this free app from the app store. Choose your library and set up your account. You can order books, check out what’s happening at your library and create a digital card. Currently available for Apple devices only. Android will be available soon!

Support the Library when shopping on Amazon

The Bedford Free Library is part of the Amazon Smile which donates a small percentage of the purchase price to organizations. It doesn’t cost you anything simply use the below link when you shop on Amazon. It doesn’t get any easier! Amazon Smile for Bedford Free Library

Holiday Collection Location

This year we are the drop off location for two different causes: Winter Clothing Drive for Neighbor’s Link (being run by students of FLMS) Please donate new winter clothing:scarves, gloves, mittens & hats Accepting donations thru December 17th Westchester’s Christmas Dinner New toys for kids (unwrapped) New Gifts for Adults New Clothes-Winter clothing (unwrapped) Look

Bedford Babies

Winter session! Still spots available. For babies 11 months or younger and their parents Tuesdays, February 27 – April 24, 9:30 – 10:30 am This 8 week program is the perfect opportunity for new parents and their babies to: Meet other parents Discuss parenting concerns Have a cup of coffee and a snack without having to make it yourself Feel safe and cared for away from the house If you are the parent with a baby under one year of age,Bedford Babies is an opportunity waiting for you! Click here to register or call to register. flyer

High School Writing Contest Winners

The winners of the High School Writing Contest were announced yesterday at an awards tea. Nonfiction 1st Place: Warren Kennedy Nolle 2nd Place: Daisy Fauver 3rd Place: Alejandra Perea Rojas Honorable Mention: Adam Matz Fiction: 1st Place: Abigail Bayuk 2nd Place: Ethan Karas 3rd Place: Jacqueline Campbell Click here to read winning pieces  

Bedford Village Tree Lighting & Jingle Pass Weekend

Tree Lighting Friday, December 2nd @ 7pm Gather on the Village Green and sing a selection of holiday music. Count down to the tree lighting. Gathering  begins at the firehouse for hot chocolate and good cheer. Jingle Pass Holiday Shopping Friday, December 2nd — Sunday, December 4th The shops of Bedford Village would like you to

“School Year Reading Program”

If you would like to continue to log your reading throughout the school year sign into your Wandoo Reader account and choose the “School Year Reading Program.” This will allow you to continue to keep track of your reading. Logging type will be books not minutes. You do not need to create a new account.

Holiday Hours

Holiday hours for this coming weekend are: Saturday, December 23: 10:00am-2:00pm Monday, December 25: closed Tuesday, December 26: closed New Year’s holiday: Saturday, December 30: closed Monday, January 1st: closed Happy New Year! See you in 2018!

Summer Reading Kickoff

“On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” is this summer’s theme and we will be kicking off the summer with a unique event at Historical Hall. Digital Arts Experience will lead the group through two different experiences: using Minecraft to create the Bedford Free Library and learning Hour of Code a computer coding program. All equipment

“Improve Your Critical and Creative Thinking”

Start the New Year off right with a Dr. DiYanni mini course on thinking. Join us for two interactive presentation/workshops in which we explore these mutually reinforcing approaches to improved thinking practices. Wednesdays, January 20th & 27th, 7:30-9:00. Registration required. Program PDF

Election Day Book Sale

The Friends are bringing back the Pop up Book Sale for Election Day. Look for signature red book cart. This is a sunshine only event! Tuesday, November 3rd, 9am-2pm

Jack-O-Lantern Carving Contest

As part of Bedford Historical Society’s “Secret of the Stones” on Friday, October 23, the Library is organizing a Jack-o-Lantern Carving Contest. Ages 14 & up/family or ages 13 & under can enter one pumpkin. See flyer for details. Carving contest

Skype Session with YA Author

Thursday, September 17th 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm The Library is hosting a SKYPE session with Chris Grabenstein, author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library  and  The Island of Dr. Libris. All ages are welcome – read one or both of his books and come ready with a question. For more information about this popular author, check out

Adult Fiction Writing

Now in our sixth year!  Join local author and writing teacher, Kim Kovach, to explore character, point of view and dialogue in this weekly fiction writing class. Fridays, October 7,14,21,28 and November 4 @9:30am

Baby Bounce & Rhyme for Infants

Babies 4 – 11 months with a parent or caregiver With Angeline of Musical Munchkins Session I – September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25 Session II – November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6 (no class on November 22) Space is limited so call and register today! Program Flyer