Author Archives: Ann Cloonan

A little piece of light

Author Talk

Monday, November 26 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm This debut book tells Donna Hylton’s heartbreaking story from a young child living in Jamaica to an inmate at Bedford Hills Correctional for 27 years. It is an inspiring and uplifting story about inner strength, forgiveness and the power of women helping one another. More information… Click here

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Keto for the Holidays

Friday, November 9 & 16, 10:00 am – 11:30 am Come and learn more about this popular lifestyle change. What exactly is a Keto diet? How will I benefit? What can I cook for my family? Learn more…. Click here to register or call the Library.  

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Local Author Talk

Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 – 8:00 pm Local author David Hirshberg will discuss his award-winning historical literary novel. Read more…. Click here to register online or call the Library  

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Shodie’s Retirement-Save the date!

Shodie Alcorn the Children’s Librarian for 26 years will be retiring in September. We invite the community to gather and celebrate her years of service to our community. The celebration will be on Friday, September 14, 4:00-7:00 on the Village Green. We are assembling a memory book for her and would love patrons to participate.

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College Visits and Common Application Tips

Wednesday, September 12 7:00pm Lisa Nelson and David Means from Dunbar Educational Consultants will discuss the value of college campus visits and how to make the most of them. They will also discuss the 2018 Common Application. Whether you are a rising senior or an underclassman, you will find this conversation informative. Click here to


Battle of the Books “Meet the Team”

Thursday, June 21 from 5:00-6:00 Entering grades 4-9 Battle of the Books is a book-based trivia tournament for Westchester kids grades 4-9. Bedford Free Library will have a team which will compete against other library teams by answering trivia questions based on 5 books for their age bracket. Play Games, talk about books, eat food, and learn about

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Moms for Moms

Donations accepted from May 1st-15th The Library is a drop off for the Moms for Moms program. We will have a drop box at the Library to collect the following items: Diapers, Formula, Baby Cereal, Baby Wipes, Baby Food, Toddler Meals. Visit the website for more info

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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

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“What are you THINKING?”

Thursday, April 12th @ 7:00pm In this engaging, colorful, fun learning workshop, we will understand the practical application of a very powerful tool that can help you navigate better in your personal interactions. Lead by Raymond Infarinato a Leadership Consultant. Registration required. Click here to register online or call the Library Flyer

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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

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Navigating the College Process

Wednesday, February 28, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Lisa Nelson and David Means from Dunbar Educational Consultants will answer all your questions about preparing to apply to college. Make the most of your high school years and find out what you should be doing before you apply. Registration is required. Recommended for high school students and

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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!

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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

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Casting for The Peace Full Project

Thursday, December 28th, call for availability If you can’t make that date call and give your information and Chris will contact you about an additional date in January. The Peace Full Project is seeking kids grades K-12 for a documentary currently in production. Filming will take place at the Bedford Free Library. Chris Valentino a

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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

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Italian Mini Course for Beginners

Tuesdays, January 9-February 27, 1:30-2:30 Are you planning a trip to Italy and want to understand basic Italian? Do you just want to hear and speak this beautiful language? The emphasis will be on conversation so the class will be limited to only 5 people. Michelle is a native speaker. She lived in Italy until


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-Deadline extended!

The deadline has been extended until Thursday, March 1st @ 5:00pm. For high school students that attend school or reside in the Bedford Central School District. FIRST PRIZE:    $100 SECOND PRIZE:   $50 THIRD PRIZE:   $25 (In each category) All entries must be submitted by email to by Thursday, March 1st at 5:00pm.  Winners will be notified by email

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Bedford Babies

For parents and babies under 11 months. Are you the parent of a new baby who would like some help and advice? Want to meet other parents with new babies?Join Adrian Kalikow, M.Ed., PCI Certified Parent Coach, in an 8-week session program designed to help new parents share the joys and challenges of parenthood. No

Python Programming Boot Camp

Ages 8-12. Python is a general purpose, dynamic programming language. It is written in English and easy to learn and understand. This is a great first programming language to learn! Students Must commit to all four sessions! Laptops are supplied. Taught by staff from Digital Arts Experience (DAE). Made possible by a WLS STEM mini

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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

Skype with Avi, Author of “Crispin:The Cross of Lead”

“Crispin: The Cross of Lead” is one of the featured books in the 2016 Westchester Library System’s Battle of the Books. The Bedford Free Library is thrilled to invite Avi fans of all ages to come to the Library and speak with this acclaimed author via Skype. Tuesday, September 27th @7:00pm Skype with Avi flyer

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May Author Talk

The Bedford Free Library is pleased to present and welcome back for the third time, New York Times best selling author Jean Hanff Korelitz. She will be discussing her new book “The Devil and Webster.” Ms. Korelitz’s previous bestselling novels include “You Should Have Known,” “Admission” and “The White Rose.” Registration required. Light refreshments will be

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“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.

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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!

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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

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