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Our programs are funded by the Friends of the Somers Library through your donations.Thanks for your support!

Teen Fall - Early Winter Programming
Teen Debate Workshop at the Somers Library - Fridays 9/15, 9/29, 10/6, 10/27, & 11/3 from 3:30 - 4:45 pm. For 6th graders and above! This workshop is designed to teach students the fundamentals of public speaking and argumentation skills that will help develop confidence, self-esteem, leadership, creativity, critical thinking skills, and communication skills. Many interactive speaking and debating activities will be offered. Register here.

How to Write a Great Application Essay:  Wednesday, September 20th @ 6:00 pm - Get a head start on writing your college essay before applications are due! Join us at the Somers Library for this informative workshop where the following topics will be discussed: What is the admissions office really looking for? Common App prompts for 2017, Common elements of great essays, How to bring your character into your personal statement, & Supplemental essays and the rest of the application. Seating is limited.  Please register here.

Setting Your Clock for Success: Time Management Workshop for Students Grades 6-12 - Thursday, September 28 from 7-9 pm.  As young people progress from elementary to middle, and from middle to high school, the demands on their time mushroom.  Coursework becomes more challenging while extracurricular and social opportunities multiply.  In the background, social media, procrastination and inertia drain our most precious resource: time.  In this workshop, master teacher and President of Crimson Coaching™, an elite tutoring firm serving Westchester County and the New York City metropolitan area, Dr. Dominique Padurano teaches students a variety of techniques for managing their time to complete different types of assignments and achieve realistic long-term goals.  She also guides parents through how to effectively monitor and assist their children at home as they experiment with these new strategies.  Students must be accompanied by a parent and should bring a notebook and a pen or pencil. Register here.

Preparing Your Child for College - Grades 9 & 10:  Tuesday, October 3rd at 7:00 pm - This Program is for Parents, but students are welcome!  Topics to be covered: College Planning Timeline, Academic Courses, Standardized Testing, Integrating Roadmaps with their Schedule, College Introductory Visits,  & Quality Elements for their Application Folder. Register here.

Teen Color Me Book Creation:  Saturday, October 7th from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm -  Chill out, relax and join the trend!  Create and design your very own handmade coloring page scrapbook with art teacher Wendy Podell.  By melding collage & scrapbooking techniques, participants will use their imagination to create a collection of images that are unique and  meaningful to the individual participants. This program is intended for teens & tweens entering grade 6 and up. Register here.

The Somers Library/SHS Library Teen Advisory Group (TAG) – Thursdays (10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/30 & 12/14) from 2:00-2:30 pm in the Somers High School Library.
  • What is the Teen Advisory Group? The TAG is made up of high school volunteers who work together with the librarians (Ms Read and Mrs. Ferretti) to help create and promote library events and resources for the young adult community of Somers and to help the libraries better understand teen patrons and their needs.
  • Why would a teen want to be in a TAG? TAG empowers teens – gives them responsibility for accomplishing worthwhile projects related to their libraries, friends, school, and community. TAG offers leadership opportunities and community service hours, giving members an opportunity to build a portfolio of activities that reflect their abilities. The Teen Advisory Group offers its members opportunities to create, plan, budget, publicize and implement programs for teens at both their libraries, as well as suggest the purchases of books, media, and any other materials they think should be available in those libraries.
  • For more information and to sign up, please go to the Somers Library Events Calendar on the Library Website’s homepage, or call the library or email the teen librarian, Tara Ferretti, at tferretti@wlsmail.org or register here.  You can also see Ms Read at the SHS Library or email her at pread@somersschools.org.
Note Taking and Studying Effectively:  Students Grades 6-12 & their Parents - Thursday, October 12 from 7-9 pm.  Register on our online events calendar or call the library.  As schools across the nation race to raise academic standards, sometimes basic skills get lost in the shuffle.  In this workshop, master teacher and President of Crimson Coaching™, an elite tutoring firm serving Westchester County and the New York City metropolitan area, Dr. Dominique Padurano teaches students a variety of techniques for note taking and studying, two skills essential for secondary school success but often not taught explicitly.  She also guides parents through how to effectively monitor and assist their children at home as they experiment with these new strategies.  Students must be accompanied by a parent and should bring a pen / pencil and a notebook.  Register here.

Chess for Beginners and Intermediate Players - Grades 6th and up! - Mondays this fall from 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm.  Meeting dates:  10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, & 12/18 - Beginners will learn the mechanics of the Game: the board & its lines of movement, the pieces, the object of the game, opening moves, & planning strategies.  Intermediate Players will improve their knowledge base of the game of chess and will have the opportunity to meet and play with other players to improve their skills. Please register here.

Teen Creative Writers Workshop! - Thursdays from 3:15pm to 4:45pm on the following dates:  10/26, 11/9, 11/30, 12/14, 1/4, 1/18, 2/1, 2/15 & 3/1.  Work on developing your creative writing in a fun & encouraging environment!  This program is geared towards students in 7th grade and up. Registration is required.  Sign-up on our website (www.somerslibrary.org) or call 914-232-5717. This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional funding from the Friends of the Somers Library through your donations. Thanks for your support! Register here.

College Planning: Study Skills, Test Prep, and the Application:  Tuesday, October 24th at 7:00 pm - Join educator Dr. Tony Di Giacomo for a presentation focused on parents of students in grades 8 through 12. All are welcome! As a lifelong educator, with experience in college admissions, university development, work for a former Secretary of Education, and 8 years at the College Board (an organization that owns the PSAT, SAT, and Advanced Placement), Dr. Di Giacomo has a unique insight into how students can optimize their studying, select the right courses, identify which standardized tests to take, and how to plan for college. Learn how to balance the college process with schooling while reducing stress; how to engage universities to optimize networking; what universities seek in their applicants; essential tactics and skills to plan for and apply to college. Space is limited, please register here.

Ghost Hunter 101 -  Saturday, October 28th at 2:00 - 3:30 pm -  Join us at the Library for an informative and interesting talk about ghosts! Have you ever wanted to meet a real Ghost Hunter? Do you want to hear actual recordings of ghosts captured at haunted houses in and around the Connecticut and New York area? Join paranormal investigator Barry Pirro of ConnecticutGhostHunter.com who will share chilling stories from recent investigations, play recordings of real ghosts, and share ghost hunting tips. Questions will be answered and members of the audience will have a chance to share their ghost stories. This event is geared toward adults and young adults, ages 12 and up. Space is limited, please register here.
Teen Clubs - Summer 2017

Anime Club - This club meets every Wednesday beginning 9/13 through 12/13* (*no meeting 11/22) from 3:15-4:30 pm. Join us for a chance to watch anime from Crunchyroll with your friends!

Teen/Tween Pokemon Club @ the Somers Library - Join us at the Somers Library to meet, discuss and battle your friends using your Nintendo 3DS (or even using your cards)!   This program is for teens/tweens in grades 5th and up.  The library will supply snacks and an opportunity to meet friends interested in Pokemon! Meeting dates are Fridays on the following dates:  9/15, 9/29, 10/27, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, & 12/15 from 3:15-4:30. Register here to be on email list.

Anime Nights! - Join us for a chance to watch anime from Crunchyroll with your friends! Meets one Friday a month from 5:00 - 7:00pm on the following dates 9/15, 10/13, 11/3, & 12/1*.  (*Meet time for 12/1 meeting is 4:30-6:30 pm).
 
Teen Volunteers at the Somers Library
 
 The Somers library is looking for teen volunteers to help make our library a great place to visit.  Of course, all volunteer hours earned can be used towards community service requirements.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact the Young Adult Librarian, Tara Ferretti at tferretti@wlsmail.org. 

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