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Former Car Czar Steven Rattner to sign books at North Salem library


This Saturday, Jan. 29, Steven Rattner will be signing books at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library, 276 Titicus Road, North Salem,  from 5-7 p.m.

The author of “Overhaul: An Insider’s Account of the Obama Administration’s Rescue of the Auto Industry,” Rattner has been in the news for his work to rescue the car industry and his tussle with then Attorney General Andrew Cuomo over Cuomo’s investigation into the New York State pension fund.

Posted by Elizabeth Ganga on Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
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Mahopac opens new computer center


The Mahopac Public Library is officially inaugurating  its Public Computer Center, known as PCC @ MPL,  on  Feb. 4.

This new center was established to help community members enhance their computer and job-seeking skills.

This resource, explains the library, is intended to provide “a place for individuals to catch up with the ever-changing world of technology, to position themselves more favorably in the job market, or just to explore the world of computers at a comfortable pace. Funding for the Public Computer Center at Mahopac Public Library has been provided through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) and Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).”

From 9:30 to 10 a.m. there is an open house to introduce the computer instructors and to offer a glimpse of the programs offered. The center is open to Putnam County library card holders.

The PCC is in the library’s third floor Computer Lab.  The Mahopac Library is at 668 Route 6 in Mahopac.

Posted by Barbara Nackman on Thursday, January 20th, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
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Somers: schools closed; library opening delayed


Somers schools are closed today and the Somers Library reports that it will open today at 1 p.m.

A good chance to pick up a book and stay off the icy roads.

Posted by Barbara Nackman on Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at 9:15 am |
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Ben Cheever to moderate panel on writing historical novels


Here’s an announcement from the Marmaduke Writing Factory in Pleasantville:

The Marmaduke Writing Factory Hosts Second Public Event:

“Historical Fiction: Bringing The Past to Life”

Author Ben Cheever moderates a panel of four local authors discussing the challenges of producing novels based on historical events and people

Following on the heels of the successful December 15 book readings by Marmaduke Writing Factory workers Kate Buford and Bob Sullivan, the writing collective once more will open its doors to the public on Tuesday, January 25, at 7 pm for readings and discussion around the intriguing topic of “Historical Fiction: Bringing The Past to Life.”

Panelists will be Warren Berger <http://www.thepurplesbook.com/> , author of The Purples, a fictional recounting of the rise and fall of a Prohibition-era gang based in Detroit; Joe Wallace <http://josephwallace.com/> , author of Diamond Ruby, based on the life of a young woman who made headlines as a baseball phenomenon in the 1920s; and Gary Sledge <http://marmadukewritingfactory.com/the-factory-workers/Gary-Sledge> , a former Reader’s Digest editor and a co-author of two novels set in 19th-century China. Joining them will be a guest writer, Esmeralda Santiago <http://www.esmeraldasantiago.com/home.php> of Katonah, the author of three critically acclaimed memoirs, whose current project is a historical novel about Puerto Rico titled Conquistadora, to be published by Knopf in July. The panelists will read short passages from their historical novels as part of a larger discussion led by author and Marmaduke member Ben Cheever. Questions from the audience on the topic are encouraged.

The Village Bookstore of Pleasantville is partnering with the writers’ group to sponsor the event, and will have books available for purchase and signing. Wine will be served, courtesy of the Marmaduke Wine Club <http://www.marmadukewineclub.com/> . Read more of this entry »

Posted by Elizabeth Ganga on Friday, January 14th, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
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Promise-making talks begin in Mount Kisco


Yorktown author Matthew Cossolotto will be sharing his views and life-coaching advice on making real promises and keeping them at three local libraries this winter. He says promised can change your life, forever, and he offers the hows and whys in these upcoming free talks.

His first talk is at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mount Kisco Public Library, followed talks next month in Pleasantville and Shrub Oak.

His presentation, “The Power of Making a Promise” is one of several Personal Empowerment Programs that he does at schools and colleges, corporations, government agencies and nonprofits agencies.

His forthcoming book is “I Promise! The Two Magic Words That Could Change Your Life and Transform The World,” features a foreword by Jack Canfield, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Cossolotto’s  Web site has  lots of information about his “Promise” project and philosophy.

Here are some of his tips:

I offer five keys to help you make and keep your promises: 1) be specific—turn concrete goals into heartfelt promises; 2) commit emotionally—make a promise to someone you care about; 3) be selective—pick just one or two goals; 4) start small —identify and pursue a couple of easier goals to build your achievement muscles and boost your goal-reaching confidence; and 5) follow through—to reinforce your promise, make it public and put it in writing to put your integrity on the line.

Cossolotto spent over eight years on Capitol Hill working as a speechwriter and special assistant to Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Jim Wright and as legislative assistant to Congressman (now CIA Director) Leon Panetta.

The upcoming schedule:

• Mount Kisco, Public Library Jan. 15 (11:00 a.m.)
• Mount Pleasant Public Library in Pleasantville,  Feb. 5 (10:30 a.m.)
• John C. Hart Public Library in Shrub Oak, Feb. 10 (7:30 p.m.)

Posted by Barbara Nackman on Friday, January 14th, 2011 at 4:15 pm |

What’s the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center all about?


This coming Tuesday evening is your chance to find out.

The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center in Sleepy Hollow is hosting a Winter Open House and Reception Jan. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Here’s the invite:

If your are looking for a new set of editing eyes, or if you just want to branch out and try something new join us on Tuesday, January 11 at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center for the Winter Open House and Reception!

We have over a dozen instructors (representing all the topics we offer), the HVWC staff, and several board booked for the evening to meet with and answer your questions. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet with other students, save some money, and break the routine!

And here’s the best part: If you are not a member and you decide to sign up for one of the new HVWC classes at this special event, we will waive the normal $25 class registration fee. And members, we haven’t forgotten about you either: If you come to the open house, say hello, and sign up for a class you’ll receive a complimentary copy of a Slapering Hol Press chapbook.

Don’t forget to tell your friends – we’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Posted by Barbara Nackman on Friday, January 7th, 2011 at 4:11 pm |

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Four longtime Journal News reporters share their insights about fiction, non-fiction, poetry and short stories by bringing books discussions online and exploring the local literati scene. Lots of people say they are booklovers, but Elizabeth Ganga, Barbara Livingston Nackman, Ken Valenti and Randi Weiner really are!

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Book Notes: An ongoing chat about events, authors and news items about books, libraries, authors and everything literary from metro news reporters Barbara Livingston Nackman and Elizabeth Ganga. Barbara has been a reporter for The Journal News since 1997. She covers municipalities in Putnam County and keeps track of book events everywhere - and began her career writing about books and libraries. Lisa has been a reporter for The Journal News since 2000, after working at several newspapers in Connecticut. She has covered cities and town in sourthern and northern Westchester and is a big Jane Austen fan (though she reads everything from history to mysteries). Both reporters work out of the Mount Kisco bureau and frequently trade tidbits about books and events.

Novel Pursuits: Ken Valenti sheds light on his ongoing experiences as a novelist and poet. He talks about his trials and tribulations including musings about projects, readings, successes, and even insights into what he is reading and finds interesting. A reporter for The Journal News and its forerunners for more than 20 years, Ken now covers transportation. His first love has been writing fiction, but he's only begun pursuing that dream in recent years. He has been a reader and fiction editor for the journal Inkwell, and has published one short story in another fiction journal.

Seasoned Works: Randi Weiner dishes up an ongoing discussion about all books - old and savory. Though Randi keeps readers abreast of school issues most days and reads lots of children's and young adult books, current science fiction and murder mysteries, her overriding passion is older works generally written before 1940. She chats online about favorites and newly discovered treasures as well as book exhibits and talks related to the dusty, the musty and the marvelous illustrators of the past. She has been a reporter since 1976, with Gannett since 1989. And for the record, she says she has a personal library of more than 4,000 volumes.

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