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Hastings Public Library - MARCH 2014 Newsletter
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The Return of Josh and Ross
In February we launched our five- part program series, “Dewey Loves the Arts.” On April 6 we are pleased to inform you,  Hastings High School English teachers Josh Blum and Ross Abrams will have a return engagement:  “Exits and Entrances,” memorable beginnings and endings of great literary works. No homework or examinations, just an enjoyable afternoon.

Soft Opening
No bells or whistles, we just opened up the box and plugged “IT” in. And no surprise, the wee ones immediately found their way to our new digital literacy station. This computer, in our children’s room, is pre-loaded with over 60 age- appropriate (2-8 years) software programs in the areas of reading, counting, nature and social studies.

The Universe Is Closer Than You Think
A virtual space travel experience is now as close as the Hudson River Museum, right down Warburton Avenue from the Library. The Museum’s Planetarium, closed for renovations for months, reopened last week with the new installation of a MEGASTAR II projection system which lights up the dome with the night sky, transports viewers to the surface of the moon or takes them on a virtual tour of the rings of Saturn. The Hastings Public Library has a Museum pass, free to library card holders, and it includes weekend admission to the Planetarium. Call 478-3307 or visit the Library for information about all of our passes: Hudson River Museum, The Intrepid, Museum of the City of New York (where local author Peter Quinn spoke on March 14!), Guggenheim, Brooklyn Museum of Art (or BAM to you hipsters) and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.

This Time It Is the PBA Begging
Officer Heather Smolenski will be running a blood drive on Monday, March 24 from 1:30-7:30 pm. It will be held downstairs in the Library’s Orr community room. She is doing all the work and I will just be a pretty face flitting in and out--and donating, of course. With repeated snowstorms and below normal temperatures, this has been a difficult winter for collecting and dispensing blood supplies; the New York Blood Center needs you to give, if you are willing and able, more than ever.

Cabin Fever?
According to CBS News Radio, hotel reservations at the Jersey Shore are at a record high. After a long, cold, and snowy winter, people are planning their summer holidays. The library just purchased:
(collections of articles from the New York Times travel section)

-Sue Feir
Happy Reading!
The Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library
7 Maple Avenue
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
(914) 478-3307

Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York