Archive for September, 2013

Six Things To Know About Individual Health Insurance In New York

September 30th, 2013 No comments

ACA1. PLANS, RATES AND MORE.  Health insurance plans sold in the NY State Health Insurance Marketplace are known as Qualified Health Plans (QHPs). Initial information on plans, rates, and updated information on how to enroll is available at  Starting October 1, you can enroll for coverage that begins January 1, 2014.

2. PLAN COVERAGE.  QHPs offered in the Marketplace will be available in four tiers (platinum, gold, silver and bronze).  Plans will offer comprehensive medical services.  Preventive services will be offered at no cost to the consumer.

3. ENROLLMENT.  Enroll in-person, online, or by phone.



Set up an appointment to enroll with the assistance of a Navigator.  This service is free and available throughout the county.  Call one of the groups below to make an appointment and ask about any documents that are needed to help the process.  While some groups may target specific audiences in their outreach, they are available to serve all consumers. 

 a)    Westchester County Department of Health – Call the Navigator Information Line at (914) 813- 5192 or

b)    Westchester Disabilities on the Move – Call (914) 968-4717 ext. 23 or 25

c)    Young Invincibles – Call (914) 979-1747 or (914) 458-2294.

d)    Business Council of Westchester – Call (914) 948-2110 ext. 311 to make an appointment.

Additionally, clients of selected local health centers can receive assistance in enrollment. Centers include: The Open Door, Hudson River Health Care, and Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center.


Use the information and tools available at the NYS web site after October 1.

By Phone.

The NY State information and enrollment hotline is (855) 355-5777. Hours are Monday through Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 1pm.

4. IMMIGRANTS.  Immigrants can participate in the marketplace. More information is available at the New York State website available at

5. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.  Those earning less than $45,960 as an individual, or $94,200 for a family of 4, may be eligible for financial assistance that will make coverage more affordable. Assistance such as tax credits will not be available to those on Medicare or Medicaid.

6. SENIORS.  Anyone approaching 65 should enroll in Medicare as soon as eligible, which will cost the individual less than a marketplace plan. For assistance in selecting among Medicare plans, contact the Senior Benefit Information Center Helpline at (914) 231-3260.




Navigators will be meeting with consumers by appointment at several public libraries.  Limited walk-in service will be provided as schedules permit. Library locations confirmed so far include:

  • Mount Kisco Public Library – Tuesdays, 11am-6pm and Saturdays, 10am-4pm
  • New Rochelle Public Library – Tuesdays, 10am to 12pm
  • Ossining Public Library – Fridays, 10am to 1pm
  • Somers Library– Saturdays, 12pm-5pm
  • Yonkers Riverfront Library – Thursdays 9am-12pm, Fridays, 1pm-3pm
  • Yonkers Grinton I. Will Library – Thursday 3pm-6pm 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month, 11am-3pm


CMS Marketplace website – Their information line is available 24/7 at (800) 318-2596)

Federal Government Health Reform website –


This document was prepared for the Westchester Library System and its patrons.

Updates are available at

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September 30, 2013

Westchester Library System partners with Total Boox: A New E-Book Service

September 26th, 2013 No comments


Westchester County, NY (September 26, 2013)—Library card holders in Westchester County now have access to Total Boox, a new e-book service with the following features:

  • Unlimited Access – All books are immediately available to all patrons. No need to wait.
  • Unlimited Downloading – Download as many books as you want to your mobile device.
  • Unlimited reading – No expiration. Books stay on your device for as long as you wish.
  • Unlimited freedom – all books can be read online and offline.

There is a large selection of over 17,000 quality books on the Total Boox platform, in all categories and genres.  Cardholders can access Total Boox on the WLS homepage by simply registering with their library card number, and PIN. Just browse through the Total Boox site and select books of interest to add to your collection.

“We’re very excited to launch our service with WLS”, says Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO of Total Boox. “This is the first time in the history of libraries where all titles are always available to all patrons, regardless if any titles have been checked out or not. We strongly believe our unique model provides true value to readers, librarians and publishers, and hope to see it in the near future installed in public and academic institutions nationwide.”

“WLS is proud to be the first library system worldwide to integrate this service”, says Terry L. Kirchner, Executive Director.  “Total Boox offers a wide range of e-books, including current titles in computer technology and the sciences, that will help our member libraries better serve the information needs of their communities.”  For more information on Total Boox and other digital collection services, visit our website

About the Westchester Library System
The Westchester Library System (WLS) includes 38 member public libraries located throughout the County and is one of New York State’s 23 public library systems. WLS and its member libraries have a total collection of 5.3 million items, including 3.8 million books, as well as audio recordings, DVDs, print serials, and other materials. The mission of the Westchester Library System is to ensure that all residents have seamless access to excellent library service throughout Westchester County. The Westchester Library System serves as a center of innovation for the Westchester County library community. WLS provides model programs, affordable and easy-to-use information technology, and support services that enable libraries to continuously improve service to their communities.

About Total Boox

Total Boox (pronounced “books”) is a young company offering a unique patent-pending platform for ebook distribution, where access to all books is free and the cost to the reader reflects the portion of the book that has actually been read. This disruptive approach creates significant advantages in reader-book matching, discoverability, distribution, analytics and more. The company has distribution agreements with many world class publishers, among them Elsevier Science and Technology, O’Reilly Media, Source Books, Constable-Robinson, F+W Media, Other Press, Red-Wheel Wiser, Berrett-Koehler and others. Its services are available to libraries or directly to individual consumers. For more information visit


Press Contacts:

Bruce Mason                                                                          Kate Meyer

Total Boox                                                                               Westchester Library System

(917) 541-9014                                                                     914-231-3226                                   

FREE Seminar – Managing Your Career in Changing Times

September 20th, 2013 No comments

Need to get your carer back on track?


Westchester Library System’s WEBS Career and Educational Counseling Service presents Managing Your Career in Changing Times.





Led by a professional career counselor, this 8-week seminar will help to:

  • Evaluate your skills, interests, personality
  • Learn how to use online career information
  • Explore career alternatives
  • Find out about educational/training programs in Westchester
  • Learn about the latest trends in resumes and job search

This seminar will meet once a week beginning in the fall at three library locations:

  • New Rochelle Public Library
  • Ossining Public Library
  • White Plains Public Library

Attendance at an orientation session prior to the seminar is required. For dates, times and to register for this seminar, please call (914) 674-3612. For more information on WEBS Career & Educational Counseling Service, click here.

This program is funded in part with support from New York State Library Funds, Westchester County Government, and Con Edison.

FREE Seminar – Take Charge! Career/Life Planning After 50

September 20th, 2013 No comments


Are you over 50, and thinking about options for the future?

Westchester Library System’s WEBS Career and Educational Counseling Service presents Take Charge! Career/Life Planning After 50.


Led by a professional career counselor, this 8-week seminar will help to:

  • Assess yourself and get a clear direction for the next stage of life
  • Gain access to a variety of informational resources
  • Explore new ways of working in a high-tech world
  • Enhance your skills through learning and volunteer options

This seminar will meet once a week beginning in the fall at two library locations:

  • Chappaqua Public Library
  • Yonkers Public Library – Grinton I. Will Branch

Attendance at an orientation session prior to the seminar is required. For dates, times and to register for this seminar, please call (914) 674-3612. For more information on WEBS Career & Educational Counseling Service, click here.

This program is funded in part with support from New York State Library Funds, Westchester County Government, and Con Edison.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at your Local Library!

September 13th, 2013 No comments


During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group’s heritage and culture. Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of their community.

Hispanic Heritage Month, whose roots go back to 1968, begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period and Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) is October 12.

Check out just some of the programs being offered at Westchester libraries (below). For a complete list of local libraries, click here.

New Rochelle Public Library

Grand Market Fiesta

Saturday, September 14, 11:00 – 1:00 pm, Library Green (If rain, in library)

Warming-up for Mexican Independence Day, the BID Family Market Day will take on sounds and tastes from South of the Border. Families can enjoy live performances of regional music and dance by Mazarte Dance Company, sample tastes from downtown Mexican restaurants, make miniature piñatas and colorful tiles to take home, AND visit the many other Grand Market vendors. BID Family Days Go Global for New Rochelle’s 325th Anniversary! BID Family Days are made possible by a partnership with the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) in conjunction with the Library, City School District and Parks & Recreation.

Thursday, September 19, 7:00 pm

International Film: Sangre de mi Sangre (Blood of My Blood)

Also known as Padre Nuestro (Our Father), this 2007 Argentinean-American thriller film relates the story of Diego, a young Mexican boy who smuggles himself to Brooklyn to meet his long-lost father, but whose identity is stolen by an impostor. The film was written and directed by Christopher Zalla, and stars Jesús Ochoa, Armando Hernández, Jorge Adrián Espíndola, and Paola Mendoza. In English and Spanish, with English subtitles; 110 minutes. Ossie Davis Theater. Free.

Thursday, September 26, 7:00 pm

Film: A Better Life

The 2011 drama directed by Chris Weitz stars Demián Bichir as Carlos Galindo, who always dreamed of a better life for his wife and newborn son when he crossed the border into the US.  But when his wife left him, Carlos’s only goal became to make sure his son Luis was given the opportunities he never had.  In English; 97 minutes.  Ossie Davis Theater. Free.

Thursday, October 3, 7:00 pm

DocumentaryMaid in America

As three of the thousands of Latina immigrants working as nannies and housekeepers in Los Angeles, Judith, Telma, and Eva have all left family and friends behind to come to America. Maid in America reveals the challenges these women face as they pursue the American Dream, their significant roles in American households, and the globalization of motherhood. The  award-winning documentary was directed by Anayansi Prado was screened nationally on the PBS Independent Lens series (2005-06).  In English; 58 minutes. Ossie Davis Theater. Free.

October 30 – November 6     

Day of the Dead Exhibit

The sixth annual Day of the Dead observance presented by Calaveras y Diablitos artists will feature a two-story high  Tree of Life with  an ofrenda, elaborate papier-mâché figures, tissue cut-outs and other traditional symbols of this ancient tradition celebrating late loved ones. Lumen Winter Gallery, during regular library hours.

Friday, November 1st, 3:30 – 4:50 pm: Family Craft Workshop

Saturday, November 2nd, 5:30 – 7:30 pm: Day of the Dead Performances and Reception


Yonkers Public Library

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Hispanic Heritage Celebration: Little Red Riding Hood

This is not the classic Tale of Little Red Riding Hood. Come see the classic twist in this free bilingual play with music for the whole family! Lite refreshments and free books for children.


Saturday, October 5, 2013 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

All ages are welcome to join them for a free fun-filled event that includes Zumba, traditional Peruvian dancing and food from local restaurants.


WLS to Participate in International Big Library Read Program

September 10th, 2013 No comments

We are happy to announce that we are joining over 6,000 libraries and schools by taking part in the Big Library Read program. Westchester library card holders will be able to borrow and enjoy eBook and audiobook versions of the Big Library Read book, “Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth” by Jane O’Connor, from September 16th through September 30th by visiting


Big Library Read is an international program that gives libraries and library patrons unlimited simultaneous access to a popular title for a two-week period, creating a virtual, global book club. Interested patrons will be able borrow Book 1 in the Nancy Clancy series using a valid library card, and enjoy on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle® without worrying about wait lists or holds. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!

The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between OverDrive, the leading supplier of eBooks and more to libraries, and HarperCollins, publisher of the best-selling Fancy Nancy series of children’s titles. To borrow the eBook and audiobook versions of “Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth” as part of Big Library Read, patrons can visit

BCW & WLS Take Healthcare Workshops on the “Road”

September 10th, 2013 No comments

BCW & WLS Take Healthcare Workshops on the “Road”
September Workshops

With the recent delays in some provisions of the law, solo entrepreneurs and small businesses must still get ready to enroll in the New York State Healthcare Benefit Exchange which starts October 1st.

The Business Council of Westchester will continue its outreach to educate businesses on the implantation of the Federal Health Care Act by holding numerous presentations at our office and different libraries in the County.

Partnering with Westchester Library Systems, the BCW will hold workshops during the day for businesses to take advantage of. Businesses will receive information about the availability of small business ACA tax credits, health insurance and care options for small business and their employees.

In addition, participants will also receive information about the availability of small business ACA tax credits, health insurance and care options for small business and their employees.

RSVP with John Ravitz at or call 914-948-2110.


September 16th: The Business Council of Westchester
White Plains, NYhealthcare
6:00 PM

September 19th: Pound Ridge Library
271 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge, NY
11:00 AM

September 23rd: The Business Council of Westchester
White Plains, NY
6:00 PM

September 27th: Westchester Library Systems Headquarters
540 White Plains Road, Suite 200 Tarrytown, NY
12:00 PM


A free library card is your ticket to back-to-school savings

September 3rd, 2013 No comments
A free library card is your ticket to back-to-school savings

 September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when Westchester libraries and public libraries nationwide to make sure that our students have the most import school supply of all – a free library card.

Resources at Westchester libraries are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and services that support academic achievement.
Students can use their library cards from home, too.  Our libraries offer access to important educational resources, like online resources that students can access from home with a library card, like e-books, online homework help, online databases and more.


“Westchester libraries provide students with the tools they need to succeed,” says Terry Kirchner, Executive Director. “They provide students with exciting and engaging programs that make learning fun and resources that they can access from the library or from home – all with a free library card. It is for these reasons that a library card is most important school supply of all.”


For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit your library in person or visit the library online by clicking here.