Posts Tagged ‘gift guide’

And the librarian recommends… Quiet!

December 19th, 2012 No comments

Looking for the perfect book to buy someone? I highly recommend Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. The author provides a fascinating and quick read about the experiences of introverts in an extroverted world.

This book is a great gift for both introverts and extroverts alike – each can learn something about the other, and how to communicate better with each other, by reading this interesting and at times humorous book.

As an introvert working in a profession dominated by introverts, I found it very helpful to think about how extroverts might tackle many of the daily challenges that I face at work. And for extroverts, this book would provide insight on introverted approaches to problem solving – there are some advantages to the introverted approaches.

And if you want to give yourself a gift, check out the book at your local library!

Happy reading.

Terry Kirchner, Executive Director


Give the gift of literacy!

December 18th, 2012 No comments

The gift giving season is upon us.  As a technology expert, I’m often asked for recommendations and gift ideas.  As is usually the case, there’s no shortage of new techno gadgets and gizmos on the market this year. However, I also like to recommend gifts that have a practical purpose, in addition to being fun to use.

Literacy rates in New York are frightening.  Statewide more than 20% lack basic literacy skills.  While in Westchester County the statistic is slightly better at 13%, there’s still much to be done.  Giving children a great tool to help them learn to read at as early an age as possible, while also giving them a toy they’ll love to play with, seems a perfect fit. This year, for children ages one through eight, I recommend Tag and Tag Jr.  Reading System Products from Leapfrog.This product is nothing short of amazing;  it teaches everything from the very basics of letter identification, phonics, and sounding out words, to reading their very first full book!

So this year, consider giving the gift of literacy to a child you know.  This also would make a great gift to donate to the many wonderful toy drives such as Toys for Tots. Here is a link so you can find the nearest Toys for Tots drop-off center.

Happy Holidays!

Robert A. Caluori, Jr., Director of Information Technology

Gift Idea for the Nature Enthusiast

December 15th, 2012 No comments

NO wrapping paper? NO ribbon? NO giftbox? NO problem!

For that hard to please recipient, consider a donation in their honor to a charity. As a nature enthusiast, I donate to support the local environment for both wildlife  and future generations through the organization, Nature Conservancy. Their local office is in Mt Kisco. Check out their excellent rating!
– Melanie Carnes, Enterprise Application Administrator

Peace on Earth, Yoga and Pilates

December 14th, 2012 No comments

No matter how you celebrate the holidays, the festivities bring with them a fair amount of stress. Its easy to overlook taking care of yourself during the holidays.  Take a moment to breathe deeply, drink plenty of water ( yes it really works and counteracts the bubbly stuff you may be indulging in) and download some free soothing music with your library card.  (I just downloaded Beethoven’ s 5 Secrets on Freegal – Amazing).  For added measure –  give yourself the gift of YOGA.   Check out  Melissa Tatge’s Restorative Yoga on Friday, December 14 and December 21. Learn more and sign up for yoga or pilates. Two hours of true peace on earth.  Even a beginner can do it!   It’s on Santa’s list with your name!

Are you looking for a gift to bring to your neighbors holiday party?

During Hurricane Sandy, they fed you warm meals, let the family take showers, and you did more than one load of laundry at their house.  Your annual cookie platter and  bottle of wine  just does not seem to be enough.   Go right now to Westchester’s most enchanting cultural and historical property that is right in our back yard.  There is something for everyone all year long at Historic Hudson Valley. You can download a family gift membership! No hassle at the mall!  You can shop in your pjs.   A family membership covers two adults and three children – with lots of goodies, gift shop discounts, discounts to the sites, including 5 passes to the BLAZE!  A family membership even includes 8 guest passes!  Add the wine and they just might ask you to join them at the Fabulous jack-o-lantern BLAZE next fall!.

Gift idea for your executive assistant:

Your executive assistant is always there for you, making sure your calendars are synced,  that you are on time for appointments, and double checking that the important proposal is typo free.  Why is it that buying a gift for the EA is always so darn hard?!  We have a suggestion.  Purchase a ticket to Westchester Library System’s Annual Literary Breakfast on January 18th at 8 am – 10:30, featuring Diane Brady, Bloomsberg Businessweek editor and author of “Fraternity”.  Give them the morning off to be inspired by this remarkable story of how one visionary mentor made a difference in the lives of five young men.  He/She will start the year with renewed commitment to keep you on track!  Tickets are still available online!

– Patricia Braja, Director of Development