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August 28, 2015 is Dr. Terry Kirchner Day in Westchester!

August 28th, 2015 No comments
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TKirchnerDayFriday, August 28, 2015, has been proclaimed “Dr. Terry Kirchner Day” in Westchester by County.  Dr. Kirchner was one of the honorees at the Mount Vernon Public Library Foundation’s Light the Night with Literacy Gala on August 26th.  Westchester County Legislator Lyndon Williams (District 13) presented Terry with a proclamation in recognition of his support of literacy and the Mount Vernon Public Library.

The Gala was held to celebrate the collective efforts to support the Mount Vernon Public Library, and all proceeds will go toward supporting their Children’s Library.  As Tanesia Walters, current President of the Mount Vernon Public Library Foundation, noted:  “We must aid in fostering the growth and nurturing the youth of our community. Mount Vernon has future judges to appoint, lawyers to name, architects to train and community leaders to develop.”

This year’s honorees were recognized for their exemplary community leadership, and the other honorees included Camille Banks-Lee, former President of the Mount Vernon Public Library Foundation and former Executive Director for the City of Mount Vernon Youth Bureau, and Kenneth C. Davis, bestselling author of Don’t Know Much® About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned.

The Mount Vernon Public Library is the central library of the Westchester Library System, where Dr. Kirchner has been the Executive Director for the past 6 years.

Westchester Library System’s 22nd Annual Book & Author Luncheon

April 10th, 2013 No comments
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Author Deirdre Bair

Westchester Library System’s 22nd Annual Book & Author Luncheon Features Three Outstanding Authors

Westchester County, NY (April 10, 2013) – The Westchester Library System (WLS) will hold its 22nd annual Book & Author Luncheon on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at CV Rich Mansion in White Plains, NY. The event celebrates National Library Week and features talented authors Deidre Bair, Marie Howe and Dorothy Wickenden who will discuss their newly published books.

Lifetime Arts, Inc. will receive the National Library Week Recognition Award for their outstanding contributions to libraries. The Luncheon is sponsored by Entergy and TD Bank.

“The Westchester Library System’s Book & Author Luncheon is the highlight of our National Library Week festivities,” says Terry Kirchner, WLS Executive Director. “This year we have a talented group of authors who will be sure to entertain and enlighten.”

He adds, “We are also thrilled to honor Lifetime Arts, a non-profit organization that allows WLS to sponsor creative aging projects for seniors. With these programs, the local public libraries have become art making centers, bringing together great teaching artists with librarians and seniors.”

The Luncheon, held from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, will be followed by an author signing. Registration begins at 11:15am. Ticket prices for the Book & Author Luncheon are $95 for general admission. Proceeds from this event will support WLS’s efforts to expand its e-book collection and increase digital media content for all Westchester public libraries. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (914) 231-3226.

The authors’ books, available for purchase and autographing at the event, include:

Saul Steinberg (Deirdre Bair) –National Book Award winner Deirdre Bair’s new biography meticulously connects the puzzle pieces of the complex, often paradoxical life of graphic artist Saul Steinberg (1914–99), the luminary best known for his postwar New Yorker cartoons.

The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (Marie Howe) – American poet and New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe’s latest collection, The Kingdom of Ordinary Time, is a meditation on ordinary yet nevertheless miraculous moments, such as hurrying through errands, attending a dying mother, and helping a child on the playground.

Nothing Daunted (Dorothy Wickenden) – Author and Executive Senior Editor for The New Yorker magazine, Dorothy Wickenden’s latest novel is a captivating book about Wickenden’s grandmother, who left her affluent East Coast life to “rough it” as a teacher in Colorado in 1916.

The Westchester Library System is located at 540 White Plains Road, Suite 200, Tarrytown, NY 10591. For a complete list of programs and events throughout the Westchester Library System, visit our WLS 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’ 23 public library systems. WLS and its members libraries have a total collection of 5.4 million items, including 3.7 million books, as well as audio recordings, videocassettes, 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.

And the librarian recommends… Quiet!

December 19th, 2012 No comments
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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

 

Delicious Gift Baskets from Dylan’s

December 11th, 2012 No comments
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One of my favorite places to shop for the holidays is Dylan’s Wine Cellar in Peekskill. For those who know me well, you know that I am not a fan of clutter – so I try to give gifts that are easily consumable. Gift baskets prepared by Dylan’s are just that – food and beverages that are always welcome and easy!

A gift basket that I bought at Dylan’s for some lucky person in Westchester even comes with a book of drink recipes! You can shop online for gift baskets or visit the store in person at 50 Hudson Avenue, Peekskill, NY. The store’s phone number is (914) 930-8003.

- Terry Kirchner, Executive Director

 

Westchester Library System 53rd Annual Meeting

December 7th, 2012 No comments
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On November 14, 2012, Westchester Library System held its 53rd Annual Meeting at the Historic Hudson Valley Library’s new Headquarters & Library in Pocantico Hills. Even though many were still reeling from Hurricane Sandy, more than 50 people came out to represent our member libraries and enjoy each other’s company.

After the official business, WLS Executive Director, Terry Kirchner, gave a brief overview of the year’s past activities and unveiled WLS’s new logo.  An annual report was compiled for 2011-2012.  Again, due to Sandy, the full shipment of the reports was delayed and enough copies of the report were unavailable at the time of the meeting.  However, a distribution to each library will be made; and copies of the report are now available by contacting WLS Development Director, Pat Braja, at 914-231-2341.

Maureen Sullivan, President of the American Library Association, was the featured speaker.  Ms. Sullivan is a consultant to numerous libraries and a professor of practice in the Ph.D. program, Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions, at the Simmons College Gradual School of Library & Information Science.  She also was honored with ALA’s Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award in 1999. During the meeting, she was quick to start by noting how libraries are at the cutting edge of the changes happening in our world and how they are uniquely positioned with talented staff to help their communities embrace those changes.

However, there is a lot of pressure these days to perform differently; yet we must learn as we do.

Libraries are among the most trusted agencies; they value collaboration.  The promise of libraries to transform communities requires not civic engagement but community engagement.  We may not believe we have the skill to do it, but libraries are in a unique position to step in.  Ms. Sullivan spoke of a few of her Presidential initiatives:  one was to re-think ALA’s role as a professional organization and to get them to be more global.  The other is the training of library leaders as effective conveners.  Based on the book The Work of Hope by Richard C. Harwood, this initiative will seek to show library leaders how to identify the needs of their community and how they can step out to meet those needs in a meaningful way.  Some topics to be covered include:  being a coach; embracing the convener role; facilitating meetings; building sustainable personal relationships; and developing plans for follow-up.

In the weeks following our Annual Meeting, Ms. Sullivan announced an upcoming program in April 2013 entitled, “Strategic Liaisons: Game-Changing Conversations.”  This program will be held in conjunction with the Special Libraries Association (SLA) and will be held in Greenbelt, Maryland.