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November 1, 2021



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Get ready
for all the hoopla


If you have a library card, then you can use the hoopla streaming service. Haven’t heard of hoopla (yes, the “h” is lowercase)? Here’s the description on its website:

“hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service offered by your local public library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! Titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. We have hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips. Anytime.

“You can stream titles through your desktop browser or our mobile app. If you use our mobile app, you can also download titles to your device for offline playback later, where Wi-Fi may be unavailable. Titles are automatically returned and removed from your device at the end of the lending period.”

When you sign up for hoopla, you’ll be told how many free items you may stream per month.

The big news for November is that items on hoopla’s new themed collections will not count toward your monthly allotment of free items to borrow.

From Nov. 1-30, patrons may can choose from hundreds of titles in these hoopla Bonus Borrows collections

  • Heroes & Villains
  • Holiday Family
  • Holiday Romance
  • Learn with hoopla! Kids
  • Lifelong Learning Adult Education
  • Sci-Fi
  • Series You’ll Love
  • Thrills & Chills

Also from the hoopla website: “In addition to these titles, patrons will also continue to have access to hoopla’s Instant collection of over 950,000 eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, comics, and more.”

For informaton about hoopla, you may access its website by clicking here.

Free Digital Access
To Reference Books

Our Library patrons may now access free online versions of a number of books on history and social studies from our Reference collection, including a searchable database of the New York State Directory, HW Wilson’s American Book of Days, and texts from the Opinions Throughout History series.

To connect, visit the login page by clicking here (the site is at and enter the password sleep20years? or use your Irvington Public Library card number beginning with 21012.


Toni McKeen presents:

Toni Morrison

Saturday, Nov. 6, at 2 pm

Toni Morrison was an American writer best known for the novel “Beloved,” and was the first African-American woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.  We will celebrate her life with this lecture on her achievements.

To register for this program, click here.

The Basics of Medicare

Monday, Nov. 8, at 2 pm

Join Senior Services of North America for this 30-minute program in which we will examine how a senior may navigate the changes to Medicare as well as get all the benefits for which they are eligible. Often, we hear of the medical nightmares that seniors go through, and it is the mission of Senior Services of North America to address these concerns.

Some of the points discussed will be:

  • How to tap into programs to lower your prescription drug costs the easy way.
  • How to find a Medicare plan that makes sense for you.
  • Whether TV commercials really tell you the truth about plans.
  • How to utilize federal subsidies and programs to lower your Part B premium.
  • The new features and benefits that Medicare plans offer for 2022.

To register for this free online program, click here.

Changing Real Estate Needs
And Estate Planning for Seniors

Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 2 pm

The housing needs of older adults and their families can be complex. Join elder law attorney Lauren C. Enea, Esq. and real estate agent Holly Gluck as they share insights on housing options for the aging population. Learn important estate planning considerations as well as what to do when it is time to sell your home or the home of a loved one who has passed away.

Lauren C. Enea practices exclusively in elder law, protecting the rights of seniors, the disabled and their families. She is an associate at Enea, Scanlan and Sirignano, LLP in Somers and White Plains. Holly Gluck has more than 15 years’ experience working in real estate in Westchester County. She holds an SRES designation, specializing in guiding home buyers and sellers over the age of 50 through major financial and lifestyle transitions.

To register for this program, click here.

Cornelius Vanderbilt:
The First Tycoon

Friday, Nov. 12, at 2 pm

Cornelius Vanderbilt began operating his own ferry in New York Harbor at the age of 16. He would work from dawn until dark ferrying passengers between Staten Island and the tip of Manhattan. The tiny business would grow into a massive steamship company. Vanderbilt would undercut his competitors by pricing his services so low that he would drive them out of business. Eventually he built a railroad empire from New York to Chicago and the first Grand Central Station at 42nd Street in Manhattan.

Bonus: Special Anderson Cooper tribute to his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt.

Presenter Rick Feingold teaches American Business History at Bergen Community College and holds an MBA from Penn State University.

To register, click here.

As American as Pumpkin Pie:
From Colonial New England
to Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Monday, Nov. 15, at 7 pm 

Nothing says fall like pumpkin pie. Or is it pumpkin spice? Pumpkins are indigenous to the Americas, and the pie is from Britain. But it took the confluence of indigenous and colonial food ways to give us that quintessentially American dish – pumpkin pie.

In this illustrated lecture with food historian Sarah Wassberg Johnson, learn about the history and origin of pumpkins, their role in Colonial New England, and how pumpkin pie came to dominate Thanksgiving and American ideas about our food heritage.

This program is a collaboration between the Irvington Public Library, Field Library of Peekskill, Croton Free Library and Warner Library of Tarrytown. The register in advance, click here

Thursday Evening Book Club:
Lost Children Archive
by Valeria Luiselli

Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 pm

The Thursday Evening Book Club has been meeting at the Irvington Public Library for well over a decade. Recently we have been gathering on the Zoom platform. Our book selections embrace a variety of genres and include fiction and nonfiction.

Book club members’ requests are frequently honored. We are a friendly, welcoming group, meeting in the evening of the third Thursday of the month.

November’s discussion book is “Lost Children Archive” by Valeria Luiselli. To register and receive a Zoom link, click here.

Medicare 101
Saturday, Nov. 20, at 2 pm

Are you new to Medicare? Turning 65 in the next year or two? Already on Medicare? Learn about how and when to enroll, when you can make changes and the different types of insurance options available to you.

The Medicare Resource Group will help you discover the resources available for you to simplify your Medicare choices.

To register in advance, click here.


Make a Card for a Senior

Nov. 1-12

Help cheer a cherished senior citizen this season with a homemade Thanksgiving card. Materials will be available at the Library for your card-making during our open hours..

If you don’t have time to create here in the Library, take the materials home and return your finished card. Meals on Wheels will be working with the Library to make sure your good wishes are delivered to a special Senior. This is a passive program.

Make an Autumn Leaf Garland
Thursday, Nov. 18, at 5:30 pm
Join us in combining  origami with autumn leaves to create a seasonal sensation for your Thanksgiving hearth. You have the option of attending in person, or taking a Grab and Go kit home and doing it on your own. If you come to the Library to make the craft, masks will be required.

This event is for sixth-graders and up. Adults are welcome!

To register, click here.

Gilda’s Club Westchester Partnership:
Sharing How Cancer Has Affected Your Life
Has cancer affected your life? Here’s your chance to share your story. The Rockland County Library System (RCLS), Westchester Library System (WLS), and the Library Association of Rockland County (LARC), have teamed up with Gilda’s Club to create a contest for teens ages 13-17, who reside in the Westchester, Rockland and Fairfield County areas. Participants may write an essay or poem, or create artwork or a video for a grand prize of $250 in each category.

Submissions are due by Monday, Nov. 1, at 5 pm.

Click here to register, and for additional information


4th and 5th Grade Book Club:
Granted by John David Anderson
Wednesday, Nov.17, at 4 pm

Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets, a fairy Granter, is sent on her first-ever task to grant wishes in the human world; but magic is dwindling, and as fewer wishes are granted, the human world has only become more … difficult… for fairies. This hilarious and heartfelt adventure about unexpected friendship and believing in yourself is not to be missed!

This program is in-person at the Library with masks required.
You may sign up for this and our other children’s book clubs (Grades 2-3 and 6-8) by clicking here.

We’re on YouTube!


The Children’s Room has its own Youtube page! Did you miss storytime this week? Can’t get enough of Miss Carolyn & Miss Lois? The Children’s Room will be posting our weekly storytimes on our YouTube channel.  Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss new content!

You can see our page by clicking here.

Also, be sure to check out our programs on the Irvington Library calendar or on our flyers on the children’s page. We offer both virtual and in-person programming, but you MUST be registered to attend in-person programming, Space is limited. 

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