the Newsletter of the Chappaqua Library
Welcome to issue [ISSUENB] of LENS - the newsletter of the Chappaqua Library.
Special Events at the Chappaqua Library:
The first annual KenKen competition, held at the Library on October 30th, was a resounding success. Over 70 contestants, ranging in age from 6 to adult, took part in this highly competitive and challenging event. A lot of people worked hard to make this happen; it all began when the Library's Program Coordinator, Joan Kuhn, was introduced to Chappaqua resident Robert Fuhrer. Mr. Fuhrer, a toy inventor and founder of Nextoy, is responsible for introducing KenKen to the United States. Special thanks to Will Shortz, Crossword Puzzle Editor of the New York Times, who spoke about KenKen and helped award prizes, and also to Bob Snyder of New Castle Department of Parks and Recreation and Steve Young of HGHS for their efforts in securing the electronic countdown clock.
The first place winner was Molly Olonoff, a 15 year old Horace Greeley High School Student.
Second place went to Rebecca Shapiro, a 22 year old college student and graduate of HGHS, and third place was captured by adult Martin Eiger.
High scorers in the Junior Division were Madeline Antes, Dean Rosenberg, Sarah Lubin, Satchel Schultz, Danielle Kliger, Jared Krosser and Julie Joseph.
The Library will be closed on November 11 for Veteran's Day.
Candy For The Troops
Do you have leftover Halloween candy that is tempting you? The Chappaqua Library Teen Zone, along with the New Castle Teen Alliance, will be collecting all unwanted and unused candy for donation to our troops overseas. You can drop off your candy from November 1st through November 18th. Collection boxes are at the Library near the self checkout machine, and at the Recreation Office in Town Hall. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Matthew Nordt, Recreation Supervisor, 238-7289, or firstname.lastname@example.org. This effort is in coordination with Give to the Troops, a nonprofit organization that sends care packages to deployed US troops. Visit their website at www.give2thetroops.org for more information.
"Our Family of Readers" Sculpture Donated to the Library
The Reader's Digest Association has generously donated a six-foot-tall bronze sculpture, entitled "Our Family of Readers," to the library. Visitors will notice this new addition near the walkway that comes up to the left of the library from Greeley Avenue.
Commissioned by Reader's Digest in the early 1990s, the sculpture was installed on the front lawn of their Chappaqua headquarters in 1993. It depicts four figures, each holding a book, and represents a mother, father, daughter and son of varying cultures. An accompanying plaque reads: "Dedicated to the millions of readers around the world who find information, enrichment, entertainment and inspiration in Reader's Digest."
The sculpture was created by artist Penelope Jencks, a prominent contemporary sculptor born in 1936 in Baltimore MD. Jencks studied art history and French at Swarthmore College before transferring to art school at Boston University, where she earned her BFA. She says she decided she would rather make art history than study it. Jencks' figurative sculpture, done mostly in terra cotta and bronze, is represented in several collections worldwide, including the White House in Washington D.C. and the Boston Public Library. She has had solo exhibitions in New York and Boston, and has won numerous awards. Among her many notable commissions is a sculpture of Eleanor Roosevelt located at a Riverside Park memorial in New York.
The library was contacted about the possible donation of the sculpture as Reader's Digest prepared to move from their Chappaqua location to their new offices in Manhattan. Pamela Thornton, director of the library, was thrilled to accept the offer, saying "I think it's important... that the meaning of the sculpture that was so important to Reader's Digest is of utmost importance to us." Mary Berner, the President and CEO of Reader's Digest Association, said "we are delighted to donate this sculpture celebrating the Reader's Digest heritage and reading to the Chappaqua Library and the residents of New Castle. A piece of Reader's Digest will always remain in Chappaqua through this donation. Reader's Digest has long championed reading and literacy, and this inspiration will be reflected by the sculpture now situated at the library."
A formal dedication is in the planning stages.