the Newsletter of the Chappaqua Library
Welcome to issue [ISSUENB] of LENS - the newsletter of the Chappaqua Library.
Special Events at the Chappaqua Library:
Birds of Winter
One of the joys of winter is feeding, watching and identifying the many birds in our area. We have a great selection of bird books, including the 2nd Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State, as well as a number of beautifully illustrated field guides. One of our more popular resources, available to Chappaqua Library cardholders, is the Birds of North America database, from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the American Ornithologists’ Union. One of our library staff members was able to determine, by listening to birdsongs on this site, that she had male and female great horned owls living near her property. Another good source of information about birds in our area is the Saw Mill River Audubon Society. Their websitereports sightings of a yellow-headed blackbird in and around the Pruyn Sanctuary in January of 2010. These are typically found in the western United States, so to see one in our area was highly unusual. Let us know what you find!
Stretching the School Dollar
As school districts and municipalities grapple with next year's budgets, administrators face dire numbers as the costs of health care and pensions continue to skyrocket. To help better inform voters of the problems and challenges of putting together a viable budget in these tough economic times, NewCastleNOW.org has donated twelve copies of Stretching the School Dollar: How Schools and Districts Can Save Money While Serving Students Best. Edited by Frederick M. Hess and Eric Osberg, the book offers essays by scholars, consultants, journalists and entrepreneurs which examine, with detailed examples, how economic reform can be accomplished while enhancing student learning.
Copies of the book can be found on a display at the Circulation Desk, along with other titles of interest. The Board of Education will start discussion of the 2011-2012 school budget on Tuesday, January 11, at 8:15 p.m. in the Academic Commons at HGHS. On February 15, Schools Superintendent John Chambers will present his budget recommendations. A series of meetings will be held in March and April before the board votes April 12, and the public budget vote is scheduled for May 17. Get informed and join this important conversation.
Klezmer Music at the Library
We recently had a very well-attended Klezmer music concert at the library, presented by the Westchester Klezmer Band. It was a very happy way to while away a cold January afternoon, and we wanted to let you know we have a recording by this group that we've recently added to our collection: Ten Years of Mitsves and Music.
We have a range of Jewish music in our collection, including the following titles:
Putumayo Presents A Jewish Odyssey
In the Fiddler's House by Itzhak Perlman
Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars Carnival Conspiracy
60th Diamond Anniversary to Israel: 60 Most Celebrated Songs to Warm Your Heart
Mamaloshen by Mandy Patinkin
Bagels and Bongos by The Irving Fields Trio
Now That Sounds Kosher!
American-Jewish Art Songs by Paulina Stark
Musique Judeo-Baroque, the music of Rossi, Saladin and Grossi performed by the Boston Camerata
On the Threshold of Hope: Chamber Music by Mieczyslaw Weinberg