Virtual Tours and More

Take virtual tours of these stunning libraries…

Top 10 virtual museum tours….

Take virtual tours of these 12 amazing museums that are currently closed due to coronavirus…

Take a virtual tour of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History…

12 famous museums offer virtual tours you can take on your couch…

8 historic sites you can virtually tour from home…

20 amazing places you can visit without leaving home…

Explore Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny…

It is unfortunate that our museum passes cannot be utilized right now, but you can still visit most of the museums we offer virtually!

Children’s Museum of Manhattan at Home

Guggenheim at Large

Hudson River Museum from Home

Intrepid Museum Education

Museum of the City of New York: MCNY Unlimited

New York Historical Society: History @ Home

New York Transit Museum

The Frick Collection

The Jewish Museum

Katonah Museum of Art

Education and Culture

Visit Westchester Library System for many learning activities and online resources for all ages.

Discover Zócalo Public Square, a nonprofit organization that connects people to ideas and to each other by creating an intellectual space to engage. Browse articles and check for upcoming events that will stream live.

Try visiting Open Culture for free cultural and educational media on the web including movies and animated shorts.

See a list of 45 places you can download books, plays and other literary texts for free.

Visit Harry Potter at Home for activities, articles, puzzles and more to keep Harry Potter fans busy. 

Visit the Library of Congress online to explore resources for all ages and engage with authors.

Read an article on how to help librarians and archivists from your living room from Atlas Obscura.

MOMA is offering free online art courses.

NPR Music is compiling a list of live virtual concerts to stream from all around the world.

Watch and listen to archival chamber music events from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

New York Philharmonic is now offering a portal for free digital content to provide comfort and connection to millions of classical music fans worldwide at NY Phil Plays On.

Visit NASA at Home to bring the universe into your home.

The American Museum of Natural History is offering exhibits and online resources for science enthusiasts of all ages.

Go on a virtual dive to see national marine sanctuaries made possible by NOAA.

Stay connected with the outdoors and national parks across the country with online resources from the National Park Service.

Visit the Bronx Zoo’s Virtual Zoo.

Try completing a free online jigsaw puzzle at Jigsaw Planet.

For Children

Dav Pilkey at Home

Lunch Doodles and Thank You Thursdays with Mo Willems!

Guess who has published a new book online for free? None other than J.K. ROWLING, author of the HARRY POTTER series. Check out J.K. Rowling’s introduction to the story, which includes information about an illustration contest, as well as the link to the story, THE ICKABOG.

Story Time from Space

Stream videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books on Storyline Online.

See a list of children’s authors doing online read-alouds and activities.

Bedtime Stories with Dolly Parton

Print Nickelodeon coloring pages for kids.

Fun stuff for kids and teens from the Smithsonian Institution

Activities and online resources for homebound kids from Live Science

Ideas to keep kids busy from Forbes

The Biggest Ever Library Show

On Friday, May 29th everyone is invited to “The BIGGEST Ever Library Show”, a family concert by Beth & Scott and Friends sponsored by Friends of the Library of Rutherford. This is a time to relax, laugh, singalong and enjoy Beth & Scott’s silly songs and stories like “Be Banana”, “Hello, My Name is Joe” and “I Don’t Want to Go to Bed” – classics performed by this husband and wife vocal duo. For more information about the performers, visit

Date: Friday, May 29, 2020

Time: 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM


Password: LIBRARY

Local Author Virtual Read-Alouds

5/25/20 Veera Hiranandani

Hastings’ author and resident, Veera Hiranandani, is the author of the 2019 Newbery Award Honor Book, The Night Diary, as well as many other Children’s and Young Adult fiction. The writing of The Night Diary was inspired by experiences that Ms. Hiranandani’s father had during the Partition of India in 1947. It is a beautifully crafted work of historical fiction with endearing characters and some heart-wrenching accounts of life at that time. We hope you enjoy Ms. Hiranandani’s video.

5/11/20 Roni Schotter

Hastings own, Roni Schotter, author of more than 30 children’s books, has graciously agreed to read aloud two of her beloved picture books. Many will recognize Ms. Schotter from her numerous visits to Hillside Elementary School as a guest reader. So, sit back and enjoy The Boy Who Loved Words and Mama, I’ll Give You the World

5/4/20 MacKenzie Cadenhead

Our first reading is by the author of the super exciting, nail-biting adventures of Marvel Super Hero Adventures, MacKenzie Cadenhead. And, an extra bonus is a link below to learn how to draw a Spiderman head.

So, sit back, relax and click to enjoy Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Mighty Marvels! read by the author.

Click here to learn how to draw a Spiderman head!

A Message to the Community

May 1, 2020

To our patrons:

Among the umpteen lessons of the coronavirus, and the distance we must observe to stem its spread, is that “apart” hollows out a place that by definition is public, open, and inclusive.

As home to programs designed to engage and staff trained to facilitate, the library has no greater, or simpler, wish than to come back to life. 

Toward that end, while our doors remain locked, starting next week librarian Regina Kelly will be answering the phone (914-478-3307) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 2 and 4 p.m. Regina can help you navigate the Westchester Library System’s various online services and platforms; renew your library card; answer questions; or gladly recommend downloadable books to those looking for a particular reading experience (mystery, biography, romance, etc.). 

In addition, the library recently updated its telephone system. The outgoing message on the answering machine now invites callers to leave a message, which will be returned by a staff member within 24 hours.

We hope these measures in some small way mitigate the “contactless-ness” of our current circumstances and serve as a reminder of the interactions we miss so deeply.

On that note, Tim Donahue, Library trustee and high school English teacher at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, will host a Google Meet Joyce series on Wednesdays, May 6, 13, and 20, 7:30-8:30 p.m. No long lectures, but lively, democratic discussion of six short stories from “Dubliners.” If interested, please email for an invitation, limited to the first 10 respondents.

You should know that when Governor Cuomo does lift restrictions on libraries and other “non-essential” services, inter-library loans aren’t going to be immediately available. Books and other materials that have been placed on hold won’t be delivered to Hastings, but patrons will be able to use their Hastings card, in person, to check out the requested item from the branch that has it in their collection.

There will undoubtedly be a raft of other changes affecting how libraries operate — protocols that address the safety of visitors and staff alike, and limit the gatherings once encouraged and embraced.

A 2018 New York Times op-ed by sociologist Eric Klinenberg cites the argument that “when so many books are digitized, so much public culture exists online and so often people interact virtually — libraries no longer need the support they once commanded.”

In libraries’ defense, he maintains they are “where people with different backgrounds, passions and interests can take part in a living democratic culture . . . where the public, private and philanthropic sectors can work together to reach for something higher than the bottom line.”

In Hastings, we know firsthand what that “something” looks like.

With all due gratitude for the access technology offers, nothing beats the connection to be shared here again.


The Hastings Library Board of Trustees

P.S. Go to and/or visit our facebook page, @HOHlibrary, for updates, links, etc.

TGIF Family Story Fest

The TGIF Family Story Fest is an online storytelling event taking place on Zoom, Friday, April 17 from 4 PM to 10 PM. Every 15 minutes, a different storyteller from around the country and beyond will be sharing a story. See below for the schedule and registration information.

Zoom webinar
When: Apr 17, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: TGIF Family Story Fest
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Full Schedule of Storytellers (stay tuned for the full list of tellers and times)
4 PM – Pyn Stockman (UK)
4:15 PM – Sheila Arnold (VA):  Spiderman (I get to be a superhero) & Playing Monopoly (my family takes competition SERIOUS) – 14 mins.
4:30 PM – Allen De Bey (KS):  The Toothache + Fishing For Peace – The dangers of a toothache, and, A relaxing fishing trip gone wrong.  (14 mins.)
4:45 PM – Daniel Morden (Wales):  QUACK! QUACK! – A greedy king messes with the wrong duck!  (14m)
5 PM – The Storycrafters (NY):  Bremen Town Musicians Rap, a classic story type (ours is Grimms’ version) about cast-off animals finding something new in dark times, but rewritten as our rap. (9-11 minutes)
5:15 PM – Andrea Kamens (MA)
5:30 PM – Laura Deal (CO): Four Riddles for a Fortune, A clever riddle story by Kathleen C Phillips about a third son who sets out to seek his fortune and meets four strangers, each with their own advice.
6 PM – Darci Tucker (VA)
6:15 PM – Aristides Bakamitsos [Youth Teller]:  Persephone, and, ‘Hermes and the Woodcutter’ (a myth from Aesop) – These are myths that has Ben passed down in my culture for many generations.  (11 minutes.)
6:30 PM – Kristin Pedemonti (DC)
6:45 PM – Kanute Rarey (NC):  “Aunt Arline’s Five Rules”, Growing up on a farm in Ohio my two brothers, Fred and Ike, and me were raised by my mom’s sister, my Aunt Arline, who guided us with her self-made five rules of daily life for us hoping to keep us out of trouble and safe from injury by reminding us of them often.  (10 minutes)
7 PM – Susan O’Halloran (FL):  “The Enchanted Box, An Original Fable”:  Three quarreling couples have just a week to discover the “simple secret” of the Enchanted Box or else be turned into… you guessed it – STONE!  (10 minutes)
7:15 PM – Bob Kanegis (NM):  :  How Storytelling Saved My Life, A Close Call in the Alaskan Wilds (14 mins.)
8:15 PM – Mo Reynolds (MT):  “Rocks and Pockets.”, Three very different brothers go on an adventure and return changed as they learn to listen to the wind and to themselves.   (14 mins.)
8:30 PM – Teri Lott (OH):  Anansi and the Box of Stories, A world without stories – can Anansi help?  (14 minutes)
8:45 PM – Arianna Ross (MD)
9 PM – Jo Radner (ME)Wimble Betty, a historical story that is pretty funny and about a pioneer woman in the backwoods of Maine who saves her settlement from a tricky peddler.  (13 mins.)
9:15 PM – Mary Jo Pollack (AZ):  Power, 3 generations of aunts with power, inspiration, and love  (10 minutes)
9:30 PM – Karen Golden (CA)

Census 2020

The 2020 Census is ongoing and will determine the amount of federal funding to local communities for many important public services, including libraries. Click here to complete your Census online and make sure you get counted! To complete your Census over the phone, follow this link for a list of phone numbers by language.