Friends of the Library Short Story Virtual Book Group

Sharon DeLevie, VP of the Friends of the Library, will lead an hour-long conversation about one story from The Best American Short Stories of 2018 every other Tuesday at 11 AM. Meetings are scheduled for October 15th and 27th, November 10th and 24th and December 8th with the last session on December 22nd. Sessions will be limited to 10 participants. To join, email Sharon will provide the Zoom link and pages.

Museum Pass Program

Some museum passes are temporarily unavailable. Check links below for each museum’s virtual/at home activities and possible reopening dates.


1) Call or visit the Hastings Library with your library card number to reserve your date in advance. You must be over 18 to reserve.

2) Pick up your museum pass at the Hastings Library on your reserved date.

3) Return the museum pass, in person, 3 days later to the Hastings Public Library during regular hours.

ChildrensFor more than thirty years Children’s Museum of Manhattan has been a destination and resource where families of all backgrounds come to learn, play and grow together. At CMOM, we take pride in our mission to prepare children to succeed in school, help families live healthy lives, and nurture a new generation of creative and global citizens. Each year, we touch the lives of more than 350,000 families—through groundbreaking exhibits, innovative programs and first class performances. We bring the joy of creativity and discovery to each child who walks through our doors on West 83rd Street, as well as thousands served beyond the walls of the Museum. Working with a network of more than 50 organizations across the City, CMOM removes barriers that keep children from accessing the rich educational resources a museum can offer. CMOM is more than a museum—we provide a continuum of experiences that give all children the intellectual, emotional, physical and social skills they need to thrive.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan at Home

GuggenheimAn internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, the Guggenheim Museum is at once a vital cultural center, an educational institution, and the heart of an international network of museums. Visitors can experience special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, lectures by artists and critics, performances and film screenings, classes for teens and adults, and daily tours of the galleries led by museum educators. Founded on a collection of early modern masterpieces, the Guggenheim Museum today is an ever-growing institution devoted to the art of the 20th century and beyond.

Guggenheim at Large

Hudson RiverThe Hudson River Museum strives to be a center of discovery and discussion by offering an array of fresh, thought-provoking learning opportunities. Programs for the public are developed to pique visitor curiosity and encourage conversations about the role that art, history, astronomy, and ecology play in our lives. Programs include lectures, performances, tours, hands-on workshops, and regular community festivals that celebrate the creation and exchange of ideas.

Hudson River Museum from Home

IntrepidNew York City’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex is a dynamic, interactive and educational journey for all ages. The museum’s mission is to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth. Intrepid is dedicated to the exhibition and interpretation of history, science and service as related to its home aboard the USS Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark. As you explore the Museum you will be able to examine original artifacts, view historic video footage, and explore interactive exhibits. Visitors can also ride in the A-6 Cockpit Simulator, visit the Virtual Flight Zone, and tour the inside of the world’s fastest commercial airplane, Concorde. Intrepid’s newest exhibit, the Space Shuttle Pavilion, has been engineered to express the shuttle program’s stories of human triumph and technological feats. Dare to dream as you become immersed in this up close experience with Space Shuttle Enterprise.

Intrepid Museum Education

MCNYThe Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.

Museum of the City of New York Unlimited


The New York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research, presenting history and art exhibitions, and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical is the oldest museum in New York City. New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered political, cultural and social history of New York City and State and the nation, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

New York Historical Society: History @ Home


Founded in 1976, the New York Transit Museum is dedicated to telling and preserving the stories of mass transportation – extraordinary engineering feats, workers who labored in the tunnels over 100 years ago, communities that were drastically transformed, and the ever-evolving technology, design, and ridership of a system that runs 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Housed underground in an authentic 1936 subway station in Downtown Brooklyn, the Transit Museum’s working platform level spans a full city block, and is home to a rotating selection of twenty vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1907. Visitors can board the vintage cars, sit at the wheel of a city bus, step through a time tunnel of turnstiles, and explore changing exhibits that highlight the cultural, social and technological history – and future – of mass transit.

New York Transit Museum


In 2001, David Rockefeller and his daughter Peggy Dulany established Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture as a nonprofit organization, donating 80 acres and a complex of historic dairy barns built in the early 1930s by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. In 2004, Stone Barns Center opened to the public, welcoming visitors to learn about the sources of food and demonstrate farm-driven cuisine. Their mission is to reconnect people with food and create a healthy and sustainable food system that benefits everyone. The Center focuses on deepening student education, farmer-training programs, and farm innovation work. The Center also offers a comprehensive food studies initiative targeted at high school students nationwide.

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

frick-collection-photoInternationally recognized as a premier museum and research center, The Frick Collection is known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and outstanding examples of European sculpture and decorative arts. The collection was assembled by the Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919) and is housed in his former residence on Fifth Avenue. One of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions, it provides a tranquil environment for visitors to experience masterpieces by artists such as Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough, Goya, and Whistler. The museum opened in 1935 and has continued to acquire works of art since Mr. Frick’s death. Along with special exhibitions and an acclaimed concert series, the Frick offers a wide range of lectures, symposia, and education programs that foster a deeper appreciation of its permanent collection.

The Frick Collection

jewish-museum-pictureThe Jewish Museum was founded in 1904 and is dedicated to the enjoyment, understanding, and preservation of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Jewish people through its unparalleled collections, distinguished exhibitions, and related education programs. Through their exhibitions, programs, and collection of nearly 30,000 works of art, ceremonial objects, and media, visitors can journey through 4,000 years of Jewish culture from around the world. The Museum strives to be a source of inspiration and shared human values for people of all religious and cultural backgrounds while serving as a special touchstone of identity for Jewish people. The Museum also reaches out to national and international communities as it interprets and preserves art and Jewish culture for current and future generations.

The Jewish Museum

katonah-museum-of-artThe Katonah Museum of Art promotes the understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts for diverse audiences. The Museum has always been committed to presenting exceptional art from all cultures and time periods. The KMA offers lectures, films, workshops, concerts and other events for a general audience. The KMA also provides an interactive space where children can come on a daily basis to explore and create art. The Museum works intensively with schools and service organizations to develop literacy and assimilation skills among the local Hispanic immigrant population as well.

Katonah Museum of Art

Storm King Art Center is a 500-acre outdoor museum located in New York’s Hudson Valley, where visitors experience large-scale sculpture and site-specific commissions under open sky. Committed to supporting artists and stewarding its landscape, Storm King connects with visitors through dynamic exhibitions and programs. Storm King nurtures a vibrant bond between art, nature, and people, creating a place where discovery is limitless.

Storm King at Home

Write Now!

Greetings Writers,

I am offering a second Zoom free-writing group for the Hastings Public Library. We begin on THURSDAY September 24.

Please update your Zoom to 5.0.

Free-writing or writing practice is a way of exploring and discovering our writing minds in a non-judgemental way so we can free the writer within. Writing Practice can potentially generate the “bones” of formal writing of any genre.

We will write to prompts that I will generate and read while in our class.

We will meet for six Thursdays, September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.

We will meet at 7:30 – 9:00 PM on Zoom.

Please read “Writing Down the Bones” by Natalie Goldberg.

Please call the library at 914 478 3307 to reserve a spot.


Regina Kelly, Reference Librarian and Notary Public

Available Services and Guidelines

The library is now open for BROWSING, PICKUP and DECK reservations (weather permitting.) Browsing will be limited to 30 MINUTES ONCE A DAY, 10 patrons at a time in the Adult section and 5 in the Children’s and Young Adults area. The deck area will be limited to 6 patrons. Deck reservations can be made once a day and up to twice a week. Patrons may borrow Chromebooks for 2 hour intervals to use outside the library where Wi-Fi is available.

Library hours:

Monday – Thursday: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Friday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Reservations for the deck may be made as follows:

Monday – Thursday: 10:00 – 11:30, 11:30 – 1:00, 3:00 – 4:30, 4:30 – 6:00

Friday – Saturday: 10:00 – 11:30, 11:30 – 1:00

  • All patrons must wear a face mask.
  • Public computers, seating and bathrooms are not yet available.
  • Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Curbside pickup is available at the main entrance of the library. Once your items become available, simply come to the library and call (914) 478-3307 to let us know you are outside. A staff member will be out shortly with your items. Arrangements can be made for delivery to the trunk of your car if you are unable to come to the entrance.
  • All returns must be placed in the outdoor bookdrops in order to be quarantined.

These hours and restrictions will apply until further notice.

Questions? Please call us at (914) 478-3307 or email at

Acorn TV

Acorn TV brings world-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond to library patrons through a streaming video service to any Web-connected device.

To get started, register at RBdigital and select the “Acorn TV British TV & Film” box under “Entertainment.” Browse shows available, click on a show to learn more, and use the checkout button on any show page to get full access to all of Acorn TV’s selections. After you select “Checkout,” RBdigital will give you unlimited access to all of Acorn TV for 7 days. When prompted, create an Acorn TV account and start streaming. Remember to keep your login information for both RBdigital and Acorn TV. When your access expires, you may return to RBdigital to check out another 7-day pass.

You may also download the RBdigital and Acorn TV apps for streaming on mobile or other devices. See the link below for all compatible devices.

Click the button below to start streaming Acorn TV!

Available to Hastings Public Library cardholders only.

List of Acorn TV Compatible Devices