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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.

Take a virtual walk through the New York Botanical Garden.

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

Museum Pass Program

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Book Shop Information

The library’s book shop has a donation-based selection of lightly used books for sale. We offer a wide range of genres for adults and children.

Hardcover books are priced at $2 and paperbacks are $1, with all proceeds benefiting the library.

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.

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


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