Retirement Post

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Good-bye, sort of…

December 29, 2015 will be my last day as the director of the Hastings Library. After 22- plus years I am retiring.

I have served two mayors, Lee Kinnally and Peter Swiderski, whom I respect very much. I have so often said that I have, for my entire tenure, been in “board” heaven. I serve the Library Board of Trustees, who oversee fiscal responsibility and library policies, and the Friends of the Library, who fundraise and are advocates for all aspects of library services. Their presidents have been: Michele Ankunda, Carol Barkin, Miriam Budin, David Deitz, Elisabeth Fernandez, Thom Forbes, Daniel Frank, Barbara Morrow, Joanna Riesman, Steve Underberg, Alice Walrath and Jacquie Preiss Weitzman. They are your neighbors and please know that they served the Village loyally and well. They became my dear friends and allowed me to make mistakes, have fun, and learn and grow professionally.

The transition to new leadership will be smooth. Joan Vaillancourt and I have worked together, hip-to-hip, every day. We shared many tears and many laughs. On January 4 she will become interim director. She will oversee a dedicated staff, many of whom I watched grow into adulthood. And best yet, I don’t need to turn in my key. On January 4, I will become a part-time librarian, right here,working on programming and special projects.

See you around.

Finally, a heart-felt thanks to Susan Maggiotto, my BFF, who defines friendship.

November 2015 Newsletter

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No, I Am Not a Stalker

I have a reputation for chasing potential speakers, yes literally chasing them, down the street. Many of you remember that in 2010, local author James Kaplan presented his bestselling book, Frank: The Voice, to an overflow audience. I had implored, on Spring Street, James to come and speak. Well, our Orr Community Room has been expanded and James has written the sequel and final volume, Sinatra: The Chairman, and just in time for the crooner’s centennial. This time James readily accepted our invitation and will be here Sunday, November 15 at 2 p.m. Galapagos will be selling copies of both volumes. What a great holiday gift or for your own bedside reading table.

10th Year Anniversary

I began hosting blood-drives at the Library in 2006 in memory of my husband, Mitchell. It is hard for me to believe that the day-after-Thanksgiving annual blood-drive is now in its tenth year. (Yes, we host other drives during the year, too, but this is the one that is close to my heart.) We are changing up the format a bit and the New York Blood Center will be here from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Many of you have this day off from work and school. If you are willing and able, please consider donating just a wee bit of your time, but a priceless gift.

Amazing Panel of Speakers

December 8 at 7 p.m. we have a showing of the PBS documentary, “Kent State: the Day the 60s Died.” For the post-screening discussion we will have Jon Halperin, Hastings resident and the writer and director, and Anna Bowers, cinematographer (from far away Tarrytown, AND Tim Naftali, professor of History at NYU. Prof. Naftali is a native of Montreal and a graduate of Yale University. Hmmmn, board president Joanna Riesman comes from Montreal and attended Yale. (And you think I am the only one who asks for favors!) Please note the date change as this was originally scheduled for November.

Shop Until You Drop Into One of Our Comfortable Chairs

December 5 and December 19 we will have our annual “Giftiques.” Enjoy leisurely shopping of baked goods, jewelry, books, gift items, all while helping the Library at this very popular fundraiser.

When We Say We Are Free We Mean It

We know that you love having access to our free museum passes here at the library- and we love sharing them with you! That’s why we are proud to announce our newly acquired pass to the New York Historical Society will be available for use starting this December!  Don’t forget about our pass to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan as well- with that pass, you gain free admission to the museum as well as free admission to ALL of their events! Visit their website for a full calendar listing  at

When you’re ready to take advantage of our museum passes, please give us a call at the library so we can reserve your spot on the calendar.

Apples and Oranges

We just bought a universal charger, called, Thingcharger, which is compatible with Apple and non-Apple devices. Ask, for it at the front desk, and ye shall receive.


-Sue Feir

Happy Reading!

The Hastings-on-Hudson Public Library

Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

7 Maple Avenue

(914) 478-3307

Children’s Museum of Manhattan

 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.

For more than thirty years CMOM 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.

Hudson River Museum

 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.

The 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.

Museum of the City of New York

 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.

The 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.

November 2013 Newsletter

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News Flash: No Post Centennial Let-Down; November We Are “Hoppin”:

  Wednesday, November 13, 10:30-1:00 pm and Sunday, November 17, 1:30-4:00 pm

Learn the basics of knitting with Friends of the Library board member Deb Lee and Library staff member Jeanne Bastone. Please call the Library if you are interested in participating so that we have the requisite supplies– as well as numerous pots of tea and coffee.

 Thursday, November 14

Did you miss our summer reading club for adults?  Did you enjoy our summer reading club for adults? We will be launching a mini winter special! You may opt to (re-) read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility while reading two new companion novels to those classics:

Loungbourn by Jo Baker and Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope

In the first, the lower- economic- class servants take center stage in this look at Regency England “downstairs.” The second, novel, by yes, the great- granddaughter of Anthony Trollope, is a contemporary re-telling of the Austen novel by the same name, examining love, money and two very different sisters. We will meet the week of Valentine’s Day over red wine and chocolate and discuss “who did it best!”

Sunday, November 17,3:00 pm

Hastings’ author Peter Quinn recently posted on Facebook that he is fascinated by trilogies.  Some examples: Trinity (holy), Triple Crown ( exciting), Three Stooges (silly), ménage a trois ( erotic), Third Reich ( scary), triple play ( exceptional), strike-three (sad)…you get the picture. So a few years back, Peter started one novel divided into three books, Hour of the Cat, Man Who Never Returned and now, just released, Dry Bones. Come hear Peter tell us about how ex-cop and private eye Fintan Dunne finishes his days in this mystery set in post WWII New York City.

Tuesday, November 19

We are holding three classes of learning how to play MahJong.  They are already filled.  No, I am not a tease; please call us at 478-3307 if you are interested in learning this ancient Chinese game and we will quickly arrange for further sessions right after Thanksgiving.  Please indicate if you will need a daytime or evening class.

Sunday, November 24, 3:00 pm

Speaking of “three’s,” Harvey Lerner in his Talking Pictures film series is screening the Richard Linklater trilogy “Before Sunrise,” (shown in September), “Before Sunset” (this month’s film) and “Before Midnight” (to be shown in January.)  A young American man (Ethan Hawke) and a young French woman (Julie Delpy) meet in Vienna, nine years later in Paris and finally in Greece.  While this synopsis of the films might be about fleeting encounters, the stories really give perspective on enduring love, marriage and commitment.

Friday, November 29, noon until 6:00 pm

If you are able and willing, please consider donating blood at my eighth annual, day-after-Thanksgiving blood drive.  Blood can not be chemically or synthetically constructed in the laboratory.  Blood can not be frozen and saved for a rainy day.  Blood inventories can not be anticipated and managed.  You need it when you need it and hope the supply is ample.  The whole process takes about an hour so there is still plenty of time to get in some shopping.  Go to to make an appointment or feel free to call me with any questions.  Really folks, even for Hastings this is not controversial!

Sometimes You Ask and You Receive

A year ago I “suggested” to Betsy Murray, Hastings resident, Library volunteer, former school teacher and MASTER QUILTER, that she make a quilt based on the iconic Ed Young centennial print. The results are lovely.  Come take a peek at it hanging at our entrance and buy yourself a raffle ticket so you can take it home. The drawing will be in mid-December.