Column: Get on board with this library situation

belmontThree years ago, the Holiday Project was created in an effort to spread holiday cheer to families in need right here in Harrison. Those in need comprise more than 360 individuals, ranging in age from infant to the elderly.

The generosity of local merchants combined with the monies collected enables each sponsored family to receive a “Holiday in a Basket” that includes a grocery gift card, clothing, a toy for each child, a small gift for the parents and a pizza gift certificate.

If you are interested in sponsoring one or more families, please send a check payable to “The Town of Harrison Holiday Project” for $150 per family, to coordinator Ruth Singer at 68 Sunnyridge Road, Harrison. This is the perfect time of year to help our neighbors feel the joy of this year’s holiday season. If you would like to get involved in this year’s efforts, please contact Ruth at

Recently, the Harrison Public Library called on residents to share their ideas for the future of the library. The Harrison community is invited to contribute to the process of shaping the future direction of the Harrison Public Library by participating in a survey. The library is operating in a time of transformation—from rapidly developing technology to significant economic pressures—and, in order to deliver relevant, efficient and equitable services that meet the needs of the community, the library is looking to develop its strategic plan.

The library’s survey provides residents with an opportunity to comment on their needs and priorities through a series of questions that will inform the library’s strategic plan. The survey will be available until Dec. 16. Visit the library’s website at to access the survey online, or visit your local branch to complete a paper copy. The Harrison Public Library wants to hear from you. Share your thoughts and ideas about library services and priorities, thereby contributing to the library’s strategic planning efforts and to the library’s future.

In recognition of International Volunteer Day, the library is looking for interested teens to participate in an upcoming volunteer project. On Thursday, Dec. 5, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Harrison Public Library will be facilitating a workshop. Participants will be creating easy, no-sew cat beds for area sheltered cats. For more information, please contact the library at 835-0324.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank both the Harrison Youth Council and Michael Nerney. Mr. Nerney, an internationally known lecturer, recently spoke to our community on the topic of adolescent brain development. The stages, from adolescence to young adulthood, can be tumultuous and fraught with vulnerability. As teens mature, they must build skills that will help them navigate adulthood. Mr. Nerney gave a highly informative presentation on how the adolescent brain develops and how these critical phases impact certain aspects of reasoning and decision-making. I am happy that I was able to attend and that our community participated in this very important and timely discussion.