What’s Going On in Harrison 1-3-2014

Harrison Public Library events
Be a book giver
Want to be a World Book Night book giver on April 23, 2014, in support of literacy and community? It’s Shakespeare’s birthday and 25,000 volunteers will go out on one day and give a half million specially printed paperbacks to light or non-readers across America. Apply to be a book giver by Jan. 5, 2014 by going to

www.us.worldbooknight.org, read up on the guidelines and list of books, and then apply. Harrison Public Library, 2 Bruce Ave., is participating as a pick up spot for the books.

Harrison Council for the Arts presents “Adventure into the Rainforest”

A series of oil paintings by Patricia Pardini at the Harrison Public Library, 2 Bruce Ave. on view Jan. 5 to 31. Meet the artist Jan. 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Patricia’s paintings have been inspired by natural light. Whether bright blinding light of hot sand, the muted light of a rainy day or the fading light of dusk, she likes analyzing the way colors relate to each other in the different light situations. It’s not so much about straight representation but altering the original image to create the ambiance that made the experience special.

Patricia has exhibited in Westchester and New York City. She holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York and is a member of Arts Westchester.

Exhibit hours are Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For info, call 914-835-0324 or see www.harrisonpl.org.

Sensory story time

Jan. 4, 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Children with special needs and their siblings are invited to attend our new story time program at the Harrison Library. Join us for stories, music, crafts and play led by a Lekotek play specialist. Registration is required before the event in order to participate. To register, please call 914-835-0324, ext. 4. Sponsored by The Kiyoko Brown Lekotek Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of play.

Arts and crafts for special needs kids

Jan. 30, 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Ages 3 through 5. Join us for an arts and crafts program specifically designed for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues or other special needs. Have fun and make new friends. Visiting occupational therapist from the Westchester Therapy Solutions Formerly Donna Klein & Associates is available on-site. Family/caregiver participation is encouraged and needed. Sign up is required. Limited to 10 families. Siblings are welcome.

Open play at the library

Fridays, Jan. 3, Jan. 10, Jan. 17, Jan. 24, Jan. 31, 10 a.m. to noon.

Come meet other parents, grandparents, caregivers and children. Make new friends, play, read, and have fun in the community room. Blocks and preschool LEGOs will be available for the little ones while adults chat.

Rockin’ Tots

For ages 2 to 4, Jan. 6, Jan. 13, Jan. 27, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

An interactive and stimulating music themed program. Sing, dance and play with musical instruments.

Board games at the library

Mondays, Jan. 6, Jan. 13, Jan. 20, Jan. 27, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Bring a friend or two and play one of the library’s many board games in the Children’s Room.

Storytime for K and 1st Graders
Jan. 6, Jan. 13, Jan. 27, 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Storytime for Kindergarten and 1st Graders. No registration needed, just come over to hear Miss Bonnie read some great books for school-age children.

Train Time for Tots
Jan. 7, Jan. 14, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. to noon.
We have sets of toy trains for children 1 to 5 to play with during this train-themed open playtime at the library.

Mushroom Movie
Jan. 7, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Come and watch an animated children’s film. We have individual mushroom tents available that you can sit in and watch the movie. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Harrison Public Library. All ages invited.

Movers and Shakers
(Formerly Circle Time for Tots)
Jan. 8, Jan. 15, Jan. 22, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Songs, dancing, stories and more with Miss Bonnie. For walkers up to 3 years old.

Jan. 8, Jan. 15, Jan. 22, Jan. 29, 11 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m.
Songs and fingerplays for non-walkers. Caregiver participation is required.

Pajama party
Jan. 8, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
You’re invited. Come in your PJs for stories, songs, puppet shows and more. For preschoolers.

Jeffrey Friedberg
Jan. 9, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Jeffrey is back for a fun and funky musical experience your young children will love. Sing and dance along to the witty and catchy tunes. All children welcome. Please leave strollers in the children’s room during the performance.

Tail Waggin’ Tutor Angie
Jan. 12, Jan. 26, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Therapy Dog Angie lends an ear to readers of all ages. She loves to listen to children read and talk to her. She’s a real dog and she loves the library. Come visit with her.

LEGO hour
Jan. 14, 3: 30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Like LEGO? Come and play with the library’s extensive collection of LEGO for an hour. Larger LEGO available for the younger children too.

Inventor’s convention
Jan. 17, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Are you America’s next great young inventor? Celebrate Kid Inventor’s Day by displaying your product at the Harrison Public Library. Inventors age 4 to 12 are welcome to bring their inventions and show them at the library. The young inventors will have the opportunity to discuss their inventions with business professionals as well as members of the general public. Certificates will be given to all participants. Call to register 914-835-0435×4 or speak with Miss Bonnie to secure your spot today.

Wiggle and Giggle with Dawny Dew

Jan. 21, 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Wiggle and giggle to music and puppets with Dawny Dew. Ages 6 months to 6 years.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Harrison Public Library.

Rubber band bracelet
craft for ages 5-plus
Jan. 28, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
All children are invited to learn how to make a fun rubber band bracelet by hand, no loom required. You are also welcome to bring your own loom and bands and create with us. Ages 5 and up.

Computer orientation
Jan. 9, Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
One-hour class for the computerized library catalog and Internet.

Coffeehouse Sunday
Jan. 5, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Warm up January with the soulful sounds of the New Originals, featuring acoustic and electric folk rock and pop music from the 60’s to the present. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Harrison Library.

English Conversation Group
Jan. 6, Jan. 13, Jan. 20 and Jan. 27, 11 a.m. to noon
Let’s speak English. Non-native English speakers, practice your English and make new friends in an informal, volunteer-led setting, and learn about the library, too. No need to pre-register or signup. Just show up.

Millennium Book Club
Jan. 15, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
“The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne was a 19th century American novelist and short story writer. He is seen as a key figure in the development of American literature for his tales of the nation’s colonial history.

Rye Arts Center events
The Winter Guide is now online
Sign up now for new classes in Minecraft, Lego engineering, creative building, architecture, siege machine, and LittleBits Maker Maniacs. All in addition to photography, ceramics, music lessons and more. Don’t miss out. Sign up now.

Member exhibit in the gallery
Dec. 5 to Jan 11. Come see works created by members of the RAC. Bring family and friends and be inspired by local artists right here in our community.

Half Day for Half Pints
New session starts Jan 6. Sign up now for this popular pre-school creative arts program that offers a well-balanced morning or afternoon at the RAC. Pre-schoolers experiment and explore their creative talents in our gallery, performing arts room, children’s studio and ceramics studio. This program is one of most popular‑don’t miss out. Register today.

“Full Steam Ahead:
The Maker Movement Comes to Rye.”

Save the date. Jan. 11 at the RAC. Free workshops and demos featuring 3D printing, MakeyMakey Piano, Scratch music making, and LittleBits, create works of art powered by science. Enjoy a free concert and exhibit by RAC instructors.

Deadline for our What’s Going On section is every Friday at 12 p.m. Though space is not guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate your listing. Please send all items to news@hometwn.com.