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Harrison Library Has Busy Week Ahead

HARRISON, N.Y. – The Harrison Public Library will be busy over the next week with programs ranging from tutoring sessions to computer classes to giving kids a chance to read to a dog.

According to Library Director Galina Chernykh, the library is offering volunteer tutors to students who cover “absolutely everything” for those who may need extra help with their academics. The tutors, who include both Harrison High School students and adults, will hold tutoring sessions at the West Harrison Public Library every Monday beginning on March 5. The tutoring session runs from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on a first come, first serve basis.

“We are working with the Westchester Library System to help select the right people to be tutors,” Chernykh said. “We make sure the people are suitable to work with both small kids and adults.”

People in the community will get a chance to meet some of the tutors on Saturday, March 3 at 10:30 a.m. The tutors will be present at an event where young children will get a chance to read to a dog. Chernykh said that when the dog was brought in a couple of weeks ago, the demand to read to her was overwhelming. Thus she has returned by popular demand.

“I think that it is therapeutic,” Chernykh said about having kids read to a dog. “It takes out the stress. Kids are more comfortable when reading to a dog because the dog is friendly and doesn’t judge them.”

The library is also offering computer classes to residents, mostly senior citizens, Chernykh said. Residents can call the library at 914-835-0324 to make an appointment at their convenience. Teachers will host a one-on-one session with those who are interested.

“There are a lot of people who ask basic questions about computers like how to set up an e-mail account,” Chernykh said. “A lot of people got new gadgets for either their birthday or Christmas and know very little about them. The program is pretty much a technological overview.”

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