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New Wave of Programming Coming to Harrison Library

HARRISON, N.Y. - There are more than books to be checked out at the Harrison Library in the coming weeks. A string of new programs are coming through February and March and Harrison Library Director Galina Chernykh said it's up to the residents to see events that appeal to them.

Last December, the library was one of 30 nationwide to receive a $2,500 grant from the "Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion initiative," which works to engage the public in "contemplation and discussion of the importance of community, civility and compassion in their daily lives," according to the program.

Chernykh said public engagement was crucial to a successful library and the staff has worked to compile a new and unique string of upcoming events. New projects being undertaken by the library include various movie screenings, a live romantic comedy play and technology programs to educate Harrison's older residents.

Here's a list of upcoming events provided by the Harrison Library:

- Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. - M&M Productions Presents “Almost, Maine,” a romantic comedy by John Cariani at the Harrison Public Library, 2 Bruce Ave.

- Feb. 7 and 21 at 4 p.m. - Harrison's Teen Advisory Group will hold an open meeting for residents looking to share their opinions about what they'd like to see and do at the West Harrison library. Ages 13 through 18 are welcome to join.

- Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. - The Harrison Public Library will present the Japanese Tea Ceremony in collaboration with Harrison's Japanese community.

- Feb. 16 at 2:30 p.m. - Residents can learn how to download e-books, audio books and more when they bring their devices, USB cables, power adapters and library cards to the West Harrison library. They will practice downloading e-books and audio books from the library's digital collection.

- Feb. 21 - Harrison's stuffed animals are invited to an exclusive sleepover full of surprises. Children can drop off their stuffed animals at the West Harrison library any time between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. for a library sleepover and then pick them up the following afternoon with photos to share their overnight experience.

- Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. - Children's Movies will be screened for ages 4 to 11.

- Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. - The library presents Russian Tea Time including Russian tea and a chance to learn about traditions while watching a Russian dance group perform. - Feb. 26 at 1:30 p.m. - The library presents Family Movie Time. - Feb. 29 at 12:30 p.m. - The downtown library will host "Brown Bag Cinema" in which residents are invited to bring lunch and watch the 2011 movie "Moneyball" starring Brad Pitt.

For more information on library programs, residents can call (914) 835-0324.

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