Resources for Adults

Field Goods Presentation

Sustainable Table

Tuesday, May 11, 6-7pm, Beth Sanford, Field Goods joins us for a dynamic talk about sustainable farming benefits and techniques, the impact of carbon-footprint damage, and local farm-to-table initiatives. Learn about how Field Goods collaborates with public libraries to provide pick-up sites for delivery of fresh produce from small local farms.

Library patrons are invited to subscribe to receive freshly-harvested fruits, vegetables, and other products from local farms on a weekly or biweekly basis. Pick up at the Bedford Hills Free Library on Tuesdays from Noon to 8pm.

Weekly Local Produce Delivery!
The Library now offers a pick-up location for Field Goods locally grown fruit and vegetables every week, if desired!

Field Goods is a year-round local produce delivery service. Customers receive 5 to 8 different fruit and vegetables (bag size), plus optional add-ons. Bags cost $17 to $33 per week, and can be put on hold at any time. It’s flexible!

Field Goods purchases everything directly from over 80 small farms in the region. All of the produce is non-GMO, and most is organically grown. Click Here to learn more and to sign up! Choose the bag of produce and extras that you want to subscribe to. You may also decide to select the extras – artisan bread, pasta, local cheese, extra fruit, herbs and allium and/or yogurt.

All in the Bind


Our bookmaking workshop held Thursday, April 13, 6-8pm, at the Bedford Hills Community House, was great fun! The program was led by Jennifer Verbit from The Center for Book Arts. We Learned the techniques used for the art of book binding and created a one-of-a-kind book!

Anatomy of a Book.
Coptic stitch binding technique.

Stay tuned for upcoming events like this!

 Science Fiction Book ClubScience Fiction Book Club

Come be a part of an adventurous book club that seeks to explore the increasingly popular genre of Science Fiction—Including classic, crossover, and fantasy. Led by Bedford Hills local Gerardo Mendez, the group’s next meeting is Wednesday, May 3, at 6pm.

May: The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez. Copies are available for pick-up at the library. The club will meet  May 3 this month then continue meeting on the second Wednesday of each month.
If you are interested please RSVP here or call for more information.

Previously Read Books:
April:  The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
March: Neuromancer by William Gibson.

Short Story Series

SHORTS: Listen, Talk, Go….
Do you like a good story, but are too busy to commit to a book club? The Library presents a monthly series for adults. Come to hear great short stories read aloud followed by a short discussion.

Upcoming Readers

Please join us Thursday, April 27, 7- 8pm, at the Bedford Hills Community House, for Short stories, for adults, read aloud. This month June O’Neill reads A Perfect Day for Bananafish by J.D. Salinger. Hosted by Heide Shilstone.

Carolyn Nielsen read “Big Blonde” by Dorothy Parker
Please join us Thursday, March 23 at Bedford Hills Community House for another evening of SHORTS. The meeting is hosted and discussion moderated by Heide Shilstone.

Photos from our recent SHORTS

Gerardo Mendez reading “Evidence” by Isaac Asimov
Thank you for joining us Thursday, January 26 at Bedford Hills Community House for another evening of SHORTS. The meeting is hosted and discussion moderated by Heide Shilstone.

Additional Adult Programs

Medicare Enrollment Information

Medicare Basics Workshop – Westchester Seniors Out Speaking
The Library presented a free workshop by Westchester Seniors Out Speaking – Medicare Basics. A review of Medicare comparing original Medicare and Medicare HMO’s Medigap (supplemental plans) and cost savings programs such as EPIC. Co-sponsored by the Town of Bedford, Recreation and Parks Department. Learn more aboubt WSOS here.

For personalized counseling on Medicare and related senior benefits, contact the Westchester Library Systems’ SBIC Helpline at 914-231-3260. You will receive a call back within two business days. Or walk into one of their free counseling sites. Locations and hours are recorded on our Helpline (press “2”) and are available at:

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Tech Tuesdays
The Bedford Hills Free Library is offers tech-support and computer basics Tuesday afternoons.  Library patrons interested in learning more about navigating the web, accessing the Westchester Library System’s digital library resources, and creating online profiles for, resume construction, professional development, virtual community participation, and games.

Please call or stop in with your questions.

Quick Tutorials:

Facebook 101 Learn Free
Job Search and Networking
Job Applications
Learn Free Twitter 101

Resources from the Westchester Library System

Please note, access to these resources requires a library card. – A leading online learning company that helps anyone learn software, technology, creative and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals through a video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.

University of Fashion – Brings together the best fashion industry professionals to create lessons that inspire and educate students, teachers, home sewers and the fashion curious.

Mango Languages – creates lovable language-learning experiences for libraries, schools, corporations, government agencies, and individuals. See the list of languages offered. Please note: You must follow the Mango Languages link in order to sign up or log in. The link to the list of languages does not authenticate patrons. – In partnership with, the Westchester Library System is proud to offer free New York State Driver Permit practice tests and driver handbooks. Automobile, motorcycle and commercial handbooks and practice tests are available.

Hoopla – Instantly borrow eBooks, audiobooks, comics, movies, music, and more, 24/7 with your library card. No waiting. No late fees. Always available.

Foreign Languages – Are you interested in a foreign language? Select the region in which your language of interest is spoken, and get started today!

LearningExpress Library 3.0 – Register as a new user to gain access to a completely new platform that offers all of the same great content found in version 2.0 with improved functionality; easier-to-use navigation; new interactive tutorials with integrated assessments; individualized prescriptive learning study plans; detailed guidance; tests with multiple modes for study; and score reports with recommendations for additional study. Your login from version 2.0 will not work on this platform.

First Find – Has basic information on easy to read websites.

Learn English – Practice and learn English using several websites that include: Grammar, Vocabulary, Listening, Reading, Pronunciation and Writing. Test your progress with games and quizzes.

Get Your GED – Connect to websites that can help build your knowledge and skills you will need to pass the GED. You will also find general information about the GED and how to take the GED test in New York State.

Basic Computer Tips – How computers work and tutorials on how to use software.

Need to ask a question about sewing, learn a language, software programs, driving tests, study for your GED and more?

Learn Online through the Westchester Library System.

The Westchester Library System provides residents access to more than 200 interactive educational videos with basic health information. These videos are published by thePatient Education Institute, and are designed for all patients and consumers regardless of their educational level, ability, or familiarity with computers. NOTE: Tutorials require Flash plug-in, version 6 or above. If you do not have Flash, you will be prompted to obtain a free download of the software before you start the tutorial.

The Westchester Library System also provides an excellent resource for health information online.

Get easy to read health information online!  En Español

Affordable Care Act
Updated information on how to enroll is available at Living and Health

Medicare Information – Official U.S. Government site for Medicare

Adult day care website offers mental, social, and physical activities for adults who’ve lost some independence due to cognitive impairments or chronic health conditions.

Administration on Aging (AOA) is the principal agency of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services designated to carry out the provisions of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA), as amended (42 U.S.C.A. § 3001 et seq.). The OAA promotes the well-being of older individuals by providing services and programs designed to help them live independently in their homes and communities. The Act also empowers the federal government to distribute funds to the states for supportive services for individuals over the age of 60.

Assisted Living Facilities [lost link] is a directory of assisted living facilities and resources consumer matching solutions allow families to search for, qualify, vet, connect with, and ultimately select caregivers in a low-cost, reliable and easy way. Our platform also provides caregivers with solutions to create personal profiles, describe their unique skills and experience, and otherwise differentiate themselves in a highly fragmented marketplace. is a federal government website managed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Home Health Care Agencies website is a directory of over 38,000 nationwide in home healthcare providers

Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives.

NADSA advances the national development, recognition and use of adult day services.  They provide a coordinated program of professional and compassionate supervised services for adults in a safe place outside the home during the day.

Government and Legal

The Town of Bedford’s voting information.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Contact the New York chapter League of Women Voters for information on local, State, and Federal candidates and elections.

Tax Information

IRS Federal
Information about federal tax information for individuals and businesses.

NYS Department of Taxation and Finance
Information about NYS taxes for individuals and businesses.

Instructions (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ) are downloadable from IRS online. Limited copies are available at the Library.

Print documents from your own computer or mobile device, inside or outside the library.

NYS Extension Info
If you are interested in filing for an extension or have questions about filing an extension

U.S. Treasury Direct – the safest, easiest way to get Social Security and SSI payments from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Free online technology training, including “Getting Started on the Computer” to “Intro to Facebook” and “Online Job Searching” and more. All classes are 22 minutes or shorter. Links are also available for resources on occupations, job searching, resume writing, and additional links to potential employers.
Video tutorials on software, web design, business/management skills, financial literacy, job/career skills, social networking, etc. Includes Microsoft Office, Windows, and Mac OS. Requires free account creation.
Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.

Computer and Internet Basics

Popular Software Tutorials

Basic Online Skills

Internet Basics

Additional Classes:
Some of us are still curious about popular tools and webpages.  If that’s you feel free to explore some of these topics…

Facebook 101 Learn Free
Job Search and Networking
Job Applications
Learn Free Twitter 101

Career and Lifelong Learning

Your Bedford Hills Free Library card gives you access to subscription-based resources that can’t be found elsewhere. See below to learn more about online tools for job seekers.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
In-depth career information covering hundreds of occupations with details on job duties, work environment, required training, pay, and more from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Includes employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.