Resources for Adults
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.
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.
November’s title is Foundation by Isaac Asimov. Copies are available for pick-up at the library. The club meets the second Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is November 8, 6pm.
If you are interested please call for more information or join us at our next meeting.
Previously Read Books:
November: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.
October: Uprooted by Naomi Novik.
September: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
July:The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
June: The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. LeGuin.
May: The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez.
April: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
March: Neuromancer by William Gibson.
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.
Join us at the Bedford Hills Train Station, Thursday, December 7 , 7-8pm. Hosted by Heide Shilstone, Bobbe Bramson reads a story.
Deborah Frishman read Two Ruminations On A Homeless Brother by David Means. Hosted by Heide Shilstone. Held at the Bedford Hills Train Station, Thursday, October 26 , 7-8pm.
Alan Sklar read We Can Get Them For You Wholesale by Neil Gaiman. Hosted by Heide Shilstone, Held at the Bedford Hills Train Station, Thursday, September 28, 7-8pm.
MaryAnn Carr read “Another Brooklyn” by Jacqueline Woodson
Thursday, June 22, 7- 8pm, at the Bedford Hills Community House, for Short stories, for adults, read aloud. Hosted by Heide Shilstone.
June O’Neill read A Perfect Day for Bananafish by J.D. Salinger
Thursday, April 27, 7- 8pm, at the Bedford Hills Community House, for Short stories, for adults, read aloud. Hosted by Heide Shilstone.
Carolyn Nielsen read “Big Blonde” by Dorothy Parker
Thursday, March 23 at Bedford Hills Community House for another evening of SHORTS. Hosted by Heide Shilstone.
Gerardo Mendez read “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.
Check back for upcoming dates in 2018! Held Tuesday, September 26, 6-8pm at the Bedford Hills Train Station for a creative workshop. Led by Jennifer Verbit, participants bind a folio to make a sketchbook, journal, or notebook. Guided through an artistic process called ideation, participants imagine, think, sketch, dream, make mistakes, and write in the books they created. Registration required.
Additional Adult Programs
Conversación en inglés
Have you studied English but want more practice speaking with others?
Saturdays, November 18, December 2 & 16, 11am-noon, led by Barbara Bethea English Conversation Practice offers adults an opportunity to practice and improve everyday communication skills in a friendly group.
Topics include conversations when shopping,
visiting the doctor, on the job, meeting with your child’s teacher, and more.
Workshops are free. No registration required.
Barbara Bethea has over 35 years of experience teaching and tutoring English as a Second
Language and Spanish for adults as well as children in the Bronx and Westchester. She has
also led conversation classes at public libraries in Ossining, Sleepy Hollow, and Greenburgh.
Medicare Basics Workshop – Westchester Seniors Out Speaking
Held Friday, October 6, 11:00am, for a presentation 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: http://www.westchesterlibraries.org/senior-benefits-information-centers/.
Telling Your Life Story: How to Start Writing Your Memoir
Workshops starting January 2018 – Contact us if you are interested in participating!
At the Bedford Hills Free Library
We all have a story, but how do we begin to tell it? Nancy Kessler, guides participants through prompts to ignite the remembrance of life experiences and begin the process of writing our unique personal memoir.
Sample prompts include:
Do you know anything about the day you were born? Where were you and what family members or family friends were around?
Describe a time as a child when you were frightened?
Tell me about a family characteristic that continues through the generations.
Take Charge: Planning in Advance for Your Health Care
At the Bedford Hills Community House. Presented by Elizabeth C. Briand, Esq., an attorney with Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP. What tools are available for making sure that your wishes are honored? This program will covered Health Care Proxies, living wills, the MOLST form and decision making by family members.
AARP – Planning for Important Health Decisions
What is a Health Care Proxy?
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.
Resources from the Westchester Library System
Please note, access to these resources requires a library card.
Lynda.com – 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.
Driving-Tests.org – In partnership with Driving-Tests.org, 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 also provides an excellent resource for health information online.
http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/rights/Senior 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
Care.com 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.
CMS.gov 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.
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.
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.
Some of us are still curious about popular tools and webpages. If that’s you feel free to explore some of these topics…
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.