9th Annual Spelling Bee

Winning Team

Photos by Staton Rabin

The winning word: Triskaidekaphobia
The winning team: Bee-Spoke

Lots more pictures coming soon!

1964 - 2014

Help the Friends of the Irvington Library celebrate its 50th anniversary!

From 17 members in 1964 to over 400 members today, the Friends has grown to be a full-fledged, not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization.

Did you know that it is your membership dues that pay for all the children's activities – from weekly story hours to summer-long reading programs – as well as for all the teen and adult programming? Did you know that all non-print media (and some of the books) are paid for with funds donated by the Friends?

Join now -- or renew your membership -- so our library may continue to provide the services we depend on.

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Individual membership: $15
Family: $25
Supporting: $50-$99
Patron: $100-$249
Benefactor: $250-$1,000

If you prefer to pay by check you can mail it to the Friends of the Irvington Library, 12 South Astor Street, Irvington, NY 10533


Visit Museums for Free

The Friends of the Library has arranged for Irvington Public Library card holders to have access to free passes to a select group of museums in New York City, Westchester, and beyond. Each museum has its own terms and condtions regarding these passes, so check the library website for more information. A limited number of passes is available at any one time, so contact the reference librarian to reserve yours.

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street)
Through March 15: Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao's New York: Assembled Realities features more than 40 works by this Taiwanese artist, who came to New York at 18 to study photography. Pushing the boundaries of traditional documentary photography, Liao (b. 1977) creates large-scale panoramas by combining multiple exposures of the same location taken over the course of several hours. The resulting composite photographs are often fantastical; complex, hyper-real views that no single shot—or the eye—could capture. Liao has spent the past decade honing his distinctive style, making images of his adopted city from the Grand Concourse to Coney Island, the old Shea Stadium to the 72nd Street Subway.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue (at 89th Street)

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86 W 46th St and 12th Ave

The New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street
Through April 19: Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein
For the kids: The DiMenna Children’s History Museum at the New-York Historical Society presents 350 years of New York and American history through character-based pavilions, interactive exhibits and digital games, and the Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library. The DiMenna Children's History Museum encourages families to explore history together through permanent installations targeted for children 8-13 and a wide range of family learning programs for toddlers, children and preteens.

The New York Hall of Science, in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens.
The Hall mainly focuses on education for children ages 1–17, with more than 450 interactive displays that explain science and demystify the world. In addition to 100,000 square-feet of indoor exhibition space, there is an outdoor Science Playground and Rocket Park, where you can not only get an up-close view at vintage Atlas and Titan rockets, but also experience a nine-hole miniature golf course that shows how mini-golf really is rocket science.

The Neuberger Museum of Art, 735 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase, NY. On view now:
When Modern was Contemporary: The Roy R. Neuberger Collection
Built mainly between the early 1940s and the 1960s, The Roy R. Neuberger Collection reveals the perceptive and passionate interests of one of the twentieth-century’s most important collectors of contemporary American art. The Collection is strongest in works that document the evolution of modernism in the visual arts of North America. Now the cornerstone of the Neuberger Museum of Art, the collection totals more than 850 objects, and remains among the finest personal art collections in a public institution in the United States. (Through March 15)
Becoming Disfarmer is a critical evaluation of Mike Disfarmer's vernacular photographs, including approximately fifty examples of his skillful portraits on postcard-sized paper, made 1920-1950, as well as thirty posthumous enlargements, made 1976-2005. Alongside these works will be ephemeral materials supporting an examination of the ways in which Disfarmer's photographs have been received since his death. (Through March 22)

The Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave, Yonkers, NY
Promoting the President,February 7 – May 17, 2015. For this exhibition, Gilbert Stuart’s famous painting, George Washington, on loan to the Museum, as well as the Museum’s collection of artifacts and engravings show this leader in images beautiful, respectful, and, sometimes, flamboyant, that were made to frame our vision of him and charge our patriotism and memories.

The Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St, Katonah, NY

The Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr, Greenwich, CT
September 20, 2014 - April 12, 2015: Northern Baroque Splendor
The Hohenbuchau Collection in Vienna is one of the largest and most varied collections of Northern Baroque art assembled in recent years and is now on long-term loan as part of a larger exhibition, "Liechtenstein, the Princely Collections, Vienna". The selective showing at the Bruce Museum is the inaugural venue in the U.S. before it travels to Cincinnati. Primarily comprised of Dutch and Flemish seventeenth-century paintings, it exhibits all the naturalism, visual probity and technical brilliance for which those schools are famous. While many modern collections of Old Masters specialize in a single style or subject matter, the Hohenbuchau Collection is admirable for offering examples of virtually all the genres produced by Lowland artists; the collection is distinguished for the many quality individual paintings executed by more than one artist, working in collaboration.

The Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk, 10 N Water St, Norwalk, CT

Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave, Norwalk, CT
A hands-on children's museum for ages 10 and under offering engaging and educational exhibits and experiences that give children, families and educators a place to discover, learn and grow.

Storm King Art Center, 1 Museum Rd, New Windsor, NY