FLASH FICTION CONTEST

And the winners are...

Adult
Nathaniel Edgar (with Cherilyn Kennedy)
Milton Lewin, Honorable Mention

Teen
Gillian Gold
Barbara Robertson, Honorable Mention

Child
Fitz Anderson
Marlo Gordon, Honorable Mention

Submissions to this summer's Flash Fiction contest ran the gamut from hilarious to poignant, with some being witty, others whimsical, some poetical, others philosophical, and yet another erudite. Several were illustrated with fabulous artwork. It was difficult to choose winners from such a panoply of creativity.

The winning stories will be read aloud and prizes awarded on Monday, September 22, at 7 p.m. in the Tiffany Room at Town Hall. Everyone is invited to join us. Refreshments will be served.

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)
Current shows include City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection with over 150 works on canvas and other media, along with photographs of graffiti writing long erased from subways and buildings. (Closing September 21)
Through January 19th: Mac Conner: A New York Life, the New York saga of one of the original "Mad Men."
The exhibition presents Conner’s hand-painted illustrations for advertising campaigns and women’s magazines like Redbook and McCall’s, made during the years after World War II when commercial artists helped to redefine American style and culture.
Gilded New York explores the city’s visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. The exhibition presents a lavish display of some 100 works, including costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects, all created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century.

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
Now showing: "Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans" celebrating Madeline's 75th anniversary with more than 90 pieces of art. (Closes October 19)
Through February 8: The Works: Salon Style at the New-York Historical Society
This installation displays numerous gems from the New-York Historical Society's permanent collection showcasing the depth and range of its holdings. Everything from self-portraits of Asher Durand to Hudson River School landscapes to religious and history paintings will be on view, in close proximity that unites these typically separate styles.

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 December 25)
Key Frames: Contemporary Artists' Animation, presenting a view of diverse animation techniques and styles from around the world. Sometimes metaphorical narrative, sometimes abstract or magical flights from reality, these productions present animation’s ability to create an original, unique world of movement and sound. Please note that some adults might wish to preview material in this exhibition before sharing it with children. (Through January 11)

The Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave, Yonkers, NY

The Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St, Katonah, NY
On view now: Iceland: Artists Respond to Place,focusing on the rich and complex relationship of contemporary Icelandic artists to the singular geography of their island nation, showcases twelve artists whose works cover a broad range of formal approaches and media, including painting, photography, sculpture, site-specific wall-drawings, and video installation. (Through September 28)

The Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr, Greenwich, CT
Not to be missed: Being, Nothingness and Much, Much More: Roz Chast, Beyond the New Yorker presents approximately 30 works by the well known cartoonist, including many examples of her iconic work from The New Yorker magazine, as well as prints and drawings from other projects. Also on display: tapestries and painted eggs in the pysanky tradition decorated with the artist’s signature images. (Closes October 19)
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

DID YOU KNOW...

The Friends of the Irvington Library was established in 1964 to support and promote the
Irvington Public Library and the cultural interests of the people living in and near the village of Irvington.

It has since grown to be a full-fledged not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation.

In addition to providing funds for all children's activites, teen and adult programs,
and the acquisition of CD's, DVD's, audiobooks and equipment, the Friends is a crucial advocacy group
fighting to maintain the library's current level of service during these tough fiscal times.

You can become a Friend of the Library by making your tax-deductible contribution right now.

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