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Ninth Annual Spelling Bee

Congratulations to winners Ken Rubin, Tim Levin, and Steph Chou of Bespoke Education, to the runners-up Michèle Cella, Jonathan Silverman, and Erik Weiselberg of Irvington High School, and to all the intrepid spellers who showed extraordinary grace under fire and unflagging good humor.

Thank you to all who contributed their many skills and talents – enunciator, judges, scorekeeper, performers, and technicians – to make the evening so entertaining.

And thanks, of course, to the generous volunteers, sponsors and advertisers who showed their support for the Irvington Public Library and made this 9th Bee possible.

Ninth Annual Spelling Bee

THE WINNING WORD: Triskaidekaphobia

Ninth Annual Spelling Bee winners - BeeSpoke


Photos by Staton Rabin

by Becoming a Member

Hear what Paula Poundstone has to say about becoming a Friend of the Library…then decide on an amount that’s right for you:

Individual: $25
Family: $40
Supporting: $50
Patron: $100-$249
Benefactor: $250+

Please enter your donation amount: $

…or mail your check to:
Friends of the Irvington Library
12 South Astor Street
Irvington, NY 10533

Play a Larger Role

Although your membership dues are already a significant gift to the library, you may want to contribute some of your valuable time as well. Opportunities exist to lend a hand on a regular, sporadic, or even once-a-year basis. We can always use help preparing for our books sales and spelling bees, as well as with fund-raising and advocacy in general. We’re especially seeking people with

  • computer skills,
  • experience fund-raising,
  • literary/publishing connections,
  • graphic art skills,
  • public relations experience,
  • legal or finanacial expertise,
  • children in the Irvington schools,
  • connections with the PTSA, IEF, Chamber of Commerce, or other community groups;

but we welcome anyone and everyone who’d like to lend a hand in any way at all. The best way to get in touch with us is by email:

2014 Flash Fiction Contest

“The doors to the library parted and…”


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

Gillian Gold
Barbara Robertson, Honorable Mention

Fitz Anderson
Marlo Gordon, Honorable Mention

Submissions to the 2014 Summer 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, such as the phantasmagorical scene below, drawn by Eytan Wronker. It was difficult to choose winners from such a panoply of creativity.

Illustration by Eytan Wronker

Eytan Wronker, 2014

What to Expect


The aim of the evening is to have fun with your family, friends and neighbors while showing support for our library.

The game is played in rounds of 4 or 5 teams each. A round consists of 7 words of increasing difficulty. The enunciator pronounces a word, defines it, and uses it in a sentence. Team members have thirty seconds to consult with each other and write the word on a white board. An increasing number of points will be awarded to your team for each consecutive word spelled correctly (1 point for the first word, 2 points for the second word, etc.). No points will be withdrawn for misspelled words.

When not participating in a round, contestants sit in the audience enjoying the laughs, the music, the entertainment, and the refreshments.

When all the teams have had a chance to play, the scorekeeper will announce the 5 highest scoring teams overall. Those teams will then participate in the championship round. In the championship round teams are eliminated from the competition as soon as they misspell a word. The last team to spell a word correctly will be the winner and take home the coveted trophy!

The Spelling Bee!

Our 10th Annual
Community-Wide Spelling Bee

Friday, January 29, at 7 p.m.
at the Irvington Town Hall Theater

Information on how to sign up your team, sponsor the event, or buy advertising in the program is right here. Or you can e-mail us at

We welcome volunteers! If you’d like to help organize, promote, or run the event please get in touch with us!

Free Museum Passes

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 conditions 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.

The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, 258 Main St, Ridgefield, CT

Boscobel House, 1601 Route 9D (Bear Mountain Highway) in Garrison, NY

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street)

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

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

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

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

The Museum of the Moving Image36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, NY 

The New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street

The New York Hall of Science, in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens.

The Neuberger Museum of Art, 735 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase, NY.

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

Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave, Norwalk, CT

Stone Barns, 630 Bedford Rd, Pocantico Hills, NY

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

Once More Unto The Beach

Third Annual Penguin Plunge
Mattheissen Park
Saturday, March 15
11:30 AM

The Friends of the Library encourages you to support the Irvington Recreation and Parks Department’s efforts to raise  money.

It, like the library, has suffered budget cutbacks recently and needs private donations to maintain the programs and services it has always provided.

Every year some of us Friends form a team to participate in the Penguin Plunge. By sponsoring our team this year you are raising money for the Rec Department while raising awareness of the Friends of the Library.

You can learn more about this fund-raising event here.  Use  this link to sponsor our team (you’ll find us at the bottom of the right-hand column).

Down by the riverside 3