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The Lewisboro Library has free family museum passes for short-term borrowing. Passes are available for the Katonah Museum of Art, the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, CT, the Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, NY, the Discovery Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport, CT and the Stamford Museum and Nature Center in Stamford, CT. In February 2018 we added a pass for The Frick Collection in NYC. The Frick is one of the pre-eminent small art museums in the United States. Besides its permanent collections of high-quality old master paintings, fine furniture and other mediums, the Frick organizes small, focused temporary exhibitions. This pass is NOT a family pass - children under the age of 10 are not admitted. Our latest museum pass is an Empire Pass good for NY State Parks. The Empire Pass allows entry of any vehicle occupied by the pass holder to most New York State parks, Department of Environmental Conservation forest preserve areas, boat launch sites, arboretums and park preserves. Access the Empire Pass website to learn where the pass is accepted https://parks.ny.gov/admission/empire-passport/
All passes may be borrowed for four days, and must be reserved in advance by calling the library at 875-9004.
Please note, the Aldrich and Katonah Museums are members of the Fairfield Westchester Museum Alliance, which means these passes can be used at other museums that belong to the Alliance. These museums include the Bruce Museum (Greenwich), the Barnum Museum (Bridgeport), the Hudson River Museum (Yonkers), the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (Peekskill) and Wave Hill (Bronx).
There are also a few museums that don’t have a free pass program, but will offer discount entry to those presenting a library discount pass. These include the Stepping Stones Museum and the Maritime Aquarium, both located in Norwalk, CT.
The Library also has an arrangement to get library patrons discount admission to the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ. Each person will receive $3 off the price of admission simply by showing their library card. There is no pass to borrow.
Thanks to the generosity of the Sportsmen’s Club of Northern Westchester, the Library has fishing poles and tackle boxes to loan out to library patrons. Patrons may sign out the equipment for up to one week. Please note that fishing licenses are required for those over the age of 16, and may be obtained at the Town Clerk’s office. The phone number for the Town Clerk is 763-3511. Watershed permits from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection are required for fishing in local reservoirs. Here is the link to apply for a watershed permit: http://www.nyc.gov/…/dep/…/recreation/recreation_rules.shtml.
The Children’s Library is now lending "Discovery Backpacks.” Each themed backpack is filled with books, games and fun gear - perfect for family outings, grandparents with visiting family, etc. Our first two backpack themes are “The Great Outdoors” for hiking and outdoor fun and “Boredom Busters” for long car trips! Backpacks can be checked out with a library card for a two-week period and must be returned to the circulation desk for check in.
The Library’s Book Reach program has volunteers ready to deliver and pick-up materials for our patrons who are home-bound. Simply let us know what kinds of materials you want and subjects and authors you are interested in. Call Kathy Iglesias at the Library to inquire about the program 875-9004.
The Theurkauf Conference Room may be reserved for meetings by local community groups and non-profit organizations, when not in use for Library programs. Reservations made be made by calling Cindy Rubino at 875-9004.
The Library has five computers for Internet use. When busy, time is limited to one hour per patron. There are also many quiet work spaces available for those who prefer to bring their own laptop and access the WiFi.
EDUCATION & CAREER DATABASES
The Westchester Library System has numerous helpful databases, and we encourage you to try some of the newer education and career specific sites. “Lynda.com” is 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. “Driving-Tests.org” offer free New York State Driver Permit practice tests and driver handbooks. Automobile, motorcycle and commercial handbooks and practice tests are available. “University of Fashion.com” brings together the best fashion industry professionals to create lessons that inspire and educate students, teachers, home sewers and the fashion curious. Whether your interest is sewing, Fashion Business or Product Development, this is a great way to learn from top industry pros.
The "Learning Express Library" has over 300 practice exams and courses for students and adults to help them achieve their academic and career goals. Offerings include GED, Advanced Placement, ACT, SAT, as well as Civil Service Careers, Cosmetology, Law Enforcement and many more. The "Job & Career Accelerator" a comprehensive online job search system, is available to help overwhelmed job seekers find employment. This innovative online resource provides job seekers everything they need to find their next job, all in one easy-to-use application.
These online resources can be accessed via the Online Resources tab at the top of the page.
Playaway is a preloaded digital audio player. It combines complete individual titles with an easy-to-use player - all in one small unit. Simply press play to start listening immediately – there is no need for a separate player. You must use your own headphones. The loan period is three weeks. The Playaway can be renewed once for an additional three weeks if no holds are placed on the title. The overdue fee is 20¢ per day.
The library is a wonderful starting place for those seeking employment. Whether looking for a job in your current field or thinking about a career change, our Job Information Center has a number of books on resume writing, interviewing, and test preparation. The internet is a great search tool for job seekers. You can post your resume, view job postings on commercial job boards, research industries and companies, apply directly to a company online, obtain job search advice, and network with peers in association discussion forums. To help with online research, we have five computer terminals available to the public, as well as a wireless network for those who prefer to bring their own laptops.
In addition to our resources, the Westchester Library System has a link on their website to the WLS Career and Educational Counseling service. This service runs specialized programs with trained professionals to guide you in your career path. These 8-week development seminars help you evaluate your skills, learn how to use online career information, explore career alternatives, and find out about educational/training programs in Westchester. For more information and to register for these programs, call (914) 674-3612. To access the WLS website, go to www.westchesterlibraries.org.
The Library has the latest books to help patrons with their college searches in the areas of: testing for admissions, writing the college essay and application, the college interview, financial aid and how to thrive once you arrive. These books are located in our Job Information Center in the Teen area.