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Recognizing Signs of Mental Health Issues in Adolescence

Wednesday Mar 29, 2017, 6 p.m. 7:45 p.m.

NOTE: The event location is TAPPAN FREE LIBRARY, 93 Main Street, Tappan, NY 10983

Learn what is typical and reasonable behavior as well as warning signs of emotional difficulties in adolescence. Learn to identify unique risk factors and signs of substance abuse, suicide, depression, eating disorders and other mental health issues so you know when your teen is in trouble and how to effectively get help for your child. You will gain knowledge of the available professional, peer and self-help resources in our community. With panelists: Dr. Russell Tobe, Nathan Klein Institute, Kristina Peckins, Mental Health Association of Rockland Vickie Shaw, Director of Wellcore and moderator, Dr. Kathleen Keefe-Cooperman.

This event is jointly sponsored by the Blauvelt, Orangeburg, Palisades, Piermont and Tappan Libraries.

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Cookbook Club

Tuesday Apr 4, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Browse the featured cookbook at the front desk and sign up for the recipe you’d like to make. Then bring a batch of your selected dish to share, potluck style, during a round table discussion and tasting. Paper plates, napkins, and utensils will be provided by the library.

If your recipe doesn't work out, come anyway! We'd like to hear about your experiences with the recipe, what worked, what didn't, and why. That's what it's all about.

April book selection: Guy Fieri Family Food: 125 real-deal recipes - kitchen tested, home approved by Guy Fieri

A copy is available at the library's front desk. Once you've had a chance to peruse the book, please sign up for the recipe you'd like to make.

First Friday Film Series presents: Steve Jobs (2015) [R] 2 hr 2 min

Friday Apr 7, 2017, 7 p.m.

Monthly series: 1st Friday of every month. Free and open to public.

Starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, and Seth Rogan (with an awesome turn by Jeff Daniels) Steve Jobs is based on the terrific biography by Walter Isaacson of the same name. It’s directed by Danny Boyle, but perhaps more influential is the screenwriter: Aaron Sorkin. Typically, the dialog crackles and hums as people talk over each other, deliver rapid fire pronouncements, and bring large themes into small moments.

Most of us are aware of Jobs’ work with Apple. As he mentions in the film, he didn’t really invent or build anything, but likens himself to a conductor leading an orchestra. Jobs is one of the most fascinating figures of our time, and this film illustrates some of what makes him tick. The Macintosh, OSX, and iPhone are three of Jobs’ culture changing products. While much has been revealed about the tech side of Apple, Steve Jobs also illuminates his personal side, particularly his strained relationship with daughter Lisa.

Whether you’ve never touched a computer or ask people to break your Mac out of your cold, dead, hands, Steve Jobs is a moving and illuminating portrait of a giant in our modern internet-connected world. We’re going to view it Friday April 7, at 7 pm at the Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Library. Yes, it’s a little earlier, but it’s still FREE FREE FREE.

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"Edible Books" Baking Contest during the 10th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday Apr 9, 2017, noon

The Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library will host an "Edible Books" Baking Contest during our 10th Anniversary Celebration.

What is an "edible books" contest and how do you participate? Glad you asked!

Decorate a food item, usually a dessert, based on a book title, cover, character, etc. Take a look at our submission form or search Pinterest for some examples of booky cookies, poetic pastries, sci-fi pies, mysterious meringues and such to get your creative juices flowing… and baking!

Instructions: Submit your entry form by March 31st and bring your baked goods on April 9th for judging. Judging will be based on the visual presentation of your piece. Entries will not be tasted until after a winner is chosen.

Timeline on Sunday, April 9th:

  • 11:30 a.m.: Bring your entry to the library for setup.

  • 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Voting will be open to attendees of the 10th Anniversary Celebration. Everyone gets one vote.

  • 4 p.m. A winner will be announced, and then the best part, everyone gets to "eat your words" and taste all the "edible book" creations.

Click here for entry form: Edible Books Baking Contest submission form (PDF)

Find some "Edible Book" inspiration in the Valley Cottage Library bakeware collection! Did you know you can borrow specialty cake pans and cookie cutters from Valley Cottage with your Piermont card? (Bakeware items cannot be sent through interlibrary loan. Visit Valley Cottage to borrow them.) View their collections here:

Cake pans at Valley Cottage Library:

Cookie Cutters are Valley Cottage Library:

10th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday Apr 9, 2017, noon 5 p.m.

The Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library will hold a 10th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, April 9, 2017, 12 - 5 pm, to mark its first decade in the McHugh building. The library, chartered in 1896, opened the doors to its newly built Flywheel Park location on a bright and brisk Hudson Valley day in March 2007.

Just what has taken place in that charming yellow building by the river since that day? Come find out. Festivities will include live music by the Old No. 7 Band, food trucks, tech demos, children's art, stories & crafts, library history & trivia, grounds tours, mini golf in the stacks, an "edible books" baking contest (submission forms available at the front desk or as a downloadable PDF), and more. Our gallery space will feature a brief history of how the library came to be, how the current building got its name, and how the institution continues to evolve as a community hub.

As part of the 10th Anniversary Celebration, the library is offering two excellent naming opportunities for donors. First, there will be a 10th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign with a generous Matching Challenge. Donations to the 10th Anniversary Fund will be matched by longtime supporters Dale and Ed Nelson up to the first $5,000 raised. This is a chance to make your contribution to the library go twice as far. Donors who give $250 or more will have their names engraved on a 10th Anniversary Wall plaque. Double your impact and leave a lasting declaration of your support by giving to the 10th Anniversary Fund.

The second naming opportunity comes in the form of a special 10th Anniversary Path of engraved bricks. This new walkway will connect the bench on the front lawn to the sidewalk that leads to the rain garden. This is a unique opportunity to commemorate your loved ones while contributing to your library. Donate just $200, a discounted rate from the front Path of Friends, to inscribe one line on a brick.

All contributions are tax deductible. Donations to the 10th Anniversary Fund and Path will support the library's stated mission and future maintenance of a now aging and well-used building. Visit the library for donation forms, or download them here. Help keep your charming yellow library robust for the next 10 years and beyond.


DIY Crafts for Children

Thursday Apr 13, 2017, 4:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

All ages welcome, accompanied by an adult.

Drop in for crafts and snacks.

Family Movie Night featuring: The Secret Life of Pets

Thursday Apr 13, 2017, 8 p.m.

Family Movie Night featuring: The Secret Life of Pets [PG] 90 minutes.

Please call to register.

Earth Day Celebration

Thursday Apr 20, 2017, 6 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

All ages welcome. Use recycled materials to make masterpieces as you eat some yummy dessert.

Please call to register.

Family Bingo Night

Friday Apr 21, 2017, 6:30 p.m. 8 p.m.

Kids 4 and up with an adult join Miss Nancy after hours at the library for a few rounds of Bingo wtih snacks and prizes.

Please call to register.

Sunday Poetry Salon

Sunday Apr 30, 2017, 2 p.m.

The Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Public Library presents a reading by three local poets: Michael Collins, Claudine Nash and Lisa Rhodes-Ryabchich. Members of the audience will have an opportunity to read original work during an open mic session after the presentation by our featured poets.

Michael Collins’ poems have received Pushcart Prize nominations and have appeared in more than 50 journals and magazines, including Grist, Kenning Journal, Pank, and Smartish Pace. His first chapbook, How to Sing when People Cut off your Head and Leave it Floating in the Water, won the Exact Change Express Chapbook Contest in 2014. A full-length collection, Psalmandala, was published later that year, and a second chapbook, Harbor Mandala, appeared in 2015. Visit

Claudine Nash’s books include Parts per Trillion (Aldrich Press, 2016) and The Problem with Loving Ghosts (Finishing Line Press, 2014). She also co-edited the book In So Many Words: A Collection of Interviews and Poems from Today’s Poets with Adam Levon Brown (Madness Muse Press, 2016). Her poems have won prizes from Avalon Literary Review, Eye on Life Magazine, The Song Is… and Lady Chaos Press and have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including Cloudbank, Asimov’s Science Fiction, StarLine, Yellow Chair Review, The Westchester Review, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, and The MOON magazine amongst others.

Lisa Rhodes-Ryabchich is the author of We Are Beautiful Like Snowflakes (, 2016). Her poems have appeared most recently in, Gather Round: A Collaboration of Cave Canem Workshop and Retreat Poets, and The Journal of Poetry Therapy. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Piermont, NY. Her poetry blog is

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Please join us.

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