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Bronxville Library Goes Western for Summer Program

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. –  Reading competitions for young and old, free passes to popular area museums, reading to therapy dogs, family movie afternoons and pony rides at a June kick-off party are all options the Bronxville Public Library is offering to residents this summer.

“We want everyone in the village to include us in their summer plans by making the library a part of their summer,” newly-appointed library Director Gabriella Radujko said. “The most important part of the library is the people, so come get involved.”

A western-themed kick-off party at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 26 will include pony rides for children 12 and under. The children must obtain a pass at the children’s reference desk in advance.  Traditional games, such as horseshoe toss and potato sack races, along with a photo booth, will provide family entertainment. Best costume prizes will be awarded to those in western attire, Radujko said.

“I’ll be present to witness all the great events and introduce myself to the public,” she added.

The Wild West theme continues through the reading program for children and, for a third year, includes adults too.  Prizes range from sheriff’s badges to reading certificates and medals for children and from western key chains to book lights for adults.  Raffle tickets will also be awarded to adults for each book read, with a chance to win a gift certificate to Outback Steakhouse, DVD  and country music sets, home décor items or books, Radujko noted.

Since June 1 the library has also initiated its summer hours, which include closures on Sundays through Labor Day and abbreviated hours on other days. Radujko advised patrons to confirm hours on the library web site prior to visiting.

A $20,000 second-floor renovation to remedy buckling floor boards is also underway, resulting in the young adult and history books being unavailable until June 22, the library director said.

On June 28 and July 30, children seven years and older will have a unique opportunity to practice their skills by reading aloud to therapy dogs. The library will also offer Wednesday afternoon screenings of classic and recent movies for adults, including Academy-award winners "The Artist" and "The Descendants" and family films on Friday afternoons.

Residents can also borrow passes from the library to visit some popular New York City, Westchester County and Connecticut museums, including the American Museum of Natural History, the Guggenheim Museum, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and the Storm King Art Center, she added.

“Our friendly librarians can help with joining adult book clubs, downloading e-books, providing passes and much more so stop by for a visit or check our web site for details on our programs that can help everyone plan a relaxing summer,” Radujko said.

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