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Sarah Lawrence College Writing Director's Novel, 'Barren Island,' Released PDF Print Email


By Judith Schwartzstein, Vice President for Publicity, Sarah Lawrence College 

Feb. 15, 2017:  As immigrants are under assault, a new award-winning book by a Sarah Lawrence College writing instructor celebrates the melting pot that is the backbone of New York.

Barren Island, released last week, looks at the squalid and hardscrabble lives of Jewish, Greek, Italian, Irish, and African-American families that inhabit the factory island in New York's Jamaica Bay. The story is particularly relevant as the nation is conflicted over the issue of immigration.

Carol Zoref, director of the writing center at Sarah Lawrence College, won the 2015 AWP (Association of Writers and Programs) Prize for the novel and will be giving a reading of her work at the association's annual conference this weekend in Washington, D.C. She will also give a writing presentation at the college on February 28.

"The AWP awards are known for their tradition of excellence. Their judges are always among the most distinguished literary minds in the country," said Brian Morton, director of the college's MFA program in writing. "The AWP novel award is a great and well-deserved honor for our colleague." 

Barren Island is Zoref’s first novel. It is a poignant story of the immigrant families who form a tight-knit community in one of the harshest environments and is a tribute to the indomitable spirit of immigrants. The story is told from the viewpoint of the fictional narrator Marta Eisenstein, who gives a vivid picture of the island where the city's dead horses and other large animals were rendered into glue and fertilizer from the mid-19th century until the 1930s.  

As the descendant of Jewish immigrants, Zoref can relate to the lives of her characters but said that the book is not based on her family's story.

"None of my relatives ever lived on an island in Jamaica Bay, nor did any of them work in a glue-rendering factory, though all four of my grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. The last of them died more than thirty years ago, long before I began writing this book. They all worked in garment factories at one time or another and they all lost immediate family and other relatives to the Holocaust. At least one of them entered the country illegally using a visa intended for someone else. These details are shared by many--though not all--Jewish families that came to the U.S. in the late 19th and 20th centuries," she said.

Pictured here:  Carol Zoref, director of the writing center at Sarah Lawrence College.

Photo courtesy Judith Schwartzstein, Vice President for Publicity, Sarah Lawrence College

February Events for Children at the Bronxville Library PDF Print Email


By Bronxville Library Staff

Feb. 15, 2017:  Spend winter break at the Bronxville Library! There are events and activities for children and teens every day during the week; all are at 2:00 pm except the time management workshop.

For young children: 

Tuesday, Feb. 21:  LEGO Club, Ages 4 and up

Wednesday, Feb. 22:  Cartooning Workshop, Ages 6 and up

Thursday, Feb. 23:  Marshmallow Snowmen, Ages 3 and up

Friday, Feb. 24:  Magic Show, Ages 3 and up

Saturday, Feb. 25:  Family Film: Guardians of Oz, Rated PG, 86 minutes

For Teens and Tweens:

Time Management Workshop:  Does your teen need to learn how to use his/her time wisely? Join us for a time management workshop for teens seventh grade and up and their parents with Dr. Dominique Padurano on Thursday, February 9, at 7:00 pm. Registration required.

Tween Cooking Course:  We haven't forgotten about our tweens! Visit the library for our first all-tween cooking class on Tuesday, February 28. We could be making anything from spaghetti and meatballs to doughnuts! Ages 8-13. Registration required.

Pictured here:  The Bronxville Public Library in the snow.

Photo by Stephanie Harrington

Reception for Exhibition of Photography by Bronxville HS Senior Sophia Anagnostakis at Bronxville Women’s Club Sunday, February 12 PDF Print Email


By Lisa Sorensen, Local Artist and Photographer

Feb. 8, 2017:  On Sunday, February 12, there will be a reception for Bronxville High School senior Sophia Anagnostakis at The Bronxville Women's Club for an exhibition of her photographs titled Perspective. The reception will be from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Sophia Anagnostakis is an honor roll student and a three-season athlete at Bronxville High School. Over the past two years, she has been studying photography under the direction of local artist and photographer Lisa Sorensen

Sophia has developed a passion for photography and a unique vision that is clearly revealed in her photos.

All of the proceeds from the exhibition will go to the nonprofit children's advocacy group the Association to Benefit Children (ABC), which is in East Harlem, for its community garden program. Sophia has worked at ABC as a camp counselor for at-risk youth and organized a book drive for ABC's Head Start program. 

Pictured here:  Bronxville High School senior and photographer Sophia Anagnostakis.  

Photo courtesy Lisa Sorensen

Lectures and Movies at the Bronxville Library in February PDF Print Email


By Staff

Feb. 8, 2017:  The Basics of Alzheimer's:  On Thursday, February 9, at 1:30 pm, a program will be presented at the library that covers topics on Alzheimer's disease, such as warning signs, differences in dementias, how to get a proper diagnosis, stages of the disease, treatment options, research, and services to help. Registration is required (914-337-7680).

Sitting Better: The Feldenkrais Method of Movement:  On Tuesday, February 14, at 1:30 pm, Patricia Wahl, certified Feldenkrais practitioner, will hold an informative workshop on the Feldenkrais Method for anyone who wants to reconnect with their natural abilities to move, think, and feel.

Whether you want to be more comfortable sitting at your computer, playing with your children or grandchildren, performing a favorite pastime, or healing from an injury, these gentle lessons can improve your overall wellbeing. Registration is required (914-337-7680).

Author Talk:  On Saturday, February 18, at 2:00 pm, Westchester author Jacqueline Goldstein will read excerpts from her book Ms. Murphy's Makeover.  A Q&A session will follow.

Learn to Paint Like Georgia O'Keeffe:  On Friday, February 24, at 10:30 am, a workshop will be held on learning to paint in the style of Georgia O'Keeffe and learning more about the artist and her style of painting. No artistic experience necessary. Space is limited. Registration is required (914-337-7680).

The Adult Book Discussion Group:  On Tuesday, February 21, the Adult Book Discussion Group will meet in the library boardroom from 7:00 to 8:30 pm to discuss Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. "Powerful and passionate . . . profoundly moving . . . a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times. 

Don't forget to check out our Adult Coloring Group, which meets every Monday at 1:30 pm, and our Social Needlers knitting and crochet group, which meets every Wednesday at 11:00 am.

Movies in February:

Thurs. 2/16:  The Hollars, 1:30 pm, PG-13, 88 minutes.

Wed. 2/22:  Wild Oats, 1:30 pm, PG-13, 86 minutes.

Tues. 2/28:  Miracles from Heaven, 6:30 pm, PG-13, 109 minutes. 

Pictured here:  The Bronxville Public Library.

Photo by A. Warner

Opening Reception for 'Dreams & Reality: Vision of Urban Architecture' by Richard Haas to Be Held at OSilas Gallery Thursday, February 2 PDF Print Email



By Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery

Feb. 1, 2017:  An opening reception will be held at OSilas Gallery, on the campus of Concordia College, on Thursday, February 2, at 7:00 pm for an exhibition of works of art by noted American muralist Richard HaasDreams & Reality: Vision of Urban Architecture. Haas's art focuses on architecture.  

The reception is free and open to the public and will feature a brief talk by the artist. Free and ample parking is available on the campus of the college.

This exhibition was curated by Charles T. Little, curator emeritus of medieval art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Over the years, many of Haas's murals have been destroyed either by the elements or by building developers. There are blessings and curses that come with urban reform.

The exhibition features a variety of architectural drawings, maquettes, paintings, and prints.

Gallery hours:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: noon to 5:00 pm; Thursdays, noon to 7:00 pm; and Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

To arrange a group tour of this exhibition outside normal gallery hours, please contact Executive Director Elizabeth Vranka at 914-337-9300, ext. 2173.

Pictured here:  American muralist Richard Haas.

Photo courtesy Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director, OSilas Gallery

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