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Bronxville Library Launches New Website: Learn Advantages PDF Print Email

Feb. 12, 2014:  It has been nearly a year in the making, but "well worth the wait," according to an early explorer. The trustees of the Bronxville Public Library are very pleased to present a new "visual identity" and website. The new logo and motto express the character of the library, with a strong sense of history and a fresh, clean look.

A shelf of books and the apple as a symbol of learning are time-honored emblems of libraries and education. For the Bronxville Public Library, these elements have been combined by talented designer Lis Herbert in an elegant, classic logo that acknowledges these traditions and associations and gives them contemporary appeal. The new motto, "Raise Your Mind," is adapted from the Richard Armour verse about libraries: "Here is where people, one frequently finds, lower their voices, and raise their minds."

Sarah Underhill, president of the library's board, explained: "We know that, increasingly, our patrons are not only entering the library through the doors of our beautiful Georgian brick building at the corner of Pondfield and Midland. You are also connecting to us from home and from your mobile devices."

She added, "Our new website will make those connections for you and will give you many options for exploring what's new in the world of books in general and our library in particular. We hope it will inspire you to visit the library for our array of programs and cultural events, to take advantage of the expertise of our librarians, or to settle in the reading room with a good book."

The new site is packed with information and inspiration. You can find out how to download books and music to your devices; navigate the Westchester Library System site; discover the research tools available to you; and get ideas for your next book from descriptions of the latest releases, award-winning titles, and staff picks. You can mark your calendar with the many outstanding programs sponsored by the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library and those created by staff for children and teens.

Library director Gabriella Radujko reported:  "The staff is excited about the many ways the new website can help us serve our patrons. The site is a window into all that BPL has to offer." 

Sarah Underhill continued:  "We were so fortunate to have Lis Herbert as our designer. Having grown up in Bronxville (Lis is Jayne Warman's daughter), she understands and appreciates the unique qualities of our village and library. The trustees feel she has captured the essence of the library with her graceful, clean design."

Explore the site, Bookmark it to your favorites. Check in frequently, as there will always be new recommendations, programs, and things you can learn about books and libraries.

And then head over to the corner of Pondfield and Midland!

Pictured here:  The new logo for the Bronxville Public Library.

Olympic Torch Passed from Child to Child at Bronxville Library; See Photos PDF Print Email

Feb. 12, 2014:  You don't have to travel to Sochi to take part in the Winter Olympics! This past Saturday, February 8, more than 50 children participated in the Bronxville Public Library's version of the 2014 Winter Olympics.  

The Olympic torch was passed from child to child as the children worked furiously to complete crafts that included painting Olympic rings and making laurel wreaths. 

A scavenger hunt to find letters to spell Sochi had the children searching the children's room from top to bottom. 

The favorite event of the day was the Olympian photo booth. All smiled as they took their turns atop the winner's podium wearing a giant gold medal and holding the Olympic torch up high.  

What was the best part of the afternoon? Every child went home a winner! Gold medals were awarded to all participating young Olympians. And who knows? There just may have been a future real Olympian in attendance!

For details about upcoming free library programs for children, call 914-337-7680, ext. 34, or visit

To see photos, click on this link: Winter Olympics for Kids at Bronxville Public Library

Pictured here:  Organizers of the Winter Olympics for Kids event at the Bronxville Public Library, Christine Utchel and Erin Schirota.

Photo above and photos in link by N. Bower

OSilas Gallery to Present Retrospective of Late 19th-Century and Early 20th-Century Paintings Starting February 12 PDF Print Email

Feb. 12, 2014:  The OSilas Gallery at Concordia College in Bronxville is proud to present the exhibition Artists in Depth: 19 Retrospectives from the Davies Family Collection, opening February 12 and running through mid-April. The exhibition will fill the gallery with 99 paintings.

The works span the late nineteenth century, along with a heavy concentration of works from the early twentieth century. It also includes contemporary work over a wide range of mediums and subjects.

An opening reception and gallery talk will take place on Wednesday, February 12, at 7:00 pm in the OSilas Gallery.

Featured artists include:  Frank Boggs, Dines Carlsen, John Costigan, Emile Gruppe, Aldro Hibbard, Felicie Waldo Howell, Max Kuehne, Hayley Lever, Alfred Mira, Frederick Mulhaupt, T.M. Nicholas, Tom Nicholas, Edward Potthast, William Lester Stevens, Gardner Symons, Harry Vincent, Frederick Waugh, Edwin Lord Weeks, and Guy Wiggins.

Each of these artists actively participated in influential art colonies, and many hail from the Cape Ann art colonies that still thrive today.

OSilas Gallery programming will continue to explore the concept of art colonies and their vital influence in the artistic community, beginning with the opening talk given by scholar and curator Kirsten M. Jensen, PhD., titled "Coastal Allure: American Artists and the Art Colony Experience." The gallery will continue this theme with visits to the Old Lyme Art Colony and Florence Griswold Museum in April.

The exhibition was assembled by Tom Davies and provides a unique spin on the concept of an exhibition--allowing visitors to view a minimum of four paintings per artist by a large number of artists. This private collection has never been on view to the public on this scale.

For more information on OSilas Gallery exhibitions and programming, please visit

Pictured here: Aldro T. Hibbard (1886–1972), Jeffersonville Winter, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in.

Photo courtesy Shanley Hanlon, Gallery Manager, OSilas Gallery, Concordia College

Emma Oxford, Former Director of Concordia Books & Coffee Series, Returns as Featured Author Thursday, February 6 PDF Print Email

Feb. 5, 2014: Emma Oxford, former director of community relations and Concordia's Books & Coffee Program, returns to discuss her first book, At Least We Lived: The Unlikely Adventures of an English Couple in World War II China, on Thursday, February 6, at 7:00 pm in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the campus of Concordia College.

Inspired by her parents' extraordinary collection of letters and journals, Oxford began the book when she lived recently in Hong Kong, supplementing her parents' eyewitness accounts with her own extensive research on life in Asia during World War II.

Commenting on the book, Philip Snow, author of The Fall of Hong Kong: Britain, China, and the Japanese Occupation, said, "Emma Oxford has painted a vivid picture of the now distant world of two generations ago. Her story of an English couple in wartime China and Hong Kong is beautifully written, and her description of life in Chungking in particular lingers on in the mind."

Oxford is a founding member of HERO (the Hong Kong Escape Reenactment Organization) and a fellow of the British American Project, a transatlantic fellowship of over 1,000 leaders from a broad spectrum of occupations, backgrounds, and political views that celebrates and encourages the transatlantic relationship. A graduate of Oxford University, Oxford grew up in Malaysia and England. Her career has spanned the UK and the US, including time as chief of staff to two of Margaret Thatcher's ministers.

In 2011, Oxford moved to Washington, DC, with her husband, Michael Elliot, CEO of the ONE campaign, and spent time on her own writing, and she published At Least We Lived in August of 2013.

Concordia's Books & Coffee series is made possible through the generous support of Friends of Concordia. Admission is free, and no reservations are required. For questions, please contact CLOAKING or call Ellen de Saint Phalle at 914-337-9300, ext. 2159.

Pictured here:  Emma Oxford, author of At Least We Lived: The Unlikely Adventures of an English Couple in World War II China.

Photo courtesy Ellen de Saint Phalle, Director of Community Relations, Concordia College

An Evening of Opera Classics to Be Sung at Reformed Church Saturday, February 15 PDF Print Email

Feb. 5, 2014:  On Saturday, February 15, at 7:30 pm, a sextet of the chancel choir's professional section leaders at The Reformed Church of Bronxville will present an evening of opera classics titled "A Night at the Opera."

Vocalists Laura Green (alto), Christopher Lucier (tenor), Timothy O'Conner (tenor), Jenny Ribeiro (soprano), Robert Mobsby (baritone), and Kyle Oliver (tenor) will fill the Edwards Room in the church with some of their favorite opera arias.

Highlights include:  Lensky's aria from Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin; Sam's aria from Carlisle Floyd's Susannah; "Una voce poco" from Rossini's The Barber of Seville; and "Quel guardo il cavalieri" from Donizetti's Don Pasquale.

Dr. Sandor Szabo, minister of music for The Reformed Church, will be the accompanist. Admission is free.

Pictured here:  The Reformed Church of Bronxville.

Photo by A. Warner

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