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Warner Library Book Group

Books are available at the circulation desk one month prior to the meeting. All are welcome to attend. Click here for the complete list of books we've read.


Currently all meetings are held via Zoom.  Please contact Lisa Shirley for a zoom invite.


Thurs., July 8, 2021 at 7 pm 
Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips


Business Book Group

Thurs., April 8 at 7 PM --   The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Business Book Club - Join us for this  monthly discussion group comprised of entrepreneurs, small business owners, managers, business leaders, and those who are simply interested in continued learning and growth - covering a combination of newly published and classic business books.  Contact facilitator Mandell Conway for a zoom invite  Books available at the Circulation desk or online. Please contact facilitator Mandell Conway for availability.

History Book Group

Call Historical Society serving Sleepy Hollow & Tarrytown.  Email Sara Mascia, PhD.  to sign up.

Next meeting May 24, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom to discuss:
The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye. 

A reading group of the Historical Society of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow.  Books are available at the front desk.


Mystery Book Group

Every Third Tuesday at 11:00am. Bring your lunch and share your thoughts. Books are available at the circulation desk one month prior to meeting. See a list of the books we've discussed.



  • Online Meeting: Tuesday, July 20 The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica (Free from Hoopla, Overdrive, and the Circulation desk)
  • Online Meeting: Tuesday, August 17 The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup (Free from HooplaOverdrive, and the Circulation desk)
  • Online Meeting: Tuesday, September 21 Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett (Free from Hoopla, Overdrive, and the Circulation desk)



Children's Book Group

For grades 3 - 6, once a month on Thursdays @ 6:30 pm; books will be available to borrow in the Children’s Room

Please sign up now!     Email Patty:

Sept. 19: Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh: read & discuss this classic story set in New York City, about eleven-year-old Harriet, the truth-telling spy.

Oct. 17: The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson: a magical adventure about stray cat Aldwyn, who gets chosen to be a wizard's familiar

Nov. 7: Lowji Discovers America by Candace Fleming: When Lowji and his family move from India to Illinois, he can't have a pet, he misses his best friend, and it seems he'll never meet anyone his own age. 

Dec. 5: The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill: This will be a year, and Miss Agnes a teacher, that Fred and her friends in remote Alaska will never forget.

Jan. 16, 2020: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo: Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea.

Feb. 13: Crossing Bok Chitto by Tim Tingle: a moving and original story of the intersection of Native and African American cultures



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Best of the Year (Volume II)


   Among the many things that happen at the end of the year is the publication of the inevitable best book lists designed in part to encourage the holiday shopper. Below are some titles that have made the Kirkus Book Review, Book Page and New York Times lists. Book Page is a monthly readers’ advisory magazine for library users. Complimentary copies are available to take home in the new fiction section of Warner’s Audubon Room.


   A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is a heartbreaking beautifully written book about the decades long friendship of four men who meet in college. By midlife, Jude the anchor of the group, has become a talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever. The book is a finalist for the National Book Award, the Man Booker and the Kirkus prize.


   Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies is making every editor’s list this year. A modern portrait of marriage, Fates and Furies, is divided into two parts. Actor turned playwright Lotto Satterwhite is the hub around which all the characters revolve in the first half of the book and we see his marriage from his point of view. In the second half, the lens turns to Lotto’s wife Mathilde, and her side of their lopsided partnership giving the reader a totally different view. Groff is a master of language and provides a gritty rather than gentle read. Fates and Furies is a bumpy ride worth taking for the quality of the writing.


   Hot new title City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg is described in the Indie Next List* as “big, juicy and full throated absorbing readers into an expertly crafted 1970’s New York City complete with lushly drawn characters”. The novel starts out with a murder on the brink of the New Year in 1977 and culminates with the infamous blackout.


   Fans of the recent movie The Walk about Phillipe Petit’s tightrope walk between the World Trade Towers in August of 1974 might also want to try Colum McCann’s 2009 National Book Award Winner and masterpiece Let the Great World Spin. This book brings 1970’s New York City to vivid life through the interconnected stories of a radical monk, a Park Avenue matron, a prostitute and an artist on the day Phillip Petit takes his daring walk. Colum McCann fans will want to read his recently published book of short stories Thirteen Ways of Looking featured by the New York Times as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2015.


   A non-fiction title worth checking out is photographer and author Sally Mann’s Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs. We follow Mann’s life in words and photos from her rebellious youth in the south to the horrifying drama of her in-laws murder suicide. Themes of art, family, race and mortality are revealed in this work through a masterful combination of Mann's words and photographs, both startlingly raw and lovely. The memoir making every list this year is Between the World & Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. With brilliant insight, Coates warns his teenage son about the apparent permanence of racial injustice and the danger of believing one person can make a change.


   The newest addition to the environmental fiction cannon Gold Fame Citrus is a Bookpage best of 2015 pick. The novel by Claire Vaye Watkins depicts the sun scorched drought plagued West with a terrifying vision of the perhaps not too distant future.


   My from the stacks recommendation this month are the short stories of Truman Capote including the Children on Their Birthdays, The Thanksgiving Visitor and my all-time favorite A Christmas Memory. Be sure to come to voice actor Alan Sklar’s dramatic reading of Capote’s story A Jug of Silver on Thursday, December 3 at 7 pm in the Reading Room.


*Indie Next List – A monthly list of recommendations published by Independent Booksellers.


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