There are millions of records waiting to be broken and The Harrison Public Library just set a new one!
The Library was determined to break the previous record of 17 people from the Kasson Public Library in Kasson, Minn., all reading Goodnight Moon, the classic children's book written in 1947 by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd simultaneously. They are waiting for the official notice by Record Setter to document the achievement.
The bedtime story written with rhythmic text, tells the story of a rabbit's routine before he goes to bed by surveying all the objects in its room and bidding goodnight to each.
On the evening of August 15, 32 local residents of all ages, gathered in Ma Riis Park to read Goodnight Moon all at once, and so, the record was broken.
Galina Chernykn, Director of The Harrison Public Library said, “The Library has a very creative environment. Our summer reading program was devoted to space exploration, so Rebecca Fitzgerald, our Children’s Librarian, developed the idea to read Goodnight Moon in a group and hopefully break a record.”
After the lively, communal reading which the attendees loved, the Westchester Amateur Astronomers Club brought their telescopes to let the children gaze at the stars. Then they let them bid goodnight to the full moon.
For September, The Harrison Public Library has announced it will be welcoming author Elaine Hasday, JD on Monday, September 23 at 7 pm to speak about her latest book -- Intimate Lies and the Law. In the book, Hasday systematically examines deception in physical, marital, and familial relationships and uncovers the hidden body of law that shields intimate deceivers from legal consequences and argues that the law has placed too much emphasis on protecting intimate deceivers and too little importance on helping the people they deceive.
Hasday is Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. She teaches and writes about anti-discrimination law, constitutional law, family law, and legal history. She has written two books, including Intimate Lies and the Law, published by Oxford University Press on July 24, 2019, and Family Law Reimagined, published by Harvard University Press in 2014.
In addition, the library will be hosting a special Kitty Yoga session with yoga instructor Angela Brandt and kittens from FURRR911 on Sunday, September 15 at 2 pm; Marie Graham of The Refreshed Home will be leading a workshop on how to improve your home on Monday, September 16 at 7 pm; lecturer Toni McKeen will be discussing "The Life and Art of Michelangelo" on Saturday, September 21 at 2 pm; art historian Mike Norris will be giving a presentation on "Paintings of the Dutch Golden Age" on Sunday, September 22 at 2 pm, the Libby Richman Jazz Trio will be performing live on Saturday, September 28 at 2 pm.
Maker-In-Residence, Rinku Bhattacharya will be teaching how to organize and plan ahead to make the weeknight dinner rotation interesting and manageable in an interactive Indian Cooling Workshop on Sunday, September 29 at 2 pm. Rinku will be presenting a light demonstration and signing some of her cook books, too!
“The community was very enthusiastic about participating in the reading of Goodnight Moon, so we are thinking of something else we can sponsor to involve a larger group,” concluded Chernykn.
For more information call The Harrison Public Library at 835-0324.