Highlights of June Programs at
The Harrison Public Library

Exciting programs being offered by the Harrison Public Library for Adults and Teens in June 2022. The library is hosting several live musical and theatrical performances on site and a number of author events for Adult and Young Adult readers to enjoy. In addition, the Library is introducing a number of Health and Wellness workshops and classes to help keep everyone mentally and physically fit.


Zumba Gold Series

Monday, June 6 and June 20 at 11 am Online

Back by popular demand! Diane Sorg will be leading a new Zumba Gold series with the library. Zumba Gold is a gentler form of Zumba which is perfect for anyone looking for low-to-medium impact exercise. No experience required. Register at https://www.harrisonpl.org/events/9000405


Meet the Author Connie Hertzberg Mayo

Monday, June 6 at 7 pm Online

Connie Hertzberg Mayo is the author of The Island of Worthy Boys, which won the 2016 Gold Medal for Best Regional Fiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Her latest novel, The Sharp Edge of Mercy, will be published by Heliotrope Books in May 2022. In partnership with The Village Bookstore. Signed copies will be available for purchase. Register at https://www.harrisonpl.org/events/9004005


Virtual Tour of the Neuberger Museum of Art

Tuesday, June 7 at 4pm Online

Join for a virtual tour of the Neuberger Museum of Art from the comfort of your home. Learn about the museum’s permanent collection and ask questions after the presentation. The Neuberger Museum of Art is located in Purchase and is affiliated with SUNY Purchase College. It is the nation’s tenth-largest university museum and one of 14 sites on the African American Heritage Trail of Westchester County. Register at https://www.harrisonpl.org/events/9080927


Origami Workshop

Tuesday, June 7 at 11 am On Site in the Community Room

Join Japanese volunteers for a relaxing origami workshop. Origami is the art of folding paper that is widely popular with all age groups. Instructors will be on hand to help you create a beautiful folded object, step by step. No experience required. Register  at https://www.harrisonpl.org/events/9001121


Health & Fitness Series ~ Belly Dancing with Bina Bora

Wednesday, June 8 & 22 at 11 am Online

Learn a new form of exercise that is fun and easy to follow with instructor Bina Bora. Belly dancing is recommended for those suffering from back pain as it improves posture, less stressful on the bones.  Registration is required to receive the Zoom link at https://www.harrisonpl.org/events/9106104


Tour of of the African Burial Ground National Monument in New York

Saturday, June 11 at 1 pm Online

In celebration of Juneteenth, the Library will be hosting a virtual tour of the African Burial Ground National Monument in New York City. The African Burial Ground National Monument is a monument at Duane Street and African Burial Ground Way in the Civic Center section of Lower Manhattan, New York City. It is the oldest and largest known excavated burial ground in North America for both free and enslaved Africans. It protects the historic role slavery played in building New York and its main building is the Ted Weiss Federal Building at 290 Broadway. This program is being offered in partnership with the Town of Pelham Public Library, Dobbs Ferry Public Library, and Scarsdale Public Library.  Register through the Pelham Public Library at  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqfuGgqz4qG90cv7oIsw2_-rs-aW-83n5j


Live Performance

When Fairy Tales Falter: The Devious Duckling & Other Untold Adventures

Saturday, June 11 at 3:30 pm and 7 pm On Site in the Ma Riis Park

These four original short plays, in one show, will give you a new exciting look at the stories you remember! Written by Tara Meddaugh, and directed by Nate Flower. Featuring Jess Caputo, Missy Flower, Buchanan Highhouse, Mohammad Saleem, and Susan Ward. Costume design by Georgia Evans. Bring your own lawn chair! Each performance is followed by an Ice Cream Social with the actors. This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor’s office and the New York State Legislature and administered by ArtsWestchester. Registration is recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.  The 3:30 pm Show: https://www.harrisonpl.org/events/9004024 and 7 pm Show: https://www.harrisonpl.org/events/9132345


Juneteenth Narratives with 

Writer Chanel Murray

Wednesday, June 15 at 6:30 pm Online

In honor of Juneteenth, this presentation will explore the holiday and different narratives with Chanel Murray. Chanel Murray, M.Ed, is an educator, literacy specialist, writer, and advocate for racial equity. She is the author of All Black Errythang Poems and All Black Errythang a Discussion and Action Guide. She is the co-founder and director of Black Gems-an empowering program that provides children and adults of the African diaspora with an opportunity to learn Black history from an African centered lens. Whether it’s STEM, the arts, or education, the core of her work centers around addressing systemic barriers and creating accessible opportunities for the Black community. This program is offered in partnership with the Ossining, Scarsdale and Warner (Tarrytown) Public Libraries. Registration is required through the Ossining Public Library at https://ossininglibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar.


Meet the Author of The Epic Mentor Guide ~

Illana Raia

Wednesday, June 15 at 7 pm On Site

Join for a conversation with author and entrepreneur Illan Raia as she discusses her book, The Epic Mentor Guide. Imagine if you found the perfect mentor before you actually started work? Now imagine you could ask her anything. The Epic Mentor Guide matches questions from girls eyeing and entering the workforce with answers from 180 boss women already there. Wondering what it’s like to be the first female coach or general manager of any men’s professional sports team? Ask Nancy Lieberman or Kim Ng. Want to know what Veronica Beard thinks you should wear to work, why Tyra Banks over-prepares for every meeting, how Haben Girma graduated Harvard Law School deaf and blind, or what Bobbi Brown wants you to do when you hear the word no at work? Register at https://www.harrisonpl.org/events/9004145


Telling Our Stories with 

Fashion Designer Tania Homenko

Friday, June 17 at 4 pm 

On Site in the Community Room

Westchester resident and Fashion Designer Tonia Homenko shares her story. She will discuss the inspiration for her fashion designs, which are based on Ukrainian textiles and motifs. Beginning her studies at the Kyiv Technological Institute of Light Industry, Tania Homenko continued her education in New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). This opportunity was made possible with the support of her Ukrainian-American friends and led to a successful career in the fashion industry. Today, she is an adjunct professor at FIT, a designer in the Garment Center, and the owner of a recently established clothing brand – Sew Fashion School. This fall, a collection inspired by traditional Ukrainian costume will be released. Long time Pelham resident, Tania is excited to have an opportunity to share her love and knowledge of Vyshyvanky – the traditional Ukrainian embroidered shirts.  Register at https://www.harrisonpl.org/events/9078539


Live Performance

The New York Metropolitan Flute Trio

Saturday, June 18 at 2 pm  

On Site in the Community Room

Join for an afternoon of music with The New York Metropolitan Flute Trio. They will be performing a varied repertoire live in our Community Room. Enjoy a beautiful performance filled with charm, vitality, and harmony. The trio is comprised of talented musicians Amy Z. Cohen, April Klavins, and Paul-Lucien Kulka. Registration is required at https://www.harrisonpl.org/events/9004189


Meet the Authors: 

Sydney Mueller & Marisa Urgo

Wednesday, June 20 at 7 pm ~ 

On Site in the Community Room

Sydney Mueller and Marisa Urgo are both natives of Harrison and will be discussing their newly published books. Learn more about their backgrounds and the inspiration for their novels. Sydney is an independent author who recently published her debut novel, City of Infernus with New Degree Press publishing company. She has lived in Harrison her entire life – from going through the school system to now living back at home, this town and its people have had a tremendous impact on her. City of Infernus is a YA fantasy novel that is the first in the Infernus trilogy. Marisa Urgo writes young adult novels that mix humor and heart. She is a New Yorker living in Boston. By day, Marisa works in higher education. By night, she is supposed to be writing but is mainly picking her cat up off the keyboard. The Gravity of Missing Things is her debut novel. You can follow her on Instagram for book updates at @marisaurgowrites. Register at https://www.harrisonpl.org/events/9004224


Uncovering the Roots of Our Rancor: 

The Science Behind the Political 

Divide with Dr. Mark Horowitz

Thursday, June 23 at 7 pm 

On Site in the Community Room

We live in polarized times. As red and blue states continue to fracture, political discourse remains often hostile, and indicators of social trust are at record lows. In this troubling context, sober analysis of the left/right divide is needed more than ever. In a wide-ranging discussion, Dr. Mark Horowitz will demonstrate that the left/right divide runs much deeper than political philosophy. Indeed, liberals and conservatives differ not just in politics but in personality; not just in beliefs but in cognitive styles, characteristic emotions, and even food and leisure pursuits. Dr. Horowitz will discuss why we see the world so differently and what this could mean for our ability to achieve progress in our fractured country and around the world.


Dr. Horowitz is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. He teaches and carries out research in the areas of Social Theory, Social Psychology, and Political Economy. He comes out of a background of social justice activism with a longstanding commitment to working-class unity and a revitalized labor movement. He is troubled by identity politics on the left and right and hopes his work might contribute to fostering critical thinking and “turning down the temperature” in the political arena. Register at https://www.harrisonpl.org/events/9210067


Live M&M Productions ~ The Divas

Saturday, June 25 at 2 pm 

On Site in the Community Room

The Harrison Library welcomes back M&M Productions! THE DIVAS by Jack Neary is a funny and quirky show about the dysfunctional relationship of two veteran actresses for whom the show must go on even if it’s over the dead body of the other.  M&M is the resident theater company of Lyndhurst Mansion, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Lyndhurst is a Gothic Revival masterpiece on the banks of the Hudson River in Tarrytown. M&M performs with Red Monkey Theater Group there and at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in Pelham Bay Park as well as the continuing Library Theater Series.    Register to reserve your seat at https://www.harrisonpl.org/events/9004297


Health & Wellness: 

Plant-Powered Vibrant Health, 

Monday, June 27 at 7 pm Online

Join for a Health & Wellness presentation on the power of plant-powered nutrition, presented by Plant Powered Metro NY. If you’ve ever struggled with chronic illness — or supported someone else who has — join the Plant Powered Metro New York for this empowering introduction to evidence-based nutrition, to fuel our best health. You will learn how a diet comprised of whole plant foods can clear arteries, improve gut health, put diabetes into remission, and prevent cognitive decline, among many other feats! Learn the basics of nutrition science with Sapana Shah, MD, MPH, and get inspired by a simple meal demo with Danielle Medina, PPMNY organizer and Food for Life instructor. Take away tips, tools, and resources to take charge of your health now, in the comfort of your own home and kitchen. 


Sapana Shah, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Internist at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue’s Plant-Based Lifestyle Medicine Program.


Danielle Medina, AFAA, ACE, RYT, is a Plant Powered Metro New York organizer in Brooklyn, a certified Food for Life instructor through the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and a certified fitness and yoga instructor.


This program is being offered in collaboration with the Town of Pelham and Tuckahoe Public Libraries. Register at https://www.harrisonpl.org/events/9066284


For any questions, call the Library, 2 Bruce Avenue, Harrison, at (914)-835-0324