Exciting Programs at The Harrison Public Library

The Harrison Public Library has exciting programs and activities for all ages at both the Halperin Building and West Harrison Branch in July.


Nikki Erlick (photo) is a writer and editor whose work has appeared online with New York Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Newsweek, Cosmopolitan, Indagare Travel, The Huffington Post, and Vox. She has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard in Comparative Literature and a master’s degree from Columbia University in Global Thought. The Measure is her debut novel.


The Library will  host a book launch for The Measure with Nikki Erlick. Join at Purdy on Curry (7 Purdy St)  on Wednesday, 7/13 from 7 – 8:30 PM to celebrate the novel and hear the author discuss the inspiration for the book and her writing process.


The Library  will also host a Book Trivia Night with Nikki Erlick on Wednesday, 8/17 from 7 – 8:30 PM. Wrap up Summer Reading with an evening of trivia questions celebrating the theme, “Oceans of Possibilities.”  


Author Diana Abu-Jaber will be discussing her latest novel, Fencing with the King on July 6 at 7pm, online. Copies of the book are available in print, eBook and eAudiobook through the library. Borrow an eCopy on Libby with your WLS library card.  All book club members are welcome to join and to ask Diana Abu-Jaber about the inspiration for her novel. Teens are welcome to join!


Instructor Ellen Brown will be showing how to make hand sewn dolls by using a Yeti pattern inspired by a digital pattern she purchased from a Ukrainian Maker. Watch the On-Demand Video in the library and using prepared sewing kits to create the dolls. Teens are welcome to join this DIY Craft: Ukrainian Yeti Dolls in Support of the Ukraine on Friday, July 15, 3:30 – 5 PM, Halperin Building.


Alexander Humboldt Lecture with Toni McKeen will be held on Monday, July 25, 7 – 8:30 PM Online. Hear about Alexander von Humboldt and how he changed the world. Humboldt spent five years traveling across South America, Mexico, and Cuba between 1799 and 1804. Along the way Humboldt did more than gather plant specimens and artifacts. He witnessed the Transit of Mercury and discovered the location of the magnetic equator. Teens are welcome to join!


There will be a special evening with psychic, Francine Tesler on August 1 at 7pm in the Halpern Building as a Psychic Medium Medical Intuitive Guide, Francine may tune into you and those around you to provide clarity, insight & direction.


At the Halperin Building, Kids 0-5 can pick up a sticker sheet and earn a sticker for every book they read!


Kids 6-12 will receive a reading log and bracelet. For every 5 books in their reading log, they’ll receive 1 brag tag for their bracelet. Earn 5 brag tags to receive a special prize!


Every Tuesday and Thursday from July 12 to August 18, Stephen Soltish from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester will lead 4H science programs for kids ages 6-11. Each date will feature a different topic, so register for each session separately.


Lastly, the Library wishes the Battle of the Books teams, the Harrison Nerds and Harrison Smarties, good luck on their competitions in July and August! Battle of the Books, or BOB, is a county-wide competition where each team battles other libraries virtually over the summer in their knowledge of the same five books. The Harrison Library has two teams, kids (entering grades 4-7) and teens (entering grades 6-12). 


Kids 0-5 can get a sticker sheet and 6-12 can get a reading log, just as they can at the Halperin Building. At the West Harrison Branch, they can also look forward to theme weeks and Guessing Jar Contests all throughout July.