Past Programs
A Touch of Sinatra
Music Performance
Sunday, September 21st , at 4 pm
A Touch of Sinatra: The Life and Music of Frank Sinatra, with Sinatra singer Donnie Farraro and narrated by Joe Gilligan.
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
Author Reading and Discussion
Saturday, May 3rd, at 4 pm
A reading by New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert from The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, a major new book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes.
2nd Annual Larchmont Spelling Bee
for Adults and Teens!
Sunday, April 6th, at 4:00 pm
Social Hall, Larchmont Temple, 25 Larchmont Avenue

We created a huge buzz with last year’s Bee and there’s sure to be swarms of excitement this year! So start building your teams, fill in your Enrollment Form, then dust off your dictionaries! Download all the rules, fees and forms.

It’s going to be a fun and exciting event; so Bee there!

Sign Up Form Rules
2nd Annual BrickFest!
Event
March 29th and 30th and April 5th and 6th
This visually interactive 300-sq.-ft display, filled with whimsical scenes bursting with puns hidden surprises, is sure to entertain kids (and adults) of all ages.

Tickets are on sale now at http://larchmontbrickfest.org. Click the button to visit the ticketing site.

Ticket Site
The Watanabe Concert.
Concert
Sunday, February 9th at 4 pm
Larchmont will come alive with the sound of music on Sunday, February 9th, when distinguished violinist Kensho Watanabe returns as a guest of the Friends. The concert will begin at 4:00 pm in the Social Hall at Larchmont Temple on 75 Larchmont Ave., corner of Willow. The Watanabe brothers have been playing to a packed house for the past decade in Larchmont, so come early to grab a seat and some refreshments!
The Westchester Review 2014
Author Readings
Sunday, January 26th at 4pm
Readings by local authors from the new edition of The Westchester Review, which features poetry and prose by emerging and established writers who live or work in Westchester.
Gasland Part II
Film and Discusson
December 8th
At 2 pm (please note the time change) the Friends of the Library and the Village of Larchmont Committee on the Environment will join forces to screen Gasland Part II, the must-see sequel to Josh Fox’s Oscar-nominated first documentary on fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural oil and gas. At 4 pm, following the screening, environmental educator Paul Gallay, president of Riverkeeper, will lead a discussion on this pressing topic.
Marty Appel
Author
November 10th
Join us for a lively conversation with sports publicist and former football and baseball television producer Marty Appel. Author of 16 books, including Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from before the Babe to after the Boss, Appel has the inside playbook on everyone from, well, the Babe to the Boss--and more. Come hear the story behind the story from one of baseball’s great chroniclers.
Karen Greenberg
Author
October 27th
Has government snooping gone too far? In the opinion of President Obama, “You can’t have 100 percent security and also then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience. We’re going to have to make some choices as a society.” To help us think through this critical debate is Karen Greenberg, Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School and a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First 100 Days, which was selected as one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post and Slate.com.
Clive Young
Author
October 13th
Film critic and historian Clive Young presents Yikes! The History of Movie Stunts, tracing the action-packed evolution of jaw-dropping stunt work in movies. From car chases, explosions and leaping off bridges, to sword fights, motorboat jumps and hanging from helicopters. This is a fun, visual program that mixes some of the most exciting moments in cinema history with an educational primer on movie stunts.
Donald Margulies
Playright
September 29th
From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies, Time Stands Still--presented by M&M Productions and directed by Larry Schneider. Just back from Iraq and settled in their Brooklyn loft, a photojournalist and a reporter struggle to navigate the minefield of their relationship. Time Stands Still is essentially a love story about the ethical choices and compromises we all make in life. And it is signature Margulies in its portrayal of smart, complicated characters. Contains adult themes and language.
Carol Loomis
Author Reading and Discussion
June 2nd
Carol Loomis has done us all a big favor in pulling together this collection and writing quite thoughtful introductions to the major pieces. Examining the arc of Warren’s business life in his own words and those of other gifted observers (preeminently, Carol Loomis, herself) is an extremely worthwhile use of time - to get into the mind of this remarkable business leader and philanthropist. I hope many people, even those who think they know Warren well, will read it cover to cover. I know I will. --Bill Gates

4 pm at Larchmont Temple Garden Room (75 Larchmont Ave.)
Dava Sobel
Author Reading and Discussion
May 19th
In her elegant, compelling style, Dava Sobel chronicles, as nobody has, the conflicting personalities and extraordinary discoveries that shaped the Copernican Revolution. As she achieved with her bestsellers Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, Sobel expands the bounds of narration, giving us an unforgettable portrait of scientific achievement and of the ever-present tensions between science and faith. --Book Browse

4 pm at Larchmont Village Center (behind the library)
The Westchester Review
Readings
May 5th
The Westchester Review: readings by local authors from the new edition of the journal, a collection of poetry and prose by established and emerging writers who live or work n Westchester County
Performance and book signing
April 28th
A performance and book signing: University of Albany associate prof. Bob Gluck, author of "You'll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band," will perform with his quartet and sign the book.

The quartet is Bob Gluck (piano and electronics), Eddie Allen (trumpet), Christopher Dean Sullivan (bass), and Tani Tabbal (drums).

For more details on the band see http://www.electricsongs.com/mwandishimusic/.
Katrina Kenison
Author Reading and Discussion
April 21st
Author Katrina Kenison will read from her new book:
Magical Journey – An Apprenticeship in Contentment, described by People magazine as "a memoir we can't put down." Kenison is the former editor of The Best American Short Stories.
Coffee and Conversation
Poetry
April 8th
Celebrate National Poetry Month with us by joining in this four-week series of programs celebrating poetry and poets. Each program will feature a Westchester County Poet.
Spelling Bee
Event
April 7th
Our first annual Larchmont Spelling Bee, Sunday, April 7th, 3:30pm to 6pm at the Social Hall at Larchmont Temple, corner of Willow and Larchmont Avenues.
Sara Mansfield Taber
Author Reading and Discussion
March 10th
A reading by Sara Mansfield Taber, author of "Born Under an Assumed Name," about growing up as the daughter of a covert spy. Village Center at 4 pm
Lego Fest
Event
February 8, 9, 10 and 16
Come explore a world created out of Legos®! Built by professional LEGO® artists, this visually interactive 300 square foot display is sure to entertain kids of all ages! The display is filled with whimsical scenes bursting with puns and hidden surprises!
Kensho Watanabe
Performance
February 10
Our annual concert by Kensho Watanabe at the Garden Room of Larchmont Temple, corner of Willow and Larchmont Ave.
Round and Round Together
Author Reading and Discussion
January 27 at 4 pm
Local author Amy Nathan will do a slide presentation on her book "Round & Round," the story of the fight to integrate a Baltimore amusement park in the 1960s. The historic carousel is now on the National Mall in D.C. A timely program for the 50th anniversary of "I Have a Dream" speech.
Love, Loss and What I Wore
Play
December 9 at 4 pm
M&M Productions presents Love, Loss and What I Wore, a hugely entertaining play by the late Nora Ephron and her sister, Delia. In a series of highly personalized essays, the actors focus on the nostalgic power of certain articles of clothing. Witty, smart, and honest, the musings tell stories of loved ones through the prism of their closets, showcasing the Ephron sisters at their best.
Antifragile: Things that Gain From Disorder
Author Reading and Discussion
December 2 at 4 pm
Nassim Taleb, bestselling author of The Black Swan, will read from his new book Antifragile: Things that Gain From Disorder -- a blueprint for how to thrive in a world we don't understand and can't possibly predict. Erudite and witty, Larchmont's local philosopher stands uncertainty on its head. Why is the city-state better than the nation-state, why is debt bad for you, and why is what's both modern and complicated bound to fail? The book touches on everything from health, biology, and medicine to life decisions, war, and personal finance. His muses range from the street wisdom of Fat Tony of Brooklyn to the great Roman, Greek, Semitic, and medieval thinkers. Says Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman of Antifragile: "It changed my view of how the world works."
When We Were Free to Be
Author Reading and Discussion
November 18 at 4 pm
Please join us for a presentation and reading by cultural historian Lori Rotskoff, co-editor of "When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference it Made," a collection of 32 essays on the creation and legacy of this groundbreaking book, album, and television special from 1972 that inspired girls and boys to challenge stereotypes, value cooperation, and respect diversity. Among the activists and scholars represented in the book are Alan Alda, Gloria Steinem, and Marlo Thomas.
LIES, DAMN LIES, AND STATISTICS
Author Reading and Discussion
October 28 at 4 pm
Andrew Gelman, professor of political science and statistics at Columbia University and contributor to the New York Times "FiveThirtyEight" political blog, and David Park, co-author with Gelman of Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Why Americans Vote the Way They Do, will preview what we're likely to see in November. Bring your questions!
Scarecrow Festival
All Ages Event
October 20th through the 24th
Come join the fun! Get into the fall spirit and create a scarecrow! All you need is the clothing and your imagination All scarecrows will be displayed on the Larchmont Public Library's lawn the weekend of the Ragamuffin Parade.
One Last Thing Before I Go
Author Reading and Discussion
Oct 14th at 4 pm
Local author Jonathan Tropper will read from his new book, One Last Thing Before I Go. An astute chronicler of midlife masculine angst, Tropper's latest is about a washed-up rock star turned wedding entertainer. His ex-wife is getting remarried, his teenage daughter announces she's pregnant, and he refuses to undergo a life-saving operation. So what's there to laugh-or-cry- about? Plenty! Vintage Tropper.
Drinking Diaries
Author Reading and Discussion
September 30th at 4 pm
Please join us as Leah Epstein and Caren Gerszberg, editors of Drinking Diaries: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up, read a variety of excerpts from their book, which provides enlightening insights into the role of alcohol in the lives of women. The book features many prominent women, including: Jacquelyn Mitchard Daphne Merkin Kathryn Harrison and Ann Hood
Dan Gets a Minivan
Author Reading and Discussion
June 3rd at 4 pm
Dan Zevin, master of "Seinfeld-ian nothingness" (Time) will read from his new book, a coming-of-middle-age tale about a man's inevitable transition into mid-life and fatherhood.
Better by Mistake
Author Reading and Discussion
May 6th at 4 pm
Alina Tugend reads from her new book "Better by Mistake" Tugend examines the delicate tension between what we're told - that we must make mistakes in order to learn - and the reality that most of us dread and avoid mistakes. Drawing on fascinating in-depth research and behavioral studies, Alina's book includes what the medical and aviation fields have taught us about the best ways to respond to errors, how and why men and women react differently to mistakes and how other cultures approach the concept of mistakes. Alina shows us that mistakes are everywhere and when we admit to them, identify them correctly and learn from them, we can improve not only ourselves, but our families, our work and the world around us.
The Surgeon and the Saint
Movie
April 1st at 4 pm
The Surgeon and the Saint, the story of Larchmont's Lou Del Guercio, -- "a cigar-smoking, Maserati-driving, 71-year-old surgeon" The Surgeon and the Saint is about a 70-year-old surgeon from New York named Dr. Louis R. M. Del Guercio, who despite never having hiked with a pack on his back, decides to walk 500 miles across Spain on the ancient Christian pilgrimage, El Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James).
The Science of Yoga: The Myths and Rewards
Author Reading and Discussion
March 25th at 4pm
In this remarkable Book about Yoga, William Broad, a lifelong practitioner, shows us that uncommon states are integral to a hidden world of risk and reward that lies beneath clouds of myth, superstition, and hype. Five years in the making, The Science of Yoga draws on more than a century of painstaking research to present the first impartial evaluation of a practice thousands of years old. It celebrates what's real and shows what's illusory, describes what's uplifting and beneficial and what's flaky and dangerous - and why. Broad illuminates how yoga can lift moods and inspire creativity. He exposes moves that can cripple and kill. As science often does, this groundbreaking book also reveals mysteries.
Gasland
Movie
March 11th at 2pm
A Film by Josh Fox. The program includes a post-film conversation with Paul Gallay, President, Riverkeeper.
Fresh
Movie
March 4th at 2pm
Fresh, a documentary by Ana Joanes about sustainable farming featuring Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma
Fathermothergod
Author Reading and Discussion
February 12th, 4pm
A courageous and finely crafted portrait of a woman struggling with family and faith.
Almost, Maine
Play
Sunday Febrary 26th, 4pm
M&M Productions presents John Cariani's Almost, Maine, a whimsical crowd pleaser about falling in and out of love in this remote, mythical town.
Violin Recital
Music Recital
Sunday, January 22nd, 4pm
Kensho and Kisho Watanabe violin recital. The program includes Brahms Sonata No.3 in D minor, Schumann's Fantasiestucke, and selections from Kreisler and Sarasate. Nelson Padgett, Piano
Occupy Wall Street
Discussion
January 15th, 4pm
Occupy Wall St. organizer and activist Ben Case discusses the past, present, and future concerns of the 99% and his experiences in Zuccotti Park.