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Five Things You Need to Know Today: Free Audio Books, a Teen Writers Conference and Barney Celebrates His Birthday

Today, download some spring break reading from the Scarsdale Public Library, help Barney celebrate his birthday and register your talented teen writer for a local conference designed to enhance his or her abilities.

  1. For several years, the annual Scarsdale Young Writer’s Conference has inspired Heathcote’s budding Blooms and Edgewood’s aspiring Austers to pick up a pen and scribble their souls onto a piece of paper.  Now, adolescents will receive the same opportunity through the Scarsdale Library’s Teen Writers Conference. On Friday, May 13, esteemed young adult authors including Todd Strasser, Alice Coleman and will teach a series of workshops from 3-5 p.m. to help teens develop their creative writing and journalism abilities. Today is the last day to register for the conference, Information (including registration forms) regarding the event can be found at http://www.scarsdalelibrary.org/about/tab.html .

2. Need a pop of color to brighten your otherwise gray Wednesday afternoon? Well, look no further than a town or two over—local artist J is still running at the Manor Club in Pelham. Stop by from 3-5 to view Krutick's works, which include dreamy, surreal washes of color and bold, expressionist hues. The Manor Club is located on 1023 Esplanade, Pelham. For more information on Krutick’s paintings, visit her website or call (914) 522-0420.

3. It’s Barney’s birthday! Who knows how old he is, and honestly, who cares? All that matter is that everyone’s favorite purple personality is performing a live concert at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.  Featuring a mix of new musical hits and old favorites, Barney’s interactive stage show will take place at 10:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets range from $21.50 to $101.50. For more information, call 914-995-4050 or visit barneylivetour.com.

4. The Scarsdale Library drafted its 20/20 Plan with the goal to become a future-focused local resource center - and now that the Library is offering free downloadable eBooks and Audio books for cardholders, it can boast that it is truly on the vanguard of technology. To download the materials, go to the Library's website and click on the OverDrive Advantage link. Login and follow instructions to download required software or apps and select your titles. For more information, please call the Scarsdale Public Library Reference Desk at (914) 722-1300

5. Although Village meetings are suspended until next week due to Passover, Easter and Spring Break activities, Westchester County hasn’t slowed down its bureaucratic pace one bit. Today, the meets tonight at 5 p.m.; the county meets tomorrow at 3:45 p.m.; the county meets at 6 p.m. tomorrow; the Westchester County meets Thursday at 9 a.m.; and the meets Thursday at 4 p.m.

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