Bronxville Mayor Tries to Write the Book on New Larchmont Library Director

Who knew libraries were such a hotbed of intrigue? The Larchmont Public Library recently welcomed Laura Eckley as Director, a friendly and energetic NYU grad, with a Masters in Library Science from Long Island University, who answers her own phone.  She was most recently Director at the Bronxville Library, a position she held for nine years. Sadly, that exit is tainted with bad feelings on both sides. In October, the Bronxville Village Board voted to give Ms. Eckley a raise of about $24,000 (including benefits,) while expressing what a good job she had done. At the next board meeting in November, they voted to take back the raise, citing bad information about available money in the budget, and replaced it with a raise of about $10,900 including benefits.

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Spotlight on Art: Larchmont’s Wendy Popp

The exhibit “Drawing Until Dawn: Conjuring Images for Social Change,” featuring more than 40 illustrations by Larchmont artist K. Wendy Popp, is on display now through April 30 at the Larchmont Library’s Oresman Gallery. The exhibit is free and open to everyone during normal library hours. Original works depicting local residents are incorporated into the exhibition which touch on the topic of “Art and Advocacy.” Themes of moral conflict, resistance and spiritual resilience and how illustrative art can elicit tangible change are explored. In the exhibit, Popp explores the way art -related activities can engage individuals, spurring adults and children to take an active role in promoting social change, particularly in struggling communities.

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Exploring Creativity: Art from the LMCE

The work ranges from a delicate collage of Mamaroneck Harbor to a raw-silk clutch handbag, from a watercolor of a nectar flame tree to large lush oil painting of deep pinks and blacks. In all, more than 40 students and teachers from the Larchmont Mamaroneck Center for Continuing Education are exhibiting their work in a group show at the Oresman Gallery at the Larchmont Library during the month of February. The show is called Exploring Creativity: Art from the Students and Faculty of the Larchmont Mamaroneck Center for Continuing Education and it is the first large exhibit the center has put on in more than a decade. It draws from the 10-15 classes in watercolor, oil painting and life drawing and photography that the center offers each semester. The companion Objects of Beauty exhibit in two display cases at library highlights the work done in ceramics, jewelry and textile arts classes.

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