Westchester Library System
Libraries help you to identify and learn how to use tools that help to get a job, an education, and enrich your life. They offer classes and one-to-one assistance in accessing databases and devices. All library programs and resources are free, so think of them when you want to bring your children to storytelling and crafts programs, to borrow or watch a movie, to use a computer, join a discussion group, or simply want to sit quietly and read a book or magazine.
There are 38 libraries in Westchester County. Each library is independent, but they work cooperatively through the Westchester Library System, so you can borrow books and uses resources at any of our locations. (Here’s a list of all 38 libraries, their addresses, and phone numbers.) You’ll need a library card to borrow materials or reserve a computer. If you don’t have a library card, ask your probation officer about the WLS Welcome Card.
Programs of special interest for re-entry include:
Help getting your high school equivalency diploma
The exam you need to pass is called the Test of Adult Skills Completion (TASC). You can get free help to understand and prepare for the exam with our TASC Connect! program. Call, email, or walk-in to one of eleven tutoring sessions available at six public libraries.
Health insurance and benefits for seniors – get your questions answered
Senior Benefits Information Centers (SBICs) help those 65 and over understand Medicare health insurance options and related senior benefits. You can call, email or walk-in to one of our ten library locations. Check the days and times before your come!
Computer training classes
Libraries are a place to access free public computers. Many offer classes to orient those new to computers or for those who want to improve their skills. In addition to classes there are several online resources that you can access at a home computer or one in the library. The larger libraries, such as those in Greenburgh, New Rochelle, White Plains, and Yonkers, regularly offer computer classes at a variety of levels. Call or check their online calendars for more information. You can also try these free resources listed on the Westchester Library System’s First Find website.
Career and jobs counseling
Libraries offer a variety of workshops and counseling services related to identifying career possibilities, searching for a job, and preparing for success. A schedule of programs and locations offered by the library system’s Career & Educational Counseling Service is here. You can call directly at 914.674.3612.
Books, classes, databases, streaming movies, music and more – find out what’s available at our website.
Locations throughout Westchester County; see http://www.westchesterlibraries.org/about-wls/member-libraries/.