Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Mommy & Me

This mother-daughter book group is breaking new ground. Katonah mother/daughter book group that meets on the second Sunday of every month as six moms and their young daughters talk about a book for over an hour, in depth and detail.



Most female book discussion groups follow a similar design. Everyone convenes at someone’s sumptuous home for gossip and wine, the book discussed for at best 15 minutes before its time for a meal or snacks. Not so with a Katonah mother/daughter book group that meets on the second Sunday of every month as six moms and their young daughters talk about a book for over an hour, in depth and detail.

This past November the group read Jerry Spinelli’s Crash, a coming-of-age YA novel about a cocky, bullying young boy named John “Crash” Coogan who undergoes a powerful transition transforming him into a sensitive young man. At Celeste Potash’s home in mid December, amid cups of apple cider and coffee, as James Taylor softly crooned in the background, the youngest members of the group, most of them in fourth grade, offered a sophisticated and thoughtful dissection of the novel’s storyline, its characters, the book’s affect on them, and even the writing itself, under their mothers’ watchful eyes.

The Katonah mother/daughter book group has been meeting for a little over a year. The moms are award-winning children’s book author Judy Blundell, jewelry designer Celeste Potash, pediatrician Cynthia Braun, writer Laura Beth Gilman, psychotherapist Jackie Reilly, and poet Moira Thielking. Their daughters Cleo Watson, Annika Braun, Ruby Potash, Mikaela Marcotullio, Esther Thielking, and Sadie Gilman are all fourth graders at Katonah Elementary School. Acadia Thielking is at the John Jay Middle School in sixth grade.

After everyone had a mini bagel or a bite of cinnamon bread, Cynthia Braun got the discussion going, but after that, it really was the girls’ show. “I thought this was going to be the usual nerd-bully book, but there was a lot more to it,” Mikaela Marcotullio observed. “The family didn’t spend any meal time together, the kids ordered a lot of pizza,” Esther Thielking said. “I think it would have been good if Crash could have meditated,” Sadie Gilman suggested. Passages were read aloud to prove a point. At the end of the discussion, everyone voted thumbs up or thumbs down whether they liked the book or not.

While the girls let off steam afterward, running through the house, the moms talked about how the book group has strengthened their mother/daughter bond. “Any venue where you get to spend this kind of quality time with your child is incredibly good,” Jackie Reilly said. Braun is the group’s organizer, reserving the books at the library, getting the calendar together, and sending out the emails. Books selected to read are a collaborative effort undertaken by the next meeting’s hosting daughter and her mom. “We try to find books that none of the girls have yet read,” Judy Blundell said. “Which is hard because they all read a lot.” Some of the books the group has read and enjoyed include Dealing With Dragons, The Higher Power of Lucky, and Where the Lilies Bloom. Little Women, it turned out, was not a great success.

Jackie Reilly said one of the things she loves about the group is that it creates a time she can spend talking with her daughter where there is “no direction, no correction.” There was a sweetness of physical bonding as several of the girls sat close to each other, toying with each other’s hair, while others cuddled with their mothers, two bodies sharing one seat. Looking on from my fly on the wall vantage hidden behind a column in the Potash’s artful living room, the experience reminded me of when I read books to my young child before he went to bed; this is the extended version, and shared with good friends, no less.

Add your comment:

Connect With Us

      

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

The Wedding Trees

History comes full-circle

Cheese Please

Cheese shop with classes

Bedford Says Yes!

Bedford is buzzing with the promise of a new Playhouse

Modern Love

Mid-century living in Pound Ridge

Hour Teen

Profiles

Your Guides to Leading Local Professionals

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

April 2015

A Home for Art: Edward Larrabee Barnes and the KMA presents an overview of Barnes’ career and role in modern architecture, including a close look at the many Westchester homes he...

Cost: Admission: $10 general, $5 for seniors and students; members and children free

Where:
Katonah Museum of Art
134 Jay Street - Route 22
Katonah, NY  10536
View map »


Sponsor: Katonah Museum of Art
Telephone: 914-232-9555
Website »

More information

The annual Bedford Spring Antiques Show, now in its 30th year features a mix of antiques presented by well-established dealers from across the east coast. The show will take place at The Harvey...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
The Harvey School
260 Jay Street
Katonah , NY  10536
View map »


Sponsor: St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
Telephone: (914) 234-9636
Website »

More information

Yellow Orb/Homage to Van Gogh, created by sculptor John Ruppert specifically for the Katonah Museum of Art campus, will be on view on the front lawn of the KMA through May of 2015. ...

Cost: $10; seniors and students $5. Members & Children (Under the Age of 12) Free

Where:
Katonah Museum of Art
134 Jay Street - Route 22
Katonah, NY  10536
View map »


Sponsor: Katonah Museum of Art
Telephone: 914-232-9555
Website »

More information

The 14th season of the Bedford Chamber Concert series features wonderful musicians playing spectacular chamber music, under the leadership of St. Matthew's Church Musical Director Anthony...

Cost: $35 for concert; $180 for series of 6

Where:
St. Matthew's Church Fellowship Hall
382 Cantitoe Street
Bedford, NY  10506
View map »


Sponsor: St. Matthew's Church
Telephone: 914-234-9636
Contact Name: Tony Newman
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

A story time for children of all ages, from newborns to school age children, with a parent or guardian.

Cost: free

Where:
Mt. Kisco Public Library
100 East Main Street
Mt. Kisco, NY  10549
View map »


Telephone: (914) 666-8041
Website »

More information

The 14th season of the Bedford Chamber Concert series features wonderful musicians playing spectacular chamber music, under the leadership of St. Matthew's Church Musical Director Anthony...

Cost: $35 for concert; $180 for series of 6

Where:
St. Matthew's Church Fellowship Hall
382 Cantitoe Street
Bedford, NY  10506
View map »


Sponsor: St. Matthew's Church
Telephone: 914-234-9636
Contact Name: Tony Newman
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

A Home for Art: Edward Larrabee Barnes and the KMA presents an overview of Barnes’ career and role in modern architecture, including a close look at the many Westchester homes he...

Cost: Admission: $10 general, $5 for seniors and students; members and children free

Where:
Katonah Museum of Art
134 Jay Street - Route 22
Katonah, NY  10536
View map »


Sponsor: Katonah Museum of Art
Telephone: 914-232-9555
Website »

More information

Select a page from a book, magazine or  newspaper then black out all the words you don't want to use with your black marker. Or you can create a poem by enclosing a word or phrase or...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mt. Kisco Public Library
100 East Main Street
Mt. Kisco, NY  10549
View map »


Telephone: 914.666.8041
Website »

More information

Hosted by the Women’s Leadership Institute at The Manhattanville School of Business and moderated by News 12 Westchester’s Janine Rose, a panel of powerful female leaders from...

Cost: $40 per person

Where:
Reid Castle Manhattanville College
2900 Purchase St.
Purchase, NY  10577
View map »


Telephone: 914.323.5150
Website »

More information

The 14th season of the Bedford Chamber Concert series features wonderful musicians playing spectacular chamber music, under the leadership of St. Matthew's Church Musical Director Anthony...

Cost: $35 for concert; $180 for series of 6

Where:
St. Matthew's Church Fellowship Hall
382 Cantitoe Street
Bedford, NY  10506
View map »


Sponsor: St. Matthew's Church
Telephone: 914-234-9636
Contact Name: Tony Newman
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

A Home for Art: Edward Larrabee Barnes and the KMA presents an overview of Barnes’ career and role in modern architecture, including a close look at the many Westchester homes he...

Cost: Admission: $10 general, $5 for seniors and students; members and children free

Where:
Katonah Museum of Art
134 Jay Street - Route 22
Katonah, NY  10536
View map »


Sponsor: Katonah Museum of Art
Telephone: 914-232-9555
Website »

More information

Stories, rhymes, and songs for children ages 18 months through 5 years with a caregiver

Cost: Free

Where:
Mt. Kisco Public Library
100 East Main Street
Mt. Kisco, NY  10549
View map »


Website »

More information

Select a page from a book, magazine or  newspaper then black out all the words you don't want to use with your black marker. Or you can create a poem by enclosing a word or phrase or...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mt. Kisco Public Library
100 East Main Street
Mt. Kisco, NY  10549
View map »


Telephone: 914.666.8041
Website »

More information

Learn to knit at the library! If you already know how to knit (or crochet) bring your current project and enjoy a visit with other knitters and crocheters. For beginners: Please bring a pair of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mt. Kisco Public Library
100 East Main Street
Mt. Kisco, NY  10549
View map »


Telephone: 914.666.8041
Website »

More information

The 14th season of the Bedford Chamber Concert series features wonderful musicians playing spectacular chamber music, under the leadership of St. Matthew's Church Musical Director Anthony...

Cost: $35 for concert; $180 for series of 6

Where:
St. Matthew's Church Fellowship Hall
382 Cantitoe Street
Bedford, NY  10506
View map »


Sponsor: St. Matthew's Church
Telephone: 914-234-9636
Contact Name: Tony Newman
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

A Home for Art: Edward Larrabee Barnes and the KMA presents an overview of Barnes’ career and role in modern architecture, including a close look at the many Westchester homes he...

Cost: Admission: $10 general, $5 for seniors and students; members and children free

Where:
Katonah Museum of Art
134 Jay Street - Route 22
Katonah, NY  10536
View map »


Sponsor: Katonah Museum of Art
Telephone: 914-232-9555
Website »

More information

In Westchester only 25% of residents 18 and older have a Health Care Proxy. We all need a Health Care Proxy so that someone we trust can make healthcare decisions for us in case we lose...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mt. Kisco Public Library
100 East Main Street
Mt. Kisco, NY  10549
View map »


Telephone: 914.666.8041
Website »

More information

“Hudson River Moods,” landscape paintings by June Farnham.  April 2 to 29, Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.,...

Cost: free

Where:
Mt. Kisco Public Library
100 East Main Street
Mt. Kisco, NY  10549
View map »


Telephone: 914.666.8041
Website »

More information

Stories, rhymes, and songs for children ages 18 months through 5 years with a caregiver

Cost: Free

Where:
Mt. Kisco Public Library
100 East Main Street
Mt. Kisco, NY  10549
View map »


Website »

More information

Select a page from a book, magazine or  newspaper then black out all the words you don't want to use with your black marker. Or you can create a poem by enclosing a word or phrase or...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mt. Kisco Public Library
100 East Main Street
Mt. Kisco, NY  10549
View map »


Telephone: 914.666.8041
Website »

More information

Dogs love listening to stories! Come meet “Rover” and read your favorite story. For school age children (5 and up) Please call 914-864-0130 for more information Sponsored by the K9 Kids...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mt. Kisco Public Library
100 East Main Street
Mt. Kisco, NY  10549
View map »


Telephone: 914-864-0130
Website »

More information

The 14th season of the Bedford Chamber Concert series features wonderful musicians playing spectacular chamber music, under the leadership of St. Matthew's Church Musical Director Anthony...

Cost: $35 for concert; $180 for series of 6

Where:
St. Matthew's Church Fellowship Hall
382 Cantitoe Street
Bedford, NY  10506
View map »


Sponsor: St. Matthew's Church
Telephone: 914-234-9636
Contact Name: Tony Newman
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

A Home for Art: Edward Larrabee Barnes and the KMA presents an overview of Barnes’ career and role in modern architecture, including a close look at the many Westchester homes he...

Cost: Admission: $10 general, $5 for seniors and students; members and children free

Where:
Katonah Museum of Art
134 Jay Street - Route 22
Katonah, NY  10536
View map »


Sponsor: Katonah Museum of Art
Telephone: 914-232-9555
Website »

More information

For children ages 2 - 5 years old with a parent or caregiver.

Cost: free

Where:
Mt. Kisco Public Library
100 East Main Street
Mt. Kisco, NY  10549
View map »


Telephone: 914.666.8041
Website »

More information

Grand Prix New York (GPNY) will host the Third Annual 90-minute endurance race to benefit Project Yellow Light, an organization that promotes awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. As many...

Cost: $100 per team

Where:
Grand Prix New York
333 N. Bedford Road
Mt. Kisco, NY  10549
View map »


Telephone: 914-241-3131
Contact Name: Project Yellow Light
Website »

More information

The 14th season of the Bedford Chamber Concert series features wonderful musicians playing spectacular chamber music, under the leadership of St. Matthew's Church Musical Director Anthony...

Cost: $35 for concert; $180 for series of 6

Where:
St. Matthew's Church Fellowship Hall
382 Cantitoe Street
Bedford, NY  10506
View map »


Sponsor: St. Matthew's Church
Telephone: 914-234-9636
Contact Name: Tony Newman
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

A Home for Art: Edward Larrabee Barnes and the KMA presents an overview of Barnes’ career and role in modern architecture, including a close look at the many Westchester homes he...

Cost: Admission: $10 general, $5 for seniors and students; members and children free

Where:
Katonah Museum of Art
134 Jay Street - Route 22
Katonah, NY  10536
View map »


Sponsor: Katonah Museum of Art
Telephone: 914-232-9555
Website »

More information

The Disney Channel’s Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve! TV program comes to life with two showings at 11am and 2pm! Imagine parents being able to enjoy the same music that their children...

Cost: $24 Adults $21 Children/Seniors

Where:
Paramount Hudson Valley
1008 Brown Street
Peekskill, NY  10566
View map »


Telephone: 914-739-0039
Contact Name: Box Office
Website »

More information

The 14th season of the Bedford Chamber Concert series features wonderful musicians playing spectacular chamber music, under the leadership of St. Matthew's Church Musical Director Anthony...

Cost: $35 for concert; $180 for series of 6

Where:
St. Matthew's Church Fellowship Hall
382 Cantitoe Street
Bedford, NY  10506
View map »


Sponsor: St. Matthew's Church
Telephone: 914-234-9636
Contact Name: Tony Newman
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Edit ModuleShow Tags