All YPL locations will be closed Sunday, Feb. 12 & Monday, Feb. 13 in observance of Lincoln’s Birthday and Sunday, Feb. 19 & Monday, Feb. 20 in observance of Washington’s Birthday.

National Crossword Puzzle Day

National Crossword Puzzle Day is December 21st. The first crossword puzzle was published in 1913 in the New York World and the love of the word game spread quickly throughout the country and around the world. 

Crossword puzzles can be simple or complex, but they are all designed the same way. The puzzle is a diagram of blank, white squares and canceled black squares. You are given two lists of numbered clues, one for horizontal words and one for vertical words, and the number of each clue corresponds to a specific square on the diagram. Each square is filled in with a particular letter and the words cross over each other, giving the puzzle its name.

Whether you’re an avid puzzler or a newbie to crosswords, we hope you take some time today to solve this crossword about the Yonkers Public Library.

A blank crossword puzzle.

ACROSS
2. This book club loves to read books about events based in the past.
5. Need after school help? The ___ Helper is available at every library most days after school.
6. ____ the therapy dog visits Yonkers Public Library to read with children.
11. The name of the department where you check in and check out books.
13. This former library branch was built in 1903 with a $50000 donation.
15. Bring your young readers to this program on Saturdays at Crestwood, Tuesdays and Thursdays at Will, and on Tuesdays at Riverfront.
16. Will Branch Administrator Aurora ___.
18. Helps you access library resources both online and in person.
20. YPL Assistant Deputy Director’s first name.
22. Your library card gets you access to ebooks and audiobooks on this app.

DOWN
1. YPL Library Director’s last name.
3. Study the stars with this device that you can check out from the “library of things” at any branch.
4. Love listening to music? Hop on to Zoom and join the ___ in Motion program.
7. The person that the library on Central Avenue is named for.
8. Don’t have time to step inside? Return your books to these metal objects outside of the library.
9. This psychology book group promotes an optimistic outlook.
10. The name of the library that shares its space with Yonkers Public School Administrative Offices.
12. The name of this book club co-sponsored with the White Plains Library.
13. The name of the library that was created by a group of women to form a neighborhood library within walking distance of their homes.
14. Visit places like the Guggenheim and the Storm King Art Center with this library program.
17. The single letter name that the Crestwood Branch Manager prefers to be called.
19. Watch movies for free on this app with your library card.
21. Riverfront Branch Administrator Sandy ___.


Alison Robles is a part-time clerk at the Crestwood Library. She is an avid reader with a passion for fantasy, history and science fiction. A Yonkers native, she graduated from Iona University in 2020 with a dual-degree in Marketing and Public Relations.