Monthly Archives December 2016

Digital Art Exhibit: Donna Faranda

It was three decades ago when artist Donna Faranda first used a computer to ‘paint’ in points, or pointillism, the movement created by 19th century French impressionist Georges Seurat. “I had painted ‘traditionally,’ with brush, watercolors, easel and smock, but I felt confined by my small apartment in Brooklyn,” she says. “My husband, Jan Novick, is an IT professional, and he helped me see the potential of painting digitally at a time when home computers were primarily word processors.” Technology and Faranda have both come a long way. “I now use Photoshop to create a montage from images that I have either drawn, scanned or found on the web. From these images,
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Categories: Events, Gallery, and Library News.

Path to Entrepreneurship

Do you have what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur? Come to the program on January 5th from 6 – 8 pm designed to introduce you to small business ownership. Learn about the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur and what it takes to run your own business. Please pre-register for this program by calling (914) 948-6098 ext. 15 or email: info@wedcbiz.org
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Categories: Uncategorized.

Local History: Winter in Westchester

The local history blog will be taking a short break during the next two weeks, returning to weekly posting in 2017. To finish out the year, I thought it was appropriate to look at the history of winter in Westchester. While this post is by no means scientific, it will hopefully serve to help readers appreciate our climate and persuade some to venture into it! The earliest mentions of Westchester’s weather in the White Plains Collection are from the published journals of English colonists. Daniel Denton arrived in New Netherland (as New York was then called) in 1644 and was
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Categories: History.

Local History: Societies & Clubs

Between the late 1920s and the mid 1980s, librarians amassed a large collection of pamphlets, flyers, photographs, newsletters, and yearbooks from all kinds of organizations in White Plains and filed them under “Societies & Clubs.” Below are a few examples–some pulled at random, some pulled because I found them amusing–of the fascinating, often quirky contents of the Societies & Clubs folders. As with all of the material posted on this blog, these items are available for the public to view in the library. If you’re interested in doing so, email or call ahead to schedule an appointment!      
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Categories: History.

Safe Driving PSA 2016

The number one cause of death to teenagers is car accidents. With this in mind, teens at the White Plains Public Library worked together to create a video about the dangers of distracted driving. Using animation and audio talents, the result was this year’s Safe Driving Public Service Announcement (PSA) on YouTube. The project was made possible by the efforts and contributions from the Allstate Foundation, dedicated to the important mission of teaching youngsters not to text and drive and to be knowledgeable of the law. The teens are proud of their work, as they should be.  
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Categories: Technology and Teens.

People & Stories Oral History Project: Art Bennett

Art Bennett (alto saxophone/flute) was born and raised in White Plains. Art was active in the ‘Loft Jazz’ movement in New York City during the 1970’s. This subsequently led to appearances at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls and other New York venues. Art has performed with many notable musicians such as Lonnie Liston Smith, Rashied Ali, Roy Brooks, James “Blood” Ulmer, William Parker, Marion Meadows and an impressive list of musicians in the Free Jazz art form. He was also a member of the New York Musicians Organization (NYMO), which secured grants to provide musical education programs,
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Categories: History and Oral History.

Board Meeting Documents for December 14th, 2016

Approved Library Board Meeting Minutes 12-14-16 12-14-16 Combined Agenda Documents 12-14-16 Library Board Agenda Agenda Item #1 – 10-13-16 Regular Library Board Minutes Agenda Item #2a – Budget Report – 11-01-2016 Agenda Item #2b – Budget Report – 11-30-2016 Agenda Item #3 – Claim List 6 Agenda Item #3 – Claim List 7 Agenda Item #3 – Claim List 8 Agenda Item #3 – Claim List 9 Agenda Item #4 – Adult Services Report November 2016 Agenda Item #4 – Adult Services Report October 2016 Agenda Item #4 – Assistant Directors Report November 2016 Agenda Item #4 – Assistant Directors
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Categories: Trustee Documents.

Local History: Slow Down with a Book

If you are reading this, you probably read more than just quaint blog posts. You might have a list of trusted sites you regularly browse, or perhaps you let an algorithm assemble content for you. Either way, information is liable to come at you fast in the form of tawdry headlines illustrated with photographic click-bait or in tweet-size bursts that belie the complex stories hidden behind shortened links. In the midst of all the media vying for our attention, I’d like to offer a classic suggestion: the book. All of the books below are part of the library’s local history
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Categories: History.

People & Stories Oral History Project: Joe Boykin

Joe Boykin is a lifetime resident of Greenburgh. He first learned music as a child from his father, who sang gospel, and on visits to his uncles in Savannah, Georgia, where music was part of every family gathering. He played college football at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Through contacts he made in college, he began a career in the entertainment business, working as a bodyguard to comedian Richard Pryor, and meeting singer Patti Labelle. Labelle heard him sing and gave him encouragement to continue. In 1980, he sang with the doo-wop group the Exhilarations, which did backing vocals
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Categories: History and Oral History.

Local History: Lester Associates, Inc.

Lester Associates, Inc. was a giant in the world of miniatures. Based out of Thornwood for a time, the firm was responsible for constructing scale models, exhibits, and custom technical displays for some of the most well-remembered endeavors of the 1960s. Although its most famous work is the Panorama of New York City that debuted at the 1964 World’s Fair, Lester Associates also built a giant “time zone mural map” for IBM and intricate models of space craft for NASA. The images in this post come from a catalog sent to the library by Lester Associates in 1964.    
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Categories: History.