Monthly Archives January 2017

Local History Blog: Richard Crandell Collection

We regularly receive donations to the White Plains Collection, but there are just a handful of people who made large donations of materials or funds. John Rosch and Renoda Hoffman, both official city historians, donated or created some of the most important items in our collection. Richard Crandell, while never officially the city historian, also had a huge impact on the promotion and dissemination of local history and added some vital pieces to the WPC.   In 1954, Crandell published This Is Westchester: A Study of Suburban Living, a book that illuminates some of Westchester’s history. Mostly, however, the book
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Categories: History.

Board Meeting Documents for February 1st, 2017

02-01-17 Combined Agenda Documents 02-01-17 Library Board Agenda Agenda Item #1 – 01-11-17 Regular Library Board Minutes Agenda Item #2 – Budget Report 01 25 2017 Agenda Item #3 – Claim List 11 Agenda Item #3 – Claim List 12 Agenda Item #4 – Adult Services Report – January 2017 Agenda Item #4 – Assistant Directors Report January 2017 Agenda Item #4 – Children’s Services Report – January 2017 Agenda Item #4 – Collection Management Report January 2017 Agenda Item #4 – Community Outreach Report – January 2017 Agenda Item #4 – Library Systems Report – January 2017 Agenda Item
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Categories: Trustee Documents.

Black History StoryWalk® Features Steamboat School

Children at the White Plains Public Library are invited to take a walk along The Trove’s 2017 Black History StoryWalk®. This year’s walk is based on the book, Steamboat School: Inspired by a True Story, written by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Ron Husband. In this story, the teacher, Reverend John Berry Meachum, and his students refused to accept discrimination based on skin color. Meachum opened the “Floating Freedom School” in the middle of the Mississippi River in response to the Missouri law in 1847 that stated that “No person shall keep any school for the instruction of negroes or
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Categories: History, Homepage, and Kids.

Free Income Tax Preparation at the Library

The AARP Foundation Tax Aide program is being hosted by the White Plains Public Library.  Both English and Spanish speaking staff will be on site.  Hours are 10am to 2 pm, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday beginning February 1 through April 18. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, an AARP Foundation program, helps low- to moderate-income taxpayers have more discretionary income for everyday essentials, such as food and housing, by assisting with tax services and ensuring they receive applicable tax credits and deductions. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is available free to those above taxpayers, with special attention to those 60 and older. Through a cadre of trained and
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Categories: Featured and Homepage.

Local History Blog: Bronx River Parkway

If you ever walk along the Bronx River Parkway and want to supplement your experience with some local history, check out the White Plains Collection. Below are some examples of materials that illuminate more than just the history of the parkway. We have documents about the building of the parkway and the economic impact of the parkway. One could also trace the history of “green spaces” in American planning or how publicly funded projects supported the growth of the suburbs.                                        
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Categories: History.

Local History: Anti-Communism

The renovations at the library meant that we had to move the White Plains Collection to a storage area in another part of the library. In the course of the move, I came across a binder I had never seen before. It had label on the front that said it contained the “Westchester Spotlight 1955-1974.” Since that publication was not familiar to me, I opened the binder. The contents of the binder bring to life a complicated and troubling history.     The Westchester Spotlight was a counter-subversive newsletter published by the Westchester County Committee on Un-American Activities, part of
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Categories: History.

Mango Languages Now Available

  The White Plains Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of Mango Languages to our Online Resources offerings. Mango Languages is an online language learning platform and is free for all White Plains Public Library patrons.  Lessons are available for over forty different languages.  English as a second or other language courses are also available.  Try it out now and learn a new language or prepare for an upcoming trip.  Home access requires a valid White Plains Public Library card. To get started using Mango, please visit whiteplainslibrary.org and click on the Mango logo under the heading “Popular
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Categories: Homepage.

Local History: Why Data Isn’t Boring

Data is not boring, especially if you are interested in establishing historical truth. In the past year, Americans have been exposed to an immense amount of data about age, health, economic status, and opinions. A number we hear a lot about these days is 77,7440–the votes in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin that helped Donald Trump win the electoral vote even though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by about 2.8 million votes. With increasing levels of partisan skepticism influencing news consumers and creators alike, outlets like FiveThirtyEight and Vox can offer refreshingly empirical perspectives to those who enjoy studying history.
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Categories: History.

Board Meeting Documents for January 11th, 2017

01-11-17 Combined Agenda Documents 01-11-17 Library Board Agenda Agenda Item #1 – 12-14-16 Regular Library Board Minutes Agenda Item #2 – Budget Report December 2016 Agenda Item #3 – Claim List 10 Agenda Item #4 – Adult Services Report – December 2016 Agenda Item #4 – Assistant Directors Report December 2016 Agenda Item #4 – Childrens Services Report – December 2016 Agenda Item #4 – Collection Management Report December 2016 Agenda Item #4 – Community Outreach Report – December 2016 Agenda Item #4 – Library Systems Report – December 2016 Agenda Item #4 – Teen Report – December 2016 Agenda
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Categories: Trustee Documents.

New York Transit Museum Passes Now Available

The White Plains Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn NY to the Museum Pass Program.  The Library pass provides free admission for two adults and two children. The New York Transit Museum is dedicated to telling and preserving the stories of mass transportation.  Housed underground in an authentic 1936 subway station in Downtown Brooklyn, the Transit Museum’s working platform level spans a full city block, and is home to a rotating selection of twenty vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1907. Visitors can board the vintage cars, sit
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Categories: Evergreen, Featured, and Homepage.

Paying and Planning for College

Tuesday, January 17th at 7:00 p.m. Need help help saving and paying for College? Join us! In this workshop you will receive: Information on the cost of college The different types of financial aid Opportunities for Hispanic student scholarships This is a bilingual program for parent and students in grade 6-8.
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Categories: Education, Events, and Grants & Scholarships.