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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.

Sensory-Friendly Show

On Sunday, November 13 at 2 :00 p.m. Autism Friendly Shows and Turtle Dance Music will present a Sensory-Friendly Music, Comedy and Bubble Show in the Trove’s Galaxy Hall at the White Plains Public Library. The event is for children ages 2 years and up with their families. This 60-minute program will will be a “turtle-riffic musical experience designed to engage children through songs, movement, stories and interactive music technology. It is crafted to be inclusive for all children, including children on the Autism Spectrum, and a great time for parents and caregivers. Each song is accompanied by hands-on, visual,
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Categories: Events, Featured, and Kids.

Chocolate Tournament in The Trove

  The Trove’s 2016 Chocolate Tournament kicks off Monday, August 22nd and runs through Friday, August 26th. It is a week-long series of events combining children’s literature with games, relays, crafts and fun all about chocolate. It’s a great way to celebrate the final days of summer vacation! Check out the schedule for all the exciting events. Monday, August 22 11:00 a.m. – Candy Science Lab (Gr. 1-6) 4:00 p.m. – “Play for the Win and Chocolate” Concentration Game (Gr. 1-6) 7:00 p.m. – Trove @ the Movies: Hotel Transylvania 2 (Rated PG, 90 min., Children and Families) Tuesday, August 23
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Check Out a Launchpad!

The Trove announces its latest item for checkout – – The Playaway Launchpad! At a recent family program, families were able to try out and play with these new mobile devices. The Launchpads, purchased from Findaway, are small computer tablets that are pre-loaded with interactive learning apps and games for children. They are durable and come packaged in a bright orange case complete with charger. Tested by children in The Trove, the Launchpads have received great reviews. The current collection is for ages 3 to 5 years and 5 to 7 years. They are now available to check out with
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Summer StoryWalk® in The Trove

The Statue of Liberty takes a vacation! Where does she go and will she return to New York City? Follow The Trove’s Summer StoryWalk® to find out! The StoryWalk® is based on the book, Lady Liberty’s Holiday written by Jen Arena and illustrated by Matt Hunt. This interactive reading activity in The Trove is open to families with children, grades 1 through 6, this summer through Friday, September 2, 2016. StoryWalk® guidelines are available at the Children’s Information Desk (The Compass) in The Trove. Participants must pick up the StoryWalk® form there before proceeding on the walk. Follow the arrows
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Children Walk with George Moses Horton

Children at White Plains Public Library are learning about George Moses Horton as they walk The Trove’s Black History StoryWalk® which is on display in the Library’s art gallery during the month of February through Sunday, March 13, 2016. The StoryWalk® is based on the book: Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton, written and illustrated by Don Tate. George Moses Horton was a slave who grew up working long hours on a North Carolina farm. Though unable to attend school, he was determined and taught himself to read. While he tended his master’s cattle, he composed verses in
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Categories: Events, Gallery, Kids, and Uncategorized.

Kick Off Black History Month

The Trove at the White Plains Public Library and White Plains Juneteenth Heritage Committee have joined together to kick off February as Black History Month on Sunday, January 31 in The Trove. The activities begin at 1:00 p.m. with the opening of the annual Black History StoryWalk®. This year’s StoryWalk® is  based on the book, Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton written and illustrated by Don Tate. This is an opportunity to learn about George Moses Horton, the first African-American man to be published. The StoryWalk® is open during regular library hours to families with children in first
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Categories: Events and Kids.

Children Built White Plains in Lego®

Children in The Trove’s Lego® Club built White Plains, all in Lego®! The public is invited to view the project on display at The White Plains City Hall (255 Main Street, White Plains, NY 10601) beginning November 17th and continuing through December. It all began one day last spring when a patron came into the The Trove at The White Plains Public Library to inquire about The Trove’s Lego® Club. He had heard that the club had built a Lego® model of The New New York Bridge (the bridge that will replace the Tappan Zee Bridge) and wondered if the
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Trove Lego® Club Spring Events

The Trove Lego® Club has been busy this Spring! In April, Trove Lego® Club members displayed sculptures at the Family Fun event, April 18th and 19th at Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, NY. As exhibitors, they received free tickets for themselves and their families. This was a wonderful opportunity to publicly display their work and participate in some exciting Lego® activities in a grand and historic setting. In May we are looking forward to the “Lego® Special: Bricks4Kids Bridge Build!” in the Trove. At this event, children will build their own bridges all from Lego Blocks! Join us for an afternoon of
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Black History StoryWalk® Opens Sunday, February 15 With Little Melba and Her Big Trombone.

Celebrate black history by taking the latest StoryWalk® in The Trove! The book being featured is Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, written by Katheryn Russell-Brown and illustrated by Frank Morrison. It is the story of African American jazz musician Melba Doretta Liston, the first woman trombonist to play in the big bands during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s — how she selected the trombone as her instrument, taught herself how to play it, and later went on to teach many of the great musicians of the twentieth century. Little Melba and Her Big Trombone was selected as one of two
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Target Sponsors Math and Science Bag-A-Tales and Storytimes

Up in Space and Sea Life were the themes that kicked off a new series of math and science storytimes in mid-January in The Trove. The storytimes offer demonstrations, including stories, interactive activities and crafts, of 12 new Bag-A-Tales available soon for checkout. Funding for the bags and storytimes has been provided by the White Plains Library Foundation through a Target Early Childhood Reading Grant. Each of the storytimes demonstrates a new bag containing fiction and non-fiction math and science books plus learning materials and suggestions for using the books with children in preschool through second grade. The series continues
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Celebrate Caldecott Award Winning Picture Books!

Please join us for a special Family Storytime in The Trove: “Celebrate Caldecott Award Winning Picture Books!” Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. This will be an interactive storytime with craft and snack for children ages 3 years and up with their families. Every year The Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of The American Library Association (ALA) awards its prestigious Caldecott medal to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. This medal is named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. The 2014 Caldecott Medal went to illustrator Brian Floca
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The New NY Bridge & I Lift NY Super Crane: All In K’NEX!

Out over the Hudson River, the New NY Bridge (that will replace the Tappan Zee Bridge) is under construction and due to be completed in 2018. In excited anticipation, children in The Trove have built a giant model of the new bridge – all in K’NEX! But, that’s not all. They have gone on to build a K’NEX model of the I Lift NY Super Crane, the giant floating crane that is being used to help build the new bridge. Both are currently on display in The Trove. Be sure to stop by to get a glimpse of these amazing
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Bone By Bone — Learn About Human Skeletons

How are human skeletons like and unlike those of other animals? During the next few weeks, children in grades 1 through 6 and their families are invited to take a walk along the Trove’s 2014 Summer StoryWalk® and find out! The book being featured is: Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons written by Sara Levine and illustrated by T.S Spookytooth. The walk will keep you guessing with questions like what would you have if your vertebrae did not stop at your rear end and what kind of an animal would you be if you had just a skull, vertebrae, and
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Children's Art On Display In The Trove

Plan to visit The Trove to view the ongoing Art Fair showcasing works created by young children. These artists are all enrolled in the Family Services of Westchester Head Start, Universal Pre-K and Prime Time classes at the Slater Center, Eastview School and Rochambeau School in White Plains. The Art Fair is now in its second year in The Trove, having begun in 2006 at the Slater Center by Head Start teacher, Pat Foendoe (Miss Pat). This year’s Fair opened on April 17 and runs through June 13. Included are 6 different displays highlighting the art techniques of artists and
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New NY Bridge Lego Model On Display In The Trove

The New NY Bridge to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge will be under construction until 2018, but if you come into The Trove at The White Plains Public Library today, you will be treated to a sneak preview of the completed bridge. Members of the Trove’s Lego Club have built a model of the new bridge, all out of Lego blocks, and proudly invite the public to view the completed project. Each month, members of The Trove’s Lego Club meet to design and build their own structures using The Trove’s Lego set.This past winter, the theme was bridges. As part
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Be Inspired by The Trove's 2013 Summer StoryWalk®

Be inspired to discover the world! Children in grades 1 through 6 and their families are invited to take a walk along the Trove’s 2013 Summer StoryWalk®, which opens Monday, July 1 at 10:00 am in the Trove. Come take a walk any time The White Plains Public Library is open throughout the months of July and August until the Walk closes on Friday August 30 at 6:00 pm. The book being featured is, The World is Waiting For You, written by Barbara Kerley and published by the National Geographic Society. Along the StoryWalk® you will view a series of
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Head Start Art Fair in The Trove — A Community Celebration

Come to the Head Start Art Fair, a wonderful exhibit in The Trove! Over the next four weeks, art created by children and parents who participate in the White Plains Early Childhood Programs of Family Services of Westchester will be on display along The Trove’s Tree Trail. There will be new art each week. Begun in 2006 at the Slater Center by Head Start teacher Pat Foendoe, (“Miss Pat,”)  the Fair has grown to include artwork from the other centers in White Plains – Bethel, Eastview, North Street, Rochambeau in addition to Slater. This year, 2013, is the first time
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Historic Firefighting Equipment on Display in The Trove

You don’t want to miss the collection of historic firefighting equipment on display in The Trove this month. Several items, on loan from the City of White Plains Local History Collection, have been incorporated into The Trove’s Black History StoryWalk®. Among the old firefighting hats on display is one worn by past White Plains Fire Chief Griffen. There’s also a wooden debris shovel which was used by Chief Griffen to clean up and scoop out after fires. If you look at the back of the shovel, you can even see the chief’s initials, H. A. G., carved into it. Be
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Black History StoryWalk® Opens Sunday, February 17

This month, we remember important people in Black History. Some are widely known while others are less known. However, the accomplishments by these people as a whole are significant and worthy of being shared. Join us in The Trove as we celebrate Black History. The Black History StoryWalk® will open in The Trove on Sunday, February 17 at 1:00 p.m. and run through Sunday, March 17 at 5:00 p.m. Along this Walk, children in grades 1 – 6 will learn about Molly Williams, a slave and cook for NYC’s Fire Company 11 in 1818. She is thought to be America’s
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