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This Thursday, January 29, Dr. DeLevie will read from his debut novel, Coping with Demons of War, which Kirkus Reviews calls “an intelligent, cumulatively powerful” work which involves eight men in a room, all veterans of the Israeli armed forces, all suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. Dr. DeLevie draws on his forty-plus years of experience with veterans both in the United States and Israel who struggle years and even decades later from the debilitating effects of post traumatic stress disorder. The author will sign and sell his book following the presentation. It all starts at 2:00 p.m. in our auditorium.

Kathy Degyansky
Assistant Library Director

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Bring the whole family and enjoy a delightful program of spirited klezmer music on Sunday, January 25 at 2 p.m. The Westchester Klezmer Program is an intergenerational klezmer band program in Westchester County, New York. It is among the largest programs of its kind in the country, if not the world! Westchester Klezmer Program musicians participate by learning and rehearsing klezmer music and then performing at various community based events.

Westchester Klezmer Program last played White Plains Library in 2010. Come enjoy their music again. This concert is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the White Plains Library.

Nancy Kunz
Adult Services Librarian

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Join Library Director Brian Kenney in exploring great crime novels, ranging from the classics to the present. All meetings will be held in Room B, second floor, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. There is a limit of 18 persons, registration is appreciated. Register through our online program calendar here on our website – select “Classes and Events” then “Adult Calendar”. Refreshments will be served.

This month’s selection is:

Wednesday, January 21
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

Upcoming selections:

Wednesday, February 18
The Chatham School Affair by Thomas Cook

Wednesday, March 18
Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg

Wednesday, April 15
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P.D. James

Wednesday, May 20
Case Histories: A Novel by Kate Atkinson

Wednesday, June 17
A Dark-Adapted Eye by Ruth Rendell

For more information write to bkenney@whiteplainslibrary.org.

Nancy Kunz
Adult Services Librarian

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The FAFSA is the first step needed to apply for financial aid. Federal aid, university aid and some scholarships require that you submit a FAFSA application to qualify. Completing it early is key to receiving financial assistance for college!

Sunday, January 18 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. we’re hosting a FAFSA Boot Camp, presented by Latino U.

We will provide you with free help and individual assistance to complete your FAFSA application. Please bring the following information with you that is needed for the application:

• Social Security Number
• Student driver’s license (if you have one)
• 2013 W-2 Forms (student and parent)
• 2013 Income Tax Returns (student and parents)
• Recent bank statement
• Student’s permanent residence card (if not a US citizen)

Spanish speaking volunteers will be available to assist you and your parent if needed.

For more information or to register: (914) 648-0239 or info@latinouaccess.org.


Kathy Degyansky
Assistant Library Director

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WLA/WLS Mock Book Awards
Thursday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m.

Calling all adults! Start the new year with a conversation about some of the best children’s and young adult books of 2014. The Westchester Library Association (WLA) and the Westchester Library System (WLS) are co-hosting a discussion of potentially award-winning books published in the past year. This is a great opportunity to meet other readers and deepen your knowledge of youth literature.

Breakout groups will consider mock nominees for the Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz awards. Adult community members interested in children’s and young adult literature, librarians, teachers, and publishers are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

For the event program and reading lists for the Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz discussion groups, visit the Westchester Library Association website.

Don’t just think about great books, take action and register for this event today!

Kathlyn Carroll
Teen Librarian

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Recently, we sent our inaugural e-newsletter, “This Month on Martine,” to Library patrons who have shared their email addresses with us.  A monthly publication, it will feature upcoming Library events as well as news about Foundation-sponsored programs.

We’re attaching a pdf copy of the first issue so you can get an idea of what it looks like–the email version will have links to the Library calendar, feature articles, and more.  If you’d like to be on the email list for our next issue, please contact lhollahan@whiteplainslibrary.org.

December Newsletter

Libby Hollahan
Foundation Executive Director

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We are excited to announce the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital. White Plains Library card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or iOS device or visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers.

hoopla digital has a simple sign-up and attractive, easy-to-use interface, so it’s easy to get to your listening and viewing experience. There’s also no waiting to borrow popular movies, TV shows, albums or audiobooks. And hoopla digital’s automatic return feature eliminates late fees.

Start enjoying hoopla today, or please visit us on Saturday, January 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. when we’ll have staff on hand to show you how to use hoopla either on your device or one of ours.

Kathy Degyansky
Assistant Library Director

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Need to reassess and get your career back on track? In today’s changing workplace where one’s career can take some unexpected twists and turns, people have been turning to WEBS Career Camp; Educational Counseling Service, a program of the Westchester Library System, for free career counseling assistance. This winter WEBS will be offering a dynamic eight-week career seminar for adults at the White Plains Public Library.

Managing Your Career in Changing Times is a comprehensive seminar that offers interest and personality assessment, group discussion and exercises, exposure to a wide variety of informational resources and guidance from a professional career counselor. In a supportive setting you will explore career alternatives and learn about the latest trends in job search, resume development and interviewing. The seminar provides a framework from which to operate, and for many people it offers a way to regroup and focus, clear away the confusion, get some new ideas and restore confidence. Each person will also have an individual session with the counselor.

The seminar will be offered on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00 PM starting in February. Call WEBS at 674-3612 to register and get specific details and dates.

Don’t just think about career possibilities – take charge and sign up now!

Kathy Degyansky
Assistant Library Director

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With 2014 coming to an end, Hoopla users have sounded off on the sounds they loved in 2014. Content selectors have chosen some of the biggest musical hit makers into one collection, Best Music of 2014. With albums from popular artists like Maroon 5, U2, and Lana Del Rey, and new albums from exciting artists like Iggy Azalea, Florida Georgia Line, and Ariana Grande 2014 was a fantastic year for music.

Sign up for HOOPLA to revisit these albums, and discover a new favorite as you celebrate the close of 2014 and look forward to 2015!

Kathy Degyansky
Assistant Library Director

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