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On Wednesday, September 3, we’re combining poetry and jazz as part of ArtsWestchester’s Jazz Fest. We hope you’ll join us for this sensational combo.

Our featured performers will be the Duende Project, the collaboration of veteran performance poet Tony Brown (pictured), bassist/guitarist Steven Lanning-Cafaro (Faro), and drummer Chris O’Donnell.

We’ll have our usual SLAM and open mic as well. To participate in SLAM or Open Mic, register at 6:30 p.m. To SLAM, bring one original poem of up to 3 minutes long, not previously performed here. To take part in our Open Mic, please bring one original poem of up to 3 minutes.

Program starts promptly at 7:00 p.m.

Refreshments served, all are welcome! Co-hosted by local poet and slammaster Eric ZORK Alan.

Nancy Kunz
Adult Services Librarian

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WEBS Career and Educational Counseling Service is once again offering a free eight-week career counseling seminar for adults this fall called “Managing Your Career in Changing Times”. Call 914-674-3612 for program dates and to register. Places will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

WEBS helps participants assess themselves, explore career options, obtain career and educational information, find out about the latest trends in resumes and job search, and develop a career plan. The program is geared to those who are unemployed, changing careers, reentering the workforce or returning to school. The nineteen-hour workshop consists of an orientation session, eight group sessions, and one individual session with a career counselor.

The White Plains Public Library is one of five public libraries in the County participating in the WEBS project. Sponsored by the Westchester Library System, WEBS has counseled more than 40,000 adults in the Westchester area.

Kathy Degyansky
Assistant Library Director

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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 ribs and what kind of animal has finger bones that reach all the way down to its feet. Be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity to discover something special about what makes us humans!

The Storywalk® continues through Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Check it out any time the library is open during this time! Before starting the StoryWalk®, pick up a form at the Compass (information desk) in The Trove. The first stop is in the window next to the Sailaway. Follow the arrows as you proceed at your own pace through the rest of the stops. Complete the form and turn it in at The Compass. You will receive a prize and be entered in the final drawing.

Note: The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

Terry Rabideau
Children's Librarian

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White Plains Public Library, in partnership with Westchester Community College, is pleased to offer English classes again this Fall. Classes are offered mornings, evenings and weekends; and focus is on speaking, listening, reading and writing English.

Registration dates for the upcoming semester:

Monday, August 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 20 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 23 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

At registration, everyone is interviewed and evaluated to determine the best class level.

For additional information, please contact Westchester Community College at 914-606-5656. We hope you’ll join us!

Mariel Perez
Teen Librarian

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Homeroom DiariesJoin us at the Barnes and Noble City Center in White Plains for a talk and book signing with author, James Patterson, on Sunday, August 3rd, at 2pm. A portion of the proceeds of store sales that day will benefit the White Plains Library Foundation. Look for Library staff at the store entrance before the event to get a sticker indicating to the cashier that you wish your purchases to benefit the Library Foundation. Busy that day? It’s okay. Visit bn.com/bookfairs to support us online from August 3 to August 8 by entering Bookfair ID 11404811 at checkout.

In 2011, it was estimated that one-in-four of all hardcover suspense/thriller novels sold was written by James Patterson, he is the first author to achieve ten million ebook sales, and he holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author. And his success isn’t based solely on thrillers like the perennially popular Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club and Michael Bennett series. Patterson is now also the current bestselling author in the young adult and middle grade categories. In his new book, Homeroom Diaries, endearing and original ten heroine, Margaret “Cuckoo” Clarke, proves that everyone can use a helping hand once in a while.

As an advocate for books and reading, Mr. Patterson has devoted substantial time in the past decade to promoting books and reading, especially to young people. Through his generous book donations, funding of scholarships and website, ReadKiddoRead.com, he has inspired and encouraged young people to find inspiration in books and to instill a passion for reading.

Kathy Degyansky
Assistant Library Director

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WPPL - Barnes & Noble BookfairThe White Plains Library Foundation, in collaboration with Barnes and Noble City Center in White Plains, is sponsoring an online bookfair. A portion of your purchases made at bn.com/bookfairs through August 8 will benefit the Library Foundation. Enter Bookfair ID number 11404811 at checkout to participate.

The White Plains Library Foundation was incorporated in 1995 to raise funds to help meet the long-range goals of the White Plains Public Library. From 1997-2001 the Foundation conducted its first fund-raising effort, a Centennial Campaign, that raised $1 million to enhance programs and collections, establish an endowment and seed a capital project to renovate and expand the children’s library. In 2004-2005 the Campaign for the Children’s Library raised an additional $750,000 and The Trove opened to community acclaim. In 2008, the Foundation began raising funds to create a new teen area, called “The Edge,” on the Library’s first floor. Currently, the Foundation’s work supports a wide range of after-school programs, outstanding cultural events, literacy initiatives, convenient online services, programming for teens and career resources. Every program you support through the Library Foundation transforms lives, every day.

Kathy Degyansky
Assistant Library Director

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Want to repair your credit score? Need to know more about home financing? Looking to earn extra income?

Learn little known strategies for repairing credit scores and effective home buying and financing.

Brett Copeland will demonstrate effective ways to help you make one of the biggest financial decisions. He will also show how to earn sales income in the mortgage industry without a license.



Sharon Rothman

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Volunteer time, talent and goodwill are invaluable assets to the Library, helping it to fulfill its mission. Opportunities are available in the Trove, the Edge, as Conversation Group Leaders, as Greeters and other projects. All volunteers are required to attend an orientation session before beginning their assignments. Plan to attend a session on July 24, offered at 11am and again at 7pm.

Kathy Degyansky
Assistant Library Director

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Please join us for our annual, summertime International Film Festival. On Thursdays in July and August (starting July 10) we will show films from a variety of countries. Each film will be shown at 2 p.m. and repeated at 7 p.m.

Our festival has been running since 1987—27 years!— with only two summers when it went on hiatus. We hope you’ll come see as many films as your schedule allows. After the festival, the films will be put in our DVD collection and you can borrow any you missed. All films will be shown with subtitles.

Here’s a list of the films:

7/10 Valentin (Argentina, comedy/drama/romance)

7/17 El Orfanato (The Orphanage) (Spain, drama/mystery/romance)

7/24 Les Choristes (The Chorus) (France, drama/music)

7/31 Ridicule (France, comedy/drama/romance)

8/7 Everybody’s Fine (Stanno Tutti Bene) (Italy, drama)

8/14 The Closet (France, comedy)

8/21Heaven (Germany/Italy, crime/drama/romance/thriller)

8/28 Instructions Not Included (Mexico, comedy/drama)


Nancy Kunz
Adult Services Librarian

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Join the Summer Reading Game @ The Trove! Reading and listening to stories is a great way to keep your brain active in the summer. Visit us between June 30th and August 15th. The books from your summer reading list are on display, so borrow a few, read them, and come back to tell us about them – you’ll earn a prize! Get your passport stamped each time you visit. Practice reading with a teen Reading Buddy. There’s so much going on! There are programs for all ages and every Wednesday night is Family Night! Be sure to visit for the puppet shows on August 13th and August 20th! The Trove is an awesome place to spend time this summer!

Deb Gaffey
Children's Librarian

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