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Join us on Tuesday, September 30 at 7:30 PM in our auditorium on the second floor.

Come and learn the risks and rewards of cloud computing and how services such as Google Drive can bring order to your digital files. There are many cloud services available, free of charge, but the initial choice and implementation can be daunting. This free presentation will provide an overview of these services and help decide which is best for you.

This tech presentation is one of six the Library is offering this fall. Three more exciting demos are coming up:

• Pinterest, the social media site and online visual discovery tool (October 20 at noon)
• E-Commerce: Online Shopping (November 3 at noon)
• Massive Open Online Courses (or MOOCs, November 19 at 7:30 p.m.)

Coffee and tea will be provided at each demo. No registration necessary.

Austin Duffy
Adult Services Librarian

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Members of the local League of Women Voters will be in the Library Lobby this Tuesday, September 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to register voters as part of National Voter Registration Day.

In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. In 2014, we want to make sure no one is left out. On September 23, 2014, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” for National Voter Registration Day. This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts will create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities–allowing us to reach tens of thousands of voters who we could not reach otherwise.

For more information, contact the League of Women Voters at 914-949-0507.

Kathy Degyansky
Assistant Library Director

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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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On view in the Library Museum Gallery from September 28, 2014 through November 28, 2014, this exhibit features the work of Peter Wood, an English teacher at White Plains High School. His art has been shown in Manhattan, Easthampton, NY and the mid-west. One of his paintings was featured in an exhibit at the Katonah Museum of Art.

All of the books used in his work were re-purposed from discarded items from libraries, schools or private collections. They were reclaimed from garbage and remainder bins and the artist “attempted to breathe new life into them. Essentially, these books have been reborn.” Much of the art intermingles print with paint — both oil and acrylic. “Print is a limited art form; painting is a limited art form, but by co-mingling them. they are less so.”

Mr. Wood is also a writer, playwright, actor and former middleweight boxer. Born in Manhattan, he currently lives in Mount Kisco with his wife, Suhua, and daughter Zoe Makepeace.

An opening reception will be hosted by the artist on Saturday, October 4, from noon to 2:00 p.m. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Kathy Degyansky
Assistant Library Director

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On Sunday, September 14 at 2 p.m. the White Plains Library Foundation is pleased to sponsor the public debut of Trio D’Ete, featuring Rebecca Eckfeld, violin, William Eckfeld, piano, and Carole Tilson, cello. The group will be performing works by Mozart, Beethoven, Shostakovich and a premiere of the work, Trio Fantasy, by William Eckfeld. Refreshments will follow the performance.

Kathy Degyansky
Assistant Library Director

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Come and learn about 3D printing and Computer-aided design (CAD) with SketchUp, a free computer application. Participants will have the chance to design an original object and bring it home in physical form via the library’s MakerBot Replicator 2 (3D Printer).

This program will begin at 10:15am on Thursday September 11th in the Edge Media Lab. There is a limit of 10 participants & registration is required.

Austin Olney
Media Specialist

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Wednesday, September 10 at 7 PM

The world of work has dramatically changed and the approach to managing careers needs to change as well. Do you know some of the most important success strategies needed to help you run a strong job search campaign? Are you aware of what you should be doing (and not doing) to help you enhance your job search results? Join us and gain answers and insights at this workshop.
Presented by Laura Powers, President of Powers Career Coaching, LLC.

Sharon Rothman

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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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