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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
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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
Librarian, Adult Programs, Blogmistress and Graphic Novel Champion.

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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

As of July 8, registration for our Battle of the Books team is full.  Stay tuned to see how our team does in October!

The “Battle of the Books” is a countywide competition made up of teams from participating Westchester County public libraries. It will be held on October 18th, 2014. If you will be entering 5th through 9th grade in September, 2014, you can be on one of our teams.
Between June and September our team members will read 5 books that have been selected by the “Battle of the Books” committee. Over the summer, our teams will meet several times to talk about the books and have our own practice competitions. On October 18th, our teams will compete against other libraries’ teams in a day-long trivia contest based on the 5 titles.
The “Battle of the Books” is a friendly competition, focusing on reading good books, teamwork, sportsmanship and having fun!
The titles for the 5th and 6th grade team are: “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,” by E.L. Konigsburg; “The One and Only Ivan,” by Katherine Applegate; “Titanic: Voices from the Disaster,” by Deborah Hopkinson; “The City of Ember,” by Jeanne DuPrau; and “When You Reach Me,” by Rebecca Stead.
The titles for the 6th through 9th grade team are:
“Divergent,” by Veronica Roth; “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy,” by Douglas Adams; “Mockingbird,” by Kathryn Erskine; “The Notorious Benedict Arnold,” by Steve Sheinkin; and “The Rithmatist,” by Brandon Sanderson.
If you are interested, contact Deb or Bonnie in The Trove, 914-422-1476 (5th and 6th grade team) or Erik in The Edge, 914-422-1481 (6th through 9th grade team)

Deb Gaffey
Children's Librarian

The Library is hosting free citizenship classes this summer. Classes will cover information needed to pass the test, basic test-taking skills and preparation for the English language section of the test. The class is free but space is limited and registration is required. Register on Tuesday, July 1, 10am – 1pm, 6pm – 9pm or on Thursday, July 3 from 10am – 1pm. Students must be at least 18 years old.

Classes meet on: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tuesday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. OR Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This class is offered in partnership with Southern Westchester BOCES. For more information, contact BOCES at 914-332-1686.

Kathy Degyansky
Assistant Library Director

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This summer the library will be the place to go for teens. We are offering programs and workshops all summer long that will be fun and challenge your minds. This summer the White Plains Library will be an affiliate site for Maker Camp, organized by Make Magazine. We will be offering programs through July and August where you can create and make, and have online webchats with campers across the country. There will be a computer-coding academy to learn Python coding language, robotics workshops using Arduino kits, and sewing workshops in August. And when it is too hot outside, you can always hang out in the air-conditioned Edge and play video games on our PS4.

Erik Carlson
Teen Librarian

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Need to learn how to write a business plan for your small business? This workshop on Tuesday June 17th  at 1:30 is presented by the Small Business Association together with the Women’s Enterprise Development Center,  Inc.  Listen to Holly Perlowitz, CPA, Business Development Manager at Community Capital New York discuss the components of a well-written plan.

Sharon Rothman

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Are you applying for jobs online but not getting much response? An overwhelming majority of jobs are found through networking. Attend this workshop on Wednesday, June 18 at 6 pm. Learn how to get started, and how to build, maintain and develop those contacts once they are made.

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM  Networking

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM  Presentation by Diane, Machado, career coach

8:00 PM – 8:30 PM  Networking

Sharon Rothman

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