White Plains Public Library Blog

Teens, join our Local Area Network (LAN) party in The Edge Media Lab on Thursday, April 2 from 4:00-5:00 p.m., where we will enter an online server and play in a virtual environment. There are many free-to-play games out there that anyone can enjoy. Creation of a free account may be required.

No registration is necessary and equipment is provided.


Austin Olney
Media Specialist

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Did you know you can get thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks for mobile and online access through a 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.


Nancy Kunz
Adult Services Librarian

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LEARN HOW TO GAIN COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE TO DOMINATE YOUR MARKET. The Library cordially invites local businesses, community organizations and government agencies from around the area to the Library Wednesday, March 25th, 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM. A light breakfast will be served! Special guest speaker Bill Loges of ReferenceUSA will demonstrate how you can easily develop a client list with the help of your public library.

Always free with a library card. Come and learn how you can access this powerful business database to target new customers, research competitors, and gain competitive advantage by leveraging targeted information to cultivate your business growth!
• Create Sales Lists
• Competitors Report
• Free Credit Scores
• UCC Filings
• Management Directories
• Industry Profiles
• Business Demographics
• Free Industry News

Register Now!

Kathy Degyansky
Assistant Library Director

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On Sunday March 22, the White Plains Library Foundation will sponsor a family fun day from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Vermont Puppetree will perform Swimmy at 2:00 pm, and comic juggler Will Shaw will entertain at 4:00 p.m. In between, enjoy gymnastics, face painting balloons, crafts, a book sale and bake sale.
For preschool and elementary school age children.

Rosemary Rasmussen
Trove Manager

This month we have an invaluable four-session series for job seekers that you won’t want to miss! While it is encouraged that you attend the entire series, you are welcome to come when you are able. No registration necessary.
Who am I?: Develop an Eye-Catching Cover Letter
Monday, March 16 at 2:00 p.m.

Participants will not only learn the format and necessary information to include in a cover letter, but they will explore how to utilize their life experience to appeal to employers.

Build an Appealing Resume: Tips in Creating a Resume
Wednesday, March 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Participants can gain an understanding of the various resume formats, what types of resumes work best depending on experience, and the necessary information to be included in a resume.

Strategies for Successful Marketing and Networking with Potential Employers
Monday, March 23 at 2:00 p.m.

Participants will explore strategies to successfully market skills to employers. We will develop networking strategies and practice interviewing skills.

Understanding Community Supports and Resources: What Supports Can We Access Through the Journey?
Wednesday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Participants will learn about various agencies and programs that can be a resource, Ticket to Work, ACCES-VR, Online job searching tools will also be covered.

This series is presented in partnership with Westchester Independent Living Center.



Nancy Kunz
Adult Services Librarian

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Come to a family storytime and see how long…or tall…or far away…or strong…we can measure!

The Trove has 12 new math and science themed Bag-A-Tales and we’re doing storytimes to demonstrate the books, activities and crafts that you’ll find in each of these storytimes in a bag! Each new bag contains fiction and non-fiction books plus learning materials, activities and suggestions for using the books with children in preschool through second grade.

Come in with your children on Wednesday, March 11 from 7:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. and be ready to measure!The new Bag-A-Tales and storytimes are funded by the White Plains Library Foundation through a Target Early Childhood Reading Grant.

Deb Gaffey
Children's Librarian

The Library is excited to announce the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is now available as part of our Museum Pass Program.  We have two passes to the Museum and each pass admits two adults and any children under 18.

The Museum is located at 2 East 91st Street, New York, New York. Their hours are Sunday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

The Cooper Hewitt closed its doors in 2011 and underwent a major renovation and name change. They reopened in December 2014 with the goal of offering a new visitor experience:

Cooper Hewitt’s renovation provides the opportunity to redefine today’s museum experience and inspire each visitor to play designer before, during and after their visit. Visitors will explore the museum’s collections and exhibitions using groundbreaking technologies that inspire learning and experimentation. This new participatory experience is specifically designed to engage all audiences—students, teachers, families, young children, designers and the general public.

Please visit www.cooperhewitt.org for more information.

To reserve a museum pass, please visit our home page and click on Museum Passes at the top of the page or you can call the Reference Desk at 914-422-1480.


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The premier showcase for modern and contemporary art from the African Diaspora will be held on Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:00 p.m. at the White Plains Public Library. This year’s show will honor Mary Frances Perkins and Max Rodriguez. “The City of White Plains is once again thrilled to be a host location for this important fine arts show as it branches out from its home location in Harlem,” said White Plains Mayor Tom Roach.

This year’s theme is “Artists and Authors” and attendees will have an opportunity to view and purchase works by emerging and professional artists and renowned authors David Banks (Soar: How Boys Learn, Succeed, and Develop Character the Eagle Way), Dr. Pauline Mosley (Navigating the Academy: A Guide for Women and Minorities), Dr. Charlotte Phoenix (Revelations), Chanelle A. Watson (From My Heart to Your Soul: A Collection of Poetry To Encourage, Inspire, & Awaken YOUR Spirit) and Helen Williams (mother of singer, actress and first black Miss America Vanessa Williams, and co-author of the memoir You Have No Idea: A Famous Daughter, Her No-Nonsense Mother, and How They Survived Pageants, Hollywood, Love, Loss and Each Other).

In addition to featuring artists and authors, the show will pay tribute to White Plains’ own Ms. Mary Frances Perkins, an artist and arts educator serving Westchester County for over 40 years, and Mr. Max Rodriguez, renowned author, publisher and critic of African American literature.

Ms. Mary Frances Perkins graduated White Plains High School and attended Spelman College and Florida A& M University to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts Education and the College of New Rochelle to receive a Master Degree in Arts Therapy. She later returned to White Plains as an arts educator in the elementary, middle and high school levels. Ms. Perkins mentored student teachers and assisted high school students in preparing portfolios for college entrance before retiring from the White Plains City School District in 2007. Ms. Perkins teaches Studio Art at Woodlands High School in Hartsdale, NY, having worked on special art projects for the White Plains Youth Bureau, the Hudson River Museum, and created murals with artist in resident, the late Alton Toby. An Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority member and former YWCA board member, she serves on the Passage to Excellence Board at Bethel Baptist Church and is the President of Pi Iota Omega Chapter in White Plains, NY. She and her husband, Wayne are the proud parents of three adult children, Jonathan, Janeen and Joslyn Perkins.

Mr. Max Rodriguez is the Founder and Publisher of QBR/The Black Book Review, the online literary review named “the African American book review of record” by the New York Times. He is Founder and Director of the Harlem Book Fair, the nation’s largest African American book festival, televised nationally on C-SPANs’ Book-TV; the Westchester Multicultural Children’s Book Festival; and co-Founder of the Newark Book Festival. Mr. Rodriguez is the author of the acclaimed Sacred Fire: The QBR 100 Essential Black Books (John Wiley & Sons, 1999). Recognized and respected as an innovator and expert in audience development and publishing, he has served as moderator and keynote speaker at American Booksellers Association events, Book Expo America, American Publishers Association conferences, and the New York Times author series. He has served on the Board of Directors of Poets & Writers magazine, and serves on the Board of Directors of City University of New York Television (CUNY-TV), the Dallas, Texas-based National African American Read-In, and the Teachers & Writers Collaborative Advisory in New York City.”The Harlem Fine Arts Show Comes to White Plains” is presented by the City of White Plains Youth Bureau and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Westchester Alumnae Chapter, in collaboration with the Harlem Fine Arts Show and The White Plains Public Library.

Tickets to the event are $25 and can be purchased via cash or check from the City of White Plains Youth Bureau, 11 Amherst Place, White Plains, NY 10601 Monday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Saturday: Noon – 7:30 p.m. or via check, mailed to: DST Westchester Alumnae Chapter, P.O. Box 268, White Plains, NY 10602-026

Kathy Degyansky
Assistant Library Director

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Join us Friday, February 27, 7 p.m. at the HIGHLANDS MIDDLE SCHOOL AUDITORIUM for our first-ever Adult & Teen Spelling Bee. Have some fun watching teams of adults from community organizations and book groups and teens from White Plains High School test their spelling skills! Doors open at 7 p.m., Bee starts at 7:30 p.m. Snow date Friday March 6.

Admission $5 payable at door. Kids under 6 free. Raffle drawing and refreshments available for purchase. Proceeds will support new technology for The Trove, our amazing children’s library, celebrating its 10th birthday this year.

Our celebrity emcee is Lawrence Otis Graham, noted author, News 12 commentator and WPHS alum (and Hall of Famer!) Our judges are Mayor Thomas Roach, School Board President Rosemarie Eller, and WPHS English Language Coordinator, Douglas Cronk.

Please note: this event takes place at Highlands Middle School, 128 Grandview Ave., White Plains 10605, NOT at the Library.

For info call Libby Hollahan at 914-422-1495 or email lhollahan@whiteplainslibrary.org.

Kathy Degyansky
Assistant Library Director

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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 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books for 2015.

The StoryWalk® opens Sunday, February 15, 2015 and continues through Sunday, March 15, 2015.  Children in grades 1 through 6 complete a form, receive a prize and are entered into the drawing for a bigger prize. Instructions and forms are available at the Children’s Information Desk (The Compass) in The Trove.

Note: The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Fergusson of Monpelier, 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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