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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
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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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Join the White Plains Public Library and the Music Conservatory of Westchester for two interactive musical adventures exploring wind, brass, and string instruments as well as the voice. The programs will feature musical performances from a variety of musical styles including classical, jazz and popular selections. In addition, children will have the opportunity to explore and touch the instruments in an instrumental “petting zoo.”

Sundays, February 8 and 22 at 2 p.m.

Rosemary Rasmussen
Trove Manager

Up in Space and Sea Life were the themes that kicked off a new series of math and science storytimes in mid-January in The Trove. The storytimes offer demonstrations, including stories, interactive activities and crafts, of 12 new Bag-A-Tales available soon for checkout. Funding for the bags and storytimes has been provided by the White Plains Library Foundation through a Target Early Childhood Reading Grant.

Each of the storytimes demonstrates a new bag containing fiction and non-fiction math and science books plus learning materials and suggestions for using the books with children in preschool through second grade.

The series continues through March and April with the following themes:

Sunday, February 15 at 2:00 p.m. – Simple Machines

Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. – Let’s Measure!

Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m. – Bugs

Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. – Weather

Sunday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m. – Cuentos: Formas Geométricas (in Spanish)

Sunday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m. – Shapes

Join us in this opportunity for young children to be introduced to and inspired by exciting math and science concepts!

Terry Rabideau
Children's Librarian

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Thursday, February 5 at noon

Created by Mathworks, MATLAB® is a high-level language and interactive environment for numerical computation, visualization, and programming. It is mainly a tool for engineers, but it offers a multitude of computation possibilities. This class will provide design instruction within a Graphic User Interface (GUI) and computer programming using the MATLAB coding language. Come and learn how to create a basic computer application! All equipment and software is provided.

Please register for this program on our online event calendar.

Austin Olney
Media Specialist

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Please join us for a special Family Storytime in The Trove:

Celebrate Caldecott Award Winning Picture Books!”

Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.

This will be an interactive storytime with craft and snack for children ages 3 years and up with their families.

Every year The Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of The American Library Association (ALA) awards its prestigious Caldecott medal to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. This medal is named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott.

The 2014 Caldecott Medal went to illustrator Brian Floca for the book, Locomotive. The 2014 Caldecott Honors went to illustrators Aaron Becker for the book, Journey; Molly Idle for the book, Flora and The Flamingo; and David Wiesner for Mr. Wuffles!  Previous winners can be found at the ALSC website.

The 2015 Caldecott Medal and Honors will be announced during the first week of February at the Midwinter meeting of The American Library Association in Chicago, Illinois. The Trove is celebrating these announcements in this special family storytime at which we will be reading some of the fantastic picture books for which illustrators have been awarded this medal and it’s honors over previous years. We may even guess the winner of this year’s Caldecott Medal and Honors!




Terry Rabideau
Children's Librarian

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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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