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Please join us for the Foundation’s Ninth Annual Fall Gala, “Stories to Inspire Us,” on Saturday, November 8, 7:00-10:00 p.m., as we honor Philip I. Kent, White Plains native, outstanding media executive, and generous Library supporter; the Friends of the WPPL, the all-volunteer group that has served the Library for 67 years; and Latino U College Access, a non-profit organization that provides college readiness services to first-generation high school students in Westchester. At the Gala, we will also kick off a year-long 10th Birthday celebration of The Trove, our amazing children’s library. Tickets to this fundraising event are $125, and include a reception with wine and Captain Lawrence beer, bountiful buffet supper, and dessert. The event also features an exciting raffle drawing and a silent auction. For more information and to order tickets online click here, or call the Foundation at 422-1495.

Kathy Degyansky
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Join us on Sunday, November 9 at 2pm as local author Marilyn Johnson talks about her acclaimed new book, Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble. In the witty hands of Marilyn (author of The Dead Beat and This Book Is Overdue), the efforts of archaeologists to reclaim history from the muck and mire of empty lots, swamps, mounds, volcanic islands, and jungles is a vastly entertaining read that celebrates archaeological geekery and leaves us with a profound appreciation for the largely unsung work of the real life Indiana Joneses. The book will be for sale at the author signing following the presentation. You can follow Marilyn at her website, http://www.marilynjohnson.net/.

Out over the Hudson River, the New NY Bridge (that will replace the Tappan Zee Bridge) is under construction and due to be completed in 2018. In excited anticipation, children in The Trove have built a giant model of the new bridge – all in K’NEX! But, that’s not all. They have gone on to build a K’NEX model of the I Lift NY Super Crane, the giant floating crane that is being used to help build the new bridge. Both are currently on display in The Trove. Be sure to stop by to get a glimpse of these amazing structures!

Over a four-week period this Fall, 24 children in second through sixth grade, with the assistance of 4 teen volunteers, spent their Monday after-school time on this special Trove project. As a team, they worked together to select the individual K’NEX building pieces, assemble and fit together the components, troubleshoot problems and make needed repairs in an efficient and timely manner.

As the young builders proudly received certificates of participation, they knew they had just become a part of local history. Through the process, they had been exposed to critical math and engineering skills and learned the value of teamwork. Having fun was certainly a bonus! For years to come, they will travel over this new bridge and remember the important role they played in the publicity of its construction.

Special thanks goes to Andrew O’Rourke, Public Outreach Administrator of the New NY Bridge Project for inspiration, design expertise and materials used in this effort!

​For more about the project–and more photos!–check out this great article by Janie Rosman in the Rockland Times.

 

 

Terry Rabideau
Children's Librarian

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The Westchester County Department of Social Services is sponsoring an exhibit of photos of children needing loving adoptive homes in their annual Heart Gallery Showcase. The exhibit will be on view through October 10 but the need for homes continues year round. An opening reception will be held in the Library Auditorium on Wednesday, October 9 at 2:00 p.m. Keynote speaker for the event is Darryl McDaniel, a pioneer of hip hop culture and one of the founding members of the hip hop group Run–D.M.C. For more information, contact Paul Tavolacci at 914-995-5303. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Kathy Degyansky
Assistant Library Director

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Building a computer from parts is much cheaper than buying one readily assembled. At the “Build a High-Powered PC” series of courses, every Tuesday in October at 4:00 p.m. in The Edge, teens will be able to assist in the building of a modern gaming rig. Instruction about microprocessors, RAM, motherboards, power supplies, hard drives, and graphics cards will be taught throughout. If teens wish to build a computer on their own, methods of selecting and purchasing compatible computer parts online will be shown as well.

Registration is not required and all equipment is provided.

Austin Olney
Media Specialist

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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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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 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
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