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A family program celebrating the triumph of good over evil, the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, hope over despair. It also marks the beginning of the fiscal year in India. Enjoy traditional dances, craft, and other activities with your family. Sunday, October 19 at 2:00 p.m. Call 422-1476 for more details.

Tata Canuelas
Children's Librarian

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Children in second grade and up will enjoy this ancient folk art from India. In a 3-hour program, the children and their families will let their creativity shine creating their own design using a variety of craft materials. Program is at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 18. Registration required. Call 422-1476 for more details.

Tata Canuelas
Children's Librarian

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Grab your friends and family and dine out all day Thursday, October 9 at some great White Plains restaurants to benefit The Trove. Give your server our special “Dough Raiser” voucher at checkout to have 20% of your check donated to the Library Foundation to support kids’ reading and technology in The Trove. Click here for the list of participating restaurants and a voucher to print. The vouchers are also available in the Library and in the Foundation newsletter we recently mailed to White Plains residents. Thanks for your support!

Libby Hollahan
Foundation Executive Director

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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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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 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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