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  • International Film Festival Returns
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    Our ever-popular International Film Festival returns starting Monday, July 6. Each film will be screened at 2 and 7 p.m. on Mondays through July and August. The festival has been going since 1987 (with a few breaks for construction and the like). Because we want our festival to be international in ...
  • Get to Know Ramadan Better
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      Come listen to Dr. Yasser Alsafadi, Imam of the Upper Westchester Muslim Society on Wednesday, July 8 at 7:00 p.m. He will talk about Ramadan and its significance and traditions in today’s world. This talk will be of special interest to non-Muslim adults.
  • Meet the Author: Beatriz Williams
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    New York Times-bestselling author Beatriz Williams joins us to discuss this summer’s hot read, Tiny Little Thing. A resident of Greenwich, CT and a Stanford graduate with an MBA in finance from Columbia, Williams is a former communications strategist who began writing fiction following the 200...
  • Poetry Slam with Gary Glazner July 1st
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    Our exciting “1st Wednesday” series continues on July 1st at 7:00 p.m. with an Open Mic, Slam competition and performance from guest poet Gary Glazner. As always, our Poetry Slam will be co-hosted by local poet and slam-master Eric ZORK Alan. Glazner is the founder and Executive Director...
  • Summer Reading Game Kicks Off with Magic Jim
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    On Monday, June 29 at 1 p.m., there will be a magic show with Magic Jim to kick off our summer reading game, and on Tuesday, June 30, the Sciencetellers will have a super hero show at 2 p.m. Both shows are for Kindergarten through 6th grade. Check our calendar for more programs all summer.
  • Every Hero Has a Story!
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    The Trove summer reading game begins Monday, June 29 and runs through August 14. Be a hero and READ! Each day you come in to report on books you have read, you will receive a prize. Bring your passport from school or get one from The Trove and get it stamped each time you come in. We will have summe...
  • Battle of the Books in The Edge
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      All tweens and teens entering grades 6-9 in September 2015 are invited to join the Edge team for the Battle of the Books competition! Teams from libraries throughout Westchester will compete by answering trivia questions based on five different books. Participants will read the pre-selected b...
  • Hidden in Plain Sight Opens in The Gallery
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    “Hidden in Plain Sight,” an exhibition of photographs by Barry Katzen of architectural details on buildings in White Plains, will go on view at The Gallery in the White Plains Public Library on June 19. The exhibition will be open to the public through August 2, 2015. Long-time White ...
  • People & Stories Oral History Project: Leola Bryant
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    Leola Bryant sat down with Teddy Lee and Ben Himmelfarb to record this oral history.  Bryant’s memory and wit are crisp, and her stories about White Plains are highly informative. She recalls life for children in downtown White Plains and the distinct geographic and ethnic character of the n...
  • People & Stories Oral History Project: The Landrys and Connie Brown
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    Bob and Lucille Landry, joined by Connie Brown, recorded this oral history at the White Plains Public Library. Bob and Lucille are both lifelong White Plains residents who discuss everything from their education and professional involvements in White Plains to how they met (you’ll have to list...
  • People & Stories Oral History Project: Teddy Lee, Jr.
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    Theodore Jay Lee, Jr., better known as Teddy, is the owner of Lee’s Funeral Home and a lifelong resident of White Plains. His father, Theodore Jay Lee, Sr., migrated north from Virginia, became a licensed undertaker, and began working in Westchester County. In the late 1920s, Lee Sr. moved t...
  • People & Stories Oral History Project: John Kirkpatrick
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    As a city planner, lawyer, and common council member, John Kirkpatrick has a studied perspective on the City of White Plains. Originally from Alabama, Kirkpatrick remembers deciding to live in White Plains with his wife because they were attracted by the “ferment in culture” the diverse ...
  • People & Stories Oral History Project: Julie Cohan
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    Julie Cohan moved to White Plains when he was 14, and has lived in White Plains ever since. He recalls growing up in the Gedney Farm neighborhood, getting involved in the insurance business, and spending much of his career traveling between White Plains and Albany working in New York State governme...
  • Join us in Celebrating the Triumph of the Armenian Spirit
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    On Sunday, June 14 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. we’re hosting a program of Armenian culture for all ages, “Emerging from the Shadows: The Triumph of the Armenian Spirit.” Come enjoy Armenian songs (instrumentals featuring duduk, oud, dumbeg and piano), Armenian poetry recitation, Armenian dance...
  • People & Stories Oral History Project: Andy Morzello
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    Andy Morzello’s story is one of education, service, and commitment to White Plains.  As a teacher of adults and young people, he had a large impact on the people of White Plains.  In this oral history, he remembers growing up in the neighborhood surrounding Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, bei...
  • 3D Print Your Design for Free!
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    The Library offers community access to new and emerging technologies such as 3D printers to inspire a new interest in design and help the community to bring their creations to life. Bring in your file (preferably in .stl or .obj format) to be printed using the library’s Makerbot Replicator 2 3D pr...
  • One-on-One Resume Help
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    Need a resume? Have no idea where to start? The White Plains Public Library now offers, by appointment, personal one-on-one resume help. Help is provided by an experienced business educator. Trainees work at a computer with the instructor and leave with a completed resume. This service is free, conf...
  • People & Stories Oral History Project: Brian Wallach
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    In the first oral history recorded for People & Stories, consummate storyteller and long-time White Plains resident Brian Wallach shares his memories and perspective.  This oral history was recorded at the offices of the Brian Wallach Agency. Wallach grew up just south of the city line in Scars...
  • Allstate Safe Driving PSA 2015
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    This PSA is a collaboration with the WPHS Global Ambassadors, White Plains Community Media and the White Plains Public Library. It was funded by the Allstate Foundation and White Plains Library Foundation. No teens were harmed in the making of this PSA.
  • June History Roundtable: Dr. Collymore's 1964 Speech
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    The next White Plains History Roundtable will take place on June 17 at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium at the White Plains Public Library!  The Roundtable will feature a reading of Dr. Errold Collymore’s 1964 Howard University Alumni Award Speech by White Plains resident Ted Lee, Jr. and Errold Col...
  • Stone Barns Center Now Included in our Museum Pass Program
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    The Library is excited to announce the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture is now available as part of our Museum Pass Program. We have 2 passes to the Center: one is specifically for Saturday visits and one is specifically for Sunday visits. The passes allow entry for up to 2 adults and ...
  • Print to Our Printers Wirelessly, Remotely
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    You can now print to the Library’s printers from your laptop, tablet or smartphone from anywhere you have access to the internet. Our Remote/Wireless Printing page has all the details you need to get started, including a video tutorial. You have two options:  send the file from a web browser or e...
  • Home-based Business Seminar
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    Many well-known corporations started out as home-based businesses – such as Apple, Hershey’s, and Mary Kay Cosmetics. In fact, more than half of all U.S. businesses are based out of an owner’s home. Join us on Wednesday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m. to learn more about working out of your house, st...
  • Out of the Swamps: A History of 100 Martine Ave.
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    Join us on Sunday, May 17, at 2:00 p.m. for Out of the Swamps: A History of Downtown White Plains Told Through 100 Martine. The Friends of the White Plains Public Library have partnered with the Librarian for White Plains History and the City Archivist to present a program filled with stories, photo...
  • Identity Theft
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    If you or someone you know has ever been a victim of identity theft, you realize how awful it can be. It can consume time and cost money to repair the damage. We’re hosting a workshop on Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. where you’ll learn what identity theft is, how thieves get and use you...
  • 3D Printing and Design
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    Come and learn about 3D printing and computer-aided design (CAD) with TinkerCAD on May 9, 2015 at 1:15 p.m. in the Edge Media Lab. Participants will have the chance to design an original object and print it out in physical form via the library’s MakerBot Replicator 2 (3D Printer). There is a limit...
  • Storywalk in the Park
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    The City of White Plains Recreation and Parks Department, in partnership with the White Plains Public Library, is pleased to introduce StoryWalk at Bryant-Mamaroneck Park. The StoryWalk combines a children’s story with a popular walking route. Children’s books are selected, the pages sep...
  • Puebla Mágica, Puebla York
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    Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us and enjoy the dance troupe MAZarte. They have prepared Puebla Mágica, Puebla York, a program of traditional dances from Puebla to share with us. Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. For the entire family.
  • People & Stories Oral History Project: Isabel Villar
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    Isabel Villar is the Executive Director of El Centro Hispano, an organization that supports the Hispanic Community in White Plains. She is also a longtime resident of White Plains, arriving from Cuba in the late-1960s. In this oral history, Villar describes the experience of being a Hispanic immigra...
  • Trove Lego® Club Spring Events
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    The Trove Lego® Club has been busy this Spring! In April, Trove Lego® Club members displayed sculptures at the Family Fun event, April 18th and 19th at Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, NY. As exhibitors, they received free tickets for themselves and their families. This was a wonderful opportunity...
  • Adam Kent to Perform at 16th Annual Clarice Wilson Memorial Concert
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    Please join us on Sunday, April 26 at 2:00 PM to hear accomplished local pianist Adam Kent. On the program are works by composers especially esteemed by the Library’s former music specialist Clarice Wilson, as well as classics of the Spanish repertory and George Gershwin’s ever-popular “Rh...
  • White Plains History Roundtable: Education, Race, and Student Consciousness
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    Join the Librarian for White Plains History and current students from White Plains High School for the White Plains History Roundtable on Wednesday, April 22nd, at 7:00 pm. April’s Roundtable is called Education, Race, and Student Consciousness. The Roundtable is an educational, participatory, and...
  • Intro to Car Maintenance
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    Saturday, April 18 from 1:00-3:00 PM Are you curious about how your car runs and what you can do to keep it from breaking down? Victor Principe from Bronx Community College will teach you about cars and share some basic tips to keep them on the road. All participants will receive a free gift. This ...
  • People & Stories Oral History Project: Milton Hoffman
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    During his 86 years, Milton Hoffman was an important presence in White Plains. Hoffman grew up in White Plains and recalls what life was like for kids in the city in this oral history. He also recounts experiences from his 50 years in the newspaper business in White Plains, where his reporting on po...
  • Flashy Edgy Smart You
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    Teens in grades 7-12 are invited to learn how to apply makeup that is appropriate for job interviews and internships. Jill K. of JKFlashy will lead a discussion of makeup techniques for a professional look. During the last hour of the workshop, teens will have the opportunity to practice their new s...
  • Heart Gallery Showcase
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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 April but the need for homes continues year round. For more information, contact Paul Tavolacc...
  • Calling all teen drivers!
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    Are you a new driver? Getting your license soon? Attend our Allstate Readiness Teen Safe Driving Program, Monday, April 6, 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Library auditorium. Learn safe driving tips from certified driving instructor Jim Fatigate. Parents welcome. Students will earn one hour of community se...
  • People & Stories Oral History Project: Harry Bright
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    People & Stories is the oral history project of the White Plains Public Library. People & Stories seeks to record and share the voices of people who have lived or worked in White Plains. The project functions by pairing interviewers with storytellers from the community. If you are interested...
  • LAN Party in The Edge
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    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 reg...
  • hoopla: Streaming movies, tv, music and audiobooks
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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 hoopladig...
  • ReferenceUSA Business Networking Breakfast at the White Plains Public Library
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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 Bil...
  • Family Fun Day - Trumble In The Trove!
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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 sa...
  • The Road to Employment
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    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...
  • Target Presents: Family Storytime - "Let's Measure!" Bag-A-Tales
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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 storyti...
  • Fourth Annual Harlem Fine Arts Show Comes to White Plains
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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 loc...
  • What's the buzz? Library Foundation hosts Adult and Teen Spelling Bee fundraiser to benefit The Trove!
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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....
  • Black History StoryWalk® Opens Sunday, February 15 With Little Melba and Her Big Trombone.
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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 trombonis...
  • Music Conservatory of Westchester Family Concerts
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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 pop...
  • Target Sponsors Math and Science Bag-A-Tales and Storytimes
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    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 sto...
  • Create an App with MATLAB
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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 instru...
  • Celebrate Caldecott Award Winning Picture Books!
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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 Lib...
  • Meet the Author -- Dr. Ari DeLevie
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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...
  • Klezmer on a Sunday Afternoon
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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 worl...
  • Book 'Em: A Mystery Book Group
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    Join Library Director Brian Kenney in exploring great crime novels, ranging from the classics to the present. All meetings will be held in Room B, second floor, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. There is a limit of 18 persons, registration is appreciated. Register through our online program calendar here on ...
  • FAFSA Boot Camp at the Library, January 18
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    The FAFSA is the first step needed to apply for financial aid. Federal aid, university aid and some scholarships require that you submit a FAFSA application to qualify. Completing it early is key to receiving financial assistance for college! Sunday, January 18 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. we’re ho...
  • Come Participate in Mock Book Awards for Youth Literature of 2014
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    WLA/WLS Mock Book Awards Thursday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m. Calling all adults! Start the new year with a conversation about some of the best children’s and young adult books of 2014. The Westchester Library Association (WLA) and the Westchester Library System (WLS) are co-hosting a discussion of p...
  • "This Month on Martine" eNewsletter Debuts
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    Recently, we sent our inaugural e-newsletter, “This Month on Martine,” to Library patrons who have shared their email addresses with us.  A monthly publication, it will feature upcoming Library events as well as news about Foundation-sponsored programs. We’re attaching a pdf copy ...
  • Hoopla Launch Event planned for this Saturday
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    We are excited to announce the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital. White Plains Library card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on ...
  • Free Career Counseling Seminar at the Library
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    Need to reassess and get your career back on track? In today’s changing workplace where one’s career can take some unexpected twists and turns, people have been turning to WEBS Career Camp; Educational Counseling Service, a program of the Westchester Library System, for free career couns...
  • Three Kings Day/ Día de Reyes
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    Come enjoy a bilingual family program about the traditional celebration of Three Kings Day/ Día de Reyes. The children will share their experiences with this day, listen to a story and decorate their own crown to take home. Sunday, January 4, at 2 p.m.
  • Spring Valley Puppet Theater presents a Holiday Fantasy
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    On Sunday, December 28 at 2:00 p.m., there will be a puppet show for families with children ages 5 and older. Enchanted toys, fairy magic and a clever mouse are just some of the surprises in “A Holiday Fantasy,” an original puppet production by Michael Graham’s Spring Valley Puppet Theater. Th...
  • Hoopla: Streaming Movies and Music Now Available
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    We are excited to announce the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital. White Plains Library card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on ...
  • New Westchester Symphony performs Seasonal Favorites Sunday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m.
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    Join New Westchester Symphony Orchestra in a free concert of seasonal favorites including Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers,” Williams’ “Greensleeves,” a Hanukkah sing-along and Handel’s Hallelujah chorus.  Whit...
  • Teens Knitting for Charity
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    Knit a Square for Project Linus in The Edge. Friday, December 12 at 3:30 p.m. Come make blankets for Project Linus, a charity that collects handmade blankets for children in shelters and hospitals. Handmade blankets provide the children with not just warmth and comfort, but also the knowledge that ...
  • Be Prepared -- Workshops at the Library
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    The Library is hosting two workshops in December to help citizens prepare for the unexpected. On December 4 at 7:00 p.m., the American Red Cross will offer “Prepare, Respond and Recover: What to do When a Disaster Strikes.” On December 6 from 2:00-4:00 p.m., the Child Care Council of Wes...
  • Parent/Child Connection
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    The Parent/Child Connection is a 3-part program designed for children from 13 months to 36 months old, with a parent or caregiver. It offers you an opportunity to meet other parents and play with your child in a warm and informal setting. At each session, there will be an expert on hand to answer yo...
  • On the Homefront with Veteran's Writing Project
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    Veterans’ family members will read selections from stories collected in a new work, On the Homefront. Come on Saturday, November 22 at 2:00 p.m. to be inspired by their stories and learn how you can get involved in telling your own. The Veteran’s Writing Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...
  • Battle of White Plains Commemorations Have Their Own History and Purpose
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    On Sunday, October 26, I attended the White Plains Historical Society’s 238th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of White Plains at the Jacob Purdy House. Drawn by the promise of reenactors, mulled cider, and the chance to meet some White Plains citizens who are fascinated by history, I ...
  • Library Foundation Fall Gala November 8 Honors Three for their Inspiring Service
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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 gr...
  • Doing Business with the Federal Government
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    Please attend this workshop covering such topics as procurement methods, subcontracting and marketing your small business to the Federal government. Presented by the Small Business Association. Wednesday, October 29 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.  
  • The New NY Bridge & I Lift NY Super Crane: All In K'NEX!
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    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 buil...
  • Heart Gallery Showcase
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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 t...
  • Build a High-Powered PC
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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, mo...
  • Peter Wood: A retrospective
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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 exhi...
  • Free Career and Educational Counseling at the Library
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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...
  • Intro to 3D Printing and Design
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    Come and learn about 3D printing and Computer-aided design (CAD) with SketchUp, a free computer application. Participants will have the chance to design an original object and bring it home in physical form via the library’s MakerBot Replicator 2 (3D Printer). This program will begin at 10:15am o...
  • Bone By Bone -- Learn About Human Skeletons
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    How are human skeletons like and unlike those of other animals? During the next few weeks, children in grades 1 through 6 and their families are invited to take a walk along the Trove’s 2014 Summer StoryWalk® and find out! The book being featured is: Bone by Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons writ...
  • Learn English FREE at the Library!
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    White Plains Public Library, in partnership with Westchester Community College, is pleased to offer English classes again this Fall. Classes are offered mornings, evenings and weekends; and focus is on speaking, listening, reading and writing English. Registration dates for the upcoming semester: Mo...
  • Volunteers Needed!
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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 beginni...
  • International Film Festival Returns!
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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 sum...
  • Join the White Plains Public Library's "Battle of the Books" team!
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    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 ...
  • Free Citizenship Classes
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    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...
  • Tuesday Tucks Me In
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    Former Army Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan and his service dog, Tuesday, will visit with us to talk about how they work together to manage the challenges Captain Montalvan faces living with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. Copies of Captain Montalvan’s children’s book, “Tuesday Tu...
  • Smart Money for Teens
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    Do you find that you never have enough money for the clothes and video games you want? Does it seem like once you have some money it just disappears? The Smart Money for Teens workshop will give teens some basic tips on how to spend their money wisely and the importance of savings through a series o...
  • Were Jews passive during the Holocaust?
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    Professor Suzanne Vromen passionately refutes this notion in “Debunking the Myth of Jewish Passivity During the Holocaust,” part of the Distinguished Lecturer series sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center on Sunday, May 18 at 1 pm at the White Plains Library, 100 Ma...
  • Children's Art On Display In The Trove
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    Plan to visit The Trove to view the ongoing Art Fair showcasing works created by young children. These artists are all enrolled in the Family Services of Westchester Head Start, Universal Pre-K and Prime Time classes at the Slater Center, Eastview School and Rochambeau School in White Plains. The A...
  • Video Game Design Workshop
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    Teens can create a 3D video game about safety behind the wheel with Unity, a powerful game engine. A class consisting of four sessions (May 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th, from 4pm – 5:30pm) will be held in the Edge and will demonstrate the realities of designing a video game from scratch. This is par...
  • Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life
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    Friends of White Plains Public Library invite you to their Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 4, 2014, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Have you ever felt more ready for spring? Garden lovers unite!  Join us to hear our special guest, Marta McDowell, author, gardener, landscape designer and instructor at the N...
  • Travesías : Mexican Art Exhibit
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    Travesías: an art exhibit by artists of the state of Puebla, Mexico. This exhibit is available to the public from April 30th to May 16th, 2014.
  • Maker Morning
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    The current “Maker Revolution” is all about imagination and implementation. On Saturday, May 3rd, a celebration of this new culture will take place at the White Plains Public Library. The idea is to highlight local creation and originality. There will be 3D printing, robotics, and people from al...
  • Meet the Author: Jane Green
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    New York Times best-selling author Jane Green will join us on Sunday, April 27th at 2:00 p.m. to talk about her latest hot read, Tempting Fate.   In Green’s 15th novel, a girls’ night out leads to unforeseen complications and  difficult choices when a happily married mother of teenagers and a...
  • The Westchester Children's Museum
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    “The Wizard of Oz” has captured the hearts and imaginations of people all over the world for more than 100 years. Dorothy, Toto and friends are celebrating the 75th anniversary of their award winning movie in 2014. Did L. Frank Baum write a simple story for children or did he create a myth f...
  • 15th Anniversary Clarice Wilson Memorial Concert
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    The concert will be presented on Sunday, April 13, at 2:00 p.m. The Damocles Trio will perform a program of Haydn, Turina and Brahms featuring Adam Kent at the piano, Airi Yoshoika on violin and Sibylle Johner on cello. The Damocles Trio was founded in 1996 by pianist Adam Kent, violinist Airi Yosh...
  • New NY Bridge Lego Model On Display In The Trove
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    The New NY Bridge to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge will be under construction until 2018, but if you come into The Trove at The White Plains Public Library today, you will be treated to a sneak preview of the completed bridge. Members of the Trove’s Lego Club have built a model of the new brid...
  • UNSEEN ROLLING STONES, LED ZEPPELIN, CLAPTON AND OTHER PHOTOGRAPHS 1967-76
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    On view March 10 – April 27, 2014 in the White Plains Library Gallery, this exhibit celebrates the golden age of rock and roll in photographs, some never before exhibited, taken by Tapani Talo, a White Plains resident, architect, photographer and, during the time the photographs were taken, a soun...
  • How to Build a Computer
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    Building a computer from parts is much cheaper than buying one readily assembled. At the “How to Build a Computer” workshop in the Edge, on March 31st from 4:00 – 5:00p.m., teens will be able to see what an individually constructed PC looks like and participate in the process of upgrading...
  • The Harlem Fine Arts Show Comes to White Plains
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    The City of White Plains Youth Bureau, the Westchester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the White Plains Public Library are pleased to present the third Annual Harlem Fine Arts Show, the premier showcase for modern and contemporary African Diasporic art, on Thursday, February ...
  • Meet the Instruments! Family program presented by the Music Conservatory of Westchester
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    On three Sunday afternoons at 2 pm, February 2, 9 and 23, the Music Conservatory of Westchester will conduct an interactive workshop and presentation by the faculty and students. Each workshop will focus on a variety of instruments and styles of music. Bring the family to learn about the strings, ...
  • Take Your Child To The Library Day is this Saturday, February 1st!
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    The Trove at the White Plains Public Library is joining this fun campaign for the first time this year. Every day is really a good day to take your child to the Library, but this is a good way to remind folks to come by and see all that we offer. At 11 am, Rosy Puppets presents The Little Red Hen....
  • Kerbal Space Program: Explore the Cosmos
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    Get inspired! Kerbal Space Program is a space-mission simulator in which players create and manage missions to the stars. The goal is to build spacecraft, fly them, and attempt to land “Kerbals” on distant celestial objects. Teens in The Edge can virtually create and manage flights to space on T...
  • We're Almost Back to Normal
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    With the opening of The Edge on December 14th, phase one of the renovation is almost done. So what’s new? First off, the book drop on the exterior of the building, has re-opened, and will remain open 24/7/365. That was the one part of the renovation that made people the unhappiest, so it’s good ...
  • Ebru-Water Marbling Demonstration
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    The White Plains Public Library with the collaboration of the Turkish Cultural Center of Westchester present the elegantly beautiful ancient art form of Ebru – Water Marbling to the community. Artists Yurdagul and Yasemin Ozsavasci will create elegant works of art by dripping special paints ov...
  • Ebru-Water Marbling
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    The ancient and beautiful Turkish art of paper marbling known as Ebru is on display now at the White Plains Public Library Museum Gallery. You can enjoy the work of artist Yasemin Ozsavasci until February 25, 2014. Presented in collaboration with the Turkish Cultural Center of Westchester.
  • The Edge Grand Opening Event
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    The grand opening of the Edge teen area at the White Plains Public Library is still scheduled for today Saturday 12/14. Please check back here for possible changes due to increasing bad weather.
  • Confused by Obamacare?
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    Health Navigators from the Westchester County Department of Health will be here to provide one-on-one support to individuals seeking more information and assistance in signing up for health insurance as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Appointments are required and may be made by calling 914-81...
  • An Afternoon of Klezmer with Kapelye
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    Back by popular demand! Enjoy a spirited and nostalgic musical journey, with Old World traditions and New World influences. Featuring Ken Maltz on clarinet, Peter Sokolow on keyboards and vocals, and Marty Confurius on bass. The performance will take place on Sunday, December 8 at 1:30pm and again...
  • How to Make Dubstep
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    Learn how to produce Dubstep like the pros do on an iPad! Novice musicians and Dubstep fans alike will learn how to create songs at The Edge in December every Thursday from 4:30-5:30pm. Teens will discover how to use modern iPad audio applications and sound like modern professionals. For teens only....
  • Virtual Computing
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    Have you ever seen a computer inside a computer? With VirtualBox, a free virtualization product from Oracle, you can install and use an isolated Operating System (OS) within another. Teens are welcome to join this class on December 3rd and December 10th from 5-6pm to find out how. Students will use ...
  • FREE English as a Second Language Classes
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    Learn English FREE at the Library! The White Plains Public Library, in partnership with Westchester Community College, is pleased to again offer classes in spring 2014. Classes are offered mornings, evenings and weekends, and focus on speaking, listening, reading and writing English. Registration da...
  • Alice - 3D computer programming
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    Children at the White Plains Public Library can learn the basics of computer programing with Alice 2.3, a computer application developed by Carnegie Mellon. By designing 3D animations and video games of their very own, 4th, 5th and 6th graders will be executing essential computer commands – th...
  • FREE English as a Second Language Classes
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    Learn English FREE at the Library! The White Plains Public Library, in partnership with Westchester Community College, is pleased to again offer classes in spring 2014. Classes are offered mornings, evenings and weekends, and focus on speaking, listening, reading and writing English. Registration d...
  • Library Construction Update
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    Our new teen library, The Edge, is progressing right on schedule. Attendees of our gala got a sneak peek on November 2—some photos are included here—but anyone coming into the library can get a glimpse of The Edge from the lobby. By now, all the infrastructure is finished, and the next two week...
  • Multi-Sensory Storytime on Saturday, November 16 at 10:30 a.m.
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    Join staff from the Kiyoko Brown Lekotek Center for a storytime designed for all abilities and attention spans. It is recommended for children on the autism spectrum as well as other children with disabilities. Children from 3 to 6 years old with a caregiver are welcome to register for this program ...
  • Learn How to Make Personalized Cards and Flyers with Microsoft Publisher 2007
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    Want to create your own personalized birthday cards, holiday cards, or party invitations?  How about designing a flyer for your tag sale or an event your club is sponsoring? Learn how at our hands-on class, Introduction to Microsoft Publisher 2007, on November 14 from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. Registrati...
  • Sleep Deprivation as We Age
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    Having trouble sleeping? As we age we often experience normal changes in our sleeping patterns. We may become sleepy earlier, wake up earlier or enjoy less deep sleep. Join us on Thursday, November 7 at 1:00 p.m. as Geoff Levy, from the White Plains Hospital Sleep Center, discusses why this happens ...
  • Website Design Class for Teens: Create a Distracted Driving Website
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    Are you interested in learning website design or how to build a website? In this class we will cover Internet research, web design and building to create a site on the dangers of distracted driving. The site will be uploaded to the Internet so everyone can see it. There will be a launch party at the...
  • Library Foundation's 8th Annual Fall Gala Saturday, November 2
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    The Library Foundation will hold its Fall Gala, Saturday, November 2, 7:00-10:00 p.m., at the Library.  As our major fall fundraiser, the event supports a wide range of Library programs and resources that promote literacy, education, job readiness, personal enrichment and more. Join us to celebrate...
  • Celebrate Diwali with Us!
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    Learn about Indian culture in this children’s program! Join us to celebrate Diwali with our Indian community. Also known as “Festival of Lights”, Diwali is a Hindu festival that celebrates the triumph of good versus evil. The Library will hold a celebration on Sunday, October 27 at...
  • Volunteer GED Tutors Needed
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    According to the US Census, 90,000 adults in Westchester do not have high school diplomas. The Office of Community Connections at the Westchester Library System is seeking volunteers to help GED seekers of all ages improve their skills and prepare for the exam. Opportunities are available in White P...
  • White Plains Youth Bureau Accepting Applications for Youth of the Year Award
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    The White Plains Youth Bureau is now accepting applications for its Youth of the Year Award. The Award is given annually to a graduating high school senior from either a public or private school. The award recognizes outstanding volunteer service and contributions to making a difference in the City ...
  • The History and Future of Video Games
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    The progression of technology is seemingly exponential, especially with regard to electronic gaming. In “The History & Future of Video Games,” a class consisting of three independent sessions on October 2, October 9, and October 23 at 3:30 p.m., teens are exposed to video games of the past a...
  • College Essay Workshop for First Generation College Students
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    We will host a college essay writing workshop for first generation college students on Saturday, October 19 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 26 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (This is a two-session program.) The workshop is open to high school seniors who are first in their families to apply t...
  • Join Job Club for Expert Job Seeking Advice
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    Out of work? Underemployed? Looking to change career paths or just start one? The White Plains Library Job Club is for you. Each week professional career counselors will introduce a new topic from interview skills to using social media for a job search. Get support, exchange ideas, ask questions or ...
  • Short Story Discussion Series Continues
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    Join librarian Barbara Wenglin for a lively discussion of two coming-of-age short stories from the series anthology, Wonderful Town — New York Stories from the New Yorker.  Books are available to borrow (as well as eBook copies), with a copy kept at the reference desk for reading in the Library...
  • Personal Finance Workshop: Planning for Long Term Care and Disability
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    If you got sick and needed long term care, how would you pay for it? Who would handle your bills and your health care decisions? Are you worried that your aging parents might need long term care? Elder law attorney Frances Pantaleo, Partner of Walsh, Amicucci & Pantaleo LLP and Chair of the Elde...
  • Come Join the Job Club
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    Out of work? Underemployed? Looking to change career paths or just start one? This newly formed job club is for you. Each week professional career counselors will introduce a new topic from interview skills to using social media for a job search. Get support, exchange ideas, ask questions or explore...
  • Hands-on Help for the Unemployed and Under-Employed
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    Our next program for job seekers provides two great workshops in one: 1. Digital Dirt: Unfavorable Information About You That Can Be Found on the Internet. Do you realize that digital dirt might sabotage your job search or career development? Come and learn how to manage your online reputation. 2. E...
  • Fall SAT Prep and College Workshops
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    This fall get ready to take the SATs and start your college applications at the Library. Princeton Review will be holding two SAT practice test sessions on September 21 and October 12. They will be following up with their SAT 101 Test Review course on October 26. College Planning 101 is coming to gi...
  • Four Pillars of Business Wisdom
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    A Wealth of Finance, Marketing, Legal, and HR Advice in One Evening! SCORE Westchester and Webster Bank are presenting a free forum at the Library on Wednesday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. with four leading business experts who will present unique points of view on sales growth, financial control, bus...
  • Venessa Marco Performs at White Plains Library Poetry Slam
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    Our Poetry Slam & Open Mic program this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. features Venessa Marie Marco, a member of the 2013 Nuyorican National Slam Team, which placed third in the National Poetry Slam in Boston in August. She is an Afro-Caribbean writer who recently moved to New York to pursue her educati...
  • Julia and the "Duke"
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    The White Plains Jazz Festival is coming to town September 6, 7 and 8! Our contribution to this celebration of excellent music and food is to bring back Julia Breanetta Simpson, who performed her acclaimed one-woman show “Harlem On My Mind” here in February 2011. The auditorium was packed! It...
  • Kindergarten Here I Come!
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    School starts in White Plains on Monday, September 9. For children entering Kindergarten, it is an important time. Watch a film together with your child to help them get ready. Upbeat and authentic, this 18 minute, special video generates excitement about starting Kindergarten. There will be an all ...
  • FREE English Class Registration is Nearly Over for Fall Classes
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    In partnership with Westchester Community College, the library is offering FREE English classes for adults. The classes are held year-round by professional teachers during the daytime, evenings or weekends in a welcoming environment. Students are registered and tested to determine the level to be pl...
  • International Film Festival Coming to a Close
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    Thank you to everyone who joined us for this summer’s festival. We plan to be back next year with a variety of acclaimed international films. Our last film will be Rudo y Cursi (Mexico, comedy/drama/sport), starring Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal, who also starred together in the criticall...
  • English as a Second Language Class Registration
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    In partnership with Westchester Community College, the library is offering FREE English classes for adults. The classes are held year-round by professional teachers during the daytime, evenings or weekends in a welcoming environment. Students are registered and tested to determine the level to be pl...
  • Library Team Competes in National Poetry Slam
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    The Library’s poetry slam team is competing in preliminary bouts at the 2013 National Poetry Slam in Boston this Tuesday and Thursday. Hostage, Eric ZORK Alan (slammaster), Nina Robins, and AJ won spots on the team by competing in our Poetry Slam Finals in May. Assistant slammaster LV (Laura V...
  • Don't Miss the Rest of the International Film Festival
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    Join us while you can for our International Film Festival! Each film will be shown at 2 p.m., and repeated at 7 p.m., on Mondays through the end of August. Last week’s film, The Band’s Visit was sweet. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend borrowing the DVD from our collection. In it...
  • Registration for FREE English Classes
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    In partnership with Westchester Community College, the library is offering FREE English classes for adults. The classes are held year-round by professional teachers during the daytime, evenings or weekends in a welcoming environment. Students are registered and tested to determine the level to be pl...
  • The Final Four Films!
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    Our International Film Festival concludes at the end of August, so join us while you can! Each film will be shown at 2 p.m., and repeated at 7 p.m., on Mondays. Here’s the remaining films: 8/5 The Band’s Visit (Israel, comedy/drama) 8/12 Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter and … Spring (So...
  • Library Reads - A new nationwide list for book lovers
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    Every day our library staff share books they love with our patrons. Now, you can reach beyond the White Plains Public Library walls to find out what books librarians in the rest of the country can’t wait to share. LibraryReads – a new program, launching today, harnesses the value of “library s...
  • Hacker Academy
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    The White Plains Public Library is proud to announce the first in what is expected to be a series of exciting new technology programs geared specifically for teens: Hacker Academy: How to create and program your own computer. In this course, consisting of four one and a half hour sessions from July ...
  • What's Next in the International Film Festival?
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    If you haven’t yet, please join us for our ongoing International Film Festival. On Mondays in July and August we’re showing films from a variety of countries. Each film will be shown at 2 p.m. and repeated at 7 p.m. We hope you’ll come see as many films as your schedule allows. Aft...
  • Downloading Free Music with Freegal
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    Come to our computer class on Thursday, August 1, from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m., and learn how to download files from Freegal Music, a service provided by the Library. Bring your MP3 player and choose from thousands of artists and millions of pop, rock, country and classical songs, in genres ranging from...
  • Teen Cartooning Workshop with Jerry Craft
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    Tuesday, July 30 at 3:00 PM Teens will learn drawing and storytelling techniques, and create their own cartoon. Check out http://jerrycraft.net/ to see some of the artist’s work.
  • Help for the Unemployed and Under-Employed
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    Job Hunters:  Come to Online Job Search, our computer class on Wednesday, July 31, at 7:30 p.m., to discover web sites to help you find a job or switch careers. Participants in this hands-on class will be introduced to a number of resources available on the web. Seats are limited, so don’t de...
  • Exciting New Technology Program for Teens
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    The White Plains Public Library is proud to announce the first in what is expected to be a series of exciting new technology programs geared specifically for teens:  Hacker Academy:  How to create and program your own computer.  In this course, consisting of four one and a half hour sessions from...
  • Six more films to go!
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    Please join us for our ongoing International Film Festival. On Mondays in July and August we’re showing films from a variety of countries. Each film will be shown at 2 p.m. and repeated at 7 p.m. We hope you’ll come see as many films as your schedule allows. After the festival, the films...
  • What is Your Body Mass Index and What Does it Mean?
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    Ever wonder what your Body Mass Index (BMI) is? Stop by the White Plains Library to get your BMI tested in only two minutes. Come and talk with Sandy Gallo, RN on Thursday, July 25 between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. and she’ll gladly answer your questions. Sandy can help you help understand what your ...
  • International Film Festival Continues...
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    Library patrons have been enjoying our International Film Festival. We hope more of you will join us on Mondays in July and August to watch 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—26 years!— with only tw...
  • Library "breaks ground" for The Edge, our new teen space!
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    Over 80 community members joined Mayor Thomas Roach at the Library’s official groundbreaking ceremony on June 24 to kick off construction of The Edge, our new 3,000 sq. ft. space for teens.  The Edge will be built this summer and fall as part of Phase I of the Library’s first floor renovatio...
  • Meet Stephanie Evanovich, author of Big Girl Panties
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    Saturday, July 13 at 2:00 p.m. Interested in a sizzling hot beach book? Come and listen to Stephanie Evanovich speak about her debut novel. Big Girl Panties is a funny, clever, and well-paced read centered on a young widow who learns how to build a new life for herself. The author is a full-fledged...
  • International Film Festival 2013
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    Please join us for our annual International Film Festival. On Mondays in July and August (starting July 8th) 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—26 years!— with only two summers when it ...
  • Be Inspired by The Trove's 2013 Summer StoryWalk®
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    Be inspired to discover the world! Children in grades 1 through 6 and their families are invited to take a walk along the Trove’s 2013 Summer StoryWalk®, which opens Monday, July 1 at 10:00 am in the Trove. Come take a walk any time The White Plains Public Library is open throughout the mont...
  • Summer Reading Events for Teens
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    Summer Reading Kick-off Party Saturday, June 15, 3:00 p.m. at The Galleria Join us as members of the WPHS Song Writer’s club perform their original music. Enter to win raffle prizes and play The Deadliest Drive, our distracted driving video game. There will be plenty of giveaways. Summer Reading E...
  • Summer Reading in The Trove!
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    “Dig Into Reading” this summer in The Trove! Our Summer reading game begins June 24th and continues until August 16th.  Read exciting books and come in to tell us about it.  Every day that you report, you get a prize!  Collect summer reading passport stamps when you visit The Trove! ...
  • Game's On! - Scrabble, Chess, Checkers and More
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    Get your game on! Stop by on Friday afternoons starting June 7, between 1:00-3:00 p.m., to meet new people and learn new games. (Participants must be 18 years of age or older.) Feel free to bring your own games and share them with others, or play the games we provide. Light refreshments will be serv...
  • Social Media and Your Job Search: Use LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to Land Your Next Interview
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    Monday, June 17 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.   Social media has helped to create new and unique ways to search for a job. Come hear Bless Vaidian, career coach talk about how to use social media as an ally in your job search. There are many ways to use LinkedIn and other online profiles to find job list...
  • Come Practice Your Spanish
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    Want to brush up on your Spanish skills? Join our Spanish conversation class every Tuesday in June from 7-8 p.m. During the class you will learn new vocabulary and expressions and spend an hour conversing in a lively, welcoming environment. The emphasis will be on spoken Spanish and is designed for ...
  • Game's On! - Scrabble, Chess, Checkers and More
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    Get your game on! Stop by on Friday afternoons starting June 7, between 1:00-3:00 p.m., to meet new people and learn new games. (Participants must be 18 years of age or older.) Feel free to bring your own games and share them with others, or play the games we provide. Light refreshments will be serv...
  • Tech Help on Tuesday Nights
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    Got questions? The library will be providing Drop-in Computer Help every Tuesday evening in June, July and August from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Our tech expert will answer your questions on everything from basic tasks such as setting up files in your computer and adding attachments to your emails, to using...
  • Do you have a baby?
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    The Parent/Child Connection is a 3-part program designed for children from 13 months to 36 months old, with a parent or caregiver. It offers you an opportunity to meet other parents and play with your child in a warm and informal setting. At each session, there will be an expert on hand to answer yo...
  • The Dangers of Distracted Driving
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    Teens and parents, join us for a vital program about preparing teens to be safe drivers and making the roads safer for everyone. Our panelists, Jim Fatigate, driving educator, PAS Auto School, and Susan Brownbill-Vega, Westchester County Assistant District Attorney, will talk about the risks of dist...
  • Honoring the Incomparable Ethel Waters
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    Jazz vocalist Shirley Crabbe (shown at left) joins us on Sunday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m. to perform a one-woman show featuring 12 songs made famous by America’s first black superstar, Ethel Waters. Seasoned with stories drawn from Ms. Waters’ autobiography, His Eye is on the Sparrow, this s...
  • Dan Brown Broadcast Live from Lincoln Center
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    Billed as “An Evening of Codes, Symbols and Secrets,” #1 international best-selling author Dan Brown’s May 15 appearance at Lincoln Center will be broadcast live over the Internet to White Plains Public Library. We hope you’ll join us for this exciting event that evening at 7...
  • Slamming to Make the Team
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    The library will be holding our Poetry Slam Finals on Wednesday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m. The winners of this competition will make up our official 2013 White Plains/ Westchester Poetry Slam Team. Our team  – the only one in Westchester County recognized by Poetry Slam International  – plans to co...
  • The Basics of Insurance, Saving and Investing
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    Join us on May 14 at 7 p.m. for “The Basics of Insurance, Saving & Investing.” You will gain strategies to help you achieve your financial goals and learn how insurance, saving, and investing contribute to your personal and family financial health. Presented by financial educator Lew...
  • Promoting Your Personal "Brand"
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    On Monday, May 6 from 7:00-8:30 p.m., job seekers can learn how to set themselves apart from other candidates by promoting their personal brand. Use your resume, social media profile, elevator-pitch and other job search tools to stand out in a sea of job seekers. Determine what your personal brand i...
  • Have you joined our short story discussion group yet?
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    White Plains Librarian Barbara Wenglin has returned to explore compelling short stories from the acclaimed anthology, Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker ~ Celebrating 75 years of the magazine’s enduring literary influence, edited by David Remnick (Random House, 2000). We are usin...
  • El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day)
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    Come join us on Tuesday, April 30th at 7 p.m. to celebrate El día de los niños/O día dos Meninos/Children’s Day, also known as El Día. This year is the 17th anniversary. El Día is a celebration EVERY DAY of children, families, and reading that culminates every year on April 30th. The celebrat...
  • Then and Now -- A Virtual Exhibit
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    Then and Now is an online exhibit in celebration of the American Library Association’s Preservation Week, observed by libraries nation wide, April 21-27. Preservation Week was created in 2010 because some 630 million items in collecting institutions require immediate attention and care. Eighty...
  • Chess with White Plains Chess Master Joshua Colas
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    Test your chess skills against a Master, on Saturday, April 27, 2-4 p.m., for students in grades 3-8. White Plains High School freshman Joshua Colas is the youngest African-American chess master in history. He will talk about how he got started playing chess and about his experiences in internationa...
  • National Poetry Month Continues
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    “Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations p...
  • Soles 4 Souls
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    You may have noticed the box for shoe donations in the Library lobby. The City of White Plains is participating in the Soles 4 Souls campaign through Monday, April 29. Your gift of footwear is important to children and adults around the world. Footwear can help eliminate the spread of disease throug...
  • Head Start Art Fair in The Trove -- A Community Celebration
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    Come to the Head Start Art Fair, a wonderful exhibit in The Trove! Over the next four weeks, art created by children and parents who participate in the White Plains Early Childhood Programs of Family Services of Westchester will be on display along The Trove’s Tree Trail. There will be new art...
  • Pianist Brian Lam to Perform at the 14th Annual Clarice Wilson Memorial Concert
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    Even if you didn’t know Clarice Wilson (music specialist at the Library from 1974-1999) the annual concerts held in her memory are worth attending. Mrs. Wilson supported gifted young artists at the beginning of their careers and this year’s performance continues in that spirit by featuri...
  • Allstate Readiness Series Personal Finance Workshop: Credit Cards, Credit Scores, and Debt Management
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    Gain control of your finances!  Join us Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m. for an interactive workshop on the different types of debt and credit cards being offered, and how they can help you manage your finances. You’ll learn about credit bureaus, credit reports, and your credit score. We’...
  • Still Here Thinking of You: A Second Chance with Our Mothers
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    Join us on Sunday, April 14th from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. as four Westchester women do readings from their recent book, Still Here Thinking Of You:  A Second Chance with Our Mothers. Authors Vicki Addesso, Susan Hodara, Joan Potter, and Lori Toppel will do a group reading from the book. A discussion wi...
  • Our new customer service policy. Why bother?
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    You’ve seen them in banks, stores, and on consumer websites. But why would a library bother creating a customer service policy? For the same reason that any organization that works with the public has adopted one: to let its customers know how they can expect to be treated, in this case, by th...
  • Creative Writing Program for Adults 55+
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    In partnership with The Bristal Assisted Living and the Westchester Library system, White Plains Public Library is pleased to present “Share, Shine, Celebrate!”, creative writing instruction for adults 55+. Explore your life stories with actor/playwright/educator Frank Ingrasciotta. No p...
  • How To Approach A Foundation: From Initial Contact to Getting Funded
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    Looking for assistance on how to approach a foundation for support? Come to the FREE fundraising workshop on Wednesday, April 10th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. to learn how to get the grants you want. Pre-registration is required. Simply visit npccny.org/workshop.htm to register online. Discover how to c...
  • April is National Poetry Month
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    In celebration of National Poetry Month, Professors Lee Schlesinger of Purchase College and Eleanor Ehrenkranz of Pace University will present free programs at the Library. Dr. Schlesinger returns  on Sunday, April 7, from 2-4 PM, with a talk on ”The Power of Poetry and Literature in Troubled Tim...
  • The Sami Rohr Library of Recorded Yiddish Books
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    Yiddish, a language without a country, has an estimated five million speakers throughout the world. Recently, the language has seen a resurgence of interest, particularly among younger generations looking to reconnect with their heritage. Also, the number of speakers is increasing with the growth of...
  • Join our Spring Short Story Discussion Group
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    White Plains Librarian Barbara Wenglin returns to explore compelling short stories from the acclaimed anthology, Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker ~ Celebrating 75 years of the magazine’s enduring literary influence, edited by David Remnick (Random House, 2000). We will use the ...
  • Hear Slam Poet Marty McConnell on April 3
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    Marty McConnell, one of the “greats” in the world of slam poetry, will be performing here on Wednesday, April 3, during our monthly poetry slam and open mic. McConnell has been a member of seven National Poetry Slam teams, and is the 2012 National Underground Poetry Individual Competition Champi...
  • Kids Get to "Act It Out" in The Trove
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    Hi, Kids! Do you see yourself on the big stage – or the big screen – someday?  Get started here in The Trove in our “Act It Out” program.  This 3-session drama workshop for third through sixth graders will include improvisation, theater games, and script reading.  We̵...
  • Fairy Houses – an Exhibit and a Play Workshop
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    An exhibit showcasing the lovely fairy houses and fairy realia of Joan Monk and Bev McAllister from the Westchester Children’s Museum: Museum Without Walls can be currently seen at the Library’s second-floor lobby and in the Trove. The display promotes the upcoming crafts program, Fairy Houses ...
  • National Poetry Month Events
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    April is National Poetry Month! In celebration of poetry, we’re offering two inspiring programs. We hope you’ll join us for one or both. Professor Lee Schlesinger returns to the Library on Sunday afternoon, April 7, from 2:00-4:00 PM, with a timely talk on ”The Power of Poetry and Lite...
  • Introduction To Babysitting – Monday, March 25 from 1:00-5:00 PM
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    This program is for teens who want to become babysitters. You will be a certified babysitter after this 4-hour course. Pizza will be served to help get you through.
  • Financial Goals and Personal Budgeting Techniques - Allstate Readiness Series Personal Finance Workshop I
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    Join us Tuesday, March 19, at 7 pm for the first session of our spring Personal Finance Workshop series. Financial awareness is becoming increasingly more important in every person’s life.  The first step to becoming financially aware is to understand what goes into making a personal budge...
  • Morningstar Investment Research Center
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    The Library is excited to announce that all of our patrons can now access Morningstar Investment Research Center. Find proprietary stock and mutual fund analysis, screening tools and portfolio-building features at your fingertips. This resource also allows you to access extensive financial informati...
  • Mini Golf in the Library: "Tee Off for Education"
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    On Saturday, March 16, experience the Library in a “hole” new way, as the Library is transformed into a miniature golf course!  Kids and adults get to play in two separate events, a free family fun afternoon and an adults-only evening fundraiser “19th hole” party.  Familie...
  • Historic Firefighting Equipment on Display in The Trove
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    You don’t want to miss the collection of historic firefighting equipment on display in The Trove this month. Several items, on loan from the City of White Plains Local History Collection, have been incorporated into The Trove’s Black History StoryWalk®. Among the old firefighting hats on displa...
  • Campaign Finance Reform in New York State
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    The public is invited to a presentation, “We Need It Now! Campaign Finance Reform in New York State,” on Wednesday, March 13, 7-9 p.m., in the Auditorium.  Discussion leaders Laura Ladd Bierman, Executive Director, and Barbara Bartoletti, Legislative Director, of the New York State Lea...
  • Morningstar Investment Research Center
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    The Library is excited to announce that all of our patrons can now access Morningstar Investment Research Center. Find proprietary stock and mutual fund analysis, screening tools and portfolio-building features at your fingertips. This resource also allows you to access extensive financial informati...
  • Immigration Workshop
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    The Pace Community Law Practice will hold a two-hour presentation about immigration law on Saturday, March 9, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Workshop topics include family-based and humanitarian-based immigration remedies, such as: the new 601A waiver; Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); asylum; and...
  • Library Foundation Presents New Video: "Transforming Lives, Every Day"
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    Libraries measure public service by collecting lots of data–number of books borrowed, hours of computer usage, how many people attend programs, etc. But numbers alone don’t tell the story of how the Library helps people learn, build a career, find community, get inspired, have fun, and m...
  • Teen Advisory Group
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    Teens:  You talk, we listen! Talk about issues and topics that concern you. Let us know what you would like to do at the library. Each month we will make a different craft project and eat pizza! Teen Advisory Group meets the first Monday of every month from 4:30-5:30 PM
  • This Sunday: Brian Carter Quartet
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    Kicking off our 2013 jazz series is New Rochelle native Brian Carter and his renowned jazz quartet on Sunday, February 24 at 2 p.m. The quartet will play traditional and fusion jazz, a delight for all ages. You may have seen Brian Carter Quartet previously at the White Plains International Food &...
  • Learn Spanish
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    ¿No hablas español? Would you like to learn? This spring, we are pleased to again offer beginning Spanish conversation classes. In this class participants will be introduced to simple everyday usage of vocabulary, grammar and conversation. Classes meet every Monday and Wednesday from 7:00-8:30 p.m...
  • Black History StoryWalk® Opens Sunday, February 17
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    This month, we remember important people in Black History. Some are widely known while others are less known. However, the accomplishments by these people as a whole are significant and worthy of being shared. Join us in The Trove as we celebrate Black History. The Black History StoryWalk® will ope...
  • Jazz in February: The Brian Carter Quartet
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    Kicking off our 2013 jazz series is New Rochelle native Brian Carter and his renowned jazz quartet on Sunday, February 24 at 2 p.m. The quartet will play traditional and fusion jazz, a delight for all ages. You may have seen Brian Carter Quartet previously at the White Plains International Food &...
  • Claymation for African-American History Month
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    An exciting program for teens! Four Wednesdays: February 6 – 27; 6:00 – 7:00 PM We will be making clay characters to act out scenes of famous African Americans. Claymation is a form of stop motion animation using figures that are malleable – usually made from plasticine clay.
  • Celebrate Chinese New Year! Wednesday, February 13 at 4:30 pm
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    Celebrate the year of the snake with Chinese Language Development Center teachers. Hear stories, learn some calligraphy and Chinese paper cutting. This after school program is for children Kindergarten through 4th grade. Limited space – tickets distributed a half hour before program, so please...
  • Library Closed for Lincoln's Birthday
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    In honor of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, the Library is closed on Tuesday, February 12. Some recent books the Library has acquired on President Lincoln include: Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty by Tonya Bolden (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2013) ...
  • Storm Watch
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    UPDATE: Our schedule for Saturday, Feb. 9th is to be open from 1pm until 5pm. Check here for updates as the storm progresses.
  • Citizenship Workshop -- Presented by Westchester Community College
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    On Saturday, February 16, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m., the White Plains Public Library will host a free citizenship workshop. This workshop will present an overview of the U.S. citizenship test; how it is set up and what is on it. It will also include an overview of the free test preparation materials that a...
  • Seeking Work? Join the Job Club!
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    Out of work? Underemployed? Looking to change career paths or just start one? This newly formed job club is for you. Each week professional career counselors will introduce a new significant topic to the job seeker such as interview skills and social media. Get support, exchange ideas or explore new...
  • For Teens: Music Remix Through Hip Hop Elements
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    Have you ever wanted to make your own hip hop music or wonder how artists mix songs together? Then join us for this 6-week workshop where you will learn about hip hop and mix your own song. Saturdays, January 19 – February 23, from 2:30-4:30 PM. Registration is required, open to teens only. Regist...
  • Upcoming Teen Program - Claymation
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    Four Wednesdays: February 6 – 27; 6:00 – 7:00 PM We will be making clay characters to act out scenes of famous African Americans.
  • Meet the Instruments! with the Music Conservatory of Westchester
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    Come learn about the instruments of the orchestra: piano, brass, woodwinds and strings. Staff and students at the Music Conservatory of Westchester will introduce children to these instruments. For families.
  • Seeking Work? Join the Job Club!
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    Out of work? Underemployed? Looking to change career paths or just start one? This newly formed job club is for you. Each week professional career counselors will introduce a new significant topic to the job seeker such as interview skills and social media. Get support, exchange ideas or explore new...
  • Library Foundation Presents New Video: "Transforming Lives, Every Day"
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    Libraries measure public service by collecting lots of data–number of books borrowed, hours of computer usage, how many people attend programs, etc.  But numbers alone don’t tell the story of how the Library helps people learn, build a career, find community, get inspired, have fun, and...
  • Upcoming Teen Program - Video Game Creation
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    Ten Thursdays:  January 17 – March 21; 4:00-5:45 PM Learn the basics of video game design and create a video game using Scratch open source software. This is part of the Allstate Readiness Series – the video game will be used to show teens the dangers of distracted driving.  
  • Learn How to Use Firefox!
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    Have parents, friends or relatives who want to learn how to go on the Internet?  If they know how to use a mouse, they’d fit right in at our Web Browser Basics class. Students will learn the basics of the Mozilla Firefox browser, including toolbar buttons, typing in a web address, using links...
  • Child Care Council Presents Workshops in Spanish
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    (English translation below.) ¿Te encantan los niños y estás interesada en aprender sobre el cuidado de niños? Estaremos ofreciendo los siguiente talleres ofrecidos por el Child Care Council of Westchester en español. Diferentes Temperamentos de los Infantes sábado,  26 de enero de 2-4 p.m. To...
  • Free Web Browser Basics Computer Class for Beginners
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    Have parents, friends or relatives who want to learn how to go on the Internet?  If they know how to use a mouse, they’d fit right in at our Web Browser Basics class. Students will learn the basics of the Mozilla Firefox browser, including toolbar buttons, typing in a web address, using links...
  • Act It Out! - Drama Workshop for Kids
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    Act It Out! starts Tuesday, January 15 at 4:30 p.m. There is still time to register! This three-session drama workshop includes theater games and script reading for children in grades 3-6. A group performance will be held at the end of the last session on January 29th at 5 p.m. Children get to pract...
  • Wishful Shrinking
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    If your New Year’s resolution to lose weight has hit a snag, join us for inspiration and motivation on Tuesday, January 22nd, at 7 p.m. for “Secrets of Weight Management”. This informative workshop will be presented by Stacey Lynn Jackson, M.S., a registered dietician from Shop Rit...
  • Libraries And E-Lending: The 'Wild West' Of Digital Licensing?
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    (This article originally appeared on npr.org on December 27, 2012 by NPR Staff.) Have you ever borrowed an e-book from a library? If the answer is no, you’re a member of a large majority. A survey out Thursday from the Pew Internet Project finds that only 5 percent of “recent library use...
  • For Teens: Music Remix Through Hip Hop Elements
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    Have you ever wanted to make your own hip hop music or wonder how artists mix songs together? Then join us for this 6-week workshop where you will learn about hip hop and mix your own song. Saturdays, January 19 – February 23, from 2:30-4:30 PM. Registration is required, open to teens only. Regist...
  • Artist Reception: Diane McCulloch - Fantasy Visions
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    Join us this Sunday, January 13 from 1-3 p.m. for the opening of “Fantasy Visions,” an exhibit of paintings in mixed media that are at once colorful, thought-provoking, and entertaining. Artist Diane McCulloch will be in attendance. One of her paintings, Chinese Destiny, is shown here. ...
  • Have a Good Mental Health Day -- Everyday!
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    Join Scott Trefny, Senior Rehabilitation Therapist from The NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division, for a lecture on Wednesday, January 16 at 7 p.m. Taking a 24/7 approach, this program guides participants in creating a schedule including sleep, personal needs, and recreation to insure a positive...
  • Celebrate "My Brother Martin" in The Trove on Monday, January 14
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    Children in grades K through 6 are invited to come to The Trove on Monday, January 14 at 4:30 p.m. to remember the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a program of activities designed to celebrate his life. This program will feature a reading of the children’s biography, My Brother Martin...
  • Child Care Council Presents Workshops in Spanish
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    (English translation below.) ¿Te encantan los niños y estás interesada en aprender sobre el cuidado de niños? Este més estaremos ofreciendo los siguiente talleres ofrecidos por el Child Care Council of Westchester en Español. Rutinas Diarias y el Cuidado sábado, 12 de enero de 2-4 p.m. El com...
  • Free Computer Class: Introduction to Microsoft Publisher 2007
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    Want to create a greeting card or a simple flier on your computer? Sign up for our class on Thursday, January 10, at 10:15 a.m. for an introduction to using Microsoft Publisher 2007. Publisher is a desktop publishing program that is fairly easy to use. The class size is limited to twelve so that eve...
  • Film: Ahead of Time
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    This month we wrap up the Hadassah Film Festival, four great evenings of documentary films celebrating Jewish women who impacted the world. On Tuesday, January 8 from 6:45 – 8:45 p.m. we will show “Ahead of Time”, rescheduled from October 30. “Ahead of Time” is a docume...
  • New Year, New You!
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    Most people give up on their New Year’s resolutions within the first few weeks of the new year. Be the exception to the rule by visiting the Library in January for a series of four programs to help you keep them this year. Wednesday, January 9, 7pm How to Quit Smoking for the Very Last Time! P...
  • Ben Figueroa Performs at 1st Wednesday Poetry Slam
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    Come hear Ben “Broken English” Figueroa at our January 2 Poetry SLAM and Open Mic. Ben, the Poet Laureate of Union City, New Jersey, is a self-taught writer, poet, and stage performer. He has headlined shows at Howl Festival, The Bowery Poetry Club, Art House Productions, Louder Arts, and severa...
  • Keep the Kids Busy at The Trove
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    A week off from school! What to do with this gift of time? Come to The Trove. Today, Wednesday, December 26, Stories & Stuff for children age 4 & 5 will be at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and the family program Pajamarama is at 7 p. m. Tomorrow, Thursday, December 27 at 4 p.m., there will be a spe...
  • Holiday Closings
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    During this busy holiday season we will be open our regular hours on most days. Please note the exceptions: The Library will be open 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (closing early) on: Christmas Eve – Monday, December 24 New Year’s Eve – Monday, December 31 The Library will be closed on: Ch...
  • Ben Figueroa Performs at 1st Wednesday Poetry Slam
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    Come hear Ben “Broken English” Figueroa at our January 2 Poetry SLAM and Open Mic. Ben, the Poet Laureate of Union City, New Jersey, is a self-taught writer, poet, and stage performer. He has headlined shows at Howl Festival, The Bowery Poetry Club, Art House Productions, Louder Arts, and severa...
  • Free Citizenship Classes
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    The Library is hosting free citizenship classes beginning the week of January 8. 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. Student...
  • Holiday and Vacation Programs in The Trove
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    A week off from school! What to do with this gift of time? Come to The Trove. On Sunday, December 23, we will have ¡Feliz Navidad!, a family storytime in Spanish. The following Sunday, we will have Lionheart Puppets perform The Reluctant Dragon. Both programs are at 2 p.m. On Wednesday, December 26...
  • Hooked Rugs of Mary Parker
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    The hooked rugs of fiber enthusiast Mary Parker will be on view in the Museum Gallery at the White Plains Public Library from Monday, December 3, 2012 to Friday, January 11, 2013. Ms. Parker’s work is inspired by the past and present of Westchester and Putnam Counties. Hooked highlights include lo...
  • ¡Venga y conozca a Dra. Isabel! - Come and enjoy an afternoon with Dr. Isabel
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    Venga y conozca a Dra. Isabel! La Dra. Isabel Gómez-Bassols, mejor conocida por sus legiones de fanáticos como “La Doctora Isabel, el Angel de la Radio,” es la primera sicóloga radial hispana del país. Estará compartiendo sus historias favoritas y leyendo de su último libro “Pensamientos...
  • Allstate Readiness Teen Safe Driving Open House
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    Are you a teen driver?  Hoping to get your license soon?  Parent of a teen learning to drive?  Stop by the Library Saturday, December 15, between 1:30-4:30 p.m., and get some great info on becoming a safe driver, plus goodie bags courtesy of The Allstate Foundation.  Enjoy holiday refreshments, ...
  • Teen Holiday Party!
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    Friday, December 21, 3:30-6:00 Music, snacks & edible crafts. Start your holiday recess with a party. We will be making edible crafts, listening to holiday music and eating snacks. Then we will watch the Hunger Games and eat pizza. At the end of the movie you can pick a gift out of the grab bag....
  • Holiday Concert with New Westchester Symphony Orchestra
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    Join us Sunday, December 16, at 3 pm for a delightful holiday concert. The New Westchester Symphony Orchestra, a community-based ensemble of amateur musicians who gather weekly to make music, will perform at this free program. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the White Plains Library Founda...
  • Allstate Readiness Teen Safe Driving Open House
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    Are you a teen driver?  Hoping to get your license soon?  Parent of a teen learning to drive?  Stop by the Library Saturday, December 15, between 1:30-4:30 p.m., and get some great info on becoming a safe driver, plus goodie bags courtesy of The Allstate Foundation.  Enjoy holiday refreshments, ...
  • English as a Second Lanugage Registration
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    Looking for an exciting way to learn English for free? The White Plains Public Library can help.  Partnered with Westchester Community College, White Plains Library offers free classes for adults. The courses are offered in spring (January-April), summer (May-early August) and fall (September-Decem...
  • Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women
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    Join us for the Hadassah Film Festival, four great evenings of documentary films celebrating Jewish women who impacted the world. On four Tuesday evenings, the Westchester Region of Hadassah will host films and discussions on the lives of remarkable Jewish women. The fourth film, “Making Troub...
  • Healthy Decision Making: Peer-to-Peer Education
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    Monday, December 10, 7:00 PM Young People Achieve! Join us for English & Spanish presentations made by students from White Plains High School on healthy decision making, self-esteem & setting goals. Refreshments will be served.
  • An Afternoon of Klezmer
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    Join us on Sunday, December 9 for our annual klezmer concert. Enjoy a lively & nostalgic musical journey, featuring Old World traditions & New World voices with Kapelye, “The First Ambassadors of Klezmer.” Eric Berman, tuba/bass; Ken Maltz, clarinet; and Peter Sokolow, keyboard/v...
  • Westchester Readers, Come Meet Westchester Writers
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    Every year the county’s annual literary journal, The Westchester Review, hosts a couple hours of readings by local authors here at White Plains Library. Join us on Saturday, December 8 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. as we celebrate the 2013 edition of The Westchester Review, featuring authors from the...
  • Short Story Discussion
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    There’s still time to enjoy a session of our short story discussion group. On Thursday, December 6 at 2 p.m. White Plains librarian Barbara Wenglin returns to explore compelling short stories from the acclaimed anthology, “Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker ~ Celebratin...
  • Upcoming Math Programs for Kids and Parents
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    The White Plains Public Library is pleased to present two math programs next week. For Kids: Mixing in Math for Grades 3 – 6, December 4, 4:30 p.m. Math is all around us! Join us for math games in The Trove. Play, have fun, and keep your math skills sharp. For Parents: The New Math Curriculum,...
  • Book Bunch - Book Discussion and Pizza for Kids
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    Did you know that The Trove has a book discussion group for third through sixth graders? We read great books and talk about them over pizza at Uno Chicago Grill! Join us for our December Book Bunch. Third and fourth graders will be reading Chocolate Fever, by Robert Kimmel Smith and we will meet on ...
  • Our New, Low Cost Experimental Online Catalog PC
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    In my position as manager of information technology here at White Plains Public Library, there are times when my job goes beyond being merely enjoyable, times when it truly becomes a source of excitement. This is one of those times. The reason for the excitement is a modest little device no bigger t...
  • The Use of a Raspbian-based APC as an OPAC Kiosk System
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    Thanks to the good folks at VIA Technologies, we recently received an APC Android PC for evaluation. The device comes with a VIA 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 2GB NAND flash RAM, VGA, HDMI, 4 x USB, audio in/out, 10/100 ethernet and a microSD card slot. All at a $49 list price and in a 170 x 85mm ...
  • Can you read this?
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    More than 30 million Americans over the age of 16 cannot read, write, or speak English at the 5th grade level. They struggle with even the simplest transactions of daily life, and most job opportunities are closed to them. Can you imagine what life would be like if you couldn’t: •Read the label...
  • Grace Paley: Collected Shorts
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    Join us for the Hadassah Film Festival, four great evenings of documentary films celebrating Jewish women who impacted the world. On four Tuesday evenings this fall, the Westchester Region of Hadassah will host films and discussions on the lives of remarkable Jewish women. The third film is “G...
  • White Plains Building Department Fast-Tracks Permits
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    The City of White Plains Building Department is fast-tracking the permit approval process for homeowners and businesses who come in for a permit to address storm-related damage. Residents and businesses that have work done should make sure they receive a City of White Plains Building Department Cert...
  • Friends Don’t Let Friends TXT & Drive: Part of the Allstate Readiness Series
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    Teens and parents, join us for this vital program on preparing teens to become safe drivers. Monday, November 26, 7:00 p.m. Guest speaker Jacy Good will share her powerful story.  Just hours after her college graduation, Jacy and her parents were victims of a tragic accident involving a teen driver...
  • The Consulate General of Mexico Returns
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    The Consulate General of Mexico will be processing passports and consular IDs for their citizens at the Library on Tuesday, November 27th through Friday, November 30th, 10am — 1:30pm. A limited number of appointments are available each day. To make your free appointment, use MEXITEL: – P...
  • The Art of Storytelling
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    Kids in grades 6-8, join Alex Barile, graduate student at the School of Visual Arts, for this 3-session drawing program. Participants will learn fundamentals of designing a character, figure drawing, how to create a layout, specific angle shots and their meaning, what not to do, and continuity. Snac...
  • A Plan for the Library's Future
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    Interested in where the White Plains Public Library is headed the next few years? Then take a few minutes to look over our strategic plan. Many people in the White Plains community helped out with this plan, whether through interviews, focus groups, informal advice, or our morning-long planning retr...
  • Smart $ for Teens: Part of the Allstate Readiness Series
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    Join us on Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 PM or Wednesday, November 28 at 6:00 PM. This workshop developed for middle school and high school students, teaches smart-money behaviors. It provides an overview of the common money tools teens will use throughout their lives such as credit cards, checking ...
  • Early Closing Due to Weather
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    The Library is closed as of 6:45pm today, Wednesday, November 7th due to the weather. Our next scheduled closed day is Veterans’ Day (observed), Monday, November 12th.  
  • Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg!
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    Join us for our Hadassah Film Festival, four great evenings of documentary films celebrating Jewish women who impacted the world. On four Tuesday evenings this fall, the Westchester Region of Hadassah will host films and discussions on the lives of remarkable Jewish women.    The second film, R...
  • The Rock 'n' Roll Show
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    I’ve been booking concerts for the Library for nearly five years now. When I started, the tradition was to have popular music (in other words, “Great American Songbook”) in the fall and jazz in the spring. While this has always been popular, I started thinking about the audiences w...
  • Non-Fiction Comics
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    When it comes to non-fiction books created in a comics style, the term “graphic novel” becomes a misnomer, although it is certainly still used. I prefer to say “graphic non-fiction.” Are you surprised that non-fiction material has been covered by comics? The one “graphi...
  • Sleepover in The Trove
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    Did anyone ever wonder what goes on in the library after the doors close at night? Well, we offer the chance for your child’s stuffed animal to sleep over and find out. Coming up in November, children ages 4 to 8 years may participate in the two-part Stuffed Animal Sleepover program in the Trove. ...
  • Library Foundation Gala Fundraiser - Saturday, November 3
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    The Foundation will hold its Seventh Annual Fall Gala on Saturday, November 3, 2012, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Library. Join us to honor three Champions of Lifelong Learning:  The Allstate Foundation, G. Frederick Perkins, Jr., and J. Frederick Singleton. Proceeds of the Gala will support the Li...
  • Halloween Stories - Intergenerational Halloween Storytelling
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    This Saturday, October 27 at 3:30 p.m., renowned storyteller Carol Birch will present an intergenerational Halloween storytelling performance for children in second grade and up, and adults. No younger siblings, please – it will be too scary. To make sure everyone is safe and comfortable, tick...
  • Join Us for the Hadassah Film Festival
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    Join us for our Hadassah Film Festival, four great evenings of documentary films celebrating Jewish women who impacted the world. On four Tuesday evenings this fall, the Westchester Region of Hadassah will host films and discussions on the lives of remarkable Jewish women. Our first film, ‘Ahead o...
  • How to Market Your Professional "Brand"
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    How do you separate yourself from the competition when seeking a job? Learn how to market your professional “brand” using your resume, social media and in-person opportunities. A must for new college graduates, career changers, or anyone looking to jump-start their job search in today’s job ma...
  • A Tribute to Musical Legend Johnny Mercer
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    Johnny Mercer began writing songs at the age of 15 and eventually became one of the foremost figures of 20th century American popular music. From the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s, many of the songs Mercer wrote and performed were among the most popular hits of the time. He wrote the lyrics to mor...
  • Lego Donation Day – Saturday, December 8, 2012
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    Wanted!! Your used Legos! Are they gathering dust, no longer being played with? Why not donate them to The Trove’s Lego Club? We are especially in need of Lego mini-figures. Please bring them to The Trove on Saturday, December 8, anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The Trove’s Lego Club beg...
  • Painting on Silk Demonstration
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    Berenice Pliskin has been a working silk painter for the past 20 years. Her paintings have been featured in news media and museums and exhibited widely. Some are being shown in our Museum Gallery right now (through November 16th) alongside her husband Bob’s work. On Wednesday, October 24 from ...
  • Sleepover in The Trove
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    Did anyone ever wonder what goes on in the library after the doors close at night? Well, we offer the chance for your child’s stuffed animal to sleep over and find out. Coming up in October and again in November, children ages 4 to 8 years may participate in the two-part Stuffed Animal Sleepover p...
  • Business Program for Hispanic Entrepreneurs
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    The New York State Small Business Development Center at Manhattanville College will host an event at the White Plains Public Library on Monday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Directed towards the Hispanic community, in honor of Hispanic Heritage month, the goal of this program is to provide info...
  • Westchester Multicultural Children's Book Festival
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    The 1st Annual Westchester Multicultural Children’s Book Festival comes to the White Plains Public Library on Saturday, October 13th from 11:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. The free, all day festival will offer innovative, entertaining, and fun-filled programs for children, parents, teachers, and al...
  • Allstate Readiness Series: Financial Literacy Programs for Adults and Teens
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    Learn how to get your financial house in order at the Library this fall.  Join us at workshops for adults and teens on a variety of personal finance topics: creating a budget, managing your money, protecting your financial security, and planning for long term care.  These programs are part of the ...
  • Car Care Basics for Teens
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    Calling all teens! Join us on October 20 at 2:30 PM to learn some simple things you can do to keep your car running from Richard Manzino, instructor at Saunders Technical High School in Yonkers, NY.  He will explain how your engine works, show you how to fill fluids and the correct way to fill your...
  • Getting Your GED -- Gateway to Your future
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    Do you want to get your GED? Do you need help with math, writing, or understanding what’s on the test? Tutors are available to help you prepare for the exam. This service is free of charge. Classes meet Monday evening from 6:00-8:30 p.m. and Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Registrati...
  • The Art of Bob and Berenice Pliskin
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    Artists Bob and Berenice Pliskin mount a retrospective exhibit of their work on view through November 16th in our Museum Gallery. Ms. Pliskin’s work features paintings on silk. Mr. Pliskin displays his photography. Meet the artists at a reception on Sunday, October 14th, at 2 p.m. Ms. Pliskin ...
  • Day of the Dead Craft Series: Make Your Own Altar
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    Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos is a holiday based on Ancient Aztec, Mayan and Catholic traditions, and is primarily celebrated in Mexico and Central America on the 1st and 2nd of November. Families gather together to celebrate and honor family members and friends who have died. Some of the h...
  • Meet the Author: Zane!
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    New York Times best-selling author Zane will appear at the Library this Saturday, September 29, at noon. We hope you’ll join us for what is sure to be an entertaining Q&A. Bring your questions about her books, how she writes, or maybe how she got started. As part of this appearance, Sarah ...
  • Tomorrow: J. K. Rowling’s New Book
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    Thursday, September 27 is undoubtedly the most anticipated day in publishing this year, as J.K. Rowling’s new book, The Casual Vacancy, hits stores and libraries. We’ve ordered twenty copies, which our distributor reports were shipped yesterday—so we should have them ready to circulate tomorro...
  • Tired of Facebook and YouTube? Try Fleshing Out Some Visions
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    If you visit our CyberSpot and use our public access computers, you may have noticed a couple of changes, the most obvious of which is the installation of 12 new systems with wide screen displays.  They’ve replaced the oldest computers in that area and are much faster than their predecessors....
  • Non-Profits: Find Funding
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    Join us Friday, September 28 at 2:30 p.m. to learn searching strategies for the Foundation Center’s foundation funding research tools. Jimmy Tom, director of the Foundation Center’s New York Library, will conduct a training workshop on grant seeker research tools. Introduction to Finding...
  • Do you have a baby?
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    The Parent/Child Connection is a 3-part program designed for children from 13 months to 36 months old, with a parent or caregiver. It offers you an opportunity to meet other parents and play with your child in a warm and informal setting. At each session, there will be an expert on hand to answer y...
  • Learn Spanish
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    ¿No hablas español? Would you like to learn? This fall, we are pleased to be offering beginning Spanish conversation classes. In this class participants will be introduced to simple everyday usage of vocabulary, grammar and conversation. Classes meet every Monday and Wednesday from 7:00-8:30 p.m....
  • Everything You Wanted To Know About College Applications (But Were Afraid to Ask)
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    Parents and teens: Join us on Monday, September 24, at 7:00 PM for a workshop to help you get started on the college application process. Mollie Reznick, from the College Connection, will address both your questions and concerns while giving you concrete advice on beginning the college application ...
  • Free Career Development Assistance
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    Facing a difficult work situation? Need help planning or managing your career? Thinking about work options you have after 50? Westchester Library System runs specialized programs with trained professionals to guide you in your career path under the program name WEBS. Call 914-674-3612 for more infor...
  • Still Time to Salsa!
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    When we’ve offered salsa classes for teens, many adults have asked for classes for them. The time has come! Learn the basics of this hot Latin dance in a way that is simple and effective. Come alone or with friends. This four week session runs every Tuesday until September 25. Each class is an...
  • Everything You Wanted To Know About College Applications (But Were Afraid to Ask)
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    Parents and teens:  Join us on Monday, September 24, at 7:00 PM for a workshop to help you get started on the college application process. Mollie Reznick, from the College Connection, will address both your questions and concerns while giving you concrete advice on beginning the college applicatio...
  • Allstate Readiness Series: Financial Literacy Programs for Adults and Teens
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    Learn how to get your financial house in order at the Library this fall. Join us at workshops for adults and teens on a variety of personal finance topics: creating a budget, managing your money, protecting your financial security, and planning for long term care. These programs are part of the Alls...
  • Friends of the Library Celebrate 65th Anniversary
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    The Friends of the White Plains Public Library are unsung library heroes. Founded in 1947, this group of volunteers has raised funds for programming, the Museum Gallery, equipment and furnishings. (Including our beautiful Steinway B piano in the auditorium. Many musicians have commented on how nice ...
  • New York Says "Thank You"
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    Join us for a screening of the film “New York Says Thank You” by the New York Says Thank You Foundation on Saturday, September 15th, at 2 p.m. Started in 2003 at the suggestion of a 5-year-old boy, The New York Says Thank You Foundation has grown into one of the nation’s leading organ...
  • From Comic Book to Movie
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    Have I convinced you to try comics yet? What you may not realize is that many popular movies are based on comics and graphic novels. (Wikipedia has a list that spans the globe. For English-language comics-into-movies only, go here.) If you loved “V for Vendetta,” “Ghost World,̶...
  • Search for Jobs and Brand Yourself with LinkedIn
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    Learn how to Leverage LinkedIn to search for jobs and brand yourself at this free program on Wednesday, September 12, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Social Media guru Cheryl Williams will explain: – Why it is important to be on LinkedIn and other social media sites. – How to set up a profile and ways to...
  • Learn to Salsa!
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    When we’ve offered salsa classes for teens, many adults have asked for classes for them. The time has come! Learn the basics of this hot Latin dance in a way that is simple and effective. Come alone or with friends. This four week session begins today, Tuesday, September 4 at 6:30 p.m. and run...
  • A Plan for the Library's Future
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    Interested in where the White Plains Public Library is headed the next few years? Then take a few minutes to look over our strategic plan. Many people in the White Plains community helped out with this plan, whether through interviews, focus groups, informal advice, or our morning-long planning retr...
  • Learn Spanish
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    ¿No hablas español? Would you like to learn? This fall, we are pleased to be offering beginning Spanish conversation classes. In this class participants will be introduced to simple everyday usage of vocabulary, grammar and conversation. Classes meet every Monday and Wednesday from 7:00-8:30 p....
  • Borrow Museum Passes for Free
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    Did you know that the Library offers free Museum Passes to the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Bruce Museum, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, The Frick Collection, Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum, Katonah Museum of Art, and Stepping Stones Museum For Children?  These passes are available to a...
  • Free Citizenship Classes
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    White Plains Public Library, in partnership with Southern Westchester BOCES, is pleased to offer free citizenship classes beginning Tuesday, September 11th. The classes will meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This class will prepare participants to take the United ...
  • Michael Graham's Spring Valley Puppet Theater Returns to White Plains
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    Favorite puppet show Spring Valley Puppet Theater will be here on Monday, August 27 with a performance at 2 p.m. for children going into kindergarten and older. Elementary school aged children will appreciate this show featuring two stories, The Three Wishes & The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing....
  • Yvonne Charles is Retiring
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    Circulation clerk Yvonne Charles is retiring after 35 years of providing service to the Library. Many patrons know Yvonne from their interactions at the check out desk. She will be missed by library staff and White Plains residents alike. Yvonne started working at the Library after being on materni...
  • A Back to School Tip for Parents
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    For kindergarten and elementary school students, a library card should be part of the school supply list. The White Plains Public Library and The Trove give children library cards from birth because the librarians believe that reading aloud to a child is the best preparation for reading. (And studie...
  • Free Citizenship Classes
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    White Plains Public Library, in partnership with Southern Westchester BOCES, is pleased to offer free citizenship classes beginning Tuesday, September 11th. The classes will meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This class will prepare participants to take the United ...
  • Tappan Zee Bridge Impact Study
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    The Library recently received a copy of the Tappan Zee Hudson River Crossing Project Final Environmental Impact Statement and Section 4(f) Evaluation. These four massive binders examine the potential environmental effects of proposed alternatives for the Crossing Project, and where adverse impacts a...
  • Learn English at the Library!
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    English as a second language classes are forming now for the fall semester. In partnership with the Westchester Community College English Language Institute, four beginner levels are offered. Begin the process of learning and actively practicing basic vocabulary, grammar, speaking and listening skil...
  • Comics with a French Flair
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    Did you enjoy TinTin or the Smurfs as a kid? Then you’ve already had  taste of Franco-Belgian comics, another distinct style of comics and graphic novels. As I’ve already covered, the Japanese have their own style, manga, which has influenced Korea’s manwha and China and Hong Kon...
  • Legos at The Trove
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    Lego enthusiasts should check out the display case just outside the Gallery on the second floor of the library. It contains sculptures designed and built by members of The Trove’s Lego Club. Children in grades 1 through 6 are invited to join in the building fun at the monthly meetings. Those who r...
  • Dream Big Family Concert with Scott & Beth
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    Did you ever go on a musical journey through books? Join Beth & Scott Bierko for a collection of funny and original songs adapted from children’s books and folktales. This program encourages reading and an appreciation of diverse cultures. It is perfect for families and readers of all ages...
  • Our Team at the Olympics of Slam -- Nina gets a 10!
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    The White Plains Library Slam team competed in two preliminary bouts at the 2012 National Poetry Slam in Charlotte NC on August 7 and 8. Seventy-two teams from North America are taking part in this five-day event. Although our team did not advance to the next round in the Nationals, which are truly...
  • White Plains Library Foundation Chosen for the STAR Initiative
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    Are you a public radio fan?  During August, listen for radio spots on WNYC AM and FM, and WQXR promoting the White Plains Library Foundation. We were selected under their STAR initiative program, which features three NYC metro area non-profit organizations each month. Or you can check us out on th...
  • Learning from Irene -- August 14, 7pm
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    Building on the experience of Hurricane Irene, this program provides an opportunity to learn about coping with issues that may be lingering from that storm so as to be more prepared for future natural disasters. Activities will be demonstrated to improve techniques in resilience, coping, and relaxat...
  • Storywalk: Featuring a Story About Olympian Chris Paul
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    Hey, Olympic basketball fans – Did you realize that this year’s Trove Summer Storywalk® is all about Chris Paul, member of the 2012 USA Men’s Olympic Basketball Team competing in London? He was also on the 2008 USA Olympic Basketball Team that won the gold medal in Beijing. Well if you can’...
  • Our Collection: Something for Everyone
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    Ever wonder how books, DVDs, eBooks and other items are selected for your library? First, the White Plains Public Library, with staunch support from the City, is fortunate to have a healthy materials budget–even in these fiscally strained times. This allows us to build and maintain a large, u...
  • Catch the Foreign Film Festival While You Can
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    We have just three more films to go! Hopefully you’ve been able to see at least some of the films in this summer’s foreign film series. We visited Uruguay, Norway, United Kingdom, and Morocco so far. Where else can you see the world for free but at the library? Coming up, we will show Is...
  • What is Freading?
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    Hint: it means eBooks from the Library without the wait! Freading is a new online service that allows White Plains Library cardholders to download eBooks to their favorite devices. (Except for the older Kindles. It does work with the Kindle Fire.) Freading offers over 11,000 titles in all genres and...
  • Does Someone You Know Want to Learn English for FREE? We can help!
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    In partnership with Westchester Community College, the library is offering FREE English classes for adults. The classes are held year-round by professional teachers during the daytime, evenings or weekends in a welcoming environment. Students are registered and tested to determine the level to be ...
  • Hip-Hop Dancing for Teens
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    Poppin’ n Lockin’ with Jody Green. Teens are learning some new dance moves this summer in our hip-hop dance class. Jody teaches a choreographed dance in the beginning, followed by a freestyle session where teens can show off their moves, if they want to. There are two sessions left, Augu...
  • Are YOU in Danger of Foreclosure?
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    The New York State Department of Financial Services invites you to visit the Foreclosure Relief Unit on Friday, August 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The mobile unit will be parked on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Martine Avenue in White Plains. The Foreclosure Relief Unit can do the foll...
  • Parents - fit in reading every day and have some fun!
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    Before going away on vacation, do some research about places you are going to visit with your children. Read a book set in the same locale. Read about kayaking if you plan to do it, or the animals you might see on your trip.  Did your kids find some shells at the beach?  Find out what kind they ...
  • Surfing Lessons at the Library
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    You too can surf the web after just one class!! Do you have parents, friends or relatives who want to learn how to go on the Internet?  If they know how to use a mouse, they’d fit right in at our Web Browser Basics class.  Students will learn the basics of the Mozilla Firefox browser, includ...
  • Teen Summer Reading Program
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    “Own The Night” This summer the library is offering a lot of great programs for teens. Wednesday afternoons we have hip-hop dancing. We are having a Planetarium show on July 25. August 15 we are making scented soaps & bath bombs. We will be writing horror stories and creating an eBoo...
  • Visit Atlanta's Center for Puppetry Arts Without Leaving The Trove
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    Visit Atlanta, Georgia’s Center for Puppetry Arts via a live interactive video conference on Monday, July 30, 4:30 p.m. in Galaxy Hall. The program, “Spiders,” will guide participants through a puppet making workshop while learning fun and interesting facts about spiders. Part of D...
  • Get Help Buying Your First Home
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    Looking to become a home owner but mystified by the process? On Monday, July 30, Community Housing Innovations is holding a first time home owners seminar from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This is the first of a series of three seminars they will hold at the Library. First time home buyers are encouraged ...
  • Teen "Pizza & Movie" Saturdays, 2:00-4:00 PM
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    Teens – come, beat the heat, eat free pizza and watch a movie. Pizza & Movie Saturdays is back this summer in time for the hot weather. Four movies remain; Transformers on July 21, Corpse Bride on July 28, Step-Up 3 on August 4, & Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds on August 11. Parents &...
  • Bilingual Family Night
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    Whether you and your child speak Spanish, English or something else, all are welcome to our monthly bilingual family night! Join us for this storytime in English and Spanish for children ages 3+ and their families. We will listen to Delicious Hullaballoo / Pachanga Deliciosa, by Pat Mora. This beaut...
  • The Jewish Experience in Comics
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    In the United States, a great many comics artists and writers have been Jewish. You might have heard of some of these men and not known their heritage because they changed their names to less ethnically identifiable names. Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, ...
  • Foreign Film Festival - The Bothersome Man
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    In a strange city where every person seems content beyond reason a new man arrives in town and stirs up trouble by asking too many questions. Next on the menu for our foreign film festival is “The Bothersome Man” from Norway to be shown July 18. In the film, forty-year-old Andreas arriv...
  • Take a StoryWalk! For Children in Grades 1-6
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    Take a walk in the Gallery at the White Plains Public Library! Along your way, enjoy an inspirational story based on the book: Long Shot: Never Too Small To Dream Big Written by NBA All-star Chris Paul Illustrated by Frank Morrison This is the true story of basketball player Chris Paul. As a young ...
  • Come Hear Our Poetry Slam Team
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    Members of the 2012 Westchester Poetry Slam Team (l. to r.) Nina Robins, Bryan Roessel, Eric ZORK Alan, Laura Vookles (LV), and Holden Contreras, Sr. Come hear our slam team before they head to the Nationals! The 2012 official White Plains/Westchester Slam Team will be performing at our poetry sl...
  • Newsflash! Grown Ups Read Comics Too
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    At least in Japan they do! In the United States comics are mostly thought of as something for children or teenagers. In Japan, manga is popular with people of all ages. (Manga is the Japanese name for Japanese-style comics.) In fact, some types of manga are pretty adult in theme. Adult women in Japa...
  • More Proof that White Plains Teens are Awesome
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    Please check out and vote for the fantastic short film that a local teen, Jacob Harelick, submitted to the 2012 Teen Video Challenge – part of New York State summer reading. Through August 15th you can vote for the Viewer’s Choice Award. White Plains’ entry is:  Books Can Change t...
  • Summer Reading Has Begun!
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    The first 3 days of the summer reading game saw record numbers of families coming through the hole in the wall to the Trove. The summer reading game is a great way to motivate children to read all summer long. The children keep track of the books they read in our summer passports. Each time a chil...
  • Expanded Hours are Here!
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    Just a reminder that our expanded hours start July 1 – this Sunday! Think of how convenient it will be to drop by to use one of our computers or borrow books and movies. (And if you want to text us a question, we’ll be available more frequently to reply!) Our new schedule: Monday, Tuesda...
  • Foreign Film Festival 2012
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    The Foreign Film Festival is back! Each summer we present a series of critically acclaimed foreign films. We strive to find recent films that come from a variety of countries and cultures. We try to offer a variety of genres, from comedy to thrillers, and everything in between. This year, we have f...
  • What are Graphic Novels?
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    Comics have had a tumultuous time here in the United States. What we now know as a comic (comic strips, comic books, and eventually graphic novels) began to appear in the late nineteenth century. They grew in popularity as they evolved from newspaper items to comic books; but in the 1940s many peopl...
  • Official Westchester Poetry Slam Team to Compete in National Championships
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    Members of the 2012 Westchester Poetry Slam Team (l. to r.) Nina Robins, Bryan Roessel, Eric ZORK Alan, Laura Vookles (LV), and Holden Contreras, Sr. White Plains Public Library is pleased to announce that the official Westchester Poetry Slam Team will compete in the National Poetry Slam Champions...
  • Smitten by Downton Abbey?
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    Downton Abbey has taken the U.S. by storm! Who would have thought that a period drama shown on PBS would get such word of mouth? Downton Abbey is set in a fictional English manor house just before The Great War (later known as World War I). If you liked the British drama Upstairs Downstairs then Do...
  • Library to Expand Hours July 1st
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    White Plains Public Library is pleased to announce expanded hours starting July 1. The new hours represent a 20% increase over the Library’s current open hours. “We’re grateful to the Mayor and members of the Common Council for their continued support of the Library,” said Library Director B...
  • Go ahead, write to me!
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    I hate to beg, but this time I have to. The Library needs your help in determining its future direction. We began working on a new strategic plan for the library back in January, conducting focus groups with adults, parents of children from pre-K through 8th grade, and teens. In all, we spoke with ...
  • Lights, camera, action!
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    If you are a teen—or know a teen—with an interest in acting in or creating a video, then we’ve got a terrific program for you. The library is sponsoring a video production class that will produce a public service announcement. The class includes an opportunity to write the script, select the a...
  • Amorous cowboys, a violent kidnapping, and a one-room schoolhouse
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    In Nothing Daunted (Scribner, 2011), Dorothy Wickenden tells the story of  Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood, two college-educated New York girls who, in 1916, left behind the world of society luncheons and chaperoned balls to teach in the remote western slope of Colorado. Wickenden—th...
  • Go on. Text us.
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    We all know someone—in fact, you may be one of these people yourself—who would far rather text than talk. We used to associate texting with young people (and, in fact, teenagers who text average 60 messages a day). But now it seems like everyone is texting, from the bored executive stuck in a me...
  • Trumble in the Trove Family Fun Day - Sunday, April 1st
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    Get ready to Trumble! It’s going to be a beautiful weekend…so be sure to stop by the library this Sunday for our seventh annual Trumble in the Trove. The fun starts off with Storytime Stage at 1:15 pm in the auditorium—along with a collage workshop with artist Michael Albert in the gallery. A...
  • Ebooks: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Part Two)
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    So once people are happily able to borrow ebooks from the library (see my earlier post), their first question is often: why don’t you have the book I want? The answer—most of the time—is because we can’t lease it. Of the six major publishers in the United States, only Random House and Harper...
  • Ebooks: the good, the bad and the ugly
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    Welcome to the latest version of our web site. For you techies out there, we are now on WordPress—which means it will be a whole lot easier for us to update content. Down in this corner, you’ll find more or less regular updates from myself, Brian Kenney, the library’s director, as well as othe...