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‘It’s Your Move to Better Health’ Comes to the Library

Actively maintaining good health is a challenge that the White Plains Public Library will help participants meet with a nine-week series “It’s Your Move to Better Health” that starts May 9. “The workshop is targeted to seniors and adults over 18 with a disability,” says Healthy Living program coordinator Lonna Kelly at Putnam Independent Living Services (a satellite office of the not-for-profit Westchester Independent Living Center, which serves seven counties in the Lower Hudson Valley). “We will give advice on healthy eating–from reading nutrition content on labels and the importance of a balanced diet to getting the best value of your dollar–along with reducing stress and improving fitness. It
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Workshop on Paying for College

Middle school students and their families are invited to a free workshop on the evening of May 2nd from 7- 8:30 pm in The Edge. Join us for pizza and the opportunity to learn about college scholarships and financial aid. You’ll be introduced to FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and other resources so that in a few years when its time to apply, you’ll be more prepared to start the process. Thanks to support from The Allstate Foundation, this program is presented through a collaboration with Latino U College Access. For more information, please call 914-839-0535.
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage, and Teens.

Makers Wanted!

Become a Maker Corps Member and lead a summer of making in The Edge at the Library!  The White Plains Public Library, in partnership with Argus Information and Advisory Services, has been accepted to be a Maker Corps site this summer, which means that all summer long we will be holding STEM-related workshops and mini-camps. Are you a maker, a DIY enthusiast, an artist, or interested in new and emerging technologies?  The Library needs to hire two people as Maker Corps Members that are interested in the Maker movement, want to work with teens, and build an innovative and exciting
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Categories: Featured, Homepage, Library News, Technology, and Teens.

Fake News Workshop 3/22 @ 7:00 PM

Fake news is a topic we hear a lot about, but is it as simple as figuring out what’s fake and what’s real? Join Librarian Ben Himmelfarb on Wednesday, March 22, at 7:00 PM for Present-Truth: How To Navigate the World of Fake (and Real) News. We will learn skills for determining what in the news is true and how to analyze your information sources to make sure you are the best informed that you can be. In this participatory workshop, we will also discuss strategies for dealing with rapid news cycles, social media dynamics, and how the library can
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Categories: Events and Featured.

‘Love Stories’ Returns

After a winter break, White Plains librarian Barbara Wenglin’s popular “Love Stories” series resumes on March 16 with a discussion of Lorrie Moore’s “Terrific Mother.”  “It’s a wry and witty tale in which the protagonist, Adrienne, tries to rebuild her life and ability to love following a devastating loss,” says Wenglin. “Terrific Mother” is among the 19 selections compiled by Diana Tesdell in the Love Stories anthology (Everyman’s Pocket Classics, 2009). Copies can be borrowed from the White Plains Public Library, and there is also one kept at the upstairs reference desk. Eight of the love stories are in the spring
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Free Income Tax Preparation at the Library

The AARP Foundation Tax Aide program is being hosted by the White Plains Public Library.  Both English and Spanish speaking staff will be on site.  Hours are 10am to 2 pm, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday beginning February 1 through April 18. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, an AARP Foundation program, helps low- to moderate-income taxpayers have more discretionary income for everyday essentials, such as food and housing, by assisting with tax services and ensuring they receive applicable tax credits and deductions. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is available free to those above taxpayers, with special attention to those 60 and older. Through a cadre of trained and
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Categories: Featured and Homepage.

New York Transit Museum Passes Now Available

The White Plains Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn NY to the Museum Pass Program.  The Library pass provides free admission for two adults and two children. The New York Transit Museum is dedicated to telling and preserving the stories of mass transportation.  Housed underground in an authentic 1936 subway station in Downtown Brooklyn, the Transit Museum’s working platform level spans a full city block, and is home to a rotating selection of twenty vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1907. Visitors can board the vintage cars, sit
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Categories: Evergreen, Featured, and Homepage.

The Riveting ‘Winter Dreams’ Opens the Library’s ‘Love Stories’ Discussion Series

In 1922, three years before he was immortalized by The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote the short story “Winter Dreams” for Metropolitan magazine.  Not only did the ambitious Dexter Green’s infatuation with the flirtatious Judy Jones be further played out by Jay Gatsby’s even more complicated relationship with Daisy Buchanan, but the influence has continued in other novels for nearly a century. “It’s compelling,” says White Plains librarian Barbara Wenglin in opening the Fall short story discussion series from the Diana Secker Tesdell-edited Love Stories anthology (Knopf) with “Winter Dreams” on October 6.  “Dexter had two dreams.  With his
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, and Featured.

Sensory-Friendly Show

On Sunday, November 13 at 2 :00 p.m. Autism Friendly Shows and Turtle Dance Music will present a Sensory-Friendly Music, Comedy and Bubble Show in the Trove’s Galaxy Hall at the White Plains Public Library. The event is for children ages 2 years and up with their families. This 60-minute program will will be a “turtle-riffic musical experience designed to engage children through songs, movement, stories and interactive music technology. It is crafted to be inclusive for all children, including children on the Autism Spectrum, and a great time for parents and caregivers. Each song is accompanied by hands-on, visual,
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Categories: Events, Featured, and Kids.

Construction to Begin Tuesday, Oct. 4th.

Plan ahead! The Library renovation will begin on Tuesday. This means that there will be no public access computers from Tuesday through Thursday evening, no mobile printing, and no public seating. Some collections, including new books, DVDs, and music CDs may also not be available. The computers and various collections should be available by Friday morning. Check back here for updates, or call 914-422-1400. For more information please check this WPPL-Renovation-FAQ
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Categories: Featured and Renovations.

Lunchtime Meditation @ the Library

Wednesdays 12:15-1:00 p.m. Put down your digital devices, sit, and breathe… Science backs it up: meditation and mindfulness reduce stress, boost the immune system, improve attention, and promote well-being. Brief beginning instruction will be followed by silent meditation. An experienced guest teacher will attend the first Wednesday of each month. No registration or equipment necessary. Lunchtime Meditation: Printable Flyer
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Pepe Coronado Interactions: Borders, Boundaries and Historical Relations of the US/DR

Meet the artist at a reception on Saturday, August 6, 2-4pm. The exhibit is on view now through August 24. Prints by Pepe Coronado with a collaborative piece by Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez FEEGZ. Artist Pepe Coronado was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, and currently resides in New York. Coronado was master printer for Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring, Maryland; the Hand Print Workshop International in Alexandria, Virginia; and the Serie Print Project in Austin, Texas. He has been a visiting artist at Self Help Graphics in Los Angeles, and currently a resident teaching artist at the Hudson
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Categories: Featured and Gallery.

Zika Virus Information from Westchester County

County Executive Robert Astorino wants you to be aware of the steps the County has taken and will be taking to prevent mosquitoes from multiplying.  With the growing news reports on ZIka, many of you may become concerned about the potential risks of mosquitoes at home and around your neighborhood. This update provides information on the steps the County is taking to reduce the mosquito population, Westchester County has a robust plan that includes education, surveillance, and mosquito control. Education: Look for the flyer “Keep Healthy and Get the Facts” in the Library that provides information on Zika and includes
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Categories: Featured and Library News.

hoopla for Kids

Are you looking for books, movies, and music for children and families? The new Hoopla for Kids includes some thousands of digital titles for those 12 and under, with new content added regularly. Kids will enjoy finding their favorite characters, stories, and songs. And caregivers will be assured that the content is family appropriate. Switching to Kids Mode is easy. You can use the website or download the hoopla app. If using the website, sign in and go to your email address at the top right of the screen. Check the box under “Kids Mode” and click on “Update” at
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Categories: Evergreen, Featured, Homepage, Kids, and Uncategorized.

White Plains Library Foundation Receives Major Gift

A gift of one million dollars to the White Plains Library Foundation will enable the White Plains Public Library to complete renovations of its first floor and construct The Hub, its new library for adults. The Hub—sure to be a popular destination in downtown White Plains—will provide a new, attractive venue for learning and relaxation, with room for reading, studying, and collaboration, access to improved technology, new community meeting areas, and a Café & Friends’ Bookstore. “This tremendously generous gift underscores how much the White Plains community values its Library,” said White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach. “The City is proud
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Categories: Featured and Library News.

The Westchester Children’s (and Teens!) Book Festival

Come meet over twenty authors and illustrators at Westchester Children’s (and Teens!) Book Festival, White Plains Public Library, Saturday, October 17 from 11 am to 4 pm. No registration is required and the event is entirely free! Families will have a chance to attend a host of readings, purchase books (and have them autographed) through Barnes & Noble Booksellers–which will be operating a pop-up store at the Festival–and more. Everyone will receive a free book–courtesy of First Book–and light refreshments will be available for purchase. KidLit.TV, “helping parents and educators explore the world of children’s literature,” will be on hand throughout the day to interview
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Categories: Events and Featured.

ReferenceUSA at the White Plains Public Library

Have you heard about ReferenceUSA? Your White Plains Library Card allows you to access this full-service platform. Job seekers, entrepreneurs, students and continuing education students have use for this valuable service. ReferenceUSA offers a wide range of database products, available in print, CD-ROM or via the Internet. These products include State Business-to-Business Marketing Directories, The American Big Businesses Directory and CD-ROM, The American Manufacturers Directory and CD-ROM, The American Business Disc, and Powerfinder. http://whiteplainslibrary.org/resources/ This is a video specifically made for White Plains Public Library patrons: ReferenceUSA at the White Plains Public Library
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Stone Barns Center Now Included in our Museum Pass Program

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 4 youth OR 1 vehicle.  You should reserve the pass for the specific day you want to visit. Note: The Center is also open Wednesday through Friday and admission is free so there is no need for a pass. The Center is located at 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico
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