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Local History: “Mundane Recording Angel”

In the pages of his monthly magazine, The Westchester County Magazine, editor Alvah P. French described himself as a “mundane recording angel.” His magazine was “an historical, commercial, and social publication” whose diverse contents seem to be a reflection of French’s many interests. Each issue’s contents was a disarray of editorials on local politics, legal notices, obituaries for people either famous or not known outside of Westchester, Emily Post-style admonitions about social conduct, local history vignettes, classifieds, advertisements for local businesses, and unattributed pronouncements (usually philosophical in nature) seemingly written by French. We have a nearly complete set of issues
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Categories: History and Homepage.

‘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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Categories: Classes, Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

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.

‘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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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage, and Uncategorized.

Black History StoryWalk® Features Steamboat School

Children at the White Plains Public Library are invited to take a walk along The Trove’s 2017 Black History StoryWalk®. This year’s walk is based on the book, Steamboat School: Inspired by a True Story, written by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Ron Husband. In this story, the teacher, Reverend John Berry Meachum, and his students refused to accept discrimination based on skin color. Meachum opened the “Floating Freedom School” in the middle of the Mississippi River in response to the Missouri law in 1847 that stated that “No person shall keep any school for the instruction of negroes or
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Categories: History, Homepage, and Kids.

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.

Mango Languages Now Available

  The White Plains Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of Mango Languages to our Online Resources offerings. Mango Languages is an online language learning platform and is free for all White Plains Public Library patrons.  Lessons are available for over forty different languages.  English as a second or other language courses are also available.  Try it out now and learn a new language or prepare for an upcoming trip.  Home access requires a valid White Plains Public Library card. To get started using Mango, please visit and click on the Mango logo under the heading “Popular
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Categories: 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.

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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Categories: Classes, Featured, and Homepage.

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.

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. This is a video specifically made for White Plains Public Library patrons: ReferenceUSA at the White Plains Public Library
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Categories: Featured, Homepage, Technology, and Uncategorized.

3D Print Your Design for Free!

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 printer. Click here to make an appointment. *The Library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
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Categories: Classes, Homepage, Library News, and Technology.

Take Movies, TV Shows and More on Vacation with You

Want to keep the kids (or yourself) busy on vacation? 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 to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers. hoopla digital has a simple sign-up and attractive, easy-to-use interface, so it’s easy to get to your listening and viewing
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Categories: Homepage.

One-on-One Resume Help

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, confidential and open to anyone regardless of library membership. Stop by the information desk to schedule an appointment or go to our one-on-one training list. One-on-one training is also available for 3D printing, use of the library catalog, mouse and windows skills, basics of web browsing, basic research, use of our databases,
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Categories: Homepage and Library News.

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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