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Digital Art Exhibit: Donna Faranda

It was three decades ago when artist Donna Faranda first used a computer to ‘paint’ in points, or pointillism, the movement created by 19th century French impressionist Georges Seurat. “I had painted ‘traditionally,’ with brush, watercolors, easel and smock, but I felt confined by my small apartment in Brooklyn,” she says. “My husband, Jan Novick, is an IT professional, and he helped me see the potential of painting digitally at a time when home computers were primarily word processors.” Technology and Faranda have both come a long way. “I now use Photoshop to create a montage from images that I have either drawn, scanned or found on the web. From these images,
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Categories: Events, Featured, Gallery, Homepage, and Library News.

Meet Josh Carlson

As the new manager of Youth Services, Josh Carlson wants a “Fandemic” to spread through White Plains. In his former position as Youth Services director at the Utica Public Library, the SUNY Geneseo (BA, cum laude, in history) and SUNY Albany (MS in information science) alumnus created Fandemicon, which he described on the website as “a family friendly celebration of all things fandom–from comics and superheroes, to games and gaming, to anime and manga and cosplay, and everything else fanboys and fangirls enjoy. “I was inspired by Comic Con becoming a phenomenon in large cities. At the Utica Library, there was ‘down time’ for
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Categories: Library Foundation and Library News.

A Virtual Groundbreaking for The Hub

Please Join Us!    What: A Virtual Groundbreaking for The Hub, our new adult area on the first floor  When: Wednesday, September 7th from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.  Where: the first floor of the Library, just outside The Edge Like The Trove is for children, and The Edge is for teens, The Hub will provide a new environment to meet the needs of adult patrons, from 20-somethings to seniors…plus a café! The Hub is a public/private partnership of The City of White Plains, the State of New York, and the White Plains Library Foundation (including a gift of $1 million from
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Categories: Events, Library Foundation, Library News, Technology, and Uncategorized.

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.

White Plains Collection Now Online!

We are happy to announce the launch of the White Plains Collection on the Digital Culture of Metropolitan New York!  This project was a partnership between the White Plains Public Library, the Metropolitan New York Library Council, and Culture In Transit. The White Plains Public Library is a prime site for community memory and we hold a rich set of materials in the White Plains Collection. We have fascinating and informative photographs of buildings, people, events, and landscapes. Many are part of special collections like the John Rosch Collection, featured here. Rosch owned a photography studio in White Plains and
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Categories: History, Library News, and Research.

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.

International Film Festival Returns

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 scope, we show motion pictures from a variety of countries and cultures, including those that reflect a filmmaking tradition that may be very different from our own. We attempt to offer a variety of genres, from comedy to film noir, and everything in between. We are limited by a number
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Categories: Events and Library News.

Every Hero Has a Story!

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 summer reading suggestions displayed for all grades through grade six. Summer Reading Game
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Categories: Events, Kids, and Library News.

Join us in Celebrating the Triumph of the Armenian Spirit

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, and craft making for children. This is a rare opportunity to hear the ancient duduk (doo-dook), a woodwind instrument with double reeds and a haunting timbre. Musicians Mirijohn and Anoush Givelekian, Stamford residents, along with Richard and Connie Shelengian of White Plains, are two husband-wife couples seeking to preserve their culture and share it with the community.
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Categories: Events, Library News, 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.

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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Categories: Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Print to Our Printers Wirelessly, Remotely

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 email the file as an attachment to the specific email address for the printer you need. You can print in black and white, color and legal-size black and white. (Usual per page printing fees apply.) You can submit a print job 24/7 and come print it out during the
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Categories: Featured, Library News, and Technology.

Home-based Business Seminar

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, starting a home-based business and managing your business within the law. Presented by the Small Business Administration.
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Categories: Classes, Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Out of the Swamps: A History of 100 Martine Ave.

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, photographs, and maps that will enrich your perspective on White Plains. This program is presented in memory of Kay Conroy. 100 Martine hasn’t always been the site of the public library, nor has it always been 100 Martine Avenue! Before White Plains was settled by Europeans, the Weckweeskeck
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Categories: Events, Featured, and Library News.

Identity Theft

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 your personal information, how to protect yourself and what to do if you are a victim. Presented by Chris Dlugozima of GreenPath Debt Solutions.
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Categories: Events, Homepage, and Library News.

3D Printing and Design

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 of 6 participants and registration is required.
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Categories: Events, Library News, and Technology.

Storywalk in the Park

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 separated, laminated, and placed along a walking path at regular intervals so readers can follow the story as they walk the route. The StoryWalk is a great opportunity for parents, teachers, and caregivers to provide a fun and healthy activity for young children. Mayor Roach said, “We hope that families will return to the park regularly to enjoy
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.