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Local History: Slow Down with a Book

If you are reading this, you probably read more than just quaint blog posts. You might have a list of trusted sites you regularly browse, or perhaps you let an algorithm assemble content for you. Either way, information is liable to come at you fast in the form of tawdry headlines illustrated with photographic click-bait or in tweet-size bursts that belie the complex stories hidden behind shortened links. In the midst of all the media vying for our attention, I’d like to offer a classic suggestion: the book. All of the books below are part of the library’s local history
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Categories: History.

Book ‘Em Goes Historical

Our mystery book group, Book ‘Em, facilitated by Library Director Brian Kenney, will be going back in time this season–from Ancient Rome to colonial India to Belfast in the ’80s–as they read some of the finest crime fiction, each of which is first in a series. The first session is Wednesday, September 21 and we will be discussing The Strangler Vine by M. J. Carter.  A forthcoming flyer will include all the titles for the next 9 months of discussions. Refreshments will be served. All meetings will be held in Room A on the second floor from 2:30-4:00 p.m. For more information,
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Categories: Events.

Battle of the Books in the Edge

All tweens and teens entering grades 6-10 in September 2016 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 books over the summer, attend team meetings in the fall, and compete (as a team) in the Westchester Library System Battle of the Books tournament. The tournament takes place on Saturday, October 15, at Ossining High School. Team practice will be held on Wednesday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. in the Edge Media Lab, beginning on August
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, and Teens.

Exercise Your Mind – READ! A new Adult Summer Reading Program

Join us for our new Adult Summer Reading Program, “Exercise Your Mind – READ!” from from July 5 – August 12. We’ve tailored this program for grownups– no assigned reading, no book reports, no homework, no worries! Register for Exercise Your Mind and read whatever you’d like, whenever you’d like, wherever you’d like. Whether you’re headed to the beach, the mountains, or your own backyard, take along a book and snap a “shelfie.”  Share it with us and we’ll add it to our in-library display and our Instagram page to enter our raffle drawing for prizes. Engage in fun programs
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Categories: Authors & Books and Events.

Kick Off Black History Month

The Trove at the White Plains Public Library and White Plains Juneteenth Heritage Committee have joined together to kick off February as Black History Month on Sunday, January 31 in The Trove. The activities begin at 1:00 p.m. with the opening of the annual Black History StoryWalk®. This year’s StoryWalk® is  based on the book, Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton written and illustrated by Don Tate. This is an opportunity to learn about George Moses Horton, the first African-American man to be published. The StoryWalk® is open during regular library hours to families with children in first
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Categories: Events and Kids.

Meet 97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch

Millions across the globe have been inspired by 97-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch–World War II French Resistance fighter, model, actress, film producer, wine connoisseur, ballroom dancer, and yoga master. Porchon-Lynch was named “Oldest Yoga Teacher” by Guinness World Records in 2012. She will appear at White Plains Public Library on Sunday, January 17 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss her book, Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master. Porchon-Lynch has been covered by media around the world and her YouTube videos have garnered over 2 million views. Her inspirational memoir, Dancing Light, shows us what
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Categories: Authors & Books and Events.

WLA/WLS Mock Book Awards

WLA/WLS Mock Book Awards Thursday, January 7 at 5:30 p.m. Start the new year with a conversation about some of the best children’s and young adult books of 2015. The Westchester Library Association and the Westchester Library System are hosting a discussion of potentially award-winning books published in the last year. This is a great opportunity to meet other readers and deepen your knowledge of Youth Literature. Breakout groups will consider mock nominees for the Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz awards. Adult community members interested in children’s and young adult literature, librarians, teachers, and publishers are invited to attend. However, this
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Categories: Authors & Books.

The Trove’s Book Bunch

Books and pizza! What could be better?? Here at The TROVE our Book Bunch groups feast on this perfect pairing! Book Bunch is the TROVE’s book discussion program for 3rd and 4th graders and 5th and 6th graders. It offers students an opportunity to read something fun, new and challenging, and then talk about it with other kids over pizza at Uno Chicago Grill. The creative juices get flowing as book ideas & opinions are exchanged while pizzas are hand-made, sent off to the oven, and then enjoyed together. Book Bunch is held approximately 4 times a year during a school
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Categories: Events and Kids.

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.

Mayta Visita la Ciudad de los Incas

  Escuche  el cuento Mayta Visita la Ciudad de los Incas. Usando su imaginación, visite con nosotros la ciudad mágica de Machu Pichu. Disfrute el baile tradicional andino Valicha. Haga una máscara Inca para llevar a casa. Habrá copias del libro disponibles para la venta. Un programa en español para toda la familia. El domingo 11 de octubre a las 2:00 p.m. ~~~ Come listen to the story Mayta Visita la Ciudad de los Incas. Take an imaginary trip to the magic city of Machu Pichu. Enjoy the traditional Andean dance called Valicha. Make an Incan mask to take home.
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, Kids, and Library Foundation.

Battle of the Books

Here at the Trove an elite group of voracious readers are preparing for battle. They will be marching off to the Westchester Library System’s “Battle of the Books” to be staged at Ossining High School on October 14th. Librarians across the county have chosen 5 books (Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis, Cracker by Cynthia Kadohata, Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins, Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea, and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein) which will be the fodder for a fierce trivia challenge. The Trove’s platoon of eight 5th and 6th graders (the self
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Categories: Kids.

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.

Battle of the Books in The Edge

  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 books over the summer, attend team meetings, and compete (as a team) in the Westchester Library System Battle of the Books tournament. The tournament takes place on October 17, 2015, at Ossining High School. The first meeting takes place on June 23 at 4 p.m. in The Edge Media Lab. We will be discussing
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Categories: Authors & Books and Teens.

Black History StoryWalk® Opens Sunday, February 15 With Little Melba and Her Big Trombone.

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 trombonist to play in the big bands during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s — how she selected the trombone as her instrument, taught herself how to play it, and later went on to teach many of the great musicians of the twentieth century. Little Melba and Her Big Trombone was selected as one of two
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Categories: Events, Homepage, and Library News.

Celebrate Caldecott Award Winning Picture Books!

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 Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of The American Library Association (ALA) awards its prestigious Caldecott medal to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. This medal is named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. The 2014 Caldecott Medal went to illustrator Brian Floca
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Categories: Events, Homepage, and Library News.

Meet the Author — Dr. Ari DeLevie

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 disorder. Dr. DeLevie draws on his forty-plus years of experience with veterans both in the United States and Israel who struggle years and even decades later from the debilitating effects of post traumatic stress disorder. The author will sign and sell his book following the presentation. It all starts at 2:00 p.m. in our
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Categories: Events, Homepage, and Library News.

Book ‘Em: A Mystery Book Group

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 our website – select “Classes and Events” then “Adult Calendar”. Refreshments will be served. This month’s selection is: Wednesday, January 21 The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith Upcoming selections: Wednesday, February 18 The Chatham School Affair by Thomas Cook Wednesday, March 18 Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg Wednesday, April 15
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Hoopla: Streaming Movies and Music Now Available

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 their Android or iOS device or visit hoopladigital.com 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 experience.
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, Featured, Homepage, Library News, and Technology.

On the Homefront with Veteran's Writing Project

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 based in Washington, DC, founded by veterans and family members which provides no-cost writing seminars and workshops for veterans, service members, and their adult family members, building an archive of writing by members of the military community. For more information about the Veteran’s Writing Project visit their website at www.veteranswritingworkshop.org or
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Categories: Events, Homepage, and Library News.