Monthly Archives December 2012

New Year, New You!

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! Presented by Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester, Inc. Wednesday, January 16, 7pm Have a Good Mental Health Day Everyday: The 24/7 Plan Presented by New York-Presbyterian/Westchester Division Tuesday, January 22, 7pm Secrets of Health & Weight Management Presented by Shop Rite of White Plains
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Ben Figueroa Performs at 1st Wednesday Poetry Slam

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 several New Jersey colleges and universities. Figueroa is currently the slammaster and host of Jersey City Slam, which he founded in 2009. If you’d like to take part in our open mic or slam, please sign up at 6:30 p.m. Registration closes promptly at 7 p.m., and the program starts shortly
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Keep the Kids Busy at The Trove

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 special holiday Jeopardy game for children seven years and older. On Friday, December 28 we will show The Pirates! at 3 p.m., and there will be a demonstration of Tux Paints, a new computer program, in the CyberPool at 11 a.m.
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Holiday Closings

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: Christmas Day – Tuesday, December 25 New Year’s Day – Tuesday, January 1 We wish everyone Happy Holidays and a happy and healthy New Year!
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Ben Figueroa Performs at 1st Wednesday Poetry Slam

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 several New Jersey colleges and universities. Figueroa is currently the slammaster and host of Jersey City Slam, which he founded in 2009. If you’d like to take part in our open mic or slam, please sign up at 6:30 p.m. Registration closes promptly at 7 p.m., and the program starts shortly
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Free Citizenship Classes

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. Students must be at least 21 years old. Registration: Thursday, January 3, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. OR 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Classes meet on: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tuesday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. OR Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. This class is offered in partnership with Southern
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Holiday and Vacation Programs in The Trove

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, 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. On Thursday, December 27 at 4 p.m., there will be a special holiday Jeopardy game for children seven years and older.
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Hooked Rugs of Mary Parker

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 local historic sites and cemetery “folk art,” as well as other work from traditional to contemporary. Rug hooking has been called the one truly original folk art of America and Ms. Parker’s work carries forward the tradition of expression through this 19th century craft. Folk art expert, William C. Ketchum,
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¡Venga y conozca a Dra. Isabel! – Come and enjoy an afternoon with Dr. Isabel

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, palabras que iluminan el camino.” Comparte con nosotros un día muy lindo con una Latina ejemplar que ha iluminado el camino a tantos hispanos en los Estados Unidos. Después de la lectura, la Dra. Isabel responderá preguntas del público. Disfruta la oportunidad de ver a la Doctora en persona y comprar un libro firmado
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Allstate Readiness Teen Safe Driving Open House

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, enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card, and get community service credit for participating.  The White Plains HS Honors String Ensemble will perform at 3:30 p.m.  Questions? Call 422-1495
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Holiday Concert with New Westchester Symphony Orchestra

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 Foundation.
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Hooked Rugs of Mary Parker

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 local historic sites and cemetery “folk art,” as well as other work from traditional to contemporary. Rug hooking has been called the one truly original folk art of America and Ms. Parker’s work carries forward the tradition of expression through this 19th century craft. Folk art expert, William C. Ketchum,
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Allstate Readiness Teen Safe Driving Open House

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, enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card, and get community service credit for participating.  The White Plains HS Honors String Ensemble will perform at 3:30 p.m.  Questions? Call 422-1495.
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English as a Second Lanugage Registration

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-December), on mornings, evenings and Saturdays. Beginner through advanced levels are offered and they are determined by a placement exam at the time of registration. Be sure to register in person on the following dates: ·    Saturday, December 8th from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ·    Tuesday, December 11th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ·    Monday, December
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Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women

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 Trouble“, is the true saga of six of the greatest female comic performers of the last century: Molly Picon, Fanny Brice, Sophie Tucker, Joan Rivers, Gilda Radner and Wendy Wasserstein. Discussion to follow. This film will be shown on Tuesday, December 11th from 6:45-8:45 p.m. “Ahead of Time,” the first film, was rescheduled from cancelled
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An Afternoon of Klezmer

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/vocals. Two seatings from 1:30-2:30 p.m., repeated 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wikipedia explains:  “Klezmer is a musical tradition of the Ashkenazic Jews of Eastern Europe. Played by professional musicians called klezmorim, the genre originally consisted largely of dance tunes and instrumental display pieces for weddings and other celebrations.” This concert is brought to you by the Friends of White Plains
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