Monthly Archives March 2013

The Sami Rohr Library of Recorded Yiddish Books

Yiddish, a language without a country, has an estimated five million speakers throughout the world. Recently, the language has seen a resurgence of interest, particularly among younger generations looking to reconnect with their heritage. Also, the number of speakers is increasing with the growth of Yiddish language programs in universities and adult education settings. In his Nobel Prize for literature speech of 1990, Isaac Bashevis Singer said we haven’t seen the end of Yiddish. He was correct. To help preserve Yiddish literature in its original tongue, Sami Rohr has commissioned a set of thirty “talking” books. Produced by the National
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Join our Spring Short Story Discussion Group

White Plains Librarian Barbara Wenglin returns to explore compelling short stories from the acclaimed anthology, Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker ~ Celebrating 75 years of the magazine’s enduring literary influence, edited by David Remnick (Random House, 2000). We will use the same book from the fall, with copies to borrow and one kept at the Reference Desk for reading in the Library. Please register once for the series through our online calendar. Come when you’re able; you are not required to attend every session. Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome! If you’ve never been
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Hear Slam Poet Marty McConnell on April 3

Marty McConnell, one of the “greats” in the world of slam poetry, will be performing here on Wednesday, April 3, during our monthly poetry slam and open mic. McConnell has been a member of seven National Poetry Slam teams, and is the 2012 National Underground Poetry Individual Competition Champion. In 2011, she completed her first European tour and debuted her one-woman show, “vicebox.”  Her work has been published in numerous anthologies, and she is a two-time recipient of the Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago’s Office of Tourism and Culture. No stranger to Westchester, McConnell received
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Kids Get to "Act It Out" in The Trove

Hi, Kids! Do you see yourself on the big stage – or the big screen – someday?  Get started here in The Trove in our “Act It Out” program.  This 3-session drama workshop for third through sixth graders will include improvisation, theater games, and script reading.  We’ll perform a short reader’s theater selection for family and friends at the end of our last session. We’ll meet from 4:30pm to 5:30pm on Tuesdays, April 2nd, 9th and 16th. Registration is required.  Sign-up sheets will be at The Trove’s Compass desk beginning Tuesday, March 26th.  You may sign up in person or
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Categories: Classes, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Fairy Houses – an Exhibit and a Play Workshop

An exhibit showcasing the lovely fairy houses and fairy realia of Joan Monk and Bev McAllister from the Westchester Children’s Museum: Museum Without Walls can be currently seen at the Library’s second-floor lobby and in the Trove. The display promotes the upcoming crafts program, Fairy Houses – a Play Workshop, that will be presented at the Library by staff from the Westchester Children’s Museum on Sunday, March 24th at 2 pm. Children in grades 1-6 will be creating fairy houses which will then be arranged into a village for parents and younger siblings to view at 3:30 pm. To make
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National Poetry Month Events

April is National Poetry Month! In celebration of poetry, we’re offering two inspiring programs. We hope you’ll join us for one or both. Professor Lee Schlesinger returns to the Library on Sunday afternoon, April 7, from 2:00-4:00 PM, with a timely talk on ”The Power of Poetry and Literature in Troubled Times.”  Dr. Schlesinger defends the value and meaning of poetry and literature in our stressful, technology-driven world, with examples of enduring works that lift the spirit and illuminate the soul. (Special thanks to the Friends of White Plains Public Library for making this lecture possible.) Dr. Schlesinger is an
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Financial Goals and Personal Budgeting Techniques – Allstate Readiness Series Personal Finance Workshop I

Join us Tuesday, March 19, at 7 pm for the first session of our spring Personal Finance Workshop series. Financial awareness is becoming increasingly more important in every person’s life.  The first step to becoming financially aware is to understand what goes into making a personal budget.  This seminar presented by financial educator Lew Tischler gently walks you through the process of personal budgeting and financial goal setting. Sponsored by a grant from The Allstate Foundation. Future events in this series: Workshop II:  Credit Cards, Credit Scores, and Debt Management–Tuesday, April 16 Workshop III: Basics of Insurance, Savings, and Investing–Tuesday, May 14
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Morningstar Investment Research Center

The Library is excited to announce that all of our patrons can now access Morningstar Investment Research Center. Find proprietary stock and mutual fund analysis, screening tools and portfolio-building features at your fingertips. This resource also allows you to access extensive financial information on companies and markets as well as mutual and exchange traded funds. This service is available In the Library or from home. To use the service from home, please have your library card number and PIN available. The next time you are interested in doing company or stock research, try this great resource!
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Mini Golf in the Library: "Tee Off for Education"

On Saturday, March 16, experience the Library in a “hole” new way, as the Library is transformed into a miniature golf course!  Kids and adults get to play in two separate events, a free family fun afternoon and an adults-only evening fundraiser “19th hole” party.  Families and kids ages 3-11 can drop by anytime from 1-4:30 p.m. to play mini golf, and see the Balloon Man create amazing balloon animals.   To ensure the comfort and safety of patrons, timed tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 12:30 pm, in the Museum Gallery.  Refreshments will be
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Historic Firefighting Equipment on Display in The Trove

You don’t want to miss the collection of historic firefighting equipment on display in The Trove this month. Several items, on loan from the City of White Plains Local History Collection, have been incorporated into The Trove’s Black History StoryWalk®. Among the old firefighting hats on display is one worn by past White Plains Fire Chief Griffen. There’s also a wooden debris shovel which was used by Chief Griffen to clean up and scoop out after fires. If you look at the back of the shovel, you can even see the chief’s initials, H. A. G., carved into it. Be
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Campaign Finance Reform in New York State

The public is invited to a presentation, “We Need It Now! Campaign Finance Reform in New York State,” on Wednesday, March 13, 7-9 p.m., in the Auditorium.  Discussion leaders Laura Ladd Bierman, Executive Director, and Barbara Bartoletti, Legislative Director, of the New York State League of Women Voters, will talk about why we lose the very core of democracy if only candidates with big money run for office.  Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters Westchester County, White Plains, and New Rochelle, and the Library.  
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Morningstar Investment Research Center

The Library is excited to announce that all of our patrons can now access Morningstar Investment Research Center. Find proprietary stock and mutual fund analysis, screening tools and portfolio-building features at your fingertips. This resource also allows you to access extensive financial information on companies and markets as well as mutual and exchange traded funds. This service is available In the Library or from home. To use the service from home, please have your library card number and PIN available. The next time you are interested in doing company or stock research, try this great resource!
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