Monthly Archives August 2013

Julia and the "Duke"

The White Plains Jazz Festival is coming to town September 6, 7 and 8! Our contribution to this celebration of excellent music and food is to bring back Julia Breanetta Simpson, who performed her acclaimed one-woman show “Harlem On My Mind” here in February 2011. The auditorium was packed! It’s best to arrive early to ensure a seat – and entrance to the concert, we have fire codes to adhere to! Please join us for another amazing show, this time featuring the music of Edward “Duke” Ellington, on Saturday, September 7 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Like
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Kindergarten Here I Come!

School starts in White Plains on Monday, September 9. For children entering Kindergarten, it is an important time. Watch a film together with your child to help them get ready. Upbeat and authentic, this 18 minute, special video generates excitement about starting Kindergarten. There will be an all day continuous showing in The Cave alternating in both English and Spanish, from 12 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4, Thursday, September 5, and Friday September 6.
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FREE English Class Registration is Nearly Over for Fall Classes

In partnership with Westchester Community College, the library is offering FREE English classes for adults. The classes are held year-round by professional teachers during the daytime, evenings or weekends in a welcoming environment. Students are registered and tested to determine the level to be placed in. The textbook costs $37, but otherwise the class is at no cost to the student. For more information, call 914-606-5656 Registration date remaining: Monday,  August 26 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. In addition to English classes, we offer English conversation classes for intermediate-level students (Mondays and Thursdays at 2 p.m., except for August 19, 22, 26
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International Film Festival Coming to a Close

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this summer’s festival. We plan to be back next year with a variety of acclaimed international films. Our last film will be Rudo y Cursi (Mexico, comedy/drama/sport), starring Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal, who also starred together in the critically praised Y Tu Mamá También. Rudo y Cursi will be shown Monday, August 26 at 2 p.m. and repeated at 7 p.m. All of this summer’s films will be put in our DVD collection. We hope you will borrow any you missed or particularly loved.
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English as a Second Language Class Registration

In partnership with Westchester Community College, the library is offering FREE English classes for adults. The classes are held year-round by professional teachers during the daytime, evenings or weekends in a welcoming environment. Students are registered and tested to determine the level to be placed in. The textbook costs $37, but otherwise the class is at no cost to the student. For more information, call 914-606-5656 Registration dates remaining: Saturday, August 17 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday,  August 21 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Monday,  August 26 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. In addition to English classes, we offer English conversation classes for intermediate-level
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Library Team Competes in National Poetry Slam

The Library’s poetry slam team is competing in preliminary bouts at the 2013 National Poetry Slam in Boston this Tuesday and Thursday. Hostage, Eric ZORK Alan (slammaster), Nina Robins, and AJ won spots on the team by competing in our Poetry Slam Finals in May. Assistant slammaster LV (Laura Vookles) will also travel to Boston with the team. The White Plains Library Slam will be one of 72 teams from all over the United States and Canada who will take part in the preliminaries at seven venues in the Boston-Cambridge area. Twenty teams will advance to the semifinals on Thursday,
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Don't Miss the Rest of the International Film Festival

Join us while you can for our International Film Festival! Each film will be shown at 2 p.m., and repeated at 7 p.m., on Mondays through the end of August. Last week’s film, The Band’s Visit was sweet. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend borrowing the DVD from our collection. In it, an Egyptian ceremonial band traveling to the opening of an Arab cultural arts center in Israel find themselves in the wrong small Israeli town after the last bus has left. This leads to an interesting night for all as the Israelis and Arabs touch each others lives
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Registration for FREE English Classes

In partnership with Westchester Community College, the library is offering FREE English classes for adults. The classes are held year-round by professional teachers during the daytime, evenings or weekends in a welcoming environment. Students are registered and tested to determine the level to be placed in. The textbook costs $37, but otherwise the class is at no cost to the student. For more information, call 914-606-5656 Registration Dates: Wednesday, August 14 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Saturday, August 17 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday,  August 21 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Monday,  August 26 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. In addition to English classes, we offer
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The Final Four Films!

Our International Film Festival concludes at the end of August, so join us while you can! Each film will be shown at 2 p.m., and repeated at 7 p.m., on Mondays. Here’s the remaining films: 8/5 The Band’s Visit (Israel, comedy/drama) 8/12 Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter and … Spring (South Korea, drama) 8/19 Albert Nobbs (UK/Ireland, drama) 8/26 Rudo y Cursi (Mexico, comedy/drama/sport) We hope you’ll come see as many films as your schedule allows. After the festival, the films will be put in our DVD collection and you can borrow any you missed. All films will be shown with
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Library Reads – A new nationwide list for book lovers

Every day our library staff share books they love with our patrons. Now, you can reach beyond the White Plains Public Library walls to find out what books librarians in the rest of the country can’t wait to share. LibraryReads – a new program, launching today, harnesses the value of “library staff picks” into a single nationwide discovery tool, a monthly list of ten newly released must-reads. To discover the first list, visit the Library Reads website at libraryreads.org
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