Monthly Archives October 2015

People & Stories Oral History Project: Harold Mercer

Harold Mercer is a lifelong White Plains resident whose roots go back to the arrival of his grandfather in the 1890s. His grandfather was an English artist who settled on the east side of White Plains and helped start the Eastside Engine Company. His father, also named Harold Mercer, was the Westchester County Clerk and became the White Plains Civil Defense Director. Mercer remembers attending RKO Keith's on Main Street to see vaudeville acts like Peg Leg Bates and the Three Stooges. He remembers driving his Model A Ford around White Plains during World War II, when recruiters came to
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Categories: Local History and Oral History.

Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Gala to Support The Hub

Join us as we celebrate 20 years of supporting our great community library! Proceeds will help support The Hub, our new adult library, as first floor renovations resume this winter. Our honoree is Phil Klay, a White Plains native and author of Redeployment, the 2014 National Book Award winner for fiction, a short-story collection based on Phil’s experiences as a Marine in Iraq. Tickets are $150, and include a copy of Redeployment. Purchase tickets, sponsorships and virtual journal ads through our secure online registration site. The Gala also features a fabulous silent auction and raffle drawing! Call Libby Hollahan at 914-422-1495 or email
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Categories: Events and Library Foundation.

Success with LinkedIn® Professional Networking Services

Do you want to create a LinkedIn® (professional networking services) account? Do you already have one but need pointers on how to create a better profile? Come to the presentation given by Rose Macom, career counselor on November 4th at 6:30 p.m. This program is suitable for job seekers and business professionals interested in expanding their network. Come and learn how to set up a profile or enhance an existing one. Discover LinkedIn® features and applications and explore how to make connections and network effectively.
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Categories: Classes.

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.

Diabetes Self Management

Are you dealing with Diabetes or caring for someone who is?  If so, take control of your life! Come to our Diabetes Self Management workshops presented by the Westchester Independent Living Center. Every Monday, November 2 through December 7 from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. The course is facilitated by two trained peer leaders.  Participants are invited to bring a family member, friend and/ or caretaker. Please register online or at the Reference desk.
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Categories: Classes.

Diwali: The Festival of Lights

Learn about this Hindu tradition celebrating the triumph of good over evil. Also known as The Festival of Lights, people celebrate by singing, dancing, lighting the oil lamp diya, and embellishing their homes with beautiful decorations called Rangolis. Join us and enjoy songs, dances, coloring, and delicious Indian delicacies generously provided by several families from our community. Sunday, November 1 at 2:00 p.m.
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Categories: Events.

Battle of White Plains on YouTube

We are happy to present “The Battle of White Plains” in honor of the 239th anniversary of the battle, which occurred in October 1776. This video is an overview of the Battle of White Plains and the larger Invasion of New York in 1776, one of the largest engagements of the American Revolution. Learn how the newly formed Continental Army fought under the command of George Washington to prevent the British Army from taking over the Hudson Valley.  The British hoped to cut in the colonies in half at the Hudson Valley, and the Battle of White Plains was an
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Categories: Local History and Teens.

Chess Challenge with Joshua Colas

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2-4 p.m.–Calling all chess players, 3rd Grade through High School! White Plains HS Senior, and international chess champion, Joshua Colas will play two rounds of “simul” chess, where he plays up to 16 players at the same time! The first round starts at 2 p.m. and the second is at 2:45. Preregistration is not required; tickets for both sessions will be given out starting at 1:30. Joshua is the 2015 New York State High School Chess Champion.  Read more about his outstanding career at
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Categories: Events, Library Foundation, and Teens.

How to Find the Right Colleges for You

If you're a high school student thinking about applying to college, you have a lot of schools to consider. We're hosting a workshop to help you navigate this process. On Monday, October 19 at 7 p.m., join us in the Edge Media Lab. You'll learn how to evaluate potential schools to determine which one is the best fit for YOU, and you'll even get some tips on how to have a successful college visit. This event is open to high school students and their parents. Light refreshments will be served. This workshop is presented by Katie Sprague of Collegewise.
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Categories: Events and Teens.

Board Meeting Documents for October 14th, 2015

Approved Library Board Meeting Minutes 10-14-15 10-14-15-Combined-Agenda-Docs 10-14-15 Library Board Agenda Agenda Item #1 – 09-09-15 Regular Library Board Minutes Agenda Item #2a – Budget Report Agenda Item #3 – Claim List 5 Agenda Item #3 – Claim List 6 Agenda Item #4 – Adult Services Report – September 2015 Agenda Item #4 – Assistant Directors Report September 2015 Agenda Item #4 – Children's Services Report – September 2015 Agenda Item #4 – Collection Management Report – September 2015 Agenda Item #4 – Community Outreach Report – September 2015 Agenda Item #4 – Library Systems Report Agenda Item #4 –
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Categories: Trustee Documents.