Monthly Archives November 2015

English as a Second Language

Learn English as a second language at the White Plains Public Library Begin the process of learning and actively practicing basic vocabulary, grammar, speaking and listening skills necessary for daily living, employment and post-secondary education. Please register in the Library on one of these dates: – Monday, December 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 19 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.   For more information call (914) 606-5656 or email at LibraryESL@sunywcc.edu.  
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Categories: Classes and Uncategorized.

Poetry Slam with Desiree Dallagiacomo on Dec. 2nd

Our exciting Poetry Slam series continues on December 2nd at 7:00 p.m. with an Open Mic, Poetry Slam, and performance from guest poet Desiree Dallagiacomo.  As always, our Slam will be hosted by Eric ZORK Alan. Desiree Dallagiacomo ranked 3rd at the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam, 3rd at the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam, 3rd at the 2014 National Poetry Slam, and she is a Pushcart Prize nominee. She has traveled the country teaching and performing poetry. She has been a guest instructor at dozens of universities, including Dartmouth, Vanderbilt, and Columbia University. Her work has been
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, Library Foundation, and Teens.

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.

People & Stories Oral History Project: Shirley Acevedo Buontempo

Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, Founder and Executive Director of Latino U College Access, is People & Stories’ first multi-lingual oral history!  Below are interviews conducted by Ben Himmelfarb and Mariel Perez–one in English, one in Spanish. In both interviews, Buontempo discusses emigrating from Puerto Rico to the Bronx at age ten.  Education and service have always been important to Buontempo, and when she attended Pace University she was introduced to White Plains (through trips to the Galleria!).  She had a career in advertising focused on reaching Latino people, and developed an interest in connecting Latino youth with higher education through her
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Categories: History and Oral History.

Hiking The Hills at Silver Lake

On Saturday, November 14, I joined a group of history-minded individuals in a hike guided by Bice Wilson through the archeological remains of The Hills, an African American community that existed between the 1790s and the early 20th century.  In her book, Freedom Journey, Edythe Ann Quinn estimates that the population of The Hills reached its peak in the 1860s, with about 200 people living in numerous dwellings.  Most of these homes were located along Stony Hill Road, which begins off Lake Street in West Harrison and disappears into woods.  As recently as one hundred years ago, these woods were
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Categories: Events and History.

Children Built White Plains in Lego®

Children in The Trove’s Lego® Club built White Plains, all in Lego®! The public is invited to view the project on display at The White Plains City Hall (255 Main Street, White Plains, NY 10601) beginning November 17th and continuing through December. It all began one day last spring when a patron came into the The Trove at The White Plains Public Library to inquire about The Trove’s Lego® Club. He had heard that the club had built a Lego® model of The New New York Bridge (the bridge that will replace the Tappan Zee Bridge) and wondered if the
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Categories: Kids and Uncategorized.

Board Meeting Documents for November 18th, 2015

11-18-15 Combined Agenda Documents 11-18-15 Library Board Agenda Agenda Item #1 – 10-14-15 Regular Library Board Minutes Agenda Item #2 – Budget Report Agenda Item #3 – Claim List 7 Agenda Item #3 – Claim List 8 Agenda Item #3 – Claim List 9 Agenda Item #4 – Adult Services Report – October 2015 Agenda Item #4 – Assistant Directors Report October 2015 Agenda Item #4 – Children’s Services Report – October 2015 Agenda Item #4 – Collection Management Report – October 2015 Agenda Item #4 – Community Outreach Report – October 2015 Agenda Item #4 – Library Systems Report
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Categories: Trustee Documents.

What can I do with my degree from outside the US?

Have a degree and don’t know how to seek employment in the U.S.? The WES Global Talent Bridge can help! They will discuss how you can utilize your foreign education and experience to pursue employment , professional licensing and higher education. They will provide tips to best reflect your qualifications and give information on how to prepare for your job search. This seminar is designed for people with foreign qualifications interested in seeking further employment and /or professional licensing. Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
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Categories: Events and Uncategorized.

Revisiting Arcadia: Contemporary Landscape

Showing: 11/12/2015 – 01/8/2016 Join the artists and friends for a reception on Wednesday, December 9, 7pm – 9pm in the Museum Gallery. Refreshments will be served. Revisiting Arcadia: Contemporary Landscape at White Plains Public Library presents diverse artistic approaches to the settings around us. From traditional Hudson River School-style painting to conceptual abstraction and expressionistic painting, each artwork immerses viewers in the sublime, as both of these two artists explore both the beauty and darkness of the natural world. Artists:  Hilda Green Demsky & Barry Shenkman Contact: Kathleen Reckling Contact Number: 914-428-4220 This show is being presented in partnership with
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Categories: Events and Gallery.

White Plains Collection Now Online!

We are happy to announce the launch of the White Plains Collection on the Digital Culture of Metropolitan New York!  This project was a partnership between the White Plains Public Library, the Metropolitan New York Library Council, and Culture In Transit. The White Plains Public Library is a prime site for community memory and we hold a rich set of materials in the White Plains Collection. We have fascinating and informative photographs of buildings, people, events, and landscapes. Many are part of special collections like the John Rosch Collection, featured here. Rosch owned a photography studio in White Plains and
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Categories: History, Library News, and Research.