Monthly Archives February 2016

Spanish for Beginners

Classes meet every Monday and Wednesday from 7:00 p.m.-8:45 p.m., starting Wednesday March 2. You can register on our online calendar or at the Reference Desk. Space is limited. This Spring the White Plains Public Library will again offer a beginning class in Spanish. The emphasis will be on spoken Spanish, and the course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of Spanish. Participants will be introduced to simple, everyday usage of vocabulary, grammar, and conversation in an active, participatory and fun environment. Instructor Naicy Petrill is a native of Peru. She currently teaches Spanish at Westchester Community
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Categories: Classes and Uncategorized.

Tax Breaks for Your Business

On Tuesday, March 8th at 1:30 p.m. a workshop will be given by the Small Business Administration to benefit existing small business owners, individuals getting started in business and those interested in going into business. It focuses on the fundamentals of federal taxes for small business owners, including entity choice, record keeping, business income and expenses and estimated tax. No registration required. Please join us.
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Categories: Classes.

People & Stories Goes National!

Kevin Tidmarsh and Saahil Desai, students at Pomona College in California, investigate the stories of early students of color at their school in the first episode of Hidden Pomona, “Stranger In A Strange Land.” Drawing on Leola Bryant’s oral history in our People & Stories Collection, Tidmarsh and Desai chronicle the impact White Plains native and Pomona alumnus Eileen Johnson had on the lives of African-Americans.
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Categories: History and Oral History.

No more excuses!

Take responsibility for the success in your life! Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. In this seminar, expert in leadership and success Yamile Ramirez will help us put an end to excuses of self-sabotaging. With simple steps to make life more prosperous, happier and more successful, Yamile promises to help end our tolerance for mediocrity and negativity. We learn new ways to deal with our problems and face them so that we get more and more positive consequences. Yamile is a board certified Neuro-Linguistic Programing/Time Line Therapy master practitioner and coach. This program is brought to you through a
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Categories: Uncategorized.

Chamber Music of William Eckfeld

Please join us Sunday, February 21, at 2 p.m. for a free concert featuring the chamber music of William Eckfeld, composer and performer. The program includes works for strings, piano, clarinet, euphonium and tubas. Mr. Eckfeld, a White Plains resident, was the orchestra director at White Plains High School from 1987-2013. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, he was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra before beginning his career in music education. As a composer, he has written numerous works for chamber groups, soloists, and orchestras. He serves as organist for the
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Categories: Events and Library Foundation.

People & Stories Oral History Project: Dennis Polanco

Probably known to most White Plains residents as “Mr. Polanco,” since that is what students in his English classes at White Plains High School call him, Dennis Polanco is in fact much more than a teacher. He is a father, musician, and community leader who has great insights into our city.
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Categories: History and Oral History.

Children Walk with George Moses Horton

Children at White Plains Public Library are learning about George Moses Horton as they walk The Trove’s Black History StoryWalk® which is on display in the Library’s art gallery during the month of February through Sunday, March 13, 2016. The StoryWalk® is based on the book: Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton, written and illustrated by Don Tate. George Moses Horton was a slave who grew up working long hours on a North Carolina farm. Though unable to attend school, he was determined and taught himself to read. While he tended his master’s cattle, he composed verses in
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Categories: Events, Gallery, Kids, and Uncategorized.

2nd Annual Spelling Bee

What’s the Buzz? The White Plains Library Foundation is thrilled to be holding our Second Annual Adult & Teen Spelling Bee Fundraiser, on Friday, March 11, 7:30 p.m. (March 18 snow date), at the Highlands Middle School Auditorium. This year, proceeds will support The Hub, our new adult library.  Entry fees are again $75 per team, and additional donations to The Hub are very welcome!  General admission to watch the Bee is $5, and there will be a food concession and raffles. This year we are limiting the competition to 20 teams (four “swarms” of five teams each).  The “Early
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Categories: Events.