Monthly Archives May 2017

Local History: WWII & the OPA

On April 11, 1941, FDR signed an executive order creating the Office of Price Administration.The Reporter Dispatch wrote that the purpose of the OPA was the “protection of the consumer” and to make supplies available to the public “after military needs are met.” Many goods were rationed during World War II, including sugar, meat, coffee, building materials, and gasoline. The OPA issued ration books to individuals a number of times during the war. Below are two examples of ration coupons for heating oil that were donated to the White Plains Collection by Library Trustee Paul Schwarz. They show the address
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Local History: Remembering Jack Harrington

Local history legend Jack Harrington passed away on Sunday, May 14, at age 97. As a tireless advocate of preservation and conservation (historical and environmental), Harrington knew more about White Plains than just about anybody. To learn more about his life and legacy, check out his oral histories on our website or contact the White Plains Historical Society.
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Local History: WPA in White Plains

On April 8, 1935, President Roosevelt signed a law creating the Works Progress Administration, or WPA. The WPA was created to create employment opportunities for millions of unemployed Americans and material benefit to communities throughout the country. White Plains and Westchester were no exception, with significant public works projects and make-work efforts, where jobs in local agencies were supported by federal funds. The White Plains Collection contains some examples of the works created through the WPA and a few records that describe projects the federal government supported in Westchester County. In 1939, the National Muncipal League's Consultant Service completed field
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Board Meeting Documents for May 10th, 2017

Approved Library Board Meeting Minutes – 05 10 17 5-10-17 Combined Agenda Documents 05-10-17 Library Board Agenda Agenda Item #1 – 05-10-17 Regular Library Board Minutes Agenda Item #2 – Budget Report – April 2017 Agenda Item #3 – Claim List 17 Agenda Item #3 – Claim List 18 Agenda Item #4 – Adult Services Report – April 2017 Agenda Item #4 – Assistant Directors Report – April 2017 Agenda Item #4 – Collection Management Report – April 2017 Agenda Item #4 – Community Outreach Report – April 2017 Agenda Item #4 – Library Systems Report – April 2017 Agenda
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Categories: Trustee Documents.