Monthly Archives September 2017

College Readiness Workshop Series Begins Sept. 27

Next week marks the start of the Edge's College Readiness Workshop Series, run in partnership with The City of White Plains, Westchester Library System, Tomorrow’s Genius, and the New York State Department of Financial Services. The series will cover five key topics for students and their families: SAT vs. ACT, College Applications, the College Essay, College Financing, and College Repayment: SAT vs. ACT (September 27) – These two entrance exams, while similar, have subtle differences that can help you best showcase your academic skills. Learn how to choose between the two, and how to think about the optional essay. College
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Categories: Events, Library News, and Teens.

Meet Kristen Thornton-De Stafeno

The next time you visit the Library, you might see a new face sitting at one of our public service desks.  Kristen joined the Library team in mid-July as an Adult Services and Marketing Librarian.  She will be responsible for creating our newsletters, fliers, social media posts, and other marketing/outreach efforts.  I sat down with her last week to learn a little bit more about her. Thornton-De Stafeno grew up along the East Coast: New York to Florida and then on to North Carolina before returning to Orange County, NY to attend high school. After graduating, she attended Dutchess County
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Categories: Uncategorized.

The Edge Launches New Community Service Group for Teens

On Monday, September 18, the Edge, the White Plains Public Library’s teen library, will hold its first Volunteer Interest Meeting for the “Do Gooders,” a new community service group for teens. “Do Gooders” follows the announcement that The Allstate Foundation awarded the White Plains Public Library a $25,000 grant for teen programs through “Good Starts in the Edge.” With the launch of “Do Gooders,” teens can earn volunteer hours for school or clubs, or just work to make a difference in their community. The library will provide resources and assist the teens in planning their own projects, such as learning
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Categories: Events and Teens.

People & Stories Oral History Project: Jazz Fest 2017 Pt. 5

We are thrilled to continue our partnership with ArtsWestchester, The City of White Plains, and the White Plains Business Improvement District on White Plains Jazz Fest 2017! Below is a clip from the People & Stories Oral History Project, Jazz Fest edition. Each of the clips we post between now and September will include stories and music from musicians who live locally, but have performed all over the world. Tom Van Buren, of ArtsWestchester, co-produced the interviews. Check out the Jazz Fest 2017 webpage for tickets and more information about all the great music happening September 13-17, 2017. Daniel Freiberg
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Categories: Oral History.

Board Meeting Documents for September 13th, 2017

Approved Library Board Meeting Minutes – 09-13-17 09-13-17 Combined Agenda Documents 09-13-17 Library Board Agenda Agenda Item #1a – 07-12-17 Regular Library Board Minutes Agenda Item #1b – 08-30-17 Minutes of the Special Meeting Agenda Item #2 – Budget Report – August, 2017 Agenda Item #3 – Claim List 1 Agenda Item #3 – Claim List 2 Agenda Item #3 – Claim List 3 Agenda Item #3 – Claim List 24 Agenda Item #4 – Adult Services Report – July-August 2017 Agenda Item #4 – Assistant Directors Report – July-August 2017 Agenda Item #4 – Collection Management Report – July-August
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Categories: Trustee Documents.

Resources to Help You Understand Health and Safety Risks Associated with the Use of VR

Unfortunately, there are risks associated with the use of VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) headsets. Some of the risks are fairly obvious: bumping into objects, tripping over wires, etc. Other risks are not so obvious and may either be latent in their effects (for example, vision impairment) or may trigger dizziness, nausea or even a seizure. The fact is, the technology is so new that health and safety research needs to catch up with it. Because of the risks associated with the use of VR, the Library requires that a liability release form is signed prior to trying
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Categories: Kids, Technology, and Teens.