Monthly Archives October 2017

Local History: Addicts & Addiction Pt. 1

The past few years, drugs and addiction have been in the headlines. Stories about opiates, the legalization of marijuana, and criminal justice reform have all made drug use and addiction the subject of a national conversation. Just as the civil rights and women’s rights movements had historical roots in time periods when those issues were not the focus of public debate, American society has been dealing with addicts and addiction since the 18th century. Here’s a look at some resources in the White Plains Collection that you can consult to see how people used to think about these issues. You
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Categories: History.

Faces of Burke Patient Stories come to White Plains Library

This November and December, the White Plains Public Library will host Faces of Burke, a traveling photography exhibit conceived to showcase the individuality of the patients treated at Burke every day. Patients with physical and cognitive impairments resulting from stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, cardiac disease, pulmonary disease and orthopedic issues come to Burke to regain their mobility and independence. The photographs in this exhibit illustrate the experience of six of these patients, and offer a glimpse into their journey towards recovery. The exhibit will be on display in the Museum Gallery. For more information about the exhibit, contact
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Categories: Featured, Gallery, and Library News.

A Lively Evening at the Library

To celebrate the re-opening of the first floor, the Foundation held its annual fall Gala in the Hub on the evening of October 21st. Nearly 200 people attended the event, which marked the Foundation’s 22nd anniversary. A highlight of the program was hearing from author Sloane Crosley who spoke about growing up in White Plains. All guests received a copy of Crosley’s most recent book, the bestselling novel, The Clasp. Her work has appeared in Elle, Esquire, GQ, New York Magazine, Bon Appétit, The New York Times, Vanity Fair and more. Crosley’s next book,  Look Alive Out There, will be published
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Categories: Events and Homepage.

Spy Books Old and New

Looking for a good spy novel or nonfiction read? Look no further than the curated list below. Just click the title to put a copy on hold. The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal by David E. Hoffman (2015) Dead drops. Secret meetings. Suicide pens. Fact that reads as thrilling as fiction about Russian engineer Tolkachev who daringly passed critical military secrets to the CIA case officers in Moscow in the early days of the Cold War, eluding the KGB just blocks away. For a while at least… Defectors by Joseph Kanon (2017) Not
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Categories: Authors & Books.

Art in the Castle Returns This Week

Art in the Castle is rolling out its second season with the help of Lily Fearon, a talented Bachelor of Fine Arts candidate at Purchase College. The monthly art classes offer 3rd-5th grade White Plains residents the opportunity to try their hand at a variety of artists’ media including pencil, oil pastels, charcoal, collage material, water color and acrylic paints. Fearon displays library books on famous artists from various periods to encourage conversation in a nurturing and fun environment. She teaches the children new techniques at each session covering concepts such as mixing colors, brush stroke, still life studies, shading
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Categories: Events and Kids.

Storm King Art Center Passes Now Available

The White Plains Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of Storm King Art Center at 1 Museum Road, New Windsor NY to the Museum Pass Program. The Library pass provides free admission for two adults and all children under 18 living in the same household. Widely celebrated as one of the world’s leading sculpture parks, Storm King Art Center has welcomed visitors from across the globe for over fifty years. Located only one hour north of New York City, in the lower Hudson Valley, its 500 acres of rolling hills, woodlands, and fields of native grasses and wildflowers
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Categories: Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Local History: Rosa Kittrell

October 10 has been designated World Mental Health Day by the World Health Organization. In honor of it, here is a story about a White Plains resident whose activism on behalf of people with mental illness had a national impact. Rosa Kittrell worked hard to redefine the way we view and treat the most vulnerable members of society. Through her tireless activism, personal struggles with mental illness, and belief in the power of education, Kittrell developed a motto: “Others, Lord, others.” Like so many black women in America, Kittrell was intersectional in her activism before anyone ever heard of that
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Categories: History.

Short Story Discussion Series Resumes with ‘Shaken and Stirred’ (and a Movie)

White Plains librarian Barbara Wenglin’s short story discussion series has been a popular fixture for years, as the selections and their interpretations have produced a riveting give-and-take among the attendees.  There was plenty in 2016-2017 with Love Stories, represented by such noted authors as Roald Dahl, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Vladimir Nabokov and Dorothy Parker. These four are among the 27 writers in editor Diana Secker Tesdell’s 2016 anthology Shaken and Stirred: Intoxicating Stories (Everyman’s Pocket Classics).  The title is a play on James Bond’s “shaken, not stirred” preference for his martinis.  This “literary cocktail,” says Wenglin, “depicts a variety of
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Categories: Events and Library News.

Board Meeting Documents for October 11th, 2017

Approved Library Board Meeting Minutes – 10-11-17 10-11-17 Combined-Agenda-Documents 10-11-17 Library Board Agenda Agenda Item #1a – 09 13 17 Regular Library Board Minutes Agenda Item #2a – Budget Report – 09-30-17 Agenda Item #3 – Claim List 4 Agenda Item #3 – Claim List 5 Agenda Item #4 – Adult Services Report – September 2017 Agenda Item #4 – Assistant Directors Report September 2017 Agenda Item #4 – Collection Management Report – September 2017 Agenda Item #4 – Community Outreach Report – September 2017 Agenda Item #4 – Library Systems Report – September 2017 Agenda Item #4 – Youth
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Categories: Trustee Documents.

What’s Battle of the Books?

The Trove and the Edge are busy preparing for an epic battle taking place this fall…the Battle of the Books! Teams of children and teens at libraries all over Westchester are busy reading the same sets of books and practicing trivia questions. They’ll come together in October for a reading-based trivia tournament. Two teams will represent White Plains at this year’s battle: the Raging Pages (grades 4-6) and Team KnowlEDGE (grades 6-10). Battle of the Books is designed to encourage a love of reading and to expose kids and teens to diverse reading material. This year, titles range from classic
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Categories: Kids and Teens.

Leer, Escribir, Aprender (Reading, Writing, Learning) Returns

Nuestra clase de educación para adultos en español regresará el miércoles, 18 de octubre. Esta clase enseñará lectura, escritura y matemática para hablantes nativos de español. Las clases se llevarán a cabo los miércoles de 10:15 a.m. a 1:00 p.m., del 18 de octubre al 15 de noviembre. Para más información, llame a Mariel Perez al 914-422-6982. Our Reading, Writing, Learning adult education class returns this month on Wednesday, October 18th. The class will teach reading, writing, and math to native Spanish speakers. The class will run on Wednesdays from 10:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., October 18th through November 15th.
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Categories: Classes.