Monthly Archives June 2021

Author Visit with Nathaniel Rich

Please join us for a virtual author visit with Nathaniel Rich on Tuesday, August 10th, 7:00-8:00 p.m. He’ll discuss his recent book Second Nature: Scenes from a World Remade (Library Catalog / OverDrive). Today, scientists race to reanimate extinct beasts, our most essential ecosystems require monumental engineering projects to survive, and chicken breasts grow in test tubes. No rock, leaf, or cubic foot of air on Earth has escaped humanity's clumsy signature. The distinctions we grew up with—between natural and artificial, dystopia and utopia, science fiction and science fact—have blurred, losing all meaning. In Second Nature, we meet ordinary people
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Categories: Authors & Books, Book Discussion, Events, Featured, Homepage, Homepage Foundation, Library Foundation, and Library News.

Book a Trove Visit

Want to pick up some great books or movies from the Trove? You can! You can visit the Trove by booking an appointment below to browse and select materials. Visits are 45 minutes long, starting on the hour. Please arrive on time for your visit, as late arrival will reduce your amount of time in the Trove. In addition, please leave the Trove by the end of your appointment time so that the next family may enter. During your visit, masks are required at all times for everyone ages 2+. All children must be accompanied to the Library by an
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Categories: Evergreen, Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

Summer Reading 2021

Summer Reading at the White Plains Public Library starts Monday, June 28 and will run through Friday, August 20! Due to the impact of COVID-19 on services, Summer Reading will be completely online this year via the READsquared platform, the READsquared website, or the READsquared app, available for iOS and Android. Find information on the great lineup of programs and events for kids, teens and families in July and August here. Get Started! Register and login to READsquared. Individual youth participants can register as themselves, or parents and caregivers can register all of their children at one time. This allows
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, Featured, Homepage Kids, Homepage Teens, Kids, Library News, and Teens.

Summer Programs for Kids & Teens

Summer Reading at White Plains Public Library: 6/28 – 8/20 Summer Reading at the Library kicks off Monday, June 28 and runs through Friday, August 20. Reading activity will be logged online with READSquared. More information on Summer Reading at White Plains Public Library can be found here. Programs for Younger Kids Information on the Library’s storytimes, guest performers and special events for younger children and families can be found here. Programs for Kids in Grades K-6 Information on programs, activities and special events for kids in Grades K-6 can be found here. Programs for Teens in Grades 7-12 Information
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, Featured, Homepage Kids, Homepage Teens, Kids, Library News, and Teens.

On-Demand TaleWise June Show

Did you miss the STEAM-azing show, The Mummy at Mystery Mansion, presented by TaleWise on June 15, or perhaps you want to watch it again? You can view the show, for free, on-demand, through August 31, 2021! In addition to the stream of the show, you will have access to educational resources, experiments and STEAM activities related to the program! Here’s how to access the on-demand show: Visit The Mummy at Mystery Mansion. Create a new, free, TaleWise account or sign in with Google, Facebook or an existing TaleWise account. TaleWise respects your privacy and will not share your information
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

National Novel Writing Month for Young Novelists

Have you heard about National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo? It’s a challenge that takes place each year in the month of November, where people work toward writing a book. This fall, we’re hosting a pre-planning writing series for young writers in grades 4 and up who may be interested in writing during NaNoWriMo. Each Thursday at 4:00 p.m., we’ll meet to discuss various elements that make up a novel, and work through the exercises in NaNoWriMo’s Young Novelist Workbook. By the end of the series, participants will have ideas for characters, setting, and plot ready to go, so they
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage Kids, Homepage Teens, Kids, Library News, and Teens.

Genealogy Workshop: African Americans in Records

African Americans in Public Records Prior to 1870 Monday, June 14th 7:00–8:00 p.m. For information on attending, click here. In this presentation, genealogist Cynthia Maharrey covers: Things to consider before and during your research General information about African American genealogical records An abbreviated case study Examples of records from Reconstruction to the 1840s that hold genealogically significant information concerning free and enslaved African Americans
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Categories: Library News.

Presentation on Coach Vince Lombardi

TOLERANCE: Coach Vince Lombardi's Winning Formula Sunday, June 20th 2:00–3:00 p.m. Click here to register. One of the greatest coaches in pro football, Vince Lombardi's leadership skills resulted in ten winning seasons and five championships. The Super Bowl trophy is appropriately named after him. His management keys of diversity, tolerance and attacking bigotry proved well in Green Bay. Lombardi broke down barriers for athletes of color in Wisconsin's NFL outpost. It should be no surprise Lombardi employed the same successful tactics in changing the Washington Football Team's culture for gay players. John Vorperian, a published sports historian & host of
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Baking Bagels with Avery Robinson

Wednesday, June 16 6:00–7:30 p.m. Click here to register. In a 75-minute virtual workshop, Avery will guide participants in how to make the best bagels you've had since H&H (the original) and also how to make homemade gravlax that'll save you a trip to Russ and Daughters. The lesson is accessible to most any kitchen novice—it is no harder than making challah—and no special equipment is required. The class is a bake-along where Avery coaches participants in how to roll, boil, and bake bagels with him in real time and also how to make their own gravlax with a slicing
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Categories: Library News.

Acceso a través de Sora para los libros digitales (eBooks) de la biblioteca

¿Sabía que los estudiantes de White Plains tienen acceso a los libros digitales (eBooks) de la Biblioteca de White Plains a través de su cuenta Sora de la escuela? Pueden hacerlo gracias a una nueva asociación entre el Sistema de Bibliotecas de Westchester y BOCES Westchester Sur. Todo lo que el estudiante necesita hacer es entrar la identificación o credenciales de su escuela en la aplicación Sora que ya tiene y ¡listo! Puede tomar prestado contenido apropiado a su edad de la colección digital (eBook) de la Biblioteca Pública de White Plains. Para poder buscar en la colección de títulos
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Categories: Español and Library News.

Summer Events for Teens

Check out the Library’s lineup of programs in July and August for Grades 7-12! Note: Youth-focused virtual programs require a registered Zoom account. Creating an account is free and easy at http://zoom.us/signup. Summer Reading at White Plains Public Library: 6/28 – 8/20 Summer Reading at the Library kicks off Monday, June 28 and runs through Friday, August 20. Reading activity will be logged online with READSquared. More information on Summer Reading at White Plains Public Library can be found here. Grab&Go: Kits Grab&Go: Kits are fun and educational activities to do at home. Kits are available in a variety of
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, Featured, Homepage Teens, Library News, and Teens.

Summer Events for Younger Kids

Check out these programs for younger children happening in July and August. Note: Youth-focused virtual programs require a registered Zoom account. Creating an account is free and easy at http://zoom.us/signup. Summer Reading at White Plains Public Library: 6/28 – 8/20 Summer Reading at the Library kicks off Monday, June 28 and runs through Friday, August 20. Reading activity will be logged online with READSquared. More information on Summer Reading at White Plains Public Library can be found here. Grab & Go: Kits Grab & Go: Kits are fun and educational activities to do at home. Kits are available in a
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

Meet the Artists Programs

Meet the Artists Grades K-4. Mondays, 11:00 a.m. – Dates below. Museums with Marisa returns for a series of programs where attendees will learn about artists and art movements from history each week. Mondays, 11:00 a.m., Grades K-4. Be sure to have on hand some paper and things to color with: crayons, colored pencils, markers, or markers to make your own artwork! Join the Zoom program for each date by clicking on the title below. Note: Youth-focused virtual programs require a registered Zoom account. Creating an account is free and easy at http://zoom.us/signup. July 19: Meet the Ancient Greeks! Columns,
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

Shadow Puppetry Performances and Workshop

Firelight Shadow Theater presents two pre-recorded performances available for viewing from July 11 – July 30. Me and My Shadow is for PreK and family audiences, while Spin Me a Shadow, Tell Me a Tale is for Grades K-5 audiences. Then, on August 11, kids in Grades 2-5 are invited to take part in a shadow puppetry workshop. As Daniel Barash of Firelight Shadow Theater says, “See you in the land of shadows!” Me and My Shadow PreK, families Pre-recorded show accessible July 11 – July 30 Access the video here starting July 11. After first introducing youngsters to the
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

Summer Events for Gr. K-6

Check out the Library’s lineup of programs in July and August for Grades K-6! Note: Youth-focused virtual programs require a registered Zoom account. Creating an account is free and easy at http://zoom.us/signup. Summer Reading at White Plains Public Library: 6/28 – 8/20 Summer Reading at the Library kicks off Monday, June 28 and runs through Friday, August 20. Reading activity will be logged online with READSquared. More information on Summer Reading at White Plains Public Library can be found here. Grab & Go: Kits Grab & Go: Kits are fun and educational activities to do at home. Kits are available
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

STEAMy Summer Days

Mondays-Thursdays (except when noted) From 1:30-3:30 p.m. For teens entering Grades 6-10 in the fall. Registration is required. This summer the Library is excited to offer 8 weeks of free mini-camps for teens going into Grades 6-10 in the fall. This is the fifth year that Argus, a Verisk Analytics company, is funding these free summer camps. Week 1: 6/28 – 7/2 (Monday-Friday) 3D Prototyping With The Techno Chix Click here to register. Students will learn the fundamentals of 3D modelling and CAD (computer-aided design) using the free Onshape software to make basic models. After learning the basics, students will
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage Kids, Homepage Teens, Kids, Library News, and Teens.

New Movies Streaming in June

Maybe you're already familiar with our streaming services hoopla and Kanopy, but did you know that they add new content each month? Find a list below of some exciting new titles available on each platform this month. hoopla Mr. Jones (2020 action / suspense) Directed by Agnieszka Holland. Starring James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard, Joseph Mawle. 1933. An ambitious young journalist, Gareth Jones, travels to Moscow to uncover the truth behind Stalin's Soviet propaganda that pushes their “utopia” to the Western world. When he gets a tip that could expose an international conspiracy, Jones' life and the lives of
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Categories: Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Board Meeting Documents for June 9th, 2021

Combined Agenda 06-09-21 06-09-21 Library Board Agenda Agenda Item #1 – 05-12-21 Regular Library Board Minutes Agenda Item #2 – Budget Report – May 2021 Agenda Item #3 – Claim List 10 Agenda Item #4 – Adult Services Report – May 2021 Agenda Item #4 – Assistant Directors Report – May 2021 Agenda Item #4 – Collection Management Report – May 2021 Agenda Item #4 – Community Outreach Report – May 2021 Agenda Item #4 – Digital Media Specialist Report – May 2021 Agenda Item #4 – Media Report – May 2021 Agenda Item #4 – Technology Report – May
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Categories: Trustee Documents.

Sunrise Scimitar with Joe Rao

Sunday, June 6th 2:00–3:00 p.m. Click here to register. On the morning of June 10th, early risers in the Northeast US  will – weather conditions permitting – be treated to the most unusual sunrise of their lives, for we will not see a yellow-orange circle of light, but a large solar eclipse which will transform the Sun into a fiery scimitar! From the Tri-State Area, sunrise is at 5:24 a.m. and maximum eclipse comes nine minutes later. Eighty percent of the Sun’s diameter will be obscured. Such a circumstance is very rare, having occurred only twice in the past 150
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Categories: Library News.

Peculiar Picks

Peculiar Picks are a selection of odd, funny, interesting, curious, moving, irreverent, and otherwise wonderfully awesome, but perhaps not well known, reads. Peculiar Picks are books for younger readers and their grown-ups, handpicked by the Library's Youth Services Manager, Joshua Carlson. As mentioned in the first Peculiar Picks about Song Books, music is a constant in our household. All kinds of music. Here are some more books based on songs that are absolutely full of positive vibes, as well as some links to the music that inspired the books. Note: I recommend caregivers listen to the music for themselves before
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.