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 in a variety of age ranges throughout the month, including for Grades K-3 and Grades 4-8. Dates that new Kits are available for pickup can be found on our online calendar.
Weekly starting June 28
Sponsored by Verisk Analytics, we’re excited to host another full summer of STEAM virtual workshops for Grades 6-10. From more tech-focused programs to arts-based workshops, starting June 28 we are offering a different topic weekly. Registration is required for each workshop. More information on these workshops and how to register here.
Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m. – July 7, August 4
Calling all readers in Grades 4-8! Join Youth Services librarians Ashley and Kat for a mini-series of book groups featuring some truly awesome graphic novels. More information on the graphic novels and how to join the discussions here.
PreK-Grade 2, families
Fridays, 11:00 a.m. – July 9, August 13
Nancy Hershatter presents a fun-filled musical bilingual program.
Grades K-5, families
Pre-recorded show July 11 – July 30.
Access the video here. Link available starting July 11.
After first introducing audience members to the art of shadow puppetry (including numerous puppets from Southeast Asia), Firelight Shadow Theatre will share fast-paced shadow puppetry versions of best-loved folktales from around the world. On Wednesday, August 11, Firelight Shadow Theatre will present a workshop for Grades 2-5 on creating shadow puppets. More information on the performance and workshop here.
Available for viewing during Library hours from Monday, July 12 – Friday, August 12 on the Library Plaza.
Come enjoy a fun, colorful book while strolling around the Library Plaza and introducing children to fruits and vegetables! Related Grab & Go Craft Kit and STEAM Activity Sheet available while supplies last beginning July 12.
Mondays, 4:30 p.m. – July 12, July 26, August 9, August 23
Kids and teens in Grades 4-12 are invited to join librarians Ashley and Erik from the Trove and the Edge to play fun virtual tabletop games using the boardgamearena.com platform while chatting via Zoom. Kids and teens that haven’t come to the program before will need to create a free boardgamearena.com account. Note: As with all youth-focused programs a registered Zoom account is required. Boardgamearena.com does have a for-pay premium service. Please take care when creating your account to not incur any unwanted charges. On the day and time of each program, simply login to your boardgamearena.com account and join us on Zoom using the links for the specific dates you wish to attend.
Thursdays 4:00 p.m. – July 15, August 12
Want to practice playing chess? Sign up to play against a fellow library friend or even challenge Austin Olney, the library's Digital Media Specialist, to a match using the lichess platform. Time slots will be sent following registration. From beginners to experts, all youth are welcome to join!
Mondays, 11:00 a.m. – July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9
Museums with Marisa returns for a series of programs where attendees will learn about artists and art movements from history. More information on this program series, including which art movements will be covered each week, can be found here.
Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m.
July 20: Unicorns: Break the Cage
August 17: Aliens: Escape from Earth
TaleWise presents interactive and educational STEM programs with movement, science experiments and lots of hilarity!
Grades 3-12 (and parents)
Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. – July 22, August 19
There are so many ways for youth to be digitally creative, whether it is coding, animation, game development, 3D modeling, audio/video editing, music making or something else altogether! This session will provide individualized help in either learning one of these skills or solving a particular, related issue. Whether a beginner or expert, parent or child, all are welcome to sign up and receive a time slot.
Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m. – July 27, August 24
All are welcome to partake in some Fortnite fun with library friends. Squad up with Digital Media Specialist Austin Olney on either Windows, Android, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, or PlayStation. Email email@example.com for questions and help.
Children, families, all ages welcome!
Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.
July 29: Songs that Count
August 19: Wally and the Water Cycle
Featuring bubbles, laughter, stories, dancing, games, and incredible visuals, Turtle Dance Music shows are a simply awesome time. Shows are crafted to be inclusive for all children, including children on the Autism Spectrum, and a great time for parents and caregivers! Each song in the show is accompanied by hands-on, visual, and sensory experiences designed to help kids learn and have fun at the same time.
Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. – July 29, August 26
Have a computer or smartphone? Join library friends Austin and Kat in a virtual online space for teens using the Roblox platform. Participate in a variety of fun challenges!
Grades 2-5, Registration required. Space is limited. Registration will be open July 11 – July 30.
Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. – August 11
Discover the magical world of shadow puppetry with Daniel Barash of Firelight Shadow Theater. Daniel will first introduce participants to the art of shadow puppetry and then help them create puppets to adapt versions of Aesop's Fables to the shadow screen. Participants will receive a shadow puppet stage and puppet-making materials, as well as fable scripts and character templates. More information and how to register
Children, families, all ages welcome!
Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. – August 18
Kids musician Will Parker will perform a fantastic, interactive concert outside on the Library Plaza. Masks will be required for all attendees over age 2 and social distancing is requested. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be virtual on Zoom.
This program is supported by the White Plains Library Foundation.