Monthly Archives January 2022

3D Printing and Design Class

During the February Winter school break, Librarian Erik Carlson will be teaching a class on 3D printing and design for students in grades 4-6. We start on Tuesday, February 22nd and meet everyday until Friday, February 25th, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. You must be able to attend all of the sessions otherwise you will miss some important info. We will be learning to use three different 3D design software programs (CAD and Mesh). You can create free accounts for all of these, just follow the links: TinkCad SculptGL (no account needed) OnShape Education Each day will have a new lesson and
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

Pop Art Workshop with Michael Albert

Join us on Thursday, February 24th at 4:00 p.m. to create some awesome collages with local artist Michael Albert. Albert’s use of recycling in art is truly inspirational, and we’re excited to look at the contents of our recycling bins in a new light during this program. We’re putting together kits that include a canvas, scraps of construction paper, old magazines and various cardboard pieces. You’re welcome to gather any art supplies or recycling from around the house to use during the program as well. This program is intended for grades 4 through 8. Supplies are limited so make sure
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage Kids, Homepage Teens, Kids, Library News, and Teens.

2022 ALA Youth Media Awards Winners

On January 24, 2022 the American Library Association (ALA) announced its 2022 Youth Media Award winners. These awards are presented annually and recognize amazing contributions to the body of literature for children and teens. The entire awards presentation can be viewed here. Congratulations to all of the winners! Look for all of these great titles in the Library’s online catalog, as well as in eBook formats from Libby or Hoopla. John Newbery Medal For the most outstanding contribution to children's literature “The Last Cuentista” by Donna Barba Higuera Four Newbery Honor Books “Red, White, and Whole” by Rajani LaRocca “A
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, Homepage Kids, Homepage Teens, Kids, Library News, and Teens.

Celebrate Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month this February with one of our upcoming events, and with our list of recommended books and films. For a list of recommended reads for children, see Raquel's nonfiction picks here. Events Future is Female Book Discussion Monday, February 7th, at 2:00 p.m. Click here for the Zoom link. In honor of Black History Month, Ellen O’Connell, White Plains resident and retired English teacher, will moderate a discussion of Passing (1929), by Nella Larsen of the Harlem Renaissance [Library Catalog / Libby]. This candid and moving exploration of race and identity is the inspiration for the recent
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Categories: Featured and Library News.

The Year of the Tiger: Craft & Books

Tigers are the third of the Chinese zodiacs. According to legend, Tiger was confident that no one could compete with its speed and vigor for the celestial race that would decide the order of the zodiacs. However, when Tiger climbed out of the river, thinking it was first, it was informed that Rat placed first for its cunning and Ox placed second for its diligence. This left the king of the jungle having to settle for third place. Tigers are courageous and active people who love a good challenge and adventure in life. Like their eponymous zodiac animal, people born
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

Announcing the Winter 2021 Project LIT Titles

Since becoming a Project LIT chapter, we’ve enjoyed reading and discussing Project LIT books with kids and teens. Last month, we were thrilled to see the announcements of new titles in the Winter 2021 Project LIT book list. We’re excited to share the list with you, and to highlight a couple titles that are of particular interest to our librarians. You can find the full Project LIT book lists for Middle Grade and Young Adult on the Reading Lists page of our website. Middle Grade: Ashley’s Picks Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim Libby Library Catalog This book has
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, Homepage Teens, Kids, Library News, and Teens.

Project LIT Book Club for Kids & Tweens

Wednesday, February 9th 4:30–5:45 p.m. Click here to register. Join librarians Ashley and Caroline for a virtual book discussion and trivia game for 4th to 8th graders! We will be reading Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake. We will provide a free copy of the book for the first five individuals to register for the discussion. When the books are available, we will email to arrange pickup; please list an email address when registering. You can place a hold on the print book with your library card using our catalog here. If you prefer the eBook,
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Categories: Library News.

Grab & Go Kits for Grades 7-12: Handmade Envelopes

Teens in grades 7-12 can pick up a kit with project supplies at the Library, then follow along with the instructional video below to make the project. Or, you can find the materials around your home and follow the video to make the project. Kits are first come, first served, and will become available on Tuesday, January 18th in the Library lobby. This month's project is handmade envelopes. I wanted to make this kit available in plenty of time before Valentine's Day, for those who really want to put their heart and soul into their Valentine's cards. The kit includes
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Categories: Library News and Teens.

Learn Something New This Winter

Winter is a great time to explore indoor activities. Winter during a pandemic is an even better time to explore indoor activities. I have curated a list of videos that will help you learn a new hobby or skill. All of these videos are available through the Library’s databases, make sure you have your Library Card ready and know your PIN to access these. There are plenty more videos than what I listed here, take a look through these resources to see what else you can learn – creativebug, Linkedin Learning, and medici.tv. Learning a new hobby or building your
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Categories: Featured, Homepage Teens, Library News, and Teens.

Holocaust Remembrance Author Event

The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides. To find out more, click here. Find our OverDrive/Libby reading list here. Holocaust Remembrance Day Virtual Author Visit Thursday, January 27th 4:30–5:30 p.m. Click here for the Zoom link. Join us for a visit from author Michelle Bisson to discuss her book, Hedy's
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Categories: Authors & Books and 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. While looking for dragon books for the October 14, 2021 Peculiar Picks, I discovered there are so many awesome dragon books, so, there will be more draconic Peculiar Picks, including this one, to come, some around certain recurring themes. This month, we look at dragons and their eating habits. What do you think dragons like to eat? The Yin
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

Tomar prestado una computadora portátil

¿Necesita acceso al Internet o conoce a alguien que lo necesita? Estamos circulando “paquetes” de computadoras portátiles que consisten de una computadora y un HotSpot, cada uno con sus cables y conexiones. El HotSpot le permitirá acceso al Internet dondequiera que T-Mobile/Sprint provea 4G LTE cubierta celular. Este programa de préstamo ha sido posible gracias a una generosa donación y financiación de la Fundación de la Biblioteca de White Plains. Estos paquetes (laptop bundles) están disponibles exclusivamente a las personas de White Plains de 18 años o más con tarjeta de la Biblioteca sin deudas. Para reservar un paquete (laptop
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Categories: Español.

Children’s Nonfiction Titles to Celebrate Black History Part 1

The banning of children’s books on Black history (And children’s books on the LGBTQIA+ experience) has greatly risen recently throughout the United States. Students and teachers are fighting back. One student and teacher victory (for now) led to the rescinding of a book ban instituted by the Central York Pennsylvania School District board. Alyssa Shotwell wrote in her article in the Mary Sue, “Last year, heated school debates resulted in the York, Pennsylvania schools banning (and, in some cases, holding ongoing ‘reviews’ of) a four-page list of materials. In the list sent to teachers across the Central York District, books
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

Most Popular 2021 Checkouts

Below is a list of the 2021 top 5 most popular fiction, nonfiction, films, TV shows, children's books, and YA titles based on the number of times they've been checked out from our collection. We told you what our staff loved last year, well, here's what was most popular among your fellow Library patrons. I'm sure you'll notice a few trends – our patrons really love mysteries, intrigue, cookbooks, and Peppa Pig! Fiction The Affair by Danielle Steel (Library Collection / OverDrive & Libby) The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (Library Collection / OverDrive & Libby) The Bounty: a
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, and Library News.

Vanderbilt: The First Tycoon

Thursday, January 27th 7:00–8:00 p.m. Click here to register. Join Professor Rick Feingold as he explores the life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, the first tycoon. Cornelius Vanderbilt began operating his own ferry in New York Harbor at the age of 16. He would work from dawn until dark ferrying passengers between Staten Island and the tip of Manhattan. The tiny business would grow into a massive steamship company. Vanderbilt would undercut his competitors by pricing his services so low that he would drive them out of business. Eventually he built a railroad empire from New York to Chicago and the First
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Categories: Library News.

January 2022 LibraryReads

Here are the books published this month that librarians across the country love. The Maid by Nita Prose Library Collection: Print OverDrive & Libby: eBook / Audiobook “As a maid in a posh hotel, Molly is very proud of her work and the care she takes of the guests, even though she often has difficulty navigating social cues. When she finds a wealthy guest dead, she never imagines she has the keys to uncover a killer, and finds, after the death of her beloved Gran, there are many people willing to help her. For fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely
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Categories: Authors & Books and Library News.

Battle of the Books Club

Join librarians Kat and Lauren for a new book club this spring. We'll meet each month for a book discussion and a game, in the beloved Battle of the Books (BOB) trivia format. Read some awesome books and then team up with your friends to show off your book knowledge in a fast-paced tournament. We kicked off the series with a fun discussion of It Ain't So Awful, Falafel with author Firoozeh Dumas in January… read on to find out what's next. In February, we're reading Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee. We'll meet on Monday, February 7th, at
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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.

Board Meeting Documents for January 12th, 2022

Approved Library Board Meeting Minutes – 01-12-22 Combined Agenda 01-12-22 01-12-22 Library Board Agenda Agenda Item #1 – 12-08-21 Regular Library Board Minutes Agenda Item #2 – Budget Report – December 2021 Agenda Item #3 – Claim List 5 Agenda Item #4 – Adult Services Report – December 2021 Agenda Item #4 – Assistant Directors Report – December 2021 Agenda Item #4 – Collection Mangement Report – December 2021 Agenda Item #4 – Digital Media Report – December 2021 Agenda Item #4 – Library Systems Report – December 2020 Agenda Item #4 – Media Report – December 2021 Agenda Item
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Categories: Trustee Documents.