Monthly Archives February 2022

Grab & Go Kits for Grades 7-12: Creative Doodling

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 Monday, February 21st in the Library lobby. This month we're practicing some creative doodling. The kit includes paper, a fineliner pen, and a set of markers. You may also want to use some different pens and coloring utensils from around the house. We'll follow a
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Categories: Library News.

Project LIT Book Club for Kids & Tweens

Wednesday, March 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 the graphic novel version of The Crossover by Kwame Alexander and Dawud Anyabwile. 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
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Hollywood’s Golden Age of Self-Censorship

Tuesday, March 22nd 7:00–8:00 p.m. Click here to register. From the 1930s to the 1960s, Hollywood censored itself. The Production Code is often remembered as a quaint document that ensured married couples slept in separate beds on screen. But the Production Code was a more complex contract between Hollywood and its diverse global audience. It led filmmakers to create a code for representing sex, violence, and extreme politics. And it helped Hollywood navigate the depression, the rise of Nazism, Soviet communism, World War II, the Cold War, and the Sixties. In late 1960s, Hollywood could no longer make films to
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Middle Grade Pick of the Month

Middle grade is a term that refers to books written for readers between the ages of eight and twelve. In this column, Ashley will recommend great books for children in this age group! The Sea in Winter by Christine Day Libby hoopla Library Catalog This is author Christine Day’s second middle grade novel but it’s the first story of hers that I’ve read. I now definitely want to read her first book, I Can Make This Promise, as well as Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids, the anthology that she contributed to! I really loved The Sea in Winter and
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

New Young Adult Fiction

Despite the supply chain chaos that seems to have followed us into 2022, we’re still frequently ordering and receiving new books for our collection. I love ordering new books for the Edge–reading the reviews, seeing what popular authors come up with next, or finding out about an upcoming sequel to an old favorite. Read on to find out about some of the new YA fiction titles coming to our shelves this month. At the End of Everything by Marieke Nijkamp Grades 9 and up Library Catalog “The young adults who inhabit private company–run Hope Juvenile Treatment Center in rural Arkansas
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Categories: Authors & Books, Homepage Teens, Library News, and Teens.

Girl Power Picture Books

Gathered together here to celebrate Women’s History Month are noteworthy picture books written by diverse authors of great girls celebrating themselves and others, sharing family traditions, and reveling in both small and large accomplishments. I recommend as a great resource for Women’s History Month the National Women's History Museum. The museum’s resources include interesting online exhibits, digital classroom resources, Brave Girl Virtual Storytimes, and more. Enjoy sharing these with your young feminists of all genders! K-3 Women's History Grab & Go Kits will be available Monday, March 7th while supplies last. Laxmi’s Mooch by Shelly Anand, Nabi H. Ali &
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

The Library’s Future – Planned Gifts

The White Plains Library Foundation is dedicated to the long term success of the Library and we hope you'll join us in thinking about the future. Public libraries benefit from planned gifts that make it possible to adapt to changing community needs, especially during uncertain economic cycles that can affect government budgets. That's why we're asking you to consider providing instructions in your will for a planned gift. Making plans for a future gift creates a legacy for generations to come and helps ensure the Library stays responsive, innovative, and accessible. Bequests are a common type of planned gift and it's
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Children’s Titles to Celebrate Black History Part 2

Veronica Chambers writes in her New York Times article, How Negro History Week Became Black History Month and Why It Matters Now, ”Why does Black History Month in particular, and the study of Black history overall, still matter so much? ‘There’s no question that history is and continues to be a battleground. The origin stories that we tell matter a great deal for where we set the bar and how we set the bar going forward,’ noted Professor Jones, of Johns Hopkins. ‘So when you talk about people like Carter G. Woodson, these are men who knew that if you
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

Parenting Collection: Friendship

Given that February is commonly referred to as the month of love, it seems like a good time as parents to talk to our children about friendship, sharing, and empathy. In that vein, here are some great books from our Parenting collection that focus on these topics. A Little SPOT of Giving: A Story About Sharing and Generosity by Diane Alber Find me on the Library Catalog! Other books in this series can be found here. This book is part of a series called Inspire To Create A Better You! They are all great books to use with your children.
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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. I’ve mentioned my enjoyment of the works of Dan Santat on several previous occasions. So here are four more works either illustrated by or written and illustrated by Dan Santat. These books were all huge hits with my six-year-old daughter, especially Little Fox and the Wild Imagination (which became a great read together as she read Little Fox’s parts
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

February Break Week Programs

Some great events are taking place during the week of February school break, 2/22-2/25. Some of these programs require pre-registration, so be sure to check the “more info” or our online calendar. Note: a free registered Zoom account is required to access the Library’s youth programs. Get a Zoom account here. For Younger Kids and Families Virtual Storytime Tuesday, February 22, 11:00 a.m. Ages 2-6 Join the program here. Stories, songs and fun with a Trove librarian. Turtle Dance Music presents: The Winter Wonderland Music, Bubble and Comedy Show! Thursday, February 24, 11:00 a.m. Children, families, all ages More info.
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage Kids, Homepage Teens, Kids, Library News, and Teens.

Turtle Dance Music: February

Turtle Dance Music presents: The Winter Wonderland Music, Bubble and Comedy Show! Thursday, February 24th, 11:00 a.m. Children, families, all ages welcome! Access the program here. Note: a free registered Zoom account is required to access the Library’s youth programs. Get a Zoom account here. “Sleigh bells ring! Are you listening?” The Winter Wonderland Music, Bubble and Comedy Show is a snowy “turtle-riffic” musical experience that is designed to engage children through winter songs, movement activities, big giant bubbles, children’s stories, and interactive music technology! The show is crafted to be inclusive for all children, including children on the Autism
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

Essential Cookbooks

Librarians love to create lists, and at the end of each year we publish lists ranging from the best picture books for children to the best audiobooks. But one of my favorites is Essential Cookbooks, a selection of cookbooks for public libraries. This wonderful list highlights titles for both avid home chefs and those just learning the rewards of making a meal. The list also supports those who appreciate the many joys of reading cookbooks, even if they rarely venture into the kitchen! These books are sure to become reliable favorites and nourish readers, today and for years to come.
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Categories: Authors & Books, Director's Corner, and Library News.

What You Need To Know About: The Uncharted Movie

I think the first mention of the Uncharted movie was before the Edge was built, even before I started working at the Library. So yeah, this movie has been a long time coming. To put in the gaming timeline, this movie was first talked about when the Playstation 3 was still out, now we are on the PS5. In that time Uncharted has become insanely popular. There are four games in the series as well as four spin-off games, plus collections of the games. The movie has seen a change of cast and directors while the video game has reached
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Categories: Featured, Homepage Teens, Library News, and Teens.

African American Children’s Authors

Enjoy these wonderful tales of triumph, challenges, hope and above all, love. Stacey’s extraordinary words, by Stacey Abrams Library Catalog / Libby How to read a book, by Kwame Alexander Library Catalog I am every good thing, by Derrick D. Barnes Library Catalog / eBook / Audiobook The king of Kindergarten, by Derrick Barnes Library Catalog / Libby Zuri Ray tries ballet, by Tami Charles Library Catalog When we say Black Lives Matter, by Maxine Beneba Clarke Library Catalog / Libby We shall overcome, by Bryan Collier Library Catalog / Libby Parker looks up: an extraordinary moment, by Parker Curry
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

AARP Tax-Aide 2022

El programa White Plains AARP Tax Aide ofrecerá preparación de impuestos en la Biblioteca Pública de White Plains desde el 7 de febrero hasta el 12 de abril. Con las restricciones de COVID aún vigentes, no podemos ofrecer el tipo de servicio en persona al que los contribuyentes se han acostumbrado por tantos años. Las principales preocupaciones siguen siendo la salud y la seguridad de los contribuyentes y los preparadores, y la protección de la información confidencial de los contribuyentes. Debido a las restricciones de COVID, ESTE SERVICIO SERA SOLO CON CITA PREVIA. CITAS Se requieren 2 citas. Para hacer
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Board Meeting Documents for February 9th, 2022

Approved Library Board Annual Meeting Minutes – 02-09-22 Approved Library Board Meeting Minutes – 02-09-22 Combined Agenda 02-09-22 02-09-22 Library Board Agenda Agenda Item #1 – 01-12-22 Regular Library Board Minutes Agenda Item #2 – Budget Report – February 2022 Agenda Item #3 – Claim List 6 Agenda Item #4 – Adult Services Report – January 2022 Agenda Item #4 – Assistant Directors Report – January 2022 Agenda Item #4 – Collection Management Report – January 2022 Agenda Item #4 – Community Outreach Report – January 2022 Agenda Item #4 – Digital Media Report – January 2022 Agenda Item #4
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Categories: Trustee Documents.