Monthly Archives October 2022

Announcing Kids Pick

The Trove has a new program called Kids Pick which is for all Trove patrons to participate in! What is Kids Pick? Well, you just read a book and give us your review! Did you just read a book you can't stop talking about? Do you have a favorite book you think everyone should read? Maybe you love the illustrations in a new graphic novel! It is as easy as 1, 2, 3… Read a book! Fill out the Kids Pick form available in the Trove. Give the form to a Librarian at the Compass desk. We will put your
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

Freedom to Read Storytime

Wednesday, November 9th at 7:00 p.m. Age group: Children 3+ with their families Location: Auditorium Come celebrate Native American Heritage Month with us with the award-winning title Fry Bread; a Native American Family Story, by Kevin Noble Maillard and The People Shall Continue, by the multi-award winner author Simon J. Ortiz. Have fun with a family game and make a craft to take with you. Freedom to Read Storytime is part of the Library’s #WPFreedomToRead initiative. While the books read may not all be challenged, they represent the topics, themes, and people being censored – themes and creators representing diverse
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

Lynn Spurgat & Jason Wirth Performance

Sunday, November 6th 2:00–4:00 p.m. Auditorium Soprano Lynn Spurgat will once again be joined by pianist Jason Wirth to present a performance of selections by Mendelssohn, Strauss, Poulenc, Brahms, Nin, and Weill. Described by critics as “a force of nature”, busy soprano Lynn Spurgat was recently seen as Norma in Norma by Bellini in New York City. New York audiences have also delighted in her performances of Anna Bolena in Donizetti's Anna Bolena, Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni, and Richard Strauss heroines Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos, Chrysothemis in Elektra and the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier. In Montecarlo, Italy,
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Biography of a House

“Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?” Researching the Biography of a House Thursday, October 27th 7:00-8:00 p.m. Click here to register for this Zoom event. In this presentation, house historian Beth Potter will talk about ways to flesh out the “biography” of a house-not the history of the building per se, but the stories of the people who lived there. Who celebrated birthdays in the living room, what special recipes were created in the kitchen, were any residents in the military – those are just some of the questions that can be answered using newspaper records, church records, etc.
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Westchester Breathes

Fridays 9:30AM, October 28 – January 20. Come when you can! Register at conversations.westchesterlibraries.org/breathe Increase Your Resilience, Lower Your Stress This is a Zoom program. Participate in a program of gentle movement, breathing and relaxation exercises that reduce the experience of stress and anxiety. Come to this program to learn simple, proven exercises that can have a positive impact on your health and well-being. Get ready for the next moment from a place of calm and clarity. Sponsored by: Bedford Free Library, Bedford Hills Free Library, Harrison Public Library, Mamaroneck Public Library, New Rochelle Public Library, Ruth Keeler Memorial Library,
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Short-Story Discussion: Fall 2022

Join White Plains Librarian Barbara Wenglin via Zoom to explore compelling selections from the rich anthology, Stories of Fatherhood, edited by Diana Secker Tesdell (Everyman’s Pocket Classics, c2014). In varied settings and cultures, the collection gathers more than a century of timeless stories about having, becoming, loving, and losing fathers. Use Zoom Registration Link for full series & attend when you can. All are welcome, including newcomers! Stories of Fatherhood A copy of the book is on hold at the Hub Desk for reading in the Library along with circulating copies available to borrow through the catalog. Thursdays from 2:00
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Categories: Authors & Books, Book Discussion, Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Clases virtuales gratis de ciudadanía

New-York Historical Society ofrece clases virtuales gratis de ciudadanía a personas con residencia permanente (Green Card), que se estén preparando para su entrevista de naturalización. Este curso los prepara para el examen de educación cívica que es parte de la entrevista de naturalización realizada por USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services). El curso interactivo de ciudadanía se ofrece virtualmente y cubre las 100 preguntas del examen de educación cívica de USCIS. Los participantes aprenden acerca de la historia de los Estados Unidos y del gobierno mediante objetos, pinturas y documentos de la colección del New-York Historical Society a través
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Categories: Español.

Free Citizenship Classes

The New-York Historical Society offers free online citizenship classes for green card holders preparing for the naturalization interview. The online citizenship course prepares permanent residents for the civics test portion of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization interview. The interactive online naturalization preparation course covers all 100 questions from the USCIS Civics Test. Participants learn about American history and government using objects, paintings, and documents from the New-York Historical collections through videoconferencing. Online citizenship classes are taught in English and are accessible to English Language Learners. They also offer an online Spanish citizenship class for people who
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Dementia Info Session

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior Wednesday, November 2nd 7:00-8:00 p.m. During the middle stage of dementia, the person with the disease often starts to exhibit new behaviors that can be confusing for a caregiver. These behaviors are a form of communication, and are essential to understanding the needs of the person with dementia. This program will help attendees identify common triggers for behaviors associated with dementia and learn strategies for addressing common dementia-related behavior. Please register with Jessica Flores at jmflores@alz.org or 845-610-6916 to register for this event.
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The Writer’s Law School

If you're a writer, you know how difficult it is to obtain information about protecting your rights in creative projects as well as how to decipher the “legalese.” That's why you should attend The Writer’s Law School: Protecting your Artistic Rights, on Wednesday. October 19th from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Click here to register. In this workshop designed for writers, you'll learn: The differences between Copyright, Trademarks, Patents and Service Marks The Copyright Registration Process and the CASE law What is the Public Domain? What is the Fair Use Doctrine? Which Business Entity is best for my writing career? What
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October Book Bunch

Tuesday, October 25, 4:30 p.m. Grades 4-8 Story Trove in the Trove Registration required. Click here to register. Join Caroline and Donna for a book discussion and trivia game for 4th through 8th graders! We will be reading Fake Blood, by Whitney Gardner. This is a perfect read for a Halloween treat! Fake Blood, by Whitney Gardner, is a coming-of-age story of a young man who wants to win the approval of his crush Nia. When AJ and Nia become partners for a project on Transylvania, AJ finally has a shot at proving he isn’t an ordinary kid. The Trove
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October Tweens Talk Banned Books

Tweens Talk Banned Books Grades 4-6 Thursday, October 27th at 4:30 p.m. Virtual Registration required. Register here. Note: All of our youth-focused virtual programs require a registered Zoom account to attend. Sign up for a free Zoom account here: https://zoom.us/signup. Book banning is sadly nothing new, and cases of censorship are growing more and more widespread throughout the US. Librarians oppose censorship and believe that open, honest conversation about challenged material is an alternative to book banning. Join Erica for Tweens Talk Banned Books, a year-long book club designed for middle school students to celebrate and discuss banned and challenged
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October Programs for Younger Kids

Some great regularly occurring programs for younger children take place all month long, in-person, at the Library. Check the online calendar or ask in the Trove for specific locations for each event. Autumn StoryWalk: Full of Fall On display on the Library Plaza through Wednesday, 11/30 Featuring Full of Fall by April Pulley Sayre – a visually stunning picture book that captures the essence of Fall. More information here. Special Author Storytime! Saturday, 2:00 p.m. – October 1 Enjoy a storytime with local author Deborah Johnson to celebrate her book Eggplants on the Farm: Adventures with Little Chef Debbie. Storytime!
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SUNY WCC Session for Teens and Parents

SUNY WCC Information Session Tuesday, 10/25, 5:00 p.m. Teens, Adults Virtual Registration required. Register here. SUNY Westchester Community College’s Admissions Information Sessions provide an opportunity to learn about WCC’s more than 65 different degree programs, student services, admission requirements, and the enrollment process. This program is presented by Wendoli Tejada, Adjunct counselor in the Office of Admissions, SUNY WCC. This program is offered in conjunction with Somers Library and other Westchester Library System libraries.
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Activism 101 for Teens and New Adults

Saturday, 10/15: 1:00 p.m. Teens, Adults Virtual Registration required, space is limited. Register here. Learn how to act on your vision for a better world with Omkari Williams. This program is an opportunity for teens and new adults to find their way into activism and learn how to participate in causes that are important to them. This program includes: Identifying your activist archetype; Exploring your “origin” story (why you care about social justice in the first place) and finding out how to use that to fuel your social justice work; Choosing your cause(s); Building a plan of activism that is
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Grab & Go Kits for Grades 7-12: Bat Window Clings

Teens in grades 7-12 can pick up a kit with project supplies at the Library, then follow along with the instructions below to make the project. Or, you can find the materials around your home and follow the instructions to make the project. Kits are first come, first served, and will become available on Monday, October 17th in the Library lobby. For this month’s project, we’re making bat window clings. The kit includes puffy orange paint, Ziploc bags, and a printed bat template. You'll need to provide tape and a flat surface (like a piece of cardboard.) This craft is
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Banned Books Quiz: Halloween Edition

Can you find the titles of the 22 banned or challenged books we've hidden in the text passage below? It was well past twilight on Halloween and the sky was black enough that you could barely see the bats circling the shrouded moon.  One flew over the cuckoo's nest in the rotted roof of the haunted house next door.  Carrie dipped her fangs in cold blood.  “What sort of monster are you supposed to be?” she asked Ed, noting the long bandages and sunglasses he was sporting.  “I'm the invisible man, 1933 version, of course,” he replied. “Great costume.  My fake blood
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Peruvian Consulate on Wheels

Saturday, October 22nd 9:00–2:00 p.m. Auditorium Peruvian Consulate on Wheels We provide the following consular services, only by appointment. DNI and PASSPORTS: Appointments can be booked on our online appointment system at: www.conperuny.com. Please review the requirements before choosing your appointment time. You will receive an automatic confirmation email. PUBLIC DEEDS: (powers by public deed) you must request your appointment and coordinate the corresponding attention to the email: legal@conperny.org NOTARY PROCEDURES: (powers off registration, legalizations, survival certificates): you must request your appointment by e-mail: notariales@conperny.org CIVIL RECORDS: (births, marriages and deaths): you must request your appointment by email: registrosciviles@conperny.org Sending
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Banned Books Photobooth

Get caught reading a Banned Book in the Library's Lobby! Take a “mugshot” holding your favorite banned or challenged book with our “crime” sign in front of our backdrop. Post your selfie to social media using the hashtag #WPFreedomtoRead OR upload your photos to our website here. We'll add your “mugshots” to this page and our gallery as they come in. We'll also have a pop-up photobooth at upcoming #WPFreedomtoRead events where staff can take your photo. “Mugshot” Gallery:
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