Monthly Archives September 2023

Celebrate Day of the Dead

Celebrate Day of the Dead/Celebra el Día de los Muertos Day of the Dead Workshop Series / Taller del Día de los Muertos For: Children in Grades 2-5 & Their Families / Para niños en grados 2-5 con sus familias Tuesdays, October 10th, 17th, & 24th at 4:30 pm / los martes 10, 17 y 24 de octubre a las 4:30 pm Location / Salón: Galaxy Hall Children in grades 2-5 with their families will create an altar honoring a very special person already departed. Sessions 1 & 2 will be devoted to creating your altars. At session 3, we
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

October Programs for Younger Kids

Great programs for younger children take place all month long, every month, at the Library.  See our online calendar or stop in the Trove for location information. Some programs require advance registration, while others may require a ticket.  If registration is required, details will be provided for how to register on our online calendar. If a program requires a ticket, tickets will be handed out on a first come, first served basis starting 30 minutes before the program. Tiny Tots! 0 – 24 months, with a caregiver Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. – October 3, 10, 17, 31 Fridays, 11:00 a.m. –
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

Our Annual Report

In the past year, the Library has grown in every way imaginable while we continue to support our Strategic Plan. Our strategic goals infuse everything we do: promote equity, diversity and inclusion; expand community engagement; renew our infrastructure; improve sustainability; and learn from our experiences with COVID. We have acquired more content than ever, although you may not notice as much of it is digital. We’re circulating a range of items, from hotspots and laptops to museum passes. But more significantly, we’ve expanded our programs, with White Plains residents coming together to learn English, become citizens, discuss books, experience 360-degree
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Categories: Director's Corner, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

New Books in the Edge: September 2023

One of the best parts of my job is 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. The Dark Place by Britney Lewis Grades 8 and up Library Catalog “The day before her 17th birthday, Hylee Williams vanishes from a cookout at her Kansas City home. She emerges nine years in the past in a twisted alternate version of a childhood memory
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, Homepage Teens, Library News, and Teens.

This Month in the Edge: October 2023

This fall we've planned a bunch of different fun things for grades 7-12. From our new College and Career Club to the monthly After Hours for grades 9-12, we have a range of options available. Stop by anytime during Edge hours to say hello and find out more about the Edge. Edge Fall Hours: Monday – Thursday: 3:00-8:00 p.m. Friday: 3:00-8:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 1:00-5:00 p.m. Drop-in Activities: No registration is required for these ongoing programs for grades 7-12. Movie Monday Join us for a movie each Monday at 4:00 pm. (Please note the Library will be closed on
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage Teens, Library News, and Teens.

Board Meeting Documents for October 11, 2023

Approved Library Board Meeting Minutes – 10-11-23 Combined Agenda 10-11-23 10-11-23 Library Board Agenda Agenda Item #1 – 09-13-23 Regular Library Board Minutes – DRAFT Agenda Item #2 – Budget Report – September 2023 Agenda Item #3 – Claim List 2 Agenda Item #4 – Adult Services Report – September 2023 Agenda Item #4 – Collection Management Report – September 2023 Agenda Item #4 – Community Outreach Report – September 2023 Agenda Item #4 – Digital Media Specialist Report – September 2023 Agenda Item #4 – Library Systems Report – September 2023 Agenda Item #4 – Media Report – September
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Categories: Trustee Documents.

October Trove Book Groups

October Book Bunch Wednesday, October 25th at 4:30 p.m. Click here to register. Join Caroline and Erica for a book discussion and trivia game for 4th through 8th graders! We will be reading The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner. Meet Moth Hush – she is obsessed with witches but doesn’t realize that she and her family have a connection with witches. When bullies disrupt Moth’s Halloween, Moth begins to discover that she has magical powers. Moth finds a strange diary, unlocks a hidden world and also discovers secrets about her family’s legacy and her town – Bluff, Massachusetts. The Trove
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Forever Young Adult Book Club

Forever Young Adult is a group for YA fans who are a little less “Y”(oung) and a bit more “A”(dult). Whether you're a regular YA reader or you need a break from your usual “To Read” list, all are welcome! Thursday, October 26th, at 7:00 p.m. A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik (All available formats) Click here for the Zoom link. Enter a school of magic unlike any you have ever encountered: There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won't allow its students to
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Categories: Authors & Books, Book Discussion, and Library News.

Terry Kessler Schwarz: “Impressions” Exhibit

Terry Kessler Schwarz Impressions Art Solo Exhibit On display in the Museum Gallery from September 22nd through December 12 In her upcoming drawing and painting exhibition Impressions, Terry Kessler Schwarz will be presenting drawings and paintings of nature focusing on land, sky, water and city life. TERRY KESSLER SCHWARZ is a painter, calligrapher, illustrator, photographer and teacher.  She received her BFA from Syracuse University and MFA in printmaking/painting from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts.  She has also trained at Tyler School of Art (Temple University) in Italy, Rochester Institute of Technology, Parsons School
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Categories: Events, Featured, Gallery, and Homepage.

September 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, Erica will recommend great books for children in this age group! Attack of the Black Rectangles by Amy Sarig King All available formats Mac is a kid who believes in the importance of asking questions – *especially* the hard ones teachers don’t always want to answer. So when he and his friends find out that their sixth-grade teacher has given them books with censor bars over certain words – specifically hiding references to a young girl’s breasts –
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Beautiful Bilingual Books, Part 13

LINDOS LIBROS BILINGÜES – PARTE 13 The Library has a lovely collection of bilingual Spanish/English books. To celebrate reading in two languages, we are featuring our beautiful new books in a blog – so enjoy practicing your Spanish and English skills with these picture books. La Biblioteca tiene una colección hermosa de libros bilingües en inglés/español. Para celebrar leyendo en dos idiomas, le presentamos nuestros lindos libros aquí. Así que disfrute practicando sus destrezas en ambos idiomas con estos libros ilustrados. Let’s Be Friends / Seamos amigos, by René Colato Laínez. Library Catalog Two boys, an English speaker and a
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October Tweens Talk Banned Books

Celebrating Banned Books Week – October 1st-7th, 2023! Tweens Talk Banned Books American Born Chinese & Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy Grades 4-6 Thursday, October 5th at 4:30-5:30 pm Location: Galaxy Hall Registration required. Register here Join us in the Trove for a special-edition, double-title book club designed for tweens in grades 4-6 – Tweens Talk Banned Books – to celebrate Banned Books Week 2023 and discuss challenged books!  Our book discussion will seek to engage in open and honest conversations about diverse books and sometimes difficult material as an alternative to book banning. There will be a BINGO game
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Categories: Authors & Books, Book Discussion, Events, Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

Good Trouble: Greta Thunberg

This installment of Good Trouble features a few books about, and by, Greta Thunberg to inspire environmental activism. From the time she was 11, Greta Thunberg has been taking on climate change, politics, governments and corporations. Greta is a role model for young people to be activists and changemakers. As Greta says, “No one is too small to make a difference.” Little People, Big Dreams: Greta Thunberg by Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara, illustrated by Anke Weckmann Library Catalog This biography in the popular and well-made Little People, Big Dreams series provides an introduction to the young activist’s life. Greta Thunberg
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Iranian Women Speak

Caroline Reddy is a Children’s librarian at White Plains Public Library. Her work has appeared in Active Muse, Calliope, Clinch, CulturalDaily, Grey Sparrow, Starline, and Tupelo Quarterly Review among others.  In the fall of 2021, her poem “A Sacred Dance” was nominated for the Best of The Net prize by Active Muse. A native of Shiraz, Iran, Caroline’s work has also appeared in the anthology Iranian Women Speak (IHRAF)  to raise awareness for #ZanZendegiAzadi, #WomenLifeFreedom movement, in Iran. Her first manuscript Shake the Atmosphere to Reclaim an Empty Moment is forthcoming with Pierian Springs Press. For more information please click
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