Monthly Archives October 2023

How to Fight Censorship & Book Bans

On Monday, April 24, the first national Right to Read Day was held. Organized by the American Library Association (ALA), and kicking off National Library Week, Right to Read Day was established as a call to action in response to the past few years of attacks on access to, and even the existence of, certain books – overwhelmingly those with BIPOC and LGBTQ+ characters, themes, and information (check out the top 13 challenged books of 2022 to see what I mean). While ALA’s Unite Against Book Bans, and other organizations, highlighted going to the library and checking out banned books
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, Homepage, Homepage Kids, Homepage Teens, and Library News.

New Books in the Edge: October 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. Everyone’s Thinking It by Aleema Omotoni Grades 9 and up Library Catalog “Estranged British Nigerian cousins Iyanu and Kitan are two of the few Black students attending Wodebury Hall, an English countryside boarding school. While day student Iyanu, a budding photographer, prefers to fade into
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, Library News, and Teens.

Board Meeting Documents for November 8, 2023

Combined-Agenda-11-08-23 11-08-23 Library Board Agenda Agenda Item #1 – 10-11-23 Regular Library Board Minutes – DRAFT Agenda Item #2 – Budget Report – October 2023 Agenda Item #3 – Claim List 3 Agenda Item #4 – Adult Services Report – October 2023 Agenda Item #4 – Assistant Directors Report – October 2023 Agenda Item #4 – Collection Management Report – October 2023 Agenda Item #4 – Community Outreach Report – October 2023 Agenda Item #4 – Digital Media Specialist Report – October 2023 Agenda Item #4 – Library Systems Report – October 2023 Agenda Item #4 – Media Report –
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Categories: Trustee Documents.

Day of the Dead Altars 2023

Annually, the Trove holds a series of workshops where participants make Day of the Dead ofrendas. The altar-making series is a beloved family program that has been offered for many years by the Children’s staff. This year, we are thrilled to bring this tradition back in-person here in the Trove. Over the course of three workshops held this October, a total of six families created beautiful ofrendas for their dearly departed loved ones. These intricate creations will be on display for all to come and see during the month of November in the Trove. The Ochoa Family Honoring: Deceased Actors
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Categories: Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

Day of the Dead Altars Gallery

Annually, the Trove holds a series of workshops where participants make Day of the Dead ofrendas.  The altar-making series is a beloved family program that has been offered for many years by the Children’s staff. This year, we are thrilled to bring this tradition back in-person here in the Trove. Over the course of three workshops held this October, a total of six families created beautiful ofrendas for their dearly departed loved ones. These intricate creations will be on display for all to come and see during the month of November in the Trove. Below find a digital gallery of
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This Month in the Edge: November 2023

This fall we've planned a bunch of different fun things for grades 7-12. From our 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 on Monday at 4:00 pm. November 6, 13, and 20 Winning Wednesday Play some
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, Featured, Homepage Teens, Library News, and Teens.

K-2 Hour on Thursday Afternoons

Thursdays afternoons in the Trove are K-2 Hour! A variety of different programs for kids in kindergarten through 2nd grade will be hosted at the library. Each month will have a different combination of the programs described below.   K-2 Tales will be a storytime: reading engaging books, singing and a fun craft. Each month will have a different theme. K-2 VR Storytime Experience will be reading both fiction and nonfiction books and discussing what we know before and learn during the storytime. At the end there will be a take-home fact sheet, coloring page, and activity. K-2 Stories &
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

November 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. Bilingual Family Storytime Ages 3+, Families Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. – November 1 Families will listen to a bilingual story, sing bilingual songs
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Masterwork Conversations Perform 10/29

Back by popular demand as the Friends of the White Plains Public Library's musical offering this fall, Masterwork Conversations will perform a concert on Sunday, October 29th in the Auditorium at 2:00 p.m. Matthew Harrison and Vlada Yaneva perform Art as Antidote to AI. “Art like this is an antidote to AI’s artificial mashups, and demonstrates that all the processed data in the world still needs some ineffable spark of creation to rise above mere machine reproduced patterns. We find in art ourselves, the essence of our humanness, and as we listen we draw closer to ourselves and each other.”
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Categories: Library News.

November Trove Book Groups

November Book Bunch Wednesday, November 15th 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 Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk. Crow has lived on an isolated island. Her only companions are Osh, the man who raised her and their next door neighbor, Miss Maggie. When a mysterious fire appears across the water it sets a chain of events that forces Crow to find out about her true identity. The Trove will provide a free copy of the book for the
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Categories: Authors & Books, Book Discussion, Events, Featured, Homepage Kids, Homepage Teens, Kids, Library News, and Teens.

Good Trouble: Being the Change

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Attributed to Mahatma Gandhi (although not actually said by him), this quote is nonetheless a fantastic statement of purpose and a call to activism.  This installment of Good Trouble features a few books which include words of inspiration from civil rights leaders and young activists, a “how to” guide for kids to be change makers, and more. We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration from Civil Rights Leaders by Chronicle Books Library Catalog A gorgeously illustrated collection of inspirational quotes from famous, as well as not so well known, individuals
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KidLit Local Author Book Fair

KidLit Local Author Book Fair Sunday, October 22nd, 2:00-3:30 pm For: Families, Toddlers to 5th Graders Location: Auditorium Join us for a children’s local author Book Fair to meet a group of friendly local authors who are excited to share their books with the community! The local authors who will be at the Book Fair are: Alise Curran, Mona Voelkel, Alyssa Londoño, Jayne Pillemer, Gabriella Gizzo, and Marsha Campbell. There will be craft activities and opportunities to win prizes including books from the local authors!
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Categories: Library News.

Celebrate Spooktober!

We 🧡 Halloween in Youth Services at the Library and we have some great events coming up to celebrate the spookiest of months, October.  Also, be sure to check out some of our older Halloween blog posts for great ideas for Halloween activities and reads! K-2 STEAM: Zombie Edition Grades K-2 Thursday, 4:30 p.m. – October 19 Ticket required.  Please pick up tickets in the Trove starting 30 minutes before the program. Halloween Grab & Go Kit Grades K-3 Available while supplies last starting Tuesday, October 24. Family Storytime: Ghosts & Ghouls Ages 3+, Families Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. – October
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage Kids, Homepage Teens, Kids, and Library News.

October 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! Hanging with Vampires: A Totally Factual Field Guide to the Supernatural by Insha Fitzpatrick All available formats This fangtastic nonfiction guide to vampires digs into the lore, history and pop culture appearances of vampires, arming all its readers with information and food for thought (even literally, with a garlic bread recipe!). Knowledge is power, after all, and this first entry in a series of guides into the
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Beautiful Bilingual Books, Part 14

BEAUTIFUL BILINGUAL BOOKS, Part 14 LINDOS LIBROS BILINGÜES, Parte 14 The Library has a lovely collection of bilingual Spanish/English books. To celebrate reading in two languages, we will be 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 estaremos presentando nuestros lindos libros aquí. Así que disfrute practicando sus destrezas en ambos idiomas con estos libros ilustrados. Fuego, Fueguito / Fire, Little Fire, by Jorge Tetl Argueta. Library Catalog From
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Categories: Authors & Books, Español, Featured, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

Pick a Treat

The Trove put together a fun Halloween display: mystery books for kids to choose (there's a summary and intended age range on the package) and unwrap at home, for multiple ages and all decorated with cats, bats, spiders and/or mice. So stop by The Trove this month and pick out a treat!
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Greenburgh Nature Center Pass Now Available

The White Plains Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of Greenburgh Nature Center in Scarsdale, NY to the Museum Pass Program. The Library pass provides free admission for two adults of the same household and all children under 18 to the Manor House, which is home to the Live Animal Museum, and its grounds. The Manor House is open Tuesday-Sunday, from 10am-4pm. There is a lot to see and discover within the walls of the historic Manor House. The first floor features animals and a greenhouse. Upstairs, visitors can come up close and hands-on with live animals from
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