Posts by Brian Kenney, Library Director

Tomorrow: J. K. Rowling’s New Book

Thursday, September 27 is undoubtedly the most anticipated day in publishing this year, as J.K. Rowling’s new book, The Casual Vacancy, hits stores and libraries. We’ve ordered twenty copies, which our distributor reports were shipped yesterday—so we should have them ready to circulate tomorrow. Ten copies are available to be reserved, while the other ten will be in our new book area, circulating on a “first come, first served” basis. Unfortunately, Rowling’s publisher, Hachette/Little, Brown, won’t license new ebooks to libraries. Is the book any good? We haven’t a clue, as the book has been heavily embargoed and there are
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Categories: Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

A Plan for the Library's Future

Interested in where the White Plains Public Library is headed the next few years? Then take a few minutes to look over our strategic plan. Many people in the White Plains community helped out with this plan, whether through interviews, focus groups, informal advice, or our morning-long planning retreat in May. Again, a big thanks to everyone for his or her time! A strategic plan is like a road map; it outlines the directions we will be taking, and the actions we need to take to reach our goals. This strategic plan covers the next three years, and is closely
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Categories: Director's Corner, Homepage, and Library News.

Go ahead, write to me!

I hate to beg, but this time I have to. The Library needs your help in determining its future direction. We began working on a new strategic plan for the library back in January, conducting focus groups with adults, parents of children from pre-K through 8th grade, and teens. In all, we spoke with over 100 individuals, and learned a lot (I will share some of their suggestions later in the week). This past Friday, we brought together 50 individuals—business people, leaders of not-for-profits, educators, and library users—to discuss the most pressing issues facing the White Plains community, and how the
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Categories: Director's Corner.

Lights, camera, action!

If you are a teen—or know a teen—with an interest in acting in or creating a video, then we’ve got a terrific program for you. The library is sponsoring a video production class that will produce a public service announcement. The class includes an opportunity to write the script, select the actors, shoot and edit the video, integrate music, and finally watch the final cut at a red carpet graduation ceremony. Sponsored by a grant from The Allstate Foundation to the White Plains Library Foundation, this video production class is open to all students in grades 9-12. Click here for
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Categories: Library News.

Go on. Text us.

We all know someone—in fact, you may be one of these people yourself—who would far rather text than talk. We used to associate texting with young people (and, in fact, teenagers who text average 60 messages a day). But now it seems like everyone is texting, from the bored executive stuck in a meeting to the harried cook who wants his or her spouse to pick up tomato sauce on the way home. So it’s no surprise that libraries are now offering information services via text—just as back in the day we integrated the telephone and then email. With nearly
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Categories: Director's Corner.