Posts by Kathleen Degyansky

Be Prepared — Workshops at the Library

The Library is hosting two workshops in December to help citizens prepare for the unexpected. On December 4 at 7:00 p.m., the American Red Cross will offer “Prepare, Respond and Recover: What to do When a Disaster Strikes.” On December 6 from 2:00-4:00 p.m., the Child Care Council of Westchester will present “What do do in an Emergency” in Spanish. Governor Cuomo initiated the Red Cross training so that New York citizens are prepared for natural and man made disasters. The Child Care Council of Westchester's session will help Spanish-speaking parents know what to do when a child becomes ill
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On the Homefront with Veteran's Writing Project

Veterans' family members will read selections from stories collected in a new work, On the Homefront. Come on Saturday, November 22 at 2:00 p.m. to be inspired by their stories and learn how you can get involved in telling your own. The Veteran's Writing Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Washington, DC, founded by veterans and family members which provides no-cost writing seminars and workshops for veterans, service members, and their adult family members, building an archive of writing by members of the military community. For more information about the Veteran's Writing Project visit their website at www.veteranswritingworkshop.org or
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Library Foundation Fall Gala November 8 Honors Three for their Inspiring Service

Please join us for the Foundation's Ninth Annual Fall Gala, “Stories to Inspire Us,” on Saturday, November 8, 7:00-10:00 p.m., as we honor Philip I. Kent, White Plains native, outstanding media executive, and generous Library supporter; the Friends of the WPPL, the all-volunteer group that has served the Library for 67 years; and Latino U College Access, a non-profit organization that provides college readiness services to first-generation high school students in Westchester. At the Gala, we will also kick off a year-long 10th Birthday celebration of The Trove, our amazing children's library. Tickets to this fundraising event are $125, and
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Heart Gallery Showcase

The Westchester County Department of Social Services is sponsoring an exhibit of photos of children needing loving adoptive homes in their annual Heart Gallery Showcase. The exhibit will be on view through October 10 but the need for homes continues year round. An opening reception will be held in the Library Auditorium on Wednesday, October 9 at 2:00 p.m. Keynote speaker for the event is Darryl McDaniel, a pioneer of hip hop culture and one of the founding members of the hip hop group Run–D.M.C. For more information, contact Paul Tavolacci at 914-995-5303. The reception and exhibit are free and
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Peter Wood: A retrospective

On view in the Library Museum Gallery from September 28, 2014 through November 28, 2014, this exhibit features the work of Peter Wood, an English teacher at White Plains High School. His art has been shown in Manhattan, Easthampton, NY and the mid-west. One of his paintings was featured in an exhibit at the Katonah Museum of Art. All of the books used in his work were re-purposed from discarded items from libraries, schools or private collections. They were reclaimed from garbage and remainder bins and the artist “attempted to breathe new life into them. Essentially, these books have been
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Free Career and Educational Counseling at the Library

WEBS Career and Educational Counseling Service is once again offering a free eight-week career counseling seminar for adults this fall called “Managing Your Career in Changing Times”. Call 914-674-3612 for program dates and to register. Places will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. WEBS helps participants assess themselves, explore career options, obtain career and educational information, find out about the latest trends in resumes and job search, and develop a career plan. The program is geared to those who are unemployed, changing careers, reentering the workforce or returning to school. The nineteen-hour workshop consists of an orientation session, eight
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Free Citizenship Classes

The Library is hosting free citizenship classes this summer. Classes will cover information needed to pass the test, basic test-taking skills and preparation for the English language section of the test. The class is free but space is limited and registration is required. Register on Tuesday, July 1, 10am – 1pm, 6pm – 9pm or on Thursday, July 3 from 10am – 1pm. Students must be at least 18 years old. Classes meet on: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tuesday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. OR Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. This class is offered in partnership with
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Were Jews passive during the Holocaust?

Professor Suzanne Vromen passionately refutes this notion in “Debunking the Myth of Jewish Passivity During the Holocaust,” part of the Distinguished Lecturer series sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center on Sunday, May 18 at 1 pm at the White Plains Library, 100 Martine Avenue, White Plains. This event is co-sponsored with the American Society for Yad Vashem, www.yadvashemusa.org. The program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. A Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Bard College, Ms. Vromen was living in Belgium when the Germans invaded the country in 1940. After a year under
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The Westchester Children's Museum

“The Wizard of Oz” has captured the hearts and imaginations of people all over the world for more than 100 years. Dorothy, Toto and friends are celebrating the 75th anniversary of their award winning movie in 2014. Did L. Frank Baum write a simple story for children or did he create a myth for all times? Brains, courage and heart are still necessary virtues on the journey of life in the 21st century. The Westchester Children's Museum is coming to The Trove to present two wonderful programs. Activities have been created with children in mind to explore this magical story,
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15th Anniversary Clarice Wilson Memorial Concert

The concert will be presented on Sunday, April 13, at 2:00 p.m. The Damocles Trio will perform a program of Haydn, Turina and Brahms featuring Adam Kent at the piano, Airi Yoshoika on violin and Sibylle Johner on cello. The Damocles Trio was founded in 1996 by pianist Adam Kent, violinist Airi Yoshioka, and cellist Sibylle Johner, who met in the doctoral program at The Julliard School. The trio has performed throughout the USA, appearing numerous times at Alice Tully Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, and completed several highly successful international tours. The trio presented a
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The Harlem Fine Arts Show Comes to White Plains

The City of White Plains Youth Bureau, the Westchester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the White Plains Public Library are pleased to present the third Annual Harlem Fine Arts Show, the premier showcase for modern and contemporary African Diasporic art, on Thursday, February 27th, 6:00 p.m, at the Library. The recent Harlem Arts Show at Riverside Church in New York City attracted more than 100 Artists and 10,000 people. According to Youth Bureau Director Frank Williams, “it is our hope that the White Plains Harlem Fine Arts Show will become as successful and important to White
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An Afternoon of Klezmer with Kapelye

Back by popular demand! Enjoy a spirited and nostalgic musical journey, with Old World traditions and New World influences. Featuring Ken Maltz on clarinet, Peter Sokolow on keyboards and vocals, and Marty Confurius on bass. The performance will take place on Sunday, December 8 at 1:30pm and again at 3:30pm in the Library Auditorium. This program is brought to you by the Friends of White Plains Public Library. Kapelye, now in its 25th year of recording and touring worldwide, is one of the original bands responsible for the renewed interest in klezmer music. Kapelye's popular appeal over the years has
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Volunteer GED Tutors Needed

According to the US Census, 90,000 adults in Westchester do not have high school diplomas. The Office of Community Connections at the Westchester Library System is seeking volunteers to help GED seekers of all ages improve their skills and prepare for the exam. Opportunities are available in White Plains as well as several other communities throughout Westchester. Volunteers must be able to commit to a minimum of three hours per week throughout the year. Volunteers must be comfortable using technology and working with diverse learners. Training and support will be provided on an ongoing basis. If interested, contact Elena Falcone
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White Plains Youth Bureau Accepting Applications for Youth of the Year Award

The White Plains Youth Bureau is now accepting applications for its Youth of the Year Award. The Award is given annually to a graduating high school senior from either a public or private school. The award recognizes outstanding volunteer service and contributions to making a difference in the City of White Plains. The award recipient must be a City of White Plains resident. Service activities may include tutoring, helping the elderly, conducting food and clothing drives, fund raising for charitable programs, organizing community events, mentoring and coaching, etc. The deadline for nominations is October 18, 2013. Nomination forms may be
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Library Reads – A new nationwide list for book lovers

Every day our library staff share books they love with our patrons. Now, you can reach beyond the White Plains Public Library walls to find out what books librarians in the rest of the country can’t wait to share. LibraryReads – a new program, launching today, harnesses the value of “library staff picks” into a single nationwide discovery tool, a monthly list of ten newly released must-reads. To discover the first list, visit the Library Reads website at libraryreads.org
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Then and Now — A Virtual Exhibit

Then and Now is an online exhibit in celebration of the American Library Association's Preservation Week, observed by libraries nation wide, April 21-27. Preservation Week was created in 2010 because some 630 million items in collecting institutions require immediate attention and care. Eighty percent of these institutions have no paid staff assigned responsibility for collections care; 22 percent have no collections care personnel at all. Some 2.6 billion items are not protected by an emergency plan. As natural disasters of recent years have taught us, these resources are in jeopardy should a disaster strike. Personal, family, and community collections are
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Soles 4 Souls

You may have noticed the box for shoe donations in the Library lobby. The City of White Plains is participating in the Soles 4 Souls campaign through Monday, April 29. Your gift of footwear is important to children and adults around the world. Footwear can help eliminate the spread of disease through the foot as well as help children obtain an education as many schools have footwear requirements to attend. When you take time to recycle your footwear, you are in fact changing lives. Help us make a difference by donating new or used shoes of any kind. Learn more
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Creative Writing Program for Adults 55+

In partnership with The Bristal Assisted Living and the Westchester Library system, White Plains Public Library is pleased to present “Share, Shine, Celebrate!”, creative writing instruction for adults 55+. Explore your life stories with actor/playwright/educator Frank Ingrasciotta. No prior writing experience is necessary. Participants attend six sessions at The Bristal and two at the Library. Participants must register for all 8 sessions. You must provide your own transportation to The Bristal. Dates: April 9 (Bristal), 16 (Bristal), 23 (Library), 30 (Bristal), May 7 (Bristal), 14 (Bristal), 21 (Library), 28 (Bristal) Times: 2 – 4 p.m. Call the Reference Desk at
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Immigration Workshop

The Pace Community Law Practice will hold a two-hour presentation about immigration law on Saturday, March 9, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Workshop topics include family-based and humanitarian-based immigration remedies, such as: the new 601A waiver; Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); asylum; and marriage filings. The session will provide a general overview of the New York State and federal public benefits for which non-citizens are eligible. After the presentation, the Pace Community Law Practice staff will be available for a general question and answer period. Any recent changes in immigration law before the presentation will also be briefly discussed. The new
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