Posts by Kathleen Degyansky

Citizenship Workshop — Presented by Westchester Community College

On Saturday, February 16, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m., the White Plains Public Library will host a free citizenship workshop. This workshop will present an overview of the U.S. citizenship test; how it is set up and what is on it. It will also include an overview of the free test preparation materials that are available to the public. Participants will become familiar with the civics and English portions of the exam and will do some practice for both sections. The workshop is designed both for those who have already applied for U.S. citizenship and for those who are planning to
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Wishful Shrinking

If your New Year's resolution to lose weight has hit a snag, join us for inspiration and motivation on Tuesday, January 22nd, at 7 p.m. for “Secrets of Weight Management”. This informative workshop will be presented by Stacey Lynn Jackson, M.S., a registered dietician from Shop Rite, White Plains. Ms. Jackson will provide tips and strategies to help you get on track and stay there. “Secrets of Weight Management” is the third program in the New Year, New You series.
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Have a Good Mental Health Day — Everyday!

Join Scott Trefny, Senior Rehabilitation Therapist from The NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division, for a lecture on Wednesday, January 16 at 7 p.m. Taking a 24/7 approach, this program guides participants in creating a schedule including sleep, personal needs, and recreation to insure a positive mental health day, everyday. Scott M. Trefny received his Masters in Psychology from City College, and Masters in Counseling from Western Connecticut. He has worked in the mental field for 23 years. He trained as a behavioral specialist with adolescents and developmentally disabled people, and has special training in cognitive behavioral therapy interventions. He is currently working as
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New Year, New You!

Most people give up on their New Year's resolutions within the first few weeks of the new year. Be the exception to the rule by visiting the Library in January for a series of four programs to help you keep them this year. Wednesday, January 9, 7pm How to Quit Smoking for the Very Last Time! Presented by Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester, Inc. Wednesday, January 16, 7pm Have a Good Mental Health Day Everyday: The 24/7 Plan Presented by New York-Presbyterian/Westchester Division Tuesday, January 22, 7pm Secrets of Health & Weight Management Presented by Shop Rite of White Plains
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Free Citizenship Classes

The Library is hosting free citizenship classes beginning the week of January 8. 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. Students must be at least 21 years old. Registration: Thursday, January 3, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. OR 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 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 Southern
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Hooked Rugs of Mary Parker

The hooked rugs of fiber enthusiast Mary Parker will be on view in the Museum Gallery at the White Plains Public Library from Monday, December 3, 2012 to Friday, January 11, 2013. Ms. Parker’s work is inspired by the past and present of Westchester and Putnam Counties. Hooked highlights include local historic sites and cemetery “folk art,” as well as other work from traditional to contemporary. Rug hooking has been called the one truly original folk art of America and Ms. Parker’s work carries forward the tradition of expression through this 19th century craft. Folk art expert, William C. Ketchum,
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Hooked Rugs of Mary Parker

The hooked rugs of fiber enthusiast Mary Parker will be on view in the Museum Gallery at the White Plains Public Library from Monday, December 3, 2012 to Friday, January 11, 2013. Ms. Parker’s work is inspired by the past and present of Westchester and Putnam Counties. Hooked highlights include local historic sites and cemetery “folk art,” as well as other work from traditional to contemporary. Rug hooking has been called the one truly original folk art of America and Ms. Parker’s work carries forward the tradition of expression through this 19th century craft. Folk art expert, William C. Ketchum,
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Upcoming Math Programs for Kids and Parents

The White Plains Public Library is pleased to present two math programs next week. For Kids: Mixing in Math for Grades 3 – 6, December 4, 4:30 p.m. Math is all around us! Join us for math games in The Trove. Play, have fun, and keep your math skills sharp. For Parents: The New Math Curriculum, December 3, 7:00 p.m. Lisa Weber, K – 12 Mathematics Coordinator for the White Plains Public Schools, will provide an overview of the new elementary school math curriculum including demonstrations and hands-on activities. Join us for these educational and informative sessions.
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Can you read this?

More than 30 million Americans over the age of 16 cannot read, write, or speak English at the 5th grade level. They struggle with even the simplest transactions of daily life, and most job opportunities are closed to them. Can you imagine what life would be like if you couldn’t: •Read the label on a medicine bottle? •Decipher directions? •Help your child with homework? •Fill out a job application? One-on-one, small group and classroom instruction from properly trained and certified volunteers and professional instructors can turn individual lives around. If you, or someone you know, has a few free hours
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White Plains Building Department Fast-Tracks Permits

The City of White Plains Building Department is fast-tracking the permit approval process for homeowners and businesses who come in for a permit to address storm-related damage. Residents and businesses that have work done should make sure they receive a City of White Plains Building Department Certificate of Compliance upon completion of the work. Without this certificate, there is no way for the resident or business to know for certain that the work was completed properly and to code. The Building Department is available to answer questions about the permit process for electrical, plumbing, building and sign permits, Monday –
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The Consulate General of Mexico Returns

The Consulate General of Mexico will be processing passports and consular IDs for their citizens at the Library on Tuesday, November 27th through Friday, November 30th, 10am — 1:30pm. A limited number of appointments are available each day. To make your free appointment, use MEXITEL: – Phone 1-877-639-4835 – Online at http://sreweb.mexitel.com.mx/mexitel_web/ More information on requirements can be found at the Mexican Consulate website.
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Business Program for Hispanic Entrepreneurs

The New York State Small Business Development Center at Manhattanville College will host an event at the White Plains Public Library on Monday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Directed towards the Hispanic community, in honor of Hispanic Heritage month, the goal of this program is to provide information and guidance to the community regarding starting a business. A number of high level Westchester government officials will also be in attendance. For more information, contact the New York State Small Business Development Center at 914-323-5362.
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Westchester Multicultural Children's Book Festival

The 1st Annual Westchester Multicultural Children's Book Festival comes to the White Plains Public Library on Saturday, October 13th from 11:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. The free, all day festival will offer innovative, entertaining, and fun-filled programs for children, parents, teachers, and all advocates for children. The heart and soul of the festival are our magical and inspiring authors: Jerry & Gloria Pinkney Wade & Cheryl Hudson Eric Velasquez Mayma Raphael George O'Connor Jerry Craft Sudipta Bardhan Quallen Marie Roker-Jones Yona Zeldis McDonough Candi Sparks Ginger Pate Nick Bruel Hanna Erhlich Mark Weston Torrey Maldonado Danette Vigilante Mary O'Keefe Jason
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The Art of Bob and Berenice Pliskin

Artists Bob and Berenice Pliskin mount a retrospective exhibit of their work on view through November 16th in our Museum Gallery. Ms. Pliskin's work features paintings on silk. Mr. Pliskin displays his photography. Meet the artists at a reception on Sunday, October 14th, at 2 p.m. Ms. Pliskin will give a demonstration of the painting on silk technique on Wednesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. (Picture at left: Beach at Vernazza by Bob Pliskin)
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New York Says "Thank You"

Join us for a screening of the film “New York Says Thank You” by the New York Says Thank You Foundation on Saturday, September 15th, at 2 p.m. Started in 2003 at the suggestion of a 5-year-old boy, The New York Says Thank You Foundation has grown into one of the nation’s leading organizations to transform the 9/11 Anniversary into a positive, hands-on platform for national volunteer service. Filmed and edited over a six-year period, “New York Says Thank You” tells the story of survivors of 9/11 and survivors of natural disasters nationwide who have rebuilt hope in their lives
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Search for Jobs and Brand Yourself with LinkedIn

Learn how to Leverage LinkedIn to search for jobs and brand yourself at this free program on Wednesday, September 12, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Social Media guru Cheryl Williams will explain: – Why it is important to be on LinkedIn and other social media sites. – How to set up a profile and ways to enhance it. – LinkedIn features and applications and how to use them. – How to make connections and network effectively. No registration is required. This program is funded by the White Plains Library Foundation.
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Free Citizenship Classes

White Plains Public Library, in partnership with Southern Westchester BOCES, is pleased to offer free citizenship classes beginning Tuesday, September 11th. The classes will meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This class will prepare participants to take the United States Citizenship exam and will cover all parts of the process. Students will review the information needed to pass the exam along with basic test-taking skills. Students will receive instruction on the 100 citizenship questions and will also be properly prepared for the English language section of the test. The class is free but space is
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Free Citizenship Classes

White Plains Public Library, in partnership with Southern Westchester BOCES, is pleased to offer free citizenship classes beginning Tuesday, September 11th. The classes will meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This class will prepare participants to take the United States Citizenship exam and will cover all parts of the process. Students will review the information needed to pass the exam along with basic test-taking skills. Students will receive instruction on the 100 citizenship questions and will also be properly prepared for the English language section of the test. The class is free but space is
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Learning from Irene — August 14, 7pm

Building on the experience of Hurricane Irene, this program provides an opportunity to learn about coping with issues that may be lingering from that storm so as to be more prepared for future natural disasters. Activities will be demonstrated to improve techniques in resilience, coping, and relaxation. All ages are encouraged to attend the free program on Tuesday, August 14th, from 7-8pm. Presented by Project Hope, this program was created by the New York State Office of Mental Health. Project Hope offers free and confidential supportive counseling and public education services to disaster victims.
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Are YOU in Danger of Foreclosure?

The New York State Department of Financial Services invites you to visit the Foreclosure Relief Unit on Friday, August 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The mobile unit will be parked on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Martine Avenue in White Plains. The Foreclosure Relief Unit can do the following: – Provide information on available federal programs – Answer inquiries about the foreclosure process – Assist homeowners in their efforts to obtain loan modifications – Take complaints from aggrieved homeowners – Seek resolutions with banks and mortgage servicers For more information, please contact Joe Placide of
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