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Catalog Update

We've Moved! We've made the transition to a new Integrated Library System called Evergreen. You should now be able to log in to check your account and place holds. Some information is still being updated, however, so if you have any issues feel free to text us (text “WPPL” followed by your question to 66746) or call us at (914) 422-1480. Known Issues: In some cases if your pin contained letters, you should enter them in uppercase. For instance, if your pin was “laws” it would now be “LAWS.” If it was “u24s” it would now be “U24S” and so
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Categories: Director's Corner, Featured, Homepage, Kids, Library News, and Teens.

Book Group for Grades 4 & 5

Join The Trove's book discussion group for 4th and 5th graders which will be held on Wednesday, April 24 at 4:30 p.m. Read something new and challenging and talk about it with other kids over pizza. We will be reading The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg, by Rodman Philbrick. Homer is a 12-year-old orphan from Pine Swamp, Maine whose older brother, Harold, has been sold into the Union Army. Homer sets out to find him and has to outwit and outrun a collection of thieves, spies and other unsavory characters on the way. His adventurous search leads him
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Categories: Authors & Books, eNewsletter, Events, Featured, Kids, and Library News.

Families of Veterans Writing Workshop Returns

The adjustment for American veterans returning from war (depicted brilliantly by The Best Years of Our Lives after World War II and Coming Home and Born on the Fourth of July after the Vietnam War) extends to their families. Irvington-based telecommunications consultant Julia Rust watched how memories from World War II affected her late father David Rust in “the way he moved, the way he drove, and who he was,” and that led her and Veterans Writing Workshop (VWW) director David Surface to initiate writing workshops for family members in 2014. “I participated in the first one–the reading was held
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Categories: Classes, eNewsletter, Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

EDGEucators Wanted for Summer 2019

We are excited to announce that, in partnership with Argus, the White Plains Public Library will be hosting its third annual Summer of Making for teens in the Edge this year. To facilitate this wonderful summer-long series of creative and maker-focused mini-camps, we are looking to hire two “EDGEucators.” EDGEucators will: Collaborate to develop week-long workshops throughout July and August Promote the program to youth in the White Plains area, and Teach teenagers a combination of new technology skills, engineering, science and art EDGEucators will earn $15 per hour. They will work 16 hours per week facilitating programs in the
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Categories: Director's Corner, eNewsletter, Featured, Homepage, Library News, and Teens.

Short Story Discussion Returns

Librarian Barbara Wenglin’s short-story discussion series, Stories of Art and Artists, resumes on Thursday, March 14, at 2:00 p.m. in the Library’s second-floor auditorium. Readings are again selected from the 2014 anthology edited by Diana Secker Tesdell. Opening is Rebecca Lee’s “Fialta,” a story about a creative and cloistered architectural community that prohibits its residents from having love affairs–until a young man challenges the authorities. “Fialta” won the National Magazine Award for fiction in 2001. The spring series also features such legends as Nathaniel Hawthorne, whose “The Artist of The Beautiful” in 1844 came years before he became famous with
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Categories: Authors & Books, eNewsletter, Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

A New Catalog

In March, the public libraries in Westchester County will be moving to a new catalog system. For you, this means an improved interface with better—and easier—search capabilities, greater control over your notifications, and better access to what’s available through the library. Library staff members are getting an open source system, which means the libraries have more control over how the system works. Going forward, we’ll be able to customize the catalog for what works best for Westchester. But migrating to a new catalog won’t happen overnight. To facilitate the process, the catalog will be offline from March 11 to March
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Categories: Director's Corner, eNewsletter, Featured, Kids, Library News, and Teens.

Common Ground

Are you interested in sharing your thoughts about some of the toughest issues facing our country—as well as listening to the opinions of your neighbors and friends? Then join us for Common Ground, a series of community conversations hosted by the Library and the League of Women Voters of White Plains. People of all viewpoints are welcome to participate, and we are committed to creating an atmosphere that is safe for everyone who attends. It will be a place to share experiences, opinions, and solutions to understand how people in our area are actually affected by the policies, issues, and
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Categories: Events, Evergreen, Featured, and Homepage.

Spanish Conversation Group

Have you already studied Spanish but want an opportunity to practice your speaking skills? Join us every Tuesday evening from 6:00-7:00 p.m. for Tarde de Ñ. Andrei Bezzubikoff will offer discussion topics in Spanish for each session, providing participants with the opportunity to practice pronunciation and meaning. Participants should speak Spanish at an intermediate to advanced level. No registration is required.
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Categories: Events, Evergreen, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

David Rocco Tappan Zee Bridge Exhibit

Meet photographer David Rocco on Saturday, March 2 at 2:00 p.m. in our Museum Gallery on the 2nd floor. Westchester County photographer, David Rocco has traveled aboard helicopters, trains, boats and to locations in Rockland and Westchester Counties, Port of Coeymans, NY and Williamsport, PA to capture the new Tappan Zee Bridge’s construction in over 10,000 action and progression images. The results of his relentless efforts include numerous breathtaking aerial-photo close-ups of the emerging bridge towers, which now top at 419-feet high, as well as waterfront views of tug-boat teams at work throughout the seasons including their efforts in retrieving
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Categories: Events, Featured, Gallery, Homepage, and Library News.

March 2019 LibraryReads

Here are the top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love. Just click on a title or book cover to place it on hold. My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing Published: 3/26/2019 by Berkley “An incredible, dark, twisty psychological thriller with two of the most seemingly normal but disturbingly depraved people you will read about in fiction. This brilliant debut needs to be at the top of your must-read list. For readers who like taut suspense and works by Gillian Flynn, B.A. Paris, and Mary Kubica.”—Rachel Reeves, Weatherford Public Library, Weatherford, TX Beautiful Bad by Annie
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Categories: Authors & Books, eNewsletter, Featured, and Library News.

March Trove Movies

Sunday movies continue in the Trove in March with a great selection of classic and new family friendly films. Here’s a quick look at the titles we’ll be showing at 2:00 p.m. in Galaxy Hall throughout the month of March. March 3—Satellite Girl and Milk Cow (2014) In this unique Korean anime, the duo of Il-ho the Satellite Girl and a down-on-his-luck musician who's turned into a shy cow must evade the all-consuming incinerator monster, the wily pig witch, and other nefarious adversaries in an attempt to be together. NR, 81 minutes. March 10—Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) This
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Categories: Events, Featured, Kids, and Library News.

Best Audiobooks of 2018

Every year, through the Listen List Council of the American Library Association, librarians create the Listen List, selected for both avid listeners of audiobooks and those new to the pleasures of the fastest-growing format in publishing. This juried list of twelve newly-released titles features extraordinary narrators and listening experiences. This past year jury members listened to 2,574 hours as they narrowed the field to 58 nominated audiobooks and selected winners that include fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and poetry, each an outstanding performance in terms of voice, accents, pitch, tone, inflection, rhythm and pace. Here’s the 12 that made the final cut:
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Categories: Authors & Books, eNewsletter, Featured, and Library News.

Reserve Best Picture Nominees

Interested in watching some of the films nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award this year? Just click on the DVD covers or titles below to easily request Bohemian Rhapsody, BlacKkKlansman, Green Book, and more. And don't forget to tune in to the 91st Academy Awards this Sunday, February 24th.   Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) A chronicle of Freddie Mercury and the band Queen during the years leading up to their appearance at the 1985 Live Aid concert. The Favourite (2018) Early 18th century England is at war with the French. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and
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Categories: eNewsletter, Featured, and Library News.

Museum Passes: Family Edition

We’ve having a break in the weather, so why not head off to a museum? Highlighted here are some of the Library’s museum passes that families will enjoy. The Children’s Museum of Manhattan, located on West 83 Street, has way too much going on to describe here (Dynamic H2O; Art, Artists & You; Let’s Dance). Best of all, the museum provides plenty of opportunities for hands-on learning and activities. Visit their website for the full lineup. Trains, buses and ferries are universally fascinating, and the New York City Transit Museum has plenty on display. Check out the exhibit Ticket to
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Categories: Director's Corner, eNewsletter, Featured, Kids, and Library News.

February 2019 LibraryReads

Here are the top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love. Just click on a title or book cover to place it on hold. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides Published: 2/5/2019 by Celadon Books “Led on a dark path, readers will quickly guess that there’s more to Alicia’s story than what meets the eye. But the big surprises lie in the deep betrayals and the shock of an ending. Dark, twisted, perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, and Ruth Ware.”—Amy Fellows, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry
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Categories: Authors & Books, eNewsletter, and Library News.

Tech Wednesday for Adults

Austin Olney leads Tech Wednesdays for Adults at 12:00 p.m. each Wednesday. Tech Wednesday is a weekly, hour-long meetup for adults who wish to learn about various digital technologies. Whether it is app design or Virtual Reality, beginners can explore a wealth of different topics relating to the modern digital revolution. Each week, a particular branch of computer technology is presented in the form of a quick workshop to give patrons knowledge about new technical trends and possibilities. Registration for each session is required; to register, visit our online calendar (you can click on each topic below) or call us
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The Artists’ Loft Returns

On the last Wednesday of each month from February through September, join Art Bennett and other guest teaching artists for evenings of fun, creativity, and community. Musicians are welcome every month, with all musical skill levels welcome. Bring your instrument and any tunes you want to work on, or just bring your ears to relax and listen. An electric piano and a PA will be available. A few times through the year, guest teaching artists will come and run workshops focused on visual arts, dance, and/or hip-hop in parallel to Art’s music workshop. These sessions are modeled after musician and
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Essential Cookbooks

This is the time of the year when librarians create lists of the best or recommended books of the year—from best picture book for children to best audiobook books for adults. And we’ll be highlighting many of these over the next few weeks. But here’s something completely new: a list of the essential cookbooks, suitable for both avid chefs as well as those just learning the rewards of making a meal. This was the first time the American Library Association ever created a list of recommended cookbooks, and I was happy to serve on the committee. And while it sounds
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Categories: Authors & Books, eNewsletter, Evergreen, Featured, and Library News.

What is Slow Reading?

Library users may wonder about one of our newest reading groups: Slow Reading. “Slow reading describes my practice of looking at a text very closely in order to appreciate nuances of language and hence of meaning,” says Ellen Lambert, author (The Face of Love: Feminism and the Beauty Question) and White Plains resident, who holds a Ph.D. in English from Yale University. Lambert taught literature at Manhattan’s Dalton School for over 25 years (and intends to start a tutoring service for high school students.) “In our discussions of short fiction, we often read particular passages out loud. We then examine
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2019 Children’s Book Awards

Every January the American Library Association grants awards to a variety of talented authors and illustrators that highlight the year’s many excellent works created for children and youth with their Coretta Scott King Awards, (John) Newbery, and (Randolph) Caldecott Medals. Last week we highlighted past winners, this week we share this year's winners below. If you'd like to place a hold on one of the titles, simply click on the title or book cover. 2019 Caldecott Medal Winner Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall, published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. Masterful
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Categories: Authors & Books, eNewsletter, Featured, and Kids.