Posts by kthornton

Plaza Grand Opening Photos

Great news! The Library Plaza officially opened this past Saturday. Suddenly we have a new, beautiful space in downtown White Plains to enjoy. The Plaza offers great environments to spend time with friends, read and relax, explore the native plantings, or enjoy lunch from the Library's Everyday Healthy Cafe. View a collection of photos from the event below. If you have any photos you would like to share from the event, upload them here. Click on an image to enlarge and open the gallery.   Photos by Paul Schwarz and Kristen Thornton-De Stafeno
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Categories: Director's Corner, eNewsletter, Evergreen, Featured, Homepage, Kids, and Library News.

Meet Author Ann Chiappetta

When Ann Chiappetta lost her vision in 1993 because of retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a “Why me?” cry would have been very understandable. The New Rochelle resident had a family and a successful career as a designer of acrylic displays and furniture, where sight, of course, was critical. RP is a rare, genetic ocular disease that strikes about 1 in 4,000 people (the gene is recessive), and Chiappetta was the first in five generations of her family to be afflicted. “The diagnosis had come years earlier because of the symptoms, which include night blindness, but losing all of my vision was
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Spanish Adult Literacy Classes

The White Plains Public Library will be offering an adult basic education program that teaches reading, writing, math and life skills to native Spanish speakers. Classes begin Wednesday, September 25th and run until Wednesday, December 18th at 6:00 p.m. Class will not be held on November 27th. For more information please call Mariel Perez, 914 422.6982. Instructor Rocio Lopez has more than 20 years of experience teaching adult literacy in Spanish. She has been an Instructor for the last 6 years at the Community Resource Center.
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Leer, Escribir, Aprender

La Biblioteca Pública de White Plains abre sus puertas a un programa en español para adultos. Si desea terminar su educación primaria o secundaria, o si desea aprender a leer y escribir, venga y le ayudaremos. Las clases comenzarán el miércoles 25 de septiembre hasta el miércoles 18 de diciembre a las 6:00 p.m. No habrá clase el 27 de noviembre. Para más información favor de llamar a Mariel Perez, 914.422.6982. La instructora Rocío López tiene más de 20 años de experiencia en la enseñanza de la alfabetización de adultos en español. Ha sido instructora durante los últimos 6 años
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Categories: Español and Featured.

Library Plaza Grand Opening

This post has expired. Take a look at photos from the grand opening here. You won't want to miss the grand opening of the Library Plaza, this Saturday, September 14th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. There will be live music, activities for kids, and the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful, new public space. Look for the folks from the Pollinator Pathways movement, who will be discussing ways to support bees, birds, and butterflies. And a big thanks to the White Plains Beautification Foundation for the terrific plantings in the front of the Library. With so much work from so many,
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Categories: Director's Corner, eNewsletter, and Library News.

Genealogy Workshop Registration

Have you recently started exploring your family’s history or want to begin? If so, you'll want to register for an upcoming four-week genealogy workshop that will be held Tuesday, October 8, 15, 22, & 29 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Presented by Dr. Alan Steinfeld,The first session will look at why to study one's ancestry, how to begin gathering and organizing information (including working with computer programs) and working with primary and secondary resources. In session two, we will examine how to interview family members and record their information and look more deeply into sources of information other than family memory. We'll
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A Year in Review

Sometimes it's good to pause and take a look at where you've been—and where you're going. In June, at the end of the Library's fiscal year, we put together a Year in Review that summarizes many of the changes the Library has gone through in the past year, from the completion of The Hub, the opening of the Everyday Healthy Cafe, to new programs and services. Download and view the PDF here, or if you prefer to read in print, pick up a copy the next time you are in the Library. Thanks go to the Mayor and Common Council
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Categories: Director's Corner, eNewsletter, Evergreen, Featured, Homepage, Kids, Library Foundation, Library News, and Teens.

Wellness Programs

This popular series is back with additional dates and times! Starting on September 11th, we will continue offering programs to help you relax, restore, and recalibrate. Make this a fall of self care with informative and experiential programs covering stress management, medical cannabis, sound meditation, and more. Sign up for one or all. Click on the name of the program to register. Evening Programs, 7:00-8:30 p.m. September 11: Sound Healing & Tibetan Singing Bowls Explore the ancient, restorative potential of Tibetan singing bowls with Michelle Clifton. Note: Due to room size, all participants will be seated. September 18: Dealing with
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One Book, One White Plains

This September and October, White Plains will come together as a community to read Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You. A gripping page-turner and striking family portrait, the novel follows a Chinese American family in 1970s small-town Ohio as they try to understand the death of the oldest daughter, Lydia. It explores “alienation, achievement, race, gender, family, and identity” (Amazon.com). Writes the New York Times Book Review: “If we know this story, we haven’t seen it yet in American Fiction, not until now.” How to participate? If you have a book group, make Everything I Never Told You your
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Categories: Authors & Books, Director's Corner, eNewsletter, Events, Featured, Homepage, Library News, and Teens.

Call for Teen Volunteers

Thanks to everyone who volunteered at the Library this summer! Overall, 80 volunteers completed 661 hours of community service in the Trove and the Edge in July and August. Our Do Gooders group made 55 dog toys for the Paws Crossed Animal Rescue center in Elmsford, 15 baby blankets for Project Linus, 128 paracord bracelets for military charity Operation Gratitude, four ziploc bags full of earrings for a women’s shelter, and countless birthday cards and placemats for Meals on Wheels. Thank you to the Allstate Foundation for the continued support of our various volunteer programs for teens. We can't wait
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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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Book ‘Em Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Book ‘Em, our Mystery Book Group returns select Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. beginning September 11th. This year we’re reading contemporary women authors—both first time novelists as well as the most acclaimed crime writers—with books that take us from Canada to Ireland to Japan. See the full list of dates below: September 11 (USA) Celeste Ng: Everything I Never Told You A huge mystery eats away at the center of the Lee family. October 16 (Ireland) Jo Spain: With Our Blessing Could a recent murder be linked to the notorious Magdalene Laundries? November 13 (Australia) Jane Harper: The Lost Man A
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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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July 2019 LibraryReads

Here are the top ten books published in June that librarians across the country love. Just click on a title or book cover to place it on hold. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman Published: 7/9/2019 by Berkley “Nina likes her bookish life just fine. She works in a bookstore and is on a highly competitive trivia team. She is funny and snarky and great company (says this reader). Suddenly, a father she never knew dies and leaves her with a pack of brothers and sisters and Nina may be forced out of her comfortable reading chair.
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New Playaway Launchpads

We just added over 30 new Playaway Launchpads to the Trove's collection. The new ones are in two types – video content (blue Launchpads) and apps (orange Launchpads) on various themes. We added several that are language-learning focused (ESL, learning Spanish, and learning Chinese), STEM concepts, and early literacy. Every Playaway Launchpad is pre-loaded with high-quality, ad-free learning apps and games, providing hours of interactive learning and play. Apps are grouped onto Launchpads by subject area, theme, grade level, and age. Featuring popular characters and brands, apps content spans subject areas from math and science to critical thinking and creativity,
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One Book, One White Plains

This post has expired. For the latest information on One Book, One White Plains and to register for a pop-up discussion group, visit this post. We are excited to announce that Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng, has been selected as our choice for One Book, One White Plains. A moving exploration of family, history and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and an examination of the rifts that keep us apart. “One Book, One White Plains is an opportunity for White Plains residents of all backgrounds to come together
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Donations for Children & Teen Events

The Trove and Edge are asking for donations of items to be used in their upcoming programs. All items need to be in good condition. Donations can be brought to the Trove any time during our hours of operation. Items needed: Barbies, Kens, and similar sized dolls, as well as doll clothes that fit those dolls Matchbox or Hot Wheels type cars Action Figures – any kind Board Games and RPG manuals Construx, Mega Blox, KNEX, always accepting LEGOs
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June 2019 LibraryReads

Here are the top ten books published in June that librarians across the country love. Just click on a title or book cover to place it on hold. Evvie Drake Starts Over: A Novel by Linda Holmes Published: 6/25/2019 by Ballantine Books “Relationships are hard, whether with a spouse, a best friend, a new love interest, or ourselves. Evvie navigates all of these after a life-changing series of events. An engaging novel that explores relationship nuances without being too dark or too cutesy. For fans of Jenny Colgan, Cecilia Ahern, and Sophie Kinsella.”—Maribeth Fisher, Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains,
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Welcome to Summer Reading

This post has expired. Check back next June for information on our 2020 Summer Reading programs. The Library's 2019 Summer Reading Game kicks off July 2 and runs through August 9! In the Trove, families with children up to Kindergarten age will take part in a bingo-style game – reading, coming to Library programs, and completing activities to fill out their bingo board. Completed boards will enter families into raffles for fun grand prize packages in August. Children in Grades K-6 will use a game board, keeping track of their reading and attendance at Library programs, to get to the
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