Posts by kthornton

Citywide School Art Show

Join student artists and their families for a reception celebrating the art of White Plains City School children, grades K-12, on the second floor of the Library on Thursday, May 30th, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be on display through June 6th. (Images below are from last year's art show.)  
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Categories: eNewsletter, Events, Featured, Gallery, Homepage, Kids, Library News, and Teens.

AR Sandbox

We have a very cool temporary addition to the Edge, an augmented reality sandbox that one of our patrons built and is making available to us for a week or two. White Plains resident Aaron Couts has generously made his Augmented Reality sandbox available to the Library. The AR sandbox, an open source project developed at the University of California, Davis (https://arsandbox.ucdavis.edu/) is made up of a video projector, a Microsoft K'nect 3D sensor, and of course a computer with the software developed at UC@Davis. Unlike most augmented reality systems, the AR sandbox requires no special goggles to see the
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage, Library News, and Teens.

El Consulado de Colombia

Sábado 8 de junio 10 a.m. a 3 p.m. El Consulado de Colombia en Nueva York estará con sus servicios: Pasaporte, Documento de identidad, Permisos de salida de menor, Supervivencias, Autenticación de documentos, Poderes, Tarjeta Consular, El programa Colombia Nos Une, Registro información consular. Ver la información completa. *Si quiere reclamar su pasaporte o cédula solicitada con anterioridad en la sede consular, escriba con sus datos a cnuevayork@cancilleria.gov.co más información nuevayork.consulado.gov.co
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Categories: Español and Library News.

Colombian Consulate on Wheels

The Colombian consulate on wheels will be at the Library on Saturday, June 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to process passport applications and renewals, applications of identity documents, issuance of travel permits for minors and consular cards. If you want to claim your passport or ID previously requested at the consular headquarters, write to: cnuevayork@cancilleria.gov.co For more information visit nuevayork.consulado.gov.com
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Book Club: The Future is Female

Join us for a new, “pop-up” book discussion group, The Future is Female, focused on timely and diverse memoirs by insightful and inspiring women. Led by Ellen O’Connell, the group will meet on the first Monday of every month, from 2-3:30 p.m., in the Community Room. June 3: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. Told through a personal lens, this book will open up how you see the natural world. July 1: Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. Kept out of school by her survivalist family, the author’s quest for knowledge eventually takes her to Harvard and Cambridge. No registration required.
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Categories: Authors & Books, eNewsletter, Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Free Comic Book Day Photos

On Saturday, May 4 the Library celebrated Free Comic Book Day, an annual event promoting reading through comic books. During the event, Library staff and volunteers distributed 256 free comics to kids and teens. As part of the event, the Library showed the Academy Award winning animated feature, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, which one attendee remarked, “was a great movie!” We also had a presentation about the life and career of Marvel Comics creator, Stan Lee. In addition, there were superhero mask crafts, fun comic book coloring, and a photo booth. Summing up the general feeling of the event, one
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Categories: Events, Featured, Kids, and Library News.

One Book, One White Plains

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 and share Celeste Ng’s moving novel,” said Mayor Tom Roach. “Through reading and discussing the same book, One Book, One White Plains will enhance our
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Categories: Authors & Books, Director's Corner, eNewsletter, Events, Featured, Homepage, Library News, and Teens.

Teen Volunteer Opportunities

It’s almost time to make plans for this summer. When it comes to volunteering at the library, we’re offering three different volunteer opportunities for White Plains teens. Reading Buddies In a favorite volunteer activity, teens are paired with children who are learning to read. July 8 through August 7: Mondays 2-5 pm, Tuesdays 4-7 pm, and Wednesdays 2-5 pm. Teens (Grades 9-12 only) must: fill out an application form (available May 7 & due June 7) attend one of two training sessions: Monday, 7/1, 3-4 pm; or Tuesday, 7/2, 5-6 pm commit to volunteering one day per week for four
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Categories: Featured, Homepage, Library News, and Teens.

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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Categories: eNewsletter, Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

New Books Perfect for Book Groups

If you’re in a book group, you are always looking for a great book that can stand up to the scrutiny of your friends. Not too long, not too short. Richly detailed but not too slow. Challenging but not Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake. Well here are five books—all published in the past few months—that are perfect for a book discussion: complex, nuanced and full of issues that reverberate with the present. Oh, and none are over 350 pages! The Only Woman in the Room: A Novel by Marie Benedict In her rousing historical novel, Benedict imagines lesser known aspects of Hedy
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Categories: Authors & Books, Director's Corner, eNewsletter, Featured, and Library News.

April 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. Lost Roses: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly Published: 4/9/2019 by Ballantine Books “The Ferriday family (The Lilac Girls) returns in this story of love, loss, and triumph. The voices of four compelling female characters tell of the devastating effects of the Russian Revolution and World War I. Highly recommended for book clubs and fans of Anthony Doerr, Susan Meissner, and Lauren Belfer.”—Mamie Ney, Auburn Public Library, Auburn, ME The Girl He
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Categories: Authors & Books, eNewsletter, Featured, and Library News.

Catalog Update: Tips

The Westchester libraries have completed migrating to new software, but there are still plenty of kinks to work out. Here are two pieces of advice. One, don't get frustrated, call us (914-422-1480). If something isn't working, or you are unsure of how to do something, let us help you. And two, give it a little time; this migration involved millions of books, patrons, and data, and it will take a bit longer to sort out everything. If you are having difficulties getting your PIN to work, first trying using all capitals if it is an alphabetical PIN. That should work.
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Categories: Director's Corner, Featured, Kids, Library News, and Teens.

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, and Library News.

Short Story Discussion

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.

Spanish Conversation Group

Have you already studied Spanish but want an opportunity to practice your speaking skills? Join us every Tuesday evening from 7:00-8:00 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.

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.

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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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.