Posts by Kristen, Adult Librarian

SF/Fantasy and Horror on Audio

This content is taken from the October issue of Booklist Reader. You can find the full issue here. Magic, mayhem, and menace are some of the building blocks of these enchanting sf, fantasy, and horror novels for adults. Masterful narrations, both from individual narrators and cohesive full casts, are another. Read more about each of these superb audiobooks below. For more spooky reads, see our “Witch, Please!” and “Horror Stories” collections on OverDrive. Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre. By Max Brooks. Read by a full cast. 2020. 10hr. Books on Tape. OverDrive & Libby: Audiobook A
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

October Poetry Slam

Join Zork and Kristen for the First Wednesday Poetry Slam on Wednesday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required to try and accommodate as many poets as possible. Register here to attend or perform. Please be sure to provide an active email address as we will contact you to confirm whether you will be performing or just attending. All are welcome! Remember, you can find the SLAM on Facebook AND YouTube. FEATURE FRIDAY is every single Friday in 2021 at 6:30 p.m. (on both Facebook AND YouTube).   This program is supported by the White Plains Library Foundation.
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Categories: Events and Library News.

Spooktober Book & Movie Pairings

Are you looking for something scary to read or watch this Spooktober? Adult Services Librarian Kristen compiled a list of books and movies that compliment each other's plot and/or themes. Some of these are sure to scare your socks off, so readers/viewers beware! If you're a fan of haunted houses… Read: Home Before Dark by Riley Sager Library Collection: Print / Large Print OverDrive/Libby: eBook / Audiobook Bells that ring themselves. Record players that turn on an play music to empty rooms. Ghosts that can climb out of wardrobes… Maggie Holt doesn't believe in these things, even though they are
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

SBA Disaster Assistance

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has opened a Business Recovery Center (BRC) at the New York Power Authority, 123 Main St, White Plains, NY 10601. Customer Service Representatives will be available at the BRC to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help businesses complete their applications. Hours of operations are Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EDT), closed Saturday and Sunday. The center will operate until further notice. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the SBA has established protocols to help protect the health and safety of the public. Visitors to the DLOC are encouraged to
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Categories: Director's Corner, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Lenape Art Showcase

Lenape Art Showcase: Jack Crying Raven Anderson September 10th through December 1st In celebration of his Ramapough Lunaape Heritage, this memorial exhibit is a display of works by self-taught artist, Jack Crying Raven Anderson. On view in the Library's Museum Gallery through December 1st. You can see Oleana Whispering Dove talk about the exhibit here. His work has been shown in group and solo shows over the past 25 years in New York City and New Jersey areas. In 2015 two of his works were selected for the permanent collection at Museo Maam in Rome, Italy. Jack said before his
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Categories: Events, Featured, Gallery, Homepage, and Library News.

Fall Short-Story Discussion Series

Join Librarian Barbara Wenglin via Zoom to explore compelling stories with the theme of “couples” from the exciting anthology used last spring. We will conclude in January with related film discussions. Register here for full series and attend when you’re able! 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories Edited by Lorrie Moore and Heidi Pitlor (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015) Marking the centennial of the Best American Short Stories annual series, this collection celebrates the diversity of the genre and the American experience from 1915-2015. Available in print through our Catalog and as an eBook in hoopla, as well as
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Categories: Authors & Books, Book Discussion, Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

September 2021 LibraryReads

Here are the books published this month that librarians across the country love. Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune Library Catalog: Print OverDrive/Libby: eBook / audiobook “After dying of a heart attack, Wallace ends up in Charon’s Crossing Tea and Treats, a shop run by Hugo the ferryman, whose job is to help people come to terms with their death and cross over. Wallace learns and grows, becoming better in death than in life. For readers who enjoy character-driven, humorous, and heartrending stories and fans of A Man Called Ove, This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance, and Less.” —Andrea
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New Movies Streaming in September

Maybe you're already familiar with our streaming services hoopla and Kanopy, but did you know that they add new content each month? Find a list below of some exciting new titles available on each platform this month. hoopla Antigone (2021 Canadian drama) Directed by Sophie Deraspe. Starring Nahéma Ricci, Rawad El-Zein, Antoine Desrochers. Writer-director Sophie Deraspe's incisive liberal adaptation of the Greek tragedy by Sophocles is the daring story of one young woman's commitment to her family, even if it means sacrificing herself. Newcomer Nahéma Ricci gives a stunning, luminous performance as Antigone, an Algerian-born teenager living in Montreal with
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New Movies Streaming in August

Maybe you're already familiar with our streaming services hoopla and Kanopy, but did you know that they add new content each month? Find a list below of some exciting new titles available on each platform this month. hoopla Death to Smoochy (2002 dark comedy) Directed by Danny DeVito. Starring Edward Norton, Robin Williams, Danny DeVito, Jon Stewart, Catherine Keener, Harvey Fierstein. Two icons of children's television are pitted against one another in this satirical dark comedy! Cleopatra Jones (1973 action & adventure) Directed by Jack Starrett. Starring Tamara Dobson, Bernie Casey, Shelley Winters, Brenda Sykes, Esther Rolle. Tamara Dobson is
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Categories: Library News.

August 2021 LibraryReads

Here are the books published this month that librarians across the country love. Find out more here. If the Shoe Fits: A Meant To Be Novel by Julie Murphy Library Catalog: Print OverDrive/Libby: eBook “Low on job prospects, fashion school grad Cindy moves in with her stepmom, a reality show producer. When a spot opens up in the Bachelor-style series, Cindy seizes the chance to get nationwide exposure for her designs. The last thing she expects is to find love. A Cinderella-inspired romance with a plus-sized heroine and a multicultural cast. For fans of Red, White, & Royal Blue, The
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Categories: Authors & Books and Library News.

July 2021 LibraryReads

Here are the books published this month that librarians across the country love. Find out more here. Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda Library Catalog: Print “The tight-knit neighborhood of Hollow's Edge is supposed to be a safe, private place where the neighbors all know each other. But secrets lie behind every door. Miranda creates a vivid setting where the characters develop quickly, and the twisty plot will keep readers guessing until the end. For fans of psychological thrillers like The Other Mrs., Into the Water, and Every Secret Thing.”—Leslie Hagel, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT All The Little
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Categories: Authors & Books and Library News.

New Movies Streaming in July

Maybe you're already familiar with our streaming services hoopla and Kanopy, but did you know that they add new content each month? Find a list below of some exciting new titles available on each platform this month. hoopla Bali: Beats of Paradise (2021 documentary) Directed by Livi Zheng. Starring Nyoman Wenten, Judith Hill, Nanik Wenten. Bali: Beats of Paradise is a documentary that pulls back the curtain on gamelan music and Nyoman Wenten, an Indonesian traditional music composer who sets out to pay homage to the sacred but shrinking tradition of Balinese music and dance. Code Breaker, Spy Hunter: How
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Access Our Digital Magazines

Library patrons now have access to over 3,000 magazines titles digitally through OverDrive or the Libby App. All you need is a White Plains Library card to access them. For information on getting a library card, click here. For instructions on accessing our digital magazine collections in either Libby or OverDrive, see below. Libby: 1. Open the Libby app 2. Click on the Magnifying glass. 3. Click on the three little dots next to “Westchester Library System.” 4. Next to the word “Format” click on “Any” and select “Magazines.” 5. If you click “Search” you will get a page with
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Summer Staff Picks

Whether you're looking for a steamy romance or a great rib recipe, Adult Services & Marketing Librarian Kristen has compiled a variety of titles for you to enjoy this summer. If you're looking for something different, leave us a comment below with the genre or theme you're looking for and we'll give you a personalized recommendation! Beach Reads Summer on the Bluffs by Sunny Hostin Library Catalog: Print OverDrive & Libby: eBook / Audiobook “A self-made Black millionaire invites her three goddaughters for a last Martha's Vineyard summer–at the end of which one will get the mansion. In the first
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, and Library News.

Reserve a Study Room

The Library has three study rooms available that individuals or a group of two can use to work. Here's what you need to know: To book an appointment online, you can use your White Plains library card. If you have a library card from another Westchester library, please call 422-1400 and we can reserve an appointment for you. You must have a library card in good standing to use a Study Room. Appointments are for two hours. You can only reserve one appointment at a time, up to thirty days in advance. Once the original appointment is completed, you may
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Categories: Evergreen, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

New Movies Streaming in June

Maybe you're already familiar with our streaming services hoopla and Kanopy, but did you know that they add new content each month? Find a list below of some exciting new titles available on each platform this month. hoopla Mr. Jones (2020 action / suspense) Directed by Agnieszka Holland. Starring James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard, Joseph Mawle. 1933. An ambitious young journalist, Gareth Jones, travels to Moscow to uncover the truth behind Stalin's Soviet propaganda that pushes their “utopia” to the Western world. When he gets a tip that could expose an international conspiracy, Jones' life and the lives of
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LGBTQIA+ Pride Month Picks

Each June we celebrate LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and all of the other sexualities, sexes, and genders that aren't included in these few letters) Pride Month to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York City. The purpose of this month is to both celebrate and recognize the impact and legacy of LGBTQIA+ individuals. To help celebrate, we've collected a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles and themed films available through our catalog and on our streaming services. If you'd like to take part in local Pride Month events, we recommend checking out the LOFT LGBTQ+
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Categories: Authors & Books and Library News.

June 2021 LibraryReads

Here are the books published this month that librarians across the country love. Find out more here. One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston Library Catalog: Print OverDrive & Libby: eBook / audiobook “A phenomenal read with well-developed diverse characters and a unique, compelling plot. For August, romance is way at the bottom of her to-do list. Then she meets mysterious Jane, who's always on the same subway car no matter where or when August gets on. Before she knows it, they are a thing, with a circle of friends to share their life. There’s only one catch: Jane isn't really
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Categories: Authors & Books and Library News.

Regeneration Art Exhibit

This new exhibit will be on display in the Library's newly renovated Museum Gallery on the second floor starting Tuesday, June 1st, through Friday, September 3rd. The gallery is accessible during normal Library hours. “Regeneration” looks at a future focused on climate justice. The exhibition includes drawing, collage, mixed media, photography, painting and poetry. Participating artists are Stephanie J. Alvarado, Isabella Bannerman, Diane Brawarsky, Carlos Mateu, Gina Randazzo and Ed Young.   Artwork from left to right: Ed Young, Fish, 2020, Multimedia on Masonite, 5”x8”x3” Fish symbolizes “Sparingness” in which we celebrate the time of our gift of fellowship, harvest,
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Categories: Events, Featured, Gallery, Homepage, and Library News.

Borrow a Laptop

To read this post in Spanish, click here / Para español, haga clic aquí. Do you need internet access or know someone who does? We are now circulating laptop “bundles,” which consist of a laptop and mobile hotspot, each with a power source. The hotspot will allow you to access the internet wherever T-Mobile/Sprint provides 4G LTE cellular coverage. This lending program was made possible through generous donations to and funding by the White Plains Library Foundation. Laptop bundles are available exclusively to White Plains Library cardholders 18 and older in good standing. Bundles may be placed on hold. To
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