Posts by Kristen, Adult Librarian

August Poetry Slam

Our next Virtual 10 SLAM* is scheduled for August! Join Zork and Kristen on the usual First Wednesday, August 4th, from 7:00–9:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required to try and accommodate as many poets as possible. To register to perform or attend, click here. If you plan to perform, after registering, please send your name (how you'd like to be introduced), email address, and a short 60-word bio as a reply to kthornton@whiteplainslibrary.org. If you know the title of the poem you'll be performing ahead of time, you can also include that in your email. All are welcome! *For those of
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Broadway Musicals with Barbara Brilliant

A Jewish American Heritage Month Special Event Behind the Scenes with Barbara Brilliant, Creator and Executive Producer of Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy The Library is delighted to announce an exciting program in celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month on Sunday, May 23rd from 2:00-3:30 p.m., via our Zoom platform. We invite you to meet Barbara Brilliant, the Creator and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award-winning film, Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy, in conversation with Librarian Barbara Wenglin. Please register here. With film clips and fascinating behind-the-scenes anecdotes, Ms. Brilliant will describe the making of this extraordinary documentary which explores
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Hoopla Bonus Borrows for May

Hoopla Bonus Borrows are back from May 1 – 31! Choose from hundreds of titles in Hoopla's Bonus Borrows collection. Find some staff highlights below or see the full list here. Adult Materials Books Heiress for Hire (Part 1 of the Duke's Heiress series) by Madeline Hunter eBook Minerva Hepplewhite has learned the hard way how to take care of herself. When an intruder breaks into her home, she doesn't swoon or simper. Instead she wallops the rogue over the head and ties him up-only to realize he is Chase Radnor, the man who nearly got her convicted of her
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May 2021 LibraryReads

Here are the top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love. Find out more here. People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry Library Catalog: Print OverDrive & Libby: Audiobook “An aching slow-burn romance focused on chaotic sprite Poppy and buttoned up Alex and their twelve years of summer vacations. Set in present day Palm Springs and interspersed with flashbacks from the previous vacations, this story is full of yearning, friendship, and discussions of what it means to find a home. For fans of This Time Next Year, One Day in December, and Waiting for Tom
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Lynda.com is Becoming LinkedIn Learning

Starting Wednesday, April 14th at 9:00 a.m., the Westchester Library System will begin migrating library patrons from Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning. The migration is expected to complete in a few days. There will be no access during this process. After the migration is complete, you will be able to login using your library card number and PIN without needing to create a new profile. If you use Lynda.com and have never used the library card number and PIN access method before, your account information will not migrate. Before Wednesday at 9:00 a.m., your account must be accessed using your library
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Celebrate National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month and we're celebrating with the return of Zork's Open Mic and with a feature performance by Bobby Sanchez! Poetry Open Mic Wednesday, April 7th 7:00–9:00 p.m. Celebrate National Poetry Month with the return of Zork's Open Mic! In lieu of the First Wednesday Poetry Slam, we'll be hosting an open mic with pre-registration this month to try and accommodate as many poets as possible. To register to perform, send your name (how you'd like to be introduced), email address, and a short 60-word bio to kthornton@whiteplainslibrary.org. If you know the title of the poem you'll
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Transgender Day of Visibility Event

The Power of Visibility: Contributions to History by Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Women Wednesday, March 31st 7:00–8:30 p.m. Click here to register. In honor of both Women's History Month and March 31st being International Transgender Day of Visibility, The LOFT LGBTQ+ Community Center invites you to an informative and interactive event highlighting the contributions made to history by women of trans and GNC experience. From the Zuni leader We'wha to Biden nominee Dr. Rachel Levine, utilizing archival multimedia footage we will present both about the individual themselves and the context of history which made their journey notable. Join us for
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March LibraryReads

Here are the top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love. Find out more here. The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner Library Catalog: Print OverDrive & Libby: eBook / Audiobook Hoopla: Audiobook “Caroline travels alone to London after discovering her husband’s betrayal. Looking for a distraction, she finds one while mud larking along the Thames: a small glass vial. Inspired to research its origins, Caroline uncovers a dark tale of poison and murder in the 1700s, where an apothecary owner with a unique talent, a dark past, and a keen sense of revenge meets a young
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AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

The White Plains AARP Tax-Aide program will not be able to offer the kind of in-person service taxpayers have become used to for so many years. The primary concerns remain the health and safety of taxpayers and preparers, and the protection of confidential taxpayer information. White Plains will operate a no-contact, electronic service, which involves the transmittal of instructions, forms, permissions, and scans of tax documents using email. After the initial contact, taxpayers will receive an email with instructions and documents to print, fill out and return for tax preparation. Documents will need to be scanned and attached to the
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