Posts by Kristen, Adult Librarian

Celebrate Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month this February with one of our upcoming events, and with our list of recommended books and films. For a list of recommended reads for children, see Raquel's nonfiction picks here. Events Future is Female Book Discussion Monday, February 7th, at 2:00 p.m. Click here for the Zoom link. In honor of Black History Month, Ellen O’Connell, White Plains resident and retired English teacher, will moderate a discussion of Passing (1929), by Nella Larsen of the Harlem Renaissance [Library Catalog / Libby]. This candid and moving exploration of race and identity is the inspiration for the recent
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Short-Story Book Discussion Series

Join White Plains Librarian Barbara Wenglin via Zoom to explore compelling stories with the theme, “Family Matters,” from the rich anthology used last fall. The program concludes in June with a film discussion. Use Zoom Registration Link for full series & attend when you can! 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories Edited by Lorrie Moore and Heidi Pitlor (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015) The collection celebrates the diversity of the genre and the American experience from 1915-2015. Available in print through the Catalog and as an eBook in hoopla and Libby/OverDrive. Thursdays from 2:00 – 4:15 p.m. on Zoom
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Categories: Authors & Books, Book Discussion, Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Holocaust Remembrance Author Event

The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides. To find out more, click here. Find our OverDrive/Libby reading list here. Holocaust Remembrance Day Virtual Author Visit Thursday, January 27th 4:30–5:30 p.m. Click here for the Zoom link. Join us for a visit from author Michelle Bisson to discuss her book, Hedy's
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Categories: Authors & Books, Book Discussion, Events, Featured, Homepage, Homepage Kids, Kids, and Library News.

Most Popular 2021 Checkouts

Below is a list of the 2021 top 5 most popular fiction, nonfiction, films, TV shows, children's books, and YA titles based on the number of times they've been checked out from our collection. We told you what our staff loved last year, well, here's what was most popular among your fellow Library patrons. I'm sure you'll notice a few trends – our patrons really love mysteries, intrigue, cookbooks, and Peppa Pig! Fiction The Affair by Danielle Steel (Library Collection / OverDrive & Libby) The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (Library Collection / OverDrive & Libby) The Bounty: a
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, and Library News.

January 2022 LibraryReads

Here are the books published this month that librarians across the country love. The Maid by Nita Prose Library Collection: Print OverDrive & Libby: eBook / Audiobook “As a maid in a posh hotel, Molly is very proud of her work and the care she takes of the guests, even though she often has difficulty navigating social cues. When she finds a wealthy guest dead, she never imagines she has the keys to uncover a killer, and finds, after the death of her beloved Gran, there are many people willing to help her. For fans of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely
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Winter Short-Story Film Discussions

Join Librarian Barbara Wenglin via Zoom to explore compelling film selections with the theme of “couples.” Register here for remainder of series and attend when you can. Thursdays from 2:00 – 4:15 p.m. on Zoom January 13 – Film Discussion Love Story (Paramount 1970, 1hr 40 min) Classic award-winning, heartrending feature with Ryan O'Neal as the old-money Harvard man, Oliver Barrett III, who is smitten by a no-money Radcliffe music student, Jenny Cavilleri, played by Golden Globe Winner, Ali MacGraw. Directed by Arthur Hiller, screenplay by Erich Segal, with Oscar score by Francis Lai. To view before meeting on Library's Kanopy
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December 2021 LibraryReads

Here are the books published this month that librarians across the country love. The Ballerinas by Rachel Kapelke-Dale Library Collection: Print OverDrive & Libby: eBook / Audiobook “Delphine is returning to Paris to choreograph her own ballet. Here she meets up with her lifelong friends and fellow dancers Margaux and Lindsay. This absorbing and thrilling character-driven novel explores the world of ballet and its mysteries and secrets. Give to fans of Luster, Trust Exercise, and My Dark Vanessa.”—Terri Smith, Cornelia Library, Mt. Airy, GA Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim Library Collection: Print OverDrive & Libby: eBook “Hauntingly
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Tiny Art Exhibit

Thank you to everyone who picked up one of our Tiny Art Show Grab & Go kits and those who dropped off your submissions. Submissions are now on display in the Library's first floor Lobby. Stop by and take a peak at these wonderful tiny creations! If you haven't returned your artwork yet, you still can! Drop your art off at the Hub Desk on the first floor and fill out a submission form.
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Categories: Featured, Homepage, Homepage Teens, Library News, and Teens.

2021 Staff Favorites

The White Plains Library Staff have assembled their picks for the year, featuring cookbooks, DVDs, music, audiobooks, and plenty of plain old books. It's a wonderfully wide-ranging list, full of lots of surprises, and should help with your holiday shopping or just some entertainment for yourself. Enjoy! Below you'll find a list with links to the catalog or resource where they're available as well as a blurb on why staff enjoyed it. Books (Adults) Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir by Christopher Buckley OverDrive & Libby: eBook / Audiobook An funny and touching account of the year writer Christopher Buckley
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, Homepage, Kids, Library News, and Teens.

Library Achieves Green Certification

The Library is pleased to announce it has achieved Green Business Certification through the Green Business Partnership (GBP), a public-private partnership managed in part by Westchester County. GBP offers support to businesses and organizations who are interested in reducing their carbon footprint and making their operations more sustainable. The Library’s Green Team–led by Librarian Kathlyn Carroll–worked to evaluate the Library's current performance in a variety of areas, including water and energy usage, purchasing decisions, and waste management. Many changes were made to Library practices, including use of LED lighting, green purchasing, waste audit tracking, and a greenhouse gas inventory. Recent
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Categories: Director's Corner, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Native American Heritage Month

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month this November by reading one of these selected titles written by Indigenous authors and about Indigenous people and history. Find our OverDrive list here or on the Libby App. Poet Warrior by Joy Harjo Library Collection: Print OverDrive & Libby: eBook Joy Harjo, the first Native American to serve as U.S. poet laureate, invites us to travel along the heartaches, losses, and humble realizations of her “poet-warrior” road. A musical, kaleidoscopic, and wise follow-up to Crazy Brave, Poet Warrior reveals how Harjo came to write poetry of compassion and healing, poetry with the power to
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Categories: Authors & Books.

New Movies Streaming in November

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 Soldiers: Six Stories Six Wars (2021 documentary) Directed by Tony Villani. Based on original interviews with a diverse cast of veterans of many conflicts from World War Two to Afghanistan bridged by that with a civilian who lived through the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, Soldiers engenders an awareness of what war is to those who fight it or are caught in
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#BookTok Faves

Whether you're on TikTok or not, #BookTok has undeniably influenced reading trends, especially for young adults. Between boosting sales of books by popular authors like Colleen Hoover, to increasing interest in Dark Academia, TikTok content creators have inspired many to expand both their reading tastes and TBR piles. Get a taste of what's trending on TikTok with this curated list by Marketing Librarian Kristen, and find our #BookTok Faves collection on here on OverDrive. The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake Libby & OverDrive: eBook / Audiobook A self-published TikTok sensation, Blake's The Atlas Six combines elements of classics like Donna
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

November Poetry Slam

Join Zork and Kristen for the First Wednesday Poetry Slam on Wednesday, November 3rd 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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October 2021 LibraryReads

Here are the books published this month that librarians across the country love. All The Feels by Olivia Dade Library Catalog: Print “Alex is an actor on a Game of Thrones-type TV show entering its final season. Lauren’s job is to keep him out of trouble. Their relationship develops over forced proximity, a road trip, and tons of fanfic tropes (only one bed!). This steamy romance, with flawed, genuine characters and sensitive treatment of mental health and body issues, is a delight from start to finish. For fans of Spoiler Alert, Girl Gone Viral, and One To Watch.” —Lauren Mitchell,
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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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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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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, 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: Gallery 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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