Posts by Kristen, Adult Librarian

Fair Street USA Block Party & Exhibit

Block Party: Wednesday, June 29th at 5:30 p.m. on the Library Plaza On view in the Library Gallery July 1 – July 30. Fair Street USA is a Fair Housing Education Public Art Exhibition sponsored by the City of White Plains Planning Department and funded by a HUD grant. Local community groups worked with artists to design and create interactive models that “speak” to participants.
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Categories: Events, Featured, Gallery, Homepage, and Library News.

Countdown to Eternity: Dr. MLK, Jr. Photo Exhibit

On display in the Library's Museum Gallery June 15th–July 30th. Opening Reception: Thursday, June 16th, 6:30 p.m. COUNTDOWN TO ETERNITY is a photographic tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. documenting the last year of Dr. King’s life. The photographer, Benedict J. Fernandez has captured some of the most iconic images of the 1960’s and beyond. A distinguished educator, in the 1970’s he established the Photography Departments at the New School and Parsons School of Design and created the Leica Medal of Excellence. He also received numerous awards including Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships and has published a number of books.
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Short-Story Discussion

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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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 The Door (2012 Drama) Directed by István Szabó. Starring Helen Mirren, Martina Gedeck, Erika Maroszán. Emerence, an elderly and private woman, is hired to be the housekeeper of a struggling writer. An event in the writer's life prompts Emerence to disclose details of her traumatising past, which will bond the two women forever. Lioness: The Nicola Adams Story (2022 Sports Documentary) Directed
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June LibraryReads

Here are the books published this month that librarians across the country love. The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill Library Collection: Print Libby: eBook hoopla: eBook / Audiobook “Freddie is at the Boston Public Library when a murder occurs. While waiting for the police, she strikes up a conversation with others at her table. The four become friends, but could one of them be the murderer? Much misdirection and an unreliable narrator make for a tight little thriller that will have you sure you know whodunnit until you don't. For fans of The Body in the Library, Magpie
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

May Poetry Slam

Join Zork and Kristen for the First Wednesday Poetry Slam on Wednesday, May 4th 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.   This program is supported by the White Plains Library Foundation.
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May 2022 LibraryReads

Here are the books published this month that librarians across the country love. Book of Night by Holly Black Library Collection: Print Libby: eBook / Audiobook “Charlie is a hot mess. The more she tries to get on the straight and narrow, the more things fall apart. Due to childhood trauma, she trusts only herself, and maybe her shadow. But in a world where shadows can be altered, stolen, and weaponized, she has to be wary. Lots of atmospheric world building and stage setting, and perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Neil Gaiman, and V.E. Schwab.—Emily Plagens, Allen Public Library,
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Harriet Tubman: Journey to Freedom Programs and Events

From April 1st through June 30th, the Harriet Tubman – Journey to Freedom sculpture by Wesley Wofford will be on display in Renaissance Plaza in downtown White Plains. In conjunction with this historic visit by the sculpture, the Library and many other community partners are organizing events related to Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad, and more, throughout April, May, and June. Below, you will find a listing of the Library’s events in conjunction with the statue’s visit to White Plains. Get the Zoom link for each virtual program by clicking on that program’s date and time. Find the full listing
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April 2022 LibraryReads

Here are the books published this month that librarians across the country love. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus Library Collection: Print Libby: eBook “In the 50s and early 60s when women were viewed as little more than chattel for men’s convenience, Elizabeth Zott had the temerity to become a chemist. With complex and wonderful characters, her story is funny, sad, enraging, hopeful, and will have readers cheering for every character and all women everywhere. For fans of Where'd You Go Bernadette?, The Rosie Project, and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.”—Judy G. Sebastian, Eastham Public Library, Eastham, MA The Good
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Categories: Authors & Books and Library News.

Exhibition of Paintings by Lori Kapner Hosp

On view in the Library's Museum Gallery from April 3rd through May 27th, 2022. An opening reception will be held on Sunday April 3rd, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. Capacity will be limited to 25 persons at a time. Westchester-based artist Lori Kapner Hosp's paintings pay tribute to the beauty and richness of the home lands that newcomers to the U.S.have left behind. Each painting offers a glimpse of the people, traditions or culture of the country it represents. Lori’s art honors the bravery, heart and exuberance of our
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Categories: Gallery and Library News.

March 2022 LibraryReads

Here are the books published this month that librarians across the country love. Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Q. Sutanto Library Collection: Print “The Chan family is back! Meddy Chan is getting married, and the wedding planners are perfect–until Meddy overhears the wedding photographer talking about murdering someone at the reception. Her aunties spring into action, setting into motion a series of madcap misadventures intended to save Meddy's special day. A charming combo of close-knit family, humor, and light mystery; great for fans of Mia P. Manansala and Jade Chang.”—Nanette Donohue, Champaign Public Library, Champaign, IL A Brush
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Women’s History Month Books & Films

Celebrate Women's History Month with one of our staff selected books and films. You can find a list of 180 books here on Libby. Books She Came to to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman by Erica Armstrong Dunbar Library Catalog: Print / CD Audiobook Libby: eBook / Audiobook National Book Award nominee Erica Armstrong Dunbar presents a fresh take on this American icon blending traditional biography, illustrations, photos, and engaging sidebars that illuminate the life of Tubman as never before. Not only did Tubman help liberate hundreds of slaves, she was the first woman to lead an
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Essential Cookbooks

Librarians love to create lists, and at the end of each year we publish lists ranging from the best picture books for children to the best audiobooks. But one of my favorites is Essential Cookbooks, a selection of cookbooks for public libraries. This wonderful list highlights titles for both avid home chefs and those just learning the rewards of making a meal. The list also supports those who appreciate the many joys of reading cookbooks, even if they rarely venture into the kitchen! These books are sure to become reliable favorites and nourish readers, today and for years to come.
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Categories: Authors & Books, Director's Corner, and Library News.

AARP Tax-Aide 2022

El programa White Plains AARP Tax Aide ofrecerá preparación de impuestos en la Biblioteca Pública de White Plains desde el 7 de febrero hasta el 12 de abril. Con las restricciones de COVID aún vigentes, no podemos ofrecer el tipo de servicio en persona al que los contribuyentes se han acostumbrado por tantos años. Las principales preocupaciones siguen siendo la salud y la seguridad de los contribuyentes y los preparadores, y la protección de la información confidencial de los contribuyentes. Debido a las restricciones de COVID, ESTE SERVICIO SERA SOLO CON CITA PREVIA. CITAS Se requieren 2 citas. Para hacer
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February 2022 LibraryReads

Here are the books published this month that librarians across the country love. The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley Library Collection: Print “Foley hits it out of the ballpark with this solid thriller set in a Paris apartment building. Jess goes looking for her brother, but finds only the smell of bleach and a broken St. Christopher medal lodged in the floorboards. Written in short chapters with multiple points of view and delicious secrets dropped along the way, this gripping, wild ride is impossible to put down. If you like Liane Moriarty or Ruth Ware, pick this one up.—Douglas Beatty,
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The World of Wordle

Have you joined in the Wordle craze yet, or are you still wondering what: Wordle 227 3/6 means? If you haven't been solving this free daily word puzzle, it was created by Josh Wardle for his crossword aficionado partner (more on that here), and just yesterday it was purchased by the New York Times for a reported seven figures. It's unclear how long Wordle will remain free, but just in the last few weeks alone, we've seen the creation of many different versions: the eleven-letter puzzle, Lordle of the Rings (who else got Shire in two tries?), and a new
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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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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 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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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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