Posts by Nancy Rubini, Foundation Director

Save the Date: Ibram X. Kendi Visit

The White Plains Library Foundation, in partnership with the Thomas H. Slater Center, is presenting a special virtual event with the award-winning author, historian, and thought-leader, Ibram X. Kendi on the evening of October 28, 2020. This program will be the culmination of the Library’s city-wide reading initiative, One Book, One White Plains, details to be announced soon. In the meantime, mark your fall calendars and look into our digital and physical copies of the two books we'll be reading: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (available in print and as a digital audiobook and eBook on
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Categories: Authors & Books, Director's Corner, eNewsletter, Events, Featured, Homepage, Homepage Foundation, Homepage Kids, Homepage Teens, Kids, Library Foundation, Library News, and Teens.

POSTPONED: 25th Anniversary Gala with Erik Larson

March 14th Gala Postponed please click link for details: The Gala is now sold out! Thank you to our donors, sponsors, and community partners. The White Plains Library Foundation's 25th Anniversary Gala is Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 7 – 10 p.m. at the Library. Don't miss the chance to hear special guest, Erik Larson, bestselling author of Dead Wake, In the Garden of Beasts, The Devil in the White City, and coming soon, The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance During the Blitz – book included with your ticket. In recognition of this
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Categories: Authors & Books, eNewsletter, Events, Library Foundation, and Library News.

Meet the 2020 Gala Honorees

The White Plains Library Foundation is proud to recognize the following honorees at the 25th Anniversary Gala on March 14. Barbara R. Loucks  Barbara has always worked to better the lives of children, and this passion brought her to the Foundation where she's been involved for more than two decades. She was a key advocate for the Foundation’s first major fundraising initiative, the Trove, and continued to champion a number of improvements at the Library. Her dedicated Board service has provided continuity to its members and leadership. According to Barbara, “our Library is a community builder – a vital asset,
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Categories: Homepage Foundation and Library Foundation.

Planned Giving

The White Plains Library Foundation is dedicated to the long term success of the Library and that’s why we hope you’ll provide instructions in your will for a planned gift. Making plans for a future gift creates a legacy for generations to come and helps ensure the Library stays open, responsive and accessible to everyone. Around the country, libraries endure through planned gifts that help them adapt to changing community needs, technological innovations and uncertain economic cycles that can affect government funding. Bequests are the simplest and most common form of planned gift. Residuary bequests are popular because the amount
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Categories: Featured, Library Foundation, and Library News.

IRA Gifts

Making Your Contributions Tax Deductible – A Message from our Treasurer If you're over age 70 ½ and  plan to take the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from your IRA account—and you want to get a tax deduction for your charitable contributions—the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) requires that you rethink your tax planning. The TCJA increased the Standard Deduction for married couples to $24,000 ($12,000 for individuals) and limited itemized deductions for real estate and income taxes to $10,000. In practical terms, if you’re married and the total of qualifying mortgage interest plus medical expenses over 7.5% of
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Categories: Library Foundation.

Amazon Smile

Attention Amazon shoppers, and who isn’t one? We hope you’ll agree to identify the White Plains Library Foundation when you make purchases on Amazon because it helps us raise money to support the Library. Each quarter, the AmazonSmile Foundation makes donations to eligible charitable organizations by electronic funds transfer. It’s easy to participate and there's no cost. All you need to do is start your shopping at AmazonSmile (not the regular Amazon url) so please consider changing your bookmark. When prompted, enter the White Plains Library Foundation (one time, it will remember you) and whenever you shop, the AmazonSmile Foundation
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Categories: Library Foundation.

Workshop on Paying for College

Middle school students and their families are invited to a free workshop on the evening of May 2nd from 7- 8:30 pm in The Edge. Join us for pizza and the opportunity to learn about college scholarships and financial aid. You'll be introduced to FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and other resources so that in a few years when its time to apply, you'll be more prepared to start the process. Thanks to support from The Allstate Foundation, this program is presented through a collaboration with Latino U College Access. For more information, please call 914-839-0535.
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Categories: Events and Teens.

A Virtual Groundbreaking for The Hub

Please Join Us!    What: A Virtual Groundbreaking for The Hub, our new adult area on the first floor  When: Wednesday, September 7th from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.  Where: the first floor of the Library, just outside The Edge Like The Trove is for children, and The Edge is for teens, The Hub will provide a new environment to meet the needs of adult patrons, from 20-somethings to seniors…plus a café! The Hub is a public/private partnership of The City of White Plains, the State of New York, and the White Plains Library Foundation (including a gift of $1 million from
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Categories: Events, Library Foundation, Library News, Technology, and Uncategorized.

2nd Annual Spelling Bee

What's the Buzz? The White Plains Library Foundation is thrilled to be holding our Second Annual Adult & Teen Spelling Bee Fundraiser, on Friday, March 11, 7:30 p.m. (March 18 snow date), at the Highlands Middle School Auditorium. This year, proceeds will support The Hub, our new adult library.  Entry fees are again $75 per team, and additional donations to The Hub are very welcome!  General admission to watch the Bee is $5, and there will be a food concession and raffles. This year we are limiting the competition to 20 teams (four “swarms” of five teams each).  The “Early
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Categories: Events.