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  • Homework Help
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    Is your child struggling with their homework assignments? Then stop by the Trove Monday-Thursday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. for free after-school help from retired teachers and college students. Homework help is available on a first-come, first-served basis for students in grades 1-6.
  • Doris Mady Exhibit
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    Doris Mady grew up in New York City (Forest Hills), but to paraphrase the Academy Award-winning Grace Kelly movie, she is a “Country Girl.”  After a successful career as an advertising agency creative director and graphic designer (American Express, Heinz, Reebok and Snapple were among her clients),...
  • Common Ground
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    Are you interested in sharing your thoughts about some of the toughest issues facing our country—as well as listening to the opinions of your neighbors and friends? Then join us for Common Ground, a series of community conversations hosted by the Library and the League of Women Voters of White Plain...
  • College Funding Workshops
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    Anxious about funding for you or your child's college education? Then make sure to attend one or more of our upcoming financial workshops for teens and their parents. FAFSA Bootcamp – Sunday, October 21st, 1:00-4:30 p.m. Need help applying for financial aid for college? Attend this workshop an...
  • Chess Club Guest Speaker 10/22
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    Alan Abrams is no chess prodigy. “My dad tried to teach my older brother, but he wasn't interested,” the White Plains resident says. “I got turned on as a graduate student, when I was browsing at a New York bookstore and picked up a chess book.” That was in the 1960s, and Abr...
  • What is Slow Reading?
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    As leader of the “Slow Reading” discussions at the Library, Ellen Lambert is not the antithesis to the late speed-reading impresario Evelyn Wood. “‘Slow Reading’ describes my practice of looking at a text very closely in order to appreciate nuances of language and hence of meaning,” says Lambert, au...
  • Fall Gala with Ron Chernow
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    Please join us on October 20 from 7-10 pm for a special evening with one of today’s most distinguished commentators on history, politics and business in America!  All guests will receive a copy of Ron Chernow’s latest book, Grant, a dramatic portrait of one of the country’s most compelling president...
  • Short Story Discussion Fall 2018
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    White Plains librarian Barbara Wenglin’s Short Story Discussion series has been a popular fixture for years, as the selections and their interpretations have produced a riveting give-and-take among the attendees.  This season, Wenglin has chosen selections from editor Diana Secker Tesdell’s 2014 ant...
  • October 2018 LibraryReads
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    Here are the top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love. Just click on a title or book cover to place it on hold. The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory Published: 10/30/2018 by Berkley Jove “A disastrous public wedding proposal results in a chance meeting between Nik and C...
  • Leer, Escribir, Aprender (Spanish Literacy)
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    La Biblioteca Pública de White Plains abre sus puertas a un programa en español para adultos. Si desea terminar su educación primaria o secundaria, o si desea aprender a leer y escribir, venga y le ayudaremos. Las clases comenzarán el miércoles 3 de octubre hasta el miércoles 12 de diciembre a las 6...
  • Westchester Library Chess Tournament
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    The Library, in association with the Galleria at White Plains, will be hosting Westchester’s first Library Chess Tournament, for grades K-12. Participating libraries throughout Westchester will have the opportunity to assemble their finest chess players (6 team members per team) to compete in a sing...
  • People & Stories Oral History Project: Alexis Cole
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    We are thrilled to continue our partnership with ArtsWestchester, The City of White Plains, and the White Plains Business Improvement District on White Plains Jazz Fest 2018! Below is an interview with Alexis Cole from the People & Stories Oral History Project, Jazz Fest edition. Each of the cli...
  • People & Stories Oral History Project: Albert Rivera
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    We are thrilled to continue our partnership with ArtsWestchester, The City of White Plains, and the White Plains Business Improvement District on White Plains Jazz Fest 2018! Below is an interview with Albert Rivera from the People & Stories Oral History Project, Jazz Fest edition. Each of the c...
  • People & Stories Oral History Project: Brian Carter
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    We are thrilled to continue our partnership with ArtsWestchester, The City of White Plains, and the White Plains Business Improvement District on White Plains Jazz Fest 2018! Below is an interview with Brian Carter from the People & Stories Oral History Project, Jazz Fest edition. Each of the cl...
  • Cloud Library is Moving
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    Through the end of August, we will be moving all of our books in the Cloud Library over to Overdrive, and by mid-September Overdrive will be our primary platform for ebooks and audiobooks. If you are reading a book in the Cloud Library collection, don’t worry. You will be able to keep it for the r...
  • Wellness Wednesdays
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    Starting this September and continuing through the fall, we will offer a series of programs to help you relax, restore and recalibrate. We offered some of these programs this past spring and, based on how popular they were, we’re expanding. All programs are from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Stress Management S...
  • Meet Ashley Bressingham
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    This month, we’d like you to join us in welcoming Ashley Bressingham to the Library and the White Plains community. Bressingham has joined our ranks as a Children’s Librarian in the Trove. You’ve probably already seen her at the Trove’s Compass Desk, but she’ll also be leading children’s programming...
  • Automatic Renewal
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    Here’s some good news: from now on, we will automatically renew your material before it becomes due. Why are we doing this? Because the number one reason most people don’t use the Library is that the loan periods are too short (and difficult to keep track of). And because when life gets hectic—and w...
  • Puppet Playtime with Nicola Rose
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    Actress and puppeteer Nicola Rose will bring her repertoire of interactive games, songs and stories to the Library for an 11:00 a.m. performance on Wednesday, July 11th.  “’Puppet Playtime’ is a series of short vignettes—games and stories—for toddlers and pre-schoolers,” she says. “I will be handing...
  • We're Fine Free!
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    We want kids to read. So we are eliminating one of the biggest impediments kids face: late fees on children’s and young adult materials. A public library’s most important responsibility is to develop readers. And research has shown that having books in the home is a critical factor in becoming a rea...
  • Hello, Brian!
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    Tell the director about your library experience – good or bad. Hello BrianIf you are human, leave this field blank.I'm..* Impressed Pleasantly Surprised Satisfied A bit annoyed Really angry Here's why ... Are you a White Plains cardholder?* Yes No If you want us to contact you, please provide ...
  • Zuck-in-a-Box
    Your Personal Data & Its Keepers: Facebook
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    “Travel and tell no one, live a true story and tell no one, live happily and tell no one, people ruin beautiful things.” – Khalil Gibran With the dawn of the Internet, we were so gosh darn excited and having so much fun at all we could see, hear, learn and do online that we failed ...
  • Café Opening
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    We're excited to announce that the Everyday Healthy Café will officially open on Wednesday, May 9th. (although if you are around next week take a look—they may open early.) In addition, this also brings us the new home of the Friends Bookstore as well as the completion of The Hub for adults, with th...
  • Stamford Museum & Nature Center Pass Now Available
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    We're pleased to announce the addition of Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Stamford, CT to our Museum Pass Program.  The Library pass provides free admission for two adults of the same household and all children under 18 to the Museum and its grounds.  The pass also covers free parking and a 1...
  • Rescheduled: The Deedle Deedle Dees Perform
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    This event have been canceled for 3/21 due to weather and will be rescheduled. Please check back later for updates. On Wednesday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m., Lloyd H. Miller will bring the Deedle Deedle Dees with their mix of interactive music and activities for children to our second-floor auditorium. M...
  • Spanish Literacy Classes
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    Los miércoles a las 6:00 p.m. La Biblioteca Pública de White Plains abre sus puertas a un programa en español para adultos. Si desea terminar su educación primaria o secundaria, o si desea aprender a leer y escribir, venga y le ayudaremos. We are currently offering an adult basic education program t...
  • Citizenship Interview Preparation
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    Saturday, March 24 at 1:00 p.m. This is a bilingual program presented in Spanish and English. Immigration officer Shyconia Burden-Noten of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services will demonstrate a US citizenship mock interview to help citizenship applicants prepare for their own interview. All ...
  • Orin Grossman Presents “Musical Masterpieces”
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    Professor Orin Grossman will bring his dynamic “Musical Masterpieces” lecture and performance to our second-floor auditorium on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. following his lecture at Symphony Space in Manhattan. Grossman currently teaches at Fairfield University and has served as the University’s...
  • Celebrate Pi Day on March 14
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    Come celebrate the beautiful mathematical constant that is Pi on Pi Day next Wednesday, March 14! The fun begins at 7:00 p.m. in Galaxy Hall. We'll have a concentration game with numbers, shapes, and math symbols as well as a story, riddles and jokes. After that, just the usual cookie snack. Come jo...
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    'Shaken and Stirred' Discussion Series Resumes
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    White Plains librarian Barbara Wenglin’s short-story discussion series has been a popular fixture for years, as the selections and their interpretations have produced a riveting give-and-take among the attendees.  After a winter break, selections from editor Diana Secker Tesdell’s 2016 anthology Sha...
  • Black History Matters Roundtable
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    Join us Wednesday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. for a panel discussion about significant black leaders and stories from Westchester's past. We will hear from contemporary leaders and members of families with multi-generational roots in White Plains. Items from the White Plains Collection, including loca...
  • Story Theater with Jonathan Kruk
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    “I grew up on tall tales and day dreams,” says Jonathan Kruk, who went from “regaling his rambunctious brothers with bedtime tales” to becoming a master storyteller who has entertained elementary-school-aged children throughout North America for nearly three decades. He has become a Halloween ...
  • DACA Renewal Clinic
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    Thanks to a recent federal decision, the Department of Homeland Security is accepting DACA renewal applications. Call 914.422.4056 to schedule your appointment for Tuesday, February 7. Neighbors Link will be here providing assistance from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Gracias a una decisión federal reciente, el De...
  • Writing Workshop for Families of Veterans
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    The adjustment for American veterans returning from war (depicted brilliantly by The Best Years of Our Lives after World War II and Coming Home and Born on the Fourth of July after the Vietnam War) extends to their families. “My late father, David Rust, was a member of the ‘Flying Tigers’ that flew ...
  • "When a Man Loves a Woman" Comes to the Library
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    On Thursday, January 18, from 2-4:30 p.m., the White Plains Public Library will present a free screening of the 1994 film When a Man Loves a Woman in the second-floor auditorium. The movie, which chronicles a wife’s alcoholism and rehabilitation and her husband’s inner conflicts, complements the Lib...
  • 'Mixed Media' Art Exhibit
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    Rick Rogers is a self-taught artist who “grew up visiting galleries and museums and soaking in the riches of the masters.” His path was unusual as a park ranger for 10 years on the 4,300-acre Ward Pound Ridge Reservation (where he and his family lived for 34 years), but that would evolve into his co...
  • George Latimer Public Forums
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    Members of George Latimer's transition team will hold a series of open public forums in the Library Auditorium this week. Share your views on a wide range of topics at the following events: Wednesday, December 13, 6pm. Topic: Criminal Justice Thursday, December 14, 6pm.  Topic:  Social Services/Huma...
  • Introducing the New Local History Room!
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    The White Plains Public Library has a Local History Room again! We now have a dedicated space for people interested in local history and genealogy to explore the White Plains Collection. We are having an opening event on Thursday, December 7th, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. We will open up the new space ...
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    Family Films Showing December 2017 in the Trove
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    Sunday Cinema continues at the Trove this month with a great selection of new and classic family films. Here’s a quick look at some of the titles we’ll be showing at 2:00 p.m. in Galaxy Hall throughout the month of December. Note: we have one extra weeknight film on Wednesday, December 20. Descendan...
  • Boscobel House & Gardens
    Boscobel House and Gardens Pass Now Available
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    The White Plains Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison NY to the Museum Pass Program. The Library pass provides free admission for one adult and three guests of any age, plus a 10% discount in Boscobel’s gift shop. Boscobel House and Gardens is ...
  • Library Volunteer Orientation on November 28
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    Want to lend a helping hand to a very bustling White Plains Public Library?  Come to the volunteer orientation on Tuesday, November 28 at 7 p.m. in Room A on the second floor. Library Assistant Director Kathy Degyansky will give an overview of the programs, and the attendees will list their skills, ...
  • Local History: Addicts & Addiction Pt. 3
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    As earlier blog posts showed, public discourse about drugs and addiction changed from focusing on morality and personal responsibility during the 19th century to a focus on culture and racial identity during the early 20th century.  When drugs and addiction are discussed today, we often hear that cr...
  • Social MEdia Rubik's Cube
    'Social Media 101' Will Help Bridge the Digital Divide
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    Social Media–Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Twitter, etc.–is as revolutionary to communications in the 21st century as the telegraph, telephone, radio, television and, yes, the computer were to the 19th and 20th. But innovation comes with the challenge of acclimation, and to me...
  • Local History: Addicts & Addiction Pt. 2
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    Most people are by now familiar with the “Reefer Madness” era of drug policy in the United States. Exemplified by the 1936 propaganda film of the same name and personified by Henry J. Anslinger (who set the tone for most domestic drug policy during his 32 years as head of the Federal Bur...
  • Library Receives Grant to Develop Youth Coding Programs
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    White Plains, New York – October 31, 2017: White Plains Public Library announced today that they have received a $25,000 grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to design and implement coding programs for young people. White Plains Public Library is one of 28 libraries around the country t...
  • Local History: Addicts & Addiction Pt. 1
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    The past few years, drugs and addiction have been in the headlines. Stories about opiates, the legalization of marijuana, and criminal justice reform have all made drug use and addiction the subject of a national conversation. Just as the civil rights and women's rights movements had historical root...
  • A Lively Evening at the Library
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    To celebrate the re-opening of the first floor, the Foundation held its annual fall Gala in the Hub on the evening of October 21st. Nearly 200 people attended the event, which marked the Foundation's 22nd anniversary. A highlight of the program was hearing from author Sloane Crosley who spoke about ...
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    Spy Books Old and New
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    Looking for a good spy novel or nonfiction read? Look no further than the curated list below. Just click the title to put a copy on hold. The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal by David E. Hoffman (2015) Dead drops. Secret meetings. Suicide pens. Fact that reads as t...
  • Art with Lily Fearon
    Art in the Castle Returns This Week
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    Art in the Castle is rolling out its second season with the help of Lily Fearon, a talented Bachelor of Fine Arts candidate at Purchase College. The monthly art classes offer 3rd-5th grade White Plains residents the opportunity to try their hand at a variety of artists' media including pencil, oil p...
  • Sculpture at Storm King Art Center
    Storm King Art Center Passes Now Available
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    The White Plains Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of Storm King Art Center at 1 Museum Road, New Windsor NY to the Museum Pass Program. The Library pass provides free admission for two adults and all children under 18 living in the same household. Widely celebrated as one of the wo...
  • Local History: Rosa Kittrell
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    October 10 has been designated World Mental Health Day by the World Health Organization. In honor of it, here is a story about a White Plains resident whose activism on behalf of people with mental illness had a national impact. Rosa Kittrell worked hard to redefine the way we view and treat the mos...
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    Short Story Discussion Series Resumes with 'Shaken and Stirred' (and a Movie)
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    White Plains librarian Barbara Wenglin’s short story discussion series has been a popular fixture for years, as the selections and their interpretations have produced a riveting give-and-take among the attendees.  There was plenty in 2016-2017 with Love Stories, represented by such noted authors as ...
  • Battle of the Books Team KnowlEDGE
    What's Battle of the Books?
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    The Trove and the Edge are busy preparing for an epic battle taking place this fall…the Battle of the Books! Teams of children and teens at libraries all over Westchester are busy reading the same sets of books and practicing trivia questions. They’ll come together in October for a reading-based tri...
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    Leer, Escribir, Aprender (Reading, Writing, Learning) Returns
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    Nuestra clase de educación para adultos en español regresará el miércoles, 18 de octubre. Esta clase enseñará lectura, escritura y matemática para hablantes nativos de español. Las clases se llevarán a cabo los miércoles de 10:15 a.m. a 1:00 p.m., del 18 de octubre al 15 de noviembre. Para más infor...
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    Chess Club Comes to the Trove
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    Chess teaches us to think, visualize, problem solve, strategize and take risks. Play the game that spans cultures and generations. By learning chess, one of the oldest and most fascinating of games, you can make a friend and learn a little sportsmanship. The Chess Club meets Monday nights at 6:30 p....
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    College Readiness Workshop Series Begins Sept. 27
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    Next week marks the start of the Edge's College Readiness Workshop Series, run in partnership with The City of White Plains, Westchester Library System, Tomorrow’s Genius, and the New York State Department of Financial Services. The series will cover five key topics for students and their families: ...
  • The Edge Launches New Community Service Group for Teens
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    On Monday, September 18, the Edge, the White Plains Public Library’s teen library, will hold its first Volunteer Interest Meeting for the “Do Gooders,” a new community service group for teens. “Do Gooders” follows the announcement that The Allstate Foundation awarded the White Plains Public Library ...
  • People & Stories Oral History Project: Jazz Fest 2017 Pt. 5
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    We are thrilled to continue our partnership with ArtsWestchester, The City of White Plains, and the White Plains Business Improvement District on White Plains Jazz Fest 2017! Below is a clip from the People & Stories Oral History Project, Jazz Fest edition. Each of the clips we post between now ...
  • Resources to Help You Understand Health and Safety Risks Associated with the Use of VR
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    Unfortunately, there are risks associated with the use of VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) headsets. Some of the risks are fairly obvious: bumping into objects, tripping over wires, etc. Other risks are not so obvious and may either be latent in their effects (for example, vision im...
  • People & Stories Oral History Project: Jazz Fest 2017 Pt. 4
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    We are thrilled to continue our partnership with ArtsWestchester, The City of White Plains, and the White Plains Business Improvement District on White Plains Jazz Fest 2017! Below is a clip from the People & Stories Oral History Project, Jazz Fest edition. Each of the clips we post between now ...