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  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Shaken and Stirred book cover
    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...
  • chess pieces
    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 fami...
  • Meet Kristen Thornton-De Stafeno
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    The next time you visit the Library, you might see a new face sitting at one of our public service desks.  Kristen joined the Library team in mid-July as an Adult Services and Marketing Librarian.  She will be responsible for creating our newsletters, fliers, social media posts, and other marketing/...
  • 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 ...
  • Meet Bobby Calero
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    We are excited to welcome librarian Bobby Calero as the newest addition to the Trove. Bobby comes here from the Children’s Library Discovery Center of the Queens Library in Jamaica, Queens. Despite the fact that he’s only five feet and six inches—and weighs about a 140 pounds—he was once the b...
  • People & Stories Oral History Project: Jazz Fest 2017 Pt. 3
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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 ...
  • An International Film Festival 'Bonus' on Aug. 29
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    Cliffhangers were the rage during the 1980s (remember Dallas‘ hugh ratings from “Who Shot J.R.?”), and the French got their taste in 1986 with the hit movie Jean de Florette. It ended with the namesake killed in a dynamite explosion over a water dispute, and his widow and young dau...
  • People & Stories Oral History Project: Jazz Fest 2017 Pt. 2
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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 ...
  • People & Stories Oral History Project: Jazz Fest 2017 Pt. 1
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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 ...
  • Mermaid Movie 2016
    Come See The Mermaid, Chinese Blockbuster Aug. 15
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    What Gone with the Wind, Star Wars and Titanic are to the U.S., The Mermaid is to China. The Stephen Chow-directed fantasy on a mermaid entangled in greed, love and revenge has grossed $553.8 million since its February 2016 release. That set a box-office record in China, which makes it all the more ...
  • Local History: School's Out, Pt. 2
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    The late 1960s was a time of increasing consciousness about racial issues in the United States. The mainstream civil rights movement won victories in 1964 and 1965 with large pieces of Federal legislation like the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. By 1968, however, because of issues like V...
  • Local History: School's Out, Pt. 1
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    The late 1960s was a time of increasing consciousness about racial issues in the United States. The mainstream civil rights movement won victories in 1964 and 1965 with large pieces of Federal legislation like the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. By 1968, however, because of issues like V...
  • Local History: Bakers & Barbers
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    Two significant strikes affected daily life in White Plains during the 1950s. In July 1951, “a possible but not acute shortage of bread supplies” was predicted by the Reporter DIspatch due to the strike of thousands of AFL International Brotherhood of Teamsters truck drivers against 16 l...
  • Meet Libby
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    If you’re just starting out with library ebooks or audiobooks (and for the rest of this post, “books” will mean both), you may have planned to download OverDrive onto your tablet or smartphone. Well, don’t. Use the new Libby app instead. Libby is actually created by OverDrive (the company) as well, ...
  • Fall Gala – October 21
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    The annual fall Gala is Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 7-10 pm. We’ll be celebrating in the Hub, our newly renovated first floor! This year, we’re excited to welcome gala honoree & keynote speaker Sloane Crosley, celebrated author and graduate of White Plains High School.  Sloane’s...
  • Local History: The Hudson River
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    The Hudson River shapes nearly every area of our lives in some way: from topography, patterns of human settlement, and military decisions to energy production, human health, commerce, and culture. This summer, impress your fellow travelers with some knowledge about the Hudson Valley and the Hudson R...
  • Local History: Murals
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    As the renovations continue and you rediscover the main floor of our library, we hope you look up–you’ll see three unique murals. Hung high over the east wing (sit back in one of our new lounge chairs!) are murals by two artists who called White Plains home: Edmund F. Ward and Stanley P....
  • New York Historical Society Museum Passes Now Available
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    At New-York Historical Society’s entrance on 77th Street, a bronze statue of Frederick Douglass welcomes visitors.Photo credit: New-York Historical Society The White Plains Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of the New-York Historical Society Museum at 170 Central Park West to the Mu...
  • Local History: WWII & the OPA
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    On April 11, 1941, FDR signed an executive order creating the Office of Price Administration.The Reporter Dispatch wrote that the purpose of the OPA was the “protection of the consumer” and to make supplies available to the public “after military needs are met.” Many goods we...
  • Film Shoot
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    There will be a film shoot in the Library this Friday, May 26th. The study rooms will be unavailable all day, and there may be other brief interruptions in service. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
  • Local History: Remembering Jack Harrington
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    Local history legend Jack Harrington passed away on Sunday, May 14, at age 97. As a tireless advocate of preservation and conservation (historical and environmental), Harrington knew more about White Plains than just about anybody. To learn more about his life and legacy, check out his oral historie...
  • Local History: WPA in White Plains
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    On April 8, 1935, President Roosevelt signed a law creating the Works Progress Administration, or WPA. The WPA was created to create employment opportunities for millions of unemployed Americans and material benefit to communities throughout the country. White Plains and Westchester were no exceptio...
  • Teen Volunteers
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    The Trove is looking for responsible teen volunteers to help with programs during June, July and August. These include: Summer Reading Game, Reading Buddies, Toy Time, Family Nights, craft and science programs, family storytimes, games, and Lego Club. To qualify, teens must: Live in White Plains Be...
  • Local History: Almanacks & Almanacs
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    Almanacs (sometimes spelled with a “k”) are an American institution. Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanack and The Farmer’s Almanac are the best-known examples, but thousands of other more particular, peculiar, and provincial almanacs have been published since the...
  • Local History: "Mundane Recording Angel"
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    In the pages of his monthly magazine, The Westchester County Magazine, editor Alvah P. French described himself as a “mundane recording angel.” His magazine was “an historical, commercial, and social publication” whose diverse contents seem to be a reflection of French’...
  • Workshop on Paying for College
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    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) ...
  • Makers Wanted!
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    Become a Maker Corps Member and lead a summer of making in The Edge at the Library!  The White Plains Public Library, in partnership with Argus Information and Advisory Services, has been accepted to be a Maker Corps site this summer, which means that all summer long we will be holding STEM-related ...
  • Local History: Library Hand
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    An offhand comment to a colleague about his handwriting lead us to this blog post about “library hand,” the formalized style of penmanship librarians were taught to use from the late 19th century until typewriters made the skill obsolete. Before typewriters and automated cataloging syste...
  • Local History: House History
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    Discovering the history of houses or apartment buildings is one of the best uses of the White Plains Collection. Whether it’s discovering architectural changes or getting to know your historical predecessors, you are sure to come away with some stories. Below are some of the resources in the W...
  • Fake News Workshop 3/22 @ 7:00 PM
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    Fake news is a topic we hear a lot about, but is it as simple as figuring out what’s fake and what’s real? Join Librarian Ben Himmelfarb on Wednesday, March 22, at 7:00 PM for Present-Truth: How To Navigate the World of Fake (and Real) News. We will learn skills for determining what in t...
  • Local History: Researching Greenburgh
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    All kinds of curious researchers find their way to the library and discover the White Plains Collection can help answer their questions. I’ve helped people find their yearbook picture, learn about the people who used to live in their house (no American Horror Stories uncovered yet), unearth lo...
  • 'Love Stories' Returns
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    After a winter break, White Plains librarian Barbara Wenglin’s popular “Love Stories” series resumes on March 16 with a discussion of Lorrie Moore’s “Terrific Mother.”  “It’s a wry and witty tale in which the protagonist, Adrienne, tries to rebuild her...
  • Local History: Depends On What You're Looking For...
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    Photographs are great ways of learning about the past. They hold different levels of meaning and must be viewed critically to gain a true sense of what they represent. For instance, a seemingly straightforward picture of a row of houses might contain valuable information about the way houses were us...
  • Local History: Black History Month
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    It’s February, a month recognized as Black History Month across America. Sometimes also called African American History Month, wide-scale public recognition of the history of Black Americans began in 1915 when Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of African-American Life...
  • Local History: Richard Crandell Collection
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    We regularly receive donations to the White Plains Collection, but there are just a handful of people who made large donations of materials or funds. John Rosch and Renoda Hoffman, both official city historians, donated or created some of the most important items in our collection. Richard Crandell,...
  • Featured Collections: Mary Tyler Moore
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    1936 – 2017 Quick access links: Movies and books in our catalog eBooks and eAudiobooks in Overdrive
  • Black History StoryWalk® Features Steamboat School
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    Children at the White Plains Public Library are invited to take a walk along The Trove’s 2017 Black History StoryWalk®. This year’s walk is based on the book, Steamboat School: Inspired by a True Story, written by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Ron Husband. In this story, the teach...
  • Local History: Bronx River Parkway
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    If you ever walk along the Bronx River Parkway and want to supplement your experience with some local history, check out the White Plains Collection. Below are some examples of materials that illuminate more than just the history of the parkway. We have documents about the building of the parkway an...
  • Local History: Anti-Communism
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    The renovations at the library meant that we had to move the White Plains Collection to a storage area in another part of the library. In the course of the move, I came across a binder I had never seen before. It had label on the front that said it contained the “Westchester Spotlight 1955-197...
  • Local History: Why Data Isn't Boring
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    Data is not boring, especially if you are interested in establishing historical truth. In the past year, Americans have been exposed to an immense amount of data about age, health, economic status, and opinions. A number we hear a lot about these days is 77,7440–the votes in Pennsylvania, Mich...
  • Paying and Planning for College
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    Tuesday, January 17th at 7:00 p.m. Need help help saving and paying for College? Join us! In this workshop you will receive: Information on the cost of college The different types of financial aid Opportunities for Hispanic student scholarships This is a bilingual program for parent and students i...
  • Digital Art Exhibit: Donna Faranda
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    It was three decades ago when artist Donna Faranda first used a computer to ‘paint’ in points, or pointillism, the movement created by 19th century French impressionist Georges Seurat. “I had painted ‘traditionally,’ with brush, watercolors, easel and smock, but I felt ...
  • Local History: Winter in Westchester
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    The local history blog will be taking a short break during the next two weeks, returning to weekly posting in 2017. To finish out the year, I thought it was appropriate to look at the history of winter in Westchester. While this post is by no means scientific, it will hopefully serve to help readers...
  • Featured Collections: Carrie Fisher
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    Quick access links: Movies and books in our catalog eBooks and eAudiobooks in Overdrive
  • Local History: Societies & Clubs
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    Between the late 1920s and the mid 1980s, librarians amassed a large collection of pamphlets, flyers, photographs, newsletters, and yearbooks from all kinds of organizations in White Plains and filed them under “Societies & Clubs.” Below are a few examples–some pulled at random...
  • Safe Driving PSA 2016
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    The number one cause of death to teenagers is car accidents. With this in mind, teens at the White Plains Public Library worked together to create a video about the dangers of distracted driving. Using animation and audio talents, the result was this year’s Safe Driving Public Service Announce...
  • People & Stories Oral History Project: Art Bennett
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    Art Bennett (alto saxophone/flute) was born and raised in White Plains. Art was active in the ‘Loft Jazz’ movement in New York City during the 1970’s. This subsequently led to appearances at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls and other New York venues. Art has performed with many no...
  • Local History: Slow Down with a Book
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    If you are reading this, you probably read more than just quaint blog posts. You might have a list of trusted sites you regularly browse, or perhaps you let an algorithm assemble content for you. Either way, information is liable to come at you fast in the form of tawdry headlines illustrated with p...
  • People & Stories Oral History Project: Joe Boykin
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    Joe Boykin is a lifetime resident of Greenburgh. He first learned music as a child from his father, who sang gospel, and on visits to his uncles in Savannah, Georgia, where music was part of every family gathering. He played college football at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Through conta...
  • Local History: Lester Associates, Inc.
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    Lester Associates, Inc. was a giant in the world of miniatures. Based out of Thornwood for a time, the firm was responsible for constructing scale models, exhibits, and custom technical displays for some of the most well-remembered endeavors of the 1960s. Although its most famous work is the Panoram...
  • Meet Josh Carlson
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    As the new manager of Youth Services, Josh Carlson wants a “Fandemic” to spread through White Plains. In his former position as Youth Services director at the Utica Public Library, the SUNY Geneseo (BA, cum laude, in history) and SUNY Albany (MS in information science) alumnus created Fa...