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Good Trouble: Make a Difference

This installment of Good Trouble features three books for older kids about ways they can make a positive difference in the world. Make Your Mark, Make a Difference: A Kid’s Guide to Standing Up for People, Animals, and the Planet by Joan Marie Galat Library Catalog Broken into four parts – Examine Your World, Animal and Earth Issues, People Issues, and Change is Everywhere – Galat’s work first encourages kids to learn about activism, then work towards choosing a cause that means something to them by introducing them to various issues Earth-wide, before finally giving some interesting out-of-the-box suggestions for
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July Creepy Chronicles

For the kids looking for more dark and twisted tales, Erika is here to bring you a middle grade scare! Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn All available formats here Graphic Novel adaptation illustrated by Scott Peterson Physical format available here eComic available on Hoopla Twelve-year-old Molly and her ten-year-old brother, Michael, have never liked their seven-year-old stepsister, Heather. Ever since their parents got married, she's made Molly and Michael's life miserable. Now their parents have moved them all to the country to live in a house that used to be a church, with a
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Beautiful Bilingual Books, Part 22

BEAUTIFUL BILINGUAL BOOKS, Part 22 LINDOS LIBROS BILINGÜES, Parte 22 The Library has a lovely collection of bilingual Spanish/English books. To celebrate reading in two languages, we are featuring our beautiful new books in a monthly blog – so enjoy practicing your Spanish and English skills with these picture books. La Biblioteca tiene una colección hermosa de libros bilingües en inglés/español. Para celebrar leyendo en dos idiomas, le presentamos nuestros lindos libros aquí. Así que disfrute practicando sus destrezas en ambos idiomas con estos libros ilustrados. Little Red Riding Hood / La caperucita roja, de Joana Costa Knufinke Library Catalog
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Edge Summer Reading 2024

Summer Reading at White Plains Library begins Monday, July 1st and runs through Friday, August 30th. For Grades 7-12 summer reading, visit the Edge to sign up. Join us for our summer reading kick-off party on Monday, July 1 from 4-6 PM. We will have pizza, drinks, games, a scavenger hunt, and giveaways. For Grades 7-12 Let us know what you’re reading this summer, whether you read one book or fifty. Here’s how we’re tracking points along the way: 1 Book = 1 piece of candy and 1 raffle ticket 5 Books = coupon for 1 free ice cream scoop
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Trove Summer Reading 2024

Summer Reading at White Plains Library begins Monday, July 1st and runs through Friday, August 17th. As part of the kick-off for Summer Reading 2024, on July 1-3, while supplies last, when a child signs up for summer reading, they will receive a free, age-appropriate, mystery bag of 3-4 books! For PreK: Kids and Parents will receive a bingo board. Each bingo board returned earns you a coloring page and an entry to the summer reading prize raffle. For Grades K-6: Kids will receive a booklet that has the reading log, treasure map activities, and a sidequest booklet for extra
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Beautiful Bilingual Books, Part 21

BEAUTIFUL BILINGUAL BOOKS, Part 21 LINDOS LIBROS BILINGÜES, Parte 21 The Library has a lovely collection of bilingual Spanish/English books. To celebrate reading in two languages, we are featuring our beautiful new books in a monthly blog – so enjoy practicing your Spanish and English skills with these picture books. La Biblioteca tiene una colección hermosa de libros bilingües en inglés/español. Para celebrar leyendo en dos idiomas, le presentamos nuestros lindos libros aquí. Así que disfrute practicando sus destrezas en ambos idiomas con estos libros ilustrados. ¡Hola, cara! = Hello, Face!, by Aya Khalil Library Catalog From laughing to cooing,
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New Books in the Edge: June 2024

One of the best parts of my job is ordering new books for the Edge–reading the reviews, seeing what popular authors come up with next, or finding out about an upcoming sequel to an old favorite. Read on to find out about some of the new YA fiction titles coming to our shelves this month. Trajectory by Cambria Gordon Grades 7 and up Library Catalog  “Seventeen-year-old Eleanor is recruited for her math prowess to support U.S. efforts during World War II. It’s 1942, and Eleanor, who’s Jewish, lives with her family in Jenkintown, just outside Philadelphia. The Schiffs anxiously await
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Celebrate Disability Pride Month in July!

Graphic Novel Discussion: Marshmallow & Jordan by Alina Chau Monday, July 22, 2024 at 5:30 pm For: 3rd to 6th Graders Location: Galaxy Hall  To celebrate Disability Pride Month, we will be discussing the graphic novel, Marshmallow & Jordan by Alina Chau, and playing Book BINGO. Refreshments will be served at this celebration! We will be giving out copies of the graphic novel to the first 8 registrants. Please include your name, phone number and email when you register for this program. Pick up your free graphic novel to keep, and read beforehand to be prepared for the conversation and
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New Books in the Trove: June 2024

We have new books coming in all the time with them on display right as you enter the Trove. Here’s some of our recent favorite new titles! For Wee Ones Flora and Friends ABC by Molly Idle (Birth to 3 years-old) Library Catalog “Molly Idle has GOT to stop being as good at her job as she is. Seriously, this is beginning to become a problem. To the best of my knowledge, there are only three Caldecott Honorees that regularly pour their hearts and souls into their original board book creations. One you’ve already seen in Juana Martinez-Neal and her
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July Is…

During the year, each month celebrates a variety of observances and celebrations that can include celebrations of food, animals, and historical events. Observations in July include well known days such as Fourth of July to lesser known, funny (and downright strange) events celebrating things such as taking your plant for a walk, scarecrows, and sticking out your tongue. I have highlighted a few holidays that are fun, a few that are educational, and some that are cultural and historical. July 2nd: World UFO Day Mama the Alien/Mamá la extraterrestre by Rene Colato Lainez When Mama’s purse falls on the floor
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June Middle Grade Pick of the Month

Middle grade is a term that refers to books written for readers between the ages of eight and twelve. In this column, Erica will recommend great books for children in this age group! Eli Over Easy by Phil Stamper All available formats here After a move to New York City and the sudden death of his mother, Eli has been left reeling. His father has become anxious and overprotective, but refuses to talk about his – or Eli’s – grief, instead working long hours. But then he discovers that his mom left behind recipe videos, and the cute boy next
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Good Trouble: LGBTQ Icons

This installment of Good Trouble features a few books about the activists and icons of the fight for LGBTQ rights. The first six titles in this month’s Good Trouble are collections of short biographies of LGBTQ activists and icons.  While there is some overlap, these six books do a wonderful job of introducing a wide variety of more and less well-known, historical and contemporary, individuals – such as Ian McKellan, Krsiten Stewart, Freddy McConnell, Laverne Cox, Bayard Rustin, Jonathan Van Ness, Jazz Jennings, Francisco Manicongo, We’Wha, Alla Nazimova, George Michael, Leonard Bernstein, James Baldwin, Virginia Woolf, Alvin Ailey, Larry Kramer,
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Celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride Month!

Graphic Novel Discussion: Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne Monday, June 17th at 5:30 p.m. For 3rd to 6th Graders Location: Galaxy Hall To celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, we will be discussing the graphic novel, Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne, and playing Book BINGO. Refreshments will be served at this celebration! We will be giving out copies of the graphic novel to the first 8 registrants. Please include your name, phone number and email when you register for this program. Pick up your free graphic novel to keep, and read beforehand to be prepared for the conversation and
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Gayathri Waring LGBTQIA+ Pride Month Storytime

Celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride Month In June! Author Visit & Family Storytime Off to Nana and Grandma’s Home written by Gayathri R. Waring & illustrated by Hallie Guidry Saturday, June 22nd at 11:00 a.m. For Families Location: Galaxy Hall Come join us to celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride Month! Enjoy a Special Author Storytime with Gayathri R. Waring who will be reading her book, Off to Nana and Grandma's Home. The storytime will also include a fun craft activity! In the book Off to Nana and Grandma’s Home, explore the heartwarming relationship between a child and his two lesbian grandparents. Each expresses her
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June is…Joyful June!

Each month a variety of observances and celebrations take place, from well-known holidays to much lesser known fun (and downright funny or strange!) observances. Celebrated in June ____ is… June 7th:  National Donut Day! The Case of the Missing Doughnut by Alison McGhee All available formats The sheriff and his deputy dog have been charged with a mission: to bring a dozen donuts home safely. All seems to be going well until the young sheriff peeks inside the box to check on the tasty treats. They're practically calling his name, and in the blink of an eye (and with just
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New Books in the Trove: May 2024

We have new books coming in all the time with them on display right as you enter the Trove.  Here’s some of our recent favorite new titles! For Wee Ones DJ Baby by DJ Burton & Andy J. Pizza (Birth to 3 years-old) Library Catalog “While some may say that babies do not need to learn how to do a record scratch, I for one disagree heartily! These are important skills and, happily, we finally have an interactive board book to go along with this need. Now if I were handing out awards for the most creatively constructed board books
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New Books in the Edge: May 2024

One of the best parts of my job is ordering new books for the Edge–reading the reviews, seeing what popular authors come up with next, or finding out about an upcoming sequel to an old favorite. Read on to find out about some of the new YA fiction titles coming to our shelves this month. Vanishing Station by Ana Ellickson Grades 9 and up Library Catalog “Ellickson delivers an ambitious, fast-paced fantasy crackling with complicated family dynamics and forbidden love in this simmering debut. Since her mother’s death, 18-year-old Ruby Santos and her father have been forced to rent out
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Battle of the Books 2024

We're thrilled to announce that we'll have two teams competing in the Westchester Battle of the Books tournament this year! Read on to find out more about the tournament, our plans for the team, and most importantly, the books! This year's Battle of the Books tournament will take place on Saturday, October 26 at Ossining High School. We're looking for trivia-loving, book-loving, competitive kids who will be in grades 4-12 in fall 2024. For more information about the tournament itself, check out the Westchester Library System’s Battle of the Books page.  The Trove team is for kids who will be in grades
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June Chapter Chats

June 10th  @ 5:00PM For kids looking for a quiet area and time dedicated to reading, join us for our sit-in read and chat book club! We will have 20 minutes of reading time and then come together to discuss our books. Don’t have a book in mind? Here are some recommended reads: Monkey King and the World of Myths: The Monster and the Maze by Maple Lam All available formats A long-forgotten evil has reemerged, determined to transform everyone–humans, beasts, and gods alike–into monsters. And there's only one being who can stop it, or at least that's what he
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Creepy Chronicles: May 2024

For the kids looking for more dark and twisted tales, Erika is here to bring you a middle grade scare! The Clackity by Lora Senf All available formats here Ghosts are real in Blight Harbor, the 7th most haunted town in America and where Evie resides with her beloved paranormal expert Aunt Desdemona. Most of Blight Harbor is inhabited by harmless, albeit lonely ghosts, except for the abandoned slaughterhouse possibly inhabited by the spirit of the infamous serial killer. After Des disappears in front of Evie, she makes a deal to venture into the otherworld to find and save her
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