Archives for Authors & Books

Meet White Plains Author Susan Gordon

The Friends of White Plains Library invite you to their 2016 annual meeting on Sunday, May 15 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. We are very pleased to welcome White Plains author Susan J. Gordon. Susan will discuss her latest book Because of Eva: a Jewish Genealogical Journey (Syracuse University Press, 2016), in which the author describes traveling to Eastern Europe and Israel to solve mysteries in her family’s past by delving into World War II and Holocaust history. What began as a seemingly simple search for “Eva,” the elderly relative who had signed Susan’s grandfather’s death certificate in New York long ago, becomes
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Categories: Authors & Books and Events.

Author Storytime: Who Visits Me From A to Z at the dentist

Tuesday, May 10 at 1 pm. Dental hygienist Joanne Roos wrote a picture book to introduce children to the dentist. She will read her book, with help from some puppet friends, and teach how to brush our teeth. For children ages 2 and up with a caregiver.  Limited space, tickets distributed a half hour before program. Books will be sold after the program.
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, and Kids.

Featured Collections: Prince

Celebrate the genius of Prince by borrowing our DVDs, books and CDs, or by streaming his music on hoopla (free with your White Plains library card). Library Catalog Biography: I would die 4 u Prince digital.whiteplainslibrary.org Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain (eBook biography) I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon (eBook biography) hoopla Prince / Various Works Prince: Chaos, Disorder, and Revolution (eBook biography) Fame: Prince (illustrated eBook)
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Meet 97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch

Millions across the globe have been inspired by 97-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch–World War II French Resistance fighter, model, actress, film producer, wine connoisseur, ballroom dancer, and yoga master. Porchon-Lynch was named “Oldest Yoga Teacher” by Guinness World Records in 2012. She will appear at White Plains Public Library on Sunday, January 17 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss her book, Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master. Porchon-Lynch has been covered by media around the world and her YouTube videos have garnered over 2 million views. Her inspirational memoir, Dancing Light, shows us what
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Categories: Authors & Books and Events.

WLA/WLS Mock Book Awards

WLA/WLS Mock Book Awards Thursday, January 7 at 5:30 p.m. Start the new year with a conversation about some of the best children’s and young adult books of 2015. The Westchester Library Association and the Westchester Library System are hosting a discussion of potentially award-winning books published in the last year. This is a great opportunity to meet other readers and deepen your knowledge of Youth Literature. Breakout groups will consider mock nominees for the Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz awards. Adult community members interested in children’s and young adult literature, librarians, teachers, and publishers are invited to attend. However, this
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Categories: Authors & Books.

Poetry Slam with Desiree Dallagiacomo on Dec. 2nd

Our exciting Poetry Slam series continues on December 2nd at 7:00 p.m. with an Open Mic, Poetry Slam, and performance from guest poet Desiree Dallagiacomo.  As always, our Slam will be hosted by Eric ZORK Alan. Desiree Dallagiacomo ranked 3rd at the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam, 3rd at the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam, 3rd at the 2014 National Poetry Slam, and she is a Pushcart Prize nominee. She has traveled the country teaching and performing poetry. She has been a guest instructor at dozens of universities, including Dartmouth, Vanderbilt, and Columbia University. Her work has been
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, Library Foundation, and Teens.

Mayta Visita la Ciudad de los Incas

Escuche  el cuento Mayta Visita la Ciudad de los Incas. Usando su imaginación, visite con nosotros la ciudad mágica de Machu Pichu. Disfrute el baile tradicional andino Valicha. Haga una máscara Inca para llevar a casa. Habrá copias del libro disponibles para la venta. Un programa en español para toda la familia. El domingo 11 de octubre a las 2:00 p.m. ~~~ Come listen to the story Mayta Visita la Ciudad de los Incas. Take an imaginary trip to the magic city of Machu Pichu. Enjoy the traditional Andean dance called Valicha. Make an Incan mask to take home. Copies
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Categories: Authors & Books, Español, Events, Kids, and Library Foundation.

Meet the Author: Edythe Ann Quinn and “Freedom Journey”

Join us on Wednesday, September 30 at 7:00 PM as Dr. Edythe Ann Quinn shares from her new book Freedom Journey: Black Civil War Soldiers and The Hills Community, Westchester County, New York. Through wonderfully detailed letters, recruit rosters, and pension records, Quinn tells the story of thirty-five African American Civil War soldiers and the United States Colored Troop (USCT) regiments with which they served. The men all came from The Hills, an African American community near present-day Silver Lake. Their ties to family, land, church, school, and occupational experiences at home buffered the brutal indifference of boredom and battle,
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, and Local History.

Battle of the Books in The Edge

  All tweens and teens entering grades 6-9 in September 2015 are invited to join the Edge team for the Battle of the Books competition! Teams from libraries throughout Westchester will compete by answering trivia questions based on five different books. Participants will read the pre-selected books over the summer, attend team meetings, and compete (as a team) in the Westchester Library System Battle of the Books tournament. The tournament takes place on October 17, 2015, at Ossining High School. The first meeting takes place on June 23 at 4 p.m. in The Edge Media Lab. We will be discussing
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Categories: Authors & Books and Teens.

Hoopla Launch Event planned for this Saturday

We are excited to announce the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital. White Plains Library card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or iOS device or visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers. hoopla digital has a simple sign-up and attractive, easy-to-use interface, so it’s easy to get to your listening and viewing experience.
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Categories: Authors & Books, Homepage, Library News, and Technology.

Hoopla: Streaming Movies and Music Now Available

We are excited to announce the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital. White Plains Library card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or iOS device or visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers. hoopla digital has a simple sign-up and attractive, easy-to-use interface, so it’s easy to get to your listening and viewing experience.
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, Featured, Homepage, Library News, and Technology.

The Sami Rohr Library of Recorded Yiddish Books

Yiddish, a language without a country, has an estimated five million speakers throughout the world. Recently, the language has seen a resurgence of interest, particularly among younger generations looking to reconnect with their heritage. Also, the number of speakers is increasing with the growth of Yiddish language programs in universities and adult education settings. In his Nobel Prize for literature speech of 1990, Isaac Bashevis Singer said we haven't seen the end of Yiddish. He was correct. To help preserve Yiddish literature in its original tongue, Sami Rohr has commissioned a set of thirty “talking” books. Produced by the National
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Non-Fiction Comics

When it comes to non-fiction books created in a comics style, the term “graphic novel” becomes a misnomer, although it is certainly still used. I prefer to say “graphic non-fiction.” Are you surprised that non-fiction material has been covered by comics? The one “graphic novel” to win the Pulitzer Prize was in fact non-fiction – Maus by Art Spiegelman. (In 1992 alone this book won Pulitzer, Eisner, and Harvey awards and Los Angeles Times' book prize for fiction. (!) This book tells the story of the artist's father's experience in the Holocaust as a Polish Jew and the artists' coming
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Categories: Authors & Books, Homepage, and Library News.

Meet the Author: Zane!

New York Times best-selling author Zane will appear at the Library this Saturday, September 29, at noon. We hope you'll join us for what is sure to be an entertaining Q&A. Bring your questions about her books, how she writes, or maybe how she got started. As part of this appearance, Sarah Bracey White, published author and Executive Director of Greenburgh Arts and Culture, will facilitate a conversation between Zane and the audience. Zane is the New York Times best-selling author of, among others, Afterburn, The Heat Seekers, the Flava series, and Dear G-Spot. Her television series, Zane’s Sex Chronicles,
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

From Comic Book to Movie

Have I convinced you to try comics yet? What you may not realize is that many popular movies are based on comics and graphic novels. (Wikipedia has a list that spans the globe. For English-language comics-into-movies only, go here.) If you loved “V for Vendetta,” “Ghost World,” “Road to Perdition” or “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” you may want to check out the comics that started it all: V for Vendetta by Alan Moore (DC Comics, 2005) Ghost World (Special Edition) by Daniel Clowes (Fantagraphics, 2008) Road to Perdition by Max Allan Collins (Pocket Books, 2002) The League of Extraordinary
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Borrow Museum Passes for Free

Did you know that the Library offers free Museum Passes to the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Bruce Museum, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, The Frick Collection, Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum, Katonah Museum of Art, and Stepping Stones Museum For Children?  These passes are available to all White Plains Library cardholders over the age of 18 who are in good standing.  One pass may be borrowed at a time per family.  You get the pass for three days and 2 nights and passes cannot be renewed. You may sign up for a pass up to 30 days in advance either
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Comics with a French Flair

Did you enjoy TinTin or the Smurfs as a kid? Then you've already had  taste of Franco-Belgian comics, another distinct style of comics and graphic novels. As I've already covered, the Japanese have their own style, manga, which has influenced Korea's manwha and China and Hong Kong's manuha. In the United States, descendants of Jewish immigrants have heavily influenced American comics. Lest you think Europe is a comics wasteland, the French and Belgians have a history of “bandes dessinées” (translated as “drawn strips”), their own style of comics. Within the world of bandes dessinées there are distinct sub-styles – not
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Categories: Authors & Books and Library News.