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Storywalk: Featuring a Story About Olympian Chris Paul

Hey, Olympic basketball fans – Did you realize that this year’s Trove Summer Storywalk® is all about Chris Paul, member of the 2012 USA Men’s Olympic Basketball Team competing in London? He was also on the 2008 USA Olympic Basketball Team that won the gold medal in Beijing. Well if you can’t get enough of Olympic basketball, bring the whole family for a cool walk along The Trove’s Summer StoryWalk® in The Library Gallery. As part of this activity, first through sixth graders take a chance at winning a basketball. On your walk, you will enjoy an inspirational story based
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, and Library News.

Our Collection: Something for Everyone

Ever wonder how books, DVDs, eBooks and other items are selected for your library? First, the White Plains Public Library, with staunch support from the City, is fortunate to have a healthy materials budget–even in these fiscally strained times. This allows us to build and maintain a large, up-to-date collection–with plenty of copies of high-demand titles such as “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. Second, we have many librarians–each with different interests, expertise, and points of view–involved in chosing materials for you. They read reviews, follow the media, and are guided by your concerns and requests. This ensures a varied and comprehensive collection:
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Categories: Authors & Books, Homepage, and Library News.

What is Freading?

Hint: it means eBooks from the Library without the wait! Freading is a new online service that allows White Plains Library cardholders to download eBooks to their favorite devices. (Except for the older Kindles. It does work with the Kindle Fire.) Freading offers over 11,000 titles in all genres and is particularly strong in Mystery, Romance, and Self-Help. You will find many Children’s titles there too. Freading does not have books from any of the “big six” publishers but does have a wide array of titles from some of the smaller presses like Algonquin, Kensington, and Poison Pen. Freading uses a
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, and Library News.

Parents – fit in reading every day and have some fun!

Before going away on vacation, do some research about places you are going to visit with your children. Read a book set in the same locale. Read about kayaking if you plan to do it, or the animals you might see on your trip.  Did your kids find some shells at the beach?  Find out what kind they are at the Library. If you begin a new family activity like cooking or worm composting, the Library is a good place to start to find out how things work. The summer, when life moves at a slower pace, is the perfect time to
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Categories: Authors & Books and Library News.

The Jewish Experience in Comics

In the United States, a great many comics artists and writers have been Jewish. You might have heard of some of these men and not known their heritage because they changed their names to less ethnically identifiable names. Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, etc.? He was born Stanley Leiber. Jack Kirby, co-creator of Captain America (among other characters), was originally Jacob Kurtzberg, son of Austrian Jewish immigrants. He was determined to leave his poor, Lower East Side childhood behind. The other co-creator of Captain America, Joe Simon, was born Hymie
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Newsflash! Grown Ups Read Comics Too

At least in Japan they do! In the United States comics are mostly thought of as something for children or teenagers. In Japan, manga is popular with people of all ages. (Manga is the Japanese name for Japanese-style comics.) In fact, some types of manga are pretty adult in theme. Adult women in Japan are sometimes fans of “yaoi” or “boys love” – a genre of manga that is created for a female audience featuring men in romantic relationships with other men. Artists elsewhere, including other Asian countries, the United States and Europe, have created manga-style comics. The manga industry
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What are Graphic Novels?

Comics have had a tumultuous time here in the United States. What we now know as a comic (comic strips, comic books, and eventually graphic novels) began to appear in the late nineteenth century. They grew in popularity as they evolved from newspaper items to comic books; but in the 1940s many people became shocked at the increasingly gory covers and artwork of horror and crime comics. A psychologist, Frederic Wertham, wrote “Seduction of the Innocent” in 1954 and claimed that comic books were a major cause of juvenile delinquency. A panic followed. Today we know that comics don't cause
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Smitten by Downton Abbey?

Downton Abbey has taken the U.S. by storm! Who would have thought that a period drama shown on PBS would get such word of mouth? Downton Abbey is set in a fictional English manor house just before The Great War (later known as World War I). If you liked the British drama Upstairs Downstairs then Downton Abbey is right up your alley. If the show has piqued your interest in Edwardian England, our Smitten by Britain: Reading and Viewing Around Downton Abbey book list will keep you busy. The online version links titles directly to our catalog so you can see
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