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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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Book ‘Em 2023-2024

Join us for the return of Book ‘Em, our popular crime fiction book group. We will continue to meet on Zoom; check our online calendar for the link. Book ‘Em meets from 2:30-3:30 p.m. To request or check out a title, click on your preferred format. We hope to have more copies and formats available in the future. Some titles have yet to be published so we will add catalog links as they become available. Click here for a printable PDF of dates & titles. Book ‘Em 2023/2024 Schedule June 26, 2024 Alice Slater: Death of a Bookseller Available Formats
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Short Story Discussion Series: Spring 2024

Join Librarian Barbara Wenglin to explore compelling selections from the rich anthology, New York Stories, ed. by Diana Tesdell, (Everyman’s Pocket Classics, 2011). These vibrant and varied works by acclaimed authors provide a colorful vision of “the city that never sleeps.” A copy of the book is on hold at the Hub/Reference Desk for reading in the Library with circulating copies available to borrow through the catalog. Zoom Register Here for full series and attend when you can. Newcomers welcome! Thursdays from 2:00 – 4:15 p.m. June 6 “The Thistles in Sweden” by William Maxwell (p.213) June 20 – Film
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Future is Female Book Discussion

Be a part of the Future is Female book group led by Ellen O’Connell, White Plains resident and retired teacher. We will continue to meet on Zoom on Monday afternoons from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Check our online calendar for the Zoom link. June 3 Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano All available formats Past events: September 11 A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende All available formats October 2 Stars in an Italian Sky by Jill Santopolo All available formats November 6 Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer All available formats December 4 Wintering by Katherine May All
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May Trove Book Club

May Chapter Chats May 13th  @ 5:00PM For kids in Grades 3-6 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: Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston by Esme Symes-Smith All available formats In a world where girls have magic and boys become knights, nonbinary Callie has always been determined that their gender will not be able to stop them from
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April Trove Book Groups

April Book Bunch April 30th @ 4:30PM Click here to register Join Caroline for a book discussion and game for 4th-8th graders! We will be reading Red, White and Whole by Rajani LaRocca. Reha is an 8th grader trying to navigate her life as a daughter of immigrant parents while also surviving her predominantly white school. Feeling like an outsider in both aspects, Reha gets an extra dose of turmoil when her mom is diagnosed with leukemia. The Trove will provide a free copy of the book for the first eight individuals to register for the discussion. When the books
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Celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility

Celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility! Graphic Novel Discussion: The Deep and Dark Blue by Niki Smith Monday, March 25th, at 5:00 p.m. For: 3rd to 6th Graders Location: Galaxy Hall To Celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility (Sunday, March 31st, 2024) we will be discussing the graphic novel, The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith, 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. You can register
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March Trove Book Groups

March Book Bunch March 19th @ 4:30PM Click here to register Join Caroline and Erika for a book discussion and a game for 4th-8th graders! We will be reading Fast Pitch by Nic Stone. Softball player Shenice aims to lead her U12 team to the championships, but fast balls come her way with proving herself as the sole Black player on her team, a possible setup against her family, and ability to juggle it all while on the field. Can Shenice solve her family’s mysterious past and prove herself as a team captain? The Trove will provide a free copy
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February Trove Book Groups

February Book Bunch Tuesday, February 27th  @ 4:30PM Click here to register Join Caroline and Erika for a book discussion and trivia for 4th-8th graders! We will be reading Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston Just when Amari hits her lowest point of losing her scholarship and her brother being MIA for weeks, she finds a mysterious briefcase that will change her life forever. Now competing for a coveted spot in a supernatural organization, can Amari prove herself as an ally to her classmates and save her brother? The Trove will provide a free copy of the book
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January Trove Book Groups

January Book Bunch Thursday, January 25th @ 4:30PM Click here to register Join Caroline and Erika for a book discussion and trivia for 4th-8th graders! We will be reading Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor by Xiran Jay Zhao. Zachary Ying always struggled with his identity as a Chinese American and Hui Muslim boy in a predominantly white town. To his surprise, he gets roped into assisting the spirit of the first Chinese emperor via his VR headset on a journey through China from ancient spirits. The Trove will provide a free copy of the book for the first eight
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December Trove Book Groups

Graphic Novel Book Club Monday, December 11th at 5:00 p.m. Please click here to register. Join Caroline and Kat for a book discussion and trivia game for 3rd through 6th graders! We will be reading Estranged by Ethan M. Aldrige. Edmund and Childe were swapped at birth. The two live in different worlds: Edmund lives in the world above as a changeling. He knows about his powers but keeps it a secret from his family. Childe lives with the fae world below as a human. When an evil magician seizes the throne, the two must work together on a quest
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November Trove Book Groups

November Book Bunch Wednesday, November 15th at 4:30 p.m. Click here to register. Join Caroline and Erica for a book discussion and trivia game for 4th through 8th graders! We will be reading Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk. Crow has lived on an isolated island. Her only companions are Osh, the man who raised her and their next door neighbor, Miss Maggie. When a mysterious fire appears across the water it sets a chain of events that forces Crow to find out about her true identity. The Trove will provide a free copy of the book for the
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October Trove Book Groups

October Book Bunch Wednesday, October 25th at 4:30 p.m. Click here to register. Join Caroline and Erica for a book discussion and trivia game for 4th through 8th graders! We will be reading The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner. Meet Moth Hush – she is obsessed with witches but doesn’t realize that she and her family have a connection with witches. When bullies disrupt Moth’s Halloween, Moth begins to discover that she has magical powers. Moth finds a strange diary, unlocks a hidden world and also discovers secrets about her family’s legacy and her town – Bluff, Massachusetts. The Trove
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Forever Young Adult Book Club

Forever Young Adult is a group for YA fans who are a little less “Y”(oung) and a bit more “A”(dult). Whether you're a regular YA reader or you need a break from your usual “To Read” list, all are welcome! Thursday, October 26th, at 7:00 p.m. A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik (All available formats) Click here for the Zoom link. Enter a school of magic unlike any you have ever encountered: There are no teachers, no holidays, and no friendships save strategic ones. Survival is more important than any letter grade, for the school won't allow its students to
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October Tweens Talk Banned Books

Celebrating Banned Books Week – October 1st-7th, 2023! Tweens Talk Banned Books American Born Chinese & Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy Grades 4-6 Thursday, October 5th at 4:30-5:30 pm Location: Galaxy Hall Registration required. Register here Join us in the Trove for a special-edition, double-title book club designed for tweens in grades 4-6 – Tweens Talk Banned Books – to celebrate Banned Books Week 2023 and discuss challenged books!  Our book discussion will seek to engage in open and honest conversations about diverse books and sometimes difficult material as an alternative to book banning. There will be a BINGO game
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September Graphic Novel Book Club

Monday, September 18th at 5:00 p.m. Click here to register. Click here to reserve the book through the Library Catalog. Join Caroline and Kat for a book discussion and trivia game for 4th through 8th graders! We will be reading Middle School Misadventures by Jason Platt. Newell signs up for the Middle School talent show but isn’t sure what type of show he can provide for his school. Newell thinks of numerous possibilities, such as singing, juggling, and magic; however he doesn’t have the talent for any of these activities and Newell also doesn’t want to be in the spotlight.
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Book ‘Em 2022-2023

Join us for the return of Book ‘Em, our popular crime fiction book group. This season we'll be reading the best in crime fiction from 2022 and early 2023, ranging from traditional mysteries to thrillers to suspense. We will continue to meet on Zoom; check our online calendar for the link. Book ‘Em meets from 2:30-3:30 p.m. To request or check out a title, click on your preferred format. We hope to have more copies and formats available in the future. Some titles have yet to be published so we will add catalog links as they become available. Click here
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Interview with Emily X.R. Pan

Emily X.R. Pan, the author of The Astonishing Color of After, sat down with our Forever Young Adult Book Club last month to answer questions and chat with patrons. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming Forever Young Adult meetings, special guests, and crafts! We'll be discussing Miss Meteor on December 16th and The Bear and the Nightingale on January 27th, both at 7:00 p.m. The Astonishing Color of After, a New York Times bestseller, follows the story of Leigh Chen Sanders. Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, loses her mother to suicide. Leigh begins seeing a magnificent, fantastical
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Book ‘Em 2021–2022

Join us as we discuss a wide range of crime fiction. Did the critics get it right? Book ‘Em meets from 2:30-3:30 p.m. over Zoom. To request or check out a title, click on your preferred format. We hope to have more copies and formats available in the future. To request or check out a title, click on your preferred format. Click here for a printable PDF of dates & titles. September 22 Nine Elms (Kate Marshall #1) by Robert Bryndza Library Collection: Print “A compelling read with an intricate plot, a strong setting, and characters so real they are
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Announcing Project LIT Community Chapter

Great news! The Library has become a chapter in the Project LIT Community and is in the process of organizing both teen and middle grade Project LIT Book Clubs, contacting community organizations, schools, and authors, and connecting to students in White Plains. Our Project LIT goal will be to “read, discuss and celebrate books that affirm and value all students.” What is Project LIT Community? It is a national grassroots literacy movement that is dedicated to increasing access to culturally sustaining books and promoting a love of reading. Dr. Jarred Amato and his Maplewood High School (Nashville, TN) students founded
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