Archives for Events

Doris Mady Exhibit

Doris Mady grew up in New York City (Forest Hills), but to paraphrase the Academy Award-winning Grace Kelly movie, she is a “Country Girl.”  After a successful career as an advertising agency creative director and graphic designer (American Express, Heinz, Reebok and Snapple were among her clients), oil paintings of eclectic outdoor scenes turned from hobby to vocation. This month the Tarrytown resident’s work is on display in the Library’s second-floor gallery through October 31. In her “artist statement,” Mady writes that she is “awestruck by the unfolding majesty of Nature with all the infinite variations. I enjoy coastlines and
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Categories: Events, Featured, and Gallery.

Common Ground

Are you interested in sharing your thoughts about some of the toughest issues facing our country—as well as listening to the opinions of your neighbors and friends? Then join us for Common Ground, a series of community conversations hosted by the Library and the League of Women Voters of White Plains. People of all viewpoints are welcome to participate, and we are committed to creating an atmosphere that is safe for everyone who attends. It will be a place to share experiences, opinions, and solutions to understand how people in our area are actually affected by the policies, issues, and
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Categories: Events, Evergreen, Featured, and Homepage.

College Funding Workshops

Anxious about funding for you or your child's college education? Then make sure to attend one or more of our upcoming financial workshops for teens and their parents. FAFSA Bootcamp – Sunday, October 21st, 1:00-4:30 p.m. Need help applying for financial aid for college? Attend this workshop and receive one-on-one assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Registration is required; to register, call (914) 648-0239. Financing Your Education – Tuesday, October 23rd, 7:00 p.m. This workshop is presented by Scott Ahrens from the New York State Department of Financial Services. He will discuss filling out the FAFSA application,
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Categories: eNewsletter, Events, Featured, Homepage, and Teens.

Chess Club Guest Speaker 10/22

Alan Abrams is no chess prodigy. “My dad tried to teach my older brother, but he wasn't interested,” the White Plains resident says. “I got turned on as a graduate student, when I was browsing at a New York bookstore and picked up a chess book.” That was in the 1960s, and Abrams began his teaching career in 1969 in the South Bronx, where many of the kids were economically disadvantaged and came from broken homes. “They had low reading scores, and I saw chess as a potential motivation for education and literacy.” In this early phase of his career,
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage, Kids, and Teens.

What is Slow Reading?

As leader of the “Slow Reading” discussions at the Library, Ellen Lambert is not the antithesis to the late speed-reading impresario Evelyn Wood. “‘Slow Reading’ describes my practice of looking at a text very closely in order to appreciate nuances of language and hence of meaning,” says Lambert, author (The Face of Love: Feminism and the Beauty Question) and White Plains resident, who holds a Ph.D. in English from Yale University and taught the subject at Manhattan’s Dalton School for over 25 years. (She plans to open a tutoring service for area high-school students.) “In our discussions of short fiction,
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, Featured, and Homepage.

Short Story Discussion Fall 2018

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.  This season, Wenglin has chosen selections from editor Diana Secker Tesdell’s 2014 anthology Stories of Art and Artists (Everyman’s Pocket Classics) for the fall series that opens on Thursday, October 11, at 2:00 p.m. in our second-floor auditorium.  The anthology will be used again in the spring. “The intriguing international tales collected here reflect the diversity of the creative spirit and the challenges, struggles and pleasures of the artistic endeavor,”
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Categories: Events, Featured, and Homepage.

Leer, Escribir, Aprender (Spanish Literacy)

La Biblioteca Pública de White Plains abre sus puertas a un programa en español para adultos. Si desea terminar su educación primaria o secundaria, o si desea aprender a leer y escribir, venga y le ayudaremos. Las clases comenzarán el miércoles 3 de octubre hasta el miércoles 12 de diciembre a las 6:00 p.m. No habrá clase el 21 de noviembre. Para más información favor de llamar a Mariel Perez, 914.422.6982. La instructora Rocío López tiene más de 20 años de experiencia en la enseñanza de la alfabetización de adultos en español. Ha sido instructora durante los últimos 6 años
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Categories: Classes, Events, Featured, and Homepage.

Westchester Library Chess Tournament

The Library, in association with the Galleria at White Plains, will be hosting Westchester’s first Library Chess Tournament, for grades K-12. Participating libraries throughout Westchester will have the opportunity to assemble their finest chess players (6 team members per team) to compete in a single elimination bracket tournament. Hosted at the Galleria, the tournament will be a biannual event, taking place on Saturday November 17, 2018 & Saturday May 11, 2019. First, second, and third placed teams will receive a trophy; first place team members will also receive $50 gift cards courtesy of the Galleria. We currently host a Chess
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage, Kids, and Teens.

Wellness Wednesdays

Starting this September and continuing through the fall, we will offer a series of programs to help you relax, restore and recalibrate. We offered some of these programs this past spring and, based on how popular they were, we’re expanding. All programs are from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Stress Management September 26 Health educator Dr. Elizabeth S. Wind offers a toolkit of mindfulness and stress management techniques for immediate use. Wind has taught and led programs on stress management, meditation and mindfulness in many academic and business settings, including Westchester Community College and Westchester Jewish Community Services. Relax & Restore
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Puppet Playtime with Nicola Rose

Actress and puppeteer Nicola Rose will bring her repertoire of interactive games, songs and stories to the Library for an 11:00 a.m. performance on Wednesday, July 11th.  “’Puppet Playtime’ is a series of short vignettes—games and stories—for toddlers and pre-schoolers,” she says. “I will be handing out scarves, toys and musical instruments so that the kids can play along with me. They will be very much involved.” The Bronx-based Rose is a Columbia University graduate and received a master’s degree in theater from the Sorbonne in Paris, where she studied for two years.  She is an accomplished independent film producer
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Categories: Events and Kids.

Rescheduled: The Deedle Deedle Dees Perform

This event have been canceled for 3/21 due to weather and will be rescheduled. Please check back later for updates. On Wednesday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m., Lloyd H. Miller will bring the Deedle Deedle Dees with their mix of interactive music and activities for children to our second-floor auditorium. Miller has performed for 15 years (often for kids in care facilities and hospitals), and he is the one fixture in the Deedle Deedle Dees, which he describes as “a traveling show with different components.” In his performance, Miller’s accompaniments will include a bass guitar, ukulele and Olga Okuneva, a
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Categories: Events and Kids.

Spanish Literacy Classes

Los miércoles a las 6:00 p.m. La Biblioteca Pública de White Plains abre sus puertas a un programa en español para adultos. Si desea terminar su educación primaria o secundaria, o si desea aprender a leer y escribir, venga y le ayudaremos. We are currently offering an adult basic education program that teaches reading, writing, math and life skills to native Spanish speakers. Classes are held Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
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Categories: Classes and Events.

Citizenship Interview Preparation

Saturday, March 24 at 1:00 p.m. This is a bilingual program presented in Spanish and English. Immigration officer Shyconia Burden-Noten of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services will demonstrate a US citizenship mock interview to help citizenship applicants prepare for their own interview. All are invited to come and ask Ms. Burden questions related to the naturalization process, green cards, employment authorization, and the DACA program. Ms. Burden will also bring USCIS brochures. El sábado 24 de marzoa la 1:00 PM Este programa será bilingüe. La oficial de immigración Shyconia Burden-Noten de Servicios de Immigración de los Estados Unidos, demostrará
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Categories: Events.

Orin Grossman Presents “Musical Masterpieces”

Professor Orin Grossman will bring his dynamic “Musical Masterpieces” lecture and performance to our second-floor auditorium on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. following his lecture at Symphony Space in Manhattan. Grossman currently teaches at Fairfield University and has served as the University’s Academic Vice President. Best known for his interpretations of George Gershwin’s music, Grossman has given lectures and performances throughout the U.S. and Europe. For this combination lecture and musical performance, Grossman will select three remarkable musical works from the same period, by musicians young and old, at the peak of their composing careers. He will close with
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Categories: Events.

Celebrate Pi Day on March 14

Come celebrate the beautiful mathematical constant that is Pi on Pi Day next Wednesday, March 14! The fun begins at 7:00 p.m. in Galaxy Hall. We'll have a concentration game with numbers, shapes, and math symbols as well as a story, riddles and jokes. After that, just the usual cookie snack. Come join in on the fun and games for children ages K-4 and their families!
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Categories: Events and Kids.

‘Shaken and Stirred’ Discussion Series Resumes

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.  After a winter break, selections from editor Diana Secker Tesdell’s 2016 anthology Shaken and Stirred: Intoxicating Stories (Everyman’s Pocket Classics) resume on Thursday, March 8, at 2 p.m. in our second floor auditorium. Opening are “Wine,” by Doris Lessing and “Indiscretion,” by Guy de Maupassant. “The thematic link of Shaken and Stirred is that each story must have something to do with alcohol and drink (a play on the James Bond
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Categories: Events and Featured.

Black History Matters Roundtable

Join us Wednesday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. for a panel discussion about significant black leaders and stories from Westchester's past. We will hear from contemporary leaders and members of families with multi-generational roots in White Plains. Items from the White Plains Collection, including local newspapers, photographs, and genealogical resources will be available to attendees. We will also open the floor for discussion and storytelling. The White Plains History Roundtable is an educational, participatory, and social event where attendees hear a presentation on a historical topic, examine materials from the White Plains Collection, and engage in discussion with each other.
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Categories: Events and History.

Story Theater with Jonathan Kruk

“I grew up on tall tales and day dreams,” says Jonathan Kruk, who went from “regaling his rambunctious brothers with bedtime tales” to becoming a master storyteller who has entertained elementary-school-aged children throughout North America for nearly three decades. He has become a Halloween and holiday-season perennial at the historic Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow with his renditions of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. All 60 shows have sold out every year since 2010. On Wednesday, February 21, Kruk will bring his “Children’s Story Theater” to the Library for a 7:00 p.m.
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Categories: Events and Kids.

DACA Renewal Clinic

Thanks to a recent federal decision, the Department of Homeland Security is accepting DACA renewal applications. Call 914.422.4056 to schedule your appointment for Tuesday, February 7. Neighbors Link will be here providing assistance from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Gracias a una decisión federal reciente, el Departamento de la Patria está aceptando solicitudes de renovación de DACA. Llame al 914.422.4056 para programar su cita por el martes 27 de febrero.
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Categories: Events.