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Library Volunteer Orientation on November 28

Want to lend a helping hand to a very bustling White Plains Public Library?  Come to the volunteer orientation on Tuesday, November 28 at 7 p.m. in Room A on the second floor. Library Assistant Director Kathy Degyansky will give an overview of the programs, and the attendees will list their skills, hobbies and passions on the application forms. Then, in the coming weeks, each attendee will individually meet with Degyansky for placement. One project is the digitization of local newspapers. “It’s converting microfilm–the way back copies of newspapers had long been preserved–to the Internet,” says librarian and historian Ben Himmelfarb. “Current newspapers like the Journal News
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Library Receives Grant to Develop Youth Coding Programs

White Plains, New York – October 31, 2017: White Plains Public Library announced today that they have received a $25,000 grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to design and implement coding programs for young people. White Plains Public Library is one of 28 libraries around the country to receive a grant from Libraries Ready to Code, an initiative of ALA sponsored by Google, which promotes computer science (CS) and computational thinking among youth. “At their essence, public libraries spark creativity, ignite the imagination, and encourage learning through play and experimentation,” said Library Director Brian Kenney. “This grant will give
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Categories: Featured, Homepage, Library News, and Teens.

Faces of Burke Patient Stories come to White Plains Library

This November and December, the White Plains Public Library will host Faces of Burke, a traveling photography exhibit conceived to showcase the individuality of the patients treated at Burke every day. Patients with physical and cognitive impairments resulting from stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, cardiac disease, pulmonary disease and orthopedic issues come to Burke to regain their mobility and independence. The photographs in this exhibit illustrate the experience of six of these patients, and offer a glimpse into their journey towards recovery. The exhibit will be on display in the Museum Gallery. For more information about the exhibit, contact
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Categories: Featured, Gallery, and Library News.

Storm King Art Center Passes Now Available

The White Plains Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of Storm King Art Center at 1 Museum Road, New Windsor NY to the Museum Pass Program. The Library pass provides free admission for two adults and all children under 18 living in the same household. Widely celebrated as one of the world’s leading sculpture parks, Storm King Art Center has welcomed visitors from across the globe for over fifty years. Located only one hour north of New York City, in the lower Hudson Valley, its 500 acres of rolling hills, woodlands, and fields of native grasses and wildflowers
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Categories: Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Meet Kristen Thornton-De Stafeno

The next time you visit the Library, you might see a new face sitting at one of our public service desks.  Kristen joined the Library team in mid-July as an Adult Services and Marketing Librarian.  She will be responsible for creating our newsletters, fliers, social media posts, and other marketing/outreach efforts.  I sat down with her last week to learn a little bit more about her. Thornton-De Stafeno grew up along the East Coast: New York to Florida and then on to North Carolina before returning to Orange County, NY to attend high school. After graduating, she attended Dutchess County
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Categories: Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Meet Bobby Calero

We are excited to welcome librarian Bobby Calero as the newest addition to the Trove. Bobby comes here from the Children’s Library Discovery Center of the Queens Library in Jamaica, Queens. Despite the fact that he’s only five feet and six inches—and weighs about a 140 pounds—he was once the bouncer at an all-night jazz club in the West Village. But today he says that he “loves singing ‘The itsy-bitsy spider’ to two-year-olds at 10:30 a.m.!” Bobby is a big fan of children’s book authors Yuyi Morales, Emily Hughes, and Neil Gaiman. He also loves Roald Dahl, particularly The Witches.
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Categories: Featured and Library News.

Meet Libby

If you’re just starting out with library ebooks or audiobooks (and for the rest of this post, “books” will mean both), you may have planned to download OverDrive onto your tablet or smartphone. Well, don’t. Use the new Libby app instead. Libby is actually created by OverDrive (the company) as well, but it is so much simpler to install and borrow books with than the old app.  With Libby, it takes just one tap to borrow and download the book—there’s no need to choose a format. Libby also has many new features you can play with, like tags to create
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Categories: Featured, Homepage, and Technology.

Fall Gala – October 21

The annual fall Gala is Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 7-10 pm. We’ll be celebrating in the Hub, our newly renovated first floor! This year, we’re excited to welcome gala honoree & keynote speaker Sloane Crosley, celebrated author and graduate of White Plains High School.  Sloane’s most recent publication is the bestselling novel The Clasp (“a highly comic, highly affecting novel”–NY Times Book Review, “A sad, hopeful, endlessly entertaining book,”–Time). Her essay collections, I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number, were both New York Times bestsellers and the former was shortlisted for The Thurber Prize. Sloane’s
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Categories: Events and Featured.

New York Historical Society Museum Passes Now Available

The White Plains Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of the New-York Historical Society Museum at 170 Central Park West to the Museum Pass Program.  The Library pass provides free admission for two adults and all accompanied children under eighteen years of age. The New-York Historical Society’s museum is the oldest in New York City and predates the founding of the Metropolitan Museum of Art by nearly seventy years. Its art holdings comprise more than 1.6 million works. Among them are a world-class collection of Hudson River School paintings, including major works by Thomas Cole and Frederic Edwin
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Categories: Featured, History, Homepage, and Library News.

Visiting the Library: What to Expect

The renovation continues, but all Library materials—fiction, non-fiction, DVDS, etc.—are now fully available to the public. In addition, we have expanded our seating capacity. Along the windows behind the fiction collection there are now counters; two new, long study tables have been installed in the East wing; and the study rooms are once again available. All this furniture has plenty of electrical outlets built into them. The DVD collection and the CD collection are still located in the second floor auditorium. And the computers are still on the second floor, in Room B. The final phase of the renovation–including the
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Categories: Featured, Homepage, and Renovations.

Fake News Workshop 3/22 @ 7:00 PM

Fake news is a topic we hear a lot about, but is it as simple as figuring out what’s fake and what’s real? Join Librarian Ben Himmelfarb on Wednesday, March 22, at 7:00 PM for Present-Truth: How To Navigate the World of Fake (and Real) News. We will learn skills for determining what in the news is true and how to analyze your information sources to make sure you are the best informed that you can be. In this participatory workshop, we will also discuss strategies for dealing with rapid news cycles, social media dynamics, and how the library can
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Categories: Events and Featured.

Sensory-Friendly Show

On Sunday, November 13 at 2 :00 p.m. Autism Friendly Shows and Turtle Dance Music will present a Sensory-Friendly Music, Comedy and Bubble Show in the Trove’s Galaxy Hall at the White Plains Public Library. The event is for children ages 2 years and up with their families. This 60-minute program will will be a “turtle-riffic musical experience designed to engage children through songs, movement, stories and interactive music technology. It is crafted to be inclusive for all children, including children on the Autism Spectrum, and a great time for parents and caregivers. Each song is accompanied by hands-on, visual,
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Categories: Events, Featured, and Kids.

Construction to Begin Tuesday, Oct. 4th.

Plan ahead! The Library renovation will begin on Tuesday. This means that there will be no public access computers from Tuesday through Thursday evening, no mobile printing, and no public seating. Some collections, including new books, DVDs, and music CDs may also not be available. The computers and various collections should be available by Friday morning. Check back here for updates, or call 914-422-1400. For more information please check this WPPL-Renovation-FAQ
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Categories: Featured and Renovations.

Lunchtime Meditation @ the Library

Wednesdays 12:15-1:00 p.m. Put down your digital devices, sit, and breathe… Science backs it up: meditation and mindfulness reduce stress, boost the immune system, improve attention, and promote well-being. Brief beginning instruction will be followed by silent meditation. An experienced guest teacher will attend the first Wednesday of each month. No registration or equipment necessary. Lunchtime Meditation: Printable Flyer
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Categories: Classes, Featured, and Homepage.

Zika Virus Information from Westchester County

County Executive Robert Astorino wants you to be aware of the steps the County has taken and will be taking to prevent mosquitoes from multiplying.  With the growing news reports on ZIka, many of you may become concerned about the potential risks of mosquitoes at home and around your neighborhood. This update provides information on the steps the County is taking to reduce the mosquito population, Westchester County has a robust plan that includes education, surveillance, and mosquito control. Education: Look for the flyer “Keep Healthy and Get the Facts” in the Library that provides information on Zika and includes
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Categories: Featured and Library News.

hoopla for Kids

Are you looking for books, movies, and music for children and families? The new Hoopla for Kids includes some thousands of digital titles for those 12 and under, with new content added regularly. Kids will enjoy finding their favorite characters, stories, and songs. And caregivers will be assured that the content is family appropriate. Switching to Kids Mode is easy. You can use the website or download the hoopla app. If using the website, sign in and go to your email address at the top right of the screen. Check the box under “Kids Mode” and click on “Update” at
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Categories: Evergreen, Featured, Homepage, Kids, and Uncategorized.

White Plains Library Foundation Receives Major Gift

A gift of one million dollars to the White Plains Library Foundation will enable the White Plains Public Library to complete renovations of its first floor and construct The Hub, its new library for adults. The Hub—sure to be a popular destination in downtown White Plains—will provide a new, attractive venue for learning and relaxation, with room for reading, studying, and collaboration, access to improved technology, new community meeting areas, and a Café & Friends’ Bookstore. “This tremendously generous gift underscores how much the White Plains community values its Library,” said White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach. “The City is proud
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Categories: Featured and Library News.

The Westchester Children’s (and Teens!) Book Festival

Come meet over twenty authors and illustrators at Westchester Children’s (and Teens!) Book Festival, White Plains Public Library, Saturday, October 17 from 11 am to 4 pm. No registration is required and the event is entirely free! Families will have a chance to attend a host of readings, purchase books (and have them autographed) through Barnes & Noble Booksellers–which will be operating a pop-up store at the Festival–and more. Everyone will receive a free book–courtesy of First Book–and light refreshments will be available for purchase. KidLit.TV, “helping parents and educators explore the world of children’s literature,” will be on hand throughout the day to interview
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Categories: Events and Featured.