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Jazz Jam and Hip Hop Workshop!

This Wednesday, April 25, at 6:00 p.m., Art Bennett and Lord Judah will be live in the Artists’ Loft! The best way to learn what the Artists’ Loft will be about is to come and participate. Bring an instrument (guitar, horn, drum, percussion, anything!) or your lyrics! We will be learning and playing together. On Wednesday evenings over the next few months, the library’s new cafe and community room will be the Artists’ Loft: a place for people to come together to create. We will feature three different teaching artists, along with Art Bennett, to make music, dances, and visual
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Mexican Consulate on Wheels

The Consulate General of Mexico will be processing passports, consular IDs and birth certificates from Tuesday, May 8 to Saturday, May 12 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. each day. Please make your free appointment using MEXITEL: Telephone: 1-877-639-4835 Internet: https://mexitel.sre.gob.mx/citas.webportal/ Appointments available about 2 weeks before the event. For more information about requirements, prices and other information visit: https://consulmex.sre.gob.mx/nuevayork El Consulado General de México procesará los pasaportes, matrículas consulares y registro de nacimiento. Del martes 8 al sábado 12 de mayo. Atención al público del 10:00 a.m. a 1:30 p.m. Favor de hacer tu cita gratuita en MEXITEL: Teléfono: 1-877-639-4835 Internet: https://mexitel.sre.gob.mx/citas.webportal/
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ESL Low Intermediate Classes

English as a Second Language courses for Low Intermediate (levels 3-4) will begin May 7 and run through August 6. Westchester Community College English Language Institute offers these courses here at the Library with two levels. Learn and actively practice vocabulary, grammar, speaking and listening skills necessary for daily living, employment and post-secondary education. Courses for low intermediate students consist of 75 hours of instruction time. The WCC course fee is $20, payable by check or money order on the first day of class. Books are required for this class and must also be purchased on the first day of
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Teen Volunteer Opportunities

It’s almost time to make plans for this summer. When it comes to volunteering at the library, we’re offering three different volunteer opportunities for White Plains teens. Reading Buddies In a favorite volunteer activity from years past, teen volunteers are paired with children who are learning to read. The teens encourage and support the children as they practice reading; teens volunteer for a two-hour time slot and read for fifteen minutes with each child. Reading Buddies runs three days a week for five weeks, from July 10th through August 9th: Tuesdays 4:30-7:00 p.m., Wednesdays 2:30-5:00 p.m., and Thursdays 2:30-5:00 p.m.
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Stamford Museum & Nature Center Pass Now Available

We’re pleased to announce the addition of Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Stamford, CT to our Museum Pass Program.  The Library pass provides free admission for two adults of the same household and all children under 18 to the Museum and its grounds.  The pass also covers free parking and a 10% discount at the Museum Gift Shop. This 118 acre facility has much to offer: Heckscher Farm, a wonderful New England working farm; Heckscher WILD!, a live-animal exhibit; the Museum galleries; the Observatory; and over 80 acres of hardwood forest with miles of nature trails. To reserve a
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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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‘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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New Movie Streaming Service Available: Kanopy

We’re excited to now offer Kanopy, a streaming movie service.  Kanopy offers a unique and compelling collection of films ranging from documentaries, indie and foreign films to must-see classics and blockbuster movies. But don’t take our word for it, go to the site itself and take a look. When you first access Kanopy, you must register with your name, email address and password. A verification message will be sent to the email address provided. It will contain a link that takes you to Kanopy to finish the registration process. At that point, you enter your library card number and PIN,
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Family Films Showing December 2017 in the Trove

Sunday Cinema continues at the Trove this month with a great selection of new and classic family films. Here’s a quick look at some of the titles we’ll be showing at 2:00 p.m. in Galaxy Hall throughout the month of December. Note: we have one extra weeknight film on Wednesday, December 20. Descendants 2 (2017) – December 3 This is the very popular sequel to the Disney Channel Original Movie Descendants and it continues with an exciting story and great soundtrack. Rated TVG, 111 minutes. Frozen (2013) – December 10 The wildly popular animated Disney hit for all ages. It
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Boscobel House and Gardens Pass Now Available

The White Plains Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison NY to the Museum Pass Program. The Library pass provides free admission for one adult and three guests of any age, plus a 10% discount in Boscobel’s gift shop. Boscobel House and Gardens is considered one of the leading historic house museums in the United States. Its Neoclassical mansion holds an exceptional collection of New York furniture from the Federal period. Situated in the Hudson Valley, fifty miles north of Manhattan, Boscobel directly overlooks the Hudson River, Constitution Marsh and West Point.
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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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