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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.

Fall Gala with Ron Chernow

Please join us on October 20 from 7-10 pm for a special evening with one of today’s most distinguished commentators on history, politics and business in America!  All guests will receive a copy of Ron Chernow’s latest book, Grant, a dramatic portrait of one of the country’s most compelling presidents, Ulysses S. Grant. Click here to buy tickets and journal ads. Ron Chernow’s bestselling books include The House of Morgan, winner of the National Book Award; The Warburgs, which won the George S. Eccles Prize; The Death of the Banker; Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, Homepage, Library Foundation, and Library News.

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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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.

Automatic Renewal

Here’s some good news: from now on, we will automatically renew your material before it becomes due. Why are we doing this? Because the number one reason most people don’t use the Library is that the loan periods are too short (and difficult to keep track of). And because when life gets hectic—and when isn’t it?—the first thing we forget to do is to renew our library books, movies, and music. Here’s how automatic renewal works: The day an item becomes due, you will receive an email stating: “The following items have been renewed for you (title, new due date).
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Categories: Director's Corner, Evergreen, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

A Major Improvement to Our Overdrive Platform

If you read eBooks or audiobooks using Overdrive, then there are some changes underway. Until recently, each public library in Westchester had its own Overdrive account. So too did the Westchester Library System (WLS). So if you were a White Plains cardholder, and were searching for a title, you had to check both our White Plains account and the WLS account. This week, the Overdrive collections from the 38 public libraries in Westchester, along with the WLS collection, have come together to share our digital books and become, effectively, one collection. Why is this a good thing? It means that
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We’re Fine Free!

We want kids to read. So we are eliminating one of the biggest impediments kids face: late fees on children’s and young adult materials. A public library’s most important responsibility is to develop readers. And research has shown that having books in the home is a critical factor in becoming a reader. But the sad fact is, too many young people can’t borrow books because of outstanding fines. But even though we are removing fines, kids and their caregivers will still be responsible for returning all library material—or else risk having their account suspended. How this works: We expect all
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Categories: Evergreen, Featured, Homepage, Kids, Library News, and Teens.

Café Opening

We're excited to announce that the Everyday Healthy Café will officially open on Wednesday, May 9th. (although if you are around next week take a look—they may open early.) In addition, this also brings us the new home of the Friends Bookstore as well as the completion of The Hub for adults, with the new Community Room. “When’s the café opening?” has probably been the number one reference question this spring. Some of you may be familiar with the Everyday Healthy Café since there are two located in White Plains Hospital. Part of Peter Herrero’s NY Hospitality Group (which includes
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Categories: Evergreen, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

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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Categories: Evergreen, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

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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Introducing the New Local History Room!

The White Plains Public Library has a Local History Room again! We now have a dedicated space for people interested in local history and genealogy to explore the White Plains Collection. We are having an opening event on Thursday, December 7th, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. We will open up the new space and highlight two local amateur historians. An exhibit created by Colleen Fay that documents the suffrage movement in Westchester will be on display and we will hear a presentation from Nate Levin about the historical narratives that compete to define the movement. We will have refreshments,
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Categories: History and Homepage.

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 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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