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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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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.

Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War – the most successful box office superhero movie of all time –  releases on DVD and Blu-Ray on August 14. Check  out the titles below to learn more about the story behind the movie and the one and only Mad Titan Thanos and his plans for the universe! Infinity War: The Cosmic Quest, Vol. 1: Beginning (J Popular) Infinity War: The Cosmic Quest, Vol. 1 connects the stories of the Guardians of the Galaxy films and Thor: Ragnarok by telling the tale of two brothers, The Grandmaster and The Collector, who were minor characters in those movies. 
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Categories: 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. Relax with Reiki September 12 & November 28 Join Andrea Deierlein for a conversation about Reiki, a natural healing practice from Japan that brings balance to body, mind, and spirit. Mini Reiki sessions will be available after the introduction. Deierlein, a member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals, practices and teaches
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Meet Ashley Bressingham

This month, we’d like you to join us in welcoming Ashley Bressingham to the Library and the White Plains community. Bressingham has joined our ranks as a Children’s Librarian in the Trove. You’ve probably already seen her at the Trove’s Compass Desk, but she’ll also be leading children’s programming events. I interviewed her this week to learn a little bit more about her and her love of libraries. Bressingham, who grew up in Garden City, Long Island, calls herself a “life-long library patron” as she began frequenting her local library at a young age. Further proof of an early interest
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Categories: Featured, Homepage, Kids, 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: Three days before an item becomes due, you will receive an email stating: “The following items have been renewed for you (title, new due
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Categories: Director's Corner, Evergreen, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

El Programa de Entrenamiento Empresarial

11 de septiembre al 22 de enero Los martes a las 6 p.m. Obtenga ayuda para empezar, mejorar o establecer su propio negocio. El Programa de Entrenamiento Empresarial de 60+ horas incluye: Planificación de Mercadeo, Flujo de Caja, Operaciones, Asuntos Legales, Mercadeo por Redes Sociales, Planificación para el Éxito, y Información sobre Acceso al Capital. Sesiones comienzan el 11 de septiembre del 2018 La inscripción ya comenzó Para más información comuníquese con Veronica Bazan 914.948.6098 ext.14 No hay ningún cargo por este programa gracias a los fondos ortogados por White Plains Library Foundation.
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Categories: Classes, Events, Featured, and Homepage.

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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Fall Gala with Ron Chernow

Save the Date! Please join us on October 20th for the White Plains Library Foundation’s 2018 Fall Gala — a special evening with one of today’s most distinguished commentators on history, politics and business in America. 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 Award; Washington: A Life, which received the Pulitzer Prize for Biography; Alexander Hamilton, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and adapted into the award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, Homepage, Library Foundation, and Library News.

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.

Studio Collective Art Exhibit

Studio Collective 2018 presents the Collective’s two major bodies of work: Our River and Our Library at an opening reception on Saturday June 16, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in our Museum Gallery. Our River includes work in various disciplines: artist book, collage, drawing, multi-media, photography, and printmaking, that addresses the global issues of energy, land and water use, along with the local history of the Hudson River’s industrial pollution and clean up. A projection of how the future might look has been a constant discussion among the group, who found inspiration in Pete Seeger’s accomplishments as the leader of
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Categories: Events, Featured, Gallery, and Homepage.

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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Categories: Featured, Homepage, and Technology.

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.

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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