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EDGEucators Wanted for Summer 2019

We are excited to announce that, in partnership with Argus, the White Plains Public Library will be hosting its third annual Summer of Making for teens in the Edge this year. To facilitate this wonderful summer-long series of creative and maker-focused mini-camps, we are looking to hire two “EDGEucators.” EDGEucators will: Collaborate to develop week-long workshops throughout July and August Promote the program to youth in the White Plains area, and Teach teenagers a combination of new technology skills, engineering, science and art EDGEucators will earn $15 per hour. They will work 16 hours per week facilitating programs in the
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Categories: Director's Corner, eNewsletter, Featured, Homepage, Library News, and Teens.

February Family Movies

Sunday movies continues in the Trove in February with a great selection of films celebrating Black History Month. 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 February. February 10 — The Princess and the Frog (2009) A prince and a princess are transformed into frogs and seek the help of a voodoo priestess to restore their true forms. 97 minutes, Rated G. February 17 — Black Panther (2018) Before the Oscars on February 24, see the first superhero film nominated for Best Picture of the Year!
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage, Kids, and Library News.

David Rocco Tappan Zee Bridge Exhibit

Meet photographer David Rocco on Saturday, March 2 at 2:00 p.m. in our Museum Gallery on the 2nd floor. Westchester County photographer, David Rocco has traveled aboard helicopters, trains, boats and to locations in Rockland and Westchester Counties, Port of Coeymans, NY and Williamsport, PA to capture the new Tappan Zee Bridge’s construction in over 10,000 action and progression images. The results of his relentless efforts include numerous breathtaking aerial-photo close-ups of the emerging bridge towers, which now top at 419-feet high, as well as waterfront views of tug-boat teams at work throughout the seasons including their efforts in retrieving
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Categories: Events, Featured, Gallery, Homepage, and Library News.

Meet George Guidall

Save the date Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 pm for a special afternoon with three-time Audie Award winner and White Plains resident, George Guidall. His audiobook recordings have been delighting listeners for over 20 years through more than 1,300  titles –  from classics like Crime and Punishment, Frankenstein, The Iliad, Don Quixote and Les Miserables to contemporary titles by Craig Johnson, Daniel Silva, Wally Lamb, Ursula Le Guin and so many more. He’s widely recognized as the world’s most prolific audiobook narrator – and he’s our neighbor! Join us and learn how subtleties of the narration process shape the listener
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Categories: Homepage and Library Foundation.

What is Slow Reading?

Library users may wonder about one of our newest reading groups: Slow Reading. “Slow reading describes my practice of looking at a text very closely in order to appreciate nuances of language and hence of meaning,” says Ellen 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. Lambert taught literature at Manhattan’s Dalton School for over 25 years (and intends to start a tutoring service for high school students.) “In our discussions of short fiction, we often read particular passages out loud. We then examine
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, Featured, and Homepage.

Tech Wednesday for Adults

Beginning January 2nd, Austin Olney will lead Tech Wednesdays for Adults at 12:00 p.m. each Wednesday. Tech Wednesday is a weekly, hour-long meetup for adults who wish to learn about various digital technologies. Whether it is app design or Virtual Reality, beginners can explore a wealth of different topics relating to the modern digital revolution. Each week, a particular branch of computer technology is presented in the form of a quick workshop to give patrons knowledge about new technical trends and possibilities. Registration for each session is required; to register, visit our online calendar (you can click on each topic
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Categories: eNewsletter, Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

New Book Club: The Future is Female

Join us for a new, “pop-up” book discussion group, The Future is Female, focused on timely and diverse memoirs by insightful and inspiring women. Led by Ellen O’Connell, the group will meet on the first Monday of every month, from 2-3:30 p.m., in the Community Room. March 4: I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai. An urgent message about the untapped power of girls. April 1: My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem. Looks back at five decades as a feminist organizer and leader. May 6: Year of
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Categories: Authors & Books, eNewsletter, Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Book Club for Grades 4-5

Join Book Bunch, The Trove's book discussion group for 4th and 5th graders which will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Read something new and challenging and talk about it with other kids over pizza. For February's Book Bunch we will be reading Zoobreak by Gordon Korman. When Griffin Bing’s class goes to a floating zoo, they don’t expect to see animals being treated so badly. They don’t expect to find Cleo, Savannah’s pet monkey, who’s been missing for weeks. And they really don’t expect to have to hide the animals once they’ve rescued them! Hilarity ensues as Griffin’s
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Categories: Authors & Books, eNewsletter, Events, Featured, Homepage, Kids, and Library News.

Technology Sessions for Teens

Every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. in the Edge, teens can learn a variety of skills relating to digital technology, from music creation to 3D printing and design. Known as “T(h)ech Thursdays,” the goal is to learn computer science concepts, promote creative thinking, and allow teenagers to use technologically-advanced equipment. For computer science learning in T(h)ech Thursdays, a variety of tools and applications are available to the teens. To learn coding, for example, block-based educational apps such as Scratch and Alice 2 are used, as well as more advanced, design-based applications using professional programming techniques, such as Processing. There are a
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Categories: eNewsletter, Events, Featured, Homepage, Library News, and Teens.

Wellness Wednesdays

This popular series is back! Starting on January 16, we will continue offering programs to help you relax, restore, and recalibrate. Make this a New Year of self care with informative and experiential programs covering healthy eating, Reiki, sound meditation, and mindfulness. Sign up for one or all. Programs are from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. February 6: Relax and Restore with Sound Meditation* Experience a sound journey with Harmonic Alchemy duo Dr. Celine Daly and Julie Harris. Vibrations from their singing bowls, gongs, drums, and flutes will soothe and help you recalibrate. February 27: Mindfulness as a Tool for Stress
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Categories: eNewsletter, Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

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.

The Jewish Museum Pass Now Available

The White Plains Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of The Jewish Museum 1109 Fifth Avenue NYC to the Museum Pass Program.  The Library pass provides free admission for two adults of and all children 18 and under. Located on New York City’s Museum Mile, the Jewish Museum is a museum at the intersection of art and Jewish culture for people of all backgrounds. Founded in 1904, the Museum was the first institution of its kind in the United States and one of the oldest Jewish museums in the world. The Museum maintains a unique collection of nearly
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Categories: eNewsletter, Evergreen, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Homework Help

Is your child struggling with their homework assignments? Then stop by the Trove Monday-Thursday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. for free after-school help from retired teachers and college students. Homework help is available on a first-come, first-served basis for students in grades 1-6. Homework Help is not designed to be one-on-one tutoring, but instead a way to work through individual questions or problems a student may have difficulty with while doing their homework, or to have work checked after completing it.
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Categories: eNewsletter, Events, Evergreen, Featured, Homepage, and Kids.

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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Categories: Featured and Homepage.

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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Categories: Featured and Homepage.

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.