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Local History: The Hudson River

The Hudson River shapes nearly every area of our lives in some way: from topography, patterns of human settlement, and military decisions to energy production, human health, commerce, and culture. This summer, impress your fellow travelers with some knowledge about the Hudson Valley and the Hudson River gained from the White Plains Collection. Below is a bibliography of historical and contemporary titles from many different genres and eras.   Histories: Narrative, Revolutionary, and Social The Hudson from the Wilderness to the Sea by Benson J. Lossing (1866): A wonderful, illustration-rich vintage title donated by former White Plains librarian Clara F.
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Categories: History and Homepage.

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.

It’s Your Grocery Bag

On July 11, 2017, 10:30am, the Library will offer this dietician led workshop.  Eating for Optimal Aging takes a look at how eating well can enrich your life and the natural  process of aging. Eating well and meeting your nutritional needs is important to staying healthy, having energy and feeling good. You probably know the basics of a healthy diet but what’s especially important for us as we age? “The workshop is targeted to seniors and adults over 18 with a disability,” says Healthy Living program coordinator Lonna Kelly at Putnam Independent Living Services (a satellite office of the not-for-profit Westchester Independent Living Center, which serves seven
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Categories: Classes, Events, Featured, and Homepage.

Save the Date – Fall Gala

Mark your calendars for the Library’s annual Fall Gala on the evening of Saturday, October 21, 2017. This year, we are excited to have as our honoree & keynote speaker Sloane Crosley, author and White Plains native. 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 previous publications include the essay collections I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number.  Sloane is featured in The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion and The Best American Nonrequired Reading (2011). Her work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Playboy, Elle, New York Magazine,
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage, and Uncategorized.

Statement from the Library Director

A recent police investigation revealed that an incident of criminal conduct took place in the White Plains Public Library. We work hard to make the Library a safe environment, especially for children and teens. As a community, we have invested millions in our Library to create a welcoming, community-oriented, and productive space for our residents. The incident occurred in an area frequented by adults. At no time were any patrons of the library in danger. There was no exposure to young people and the individual involved has been arrested. We are extra vigilant of adults in the Trove, our children’s
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Categories: Director's Corner and Homepage.

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.

Mango Languages Now Available

  The White Plains Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of Mango Languages to our Online Resources offerings. Mango Languages is an online language learning platform and is free for all White Plains Public Library patrons.  Lessons are available for over forty different languages.  English as a second or other language courses are also available.  Try it out now and learn a new language or prepare for an upcoming trip.  Home access requires a valid White Plains Public Library card. To get started using Mango, please visit and click on the Mango logo under the heading “Popular
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Categories: Homepage.

New York Transit Museum Passes Now Available

The White Plains Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn NY to the Museum Pass Program.  The Library pass provides free admission for two adults and two children. The New York Transit Museum is dedicated to telling and preserving the stories of mass transportation.  Housed underground in an authentic 1936 subway station in Downtown Brooklyn, the Transit Museum’s working platform level spans a full city block, and is home to a rotating selection of twenty vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1907. Visitors can board the vintage cars, sit
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Categories: Evergreen, Featured, and Homepage.

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.

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.

ReferenceUSA at the White Plains Public Library

Have you heard about ReferenceUSA? Your White Plains Library Card allows you to access this full-service platform. Job seekers, entrepreneurs, students and continuing education students have use for this valuable service. ReferenceUSA offers a wide range of database products, available in print, CD-ROM or via the Internet. These products include State Business-to-Business Marketing Directories, The American Big Businesses Directory and CD-ROM, The American Manufacturers Directory and CD-ROM, The American Business Disc, and Powerfinder. This is a video specifically made for White Plains Public Library patrons: ReferenceUSA at the White Plains Public Library
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Categories: Featured, Homepage, Technology, and Uncategorized.

3D Print Your Design for Free!

The Library offers community access to new and emerging technologies such as 3D printers to inspire a new interest in design and help the community to bring their creations to life. Bring in your file (preferably in .stl or .obj format) to be printed using the library’s Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer. Click here to make an appointment. *The Library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.
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Categories: Classes, Homepage, Library News, and Technology.

Take Movies, TV Shows and More on Vacation with You

Want to keep the kids (or yourself) busy on vacation? Did you know you can get thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks for mobile and online access through a partnership with hoopla digital? White Plains Library card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or iOS device or visit to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers. hoopla digital has a simple sign-up and attractive, easy-to-use interface, so it’s easy to get to your listening and viewing
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Categories: Homepage.

One-on-One Resume Help

Need a resume? Have no idea where to start? The White Plains Public Library now offers, by appointment, personal one-on-one resume help. Help is provided by an experienced business educator. Trainees work at a computer with the instructor and leave with a completed resume. This service is free, confidential and open to anyone regardless of library membership. Stop by the information desk to schedule an appointment or go to our one-on-one training list. One-on-one training is also available for 3D printing, use of the library catalog, mouse and windows skills, basics of web browsing, basic research, use of our databases,
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Categories: Homepage and Library News.

Stone Barns Center Now Included in our Museum Pass Program

The Library is excited to announce the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture is now available as part of our Museum Pass Program. We have 2 passes to the Center: one is specifically for Saturday visits and one is specifically for Sunday visits. The passes allow entry for up to 2 adults and 4 youth OR 1 vehicle.  You should reserve the pass for the specific day you want to visit. Note: The Center is also open Wednesday through Friday and admission is free so there is no need for a pass. The Center is located at 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico
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Categories: Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Home-based Business Seminar

Many well-known corporations started out as home-based businesses – such as Apple, Hershey’s, and Mary Kay Cosmetics. In fact, more than half of all U.S. businesses are based out of an owner’s home. Join us on Wednesday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m. to learn more about working out of your house, starting a home-based business and managing your business within the law. Presented by the Small Business Administration.
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Categories: Classes, Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Identity Theft

If you or someone you know has ever been a victim of identity theft, you realize how awful it can be. It can consume time and cost money to repair the damage. We’re hosting a workshop on Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. where you’ll learn what identity theft is, how thieves get and use your personal information, how to protect yourself and what to do if you are a victim. Presented by Chris Dlugozima of GreenPath Debt Solutions.
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Categories: Events, Homepage, and Library News.