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Free Comic Book Day

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) at the Library on Saturday, May 4th, from 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. We'll have a variety of fun activities taking place throughout the day. 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. While supplies last, pick up free comic books for kids and teens, take part in a superhero photo booth, and superhero drop-in crafts. 11:00 a.m. Movie: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse Watch Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse (Rated PG, 2018, 117min). This Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature tells the story of how teen Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his reality and crosses paths with five counterparts
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, Featured, Homepage, Kids, Library News, and Teens.

Magic at the Library

Do you believe in interactive magic? That’s what the Library will showcase on Sunday, April 28, at 2:00 p.m. in the second-floor auditorium with a performance from magician Scott Jameson. “I don’t do card tricks or pull rabbits out a hat,” he says. “But I will bring a drawing to life, spin and juggle basketballs, and travel through time with an audience that will be very involved. In circus terminology, my show is for kids of all ages.” The Sutton, MA.-based Jameson has been a hit in New England for two decades. That his routine is not “routine” was best
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Categories: eNewsletter, Events, Featured, Homepage, Kids, and Library News.

April Trove Movies

Movies continue in the Trove in April with a great selection of classic and new family friendly films. Here’s a quick look at the titles we’ll be showing in Galaxy Hall throughout the month of April. Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m.—Ratatouille (2007) This fun Pixar film follows the culinary adventures of Remy (voiced by comedian Patton Oswalt), a unique rat who dreams of becoming a great French chef! G, 1h 51 minutes. Sunday, April 14 at 2:00 p.m.—Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) Based on the popular Cartoon Network series about five young superhero misfits, this meta musical
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Categories: Events, Featured, Kids, Library News, and Teens.

Catalog Update: Tips

The Westchester libraries have completed migrating to new software, but there are still plenty of kinks to work out. Here are two pieces of advice. One, don't get frustrated, call us (914-422-1480). If something isn't working, or you are unsure of how to do something, let us help you. And two, give it a little time; this migration involved millions of books, patrons, and data, and it will take a bit longer to sort out everything. If you are having difficulties getting your PIN to work, first trying using all capitals if it is an alphabetical PIN. That should work.
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Categories: Director's Corner, Featured, Homepage, Kids, Library News, and Teens.

A New Catalog

In March, the public libraries in Westchester County will be moving to a new catalog system. For you, this means an improved interface with better—and easier—search capabilities, greater control over your notifications, and better access to what’s available through the library. Library staff members are getting an open source system, which means the libraries have more control over how the system works. Going forward, we’ll be able to customize the catalog for what works best for Westchester. But migrating to a new catalog won’t happen overnight. To facilitate the process, the catalog will be offline from March 11 to March
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Categories: Director's Corner, eNewsletter, Featured, Kids, Library News, and Teens.

Museum Passes: Family Edition

We’ve having a break in the weather, so why not head off to a museum? Highlighted here are some of the Library’s museum passes that families will enjoy. The Children’s Museum of Manhattan, located on West 83 Street, has way too much going on to describe here (Dynamic H2O; Art, Artists & You; Let’s Dance). Best of all, the museum provides plenty of opportunities for hands-on learning and activities. Visit their website for the full lineup. Trains, buses and ferries are universally fascinating, and the New York City Transit Museum has plenty on display. Check out the exhibit Ticket to
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Categories: Director's Corner, eNewsletter, Featured, Kids, and Library News.

2019 Children’s Book Awards

Every January the American Library Association grants awards to a variety of talented authors and illustrators that highlight the year’s many excellent works created for children and youth with their Coretta Scott King Awards, (John) Newbery, and (Randolph) Caldecott Medals. Last week we highlighted past winners, this week we share this year's winners below. If you'd like to place a hold on one of the titles, simply click on the title or book cover. 2019 Caldecott Medal Winner Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall, published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. Masterful
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Categories: Authors & Books, eNewsletter, Featured, and Kids.

Award-Winning Children’s Books

Every January the American Library Association grants awards to a variety of talented authors and illustrators that highlight the year’s many excellent works created for children and youth with their Coretta Scott King Awards, and their (Pura) Belpre, (John) Newbery, and (Randolph) Caldecott Medals. This year announcements of the winners will take place on Monday, January 28th, 2019. In celebration of these honored books, the Trove has four displays showcasing a sampling of the superlative works created for children that have won these prestigious awards and medals in past years. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King
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Categories: Authors & Books, eNewsletter, Featured, Kids, and Library News.

STEM Buddies

Join us every other Thursday at 4:30 p.m. beginning January 10th for STEM Buddies. During this program children in grades 1-4 can sign up at the Compass Desk in the Trove to work on STEM activities in small groups for 30 minutes with teen volunteers or college students. Sign-up will start at 4:00 p.m. STEM = Science Technology Engineering Math Read more about STEM and STEAM here.
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Categories: eNewsletter, Events, Evergreen, Featured, Kids, 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.

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: Kids.

Puppet Playtime with Nicola Rose

Actress and puppeteer Nicola Rose will bring her repertoire of interactive games, songs and stories to the Library for an 11:00 a.m. performance on Wednesday, July 11th.  “’Puppet Playtime’ is a series of short vignettes—games and stories—for toddlers and pre-schoolers,” she says. “I will be handing out scarves, toys and musical instruments so that the kids can play along with me. They will be very much involved.” The Bronx-based Rose is a Columbia University graduate and received a master’s degree in theater from the Sorbonne in Paris, where she studied for two years.  She is an accomplished independent film producer
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Categories: Events and Kids.

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.

Rescheduled: The Deedle Deedle Dees Perform

This event have been canceled for 3/21 due to weather and will be rescheduled. Please check back later for updates. On Wednesday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m., Lloyd H. Miller will bring the Deedle Deedle Dees with their mix of interactive music and activities for children to our second-floor auditorium. Miller has performed for 15 years (often for kids in care facilities and hospitals), and he is the one fixture in the Deedle Deedle Dees, which he describes as “a traveling show with different components.” In his performance, Miller’s accompaniments will include a bass guitar, ukulele and Olga Okuneva, a
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Categories: Events and Kids.

Celebrate Pi Day on March 14

Come celebrate the beautiful mathematical constant that is Pi on Pi Day next Wednesday, March 14! The fun begins at 7:00 p.m. in Galaxy Hall. We'll have a concentration game with numbers, shapes, and math symbols as well as a story, riddles and jokes. After that, just the usual cookie snack. Come join in on the fun and games for children ages K-4 and their families!
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Categories: Events and Kids.

Story Theater with Jonathan Kruk

“I grew up on tall tales and day dreams,” says Jonathan Kruk, who went from “regaling his rambunctious brothers with bedtime tales” to becoming a master storyteller who has entertained elementary-school-aged children throughout North America for nearly three decades. He has become a Halloween and holiday-season perennial at the historic Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow with his renditions of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. All 60 shows have sold out every year since 2010. On Wednesday, February 21, Kruk will bring his “Children’s Story Theater” to the Library for a 7:00 p.m.
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Categories: Events and Kids.

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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Categories: Events, Featured, and Kids.

Art in the Castle Returns This Week

Art in the Castle is rolling out its second season with the help of Lily Fearon, a talented Bachelor of Fine Arts candidate at Purchase College. The monthly art classes offer 3rd-5th grade White Plains residents the opportunity to try their hand at a variety of artists' media including pencil, oil pastels, charcoal, collage material, water color and acrylic paints. Fearon displays library books on famous artists from various periods to encourage conversation in a nurturing and fun environment. She teaches the children new techniques at each session covering concepts such as mixing colors, brush stroke, still life studies, shading
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Categories: Events and Kids.

What’s Battle of the Books?

The Trove and the Edge are busy preparing for an epic battle taking place this fall…the Battle of the Books! Teams of children and teens at libraries all over Westchester are busy reading the same sets of books and practicing trivia questions. They’ll come together in October for a reading-based trivia tournament. Two teams will represent White Plains at this year’s battle: the Raging Pages (grades 4-6) and Team KnowlEDGE (grades 6-10). Battle of the Books is designed to encourage a love of reading and to expose kids and teens to diverse reading material. This year, titles range from classic
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Categories: Kids and Teens.