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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful opportunity to teach kids about interpersonal relationships. Whether it is their relationship with their siblings & parents, classmates & teachers, or the children's librarian at your local public library! This can be a great learning experience for kids to understand and appreciate these different relationships. Please check out the books and videos listed below for suggestions. Valentine’s Day Grab & Go Kit Available in the Library Lobby starting Monday, February 6th at 10:00 a.m. while supplies last. Valentine’s Day-themed Grab & Go kits for children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Valentine’s Day Stories &
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Graphic Novel Book Club

Starting Monday, February 6th, Youth Services at White Plains Public library will offer a Graphic Novel Book Club for children in grades 3-6 at 5:00 p.m. in Galaxy Hall. The first meeting will be a chance for the children to get to know each other, discuss the graphic novels they have read – what they liked and disliked about them, and what graphic novels they would like to read as a group going forward. If you would like to join us, please send an email to Donna Gehlmann – dgehlmann@whiteplainslibrary.org. Why Read Graphic Novels? If you ask most librarians, we
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February Programs for Younger Kids

Great programs for younger children take place all month long, every month, at the Library. See our online calendar or stop in the Trove for location information. Black History Month StoryWalk February is Black History Month.  Come view the Library’s StoryWalk featuring Molly, By Golly!: The Legend of Molly Williams, America’s First Female Firefighter by Dianne Ochiltree, illustrated by Kathleen Kemly.  In addition to the StoryWalk, there will be some photos related to the history of firefighting in White Plains on display.  The StoryWalk will be available for viewing in the Library’s Gallery through February 28. Winter StoryWalk Come enjoy
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Afro-Fusion Performance with Amanda Armenteros

Black History Month: Afro-Fusion Performance with Amanda Armenteros Saturday February 18th, at 3:00–4:00 pm For: Children & Families Location: Auditorium The Library will be celebrating Black History Month with a performance by Amanda Armenteros and students from Just The Place Dance Studio. Amanda's focus is in African derived movements fusing traditional and modern day African dance. Afrobeats combines a fusion of modern dance along with traditional African rhythms. This event will be held in the auditorium on Saturday, February 18th at 3:00 p.m. Before the performance, we will read Firebird, by Misty Copeland and illustrated by Christopher Myers. Afterwards, we
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Black History StoryWalk

Black History StoryWalk Molly, By Golly!: The Legend of Molly Williams, America’s First Female Firefighter Written by Dianne Ochiltree & Illustrated by Kathleen Kemly Begins Monday, January 23, 2023 and runs through Tuesday, February 28, 2023 For Families & Children Location: The Gallery Stroll through the Gallery on the second floor of the Library, and follow the story of Molly Williams, the slave who became America’s first female firefighter! The Black History StoryWalk is based on the book, Molly, By Golly!: The Legend of Molly Williams, America’s First Female Firefighter by Dianne Ochiltree and Kathleen Kemly. In the book, New
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February Tweens Talk Banned Books

February Tweens Talk Banned Books Grades 4-6 February 23 at 4:30-6:00 p.m. Virtual Registration required. Register here. Note: All of our youth-focused virtual programs require a registered Zoom account to attend. Sign up for a free Zoom account here: http://zoom.us/signup. As cases of censorship have grown more widespread throughout the U.S., the Library has kicked off a year-long celebration of banned books – #WPFreedomToRead – that started during Banned Books Week (September 18-24 2022.) The Library’s celebration of banned books will feature a variety of programs for adults, teens, and children throughout the year. Join us at the Trove for
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February Book Bunch

Thursday, February 16th at 4:30 p.m. Click here to register for our Book Bunch Join Caroline for a book discussion and trivia game for 4th through 8th graders! We will be reading Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia. This is a perfect book to read during Black History Month! Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky is a book about a boy who is grieving the loss of his friend Eddie. The only memories left behind are in a journal full of stories written by Eddie. Tristan is sent to a farm in Alabama
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January Middle Grade Pick of the Month

Middle grade is a term that refers to books written for readers between the ages of eight and twelve. In this column, Erica will recommend great books for children in this age group! Broken Strings by Eric Walters and Kathy Kacer Library Catalog: Print Libby: eBook Shirli Berman is so excited for her school’s play this year, Fiddler on the Roof. She has high hopes for the female lead role, but those hopes are dashed – she’s playing the role of the older mother character instead. Shirli is soon distracted from her discontent with the role when she discovers secrets
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The Trove’s Winter StoryWalk

The Trove’s Winter StoryWalk: Winter, Winter, Cold and Snow By Sharon G. Palermo & Christina Song Tuesday, January 10th – Tuesday, February 28th, 2022 Come to the Trove on the second floor and enjoy our winter StoryWalk book, Winter, Winter, Cold and Snow written by Sharon Gibson Palermo and illustrated by Christina Song. Join Chickadee, Bear, Rabbit and a host of other friendly forest animals on a quiet journey through a winter day. The colorful cut-paper illustrations present a joyful depiction of the forest critters and their winter habits! Suggested Winter Activities: 31+ Winter Activities for Kids 100+ Winter Activities
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Pokémon Club

Pokémon Club Grades 4-6 Mondays, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – January 30 & February 6 & 27 In The Castle in the Trove Calling all Pokémon trainers!  Do you play the Pokémon Trading Card Game or do you want to learn how to play? Join the Library’s new Pokémon Club! Professor Jeremy will be available to teach how to play the game using decks owned by the library. There will also be discussion of strategy and friendly competition. In addition, there will be other Pokémon themed activities and time for trading cards.
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Why STEAM is Important

In our busy world, more often than not, we turn to technology to entertain our children. Are you looking for ways to get your kids off their devices and involve them in different activities? Welcome to the world of STEAM education. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education is a great way to help your child make discoveries, ask questions, and solve problems! During the holiday break, White Plains Public Library held a STEAM week for grades 6-12, where kids could drop in to do STEAM activities. The last day, the activity was Paper Airplanes. While STEAM activities are
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Beautiful Bilingual Books, Part 5

The Library has a lovely collection of bilingual Spanish/English books. To celebrate reading in two languages, we will be featuring our beautiful new books in a blog – so enjoy practicing your Spanish and English skills with these books. La Biblioteca tiene una colección hermosa de libros bilingües en inglés/español. Para celebrar leyendo en dos idiomas, le estaremos presentando nuestros lindos libros aquí. Así que disfrute practicando sus destrezas en ambos idiomas con estos libros. A Movie in My Pillow / Una película en mi almohada, by Jorge Argueta. Library Catalog Libby Un niño describe sus experiencias entre dos mundos:
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January Programs for Younger Kids

Great programs for younger children take place all month long, every month, at the Library.  See our online calendar or stop in the Trove for location information. Storytime! Ages 2-6, Families Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. – January 3, 10, 17, 31 Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. – January 12, 26 Stories, songs and fun with a Trove Librarian. Following Storytime on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the children and caregivers are invited to Toy Time in the Story Trove – a time to play and socialize! Let’s Groove! with Miss Lisa Ages 3 months – 5 years, Families Thursday, 11:00 a.m. – January 5 Join
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January Freedom to Read Storytime

FREEDOM TO READ STORYTIME Wednesday, January 18th at 7:00 pm Age group: Children 3+ with their families Location: Auditorium Join us to hear stories of courageous women fighting for the right to read and to get an education in the most dire of circumstances. Listen to two titles by Jeannette Winter: The Librarian of Basra; a True Story From Iraq; and Nasreen’s Secret School; a True Story From Afghanistan. And, have fun making a craft to take home with you! Freedom to Read Storytimes are part of the Library’s #WPFreedomToRead initiative. While the books read may not all be challenged,
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January Book Bunch

Thursday, January 26th at 4:30 p.m. Click here to register for our Book Bunch Join Caroline and Donna for a book discussion and trivia game for 4th through 8th graders! We will be reading When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller. When You Trap a Tiger is a novel by Tae Keller. When Lily’s family moves in with their grandmother, Lily realizes that she is not alone. A magical tiger from her Korean folktales appears to make an important deal-one that will affect Lily’s family. The tiger informs Lily that her grandmother has stolen something precious and this item
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Three Kings Day/El Día de Reyes Storytime

Three Kings Day/El Día de Reyes Storytime Saturday, January 7th, 2023 at 2:00 pm Age Group(s):  For Families & Children Location: Rotary Room Come join us for a bilingual storytime celebrating Three Kings Day/Día de Reyes and also create a craft – a kid-sized crown! There will be a visit from the Three Kings too! This program is presented in conjunction with the Puerto Rican Artist Poster Exhibit on view in the Library Gallery from November 7th, 2022 through January 7th, 2023 that is curated by the White Plains Puerto Rican Cultural Committee, Comite Noviembre and PRIDA. Some Fun Suggested
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December Middle Grade Pick of the Month

Middle grade is a term that refers to books written for readers between the ages of eight and twelve. In this column, Erica will recommend great books for children in this age group! A Duet for Home by Karina Yan Glaser Library Catalog: Print Libby: eBook June Yang, her sister, and her mother have been evicted from their apartment and landed in Huey House, a homeless shelter. She’s ashamed of their new circumstances – until she begins to make friends, especially with longtime Huey House resident Tyrell. Tyrell helps June learn the ins-and-outs of the House, while June gets Tyrell
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Dragons & the Ice Sorceress

Talewise presents: Dragons & the Ice Sorceress Saturday, January 21 at 1:00 p.m. PreK – Grade 5 Library Auditorium Join Talewise on a quest to discover the ‘coolest’ thing in science: DRY ICE!  Volunteers from the audience will help conduct several science experiments as we explore the wondrous effects of dry ice! The science experiments are tied together by a fun, interactive tale called “Dragons & The Ice Sorceress.” The entire audience will help the performer tell the story — you’ll even get to decide what happens next! Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind learning adventure featuring stories and the science of
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Meet Donna Gehlmann

Please join me in welcoming our newest staff member, Youth Services Librarian Donna Gehlmann. What interested you in becoming a librarian? I have always loved books and reading. Going to our public library as a child with my mom and sister is a happy memory for me. I have volunteered at my son's school (in the libraries) and seeing the joy on all the children's faces when they come to the library has left an impression on me! Why did you decide you wanted to work with youth? I was a 2nd grade aide for three years and loved being
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January Tweens Talk Banned Books

January Tweens Talk Banned Books Grades 4-6 January 19th at 4:30-6:00 p.m. Virtual Registration required. Register here. Note: All of our youth-focused virtual programs require a registered Zoom account to attend. Sign up for a free Zoom account here: http://zoom.us/signup. As cases of censorship have grown more widespread throughout the U.S., the Library has kicked off a year-long celebration of banned books – #WPFreedomToRead – that started during Banned Books Week (September 18-24 2022.) The Library’s celebration of banned books will feature a variety of programs for adults, teens, and children throughout the year. Join us at the Trove for
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