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White Plains Library Foundation Chosen for the STAR Initiative

Are you a public radio fan?  During August, listen for radio spots on WNYC AM and FM, and WQXR promoting the White Plains Library Foundation. We were selected under their STAR initiative program, which features three NYC metro area non-profit organizations each month. Or you can check us out on their websites. Go to http://www.wnyc.org/outreach/star/participants/  or http://www.wqxr.org/#!/outreach/star/. Posted on behalf of Libby Hollahan, Director of White Plains Library Foundation.
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Learning from Irene — August 14, 7pm

Building on the experience of Hurricane Irene, this program provides an opportunity to learn about coping with issues that may be lingering from that storm so as to be more prepared for future natural disasters. Activities will be demonstrated to improve techniques in resilience, coping, and relaxation. All ages are encouraged to attend the free program on Tuesday, August 14th, from 7-8pm. Presented by Project Hope, this program was created by the New York State Office of Mental Health. Project Hope offers free and confidential supportive counseling and public education services to disaster victims.
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Storywalk: Featuring a Story About Olympian Chris Paul

Hey, Olympic basketball fans – Did you realize that this year’s Trove Summer Storywalk® is all about Chris Paul, member of the 2012 USA Men’s Olympic Basketball Team competing in London? He was also on the 2008 USA Olympic Basketball Team that won the gold medal in Beijing. Well if you can’t get enough of Olympic basketball, bring the whole family for a cool walk along The Trove’s Summer StoryWalk® in The Library Gallery. As part of this activity, first through sixth graders take a chance at winning a basketball. On your walk, you will enjoy an inspirational story based
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, and Library News.

Our Collection: Something for Everyone

Ever wonder how books, DVDs, eBooks and other items are selected for your library? First, the White Plains Public Library, with staunch support from the City, is fortunate to have a healthy materials budget–even in these fiscally strained times. This allows us to build and maintain a large, up-to-date collection–with plenty of copies of high-demand titles such as “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn. Second, we have many librarians–each with different interests, expertise, and points of view–involved in chosing materials for you. They read reviews, follow the media, and are guided by your concerns and requests. This ensures a varied and comprehensive collection:
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What is Freading?

Hint: it means eBooks from the Library without the wait! Freading is a new online service that allows White Plains Library cardholders to download eBooks to their favorite devices. (Except for the older Kindles. It does work with the Kindle Fire.) Freading offers over 11,000 titles in all genres and is particularly strong in Mystery, Romance, and Self-Help. You will find many Children’s titles there too. Freading does not have books from any of the “big six” publishers but does have a wide array of titles from some of the smaller presses like Algonquin, Kensington, and Poison Pen. Freading uses a
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Categories: Authors & Books, Featured, and Library News.

Are YOU in Danger of Foreclosure?

The New York State Department of Financial Services invites you to visit the Foreclosure Relief Unit on Friday, August 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The mobile unit will be parked on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Martine Avenue in White Plains. The Foreclosure Relief Unit can do the following: – Provide information on available federal programs – Answer inquiries about the foreclosure process – Assist homeowners in their efforts to obtain loan modifications – Take complaints from aggrieved homeowners – Seek resolutions with banks and mortgage servicers For more information, please contact Joe Placide of
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Parents – fit in reading every day and have some fun!

Before going away on vacation, do some research about places you are going to visit with your children. Read a book set in the same locale. Read about kayaking if you plan to do it, or the animals you might see on your trip.  Did your kids find some shells at the beach?  Find out what kind they are at the Library. If you begin a new family activity like cooking or worm composting, the Library is a good place to start to find out how things work. The summer, when life moves at a slower pace, is the perfect time to
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Surfing Lessons at the Library

You too can surf the web after just one class!! Do you have parents, friends or relatives who want to learn how to go on the Internet?  If they know how to use a mouse, they'd fit right in at our Web Browser Basics class.  Students will learn the basics of the Mozilla Firefox browser, including toolbar buttons, typing in a web address, using links, and finding information on a web page.  The class is being offered on Thursday, August 2, and again on August 16, from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. This is a hands-on class, with space for twelve
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Categories: Classes and Library News.

Teen Summer Reading Program

“Own The Night” This summer the library is offering a lot of great programs for teens. Wednesday afternoons we have hip-hop dancing. We are having a Planetarium show on July 25. August 15 we are making scented soaps & bath bombs. We will be writing horror stories and creating an eBook on August 15; and August 17 is our final party. You can win great prizes like a Nook Tablet by signing up on our summer reading page.
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Visit Atlanta's Center for Puppetry Arts Without Leaving The Trove

Visit Atlanta, Georgia's Center for Puppetry Arts via a live interactive video conference on Monday, July 30, 4:30 p.m. in Galaxy Hall. The program, “Spiders,” will guide participants through a puppet making workshop while learning fun and interesting facts about spiders. Part of Dream Big Adventures!, a Monday afternoon series of fun activities for grades 2-6 with our summer reading theme. To make sure everyone is safe and comfortable, tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before program start.
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Get Help Buying Your First Home

Looking to become a home owner but mystified by the process? On Monday, July 30, Community Housing Innovations is holding a first time home owners seminar from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This is the first of a series of three seminars they will hold at the Library. First time home buyers are encouraged to attend. In addition to this wonderful series, we have some books to help you through the home buying process. Here's a sampling of titles: Nichole, Piper. The Everything Homebuying Book: How to Buy Smart – in Any Market. Avon, Mass.:  Adams Media Corp, 2009. Bray,
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Teen "Pizza & Movie" Saturdays, 2:00-4:00 PM

Teens – come, beat the heat, eat free pizza and watch a movie. Pizza & Movie Saturdays is back this summer in time for the hot weather. Four movies remain; Transformers on July 21, Corpse Bride on July 28, Step-Up 3 on August 4, & Tyler Perry's Good Deeds on August 11. Parents – here's the antidote to bored teenagers! This series is just part of the many progarms we have for teens over the summer. Check out our teen calendar for more information. * Please note, this movie series is for teens only. No parents or younger siblings allowed.
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Bilingual Family Night

Whether you and your child speak Spanish, English or something else, all are welcome to our monthly bilingual family night! Join us for this storytime in English and Spanish for children ages 3+ and their families. We will listen to Delicious Hullaballoo / Pachanga Deliciosa, by Pat Mora. This beautifully illustrated story talks about friends, family, food and fun.  Do you know what you need to do to celebrate a great pachanga? Come find out and keep the pachanga going all through summer!  
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Foreign Film Festival – The Bothersome Man

In a strange city where every person seems content beyond reason a new man arrives in town and stirs up trouble by asking too many questions. Next on the menu for our foreign film festival is “The Bothersome Man” from Norway to be shown July 18. In the film, forty-year-old Andreas arrives in a strange city with no memory of how he got there. He is presented with a job, an apartment – even a wife. But before long, Andreas notices that something is wrong. He makes an attempt to escape the city, but discovers there’s no way out. (This
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Take a StoryWalk! For Children in Grades 1-6

Take a walk in the Gallery at the White Plains Public Library! Along your way, enjoy an inspirational story based on the book: Long Shot: Never Too Small To Dream Big Written by NBA All-star Chris Paul Illustrated by Frank Morrison This is the true story of basketball player Chris Paul. As a young boy, he was told he was too small to play basketball. But he ignored this because he had big dreams. He listened to the encouragement of family and friends and worked hard at the game he loved to eventually become an all-American guard at Wake Forest,
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Expanded Hours are Here!

Just a reminder that our expanded hours start July 1 – this Sunday! Think of how convenient it will be to drop by to use one of our computers or borrow books and movies. (And if you want to text us a question, we'll be available more frequently to reply!) Our new schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10 am – 9 pm, Thursday, Friday 10 am – 6 pm, and Saturday, Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm. As of September 1, Saturday hours will increase to 10 am – 5 pm.
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Official Westchester Poetry Slam Team to Compete in National Championships

White Plains Public Library is pleased to announce that the official Westchester Poetry Slam Team will compete in the National Poetry Slam Championships scheduled this year in Charlotte, North Carolina, from August 7-11, 2012. The White Plains Library-based team is sanctioned by Poetry Slam, Inc. (PSI), the nonprofit governing body of poetry slams worldwide. From a field of talented participants, poets Holden Contreras, Sr., Bryan Roessel, Eric ZORK Alan, Laura Vookles (LV) and Nina Robins were selected for the team by performing their original works in a series of competitive poetry slams at the White Plains Public Library culminating in
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Library to Expand Hours July 1st

White Plains Public Library is pleased to announce expanded hours starting July 1. The new hours represent a 20% increase over the Library’s current open hours. “We’re grateful to the Mayor and members of the Common Council for their continued support of the Library,” said Library Director Brian Kenney. “Despite only a modest change in our fiscal year 2012-2013 budget we have made it our priority to increase the time the Library is open to the public. Via efficiencies gained through our partnership with Westchester Library System, and through the utilization of new technology, as well as an internal reorganization,
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Lights, camera, action!

If you are a teen—or know a teen—with an interest in acting in or creating a video, then we’ve got a terrific program for you. The library is sponsoring a video production class that will produce a public service announcement. The class includes an opportunity to write the script, select the actors, shoot and edit the video, integrate music, and finally watch the final cut at a red carpet graduation ceremony. Sponsored by a grant from The Allstate Foundation to the White Plains Library Foundation, this video production class is open to all students in grades 9-12. Click here for
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