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Be Inspired by The Trove's 2013 Summer StoryWalk®

Be inspired to discover the world! Children in grades 1 through 6 and their families are invited to take a walk along the Trove's 2013 Summer StoryWalk®, which opens Monday, July 1 at 10:00 am in the Trove. Come take a walk any time The White Plains Public Library is open throughout the months of July and August until the Walk closes on Friday August 30 at 6:00 pm. The book being featured is, The World is Waiting For You, written by Barbara Kerley and published by the National Geographic Society. Along the StoryWalk® you will view a series of
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Summer Reading Events for Teens

Summer Reading Kick-off Party Saturday, June 15, 3:00 p.m. at The Galleria Join us as members of the WPHS Song Writer’s club perform their original music. Enter to win raffle prizes and play The Deadliest Drive, our distracted driving video game. There will be plenty of giveaways. Summer Reading Events for Teens Here is a highlight of our programs and events for teens this summer: make a light bulb terrarium, all-natural face masks, cartooning, Latin dancing and pizza & a movie Saturdays. Go to our teen page for more information.
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Summer Reading in The Trove!

“Dig Into Reading” this summer in The Trove! Our Summer reading game begins June 24th and continues until August 16th.  Read exciting books and come in to tell us about it.  Every day that you report, you get a prize!  Collect summer reading passport stamps when you visit The Trove! If you are going in to third through sixth grade, record 3 books online and you will be invited to a pizza party at Uno Chicago Grill! We'll have easy-to-use, graded displays of the books recommended for summer reading by the White Plains Public Schools. You'll find fun activities going on
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Game's On! – Scrabble, Chess, Checkers and More

Get your game on! Stop by on Friday afternoons starting June 7, between 1:00-3:00 p.m., to meet new people and learn new games. (Participants must be 18 years of age or older.) Feel free to bring your own games and share them with others, or play the games we provide. Light refreshments will be served. We will meet in Room A or Room B on the Library's second floor. (Game’s On will not meet Friday, July 5.)
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Social Media and Your Job Search: Use LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to Land Your Next Interview

Monday, June 17 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.   Social media has helped to create new and unique ways to search for a job. Come hear Bless Vaidian, career coach talk about how to use social media as an ally in your job search. There are many ways to use LinkedIn and other online profiles to find job listings, follow leads, connect with professionals in your industry and promote yourself that will help boost your career. Please come to this most informative workshop. No registration needed.   This program is funded by the White Plains Library Foundation.
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Come Practice Your Spanish

Want to brush up on your Spanish skills? Join our Spanish conversation class every Tuesday in June from 7-8 p.m. During the class you will learn new vocabulary and expressions and spend an hour conversing in a lively, welcoming environment. The emphasis will be on spoken Spanish and is designed for students who already know a little Spanish.  Join us!
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Game's On! – Scrabble, Chess, Checkers and More

Get your game on! Stop by on Friday afternoons starting June 7, between 1:00-3:00 p.m., to meet new people and learn new games. (Participants must be 18 years of age or older.) Feel free to bring your own games and share them with others, or play the games we provide. Light refreshments will be served. We will meet in Room A or Room B on the Library's second floor. (Game’s On will not meet Friday, July 5.)
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Tech Help on Tuesday Nights

Got questions? The library will be providing Drop-in Computer Help every Tuesday evening in June, July and August from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Our tech expert will answer your questions on everything from basic tasks such as setting up files in your computer and adding attachments to your emails, to using application software such as Microsoft Word and Excel, finding online forms and sharing your digital photos. Bring your laptop, tablet or eBook reader, or use one of the Library’s computers. No registration required – just come with your questions.
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Do you have a baby?

The Parent/Child Connection is a 3-part program designed for children from 13 months to 36 months old, with a parent or caregiver. It offers you an opportunity to meet other parents and play with your child in a warm and informal setting. At each session, there will be an expert on hand to answer your questions about your child’s development – speech and language, nutrition, developmental milestones, and more. Age appropriate toys, a craft, songs, and stories all add up to a fun and positive experience for you and your child. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required, and attendance
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The Dangers of Distracted Driving

Teens and parents, join us for a vital program about preparing teens to be safe drivers and making the roads safer for everyone. Our panelists, Jim Fatigate, driving educator, PAS Auto School, and Susan Brownbill-Vega, Westchester County Assistant District Attorney, will talk about the risks of distracted driving, now the leading cause of teen traffic fatalities. Wednesday, May 29, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Part of the Allstate Readiness Series. Teens attending will be eligible for a raffle prize drawing and community service credit. Refreshments will be served.
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Honoring the Incomparable Ethel Waters

Jazz vocalist Shirley Crabbe (shown at left) joins us on Sunday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m. to perform a one-woman show featuring 12 songs made famous by America's first black superstar, Ethel Waters. Seasoned with stories drawn from Ms. Waters' autobiography, His Eye is on the Sparrow, this show celebrates the music and life of Ethel Waters. The show features several of Ms. Waters' signature songs and innovative arrangements such as: “Throw the Dirt,” “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Am I Blue,” and “(What Did I Do To Be So) Black and Blue.” Scott Albin of JazzTimes.com said, “…you are immediately struck by
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Dan Brown Broadcast Live from Lincoln Center

Billed as “An Evening of Codes, Symbols and Secrets,” #1 international best-selling author Dan Brown's May 15 appearance at Lincoln Center will be broadcast live over the Internet to White Plains Public Library. We hope you'll join us for this exciting event that evening at 7:15 p.m. in Room B on the second floor. We are among a select few bookstores and libraries chosen to show the livestream of this event. Brown, author of The DaVinci Code, Angels & Demons, The Lost Symbol, will discuss his new novel Inferno (on sale May 14), science, religion, codes, book publishing, movie making,
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Slamming to Make the Team

The library will be holding our Poetry Slam Finals on Wednesday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m. The winners of this competition will make up our official 2013 White Plains/ Westchester Poetry Slam Team. Our team  – the only one in Westchester County recognized by Poetry Slam International  – plans to compete in the 2013 National Poetry Slam in Boston this August. Poets who have participated in three of our slams since last June and finished in the top three in at least one of them qualify to compete, but we can’t have a slam without an audience – which is
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The Basics of Insurance, Saving and Investing

Join us on May 14 at 7 p.m. for “The Basics of Insurance, Saving & Investing.” You will gain strategies to help you achieve your financial goals and learn how insurance, saving, and investing contribute to your personal and family financial health. Presented by financial educator Lew Tischler. Tischler has spent the past 30 years helping people understand banking, finance, credit, cash flow, and how to apply common sense to solve everyday practical problems. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served. Part of the Allstate Readiness Series.
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Promoting Your Personal "Brand"

On Monday, May 6 from 7:00-8:30 p.m., job seekers can learn how to set themselves apart from other candidates by promoting their personal brand. Use your resume, social media profile, elevator-pitch and other job search tools to stand out in a sea of job seekers. Determine what your personal brand is saying about you. Bless Vaidian, career coach, offers branding and career advice during this very informative workshop. Photo: Bless Vaidian, career coach
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El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day)

Come join us on Tuesday, April 30th at 7 p.m. to celebrate El día de los niños/O día dos Meninos/Children’s Day, also known as El Día. This year is the 17th anniversary. El Día is a celebration EVERY DAY of children, families, and reading that culminates every year on April 30th. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. This year, we will be presenting, No, David!, in English, Spanish and Portuguese. The storytime will include music, activities, a craft and a snack for children in grades K-6. ____________________________________________________________________ Ven y únete
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Then and Now — A Virtual Exhibit

Then and Now is an online exhibit in celebration of the American Library Association's Preservation Week, observed by libraries nation wide, April 21-27. Preservation Week was created in 2010 because some 630 million items in collecting institutions require immediate attention and care. Eighty percent of these institutions have no paid staff assigned responsibility for collections care; 22 percent have no collections care personnel at all. Some 2.6 billion items are not protected by an emergency plan. As natural disasters of recent years have taught us, these resources are in jeopardy should a disaster strike. Personal, family, and community collections are
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Chess with White Plains Chess Master Joshua Colas

Test your chess skills against a Master, on Saturday, April 27, 2-4 p.m., for students in grades 3-8. White Plains High School freshman Joshua Colas is the youngest African-American chess master in history. He will talk about how he got started playing chess and about his experiences in international competitions. Then he'll play simultaneous games against up to 15 opponents! Everyone is welcome to listen to Joshua and watch the matches. Registration is only for those who want to play chess (grades 3-8). Registration opens April 15, please call The Trove at 422-1476. Sponsored by the White Plains Library Foundation.
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National Poetry Month Continues

“Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.” – poets.org Next in our celebration of National Poetry Month, Professor Eleanor Ehrenkranz of Pace University will speak at the Library on Thursday, April 25, from 2-3:30 p.m. Dr. Ehrenkranz will read from and discuss her recently published anthology, “Explaining Life: The Wisdom of Modern Jewish Poetry
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Soles 4 Souls

You may have noticed the box for shoe donations in the Library lobby. The City of White Plains is participating in the Soles 4 Souls campaign through Monday, April 29. Your gift of footwear is important to children and adults around the world. Footwear can help eliminate the spread of disease through the foot as well as help children obtain an education as many schools have footwear requirements to attend. When you take time to recycle your footwear, you are in fact changing lives. Help us make a difference by donating new or used shoes of any kind. Learn more
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