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Fun, Food and Football

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!   The White Plains Library Foundation invites you to join us for an afternoon of fun, food and football! Tailgate at Wolf and Warrior Brewing Company Special Guest: BRUCE BECK, WNBC Sports Anchor Sunday, February 4, 2024 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 and include a beer or glass of wine and delicious snacks. BUY TICKETS HERE Funds raised through this event support year-round Library programs for children, teens, and adults. We're thrilled that Bruce Beck will be talking with us about Trends in Sports Journalism. If you'd like to submit a question, email
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Artificial, yes. Intelligent? hmmm…

An overview of Artificial Intelligence (AI) from a high level and critical perspective. Using Image Creation powered by Bing/DALL-E 3, the featured image to the left was generated with AI ∙ November 1, 2023 at 2:51 PM. I found my first encounter with an AI chatbot, ChatGPT, rather interesting. Below are my two questions and ChatGPT's responses from that encounter. You might be interested to know that my second question was paraphrased from the 1942 movie, The Man who Came to Dinner. User Should artificial intelligence act as the ultimate arbiter in identifying something as misinformation? ChatGPT Artificial intelligence (AI)
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Spanish for Beginners, Level 2

Participants will be introduced to simple everyday usage of vocabulary, grammar and conversation. Online classes meet every Tuesday, February 7th until Tuesday, May 2nd from 6:00-7:30 pm. Click here to register. REGISTRATION IS FULL Naicy Pretrill, is a native of Peru and currently teaches Spanish at Westchester Community College. She holds a New York State teaching certificate in Spanish. There is no waiting list. This is a Zoom event.
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WPLF Board of Directors

Beth Kava, President & Secretary Kristine Holden, Vice President Graham Trelstad, Vice President Janet Bailey, Treasurer James Benerofe Denise D’Ambrosio Yuki Itoh Haynes Joan Kass Brian Kenney Barbara R. Loucks Jessica Rao Lonski Aron Pasternack Paul Schwarz Gail Schwartz Renee Shanker Don Simmons, Jr. John Steward Nicholas R. Wolff Return the Foundation Home Page Here
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Slow Reading Book Discussion Winter/Spring 2022

Whether the text is a short story or a novel, the Slow Reading group is dedicated to reading great works of literature slowly, in order to more fully appreciate what makes them excellent. In this year's spring sessions, we'll be discussing stories by two great Russian writers: Anton Chekhov (often said to be the inventor of the modern short story) and Chekhov's own talented predecessor Leo Tolstoy. Leading the discussions is Ellen Lambert, who has a Ph.D. from Yale in English and taught high-school English at The Dalton School for over 25 years. Readings are: January 10: Tolstoy’s “Master and
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TONIGHT: Anti-Asian Hate

Thursday, May 19th, 7:00–8:00 p.m. Click here for the Zoom link. A discussion of past Anti-Asian sentiment in this county up to the present, the causes, and how we can promote understanding. Presenters: William Kaung, Vice President of Advocacy at OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, Westchester & Hudson Valley Chapter and Tejash V. Sanchala (he/him/his), Executive Director, Westchester County Human Rights Commission
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Political Redistricting

Monday, May 9th, 7:00–8:00 p.m. Click here to register. Every ten years, states redraw their political maps to reflect population changes based on Census data. But often the newly formed districts reflect racial or partisan gerrymandering that strengthen some groups at the expense of others. This program will discuss how to ensure that redistricting allows for equal representation. Presented by David Imamura, Chair of NYS Redistricting Commission and Co-Chair of the Westchester Asian American Advisory Board and William Kaung, Vice President of Advocacy at OCA (Organization of Chinese Americans) Westchester & Hudson Valley.
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Spring FUNdraiser May 1, 2022

Please join us for the White Plains Library Foundation‘s Spring FUNdraiser BACK IN CIRCULATION! Snacks, Sweets & Stories Sunday, May 1, 2022  3:00 – 5:30 p.m. We're thrilled to partner with STORYBOOM for a lively program featuring storytellers talking about resilience and finally getting back in circulation! Buy Tickets or Become an Event Sponsor HERE  (or mail a check to the address below; please note the names of attendees on your check) Event Co-Chairs: Kristine Holden, Jessica Rao Lonski Location: Congregation Kol Ami, 252 Soundview Avenue White Plains, NY 10606 Space is limited. RSVP by April 22. Proof of vaccination
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Native American Folklore

November is the month we set aside to celebrate and to reflect on the wisdom, humor, lore and beauty of our First Nations. Join us as we celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Chia and the Fox Man, by Barbara J. Atwater. (Picture Book & OverDrive) How Raven Got His Crooked Nose, by Barbara J. Atwater. (J 398 A & OverDrive) Rabbit’s Snow Dance, by James & Joseph Bruchac. (Picture Book & OverDrive) Many Nations: an Alphabet of Native America, by Joseph Bruchac. (Alphabet) Raccoon’s Last Race: a Traditional Abenaki Story, by Joseph Bruchac. (J 398 B) The Story of the
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STEAM at Home: How Strong is Spaghetti?

How strong is spaghetti? In this STEAM project, we’ll use a foam block as a base for long strands of dry spaghetti. Then, we’ll balance various objects on top of the spaghetti to see how much weight it can support. This is a great opportunity to test out different variables and see what happens! For this project, you only need spaghetti and a piece of foam. I didn’t have styrofoam, so I used a yoga block instead. You can begin by taking a piece of spaghetti and pushing one end into the foam block, letting it stand alone. Have your
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Peculiar Picks

Peculiar Picks are a selection of odd, funny, interesting, curious, moving, irreverent, and otherwise wonderfully awesome, but perhaps not well known, reads. Peculiar Picks are books for younger readers and their grown-ups, handpicked by the Library's Youth Services Manager, Joshua Carlson. Today’s Peculiar Picks titles are from the Fox & Chick series written and illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier: The Party and Other Stories and The Quiet Boat Ride and Other Stories. Fox & Chick are kind of like a modern Frog and Toad, with quirky humor and plenty of heart. As a “comic book” styled easy reader, these are great
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Meet Kristen Thornton-De Stafeno

The next time you visit the Library, you might see a new face sitting at one of our public service desks.  Kristen joined the Library team in mid-July as an Adult Services and Marketing Librarian.  She will be responsible for creating our newsletters, fliers, social media posts, and other marketing/outreach efforts.  I sat down with her last week to learn a little bit more about her. Thornton-De Stafeno grew up along the East Coast: New York to Florida and then on to North Carolina before returning to Orange County, NY to attend high school. After graduating, she attended Dutchess County
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