This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library

Holiday Gifts Suggestions: Adults

Last week we offered book suggestions for the children in your life. This week we’re helping you out with books for adults who—let’s face it—can be a whole lot harder to shop for.  

Have a dog person on your list? Get them Afterglow (a dog memoir) by Eileen Myles. “Poetic, heartrending, soothing, and funny, this is a mind-expanding contemplation of creation…and the creatures whose…lives make our own better beyond reason.”―Booklist. Bring tissues.

For the sports lover (who enjoys politics and history as well) there’s Jonathan Eig’s Ali: A Life. "This evenhanded account will likely be one of the most read . . .  Eig has produced a thorough overview of a complex person . . .Sharp quotations and expert pacing make the 600-plus pages light on their feet." —Publishers Weekly

Have a friend who can’t stop complaining about his or her job? Slip them The Schmuck in My Office: How to Deal Effectively with Difficult People at Work by Jody Foster. "…a timely must-read for managers and anyone who has ever had to deal with a difficult coworker; it addresses a ubiquitous problem in a proactive, positive manner…”—Publishers Weekly

Pop music and culture fans alike will be enthralled by David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music by Darryl Bullock. “Well-researched and brimming with intrigue.”—Kirkus.

For the very serious history reader—willing to take on 1,128 pages!—there’s The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution by Yuri Slezkine. "Mammoth and profusely researched. . . . Slezkine aggregates mountains of detail for an enthralling account of the rise and fall of the revolutionary generation.”—Publishers Weekly  

Every reader of crime fiction will enjoy The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye: A Lisbeth Salander Novel by David Lagercrantz. “It would be hard to imagine a sequel more faithful to its work of origin than this one.”—Wall Street Journal

Just a quick reminder that this is our last issue of 2017 as we'll be skipping next week. See you again in 2018!
Brian Kenney

Good Works

Where can teens spend a cozy afternoon making crafts and planning service projects that will brighten the day for people (and animals) who could use a little cheer? At the Library. Do Gooders is a new community service club that meets in the Edge. Recent craft projects have included making holiday cards for soldiers and veterans, creating cat toys for the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and designing earrings for a local women's shelter. Early next year, the Do Gooders will host an interactive music program that gives children an opportunity to try different instruments. If you’re a teen interested in community service, please join us and bring your ideas to the table. For dates and times, check the calendar.

The Do Gooders and other Edge initiatives are made possible through a grant from the Allstate Foundation. Coming soon: a new program on career exploration featuring a series of guest speakers working in fields such as architecture, healthcare, acting, video game design and more.

Getting Presents Year Round

One of the best parts of working in the Collection Development Department is unpacking the boxes and seeing all the new books, audiobooks, DVDs, and music CDs delivered to the library. Some 2,300 items come through the mailroom each month. This Department—made up of 2 full-timers and 2 part-timers—is responsible for ordering, receiving items, tracking the budget and, sometimes, cataloging and processing materials. Staff make sure materials are correctly processed and labeled, accurately reflected in the online catalog, and ready for patrons to check out and enjoy.

Certain very popular books and AV materials—think John Grisham or J. K. Rowling—arrive with a strict “street date” warning. This means we cannot release these items to the public until the day decreed by the publisher. All good things are worth waiting for.

Christiane Deschamps

This Week in White Plains

Are you looking to ring in the New Year in style but don't want to deal with the masses in Times Square? Join your fellow White Plains citizens for BID's New Year's Eve Spectacular! Starting at 10:00 p.m. on Court Street at Main Street there will be an exciting live band and DJ. For more info on the celebration, which includes a ball drop and fireworks, visit White Plains BID's website.

White Plains Picks Best Books of 2017

The results are in! Below you'll find the most popular titles of 2017 as voted by you in our Reader Poll. See anything you haven't read yet? Click the title to place it on reserve today!
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Following the success of  her New York Times Bestseller, The Girl on the Train, Hawkins' latest novel follows the demise of a single mother obsessed with the "drowning pool" in Beckford, England. Multiple narrators from the town unravel the mystery of the many women and young girls whose lives have been taken there. An eerie tale that will keep you engrossed to the very end.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
Take a step back in time with the mathematically talented Charlie St. Clair as she joins forces with a veteran female spy to track down her cousin, Rose, who has gone missing in the aftermath of World War II. The narrative shifts between Charlie's search for Rose to World War I when espionage agent Eve Gardiner is stationed in France working as a waitress for a sadistic war profiteer. "...the lives of two indomitable women intertwine in a plot crackling with suspense. We root for Charlie and Eve, and cheer when they triumph." —NPR Books

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Angie Thomas's best-selling YA novel follows 16-year-old Starr Carter, who is drawn to activism after her unarmed friend is shot and killed by a police officer. As the sole witness of the incident, Starr is pulled into the overwhelming situation of testifying in front of a grand jury all the while dealing with the average struggles of daily high school life. "Thomas's debut novel offers an incisive and engrossing perspective of the life of a black teenage girl as Starr's two worlds converge over questions of police brutality, justice, and activism." —The Atlantic

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Nominated for the Booker Prize, Hamid's fourth novel, Exit West, uses fantastical elements to explore the themes of emigration and life as a refugee. Hamid does not deal in merely the physical difficulties refugees experience, but rather the psychological impact of fleeing one's home and the unimaginable loss that results. Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times writes, "By mixing the real and the surreal, and using old fairy-tale magic, Hamid has created a fictional universe that captures the global perils percolating beneath today’s headlines, while at the same time painting an unnervingly dystopian portrait of what might lie down the road."

Origin by Dan Brown
This year Dan Brown released his fifth installment in his Robert Langdon series, following 2013's Inferno. Origin begins with Langdon arriving at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement - the unveiling of a discovery that will "change the face of science forever." Creationism and science are pitted against each other in what The Guardian calls "a Nostradamus for our muddled times."

Photo of the Week

Left: At the end of December, our beloved shelver Ruth Royster will retire from her position. Ruth has been with us for eighteen years and will be greatly missed. Please join us in wishing Ruth well in all her future endeavors. Photo by staff.

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