This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library

English Classes are Back!

Now that our renovation is winding down, we are so glad to welcome back Westchester Community College’s English as a Second Language classes, beginning January 17. This is one of the best programs the Library offers, and in the past, as many as 200 students a semester have studied at classes that range from beginner to high beginner to low intermediate. It’s wonderful to have these classes in the Library, where students can also discover all the other resources available to them and their families—from pre-school programs to DVDs to citizenship classes.

Classes are offered in the mornings, late afternoons, and all day Saturday. Students pay only for materials: $59 for beginner classes and $40 for the other classes.

To attend, students must go to one of these registration sessions, held on the second floor of the Library:
  1. Thursday, January 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  2. Saturday, January 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  3. Monday, January 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  4. Monday, January 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  5. Thursday, January 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
For more information, visit the library's blog, call Westchester Community College at (914) 606-5656 or email Library

Brian Kenney

Visit Boscobel House & Gardens

We're pleased to announce the addition of Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison NY to our Museum Pass Program. The Library pass provides free admission for one adult and three guests of any age, plus a 10% discount in Boscobel’s gift shop.

Boscobel House and Gardens is considered one of the leading historic house museums in the United States. Its Neoclassical mansion holds an exceptional collection of New York furniture from the Federal period. Situated in the Hudson Valley, fifty miles north of Manhattan, Boscobel directly overlooks the Hudson River, Constitution Marsh and West Point.

To reserve a Museum Pass, please visit our
Museum Pass reservation page; OR call us at 914-422-1480. Note: The Museum Pass Program is for White Plains Public Library cardholders only.


This Week in White Plains



This Saturday, December 9, the Galleria is holding two Animal Experience Shows at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on its Main Street level. Bring your family to learn about a variety of animals and get a chance to hold and touch them!

Best Albums of 2017

Have you heard?   We've moved!

You no longer have to go upstairs to the Auditorium to find or browse Music CDs, they're back on the main floor near the DVDs, which were also moved downstairs recently.  Check out our brand-new shelves, and our diverse collection.   Did you know that we have sixteen different genres of music?  Here they are, in alpha order:  Blues, Classical, Comedy, Country, Easy Listening, Folk, Hip-Hop/Rap, Holiday, Jazz, Musica Latina, Opera, Popular, Rhythm & Blues, Soundtracks & Musicals, Spiritual, and World.

What was your favorite album this year?  It's December, which means that many "Best of 2017" lists are now out. Our music collection is bursting with "bests" from
lists recently released by Rolling Stone and others, such as:

Kendrick Lamar, Damn.
Ke$ha, Rainbow
Khalid, American Teen
LCD Soundsystem, American Dream
Lorde, Melodrama
Mavis Staples, If All I Was Was Black
Queens of the Stone Age, Villains
Sza, Ctrl
Taylor Swift, Reputation

Sponsor Spotlight: Vino 100

We’re lucky to have Vino 100 of White Plains in the neighborhood. They’ve been the official wine
sponsor of the Foundation’s fall Galas for the past several years and we appreciate their generous support. If you visit the store at 171 Mamaroneck Ave., you’ll feel the relaxed environment right away. This is not an intimidating wine store with an overwhelming amount of choices.

What’s unique about Vino 100? “We offer a terrific selection of small production wines, as well as brand name wines” said owner and White Plains resident, Stu Levine. In addition, an entire wall of the store features bottles under $25 and every wine description includes a pairing suggestion. Shopping at Vino 100 is efficient and fun. What’s the biggest mistake people make when buying wine? “People can be afraid to try something new and they end up re-buying the same well-known brands” said Stu. “Come talk with me about what you like and I’ll suggest some new options that offer great value and taste.”

If you go, park in the lot on Waller Avenue and enter through the back door. You can also call ahead for curbside delivery on Mamaroneck Avenue. 914-949-8466.

Here are a few books from our collection to inspire you during the holiday season:

Wine isn't Rocket Science: a Quick and Easy Guide Understanding, Buying, Tasting, & Pairing Every Type of Wine by Ophelie Neiman (2017)
Readers will  "learn the flavor profiles of various wines and their respective regions as well as the expected food pairings. They'll also pick up great tips on selecting the right wine at a restaurant and at the supermarket."  -- Publishers Weekly

I Taste Red: The Science of Tasting Wine
by Jamie Goode (2016)

Nominated for the James Beard Award for Referencing and Scholarship, Goode explores all the factors that shape the experience of wine tasting.

Cork Dork: a Wine Soaked Adventure Among the Obsessive Pros, Tipsy Hedonists, and Mind Scientists Who Live to Taste by Bianca Bosker (2017)
The New York Times calls it "a compendium of bewitching and sometimes disgusting facts."

Photo of the Week

: The White Plains Ritz. Photo by Erik Blecher.

We want your photos! In each issue of This Week on Martine we will feature one patron submitted photo that was taken in White Plains. To submit your photography for a chance to be featured, visit our photo submission page, upload one of your photos and fill out our form with a short description of the photo and your name.
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