This Month on Martine

News from the White Plains Public Library

Lots going on this month, so let's dive right in!

  • For seniors: folks from the AARP will be here Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10 am to 2 pm to help low- to moderate-income taxpayers prepare their taxes, especially taxpayers aged 50+. Through April 18; first come, first served. Located in The Edge Media Lab, first floor.
  • For English learners: a new English conversation group, this one just for parents with their babies. It meets every Wednesday at 11 am in the Trove. Our regular English conversation groups will continue on Mondayand Thursday, 2 to 3 pm.
  • For kids: Cool Kid Coders give children in grades 4-6  the chance to learn some coding basics with fun apps on the iPads! Tickets are given out 30 minutes before the program starts, please arrive early. Friday, March 3 at 4:30 pm.
  • For teens: the three-session Virtual Reality Camp, where teens will learn all about Virtual Reality and how to create their own worlds. Using the Oculus Rift headset, participants can test out environments of their own creation using various digital tools. Equipment is provided and registration is necessary. First session is Wednesday, March 15 at 4 pmin The Edge.
  • For all of us: our weekly guided meditation session. Practice clearing your mind to foster a renewed sense of calm and well being. Beginners are welcome, instruction is provided. No fee, no registration, just arrive on time. Wednesdays, 12:15 - 1:00 in Galaxy Hall.
  • For more programs and events, visit the Library's calendar.

Brian Kenney
Library Director

Navigating the World of Fake (and Real) News

Fake news is a topic we hear about a lot, but is it as simple as figuring out what's fake and what's real? Join Librarian Ben Himmelfarb to learn some skills for determining what is true and how to analyze your information sources to make sure you are as well-informed as you can be. In this participatory workshop, we will also discuss strategies for dealing with rapid news cycles, social media dynamics, and how the Library can help if you are feeling overwhelmed. Ben has shared this popular workshop with many community groups, including the YWCA, the current events group at Congregation Kol Ami, and the Old Guard of White Plains. If you are interested in having him speak at your group, contact Ben at The next workshop in the Library will be Wednesday, March 22 at 7 pm in Galaxy Hall.    

Fall Gala  - Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for the Library's annual Fall Gala on the evening of Saturday, October 21, 2017.

This year, we are excited to have as our honoree & keynote speaker Sloane Crosley, author and White Plains native. Sloane's most recent publication is the bestselling novel The Clasp ("a highly comic, highly affecting novel"--NY Times Book Review, "A sad, hopeful, endlessly entertaining book,"--Time). Her previous publications include the essay collections I Was Told There'd Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number.
Sloane is featured in The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion and The Best American Nonrequired Reading (2011). Her work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Playboy, Elle, New York Magazine, and more.  Details to follow. 

The Campaign for The Hub

Thanks to generous contributions ranging from $3 to $50,000, the Foundation has almost reached its $500,000 fundraising goal! If you haven't already joined the roster of supporters, its not too late. Please help complete the Campaign for The Hub. Gifts starting at $1,000 will be permanently acknowledged through a plaque in the Library. Click here to donate, today. 
Renovations are well underway. We're busy improving almost all of the first floor, updating furniture and lighting, increasing capacity for public computers, adding new technology (like a 3-D printer and circulating i-Pads), creating a Community Room for programs and events, and, best of all, establishing a café in the heart of White Plains.   
Hello, business community! With more than 500,000 visits a year, the Library offers outstanding visibility for your brand. To learn more about corporate sponsorships and other opportunities, please contact the Library Foundation's Executive Director, Nancy Rubini, 914-422-1495

Reading: Better Together

We typically think of reading as a solitary experience. But often reading can be the most enjoyable--and provide the most opportunities for learning--when the experience is shared.

 This Spring we'll have three reading groups at the Library:

Slow Reading, a new group led by Dr. Ellen Lambert, focuses on the close reading of short pieces of prose.  As Dr. Lambert says, "We will learn how to slow down our reading, enrich our experience of one of life's great pleasures, and think more deeply about the meaning of our lives." The group will meet Tuesday, March 7 at 2:00 pm to discuss Alice Munro's short story "Chance" in the collection The Runaway.

Librarian Barbara Wenglin will continue her popular Short Story Discussion Series on Thursday, March 16 at 2 pm with the Lorrie Moore's "Terrific Mother" from the collection Love Stories. Registration is required. This program is made possible with the support of the Friends of the White Plains Library.

Finally, Book 'Em, a mystery reading group led by Library Director Brian Kenney will discuss the classic medieval mystery A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters. Wednesday, March 15 at 2:30 pm.

For all groups, copies of the books are available to borrow, and there is also a copy on hold at the reference desk, second floor. For more information, visit the Library calendar or call 914-422-1480.
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