This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library
We’ve got more good news to share! Thanks to a grant from the Frog Rock Foundation to the White Plains Library Foundation, we will greatly expand our early literacy programs for children. Beginning in the spring of 2018, over 60 young children each week—along with their caregivers—will be able to participate in Trove Time at the White Plains Public Library. The program, designed to support early literacy in children and prepare them to become successful readers, will provide caregivers with a range of activities to help their child’s development. Trove Time will serve children ages two through four.

Let’s face it. Preparing young children to succeed in school and life is the number one job of a public library. And thanks to this grant we will be able to offer Trove Time three times a week, nine months a year. We will greatly expand our existing parent-caregiver initiatives and incorporate the latest early learning practices, all while providing plenty of fun along the way.

Based on Every Child Ready to Read, a curriculum developed by the American Library Association, Trove Time will help care givers become the leaders in developing their child’s early literacy through five practices: talking, singing, reading, writing and playing. These five practices will form the core of Trove Time through a number of play stations that facilitate imaginative play, develop motor skills, engage participants with storytimes, and provide social interaction.

Brian Kenney

Getting Crafty

Take a look at the variety of arts & crafts programs available at the library. We have something for all ages!

Crafternoons: The Trove's arts & crafts program for grades 3-6. It runs twice a month on Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Your child can create anything from leaf art bookmarks to painted clay bowls.

Which Craft? Wednesday: The Edge's weekly crafts program for students in grades 6 and up. Recent projects include decorating miniature pumpkins, sewing pillows, and next month local jewelry artist Joan Lloyd will be here to lead a workshop on making earrings.


Second Saturday Knitters: Adults don't feel left out! Once a month every second Saturday learn and perfect your knitting techniques at this group for adults. Participants must bring their own supplies, but beginners are always welcome!

Local History: Addicts & Addiction, Pt. 1

The past few years, drugs and addiction have been in the headlines. Stories about opiates, the legalization of marijuana, and criminal justice reform have all made drug use and addiction the subject of a national conversation. Just as the civil rights and women’s rights movements had historical roots in time periods when those issues were not the focus of public debate, American society has been dealing with addicts and addiction since the 18th century. Here’s a look at some resources in the White Plains Collection that you can consult to see how people used to think about these issues. You might discover our contemporary focus on drugs and addiction is not novel, even if the ways we confront the issues are new. Visit our Local History Blog to keep reading.

This Week in White Plains


Yes, Winter is Coming, so why not get a jump on your favorite winter-themed activities? Stop by Ebersole Ice Rink in Delfino Park on Veteran's Day Friday, November 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. when they will have free rink admission!


Five Fab, New Book Group Choices: Nonfiction


Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
Yes, we know things aren’t going to end well, but Larson is a master of narrative. “An entertaining book about a great subject, and it will do much to make this seismic event resonate for new generations of readers." --New York Times Book Review

Eleanor and Hick: the Love Affair that Shaped a First Lady
by Susan Quinn

“A poignant account of a love affair doomed by circumstance and conflicting needs. Combining exhaustive research with emotional nuance, Quinn dives deep to convey the differing characters of president and first lady.” --Wall Street Journal

The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dava Sobel
“Sobel knows how to tell an engaging story, and this one flows smoothly…With grace, clarity, and a flair for characterization, Sobel places these early women astronomers in the wider historical context of their field for the very first time.”—Publishers Weekly

M Train by Patti Smith
A memoir, a travelogue, but especially an elegy to her husband. “Exquisite . . . a magical, mystical tour de force that begins in a tiny Greenwich Village café and ends as a dream requiem, encompassing an entire lost world.”—Washington Post

Rise: How a House Built a Family by Cara Brookins
A remarkable true story of a single mother of four who is desperately in need of a home—and decides to build one herself. “An inspiring memoir of absolute determination.” --Kirkus Reviews


Photo of the Week

Above: I shot [this photo] in White Plains in September 1977. I was travelling with a colleague from New York to Newport, RI. We stopped in White Plains for an hour or two because my colleague had worked for IBM there a few years earlier. Photo by Gösta Knochenhauer, Sweden.

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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