This Month on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library

The fall is the perfect time to take advantage of the Library’s museum memberships. Here are just a few of the shows available in October:

On September 27, the Museum of Modern Art’s Max Ernst exhibition opens, a huge survey of the preeminent Dada and Surrealist artist. Then on October 1 Items: Is Fashion Modern? opens, exploring “the present, past—and sometimes the future—of 111 items of clothing and accessories that have had a strong impact on the world.” Includes a pair of old Levis!

The very popular Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum (our museum pass “bestseller”) is offering a new exhibit: Drones: IS the Sky the Limit? “This large-scale exhibition will showcase historical artifacts, model airplanes, rare videos and immersive installations.” Through December 3.

The New-York Historical Society is offering Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art, exploring Szyk’s activism through more than 40 works “that underscore Szyk’s role as a kind of 'one man army' fighting odious policies and protagonists and advocating civil and human rights.” Through January 21.

Closer to home, the Neuberger Museum of Art is exhibiting the abstracts of the renown Romare Bearden. Best known for his collages, which often depict African American life, “very little attention has been paid to the body of work that immediately preceded those well-known works...Romare Bearden: Abstraction will correct this omission.” Through December 22, 2017

These are just a few of the upcoming exhibits available through our Museum Pass program, which also includes access to the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; Frick Collection; Guggenheim Art Museum; Katonah Museum; New York Transit Museum; and Stepping Stones Museum for Children.

To reserve any of our museum passes, visit our website or call us at 914-422-1480.

Brian Kenney

College Readiness Workshop Series

Last week marked the launch of the Edge’s College Readiness Workshop Series, run in partnership with The City of White Plains, Westchester Library System, Tomorrow’s Genius, and the New York State Department of Financial Services. The series, which continues through November, will cover key topics for students and their families: College Applications, the College Essay, College Financing, and College Repayment:
  • College Applications–Where Do I Go From Here? (October 4) – The college application process is not complex, but it does include a lot of moving parts. Learn the best way to approach college fairs, tours, interviews, and choosing a major.
  • The College Essay–Tips, Tricks and How to Present Your Best Self (October 11) – The college essay is the central showpiece of a student’s application. Learn the practical steps of how to write a strong essay.
  •  College Financing (October 25) – Discover what is required to complete the FAFSA and explore different sources of aid – grants, scholarships, loans, and NYS programs that can help you out – before and after graduation.
  • College Repayment (November 8) – Have you gone to college and need help with your student loans? Learn about available repayment plans, forbearances, deferments, loan consolidation, rehabilitation and student loan forgiveness. Find out about ways to bring your loan out of default and stopping wage garnishment.
These free programs will run from 6:30-8:00 P.M. and will include time for Q&A. Students and parents are both welcome and refreshments will be served. To register, visit the library calendar.

'Social Media 101' Bridges Digital Divide

Social Media--Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Twitter, etc.--is as revolutionary to communications in the 21st century as the telegraph, telephone, radio, television and, yes, the computer were to the 19th and 20th. But innovation comes with the challenge of acclimation, and to meet it, White Plains Public Library's digital media specialist Austin Olney will host two Social Media 101 programs in the main floor's Edge Media Lab on Tuesday, November 28, at 6 p.m. and on Wednesday, December 13, at 11 a.m.

"We are targeting seniors and those who are not familiar with modern technology and software," says Olney. "Social media is a popular resource, and it is good to be aware of the current state of virtual networking. It offers beneficial ways to connect with others and can even aid in real-life tasks, such as getting a job through LinkedIn. We will be looking at mobile social media applications such as Snapchat and Instagram, as well as more general apps as Facebook and Twitter. Connecting users online is at the core of the Internet."

Olney, who has an M.S. in education from SUNY Cortland and an A+ (Plus) Certification from CompTIA IT Industry & Association, says that "I enjoy applying advanced technology skills to actively engage students with diverse backgrounds and learning styles."

For further information (registration is not required), contact Austin Olney: (914) 422-6999;

Sloane Crosley to Speak at Gala

The White Plains Library Foundation will hold its annual fall Gala on the evening of October 21, from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the Library.  The honoree and keynote speaker is a graduate of White Plains High School, the author Sloane Crosley.  Her most recent publication is the bestselling novel The Clasp (“a highly comic, highly affecting novel”–NY Times Book Review).  

Crosley's essay collections, I Was Told There'd Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number, were both New York Times bestsellers and the former was shortlisted for The Thurber Prize. Her new book of essays, Look Alive Out There, will be published this April.  Sloane is featured in The 50 Funniest American Writers: An
Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion and her work has appeared in Elle, Esquire, GQ, New York Magazine, Bon Appétit, The New York Times and more.

We’re excited to welcome Sloane Crosley back to White Plains for what promises to be a lively keynote address.  All guests will receive a copy of The Clasp. For information about tickets and journal ads, click here or call 914-422-1495. RSVP by October 10 to ensure a seat.

What's Battle of the Books?

The Trove and the Edge are busy preparing for an epic battle taking place this fall…the Battle of the Books! Teams of children and teens at libraries all over Westchester are busy reading the same sets of books and practicing trivia questions. They’ll come together in October for a reading-based trivia tournament. Two teams will represent White Plains at this year’s battle: the Raging Pages (grades 4-6) and Team KnowlEDGE (grades 6-10).

Battle of the Books is designed to encourage a love of reading and to expose kids and teens to diverse reading material. This year, titles range from classic fantasy with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to historical fiction with One Crazy Summer and Fever 1793. Participants hone their teamwork skills, as they must work together to answer questions correctly. Team practices involve both book discussions and fine-tuning of buzzer techniques. Raging Pages and Team KnowlEDGE offer a big thank you to the Friends of the White Plains Public Library for their support of this rewarding program.

This year’s Battle of the Books competition will take place on Saturday, October 21, at Hendrick Hudson High School in Montrose, NY. The event is not open to spectators, but volunteers are welcome. For more information, please contact Kathlyn Carroll at or 914-422-6945.

Right: White Plains Public Library's Team KnowlEDGE

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