This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library

How Did I Get Here?

One of the toughest parts of growing up is trying to figure out where you might fit in the world. What interests you, what you are good at, what career you may want to pursue. And how to prepare for the world of work.

The Edge has been running a terrific series called “How Did I Get Here?” with different panels every other week exploring these questions. There are two more coming up and if you know a teen, make sure they attend!

How Did I Get Here? Medical Career Panel
Wednesday, April 11, 7-8:30 p.m.
Come learn about a day in the lives of pediatrician Lawrence Baskind and nurse manager Rebecca Emmanuelli of New York Presbyterian. You'll hear about the interests of the speakers when they were in high school, the steps they took in their career paths, and what their work is like.  This program is supported by the Allstate Foundation.

How Did I Get Here? Politics and Government Panel
Wednesday, April 25, 6:30-7:45 p.m.
Join New York Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach, and White Plains Common Council Member Nadine Hunt-Robinson in a discussion about their careers and how they got to the position they are in today.

Brian Kenney

Tech Bootcamps

The deadline for the Tech Bootcamps presented by the White Plains Education & Training Center is quickly approaching! If you're interested in either of their two exciting new courses – Network Security Technician and IT Support Specialist – make sure you submit an application by April 30th. Visit their website for full info to get a head start on applying!

Immigration/Immigración 101

Next Tuesday, April 10 at 6:00 p.m., staff from Make the Road New York (formerly Westchester Hispanic Coalition) will be here to provide answers regarding all aspects of immigration. Attendees will gain knowledge of what steps to take and how the organization can assist them.

Immigración 101 con representantes de Hacer el Camino NY
El martes, 10 de abril a las 6:00 p.m.

Make the Road New York (anteriormente conocido como Westchester Hispanic Coalition) el personal de MRA brindará respuestas sobre todos los aspectos de immigración. Las personas que vengan a esta charla obtendrán conocimiento sobre los pasos a tomar y cómo esta organización puede ayudarlos.

Learn to Read


Learn to read with this Adult Basic Education course presented by Southern Westchester BOCES. The class will provide basic instruction in reading. Space is limited and registration is required. Register in-person at the library next Tuesday, April 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-9:00 p.m. beginning April 12 through June 14. Students must be 18 years or older. For more info, call (914) 937-3829.

April 2018 LibraryReads

Here are the top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love.

Circe by Madeline Miller
Published: 4/10/2018 by Little, Brown and Company
“Circe follows the banished witch daughter of the Titans as she practices her powers for an inevitable conflict with one of Olympus’s most vindictive gods. I found myself pondering motherhood, mortality, and feminism. For readers of historical and mythological drama or anyone who loves a strong female lead." –McKelle George, Salt Lake City Public Library, Salt Lake, UT

Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman
Published: 4/3/2018 by Berkley
“The story follows a stay-at-home mom. There is a satisfying rhythm to the book. Crazy things happen, and the next day the kids have to get to school and soccer practice. The shifting point of view, from the mother to various people living in the town is successful in imparting a snarky tone, bringing to life the gossipy small town setting.” –Claire Sherman, Clearwater Countryside Library, Clearwater, FL

All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson
Published: 4/3/2018 by William Morrow
“The latest from psychological thriller master Swanson is a whirlpool of darkness, taboos, and secrets. When his father commits suicide, Harry Ackerson returns home to Maine. Harry finds more questions than answers as he faces his attractive young stepmother, the attentions of a seductive stranger, and the many questions posed by the local investigators.” –Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public Library, Huntington Station, NY

How to Be Safe by Tom McAllister
Published: 4/3/2018 by Liveright
“This novel uses fiction as a tool to show how guns and violence are affecting contemporary society. Anna’s fictional experiences illustrate the real-life hypocrisy, lack of leadership, and fear of expressing controversial opinions. Great fiction for readers who tend to stay in the nonfiction lane.” –Marilyn Sieb, L.D. Fargo Library, Lake Mills, WI

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Published: 4/17/2018 by Atria Books
“Part psychological fiction, part ghost story, both tragic and uplifting. A decade after the disappearance of her teenage daughter, Laurel Mack meets a charming single father with two daughters, the youngest of whom reminds Laurel deeply of her lost daughter Elle, and she becomes obsessed with her unanswered questions.” –Linda Quinn, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT

Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman
Published: 4/10/2018 by Del Rey
“This horror novel, set in the Old West, is creepy, atmospheric, and suspenseful. A husband has nefarious plans for his comatose wife Carol. James Moxie, a legendary outlaw, sets off on The Trail to save her. Hot on James’ tail is a sinister hit man with a thirst for murder-by-fire and a supernatural entity, Rot, who wants to collect Carol.” –Sonia Reppe, Stickney-Forest View Public Library, Stickney, IL

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
Published: 4/3/2018 by Riverhead Books
“A complex coming of age story. A college student finds herself transformed by her experience with a renowned feminist and activist in the center of the women’s movement. This is a story of women finding their way and making mistakes in the world of men. This is a novel that makes you feel and think in equal measures.” –Chris Markley, Hawkins County Libraries, Rogersville, TN

You Think It, I’ll Say It: Stories by Curtis Sittenfeld
Published: 4/24/2018 by Random House
“A collection of ten short stories from the author of Eligible. Literary fiction with young adult appeal. Well-developed characters in fascinating circumstances. Poignant, timely, sad, funny, and cohesive. Sittenfeld shows her craft in a new form.” –Leanne Milliman, Charlevoix Public Library, Charlevoix, MI

My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris
Published: 4/3/2018 by Quirk Books
“A choose-your-own-adventure romance with Jane Austen flair. You are a spirited but penniless heroine in eighteenth-century society and courtship season has begun. Go!” –Victoria Catron, Neva Lomason Memorial Library, Carrollton, GA

The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil
Published: 4/24/2018 by Crown
“Wamariya has written a heartbreaking account of her survival of the Rwandan genocide. In 1994, she and her sister fled Rwanda and spent the next six years migrating through Africa, looking for a safe haven. Told in alternating chapters, between her harrowing escape and her arrival in the US as a refugee.” –Janet Kowal, Connetquot Public Library, Bohemia, NY

Teen Volunteer Opportunities

It’s almost time to make plans for this summer. When it comes to volunteering at the library, we’re offering three different volunteer opportunities for White Plains teens.

Reading Buddies
In a favorite volunteer activity, teens are paired with children who are learning to read. Runs July 10 through August 9: Tuesdays 4:30-7:00 pm, Wednesdays 2:30-5:00 pm, and Thursdays 2:30-5:00 pm. Teens (Grades 9-12 only) must:
  • fill out an application form
  • attend a training session the week of July 2nd
  • commit to volunteering one day per week for four out of the five weeks
Do Gooders
Teens in grades 7-12 can earn community service hours on Tuesdays from 3-5 pm, from July 3 through August 14. No application; registration required. Projects include: sewing baby blankets for local hospitals, making cat toys for the SPCA, and designing cards for veterans through the American Red Cross.

Build a Better Book
In this mini-camp, teens will design tactile picture books for children with visual impairments. Teens in grades 9-12 are invited to apply for this mini-camp; 10 slots are available. Teens must be able to attend all four days: Monday, August 20 through Thursday, August 23, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm each day.

Applications and registration will be available starting Tuesday, May 1. In the meantime contact Kathlyn Carroll at 914-422-6945 or with any additional questions and visit our website for further info and requirements.

Photo of the Week

Above: Daffodil defies the snow. There's hope for Spring. Photo taken on 4/2/18 at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital by Diane H. Tabakman.

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