This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library

Save the Date: April 22

You won’t want to miss pianists Matthew Harrison and Vlada Yaneva who will perform on Sunday, April 22 at 2:00 p.m. in the Library Auditorium. Harrison and Yaneva—who performed here several years ago—have brought Masterwork Conversations to audiences since their inaugural Chopin series in 2010.  Their performances have taken them from stages in Europe to Carnegie Hall to the airwaves of WQXR.  This open conversation recital format has brought new musical insight and enjoyment to audiences of every age and experience.  In 2015, they released their debut CD, The Imagination of the Folk.

Their program on the 22nd is called “A Night in the Garden of Spain” and will feature a selection of Spanish composers, including Manuel de Falla, as well as composers such as Ravel and Debussy who were inspired by Spain. Join us for what will certainly be a delightful musical siesta.

"A Night in the Garden of Spain" is supported by the Friends of the White Plains Library.

Brian Kenney
Join us on Sunday, May 6 for Westchester’s first ever Paraguayan arts & culture festival featuring traditional harp playing, Paraguayan polkas, Guarani song and dance, tereré, chipas (traditional cheese bread) and more! The Festivities run 1:00-4:00 p.m. in our auditorium and museum gallery.

This program is part of ArtsWestchester's Folk Arts Program made possible by the New York Council on the Arts.

Photo of Ballet Panambi Vera taken by Sebastian Ramirez.

Bilingual Music Classes for Children

Children and caregivers can share the joy of music in this upbeat introductory class taught in Spanish and English. Activities include songs from around the world, sound exploration, rhythm and movement, and an introduction to Spanish through music. Presented by the Music Conservatory of Westchester and sponsored by the White Plains Library Foundation

Two separate sessions are held for two age groups on Saturday, April 14 and 21:
  • Ages 4 months-2 years at 1:00 p.m.
  • Ages 2-4 years at 2:00 p.m.
Space is limited. Please arrive early to get a ticket at the Compass Desk to ensure your participation in this program.

Environmental History Roundtable

April's White Plains History Roundtable will focus on Environmental History and the Bronx River. We will have two speakers and lots of interesting historical materials!

Stephen Paul DeVillo: A local historian and lifelong Bronxite who grew up along the Bronx River, Stephen Paul DeVillo is the author of The Bronx River in History and Folklore and The Bowery: The Strange History of New York’s Oldest Street. A former Development Associate for the Bronx River Alliance, he conducts the Bronx River Rambles historical and environmental walking tours, as well as occasional on-water canoe tours of the river in the Bronx.

Erin Provenzano: An environmental educator, Provenzano comes from a family that has lived along the Bronx River for generations. She has worked with departments in Westchester County and New York City on conservation projects, as well as non-profits such as Rocking The Boat and Riverkeeper. She holds a master's degree in Education Studies with an advanced certificate in sustainability from Manhattanville.

The White Plains History Roundtable is an educational, participatory, and social event where attendees hear a presentation on a historical topic, examine materials from the White Plains Collection, and engage in discussion with each other.

Wellness Wednesdays

Feeling the need to unwind? Consider our Wellness Wednesdays programs.

Relax with Reiki
Join Reiki practitioner Andrea Deierlein next Wednesday, April 18 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. for a conversation about Reiki, a natural healing practice from Japan that facilitates relaxation and brings balance to body, mind and spirit. For more information, visit

Relax and Restore with Sound Meditation
Join Harmonic Alchemy duo Dr. Celine Daly and Julie Harris next month for a program of meditation and sound immersion. The therapeutic vibrations of their Himalayan bowls, gongs, flutes, and other instruments will relax and restore natural energy balance. (Note: Please bring a blanket or yoga mat if you wish to lie on the floor; chairs will also be provided.) This program will be held on May 16 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. For more information, visit and Harmonic Alchemy on Facebook.

Registration is required.  To register, see the Adult Calendar on our website or call the Information Desk at 914-422-1480.

Author Signing: Hugh B. Price

William Raspberry of the Washington Post once wrote "People who believe a problem can be solved tend to get busy solving it. Hugh B. Price is a believer." We're excited to announce a discussion and book signing event with one such problem-solver, author Hugh B. Price. Price, an activist and former President of the National Urban League, will be here in our auditorium on Monday, April 16 at 6:00 p.m. to sign copies of his memoir This African-American Life. Presented by My Brother's Keeper. While this event is mainly geared towards teens, all are welcome.

Workshop on Parenting Teenagers

An empowerment workshop for parents of teens will be held next Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. Life Coach and retired teacher Annick Duignan will help parents and caregivers: Gain an understanding of their role as a parent during these years, create strategies for handling the transition period from child to adult and discover ways to stay connected with their child and have fun together
Registration is required. To register, call the Edge at 914-422-1481 or visit our online calendar. Refreshments will be served.

Fiction Read-Alikes

Here are some “Read-Alikes” for a few best-sellers.  Feel free to ask at the Hub Information Desk for other recommendations!

After The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin, check out other, richly imagined sagas:
Eternal Life by Dara Horn
Great House by Nicole Krauss
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
Three Junes by Julia Glass

You saw the movie Red Sparrow, read the book (by Jason Matthews), now what….?
All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer
Breaking Cover by Stella Rimington
Kremlin’s Candidate by Jason Matthews (follows Palace of Treason)
Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews (follows Red Sparrow)
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John Le Carre

As you wait for Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen, check out:
The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
Christadora by Timothy Murphy
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Saffron Foer
Little Children by Tom Perrotta
Netherland by Joseph O’Neill

"Making the Mundane Miraculous"

If you attended the Library Foundation’s fall 2017 Gala—where Sloan Crosley regaled us with selections from her forthcoming book of essays, Look Alive Out There,–then you’ll be thrilled to know that the book is finally out. And if you missed the Gala, then you’re in for a real treat. Crosley, a White Plains native, is receiving starred reviews across the board for her latest volume, an Amazon Best Book of April.

Sloane’s latest collection of 16 essays (some of which reference her home town) is well-timed. As Amazon wrote: “It’s as good a time as any to be reminded that life is full of good humor, but only a select few do that as well as Sloane Crosley.” But the book is more than just laughs. As Publishers Weekly wrote, “Crosley is exceedingly clever and has a witticism for all occasions, but it is her willingness to confront some of life’s darker corners with honesty and vulnerability that elevates this collection.”

Photo of the Week

: A teen patron using our audio editing software in the Edge. Photo taken by Staff.

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