This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library

We're Having a Celebration
(And You're Invited!)

Whew! I am so happy to announce that we will be celebrating the Grand Opening of the Everyday Healthy Café, the completion of The Hub for adults, and the new home of the Friends Bookstore on Wednesday, May 9 at 11:00 a.m. Please join us for a few words of thanks, a ribbon cutting, and some great food. If you can make it, please RSVP here.

“When’s the café opening?” has probably been the number one reference question this spring. Some of you may be familiar with the Everyday Healthy Café since there are two located in White Plains Hospital. Part of Peter Herrero’s NY Hospitality Group (which includes Sam's of Gedney Way, Caperberry Events, and the Great American BBQ Co.), the café will feature sandwiches, soups, salads, smoothies, juices and coffee and teas. The café is committed to everyday healthy food choices, served in a convenient manner, with the best of ingredients.

On the walls around the café you’ll find books for sale—the new home of the Friends of the Library bookstore. A popular destination off our lobby for years, the new home nearly doubles the shelf space and is a whole lot brighter. The proceeds from the bookstore go towards supporting the Library, including programs for children and professional development for staff.

The final phase of the Hub brought us new computers and workstations, our new service desk, refreshed classrooms, the White Plains Collection, and our new Community Room. The Community Room—which formerly was a staff workroom—is now available for the White Plains community to use for programs and meetings. I can’t wait to see how this new space gets used.

Brian Kenney

This Week in White Plains

Check out the White Plains Youth Bureau's 2nd Annual Steam Fair this Saturday, April 28, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. at the Eastview Middle School. There will be fun, interactive exhibits from a variety of presenters (including Library staff!) to engage the whole family. Admission is free. For more information,
call (914) 422-1378.

Creative Writing Workshop

Are you interested in writing fiction but not sure where to start or where to go next with your story? Join us this Saturday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m. for Introduction to the Narrative Arc, presented by author Eartha Watts Hicks.

The Narrative Arc is the series of unfortunate events that form the beginning, middle, and end of any great story, fiction or non-fiction. Starting with an inciting incident (life was fine until...BAM—a complication), the narrative arc is usually told chronologically; however, past experiences (flashback/backstory) may affect, determine, or remain a deciding factor for actions, options, and consequences going forward.

In this creative writing workshop, participants will learn what comprises a narrative arc, how to write a scene, hear examples of narrative in contemporary writing and how understanding the narrative arc can effectively strengthen creative writing.

Participants will also get feedback and learn what key points are missing from their own writing.

Ms. Hicks is an award-winning author and independent publisher of Earthatone Books. She is also a New York Foundation for the Arts affiliated artist, and editor-in-chief at Harlem World Magazine.

And Then They Came For Us

In 1942, Executive Order 9066 paved the way for the profound violation of constitutional rights that resulted in the forced incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. And Then They Came For Us brings history to life in this award-winning documentary.

Shown in our Auditorium at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1.

This film is not rated. 40 minutes.

This film is presented in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Photoshop for Adults


Are you interested in learning how to edit and improve your photos? Join us this coming Monday, April 30 at 6:00 p.m. for Photoshop for Adults. Using Adobe Photoshop, you'll learn how to manipulate images and tweak your photos for a desired result.

Registration is required and space is limited so sign up today!

Percy Grainger Piano Mini-Festival

Explore the music of Percy Grainger next Wednesday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m.

World-famous Australian-born composer and pianist Percy Grainger (1882-1961) lived in White Plains for the last 40 years of his life. His home at 7 Cromwell Place is a landmark recognized by both the White Plains Historic Preservation Commission and the National Register of Historic Places.

For this special library event, rare 1943 and 1957 archival film footage (not available on the internet) of Percy Grainger playing the piano will be shown, and rare audio recordings of his speaking will also be played. There will be live performances of Grainger’s music by violist Vincent Lionti and pianists Juliana Han and Yoni Levyatov. The program will include such works as Grainger’s "Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol," "Handel in the Strand," "Youthful Rapture," and "Shepherd’s Hey," as well as Grainger’s piano arrangements of works by Gabriel Fauré and John Dowland.

Remarks about Percy Grainger and the music will be delivered by Mark N. Grant, noted composer and author and Vice-President of the International Percy Grainger Society, and Mr. Lionti, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra violist, musical director of the Downtown Sinfonietta at Grace Church, and Grainger Board member. Coffee and tea will be served.

May Poetry Slam

Our exciting "1st Wednesday" series continues May 2 with an Open Mic, SLAM competition and guest poet Rico Frederick.

Rico Frederick is a graphic designer and the author of the book Broken Calypsonian (Penmanship Books, 2014), Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow, Cave Canem Fellow, a MFA candidate at the Pratt Institute and the first poet to represent all four original New York City poetry venues at the National Poetry Slam. Rico is a Trinidadian transplant, lives in New York, and scribbles poems on the back of maps in the hope they will take him someplace new.

To take part in the open mic or slam, please register at 6:30 pm. Slammers should bring one original poem of up to 3 minutes. Registration closes promptly at 7, and the program starts shortly thereafter. Co-hosted by local poet and slam-master Eric ZORK Alan. All are welcome!

Questions? Contact program librarian Ben Himmelfarb by phone (422-6980) or e-mail ( Poetry Slam is a project of the White Plains Library Foundation.

Nonfiction Read-Alikes

Learned a lot from Educated by Tara Westover?  Try:

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Among Schoolchildren by Tracy Kidder
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman

After Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, try equally compelling true crime such as:

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Justice: Crimes, Trials, and Punishments by Dominick Dunne
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester

As you wait your turn for Russian Roulette by Michael Isikoff, try these political dramas:

Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win by Luke Harding
Dark Money by Jane Mayer
Fear and Loathing: on the Campaign Trail '72
by Hunter S. Thompson
Red Notice by Bill Browder

Photo of The Week

: Teens in the Edge giving each other manicures during a spontaneous manicure day! Photo by Staff.

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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