This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library

Meet Ashley Bressingham

This month, we’d like you to join us in welcoming Ashley Bressingham to the Library and the White Plains community. Bressingham has joined our ranks as a Children’s Librarian in the Trove. You’ve probably already seen her at the Trove’s Compass Desk, but she’ll also be leading children’s programming events. I interviewed her this week to learn a little bit more about her and her love of libraries.

Bressingham, who grew up in Garden City, Long Island, calls herself a “life-long library patron” as she began frequenting her local library at a young age. Further proof of an early interest in libraries, Bressingham’s first job while still in high school was working as a page in her hometown library. After graduating high school, she went to Pace University, where she majored in English and Communications. Bressingham then went on to work in publishing before going to graduate school at Queens College and deciding to pursue a career in libraries.

In her spare time, Bressingham says she enjoys visiting museums and watching superhero shows and is “a big Marvel and DC fan,” with her favorite being the Netflix original series Jessica Jones. Bressingham is also an avid reader of YA literature, and she recommends the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi, as she “just finished the fourth book in the series and loved it!” Bressingham also enjoys listening to audiobooks, and recommends the audiobook format of Pam Muñoz Ryan’s Echo to any younger readers “who want a good mix of historical fiction and fantasy.” While it’s a longer read, she says that it’s “definitely worth the time it takes to make it through to the end.”

In her new position, Bressingham is most interested in early literacy and “fostering lifelong learning” through storytimes and programs like Trove Time, which will return this fall.

Amazon Smile Makes Us Smile

Attention Amazon shoppers, and who isn’t one? We hope you’ll agree to support the White Plains Library Foundation through AmazonSmile. Each quarter, the AmazonSmile Foundation makes donations to eligible charitable organizations by electronic funds transfer. It’s easy to participate. All you need to do is start your shopping at AmazonSmile (not the regular Amazon url) so consider changing your bookmark. When prompted, enter the White Plains Library Foundation (one time, it will remember you) and whenever you shop, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to us. Thank you!

The White Plains Library Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization incorporated in 1995 to help the Library reach its long term goals. The Foundation advances library service by raising funds to support initiatives that promote literacy, language learning, career advancement, academic success, cultural enrichment and capital improvements.

This Week in White Plains

Make sure you don't miss National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018, from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in the fight to build a safer city. The City of White Plains invites neighborhoods to join us in "Giving Crime & Drugs a Going Away Party."

Along with the traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, the City of White Plains will celebrate "National Night Out" with an open house of the White Plains Public Safety Department along with a safety fair that will include a live band and tables staffed by Community Service organizations.  There will be free giveaways, along with visits from elected officials representing our local government and representatives from Westchester County Police, as well as members of the White Plains Department of Public Safety (Police and Fire Bureau).

Look for the Library's booth where we will be signing citizens up for Library cards, sharing info on upcoming events, doing some awesome giveaways for teens sponsored by the Allstate Foundation, as well as having teens sign a banner to highlight one good deed they did this summer.

Animals Rock!


Attend Animals Rock! on Thursday, August 9 at 11:00 a.m. in our auditorium.

Discover why frogs sound like a drum, how some bugs sing, and how animals make music. Pet and touch live frogs, bugs, a bunny, guinea pigs, reptiles, birds and more! Dance the Chicken Dance with Feathers the Chicken! For children and families.

ALA Reading List

Do you enjoy reading mystery, fantasy, and historical fiction? Well, the American Library Association has a great list of recommended reading for you! The Reading List seeks to highlight outstanding genre fiction that merits special attention.

The Council, which consists of twelve librarians who are experts in readers’ advisory and collection development, selects one book from each of eight different categories. The eight genres includeadrenaline titles (suspense, thrillers, and action adventure), fantasy, historical fiction, horror, mystery, romance, science fiction, and women’s fiction.

Below you'll find the 2018 winners available to place on hold (just click the book cover or title!), but visit the ALA's website for read-alikes and the shortlist with further nominees.

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
Joan and her four-year-old son, Lincoln, are enjoying an afternoon outing at the zoo when the unthinkable happens–a mass shooting. Trapped and in tremendous danger, Joan must rely on her bravery and survival instincts to make it out alive. This terrifyingly plausible thriller unfolds in real time.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Twin sisters Jack and Jill discover a portal that leads them to the Moors, a dark and unsettling world that reveals their true selves. But will their conflicting desires tear them apart?

Historical Fiction
The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker

Betrayed and left for dead, Viking raider Rangvald seeks revenge and his inheritance, while his sister Svanhild’s path to freedom lies with Rangvald’s mortal enemy. This epic tale of uneasy alliances, set in 9th century Scandinavia, offers action, intrigue and historical detail.

The Dime by Kathleen Kent

Dallas detective Betty Rhyzyk comes from a family of cops. She’s nearly six feet tall, has flaming red hair, a New Yorker’s sharp tongue, and a girlfriend. When her investigation into a Mexican drug lord goes sideways, she must salvage the operation while dealing with a highly disturbed stalker.

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

Elle Burns, a free black woman, voluntarily leaves the North to work in the Confederacy as a slave and a spy. When she uncovers a possible plot she also encounters Malcolm, a white Union spy. Their intense attraction places their lives in danger in this tale of forbidden love.

Science Fiction
The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

In the Interdependency, each planet relies on its far-flung neighbors for survival. Now a galactic change is transforming the universal order, a new empress has been crowned, a rival is plotting a revolution, and a foul-mouthed captain is caught in the middle.

Women's Fiction
The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson

Geeky Leia is pregnant after an encounter with a sexy, anonymous Batman. Pondering when to tell her Southern family she is expecting a biracial child, her life is upended by the implosion of her half-sister’s marriage, her grandmother’s dementia, and a skeleton in the attic in this humorous tale.

Photo of The Week

: A very ominous sky over White Plains on the afternoon of July 17th.  As seen from the 15th floor of 1 North Lexington. Photo by Linita Soomaroo.

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