This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library

Common Ground

Are you interested in sharing your thoughts about some of the toughest issues facing our country—as well as listening to the opinions of your neighbors and friends? Then join us for Common Ground, a series of community conversations hosted by the Library and the League of Women Voters of White Plains.

People of all viewpoints are welcome to participate, and we are committed to creating an atmosphere that is safe for everyone who attends. It will be a place to share experiences, opinions, and solutions to understand how people in our area are actually affected by the policies, issues, and events that we hear about in the news and media. For a full description of the program, pick up the Common Ground brochure or visit our website.

Meetings are the third Thursday of every month, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Our first discussion, on September 20, will be about Immigration and American Identity.

Brian Kenney

Westchester Library Chess Tournament


The Library, in association with the Galleria at White Plains, will be hosting Westchester’s first Library Chess Tournament, for grades K-12. Participating libraries throughout Westchester will have the opportunity to assemble their finest chess players (6 players per team) to compete in a single elimination bracket tournament.

Hosted at the Galleria, the tournament will be a biannual event, taking place on Saturday November 17, 2018 & Saturday May 11, 2019. First, second, and third place teams will receive a trophy; first place team members will also receive $50 gift cards courtesy of the Galleria.

We currently host a Chess Club every Monday, from 7:00– 8:00 p.m., run by our children’s librarian Don Simmons Jr. In early November, the chess program will host an internal chess tournament, determining the Library’s top 6 players.

If you're interested, but not a White Plains patron, or if you know someone from a neighboring community who is interested, tell them to check with their local library to see if they have their own chess club that will be competing. Currently Warner Public Library, Greenburgh Public Library, Yonkers Public Library-Crestwood Branch, Larchmont Public Library, and Ossining Public Library will be participating in the tournament, but more libraries are likely to join.

The World of 3D Printing

Are you interested in learning about how 3D printers work and how to design your own 3D object? Well, next week Austin Olney will hold his monthly Intro to 3D Printing class. After learning about the world of 3D printing, you'll also get the chance to design your own object and have it printed for pick-up at a later date.

Recent objects designed in our 3D classes include a comb, a simple name tag for a keychain, a functional piece for a pair of damaged reading glasses, and a small case for an Arduino Uno microcontroller board.

3D Printing for Adults will be held on Wednesday, August 22 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and registration is required; to register, visit our online calendar or call us at (914) 422-1480.

And if you already have a satisfactory .stl file ready to be printed, you can sign-up for an appointment to print your object by visiting our website, or giving us a call at (914) 422-1480.

Volunteer Orientation

Are you interested in volunteering with us? We have a variety of options ranging from helping in our Friends' new bookstore, to leading a session of our English Conversation Group, or digitizing local newspapers in our Local History room. If you want to apply and learn about all of this and more, attend our Volunteer Orientation next Thursday, August 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Assistant Library Director Kathy Degyansky will give an overview of the programs, and you'll list your skills, hobbies and passions on the application forms. Then, in the coming weeks, you will individually meet with Kathy for placement.

Above: Attendees and Discussion Leader of our English Conversation Group

Photo of The Week

Left: Workers install the new flags over the Library's main entrance. Many visitors over the years have told us that the Library needs to be more clearly identified, and thanks to the White Plains Library Foundation we've made that happen. 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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