This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library
Fall is just around the corner, so let’s take a look at just a few of the many new exhibits available through our Museum Pass program.

The Katonah Museum of Art’s forthcoming show looks fascinating: Outrageous Ornament, Extreme Jewelry in the 21st Century. From the beginning of recorded time, jewelry has both articulated identity as well as heralded status. In recognition of the universal passion for, and power of, jewelry, the museum presents provocative work by internationally renowned artists that expand the boundaries, and our understanding, of personal adornment. Opens October 21 and runs through January 27, 2019.

Andy Warhol: Subject and Seriality is the new show at The Neuberger Museum, and it explores the artist’s iconic approach to his subject matter through prints, photographs, and multiples. Open now through December 23.

The New-York Historical Society consistently offers some of the most interesting and diverse exhibits in the City. Try and catch Walk this Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes, that closes October 8. Over 100 shoes on view from the designer’s extensive collection. Opening September 7 is Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, that explores the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years after the Civil War, highlighting the central role played by African Americans in advocating for their rights. And if you go to the Historical Society, save time to see the ongoing exhibit of Tiffany lamps!

Finally, the New York Transit Museum is presenting Underground Heroes: New York Transit in Comics, open now through January 6, 2019. New York is a colorful setting for illustrated stories, so it comes as no surprise that our iconic transportation system plays a starring role in comics and graphic novels. Drawing on satirical cartoons, comic strips and comic books from the 19th through the 21st centuries, this show is a raucous ride through New York’s transit system.

The Museum Pass program is available only for White Plains Public Library cardholders. Not all museums make library memberships available, and we do continuously review new museums to add, and monitor the performance of existing memberships. Please send any suggestions to Tim Baird,

Brian Kenney

Library Closed for Labor Day

Please note that the Library will be closed on September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for Labor Day Weekend. We will reopen with our regular 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. hours on Tuesday, September 4th. Our outdoor book drop located to the left of our main entrance will remain open for anyone looking to return materials while we're closed.

September Poetry Slam

Our exciting "1st Wednesday" series continues with Open Mic, SLAM competition and a feature performance from guest poet Clementine von Radics!

Clementine von Radics is a poet whose work centers around the queer femme experience and its relation to romance and the body. Their confessional, conversational work blends poetry and performance, and has achieved a wide appeal among both traditional and non-traditional poetry audiences. Clementine is the author of the best-selling collection Mouthful of Forevers and the lyricist of the song cycle "Clementine," that made its debut at Carnegie Hall in 2015. Clementine served as a founding collective member of Slamlandia, Portland, Oregon’s first and only scored slam, as well as the Slam Master at the Portland Poetry Slam, Portland's oldest and longest-running spoken word event. As a slam poet, they have competed at the Individual National Poetry Slam, and the Women of the World Poetry Slam, and performed on the finals stage of the Individual World Poetry Slam. Their poems from these and other events have been viewed over 1.5 million times on YouTube. Over the past five years they have toured extensively, performing in 49 states and six countries. They are currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Clementine's third collection, In A Dream You Saw A Way To Survive, is scheduled for release in April 2019.

To take part in the open mic or slam, please register between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. Slam poets should bring at least one original poem of up to 3 minutes. Registration closes promptly at 7:00 p.m., 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.

This Week in White Plains

The White Plains My Brother’s Keeper Initiative is partnering with area barbershops to offer 200 White Plains low income youth a free back-to-school haircut.

Mayor Tom Roach said, “Thank you to the local barbershops participating in this program. This partnership is an example of the business community lifting our kids up to help them to know that they are cared for, and they want our youth to succeed in school.”  Frank Williams, Jr., Executive Director of the Youth Bureau said, “The free haircut program will help kids begin the school year in the right frame of mind.”  

Haircuts will be provided Monday, August 27th through Saturday, September 8th.  Haircuts are available to elementary and middle school age youth.

To see the full list of participating barbershops, visit the City of White Plains website.

Support for the Back to School Fresh Haircut initiative is made possible by the Minister Fellowship Council of White Plains and Vicinity, White Plains My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, the empower YOU program of the Nepperhan Community Center, and the White Plains Youth Bureau.

To receive a free haircut at one of the above barbershops, please contact Laura Montoya at the White Plains Youth Bureau, (914) 422-1378 (Monday –Friday, 9 a.m. –5:00 p.m.) to get a voucher.

Build a Better Book Exhibit

Starting this Friday, August 31, stop by the Trove and check out the Build a Better Book exhibit displayed on the bulletin board along the Trove tree trail. During a summer community service workshop, teens in the Edge created a tactile picture book designed for visually impaired children. They created an alphabet-themed tactile picture book, portraying each letter of the alphabet alongside an object or animal that begins with that letter. The 3D book pages are so touchable that we couldn’t resist displaying them for our patrons to touch and experience! The exhibit will be on display through Tuesday, September 25.

This project was supported by the Allstate Foundation and conducted in partnership with the Build a Better Book project, based at the University of Colorado Boulder.

September 2018 LibraryReads

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

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Published: 9/18/2018 by Sourcebooks Landmark
“Imagine the movie Groundhog Day, except this time Aiden Bishop wakes up each day in a deteriorating manor house, as a different person, and must work out who he is and how he relates to everyone else at the party commemorating the long ago death of a child. If he can’t solve the murder that occurs at the party, he is doomed to continue the loop every eight days. A riveting page turner.” –Becky Bowen, Kenton County Public Library, Erlanger, KY

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
Published: 9/4/2018 by Gallery Books
“Hazel is the eccentric, exuberant friend who’ll make you fall in love with her, and she’s not interested in being ‘dateable.’ Josh is busy being a workaholic, trying to make a long distance relationship work, and not pursuing romance with anyone else. But when his sister’s best friend Hazel blows back into his life, he is powerless to resist her genuine joie de vivre. If you’re looking for your next perfect read after The Kiss Quotient, look no further! A lovely slow burn.” –Elizabeth Gabriel, Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee, WI

Lies by T.M. Logan
Published: 9/11/2018 by St. Martin’s Press
“When Joe unwittingly discovers that his wife has been having an affair with her friend’s husband, his life starts to unravel. It seems that her lover now wants Joe out of the picture. Follow the cat-and-mouse plot as it explodes with a shocking finish! Great fun for those readers who love a good psychological thriller.” –Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI

Night and Silence by Seanan McGuire
Published: 9/4/2018 by DAW
“Toby is back in this latest installment of the October Daye series. Still reeling and recovering from the events of the last book, Toby and company are laying low. When her human daughter goes missing (again), Toby embarks on a twisty-turny race against time to find her. A solid entry and good choice for libraries with a strong demand for fantasy and urban fantasy.” –Mei-Ling Thomas, Rochester Hills Public Library, Rochester, MI

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird
Published: 9/4/2018 by St. Martin’s Press
“A fascinating work of historical fiction about Cathay/Cathy Williams, a former slave turned Buffalo Soldier in post-Civil War America. Her raw and powerful story is sure to be popular with book clubs.” –Sarah Fetterman, Upper St. Clair Township Library, Upper St. Clair, PA

Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart
Published: 9/4/2018 by Random House
“Shteyngart delivers another painfully funny novel about ambition, disappointment, and the darker side of the American dream. For fans of witty, offbeat, satirical humor.” –Jennifer Alexander, St. Louis County Public Library, St. Louis, MO

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle
Published: 9/11/2018 by Flatiron Books
“If you could have dinner with any five people, living or dead, who would they be? On her thirtieth birthday, Sabrina finds herself at dinner with her best friend, her ex-fiance, her long lost father, her college mentor and Audrey Hepburn, all with something to say to her. A charming combination of magical realism and romance.” –Tracy Babiasz, Chapel Hill Public Library, Chapel Hill, NC

Transcription by Kate Atkinson
Published: 9/25/2018 by Little, Brown and Company
“In WWII era London, Juliet Armstrong is working as an espionage monitor for MI5. Ten years later she suddenly finds herself targeted by dangerous individuals from her past. For fans of smart, witty, suspenseful, historical or spy fiction and authors like Tana French, Laurie R. King, and John Le Carre.” –Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC

When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica
Published: 9/4/2018 by Park Row Books
“After her mother’s death, Jessie is trying is trying to rebuild her life. In her way is her debilitating insomnia and a secret that shakes the core of her identity. Psychological suspense with an unreliable narrator. This one’s for you Gone Girl fans.” –Diane Gring, Chester County Library & District Center, Exton, PA

Hitting the Books by Jenn McKinlay
Published: 9/11/2018 by Berkley Prime Crime
“McKinlay’s Lindsay Norris is back for another adventure in Briar Creek. As a fellow librarian, I appreciate her spot on observations of the library world. An upbeat cozy mystery with great characters and strong sense of place. For fans of the Aurora Teagarden mysteries and the Isabel Dalhousie mysteries.” –Carly Budzynski, Salem Public Library, Salem, VA

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