This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library

EDGE-Versary 2018

On Friday, December 14 the Library closed as usual at 6:00 p.m.—unless, that is, you were a teen. Over 40 teens attended an after-hours party to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Edge, our teen library.

Activities included six modern and retro video game tournaments with prizes, a Harry Potter mystery to solve, table-top games, a craft table with button making and Perler beads, a technology playground full of electronics to tinker with, robot races with prizes for the winners, and a Virtual Reality cooperative puzzle challenge. And yes, there was plenty of food.

Feedback from those who attended was overwhelmingly positive, with one teen remarking: “I thought the event was incredible. Seeing all the family from the Edge united made me really happy. I mostly enjoyed arts and crafts.” Another teen said: “It was really fun. You should do it when the Edge turns 10.”

Thank you again to all of the Edge's supporters and program sponsors over the last five years: the City of White Plains, Board of Trustees of the White Plains Public Library, White Plains Library Foundation, Friends of the White Plains Library, Shinnyo-en Foundation, Allstate Foundation, Best Buy Foundation, American Library Association and Google, and Argus.

To see a gallery of photos from the festivities, visit our website.

Brian Kenney
Library Director

This Week in White Plains

Don't miss the White Plains New Year's Eve Spectacular featuring music, entertainment and fireworks. The festivities will be held on Monday, December 31, from 10:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Make A Note: Closings


Please note that the Library will close early at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 24th for Christmas Eve and will also be closed on Tuesday, December 25th for Christmas Day. We will reopen with regular hours from 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 26th.

We will also close early at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 31st for New Year's Eve and will also be closed on Tuesday, January 1st for New Year's Day. We will reopen with regular hours from 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2nd.

Our external book drop, located to the left of our main entrance, will remain open for anyone looking to return materials while we're closed.

Due to the holidays, we will also take a one week break from distributing This Week on Martine. We'll return with a new issue to start the New Year on January 2nd.

Common Ground

Join us Tomorrow, December 20 at 6:00 p.m. for Common Ground. This month we'll be discussing Trans Rights & Gender. Visit our website for more information.

Intro to Babysitting

Teens in grades 6-12 can join kindergarten teacher Amanda Tucker next Thursday, December 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for Introduction to Babysitting. Registration is required; to register and find out more about this 4-hour class, visit our online calendar or call us at (914) 422-1481.

New: Tech Wednesday for Adults

Beginning January 2, Austin Olney will hold Tech Wednesday for Adults every week at Noon for adults looking to learn about various digital technologies. To find out more about January's topics and to register, please visit our website.

Citizenship Class

Southern Westchester BOCES will once again be teaching their Citizenship Class at the Library beginning next month. For full info on dates and registration, please visit our website.

Photo of The Week

Left: Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season from our Head of Circulation, Mary Black.

We want your photos! In each issue of This Week on Martine we feature one patron submitted photo that was taken in White Plains. To submit your photography for a chance to be featured, visit our submission page, upload a photo, and fill out our form with a short description of the photo and your name.
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