This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library

A Fabulously Full February

I don’t mean to nag, but there’s a lot happening this month. Here are some highlights:

Our Black History Month Film Festival is underway with a new feature every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. in the auditorium. For the full line-up, visit our website.

If you don’t need tax help (lucky you!), you might have a friend or neighbor who does. Which is why I’m pleased that one of our most popular programs is returning: the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free, individualized tax preparation for low-to moderate-income taxpayers—especially those 50 and older. Volunteers are trained to assist you in filing certain tax forms and schedules, including the Form 1040. You’ll find dates, times, and a list of what to bring here.

Finally, Spanish for Beginners doesn’t start until March but if you are interested, register today! This class fills up quickly. Naicy Petrill—an instructor at Westchester
Community College—is absolutely terrific. The emphasis is on spoken Spanish and the course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of Spanish. Go to our website for the details.

Brian Kenney

Hack Your Brain

The White Plains Education & Training Center just announced two exciting new courses that will be offered during this year's Tech Bootcamps: Network Security Technician and IT Support Specialist. The application deadline for both is April 30th. Visit their website for full info to get a head start on applying!

Shake It Off!

Next week is the second to last session of our popular Shake It Off! Dance Class for ages 2-4 with Ramya Gunashekar Allan, the Director/Choreographer at Mayura Dance Academy. Toddlers ages 2-4 can step to the beat and learn fun & new energetic dance steps! This class will introduce students to many different dancing styles including Bollywood, Hip-Hop, Salsa and modern dance. Students will learn basic steps and choreography which will culminate in a final performance. We have two sessions this month: Tuesday, February 13 and 27 from 11-11:45 a.m. in the Trove.

This Week in White Plains

Whether single or otherwise, why not celebrate Valentine's Day by attending the Inter-generational Valentine's Day Dinner Dance at the Recreation & Parks Community Center? Enjoy a fun evening of dancing and a delicious buffet dinner. The event will be held on Tuesday, February 13, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 914-422-1423 for more info and to register.

February Reading in the Trove

Are you looking for some February-themed reading suggestions for you and your child? Stop by the Trove this month for our various themed shelves: Black History Month, Valentine's Day, President's Day, and Chinese/Lunar New Year. Below are just a few titles you'll find there.

Otto Runs for President by Rosemary Wells (2008)
While the popular Tiffany and athletic Charles make increasingly outrageous promises in their campaigns for President of Canine Country Day School, Otto quietly enters the race, vowing only to try to do what students really want.

A Giant Crush by Gennifer Choldenko; illus. by Melissa Sweet (2011)
"Both Choldenko’s spot-on playground dialogue and Sweet’s characteristically loose and lighthearted mixed-media artwork show an abundance of empathy (and a dash of humor) when it comes to matters of the heart." –Publishers Weekly

Ruby's Wish
by Shirin Yim Bridges; illus. by Sophie Blackall (2002)
"In her debut effort, Bridges tells the story of her grandmother’s unique place in Chinese history...Softly colored, Asian-inspired gouache illustrations accompany this tale of one little girl’s dream to become more than was traditionally possible." –Kirkus Reviews

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown; illus. by Frank Morrison (2014)
"A musician plucked from jazz history is the subject of Russell-Brown's debut picture book. In the music-filled Kansas City of the 1920s, young Melba Doretta Liston wants to play an instrument, eventually swooning over a shiny trombone and learning to play...A final image showing long-limbed Liston in profile as she plays under the glow of stage lights is exquisite." –Publishers Weekly

Photo of the Week

: Amazing downtown sunset after a stormy day. Photo by Rosemarie Blot.

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