This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library

Happy Valentine's Day

Since I can’t send you all a box of chocolates or a bouquet of roses, here’s the next best thing: a selection of great love stories. If none of these match your taste, then check out the “Greatest Love Stories of All Time,” selected by the readers at Goodreads.

Love in the Time of Cholera
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
. Perhaps the greatest novel of unrequited love—or at least love unfulfilled—this novel traces the lives of Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza, who fall passionately in love in their youth, only to part for 50 years. A literary tearjerker.

The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
. The story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a three-year stage IV–cancer survivor and her romance with fellow cancer survivor, Augustus Waters, who meet in a support group. “This is a book that breaks your heart—not by wearing it down, but by making it bigger until it bursts.”—The Atlantic

Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
. Don’t call it a classic! While first published in 1813, few romances are as fresh, heartfelt and eternal as the one between Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. Too busy to read? Check out the movie, either with Colin Firth or the newer one with Keira Knightley.

Me Before You
by Jojo Moyes
. Tissues at the ready, please. The love affair between Will Traynor, a former executive now confined to a wheelchair and Louisa “Lou” Clark, his inexperienced caretaker is “An unlikely love story . . . To be devoured like candy, between tears.”–O, The Oprah Magazine

by A. S. Byatt
. Follow two young academics—Roland Michell and Maud Bailey—who uncover a hidden love affair between two dead Victorian poets. Full of intrigue, history, twists, turns, and a double-edged romance. Literary—it won the prestigious Booker Prize—but very accessible.

by Ian McEwan
.  One moment during a summer day in pre-war England changes the lives of three young people forever. This heartbreaking novel has it all: love, war, guilt, class, and loss. “A tour de force...Every bit as affecting as it is gripping.”–The New York Times


Brian Kenney

Chinese New Year Celebration


Join us this Sunday, February 18th for the Trove's Chinese New Year celebration. Children 3+ and their families can enjoy stories, music and a lion dance activity as we ring in the Year of the Dog. The festivities will begin at 2:00 p.m. in Galaxy Hall.

This Week in White Plains

Join the White Plains YMCA this Friday, February 16 at 5:30 p.m. for a special free 30-minute spin express class with spin instructor Heather. She will show you how you can get your cardio done in 30-minutes without missing a beat. Anyone who joins the Y after the class will receive a gift and their joiner's fee waived...a $200 savings!

Black History Matters Roundtable

Join us Wednesday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. for a panel discussion about significant black leaders and stories from Westchester's past. We will hear from contemporary leaders and members of families with multi-generational roots in White Plains. Items from the White Plains Collection, including local newspapers, photographs, and genealogical resources will be available to attendees. We will also open the floor for discussion and storytelling.

The White Plains History Roundtable is an educational, participatory, and social event where attendees hear a presentation on a historical topic, examine materials from the White Plains Collection, and engage in discussion with each other.

Image above: Advertisement for the Afro-American Cultural Foundation's February 1971 Panorama

Celebrate the myths and fables of winter in an interactive performance with storyteller Jonathan Kruk! Join us Wednesday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. for this exciting family event. Appropriate for children in grades 1-6 and their families.

Picturing Black History

Discover the variety of visual resources to celebrate and discover Black History.

Selections from our Collection

The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks, with illustrations by Canaan White [FICTION]
A powerful graphic novel about the first African American troops to fight in World War 1.  While the courage and tenacity of the 369th Infantry Regiment, nicknamed “Hellfighters” by the Germans, was legendary, earning them medals and a parade up Fifth Avenue on their return, Brooks makes clear the racism the troops faced, as well as the unspeakable conditions of this “war to end all wars.”

I Am You : Selected works, 1942-1978 by Gordon Parks [770.092 P]
Writer, film director (Learning Tree and Shaft), and musician, Parks is most celebrated for his photography. He was the first African American staff photographer and writer for LIFE Magazine and a diligent advocate for social justice. He powerfully documented the twin injustices of poverty and racism in America.

Lift Every Voice and Sing : a Celebration of the Negro National Anthem : 100 years, 100 voices [786.26 L]
With lyrics by James Weldon Johnson celebrating the 100th anniversary Lincoln’s birth, this song was widely known and eventually adopted by the NAACP as their “anthem.”   Photos from historical archives accompany essays by a wide range of people—including politicians, actors, writers—about what this song means to them.

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power [700.8 S]
Whether political, abstract, or representational, artists’ images from this period contribute to our understanding of the black experience of this time.  The book accompanied an exhibit at the London Tate Gallery and features works by such important African American artists as Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold, and David Hammons.

Unseen : Unpublished Black History from the New York Times Photo Archives [973.04 U]
We have 4 dedicated Times staff members to thank for discovering, publicizing and researching this treasure trove of previously unpublished photos from  their archives. The popular series “Unpublished Black History” first appeared in the Times in 2016.  Now expanded to book form, with additional photos and essays explaining the history behind each image, Unseen documents many aspects of African American life in the 20th century.

Obama : An Intimate Portrait
by Pete Souza
[973.932 S]
Chief official White House photographer Souza captures it all: the elegance, heart and dignity of our first African American president.

Selected Internet Resources

Make a virtual visit to The National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C., which includes almost 37,000 photographs and artifacts.  “The African American experience is the lens through which we understand what it is to be an American,” notes its founding director Lonnie G. Bunch III.

Find background on African American History month, as well as essays, photos, and video clips about black life in the United States since its founding. Content is compiled by the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, and other cultural organizations.

And for more local visual content, follow our Instagram (@whiteplainslibrary) this month where all February we'll be sharing Black History Month themed #ThrowbackThursday posts, like this photo (left) of Bessie Emanuel Smith, the first African American teacher in White Plains.

Photo of the Week

: Teens in the Edge cooking with Chef Giovanni Green of Break Bread not Hearts. 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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