This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library
The best we can expect at the end of February is rain, wind, clouds—and no more snow! Which makes it the perfect time to enjoy a museum through our Museum Pass Program. Here’s a selection of what’s on.

Hurry up! The Guggenheim's exhibition of the Thannhauser Collection ends on March 18. It includes a crowd-pleasing collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and modern French masterpieces, including works by Cézanne, Picasso, Kandinsky, and Monet.

At the Cooper Hewitt, there’s Access+Ability: From low-tech products that assist with daily routines to the newest technologies, over 70 innovative designs demonstrate how users and designers are expanding and adapting accessible products and solutions in ways previously unimaginable. Or how about some bling? Jewelry of Ideas features nearly 150 brooches, necklaces, bracelets, and rings created by seminal designers from Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America.

The New-York Historical Society has exhibits on Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.; Collecting the Women’s Marches; Greenwich Village; the photographs of George Kalinsky, the official photographer of Madison Square Garden; and, for some eye candy, the gallery of Tiffany Lamps.

Enough high culture? How about From Fulton Ferry: Building Downtown Brooklyn, at the New York Transit Museum which traces the roots of Downtown Brooklyn all the way back to 1642, when the first commercial ferry slip between Long Island and New Amsterdam opened at the end of Old Fulton Street. Or Ports of Call at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum which documents the many cities the Intrepid visited over the years.

And that’s just a sliver of the offerings available through our Museum Pass Program; visit our site for the full roster.

Brian Kenney

DACA Renewal Clinic

Thanks to a recent federal decision, the Department of Homeland Security is accepting DACA renewal applications. Call 914-422-4056 to schedule your appointment for Tuesday, February 27. Neighbors Link will be here from 5:00-9:00 p.m. providing assistance via appointment only.

Gracias a una decisión federal reciente, el Departamento de la Patria está aceptando solicitudes de renovación de DACA. Llame al 914-422-4056 para programar su cita por el martes 27 de febrero.

This Week in White Plains

The White Plains Youth Bureau's 13th Annual Dance Benefit is this Saturday, February 24th at the White Plains Performing Arts Center. The Youth Bureau will be honoring Joe Cavise (Founder of Off Center Dance Theatre) and (posthumously) William Brown Jr. (White Plains Common Council). Performers include the Harlem School of the Arts Dance Ensemble, Evolution/Steffi Nossen, O'Rourke Irish Dancers, Off Center Dance and more!

To buy tickets, visit or call the Youth Bureau at 914-422-1378 or WPPAC at 914-328-1600.

Above: Dancers from Joe Cavise's Off Center Dance Theatre

Meet the Animals

Come and meet many different animals tomorrow, Thursday, February 22 at 2:00 p.m. Greenburgh Nature Center will be here with some of their furry and scaly friends and you and your little ones won't want to miss it! For elementary school age children and their families.

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in volunteering with us? We have a variety of options ranging from helping out in our Friends' bookstore, to leading a session of our English Conversation Group and 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 Tuesday, February 27 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

Frederick Douglass at 200

“Slavery is indeed gone, but its long, black shadow yet falls broad and large over the face of the whole country,” Frederick Douglass said during an 1881 speech in West Virginia.  Some two hundred years after his birth, we honor the legacy of the man who escaped slavery at the age of 20 and went on to become an Underground Railroad conductor, abolitionist, newspaper owner and editor, advocate for women's rights, diplomat, bank owner, orator, and author.   We've selected titles for an in-library display on the main floor, among them:   

Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass:  An American Slave
by Frederick Douglass
Published in 1845, this is the first of three autobiographies penned by Douglass describing the horrors of slavery.  


Frederick Douglass:  The Lion Who Wrote History

by Walter Dean Myers, illus. by Floyd Cooper

An excellent picture book biography for children published posthumously by award-winning author Myers.

Picturing Frederick Douglass
by John Stauffer, Z. Trodd, & C. Bernier.  Foreward by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
160 images of the most-photographed American man of the 19th century.  

Frederick Douglass
by William S. McFeely

A Pulitizer Prize-winning historian's meticulously crafted 2017 biography, called "a major work of scholarship that brings into vivid focus the nature of slave culture and racial prejudice in 19th-century America." – Publisher's Weekly

Frederick Douglass in Brooklyn
by Frederick Douglas & Theodore Hamm
(322.44 D)
Eight speeches on slavery, equality, and the Civil War delivered in Brooklyn by the legendary activist and orator.

The Portable Frederick Douglass
by Frederick Douglass

(973.8 D)
A selection of autobiographical writings, speeches, fiction, and journalism with introductions by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and John Stauffer.

Photo of the Week

: Sunset in White Plains. Photo by Sebastián Guerrero.

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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