This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library
I’m really excited that we are now offering Kanopy, a terrific streaming movie service. Kanopy got a lot of press last summer, when New York Public and other major libraries began to offer it.  And now it’s available in White Plains!

Kanopy offers a unique and compelling collection of films ranging from documentaries, indie and foreign films to must-see classics and blockbuster movies as well as The Great Courses. But don’t take my word for it, go to the site itself and take a look.

When you first access Kanopy, you must register with your name, email address and password. A verification message will be sent to the email address provided. It will contain a link that takes you to Kanopy to finish the registration process. At that point, you enter your library card number and PIN, after which you’re all set to watch movies. And you shouldn’t have to enter this information again.

Here’s how it works:
  • You can stream up to 10 films per month; you receive 10 play credits every month.
  • You have 3 days to watch each film. Once you press play on a film, you have 3 days to view it as many times as you like without using another play credit.
  • Play credits reset on the 1st of the month. Once you have reached your quota of films, you will not be able to play any films until the new month starts when you will be given a fresh quota of 10 play credits again.
  • You can watch them on any device, including Roku, iOS, and Android apps.

Happy viewing. And any questions, give us a call at 422-1400.
Brian Kenney

Take the Read Harder Challenge

Are you looking to explore new genres in 2018? Or maybe just find a new way to complete your Goodreads goal for the year? Book Riot recently shared their 2018 Read Harder Challenge, and we'll be sharing recommendations throughout the year to help you accomplish each task.

What is the challenge? You have a list of 24 tasks to complete, or rather 24 different topics or genres to read in 2018. Some examples are reading an assigned book you hated (or never finished) and a romance novel by or about a person of color. One book can complete more than one task, and it's up to you as to what order to complete them in.

Each month we'll be sharing at least 2 books that will tick off one or more box on your list, so follow us on Instagram and don't forget to tag us (@whiteplainslibrary) in your posts as you complete the challenge. We've already shared Spy of the First Person by Sam Shepard (2017) and Ruby by Cynthia Bond (2014) and we have plenty of exciting and diverse titles to come!

New Mixed Media Art Exhibit

Rick Rogers is a self-taught artist who “grew up visiting galleries and museums and soaking in the riches of the masters.” His path was unusual as a park ranger for 10 years on the 4,300-acre Ward Pound Ridge Reservation (where he and his family lived for 34 years), but that would evolve into his co-founding Westchester’s Art in the Parks program and curating the reservation’s gallery.  Rogers subsequently spent 10 years at the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, Conn., doing maintenance and art installing.

While on the job, he “had the good fortune to meet many great artists who were very kind to let me pick their brains,” and that turned Rogers into an artist himself. “My interest is using ‘mixed media’ – enamels, latex polyurethane, etc., rather than acrylic or oil,” he says.  “Abstract artists and impressionism are my inspiration.  I am a fan of Andy Warhol, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler and Jackson Pollack.”

And the late Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, who was famed for including his brush in the painting. Rogers emulates him with Mondrian’s Brush (pictured), which is part of his exhibit, “No Rhyme or Reason — Some art work by Rick Rogers,” that will be on display on the White Plains Public Library’s second floor from January 14 through March 24.

“It’s very exciting to me,” says Rogers. The Beacon resident has installed art in the Library, and getting the opportunity to showcase his own “is a thrill. There will be at least 20 pieces of art on display.”

Rogers also has an art therapy exhibit for patients at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco that is on display through May.

Steve Cohn

I Have a Dream: Readings and More

The Library is closed on Monday January 15 to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Here are some ways to appreciate his legacy.  Don’t hesitate to ask librarians for additional suggestions.


Dear Martin by Nic Stone (2017).  African American teen Justyce looks to the life and works of Martin Luther King, Jr., in this gripping YA novel.  YA Fiction.

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr. (2012). Kadir Nelson’s paintings illustrate King’s famous speech.  J 305.896 K

I've Seen the Promised Land: the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Walter Dean Myers, with illustrations by Leonard Jenkins (2004).  J Biography King

Martin's Big Words [DVD] : The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.- and more stories from the African-American tradition (2005). Rich in cultural history.  J DVD

Martin's Dream Day by Kitty Kelley (2017). An elegant biography with great photos from the period by Stanley Tretick. J Biography King

Martin Rising: Requiem for a King (2018). Poems by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrations by Brian Pinkney describe King’s life. J Biography King

March On! : The Day my Brother Martin Changed the World by Christine King Farris (2008), with London Ladd’s full-color illustrations. J Biography King


Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.  by Martin Luther King, Jr. (1998). Biography King

A Call to Conscience [CD audiobook]: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther, Jr.  (2001). “I Have a Dream,” among others—recited by King. 323 King

Death of a King by Tavis Smiley (2014). Details King’s final years and aftermath of his assassination. Biography King

I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches that Changed the World by Martin Luther King, Jr. (1992). 323 King

King : A Comic Book Biography by Ho Che Anderson (2005).  YA/Adult Graphic Novel. No sugar coating in this account of King’s life. YA Biography King

Let Freedom Ring : Stanley Tretick's Iconic Images of the March on Washington by Kitty Kelley (2013). 323.1 K

The March [DVD] : The Story of the Greatest March in American History (2013). Classic PBS documentary.  DVD 323.1196 M

Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Last Interview and Other Conversations by Martin Luther King, Jr. (2017).  323.092 K

Selma [DVD] (2015). King’s role in the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. DVD

Also, our new streaming service Kanopy (discussed above) has documentary material on King and the Civil Rights movement.


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