This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library
Has the extreme weather got you down? Starting to develop a bad case of cabin fever? Then head on over to the Library, where the heat is on and the seats are comfortable.

In addition to our books and DVDs, programs and events, we also have a terrific collection of magazines—perfect for an afternoon of perusal.

During our renovation—when space was at a premium—we whittled our magazine collection down to a mere 38 titles. But this year we’ve expanded our holdings to over 170 titles, ranging from American Craft and Black Enterprise to Conde Nast Traveler and the Economist to Harvard Business Review and Martha Stewart Living

Whether you are a vegan, aspiring fashion designer, investor in the stock market, armchair racing car driver or just want to renovate your bathroom, we have a magazine for you. And yes, lots of this content can be found online. But reading in print—especially when beautifully illustrated—is a whole lot more pleasurable.

So come on in, take a left when you get to the Welcome Desk, and enjoy a few hours of escape.
Brian Kenney

Mark Your Calendar

Adults can improve their computer skills through a variety of free classes at the library. We’ve recently added instruction in Malware Defense. What’s malware? Malicious software like viruses, spyware, adware and other intrusive software that can invade your privacy, steal data and corrupt files. Our next class is January 17th from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Registration is required. To register, visit our calendar.

Other adult computer classes include Excel (spreadsheets), PowerPoint (slide shows), Coding (programming languages such as Java and C#) and 3-D Printing. Registration is required and beginners are welcome. And, If you need personal tech support with a particular problem, stop by for Drop-In Computer Help, no registration necessary and you can bring your device or use the Library’s computers. Check the calendar for dates and times of adult computer classes and Drop-In sessions.

New Year, New Start

This is the time of year when we focus on improving the quality of our lives. We know the benefits of healthy eating and exercise.  However, there are other aspects of our lives that may need some improvement. Did you know that according to the National Capability Study 2/3 of Americans could not pass a financial literacy test? Or the typical American weighs around 2,000 pounds or rather that's the average weight of their possessions?  Below is a sampling of books to inspire you to start this journey.

Real Life Organizing: Clean and Clutter-free in 15 minutes a day

by Cassandra Aarssen
(NEW 648.5 A)
Yes you can...get organized that is. Great tips for great results.

The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook: Easy and Wholesome Meals to Cook, Prep, Grab and Go

by Toby Amidor
(NEW 641.5637 A)
Try some new recipes for delicious and nutritious meals with minimal work.

InStyle Parties: The Complete Guide to Easy, Elegant Entertaining All Year Round
by the editors of InStyle magazine
(NEW 793.2 I)
Keep the festivities going throughout the year.

End Financial Stress Now: Immediate Steps You Can Take to Improve Your Financial Outlook

by Emily Guy Birken
(332.024 B)
Looking for guide to keep your finances in order? You've found it in this great resource.

Modern Mindfulness: How to be More Relaxed, Focuses and Kind While Living in a Fast, Digital, Always-On World

by Rohan Gunatillake
(158.1 G)
Helpful exercises to incorporate meditation into the busiest life.

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
by Meik Wiking
(158.1 W)
Learn how coziness can bring about happiness.

Short Story Discussion Fall Wrap-up

Our fall Short Story discussion group wraps up this month with a viewing of the 1994 film When a Man Loves a Woman on Thursday, January 18 from 2:00-4:30 p.m. No registration is required and all are welcome to attend.

Meg Ryan and Andy Garcia give powerful performances as a married couple—school counselor Alice and airline pilot Michael—parents of two little girls, coping with Alice's alcoholism and recovery. With Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ellen Burstyn. Film critic Roger Ebert, himself a recovering alcoholic, called it a wise, fresh, and original film, with not a false note, dealing with alcohol's devastating effects on a family.

January 2018 LibraryReads

Here are the top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Published: 1/9/2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

“A thought-provoking, sweeping family saga set in New York City’s Lower East Side, 1969. Four siblings sneak out to visit a psychic who reveals to each, separately, the exact date of his or her death. The book goes on to recount five decades of experience shaped by the siblings attempts to control fate.” Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN

The Wife Between Us: A Novel
by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Published: 1/9/2018 by St. Martin’s Press

“A thriller told from the perspective of three narrators:  a woman, her ex-husband, and his fiance. The storyline is intricate and nonlinear and the characters are likable, but unreliable. This one will keep you guessing.” Kelly Moore, Carrollton Public Library, Carrollton, TX

The Woman in the Window: A Novel by A.J. Finn
Published: 1/2/2018 by William Morrow

“A menacing psychological thriller that starts out like Rear Window and then veers off into unexpected places. An agoraphobic recluse languishes in her New York City home, drinking wine and spying on her neighbors. One day she witnesses a crime that threatens to expose her secrets.” Joseph Jones, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cuyahoga, OH

Promise Not To Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz
Published: 1/2/2018 by Berkley

“Virginia owns a successful art gallery in Seattle now, but she has had to overcome many demons from her childhood in a cult. When one of her artists commits suicide, leaving her a mysterious message, she suspects the cult leader may have resurfaced.” Kelly Rohde, Mead Public Library, Sheboygan, WI​

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Published: 1/30/2018 by Berkley Jove

“Drew is in San Francisco for his ex-girlfriend’s wedding. When he finds himself stuck in an elevator with Alexa, they hatch a plan to go to the wedding together, pretending to be a couple. Told in alternating points of view, this is a delightful multicultural romance.” Elizabeth Gabriel, Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee, WI

Carnegie’s Maid: A Novel by Marie Benedict
Published: 1/16/2018 by Sourcebooks Landmark

“Engaging, richly-detailed, biographical, and historical fiction. In 1860s Pittsburgh, Clara, an Irish immigrant takes a job working as a maid for Andrew Carnegie, with whom she falls in love, and then goes missing.” Carol Ann Tack, Merrick Library, Merrick, NY

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
Published: 1/9/2018 by

“McGuire continues her astounding Wayward Children series with the third volume. A fantastical journey to find and resurrect a mother in a land of sweets. A great fantasy for those who want to give the genre a try.” Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library, Azusa, CA

Still Me: A Novel by Jojo Moyes
Published: 1/30/2018 by Pamela Dorman Books

“The irrepressible Louisa Clark is back and she has a new job as an assistant to the super wealthy Gopniks in New York City. She’s thrilled, a little overwhelmed, and unsure how distance will affect her relationship with her boyfriend, Sam. A spirited look at New York high society.”   Lynn Lobash, New York Public Library, New York, NY

The Girl in the Tower: A Novel by Katherine Arden
Published: 12/5/2017 by Del Rey

“Vasilisa’s gift for seeing what others do not won her the attention of Morozko and together they saved her people from destruction. Compelling political intrigue set in medieval Russia with a twist of folklore and some lush and inventive world building.” Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

Eternal Life: A Novel by Dara Horn
Published: 1/23/2018 by W.W. Norton & Company

“Ever since she made a deal to save her son’s life in Roman-occupied Jerusalem, Rachel has been doomed to live eternally. When one of her grandchildren tries to study the secret of her longevity and asks for a DNA sample,  her world spins out of control.”   Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Library, Austin, TX

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Left: White Plains at Christmas. Photo by Johan Snaggs.

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