This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library

Summer Reads: Non-fiction Edition

While most people reach for a romance, thriller, or espionage novel as a summer reader, a smaller group of non-fiction readers remain true to their preferences: memoirs, history, and science. This list is for them.

Calypso by David Sedaris
A new collection from Sedaris is always a cause for celebration, and in this volume “Sedaris reveals a deep loyalty to family, with loving reminiscences of his mother, a palpable wish to be closer to his father, and a nostalgic devotion to his siblings and their shared memories. The author’s fans and newcomers alike will be richly rewarded by this sidesplitting collection.”—Publishers Weekly

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
“A girl claws her way out of a claustrophobic, violent fundamentalist family into an elite academic career in this searing debut memoir…Westover’s vivid prose makes this saga of the pressures of conformity and self-assertion that warp a family seem both terrifying and ordinary.”—Publishers Weekly

Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang
by Lamont “U-God” Hawkins

“Hawkins, a member of the Wu-Tang Clan, describes New York during the less glamorous (and more dangerous) 1970s through the early 1990s, when he lived with his single mother in a crack-ravaged Staten Island neighborhood…Hawkins is a wonderful storyteller…and his willingness to share his wisdom...yields an inspirational coming-of-age story.”—Publishers Weekly

The Wisdom of Wolves by Jim and Jamie Dutcher
“The authors challenge the cultural perception of wolves as ruthless with more positive stories of wolf behavior…sharing stories as if they were doting grandparents. This optimistic expression of faith in the everyday wisdom of wolf and humankind alike shows the wolves as a reflection of the best in humans.”—Publishers Weekly

Just the Funny Parts:...and a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys' Club by Nell Scovell
“In this illuminating memoir, sitcom writer Scovell (Newhart, Murphy Brown, NCIS) details her career as a highly successful television writer over the last three decades, during which she was usually the only woman in the room…Scovell’s memoir is wonderfully entertaining and ultimately uplifting.”—Publishers Weekly

Brian Kenney

Youth Bureau Flight Academy

The White Plains Youth Bureau is taking applications for its new Flight Simulator/Flight Academy Program. The program is designed to provide youth and young adults, 12 to 24 years of age, with flight instruction. The program will run every Thursday from July 5 to August 9. One hour of flight instruction is offered. Slots are available between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. This is a free program.

According to the airline industry, there is a growing shortage of pilots and this puts the future of the industry at risk. A recent report by CNN indicated that “over the next two decades, 87 new pilots will have to be trained and ready to fly a commercial airliner every day in order to meet the demand to travel by air.” In the next 20 years, BOEING has estimated that airline carriers in North America will need 117,000 pilots. More than 42% of active U.S. airline pilots at the biggest carriers will retire over the next 10 years, according to a recent report by Cowen & Company.  

The White Plains Youth Bureau has plans to expand the Flight Academy Program in the future to work with the airline industry and to work with Westchester County Airport to establish a Cadet Program.

For more information and to receive an application for the program, contact Laura Montoya at the White Plains Youth Bureau at 914-422-1378 or

Find out about how the Youth Bureau is assisting for possible employment in the Aviation Industry.

Press Conference on Unclaimed Funds

Join us in our Community Room tomorrow, July 19 at 1:30 p.m., for a press conference on unclaimed funds. County Executive George Latimer and New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli will brief the press and residents on the opportunity to check whether there are unclaimed funds held for them by the State of New York.

The press conference will be followed by the opportunity for residents to get assistance in searching for and claiming funds.


Our LEGO Club starts this month on Friday, July 21 and 28 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Children in grades 1-3 will meet on the second to last Friday of each month, while grades 4 - 6 will meet on the last Friday of each month.

Your child can get creative with our LEGOs. They'll have the opportunity to be innovative, have fun, and enjoy building with others.

Summer '18 Audiobooks for Road Trips

Audiobooks are perfect for long summer road trips. They also make everyday White Plains traffic more bearable, and even, dare we say, enjoyable? So whether you're going to the grocery store or the Grand Canyon this summer, don't forget the audiobooks!

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
Creator, Writer, and Actress Issa Rae's show Insecure returns to HBO on August 12th, but in the meantime, enjoy Rae's humorous essays, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, based upon her YouTube series by the same title. Essays are great for short trips around town, especially when they're as witty as these are. An added bonus:  it's narrated by the author herself.  Available on CD and at Libby/Overdrive.

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton & James Patterson
The summer's hottest thriller was written by two local authors:  the former president and prolific Patterson. Narrated by Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, and others. Available on CD and at Libby/Overdrive.

Lincoln in The Bardo by George Saunders
Named "Audiobook of the Year" at the Audio Publishers Association's 2018 Audie Awards ceremony in May, a group of talented actors brings to life this imaginative story which goes beyond historical fiction into the realm of the supernatural in a weird but wonderful way. Narrated by Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and a full cast. Available on CD and at Libby/Overdrive.

Big History by David Christian
There's no law that says all road trip reads must be fiction. Bill Gates would agree. In his 5 Books Worth Reading This Summer, Gates writes "It tells the story of the universe from the big bang to today’s complex societies, weaving together insights and evidence from various disciplines."  At 24.5 hours, you'll want to save this one for long trips. Available at Libby/Overdrive.

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
by Trevor Noah
The host of The Daily Show With Trevor Noah shares the story of his coming of age during apartheid in South Africa in his moving and memorable memoir, and there's something marvelous about an audiobook that's read by the author. Narrated by Trevor Noah. Available on CD.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
You've read the book. You've watched the TV series (Season 1 is available on DVD & Blu-ray). Do you really need to listen to the audiobook? Yes! Emmy award-winning Actress Claire Danes' performance of Atwood's dystopian novel is incredible and not to be missed. Narrated by Claire Danes. Available on CD.

Musical Munchkins

Eileen Oddo brings her wonderful Musical Munchkins class to the Library this Thursday, July 19! Space is limited, so make sure to pick up tickets 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.

This program is offered in two separate sessions:
10:30-11:00 a.m.: Nonwalkers - age 2 with a caregiver.
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Ages 2-4 with a caregiver.

Halloween in July!

You've heard of Christmas in July, but what about Halloween in July? Our popular costume party is back this Friday, July 20 at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy some frightfully good stories, design a fun pumpkin face, and collect treats along a Library parade route all in a summer's day! For children ages 4 to Grade 4.

Photo of The Week

: A long line forms for Addicted to Ink's big Friday the 13th piercing and tattoo sale. Photo by John Lolis.

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