This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library

Life Just Got a Little Bit Easier

If you’ve had it with the weather—when will it stop raining?—here’s something to brighten up your day: starting the first week of August, we will automatically renew your material before it becomes due.

Why are we doing this? Because the number one reason most people don’t use the Library is that the loan periods are too short (and difficult to keep track of). And because when life gets hectic—and when isn’t it?—the first thing we forget to do is to renew our library books, movies, and music.

Here’s how automatic renewal works:

Three days before an item becomes due, you will receive an email stating: “The following items have been renewed for you (title, new due date). Please check your library account for the status of other checked out items.”

Items that have holds on them—when other patrons are waiting for them—will not be automatically renewed. For items that have holds, patrons will receive the standard email notice that the item is coming due.

Automatic renewal is a one-time occurrence. You can’t renew the material again, unless you speak to a staff member.

When an item that has been automatically renewed becomes due, you will receive the standard notice reminding you to return it.

This only has an effect on material borrowed from the White Plains Public Library.

Automatic renewal cannot be turned off, but you are certainly free to return items on the original due date!

Notification is only through email, so be sure we have your current email address in
our system.

Questions? Call (422-1406) or write me.

Brian Kenney

This Week in White Plains

The White Plains Recreation & Parks Department has a variety of family friendly activities for community members this week:

Tonight, July 25 at 8:15 p.m. in Turnure Park
The Lego Ninjago Movie
The young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, that are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, is wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, who also happens to be Lloyd's dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, this showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu.

Thursday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m. in Gardella Park
Magic by Harrison

Thursday, July 26 at 8:15 p.m. in Chatterton Park
Coco the Movie

Despite his family's baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.

Spanish for Beginners Returns This Fall

Registration is now open for our popular Spanish for Beginners class taught by Naicy Petrill. These basic conversation classes for adults interested in learning Spanish will return this September. Classes will meet every Tuesday from September 11–December 18 at 7:00 p.m.

To register for this class, visit our online calendar or call us at (914) 422-1480. Due to its popularity, this class cannot be repeated. Students must attend all classes. Space is limited; there is no waiting list.

Fashion Career Panel

Join us on Wednesday, August 8 at 5:30 p.m. for the latest of our "How Did I Get Here?" series. Students interested in pursuing a career in the fashion industry won't want to miss this special career panel and workshop.

We'll start the night with an easy sewing project, then hear about the career path and daily work of high fashion tailor Andrea King Lacey.

The sewing portion of the program, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., is for grades 6 and up only and registration is required, but patrons of all ages are welcome to attend the talk beginning at 6:30 p.m.

No sewing experience necessary; To register, visit our online calendar, or call the Edge at (914) 422-1481.

This program is made possible through a grant to the White Plains Library Foundation from the Allstate Foundation, a dedicated supporter of teen programming in the Edge


Path to Entrepreneurship

Join us on Wednesday, August 1 at 6:00 p.m. for a program designed to introduce you to small business ownership. Learn about the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur and what it takes to run your own business.

Please pre-register for this program by calling (914) 948-6098 ext. 15 or by emailing

Celebrate Harry Potter

Join us on Monday, July 30 at 4:30 p.m. in the Trove for Mondays Rock!: Celebrate Harry Potter. We'll have Harry Potter themed activities and surprises for children in grades 3-6.

August 2018 LibraryReads

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

Vox by Christina Dalcher
Published: 8/21/2018 by Berkley
“In the future world depicted in Vox, women are limited to speaking 100 words per day. Readers will want to shout every word in their heads, hoard every book in their libraries, and second guess the words of every person in their lives. A captivating, timely book that explores women’s rights in a fast-paced, compelling story.” –Jennifer Gaenzle, Fort Fairfield Public Library, Fort Fairfield, ME

Our House by Louise Candlish
Published: 8/7/2018 by Berkley
“Full of secrets and surprises, Our House poses the question, “How well do you know the person you live with?” An attempt to co-habitate for the sake of the children leaves divorced mom Fiona alone and out in the cold. Readers will have a hard time putting down this twisty domestic suspense novel. Even after the last page is turned, the characters will linger.”–Annette Herbst, Columbia County Rural Library, Dayton, WA

Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley
Published: 8/7/2018 by Sourcebooks Landmark
“A character-driven story with a nice surprise twist, this gothic-style fiction, set in 1759 Long Island, will not disappoint Kearsley’s many fans. Readers who enjoy good doses of romance, history, and magic will be pleased.”–Julie Raynor, High Point Public Library, High Point, NC

Good Luck with That by Kristan Higgins
Published: 8/7/2018 by Berkley
“Emerson, Georgia, and Marley met as teens at a 'fat camp.' When one of them dies young, the others are forced to confront their own struggles with self-esteem and acceptance. With equal measures of humor and heartbreak, this book sparks questions about society’s idea of the perfect size and explores how body image can have far-reaching effects.”–Claudia Silk, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT

The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis
Published: 8/7/2018 by Dutton
“Disparate decades of New York City are capably brought to life through two strong and resourceful female characters in Davis’s latest work. At the center is the Grand Central Terminal, which served as an art school in the 1920s, is threatened with demolition in the 1970s, and connects the threads of Clara Darden’s and Virginia Clay’s lives. Well researched and captivating.”–Kelly Baroletti, Wantagh Public Library, Wantagh, NY

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones
Published: 8/21/2018 by Minotaur Books
“Emily thinks she’s found the man of her dreams in Adam. But when she meets Pammie, the woman she hopes will be her future mother-in-law, things take a sinister turn. Fast-paced, gripping, and ultimately satisfying.”–Jenny Moore, Hillsboro Public Library, Hillsboro, OR

Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood
Published: 8/7/2018 by St. Martin’s Press
“Disturbing crime fiction based on real events that inspired Nabokov’s Lolita. In 1948, fifth grade Sally Horner is kidnapped by a man pretending to be a police officer.”–Ninoshka Aviles, Osceola Library, Osceola, FL

Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen
Published: 8/7/2018 by Berkley Prime Crime
“The 12th book in the Royal Spyness mystery series finds our heroine, Georgie, juggling all manner of details as she prepares for her upcoming marriage to Darcy. A fun, breezy mystery.”–Cori Dodds, Derby Public Library, Derby, KS

Meet Me at the Museum by Ann Youngson
Published: 8/7/2018 by Flatiron Books
“A touching epistolary novel about an English farmer’s wife and a museum curator who may be in for an unexpected second act.”–Marilyn Sieb, L.D. Fargo Public Library, Lake Mills, WI

A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua
Published: 8/14/2018 by Ballantine Books
“A Chinese woman makes her way to America with her unborn daughter determined to make a life for them both. For readers who enjoy modern immigration stories like Behold the Dreamers and Little Fires Everywhere.”–Abby Johnson, New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, New Albany, IN

Video of The Week

: News12 stopped by the Library this week to interview patrons and Brian Kenney in response to a recent piece by Forbes that suggested Amazon replace public Libraries.

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