This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library

Get Outside!

We love the Guggenheim, Frick, and Cooper Hewitt museums—but at this time of the year, we want to enjoy the great weather. Fortunately, our Museum Pass program has four great options for getting you and your family out into the great outdoors. Hint: be sure and check out the websites since each institution offers special programs and events over the summer.

Storm King Art Center, Orange County
“Widely celebrated as one of the world’s leading sculpture parks, Storm King Art Center has welcomed visitors from across the globe for over fifty years…its 500 acres of rolling hills, woodlands, and fields of native grasses and wildflowers provide the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time.” Not a huge fan of modern sculpture? You’ll still enjoy the wonderful venue with over 100 acres of native grass, plants, and sweeping meadows.

Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, NY
Design, history, nature, fantastic views—Boscobel had got it all. With one of the finest collections of decorative arts from the Federal period, Boscobel offers tours of their neoclassical mansion and access to 68 acres of their grounds, featuring lush gardens and a woodland trail. Boscobel directly overlooks Constitution Marsh toward the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, showcasing dramatic views of the Hudson River. Children are always welcome; check the calendar for programs and activities for the whole family.

Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford, CT
Seasonal fun awaits you at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Bring friends and enjoy a picnic on the Meadow, walk over 80 acres of nature trails, drop in to the Heckscher Farm and say hello to the animals, and bring the whole group to the amazing exhibition in the Stamford Museum Galleries. Current special exhibit:  The Return of Wolves & Peregrine Falcons.

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Pocantico Hills, NY
Weekend tickets at Stone Barns often sell out.  Our Saturday and Sunday passes allow you to enter and park for free. So much is going on! Here’s a sampling of what you could find over the weekend: Meet the Sheep, Egg Collecting, Farm Activity: Lettuce Taste & Evaluation, Foraging Walk or Full Farm Adult Walking Tour,  Meet the Bees, Dig Deep with a Farmer: Building Soil for Heath,  Rounds: Growing Space Tour, Pig Walk: Observe our Waste Fed Pig, and more.

Note: the Museum Pass program is available only to White Plains Public Library cardholders.

Brian Kenney

This Week in White Plains


Celebrate all the father figures in your life this Sunday night, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Turnure Park with a tribute to the Doobie Brothers. The Doobie Others, a Doobie Brothers tribute band, will be performing all the classics so you won't want to miss it!

Earring Workshop with Joan Lloyd

Join local jewelry artist Joan Lloyd on Thursday, June 21 at 6:00 p.m. to make beaded earrings. Make a pair to take home and another pair to donate to a women's shelter. All supplies will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring old or broken bead jewelry to re-purpose.

Space is limited; Registration is required. To register, visit our online calendar or call us at (914) 422-1480.

White Plains History Roundtable

Join the White Plains History Roundtable on Wednesday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m. for an educational, participatory, and social event where attendees hear a presentation on a historical topic, examine materials from the White Plains Collection, and engage in discussion with each other. Because June is LGBT Pride Month, June's Roundtable will focus on The LOFT and LGBT History in Westchester.

Come learn about the people and organizations that worked to secure rights and a safe place in the county for the LGBT community. We will specifically focus on The LOFT LGBT Community Center which was founded in White Plains in the 1980s. In addition to archival material from the White Plains Collection, we will have clips from Forward & Out, the LGBT affairs public access show, and individuals who are long-time LOFT members.

From the Library of Congress: “LGBT Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.”

Spanish Book Club

Acompañenos a nuestro club de lectura en Español a la 14 de junio a las 6:30 p.m. El libro que discutiremos sera El Túnel por Ernesto Sábato

Coordinado por Andrei Bezzubikoff. Andrei estudió telogía en la Facultad de Teologia Pontificia y Civil de Lima. Es autor de Asilo de luz, un breve libro narrativo. Su cuento, La mujer de barcos, fue galardonado con el primer premio en el cuncurso "2008 Plabras" en Lima, Perú. Para más información llame a Mariel Perez al 914 4226.6982.

Join us for our Spanish Book Club coordinated by Andrei Bezzubikoff on Thursday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. The second book in the series is El Túnel by Ernesto Sábato. Participants must be fluent in Spanish.

A New Storywalk is Now Available

A new story is now available at the Bryant-Mamaroneck Park StoryWalk.

In A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee, Mr. Magee and Dee love the outdoors, so they hitch up the camper and head out of town. They are having fun roasting marshmallows on the campfire and watching the sun set over a nearby waterfall. Could there be a better way to end the day? Not when a bear tries to take your marshmallows and sends you in your camper down the hill and toward the falls. Oh no! This is a story filled with rhyme, humor, and a bit of suspense for kids learning to read.

The StoryWalk, a partnership between the City of White Plains Recreation and Parks Department and the White Plains Public Library, combines a children's story with a popular walking route. The StoryWalk is a great way to inspire parents, teachers, and caregivers to take young children on a short stroll and introduce them to a new book at the same time.

Nonfiction for Father's Day

Fathers and sons.  Fathers and daughters.  Fathers with their own fathers.  What constitutes a “good” father?  Is there even such a thing? Four writers explore these complicated, life-shaping relationships.  For additional recommendations, please see a librarian at the Hub Information Desk.

The Beautiful Struggle
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

“… soulful memoir of a black father and his sons that tells the truth about the virtues and costs of the black freedom struggle,” notes Michael Eric Dyson.

Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father
by Alysia Abbott

“At once a father-daughter love story, a testament to survival, a meditation on profound loss, and a searing chronicle of a complex coming of age,” writes Dani Shapiro.

The Film Club
by David Gilmour

When his teenage son, Jesse, is flunking out of school, Gilmour allows him to drop out—on the condition that they watch and discuss 3 films a week together.  Meaningful conversation, connection and a new path for Jesse follow.

Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces
by Michael Chabon

Chabon, the Los Angeles Times claims, is “more or less incapable of writing a boring sentence.”  Read these wise and charming essays and you will agree.

Photo of The Week

Left: Wall of plants and flowers. One North Broadway, White Plains. Photo by Grace Cifelli.

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