This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library

A Major Improvement to Our
OverDrive Platform

If you read ebooks or audiobooks using Overdrive there are some changes underway.

Until recently, each public library in Westchester had its own Overdrive account. So too did the Westchester Library System (WLS). So if you were a White Plains cardholder, and were searching for a title, you had to check both our White Plains account and the WLS account.

This week, the Overdrive collections from the 38 public libraries in Westchester, along with the WLS collection, have come together to share our digital books and become, effectively, one collection.

Why is this a good thing? It means that White Plains cardholders now have access to over 40,000 titles—a huge collection. It also means that you only have to search one collection.

At the same time, you aren’t losing any of your privileges as a White Plains cardholder. For popular titles that we have purchased, which typically have holds on them, you will have access to a copy before other cardholders. In this way, our digital collection will work just like our print collection: we will share the material not in use, but copies of high interest books will be used to fill requests from White Plains cardholders.

If you access Overdrive through a computer, then the transition should be unnoticeable. If you use the Overdrive app or their newer app, Libby (which I strongly recommend!), then you will need to make the Westchester Library System your home library. Need help? Call us at 422-1480.

With the new collection, books can circulate for 14 days, although they are renewable. And you can only borrow ten books at a time (but who wants more than ten books at once?)

Because of the Fourth of July, there will be no issue of This Week on Martine next Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday!

Brian Kenney

This Week in White Plains

Last week marked the start of this summer's Noon Day Concert series, held Thursdays from Noon to 2:00 p.m. in Renaissance Plaza. Find a full lineup of this summer's concerts below:

June 28: River of Dreams

July 5: Tracy DeLucia Band
July 12: Ricardo Gautreau
July 19: Ivan Polanco
July 26: Good Clean Fun

August 2: Magic Touch - Acapella
August 9: Blues Budda
August 16: Art Bennett Ensemble
August 23: Sage
August 30: California Dreamin

Summer Reading 2018: Libraries Rock!

This year's Summer Reading Game is set to launch next Monday, so get a head start and visit to sign up for the Trove’s online summer reading program. The program becomes active on July 2. And don't miss our kick-off concert with Chris Merwin tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium!

Read, log your reading, and be a part of summer activities and programs to earn points and prizes. While kids are having fun reading and being a part of our programs, they will also receive prizes for each 25 points earned. Points are earned for reading books (5 points per book) and attending Library events (different values depending on the program).

In addition to prizes throughout the summer, kids can earn points to enter the grand prize raffle drawing! Each Toddler–3rd grader who earns 400 points will be entered into the raffle for a fun, musical, prize! Each 4-6 grader who earns 350 points will be entered to win a Kindle Fire tablet!

There are two options available:
  • You can register as the reader – a child logging reading and activities over the summer.
  • You can register as an adult responsible for readers – with your child(ren) as readers connected to your account. This option is great for parents, caregivers, teachers, daycare providers – anyone who wants to help keep track of the reading and library activities of their child(ren).
When you add a reader (either yourself or a child), you will see the programs currently available to that person based on their age and grade. If the reader is a baby through grade 6, the Trove’s summer reading program will be available to select. If the reader is in grades 7-12, the Edge’s summer reading program will be available.

If you need any help signing yourself or your child(ren) up for the program, please stop by the Trove! And for school summer reading lists and much more, visit our website.

Libraries Rock – Chris Merwin: Wednesday, June 27, 7:00 p.m.
Puppet Playtime: Wednesday, July 11, 11:00 a.m.
Jim Vagias Libraries Rock Magic Show: Thursday, July 12, 2:00 p.m.
Writers Rock! Creative Writing Workshop Series: Thursdays, July 19 – August 9, 4:30 p.m.
Animals Rock!: Thursday, August 9, 11:00 a.m.

International Film Festival

It's back! What is perhaps our most popular summer program for adults returns next month with an exciting lineup of International films including a Chinese feature starring Jet Li, as well as a Spanish fantasy directed by Guillermo del Toro. The films will run on Tuesday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. from July 10 through August 14.

July 10:  Hero (Chinese)
Dir. Zhang Yimou | PG-13 | 99 minutes

July 17:  Day for Night (French)
Dir. Francois Truffaut | PG | 116 minutes

July 24:  Pan's Labyrinth (Spanish)
Dir. Guillermo del Toro | R | 119 minutes

July 31:  The Way Home (Korean)
Dir. Lee Jeong-hyang | PG | 85 minutes

August 7:  El Jeremías (Mexican)
Dir. Anwar Safa | PG-13 | 95 minutes

August 14:  The Wedding Plan (Hebrew)
Dir. Rama Burshtein | PG | 110 Minutes

Programs Not to be Missed

With the kickoff of our Summer Reading Program also comes a number of exciting events for children and families. Below are two coming up next month that we know you won't want to miss:

Puppet Playtime
Wednesday, July 11 at 11:00 a.m.
Nicola Rose will entertain toddlers and preschoolers ages 2-4 with a fun, interactive, puppet variety show featuring stories and songs!

Jim Vagias Libraries Rock
Magic Show*

Thursday, July 12 at 2:00 p.m.
Join Magic Jim and his sidekick puppet Mortimer as they use books that can be found in the Library to create a magical, inspirational and fun program! Featuring magic, humor and audience participation, the show will amaze and get young people excited about books and reading. For families and children of all ages.

*Earn points for the Summer Reading Game by attending this program

July 2018 LibraryReads

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

Spinning Silver
by Naomi Novik

Published: 7/10/2018 by Del Rey
“A wonderful reimagining of the Rumpelstiltskin story. A tale of love, family, magic, and destiny, told from the perspective of three strong female characters.” –Melanie Liechty, Logan Library, Logan, UT

Clock Dance
by Anne Tyler

Published: 7/10/2018 by Knopf
“Willa Drake gets a second act when she steps in to care for a nine-year-old in a complicated situation. Character driven fiction and a sweeping storyline.” –Mary Anne Quinn, Warwick Public Library, Warwick, RI

Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce

Published: 7/3/2018 by Scribner
“In 1940s London, Emmy takes a job as a typist that evolves into answering rejected letters sent to an advice columnist.” –Judy Hartman, Mechanicsville Public Library, Mechanicsville, IA

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Published: 7/17/2018 by St. Martin’s Press
“A fragile woman struggles against her mute daughter’s schemes for her father’s undivided attention. Dark, creepy, and downright scary.” –Kathryn Neal, Skiatook Library, Skiatook, OK

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

Published: 7/17/2018 by Little, Brown and Company
“Kit competes for her dream job with a rival who was once her closest friend. Gripping psychological suspense.” –Kristy Gates, Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, Jonesboro, AR

Believe Me by JP Delaney
Published: 7/24/2018 by Ballantine Books
“An unemployed actress works for a divorce lawyer entrapping unsuspecting husbands until she finds herself ensnared in a murder investigation. This roller-coaster ride of a book will keep you guessing with an unreliable narrator and and a twisty plot.” –Linda Quinn, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT

Caught In Time by Julie McElwain

Published: 7/3/2018 by Pegasus Books
“The third book in the Kendra Donovan series finds our protagonist investigating the murder of a mill owner against the the backdrop of the Industrial Revolution.” –Melissa Barber, Lubbock Public Library, Lubbock, TX

Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell
Published: 7/10/2018 by Berkley
“Michael Frazier is searching for the missing daughter he never knew he had. A multi-layered plot with so many compelling, complex characters, this book grabbed me from the first sentences." –Evelyn Cunningham, Norwalk Public Library, Norwalk, CT

The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna
by C. W. Gortner

Published: 7/10/2018 by Ballantine Books
“A look at Maria, Empress of Russia, and her trials before and after becoming the Russian Empress. Well written historical fiction.” –Janette McMahon, Fremont County Library System, WY

Fruit of the Drunken Tree
by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Published: 7/31/2018 by Doubleday
“Set against the violence of 1990s Columbia, a young girl and a maid form an unlikely and dangerous relationship. Equal parts heartwrenching and beautiful.” –Alejandra Rodriguez, Osceola County Library, FL

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: Eastview students with their Library goodie bags! Photo by Staff.

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