This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library

Sneak Peek: Trove Time

On any given day, there could be a whole host of activities at the Library. But among the most important programs are those for young children that help prepare them to become successful readers and to adjust well to school. This is why I’m so excited about Trove Time, a whole new program for children (ages 2-4) and their caregivers set to launch May 1.

Trove Time will provide children with a rich environment in which they, along with their caregivers, can play, read, and socialize. Not only will it be a fun time for kids, caregivers will explore learning-focused play, pick up early literacy tips—both of which they can replicate at home—and meet other parents with kids the same age.

During Trove Time, children will be able to move freely among different workstations, including a dramatic play area, a Lego Duplo construction table, an oversized light box for playing with color, a story time, as well as other activities including puzzles, dance, song and music. Three play assistants and two librarians will be on hand to direct all the fun.

We’ll also be renovating the whole Story Trove area to accommodate all this activity, including installing a fence to make sure no one wanders off during the program. The Story Trove will also be an unplugged area, free from any beeping technology (look for computers in another area of the Trove).

Best of all, Trove Time will be offered three times a week: Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and on Thursdays 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The program will be limited to 25 children and tickets will be distributed a half hour before it begins.

Kudos to the Trove staff for this ambitious undertaking and thanks to the White Plains Library Foundation and the Friends of the White Plains Library for their support.

For more information contact Manager of Youth Services Josh Carlson, (

Brian Kenney

Mark Your Calendar: Creative Code

Next week, teens can get a taste of how the original artists at Pixar & Nintendo created their work and begin to understand what goes on “under the hood” of their computers when using digital imaging programs. Attend Creative Code: Programming as Art on Thursday, March 22 at 3:00 p.m.

Working with software called “Processing,” students will create an interactive art piece. Participants will leave with a piece of art that they have coded, so bring a flash drive! Snacks and refreshments will be served.

The instructor, C.A. MacFinn, is a professional animator whose work has been shown at international festivals. He teaches animation at Rockland Community College as well as at numerous art centers. He enjoys working with students of all ages and level.

Registration is not required but greatly appreciated. To register, call the Edge at 914-422-1481 or visit the online calendar.

This Week in White Plains

The Spring/Summer 2018 Recreation & Parks Guide is now out (keep an eye on your mailboxes!) This means it's time to start registering for the exciting list of activities the City has planned. Registration began on Monday and is ongoing. Visit the Rec & Parks registration page to register for most programs.

Some Spring/Summer highlights include the Answer to Cancer White Plains Hospital 5K Road Race; Independence Day Celebration featuring Army West Point’s Benny Havins Band;, and Shakespeare in the Park: Hamlet.

Celebrating Women in Science

Next Wednesday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m., Lloyd H. Miller will bring the Deedle Deedle Dees with their mix of interactive music and activities for children to our second-floor auditorium. Miller has performed for 15 years (often for kids in care facilities and hospitals) and he is the one fixture in the Deedle Deedle Dees which he describes as “a traveling show with different components.”

In his performance, Miller’s accompaniments will include a bass guitar, ukulele and Olga Okuneva, a Brooklyn-based teacher and puppeteer. “Our program will celebrate women in science as part of Women’s History Month,” he says. “Olga will get the preschoolers involved, and I’ll engage the elementary-school students with sing-along stories about such greats as the journalist Nellie Bly, the aviator Amelia Earhart, the first woman in space Valentina Tereshkova and the first American woman in space Sally Ride. We put a special focus on stories that are untold or undertold in textbooks.”

The music will include songs from the Deedle Deedle Dees’ 2016 album The Rocket Went Up! It was the second in the “Sing Along History” series after the Civil War era-themed Glory, Glory Hallelujah! in which the back-up was “an old-timey rock-n-roll and jazz band.”

For more info, visit us online.

Steve Cohn

Mark Your Calendar: Lee Rouson

SportsWorld motivational youth speaker and former New York Giants running back Lee Rouson will be in the Edge next Tuesday, March 20 at 6:00 p.m. In this event Rouson will engage students while:
  • Encouraging positive choices
  • Equipping students for transformation
  • Empowering them for success
Sponsored by the Youth Bureau as part of the My Brother's Keeper initiative.

Political Dramas and Terror on Screen

Homeland, Red Sparrow, and the apocalyptic Handmaid’s Tale-- we are awash with tough, provocative dramas.  And now there is Looming Tower, Hulu’s 9/11 series filmed in this very library!  (See if you can spot our first floor, the catwalk, or the makeshift café filmed on the second floor landing.)

Here are some similar works from our collection:

The Battle of Algiers
A classic.  Gillo Pontecorvo's 1966 film about Algeria’s struggle for independence from the French.  With its terrorist attacks, “enhanced” interrogations, and everyday citizens dragged into the bloody conflict, it is as relevant and complex today as it was then.

Berlin Station 
You may end up binge watching this CIA series by Olen Steinhauer whose several thrilling, morally complicated novels put him right up there with John Le Carre.  “Timely, significant and almost eerily prescient in its mirroring of real-life events” noted Jocelyn Diaz of Epix, which produces the program.  (The Library owns Season One and will acquire others when available.)

Deutschland '83

In 1983 the Wall still stands, and relations between East and West are on the brink of going nuclear.  This quirky thriller takes naïve East German Martin Rauch undercover to find out what’s up with the Pershing II missiles and to infiltrate the antiwar youth movement in West Berlin.

The Manchurian Candidate
(2 versions:  1962 and 2004)
Both Obama and Trump have been given this label, insinuating that they are mere puppets acting on the behalf of someone else or another country…

In the original version, American hero Raymond—who may not have been heroic after all—returns  from the Korean War.  He has been brainwashed to do the bidding of the Communists. With Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury.

In the 2004 version, the Shaw character returns from Desert Storm a “hero” who is being manipulated by a big, multinational corporation. “You are about to become the first privately owned and operated vice president of the United States,” a liberal senator tells him.  With Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Based on the brilliant and chilling novel by Mohsin Hamid (Exit West), the movie follows the life of a young Pakistani man (Riz Ahmed) who has lived the American Dream of success and is then pulled back to his country and culture after 9/11.

Photo of The Week

: Participants at our Edge Chess Club, held on Mondays. Photo by Staff.

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