This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library

Welcome to The Artists' Loft

The Artists' Loft is a series of live events in the newly renovated café/community room space at the library. Modeled after musician and educator Art Bennett's experience in the 1970s Loft Jazz scene in NYC, each session will be led by Bennett and one other guest teaching artist. While a jazz music jam led by Bennett will be the heartbeat of every Loft session, teaching artists in various disciplines will be brought in to do parallel workshops.

Participants can enjoy Bennett and other musicians as they work out tunes in the café side of the performance space or work with a teaching artist in the community room.

The Artists' Loft will create a place for artists of all mediums to come together in downtown White Plains. For more information, contact Librarian Ben Himmelfarb.

Join us for a special kick-off event tomorrow,  March 29 at 7:00 p.m. where Art Bennett will be playing jazz.

Dates and Guest Teaching Artists:
April 11 & April 25: Art Bennett (music) & Lord Judah (spoken word/hip-hop)
May 9 & May 23: Art Bennett (music) & Alec Lichtenberg (dance/storytelling)
June 13 & June 27: Art Bennett (music) & Lana Yu (visual arts)

All sessions go from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Brian Kenney

This Week in White Plains

The 23rd Annual Battle of the Bravest Hockey Game will be held at the Ebersole Ice Rink at 1:00 p.m. this Saturday, March 31. Firefighters from White Plains and FDNY will face-off in this Charity Cup to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley.

Tickets for the hockey game are $5 per person and will directly benefit the families that use the temporary housing to stay close to their children when they are hospitalized due to serious illness or traumatic injury.

April Poetry Slam & Open Mic

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? To celebrate, we're hosting our monthly Poetry Slam and Open Mic on Wednesday, April 4, across the street in a joint effort with the Galleria at White Plains. The Galleria is offering generous prizes ($500, $250, $125) to the top three poets. As usual, registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m. when the fun begins! We'll meet in the Food Court next to Forever 21 across from KFC.

Our featured poet this month is
Elizabeth Thomas, a published poet who designs and teaches writing programs at schools and organizations throughout the U.S. An outstanding advocate of youth in the arts, she started UpWords Poetry, an organization dedicated to programs for young writers and educators. Thomas helps organize and coach Connetic Word, the CT National Youth Poetry Slam team, and she believes poetry is meant to be heard out loud and in person.

This event is sponsored by the White Plains Library Foundation.

Save the Date: Masterwork Conversations

Mark your calendar for Sunday, April 22nd at 2:00 p.m. as next month our Friends group will be sponsoring a Masterwork Conversation event with Vlada Yaneva and Matthew Harrison. This husband and wife duo whose open conversation recital format has brought new musical insight and enjoyment to audiences of every age and experience from the stages of Europe to Carnegie Hall. This is an event you won't want to miss!

Call for Haitian Artists

We're inviting Haitian artists to participate in an exhibit Haiti in Color / Ayiti An Koule to showcase and promote Haitian art. We welcome every interested artist over 21 to submit four pictures of their artwork that they would like to exhibit at the Library in May.

Submissions can be made digitally at or in person at our Administration office. Please note that submissions must be received no later than April 6, 2018. Visit our website for an application.

We will provide a price list for all works exhibited; we request that ten percent of the proceeds go towards the White Plains Library Foundation.

For any inquiries call Reginald St. Fort at (646) 294-5533.

Fiction Read-Alikes

In Libraryland, we do something called Reader’s Advisory.  If you tell us you liked X book, we may recommend you try Y. We’ll do the same with authors.  Here are some “Read-Alikes” for a few best-sellers.  Feel free to ask at the Hub Information Desk for other recommendations!

Enjoyed An American Marriage by Tarayi Jones?  Try:
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Sing, Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward

If Force of Nature by Jane Harper and The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn had you on the edge of your seat, now try:
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson
The Trespasser by Tana French

If you finished A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles and are feeling bereft, try:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Dream Life of Sukhanov by Olga Grushin
The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
The Mayakovsky Tapes by Robert Littell

Video Game Development Camp

You may remember a few months back when we announced the new Libraries Ready to Code grant that we received from the American Library Association - since then it has funded multiple Career Development panels (two medical and politics panels are coming next month!) and now we've opened registration for our four-day Video Game Development Camp for teens!

Beginning next Monday, April 2 through Thursday, April 5 from 1:00-3:00 p.m., participants will learn the process of designing and releasing a video game using the Unity Game Engine. Registration is required and we only have 8 slots left so make sure you sign your child up today by visiting our online calendar or calling the Edge at 914-422-1481!

Photo of the Week

Above: Student organizers of the Westchester County March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 25. Photo by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin.

We want your photos! In each issue of This Week on Martine we will feature one patron submitted photo that was taken in White Plains. To submit your photography for a chance to be featured, visit our photo submission page, upload one of your photos and fill out our form with a short description of the photo and your name.
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