This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library

We Need Your Help!

Every spring, we invite the sixth-graders from the Eastview Middle School—all 575 of them!—to spend the day at the Library. We divide the students into five groups that come on the following days: June 14, 15, 18, 19 and 20.

During the course of the day, there are opportunities for learning, playing, and learning through play. There’s a scavenger hunt that secretly teaches them about the Library, a digital media program where students practice skills from cartoon animation to video game design, exercises that teach empathy, and all kinds of maker activities (from creating a Lego boat to designing a bridge). Oh, and lunch too.

The visit also marks the students “graduation” from the Trove, our children’s library, to the Edge, our library for teens, and they receive their new Edge card at the end of the day. We want them to meet the Edge staff, feel comfortable using the Edge, and know that we are there to help them succeed as they move on to seventh grade and then high school.

But to make these days succeed, we need volunteers. Which is, we hope, where you come in. We need folks to help out with the Scavenger Hunt, distribute bag lunches, help show off technology in the media lab, stuff goody bags, assist with craft exercises, and more. You can volunteer for just one day—or all five.

Interested? Contact Assistant Director Kathy Degyansky at 422-6965 or

Brian Kenney

This Week in White Plains

This Sunday is the Answer to Cancer 5K Race, 2K Sunday Stroll & Block Party to benefit White Plains Hospital for Cancer Care. The event will ensure all patients and families have access to high quality compassionate cancer care in a state of the art facility close to home. This healing environment holistically supports the needs of every patient.

8:30 a.m. 5K Race (There are stairs on race course, no strollers allowed)
9:00 a.m. Sunday Stroll
8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Block Party

Court Street between Main Street and Martine Avenue, White Plains, NY (Use 19 Court Street, White Plains, NY address for Walking Directions ONLY)

This event is made possible through a collaboration between White Plains Hospital, the City of White Plains and the White Plains Business Improvement District.

*Event takes place rain or shine

For additional event day information visit the link here.

To register for the event, or to donate, visit the event page.

Kanopy Kids

We’ve got a brand-new source of educational and entertaining children’s programming–free to watch! White Plains Public Library and Kanopy have partnered to bring you Kanopy Kids, featuring hundreds of enriching videos available to stream whenever you want.  Kanopy has partnered with Common Sense Media™ to provide developmentally appropriate age ratings to help you decide what to watch with your child.

Log in to our Kanopy platform and select "Kids" on the top right to start streaming. For those looking to stream on their TVs, Kanopy Kids is also available for Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire. For more information, stop by our Hub Desk.

Meet Donnie Simmons

You may have noticed Donnie Simmons working on the Hub desk. Or maybe at the Trove’s Compass desk. Or then again, you may have met him in the Edge, surrounded by teens. Donnie, while working part-time, is the only librarian on staff who has served in all three departments, assisting patrons throughout the building while covering programs such as Chess Club in the Edge.

Donnie’s flexibility and approachability are just two of the reasons we are so pleased to now welcome him as a full-time Youth Services librarian, working with both children and teens. This week we met up so I could find out a little bit more about him.

Simmons' path to his library career was partially brought about by an injury. During his sophomore year at Syracuse University, he tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) playing football and had to find a part-time job to support himself. He found one at the MLK Library on Syracuse's campus. Simmons quickly realized how much he enjoyed the work and became interested in pursuing it further. Also, Simmons' father Don, an educator, convinced him that working in a library would put him in a position to be a "voice" to inspire kids in his community. Shortly thereafter, he decided to attend Syracuse's iSchool for his masters in library and information science.

Simmons was born and raised in White Plains, so the community isn't new to him, but he is excited to get to know our patrons better. Now that he's joined our Youth Services department, Simmons says what he's most looking forward to is "reaching out to White Plains youth, getting to know the community better," and forming healthy relationships with our younger patrons.

In his spare time, Simmons enjoys reading comics and graphic novels, and watching anime. He says his favorite superhero is Black Panther, particularly Ta-Nehisi Coates' run, but that Spider-man was the "OG" for him during his younger years, and that the character is a close tie with T'Challa. Simmons, who likes to live an active and healthy lifestyle, recommends patrons check out B.K.S. Iyengar's Light On Yoga to learn more on the topic from the world's greatest and best known teacher of yoga.

Please join us in welcoming Donnie to the Library.

The Conversation Continues

YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester have partnered with us on "A Courageous Conversation" event for Haitian Heritage Month. We'll present a follow-up conversation to the original discussion of immigration led last year by Ibi Zoboi, author of American Street. Ms. Zoboi remarks about immigration, “Sometimes it’s not just a matter of leaving somewhere; it’s aiming for something more, something that you feel that you deserve.

”Your 'American Street': A discussion about DACA and Immigration" will be held next Thursday, May 24, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in our Community Room with complimentary admission and a buffet.

Register now to learn about the issues involved in immigration reform, and share perspectives from Haitian, Latinx, Muslim, and other communities in Westchester County.

For information contact: Julia Nesbitt, YWCA Director of Racial Justice 914-949-6227 x 106. To register, visit the event's eventbrite page.

Volunteer Orientation

Are you interested in volunteering with us? We have a variety of options ranging from helping out in our Friends' new bookstore, to leading a session of our English Conversation Group and digitizing local newspapers in our Local History room. If you want to apply and learn about all of this and more, attend our Volunteer Orientation next Tuesday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Assistant Library Director Kathy Degyansky will give an overview of the programs, and you'll list your skills, hobbies and passions on the application forms. Then, in the coming weeks, you will individually meet with Kathy for placement.

Above: Attendees and Discussion Leader of our English Conversation Group

SAT Prep Classes

Is your child struggling to prepare for their college entrance exams? Beginning next Wednesday and through June, the Edge will hold an SAT Prep class for teens. The class will be presented by Louis Melendez, a local high school honors student who has developed his own SAT Prep class. The class is free and will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Edge Media Lab.

Big Books of Spring:
Comics & Graphic Novels

On your way to the cafe?  Stop by our Graphic Novels section.  If you're looking for something new, and good, the following made the Publishers Weekly list of top comics and graphic novels for Spring 2018:

All the Answers:  A Graphic Memoir by Michael Kupperman

The Comic Book Story of Baseball: The Heroes, Hustlers, and History-Making Swings (and Misses) of America’s National Pastime by Alex Irvine, Tomm Coker, and C.P. Smith

Gumballs by Erin Nations

Homestuck 1: Acts 1 & 2 by Andrew Hussie

Is This Guy for Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman by Box Brown

Manfried the Man by Caitlin Major and Kelly Bastow

Sabrina by Nick Drnaso

Young Frances by Hartley Lin


Black Panther is out now on DVD -- reserve a copy now if you haven't already!   If you're one of the millions of obsessed superfans (who isn't?), you'll want to check these out, too:

Black Panther 1:  A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates & Brian Stelfreeze

Black Panther World of Wakanda:  Dawn of the Midnight Angels by Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Alitha E. Martinez,  & Roberto Poggi

Black Panther 4:  Avengers of the New World by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Wilfredo Torres, Chris Sprouse, Terry Pallot, & Jacen Burrows

Black Panther: The Official Movie Special  by Titan Comics  

Black Panther: The Illustrated History of a King: The Complete Comics Chronology by Dennis Culver

Black Panther: The Ultimate Guide by Stephen Wiacek and Don McGregor

Photo of The Week

: Cherry Blossom at Turnure Park, WP. Photo by Jyoti Diwan.

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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