This Week on Martine


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“With the dawn of the Internet, we were so gosh darn excited and having so much fun at all we could see, hear, learn and do online that we failed to notice that we were on a slippery slope where we increasingly sacrificed our security and privacy for convenience,” writes John Lolis, the Library’s Coordinator of Computer Systems.

In his first essay on securing your personal data, John focuses on a few of the most popular companies that collect and store extremely massive amounts of personal data: Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon and Microsoft. He gives clear and concrete actions to take. Bookmark the article and come back to it when you have time—it’s important.

Unfortunately, leaking personal data isn’t all we have to worry about when it comes to existing online. There’s malware, viruses, and the like as well. Come hear the steps you can take to protect yourself at Malware Defense for Adults, Wednesday,
May 30 at 11:00 a.m. Register here, or by calling the information desk at (914) 422-1480.

Brian Kenney

This Week in White Plains


Downtown Music, recipient of ArtsWestchester's 2017 Arts Organization Award, just celebrated their thirtieth anniversary at Grace Church. Their Noonday Getaway concerts happen each Wednesday afternoon, and feature a variety of artists. Next Wednesday, May 30 at 12:10 p.m. they'll feature the Entelechron Trio - Roger Zahab on violin, David Russell on cello, and Robert Frankenberry on piano. You won't want to miss it!

Trove Summer Preview

Wondering what we've got in store for our children's Summer Reading program this year? Well, we now have a sneak preview program calendar for the last week of June through August available in print (pick a copy up at the Trove or at our circulation desk on the first floor).

Highlights include a kickoff "Libraries Rock!" concert with Chris Merwin on June 27, the launch of our LEGO Club, STEM Saturdays, a magic show, our Writers Rock series and much more!

Full program details to come, but for now you can start planning your child's and your own schedule for the coming summer months.

Film Screening: The Swimmer

On Friday, May 25, at 2:00 p.m. in our second-floor auditorium, we will present a free screening of The Swimmer, producer Sam Spiegel’s 1968 film adaptation of the 1964 John Cheever short story about a man who one afternoon decides to “swim home” through the pools of his wealthy friends.

Burt Lancaster portrays aging suburbanite Ned (“Neddy”) Merrill, which was quite a change of character for the actor who won an Academy Award for Elmer Gantry (1960) and was renowned for such classics as From Here to Eternity (1953), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) and Atlantic City (1980). Yet Lancaster had a liking for offbeat films (he took swimming lessons for this one), and the late Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert called The Swimmer “Lancaster’s finest performance.  He was superb.”

Merrill’s romantic and confrontational poolside encounters are the gist of the film, and the supporting cast includes Janet Landgard, Janice Rule, Marge Champion, Kim Hunter, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Charles Drake and—in her first film—Joan Rivers.  Another first was the score from Marvin Hamlisch, who had impressed Spiegel after playing the piano at his parties.  Eleanor Perry was among the first women to write screenplays, and she teamed in The Swimmer with director and then-husband Frank Perry. The Swimmer became a cult classic years after its release.

As a lead-in, Cheever’s “The Swimmer” is the subject of White Plains librarian Barbara Wenglin’s short-story discussion on Thursday, May 24, at 2 p.m. in the auditorium. The story is collected in the series anthology, Shaken & Stirred: Intoxicating Stories, edited by Diana Secker Tesdell (Everyman’s Pocket Classics, c/2016), which is available for borrowing.

There will be a further discussion after the screening. “Like many adaptations from books and short stories, the film took license, is not literal and includes some interesting artistic changes,” says Wenglin.

Steve Cohn

Tech Programs for All Ages

Each week we offer a variety of technology workshops to patrons of all ages an abilities. Here's a taste of what we're offering this week. As always, view our online calendar for a full listing, and visit our website for info on one-on-one trainings or call us at (914) 422-1480.
  • Thursday, May 24 at 3:00 p.m. T(h)ech Thursday: Video Game Design for Teens
  • Thursday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m. Introduction to Microsoft Excel Part 1. Registration required.
  • Tuesday, May 29 at 4:30 p.m. Tech Tuesday: Video Game Design for Kids
  • Wednesday, May 30 at 11:00 a.m. Malware Defense for Adults. Registration required.

Teen Volunteer Opportunities

It’s almost time to make plans for this summer. When it comes to volunteering at the library, we’re offering three different volunteer opportunities for White Plains teens.

Reading Buddies
In a favorite volunteer activity, teens are paired with children who are learning to read. Runs July 10 through August 9: Tuesdays 4:30-7:00 pm, Wednesdays 2:30-5:00 pm, and Thursdays 2:30-5:00 pm. Teens (Grades 9-12 only) must:
  •  fill out an application form
  •  attend a training session the week of July 2nd
  •  commit to volunteering one day per week for four out of the five weeks
Do Gooders
Teens in grades 7-12 can earn community service hours on Tuesdays from 3-5 pm, from July 3 through August 14. No application. however registration is recommended as space is limited. Projects include: sewing baby blankets for local hospitals, making cat toys for the SPCA, and designing cards for veterans through the American Red Cross. Students should register for the Tuesdays they’re available by visiting the online teen calendar for July and August or by calling Kathlyn Carroll at 914-422-6945.

Build a Better Book
In this mini-camp, teens will design tactile picture books for children with visual impairments. Teens in grades 9-12 are invited to apply for this mini-camp; 10 slots are available. Teens must be able to attend all four days: Monday, August 20 through Thursday, August 23, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm each day.

Applications can be found at the Trove’s Compass Desk and in the Edge. Printable PDF applications can be found on our website. Contact Kathlyn Carroll at 914-422-6945 or with any additional questions or visit our website for further info and requirements.

Travel Picks: It's Almost Summer!

TripAdvisor, Yelp, and the numerous other travel websites are great. Sometimes, though, you want a book—especially if it has gorgeous photographs and a practical, fold-out map. Whether you are venturing abroad or part of the majority of Americans who travel domestically, you’ll find something in our large travel collection to inspire you.  Don’t hesitate to ask at our Hub Information Desk for additional recommendations.

Backroads and Byways of Upstate New York / Drives, Day Trips & Weekend Excursions
by Christine A. Smyczynski

For mini-breaks within our home state.

Europe by Eurail 2018: Touring Europe by Train
by LaVerne Ferguson-Kosinski

Leave the stress of driving behind and plan train travel to destinations large and small.

Experience USA: Inspiration, Ideas and Itineraries for Lovers of Classic Cars, Barbecue and Rock 'n' Roll
A theme-based travel guide. Very fun.

Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2018
by James Bainbridge
Top 10 countries, regions, cities, trends and more. Beautifully illustrated.

National Geographic Guide to State Parks of the United States
History, maps and practical tips about our best 950+ parks.

Rick Steves’ Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves

Essays by globe-trotter Steves demonstrate how conscious travel—especially respectful interactions with people in other countries--can be a force for good in the world.

Photo of The Week

: The clouds warned us that it would be a stormy night. 5/15/18. Photo by Ursula Heinrich.

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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