This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library

Books Make the Best Gifts

OK, I’m a bit biased. But I think the best part of the holidays is giving and receiving new books. While there are plenty of “best of” lists at this time of the year, I like the one produced by the Library Read folks—who really pay attention to the reading experience. Plus, it’s not all literary fiction but contains mysteries, romance, and suspense.

Visit our website to see the full list, and don't forget to vote for your favorite pick for 2018. Don’t see your favorite book published in 2018? Then select the last option of "Other" and include the title, author, and why you enjoyed it.

Brian Kenney
Library Director

City Lights, Bright Holiday Nights

Come One, Come All! Take in the sights and sounds of the season. The City of White Plains promises an evening filled with fun family entertainment in the heart of White Plains. Guests will enjoy music provided by the White Plains Youth Bureau Chorus, Taiko Drummers (traditional Japanese drumming), Forever Young Singers of the White Plains Senior Center, the White Plains Middle School Jazz Band, and the Archbishop Stepinac High School Chorus.

Santa and the White Plains High School Marching Band will be making a special visit to Court Street for the occasion. Also visiting the event will be Santa’s special guests Frosty and Rudolph. Other activities include a spectacular ice carving exhibit, tattoos, hands-on holiday crafts, a wonderful reading of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, snow globe photo booth (camera not provided), and an opportunity to write your letters to Santa and mail them in Santa’s special mailbox. Mayor Tom Roach will light the beautiful 24 foot holiday tree in adjoining Renaissance Plaza, decorated with LED lights to be enjoyed for the season. Complimentary refreshments will be provided and food may be purchased from everyone’s favorite Walter’s Hot Dog Truck.

This event is free and open to all White Plains residents.

Giving & Taxes


If the new tax law has you puzzled about charitable contributions, visit our website for a tip on how to use the Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA/401k to achieve tax savings while supporting the mission of White Plains Library Foundation.

Forgiveness Workshop

Join Dr. Mimi Leibman, past President of the Staff Development Institute, on Tuesday, December 4 at 10:00 a.m. for a workshop on "making peace with the past." In this session, you'll discuss and practice the stages of forgiveness. Registration is required; to register, visit our online calendar or call (914) 422-1480.

Author Talk: Field Horne

Join author Field Horne on Tuesday, December 4 at 12:15 p.m. for a discussion of his new book Westchester County: A History, published by the Westchester County Historical Society. Horne will speak about the process of writing and the interesting discoveries he made.

Family Hanukkah Program

Join award winning author/illustrator, Amalia Hoffman and her adorable cat puppets in a fun Family Hannukah program on Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m., featuring her book Dreidel Day. Follow cat and dreidels as they spin, bounce, hop and much more and see how much fun counting can be. Amalia will demonstrate how she created the cut-up paper illustration for the book and children will decorate dreidel designs to take home. For children ages 1-6 and entire families. Space is limited.

Essential Marketing for Startups

Join SCORE on Thursday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m. for a workshop that will cover the essentials of both marketing and sales. It will cover several scenarios with group discussion. Attendees can acquire skills to apply to their own businesses. No registration required.

Photo of The Week

: Open Window. Photo by Eddy J. Villatoro.

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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