This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library

Hello, Brian!

If you've been in the Library over the past few months, you might have seen our Hello, Brian! cards. Meant to be a quick and easy way to collect feedback, they are located in the first floor lobby, near circulation, as well as on the second floor, next to the elevator. There is also a digital version available on our website.

I called these cards Hello, Brian! so that the public would know that they are writing to a real human being (me!) and that they should expect a response. And it has worked. In the six months since they have been available, we've received hundreds of cards--positive, negative and in between.

Some of the cards provide suggestions that we can implement right away. Other times people write in to praise a staff member or a program or service. People also communicate to us because they're upset--whether it's about one of our policies or a popular workshop that is fully registered. Whatever the reason, I always respond if an email or number is provided, and often times we can work out a solution.

So if you--or a friend--have a concern, suggestion, or just a question, have at it!

Brian Kenney

Gala Next Week

We’re almost sold out!  Click here to RSVP to the Foundation’s Fall Gala, An Evening with Ron Chernow, October 20th.  A special thank you to the fabulous venues, restaurants, hotels and businesses that donated raffle prizes for the event. From accommodations at a Martha’s Vineyard resort to a chef-prepared meal in your home to gift certificates at local restaurants, there’s something for everyone. Raffle tickets will be on sale during the Gala and winners will be announced that night.

Homework Help


Is your child struggling with their homework assignments? Then stop by the Trove Monday-Thursday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. for free after-school help from retired teachers and college students. Homework help is available on a first-come, first-served basis for students in grades 1-6.

Short Story Fall Discussion

White Plains librarian Barbara Wenglin’s Short Story Discussion series has been a popular fixture for years, as the selections and their interpretations have produced a riveting give-and-take among the attendees. This season, Wenglin has chosen selections from editor Diana Secker Tesdell’s 2014 anthology Stories of Art and Artists (Everyman’s Pocket Classics) for the fall series that opens on Thursday, October 11, at 2:00 p.m. in our second-floor auditorium. The anthology will be used again in the spring.

The free program is made possible with the support of the Friends of the White Plains Public Library. You may register once for the series by calling (914) 422-1480 or through the calendar on our website. Copies of the anthology are available to borrow in the fiction collection (under “Stories…”), with a copy also kept at the Hub Desk for reading in the Library. For more information and for the full fall schedule, visit our website.

Makeup Artist Career Panel

Join us Monday, October 15, at 6:30 p.m. for our Makeup Artistry career panel, where teens will hear Makeup artist Stephanie Greenberg talk about her work and the path she took to her career. After she speaks she will give a demo workshop.

This program is made possible through support from the Allstate Foundation.

10 Steps to Starting Your Business

Learn about 10 steps that can help you plan, prepare, and manage your business – while taking care of the startup legalities. Not all of these steps will apply to all businesses, but working through them will give you a sense of what needs your attention and what you can check off.

SBA will present this workshop on Tuesday, October 16 at 1:30 p.m. Registration is required; to register, visit our online calendar or call us at (914) 422-6979.

Parenting Teenagers:
An Empowerment Workshop for Parents

Join us in the Edge on Wednesday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. where Life Coach and retired teacher, Annick Duignan will help you:
  • Gain an understanding of your role as a parent during these years
  • Create strategies for handling the transition period from child to adult with your teenager
  • Discover ways to stay connected with your child and have fun together
Refreshments will be served. Registration is required; to register, visit our online calendar or call the Edge at (914) 422-1481.

The Great American Read

Have you been following along with PBS episodes on The Great American Read? If you're interested in reading some of the titles, visit our display in our Adult Fiction section, or checkout the ebook edition in Overdrive, along with titles on the Great American Read list that are available as ebooks/audiobooks.

Voting ends October 18, and you can vote for your favorites here.

Intro to MOOCs

Many institutions offer online courses throughout the world for free. Anyone with an Internet connection and a will to learn can access these great courses from excellent universities. Take our Intro to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and find out where to find these courses and how technology can change the way we learn.

This workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. Registration is required; to register, visit our online calendar or call us at (914) 422-1480.

Photo of The Week

Left: Happy faces at the return of Trove Time. Photo by Staff.

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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