This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library

A Memorable Evening

As a rule, we like to highlight upcoming events in this newsletter, but today we are making an exception. Thanks to support from over 200 attendees and generous donations from throughout the community and beyond, the White Plains Library Foundation’s fall gala this past Saturday, October 20, was a terrific success.

You could hear a pin drop as award-winning author Ron Chernow (pictured left with White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach) captivated guests with fascinating anecdotes about Ulysses S. Grant, the subject of his latest book. At the end of the evening, everyone went home with their own copy of Grant, inspired to learn more about America’s 18th President.

Other Gala highlights included a delicious dinner provided by Caperberry Events, dessert in our new café, and opportunities to explore the entire first floor which was re-opened just a year ago after major renovations.  A special thank you to Vino 100 of White Plains and Captain Lawrence Brewing Company.

“Gala revenue makes a big difference in daily life at the Library,” said Nancy Rubini, the Foundation’s Executive Director. “Funds raised from the event support programs and services for thousands of people throughout the year.”

Visit our website for photos from the Gala.

Halloween in White Plains

Are you and your little ghouls and goblins looking for some spooky family fun this weekend? If so, don't miss the Howl-O-Ween Costume Party at the Bark Dog Park at Brockway Place on Saturday, October 27 at 11:30 a.m. Dress your dog in costume and meet us at the Bark Park for an afternoon of fun. Prizes awarded in several categories for best costume. Sponsored by Pet Smart Tarrytown Road White Plains. All are welcome.

Then watch as Court Street is transformed for the Frightfully Fun Festival & Parade on Sunday, October 28 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Activities include: pumpkin patch corn maze, crafts, scary tattoos, DJ and magic show. Everyone is invited to showcase their costumes in our parade. Prizes awarded for numerous age groups and categories. For school age children and their families. Treat bags for all children. Please Note: While most activities are free, there may be a minimal charge for some venues.

What is Slow Reading?

Library users may wonder about one of our newest reading groups: Slow Reading. “Slow reading describes my practice of looking at a text very closely in order to appreciate nuances of language and hence of meaning,” says Ellen Lambert, author (The Face of Love: Feminism and the Beauty Question) and White Plains resident, who holds a Ph.D. in English from Yale University. Lambert taught literature at Manhattan’s Dalton School for over 25 years (and intends to start a tutoring service for high school students.)

“In our discussions of short fiction, we often read particular passages out loud. We then examine them in detail and consider how they relate to the story's larger structure. It’s also a way of honoring the beauty of a particular author’s writing.”

Visit our website to keep reading and to view the full schedule.

Aging in Place:
First Amendment Discussion

Join Aging in Place tomorrow, October 25 at 2:00 p.m. in Room B on our second floor for a discussion of the First Amendment - how it's interpreted and why it's important today. Come hear Professor Bennett Gershman Professor of Constitutional Law at Pace University speak on how the First Amendment is central to any discussion of freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. For more info or help with transportation, call Aging in Place in White Plains at (914) 319-1609.

El Consulado de México sobre ruedas

Pasaportes, matrículas consulares y registro de nacimiento.

Del martes 30 de octubre al sábado 3 de noviembre desde 10:00 a.m. hasta 1:30 p.m.

Favor de hacer tu cita gratuita en MEXITEL:
Teléfono: 1.877.639.4835

Para más informació sobre requisitos, precios y otras sedes visiten:

For this information in English, visit our website.

Halloween Pumpkins


Teens in the Edge can get creative during next Wednesday's session of Which Craft? Wednesday. We'll be decorating pumpkins for Halloween, and you won't want to miss this popular craft.

This event is open to students in grade 6 and up. No registration required.

4 Questions on Sound Healing

"Wonderful experience. I arrived with pain and left pain free. Thank you!"

"An absolute treat"

"I loved this....I hope the library continues to do similar programs"

These are some of the comments from people who attended the Wellness Wednesdays: "Relax and Restore with Sound Meditation” programs presented by the duo Harmonic Alchemy. Interest is so great that the Library will have the Sound Healing & Tibetan Singing Bowls program (November 7 at 7:00 p.m.) in the auditorium so more can attend. Michelle Clifton, who will be presenting that program, answers basic questions about this old-new healing technique:

1. What is a “sound bath?” Also called “sound meditation” or “sound healing?”
This is a very ancient technique in which one is immersed in sound, one feels the sound throughout one’s entire body as well as hearing it with one’s ears. The vibrational waves of sound are reputed to calm the body and mind and help release tension and stress.

2. How are the sounds made?
Singing bowls (crystal & metal), drums, gongs, bells, chimes and a crystal pyramid may be played. These vessels emit different frequencies, which affect various parts of the body.

3. If I’m going to one, what do I do?
Wear loose clothing, drink plenty of water—as sound waves have greater effect on one who is hydrated. If you’re planning to lie on the floor, which is the custom, bring a yoga mat and blanket and pillow to make yourself comfortable. Arrive early, giving yourself time to settle in and relax. Stay open minded and enjoy!

4. What will I get out of this?
You may simply enjoy the sounds. Think of a beautiful concert. Others may experience a meditative state, leaving them refreshed, calmer and focused. Some even report a diminishment of pain or tension after a sound meditation.

To register for the program, visit our online calendar, or call us at (914) 422-1480.

Photo of The Week

: Nature and Mankind Together. Photo by Trish Probst.

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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