This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library

You're Invited to The Premiere of
Shadow Lands

We are very pleased to host the premiere of Shadow Lands, a new feature film from Dennis Polanco, who has taught English at White Plains High School since 1999. The film will be shown on Thursday, November 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Library’s second floor auditorium.

In Shadow Lands, a street-entrenched 12 year-old struggles to learn that there is more to life outside the streets, until a down-and-out uncle introduces music and running in the hopes that she can battle her own personal demons. First time director Polanco plays the role of Uncle David in this independent urban musical drama, starring Zaida Rio as the troubled young Natalie. The film is appropriate for teens and adults. Visit our website for more about Polanco and the making of Shadow Lands.

Brian Kenney
Library Director

A New Look for City Website

The City of White Plains website has undergone a makeover. We're excited about the new look and hope you will be too. The web address remains the same: You will still find all the same valuable information on the site but there are some newly added features and updates to how the information is presented. Please take a moment to check it out!

Make A Note: Closings


Please note that the Library will be closed on Tuesday, November 6th for Election Day and Monday, November 12th for Veterans' Day. Our external book drop, located to the left of our main entrance, will remain open for anyone looking to return materials while we're closed.

Diwali Celebration

Join us for Diwali on Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 p.m. in our second floor auditorium. This Hindu celebration is a festival of lights, a celebration of new beginnings, and the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness. Enjoy a program with stories, traditional Indian dances, beautiful costumes and more. For the entire family.

It's Out of Control!

We’ve received so many advance reader’s copies (thank you publishers!) to give away at the upcoming program What Should We Read Next?, that I’m on the verge of moving out of my office.

If you are a member of a book group, or just a passionate reader, you won't want to miss this program. Carol Fitzgerald–publishing insider extraordinaire—will discuss the new fall books (and the stories behind the books), recommend authors not to miss, and suggest titles that will work with your book group. Refreshments will be served. Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 p.m. in the Community Room. Register here.

Carol Fitzgerald is the President of The Book Report Network --- a group of internet sites about books and authors that have become the gathering places for a large and devoted community of booklovers since 1996. Programming is organized by demographic at,, and and by special interest at

With support from the White Plains Library Foundation.

Caregiver Workshop

Join us on Wednesday, November 7 at 11:00 a.m. for Happy Healthy Meals. Caregivers of children ages 2-4 are invited to learn from a local pediatrician about obesity prevention through nutrition and activity.

No registration required. For more details on upcoming Caregiver Workshops, please visit our website.

10 Steps to Starting Your Business

Join the Small Business Administration (SBA) on Wednesday, November 7 at 1:30 p.m. to 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.

Registration is required; to register for the program, visit our online calendar, or call us at (914) 422-1480.

College Essay Workshop

Teens can join Mr. Louis from Louis Educational Consulting next Wednesday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. for a workshop on the "Do's and Don'ts of College Essay Writing." Students will get tips on how to write a great college essay.

Registration is required; to register, please visit our online calendar, or call the Edge at (914) 422-1481.

Photo of The Week

Left: Farmer's Market 2018. Photo by Kevin Doherty.

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