This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library

Book Group Angst: What to Read?

Being in a book group can be a real pleasure. Having to select the next book? Not so much fun. Here are five new novels worth considering. Next week look for non-fiction recommendations.

Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart. A hedge fund manager with $2.4 billion in assets jumps on a Greyhound and leaves it all behind in pursuit of a college girlfriend. “Smart, relevant, fundamentally warm-hearted, hilarious of course, and it has a great ending.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Published 9/4/18.

The Golden State by Lydia Kiesling. "First novelist Kiesling nails the particular travails of new mothers, puts a human face on immigration issues, and adds some contemporary political commentary . . . There's so much to love about this novel . . . Strongly recommended for readers who enjoy contemporary literary fiction." --Library Journal (starred review) Published 9/4/18.

We All Love the Beautiful Girls by Joanne Proulx. “Follows the rupturing of the reasonably idyllic lives of one family by the events of one traumatic evening...Gorgeously written, Proulx's narrative offers a fascinating plot and both a searing exploration of the butterfly effect of trauma and the uncanny persistence of love in improbable circumstances.”—Publishers Weekly. Published 8/28/18.

The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason. By the author of The Piano Tuner, the story of a twenty-two-year-old medical student assigned to a remote hospital during World War One. “Part mystery, part war story, part romance, The Winter Soldier is a dream of a novel—impeccably researched and totally immersive.” Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See. Published 9/11/18.

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney. “In this searing, insightful debut, Rooney offers an unapologetic perspective on the vagaries of relationships…a treatise on married life, the impact of infidelity, the ramifications of one’s actions,
and how the person one chooses to be with can impact one’s individuality.”—Publishers Weekly (starred). Published 8/7/18.

Brian Kenney

This Week in White Plains

The White Plains Youth Bureau, the Coalition for Living Wellness, and National Amusements will be screening the nationally acclaimed documentary Screenagers: Navigating the Digital Age on Monday, September 24th at 6:00 p.m. at the Cinema Delux Theater (City Center) in White Plains. Tickets are available here.

Screenagers probes into the vulnerable corners of family life to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, Screenagers reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

The screening will be preceded by a presentation by renowned speaker Dr. David Greenfield, Founder and CEO of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction. Dr. David Greenfield is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Univ. of Connecticut School of Medicine. He is the author of Virtual Addiction and numerous medical journal articles and book chapters; Dr. Greenfield has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Fox News, ESPN, NPR and HBO. His work has been featured in U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, People, Time, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, & The Economist.

There will also be a panel presentation and Q&A with Dr. Joseph Ricca, Superintendent of the White Plains School District, Lesley Beneveniste, Physical Therapist, and Joseph Kennedy, high school student.

For more information, contact Dr. Bhavana Pahwa, Deputy Director, White Plains Youth Bureau at 914-422-1378 or

Day of The Dead

Registration for our popular Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos workshop opens next Tuesday, September 25. Families and children interested in attending must register in advance at the Trove's Compass Desk.

The workshops will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 17, & 24 at 4:30 p.m. Families will work together to create an altar honoring a deceased relative or close friend. The Trove will provide basic craft materials. Workshops are for children in grades 2-6 and their families.

Trove Time Returns

On any given day, there could be a whole host of activities at the Library. But among the most important programs are those for young children that help prepare them to become successful readers and to adjust well to school. This is why we're so excited to have Trove Time, a whole new program for children (ages 2-4) and their caregivers returning on September 25.

Trove Time provides children with a rich environment in which they, along with their caregivers, can play, read, and socialize. Not only is it a fun time for kids, caregivers also explore learning-focused play, pick up early literacy tips—both of which they can replicate at home—and meet other parents with kids the same age.

During Trove Time, children are able to move freely among different workstations, including a dramatic play area, a Lego Duplo construction table, an oversized light box for playing with color, a story time, as well as other activities including puzzles, dance, song and music. Three play assistants and two librarians are on hand to direct all the fun.

The Story Trove is also an unplugged area, free from any beeping technology (look for computers in another area of the Trove).

Best of all, Trove Time is offered three times a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The program is limited to 25 children and tickets will be distributed a half hour before it begins.

Kudos to the Trove staff for this ambitious undertaking and thanks to the White Plains Library Foundation and the Friends of the White Plains Library for their support.

For more information contact Manager of Youth Services Josh Carlson,

Mindfulness for Teens

Join Reiki practitioner Andrea Deierlein next Tuesday, September 25 at 4:00 p.m. for some fun and relaxation. We’ll learn how mindfulness techniques, such as breathing and meditation, can promote calmness and creativity. We’ll also explore mind-body awareness with exercises and games.

This program is for teens in grades 6-12. Registration is required. To register, call the Edge at 914-422-1480 or visit our online calendar.

Photo of The Week

: Jazz & Java for White Plains Jazz Fest at the Everyday Healthy Café on Thursday. Photo by Ben H.

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