This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library

Book Group Angst: What to Read?

Non-fiction titles always give you plenty to dig into, and these selections—including history, autobiography and memoir—don’t disappoint. In particular, Sally Field’s long-awaited memoir is meant to be a revelation.
Amity and Prosperity by Eliza Griswold. “Fracking…made some residents…rich, while others became victims of potentially fatal environmental hazards. Griswold offers a compelling portrayal of Stacey Haney and her fight against fracking operation Range Resources, whose secretive activities unleashed airborne toxins…killed Haney's farm animals, sickened neighbors, and nearly took the life of her son, Harley.”—Library Journal

In Pieces by Sally Field. “Written by the actor over seven years, without the aid of a ghostwriter…this somber, intimate and at times wrenching self-portrait feels like an act of personal investigation—the  private act of a woman, now 71, seeking to understand how she became herself, and striving to cement together the shards of her psyche.”—NYT Book Review

Heartland by Sarah Smarsh. “Smarsh comes from a long line of women who married young, survived with barely enough money, and continually scrabbled along with low-paying jobs while trying to stay one step ahead of domestic violence or eviction…Smarsh was finally able to climb out of difficult circumstances, but her story is a trenchant analysis of the realities of an economic inequality whose cultural divide allows.”—Booklist

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs. ”Stepping forward with her own version of her complicated relationship with father Steve Jobs…Brennan-Jobs adds to the Jobs lore with this distinctive memoir.…the narrative provides unvarnished truths about the author's own actions while attempting to create a relationship with the elusive tech visionary.”—Library Journal

The Woman's Hour: the Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss. “Despite the story's foregone conclusion, historian Weiss orchestrates a page-turning reconstruction of the last push to ratify the 19th Amendment in Tennessee in 1920. The drama reaches hair-raising heights in the last half of the book as support for the so-called 'suffs' falls away under pressure from corporate lobbyists.”—Publishers Weekly

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Fall Gala October 20th

The Foundation’s Fall Gala is less than a month away and there’s a lot of excitement about our special guest, the highly-acclaimed historian, Ron Chernow.  He’s the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Washington: A Life, Alexander Hamilton (the inspiration for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical, Hamilton) and more. Please join us for what promises to be a wonderful evening and help support vital library programs and services for people of all ages. Don’t get sold out! Click here to RSVP.

All of our guests will receive a copy of Ron Chernow’s most recent book, Grant. It’s a dramatic portrait of America’s 18th president. The New York Times (and others) named it one of the best books of 2017 and we’ll all be hearing much more about Grant in the coming months. Film rights have been bought by Lionsgate and a six-part documentary series on Grant is scheduled to air on the History Channel in 2019.

Volunteers Needed

We’re looking for volunteers to help run the Battle of the Books, a reading-based trivia tournament for Westchester youth in grades 4-10. The goal of the program is to promote a love of reading in kids and teens, to expose them to titles and authors that they might not encounter otherwise, to encourage them to think of their local public library as a resource for entertainment, and to inspire teamwork and good sportsmanship in an atmosphere of friendly competition.

This year’s tournament takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20th at Hendrick Hudson High School in Montrose, NY. We’re looking for enthusiastic adults to fill the following roles:
  • Emcees to read trivia questions in each battle round and award points to the correct team
  • Timekeepers to make sure that teams answer within the time allotted
  • Scorekeepers to keep track of the score throughout each match
  • Room monitors to count tickets at the door to each room to obey fire code regulations and keep order in the room
Anyone interested in volunteering should contact contact Kathlyn Carroll at or (914) 422-6945. Full-day volunteers are preferred, but half-day volunteers are also welcome to sign up.

This Week in White Plains

Join the White Plains Hospital professional staff for their Baby Talk Pregnancy Fair this Saturday, September 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

“Baby Talk” is an educational sampling for people who are planning to start a family or who are already expecting a baby. A variety of topics are available to you, including breastfeeding, pain management, baby's first four weeks, and more. Tours of the Hospital’s Labor & Delivery Suites, Maternity Unit, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) will be conducted throughout the day to acclimate you with their facilities. Vendors will be present to provide more information on what to expect during and after your pregnancy. Registration is preferred, but not required. When registering, please indicate how many guests you will have attending the event with you in the "Comments" field.

Have questions? Feel free to email

Date & Time: September 29, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: White Plains Hospital Lobby, 41 E Post Rd, White Plains
Contact: (914) 681-1119,
Link to Registration/More information:

Have a (Free) Coffee with a Cop

Stop by the Everyday Healthy Café on Wednesday, October 3 from 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. and have “coffee with a cop.” Sponsored by the White Plains Department of Public Safety–with coffee donated by the Everyday Healthy Café–National Coffee with a Cop day is dedicated to encourage communication and positive interactions between law enforcement agencies and the public.

National Coffee with a Cop Day grew out of the casual coffee conversations held in 2011 by the Hawthorne (California) Police Department, which quickly spread throughout the country and then the world. The simple idea for building better relationships with community members caught fire, with other police and sheriff’s departments jumping into the initiative without the need of formal directives.

Today, this grassroots initiative is in all 50 states and nine countries, with no plans on stopping there. With the goal of open, honest communication without the influence of agendas or speeches, citizens everywhere could benefit.

Libby "Hacks"

Meet Libby, the highly rated app through which over 40,000 eBooks and audiobooks are available to you. You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand.  If you're not using Libby to borrow and read or listen to eBooks, you're missing out.  Libby simplifies eBook borrowing, making it much more convenient to use.  The free Libby app is the easiest way to get started with digital books, audiobooks, and magazines from the Library.  Libby is available for Android, iOS, Windows 10, and some Chromebooks.

To find out how to get started and how to make the most of your experience, visit our website.

Nontoxic Living

Join the Savvy Women's Alliance tomorrow, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. for a presentation and discussion with Kristi Marsh, the Alliance's founder and author of Little Changes: Tales of a Reluctant Eco-Enthusiast.

From young breast cancer survivor and mainstream mom to national protector-and-educator of women's "eco-health," Kristi Marsh captivates audiences by sharing what we need to know about products we smother on our skin, foods we devour, and our surroundings.

Prepare to be illuminated about "nontoxic living simplified" by hearing about Kristi's journey and learn how you can "choose wiser" to become an advocate for your beautiful body and the bodies of your family and loved ones.

This presentation will be held in the Library's Community Room and is open to all. To RSVP, visit the Savvy Women's Alliance website.

College Panel: Study Abroad


Teens interested in studying abroad while in college can join us for next Wednesday's college panel, where a local college student will share their experience of spending this summer abroad in London. The panel will be held at 7:00 p.m. on October 3rd in the Edge Media Lab.

This event is for teens in grades 7 through 12. No registration is required.

SBA: Meet The Lenders

Looking for capital to grow your small business? Not sure what lenders are looking for when evaluating loan applications? Join SBA and a panel consisting of representatives from Community Capital New York, NYBDC/Excelsior Growth Fund, and Webster Bank tomorrow, September 27 at 6:00 p.m. for an opportunity to meet one-on-one with small business lenders. Find out what they're looking for in a loan application and network with other entrepreneurs.

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

October LibraryReads

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: Picking Radishes - White Plains Farmers' Market. Photo by James Kenny.

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