August 28, 2019

Fall Book Group Preview

Our One Book, One White Plains discussions will launch next month and almost all of our book groups will be returning—with the exception of The Future is Female and Barbara Wenglin's Short Story Discussion, which will both return in October.

You can join English professor Ellen Lambert for her Slow Reading series when it returns on Monday, September 9th at 2:00 p.m. The group will discuss "The Conversion of the Jews" and "The Defender of the Faith" by Philip Roth. For a full schedule, please visit our website.

Book 'Em, our Mystery Book Group series, will return on Wednesday, September 11th at 2:30 p.m. We'll be discussing our One Book, One White Plains pick Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. See the full list of dates here.

If you can't make it to Book 'Em, we have plenty of other opportunities this month and in October for you to delve into our One Book, One White Plains discussions. Simply register for one of our pop-up groups here on our website.

Brian Kenney
Library Director

We're Closed Saturday-Monday

Please note that the Library will be closed Saturday, August 31st through Monday, September 2nd for Labor Day. We will reopen with regular hours from 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3rd.

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.

Lunchtime Meditation @ The Library

Put down your digital devices, sit still, breathe…Our popular weekly program resumes on Wednesday, September 4th at 12:15 p.m. in Galaxy Hall on the second floor. Brief beginning instruction is followed by meditation in a supportive group setting. Experienced guest teachers—with training as varied as Reiki, Iyengar Yoga, Zen, and MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction)—lead the group the first Wednesday of each month. Meditation and mindfulness practice may help lower blood pressure, relieve stress, and contribute to a sense of well-being. Need we say more?

Introduction to Babysitting

Join Amanda Lisk, a certified teacher, on Saturday, September 7th from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to learn the basics of babysitting. You'll learn safety and first aid tips, how to feed and care for children, the developmental stages of babies and toddlers, and more. This program is for teens in grades 7-12; registration is required. To register, visit our online calendar or call (914) 422-1481. A pizza lunch will be provided. This program is supported by The Allstate Foundation.

Poetry Slam & Open Mic

Join Eric ZORK Alan and featured guest poet Tony Brown at our September Poetry Slam & Open Mic on Wednesday, September 4th. To participate in our SLAM or Open Mic, register starting at 6:30 p.m. and bring one poem of up to 3 minutes. The SLAM will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Kristen Thornton-De Stafeno at (914) 422-6947 or

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