August 7, 2019

The Most Anticipated Books for Fall

Yes, it’s only the first week of August, but this list of the most-anticipated fall books, from Publishers Weekly, has me pretty excited. It includes a sequel to the Handmaid’s Tale from Margaret Atwood; a novel, The Water Dancer, from Ta-Nehisi Coates; a sequel to Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman; a short story collection from Zadie Smith; Quantum, a new thriller from Patricia Cornwell; memoirs from both Patti Smith (Year of the Monkey) and Debbie Harry (Face It); and so much more. I think I’m going to suspend my Netflix account for a few months to get through some of this.

Brian Kenney
Library Director

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July 1st marked the White Plains Library Foundation’s 25th Anniversary and the annual gala (usually in the fall) will take place in spring 2020. Please check this newsletter for exciting details about the gala and other anniversary events. Enthusiastic community support has helped transform the Library and we look forward to celebrating with you!

Volunteers Needed!

Battle of the Books (BOB) are looking for energetic volunteers for the sixth annual Westchester Battle of the Books competition event.

Battle of the Books is a book-based trivia tournament for grades 4-10. The goal of the program is to promote a love of reading and to inspire teamwork and good sportsmanship in an atmosphere of friendly competition. It’s a fun day for everyone, team members and volunteers alike.

This year’s Battle will be on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from roughly 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. at Hommocks Middle School in Larchmont, NY. BOB need eighty volunteers to fill many different roles on Battle Day. They welcome any and all help. Please contact the Volunteer Committee at with questions or to volunteer. For more information about the Westchester Battle of the Books, visit their website:

Film Screening and Q&A: Go For Landing

Join film director Kevin Stirling on Monday, August 12 at 2:00 p.m. for a Q&A following the screening of his 22-minute film Go For Landing. Go For Landing is a riveting new Apollo 11 documentary from filmmaker Kevin Stirling, starring NASA's Gene Kranz, Glynn Lunney, Steve Bales, and Dick Koos, that reveals the decisive role of NASA's pre-mission simulations and takes viewers inside Mission Control to relive the fear-filled, frantic final minutes of Apollo 11's lunar descent on July 20, 1969. This film has won the top documentary Platinum NASA REMI Award at the 52nd WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival.

High School Equivalency

Need a High School Equivalency Diploma? Attend this informational workshop on Thursday, August 15 at 6:00 p.m. to learn about the the three paths to a diploma, how to prepare, and free resources that help you study.

Around the Web

After Tor experiment, Macmillan expands embargo on library e-Books.

Comeback story: A new chapter for indie bookstores.

Digital textbooks are forcing a radical shift in Higher Ed.

Psst. Turns out 80% of books published in 1924-1963 are secretly in the public domain.

Shhh...Secrets of the Librarians: Serving the community, marriage proposals, and Rue McClanahan's resting librarian face.

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Above: Egg drop activity at STEM Saturday in the Edge. Photo by Staff.

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