This Week on Martine


News from the White Plains Public Library

Best Audiobooks of 2018

Every year, through the Listen List Council of the American Library Association, librarians create the Listen List, selected for both avid listeners of audiobooks and those new to the pleasures of the fastest-growing format in publishing. This juried list of twelve newly-released titles features extraordinary narrators and listening experiences.

This past year jury members listened to 2,574 hours as they narrowed the field to 58 nominated audiobooks and selected winners that include fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and poetry, each an outstanding performance in terms of voice, accents, pitch, tone, inflection, rhythm and pace. Here’s the 12 that made the final cut.

Brian Kenney
Library Director

This Week in White Plains

Know a high school student who dreams of being a brain surgeon? Have them sign up for the 7th annual local championship for the International Brain Bee hosted by Burke Rehabilitation Hospital on Wednesday, February, 28th.

The Brain Bee is a not-for-profit neuroscience competition for high school students designed to encourage them to learn more about the brain while also inspiring them to pursue careers in neurology and neurological research. Students in grades 9-12 will be quizzed by a distinguished panel of clinicians and therapists from Burke on a wide range of topics including human neuroanatomy, neuroscience, types of diagnoses and brain cell identification.

The Brain Bee will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Rosedale Conference room of Building #4 on the Burke campus located at 785 Mamaroneck Ave. in White Plains.

For additional information or to register, contact Janet Goodman, LMSW at (914) 597-2237 or email at

Academy Award Best Picture Nominees


Interested in watching some of the films nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award this year? Visit our website to easily request Bohemian Rhapsody, BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, and more. And don't forget to tune in to the 91st Academy Awards this Sunday, February 24th.

The Artists' Loft is Back

On the last Wednesday of each month (beginning next week) from February through September, join Art Bennett and other guest teaching artists for evenings of fun, creativity, and community.

A few times through the year, guest teaching artists will come and run workshops focused on visual arts, dance, and/or hip-hop in parallel to Art’s music workshop. These sessions are modeled after musician and educator Art Bennett’s experience in the 1970s Loft Jazz scene in NYC, where artists of all mediums collaborated and created together. The Artists’ Loft will create a place for artists to come together in downtown White Plains. For more info on this program, and for a full schedule, please visit our website.

Spanish Conversation Group

Beginning next week, each Tuesday evening from 6:00-7:00 p.m., we will offer Tarde de Ñ, a Spanish conversation group for adults who speak Spanish as a second language at an intermediate or advanced level. This is not intended as a class for beginners, but rather an opportunity to practice pronunciation and meaning. Andrei Bezzubikoff will bring discussion topics in Spanish for each session.

Wellness Wednesday: Mindfulness

The terms “mindfulness” and “mindfulness meditation” are all over the media today. What do they actually mean? What part can they play in improving our lives? Whether you are a curious beginner or seasoned practitioner of mindfulness, you may benefit from Laurence Magro’s (MBA & MS) February 27 program, Mindfulness as a tool for Stress Management and Self-Exploration.

To register and learn more about our Wellness programs, please visit our website.

EDGEucators Wanted for Summer

We are excited to announce that, in partnership with Argus, the White Plains Public Library will be hosting its third annual Summer of Making for teens in the Edge this year. To facilitate this wonderful summer-long series of creative and maker-focused mini-camps, we are looking to hire two “EDGEucators.”

EDGEucators will: Collaborate to develop week-long workshops throughout July and August, Promote the program to youth in the White Plains area, and Teach teenagers a combination of new technology skills, engineering, science and art. For more information on the positions and how to apply, please visit our website.

Photo of The Week

: Fiery sunset as reflected in a puddle on Marlette Place. Photo by G. Young.

We want your photos! In each issue of This Week on Martine we feature one patron submitted photo that was taken in White Plains. To submit your photography for a chance to be featured, visit our submission page, upload a photo, and fill out our form with a short description of the photo and your name.
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