We're Getting a New Catalog

In March, the public libraries in Westchester County will be moving to a new catalog system. For you, this means an improved interface with better—and easier—search capabilities, greater control over your notifications, and better access to what’s available through the library.

Library staff members are getting an open source system, which means the libraries have more control over how the system works. Going forward, we’ll be able to customize the catalog for what works best for Westchester.  

But migrating to a new catalog won’t happen overnight. To facilitate the process, the catalog will be offline from March 11 to March 13. During this time, expect impacts on most services for which you use your library card. This includes most databases and digital collections, such as Hoopla.

However, we expect the OverDrive eBook collection to remain up and running, but you must register your account in advance. Visit the Library’s website—or drop by the library—to register.

We will be extending due dates of checkouts so that patrons do not receive late fines while the system is being improved.

Thank you in advance for your patience while we make a better library experience for everyone. 

Brian Kenney
Library Director

This Week in White Plains

Do you like Broadway shows? If so, the White Plains Theater Lovers’ Club is for you! This fun club will meet on Thursday, March 7th at 1:00 p.m. at the White Plains Community Center, located at 65 Mitchell Place.

At this meeting, club members will decide which Broadway show they would like to attend. Tickets are reserved at the meeting, so please come prepared to make a payment in order to guarantee your spot. Cost varies and includes transportation via coach bus to and from the show, show tickets, and dinner.
For more information, please contact Martha Guarin, Recreation Supervisor, Recreation and Parks, Tel:  914-422-1331, mguarin@whiteplainsny.gov.

Meet the Artist: David Rocco

Join us Saturday, March 2 at 2:00 p.m. for a Meet the Artist event with Westchester photographer and Larry Salley Photography Award winner, David Rocco. For more info on this event and Rocco's exhibit, please visit our website.

March Poetry Slam

Join Eric ZORK Alan and featured guest poet M.I.D.N.I.G.H.T. at our March Poetry Slam & Open Mic on Wednesday, March 6th. To participate in our SLAM or Open Mic, register at 6:30 p.m. and bring one poem of up to 3 minutes. The SLAM will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.

Our Poetry Slam is sponsored by the White Plains Library Foundation.

Toddler Music

Join us on Wednesday, March 6th at 11:30 a.m. for a class where your child will explore fundamental musical concepts such as steady beat, high/low, fast/slow, and loud/quiet through a wide range of engaging activities. Together, we’ll sing songs, play simple percussion instruments, practice rhythmic and tonal patterning, imitate sounds, and dance, all while encouraging each child to respond in their own unique way. Please visit our calendar for more info.

March Library Reads

Visit our website for the March LibraryReads, a list of the top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love.

Around the Web

Are our phones driving us crazy? Here’s some support to kick the habit: Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain.

Field trip, anyone? Scandinavians build the coolest public libraries, and Helsinki’s new central library doesn’t disappoint.

Yikes, screen time is up for babies! Get these kids some picture books.

2019 will be filled with books adapted into TV series and movies. Here’s the top 21.

An interview with Isaac Mizrahi whose memoir, I.M., publishes this week.

Is the literary world rife with plagiarism?

Photo of The Week

Left: What the City Center might have been had it been designed by Antoni Gaudí. Photo by John Lolis.

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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