July 10, 2019

Oprah's Summer Reading List

O, The Oprah Magazine, always has great taste in books. And its list of best summer reads—a whopping 32 titles, all by women—doesn’t disappoint.

The list includes Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel about showgirls in 1940s Manhattan (City of Girls); Sara Collins’ historical novel that explores murder, colonialism, and racism (The Confessions of Frannie Langton); and Jennifer Weiner’s novel, Mrs. Everything, about love, marriage, and defying society’s expectations.

But it’s not all literary fiction. There’s non-fiction, like Ani DiFranco’s much anticipated memoir No Walls and the Recurring Dream and Jennifer Berry Hawes’ Grace Will Lead Us Home, about the Charleston church massacre. There’s even crime fiction, including Conviction by one of Scotland’s leading crime authors, Denise Mina.

Note: we don’t yet own all of these titles, as many will publish later in the summer.

Brian Kenney
Library Director

Westchester Women Speak Out

To celebrate next year's 100th anniversary of women's vote in the United States, internationally known women's advocate and leadership communicator, Dana Rubin, will pay homage to women of all backgrounds with a connection to Westchester whose words have contributed powerfully to public deliberation and social, political, and humanitarian causes. This special local history presentation will be held on Wednesday, July 17th at 7:00 p.m. Rubin will also discuss speaking opportunities for women and give tips and strategies on how you can make your voice heard. For full information on this program, please visit our online calendar here.

Coffee with Grandpas

Grandpas United will host Mike Divney as a guest speaker at their next Coffee with Grandpas event on Wednesday, July 17th at 8:30 a.m. in our Community Room. Divney, the President of Divney Strategic Advisors, is a professional engineer and certified planner with over 40 years of experience in planning, engineering, project management, and land use approvals. Divney also is the immediate Past Board Chairman for the White Plains Hospital and is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Montefiore Health System. Divney's talk will touch on the White Plains Hospital as well as his experience as a grandpa.

Creative Writing Workshop for Kids

The Trove's weekly Creative Writing Workshop Series begins tomorrow, July 11th, and will be held each Thursday in July at 4:30 p.m. Children in grades 4-6 are welcome to dabble in different forms of writing, drawing, and cartooning. This three-week series will cover diary, zine, and character creation writing.

Tech Workshops for Adults

We have an exciting selection of technology workshops scheduled for you this week. Learn how to create a Powerpoint slideshow at Intro to Microsoft Powerpoint Part 1 tomorrow, July 11th at 3:00 p.m. and then learn more advanced skills at Part 2 on Friday, July 12th at 3:00 p.m. Then join Digital Media Specialist, Austin Olney, on Wednesday, July 17th at 12:00 p.m. for Coding 101, for a discussion of various programming languages and to experience the world of coding. Online registration is required for all three events; to register, click the links above or visit our online calendar here.

Around the Web

How libraries help combat loneliness: find out more about the work libraries across the country are doing to bring people together.

Harry Potter prequel series coming to television: Warners Bros. is in the very early stages of developing a series for their upcoming streaming service.

Before Google, there were librarians: weird and funny questions submitted to the New York Public Library pre-Internet.

What's bald-headed butter? A witty dictionary of Victorian slang.

Microsoft closes the book on its E-Library, erasing all user content: the move comes as a result of Digital Rights Management, an approach that allows companies to prevent piracy.

Photo of The Week

: Eastview rising sixth graders after getting their goodie bags from the Edge. Photo by Staff.

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