June 19, 2019

Pardon Our Appearance (Again)

If you are a regular Library visitor, you're familiar with some disruption as we renovate this 45-year-old building.

Well, we are at the final stage of the work on the first floor project, which involves replacing the doors on the Library's front exit. The three doors we now have will be replaced by a series of automatic doors that will allow the public to more easily move in and out of the library, whether with a stroller, with their arms full, or utilizing a wheelchair or scooter. It will also help us control the temperature in the building, as the multiple doors will create an air lock that will help keep hot or cold air outside.

For the rest of this week, you will likely have to enter and exit the Library through the cafe. Entrance through the parking garage, whether by stairs or elevator, is not affected. We should be back to normal by Sunday. Next month, the contractors will
return to remove the exterior doors, and the work will be finished.

Thanks for your patience,
Brian Kenney

Library Director

Family Fun Basket Giveaways

Caregivers are invited to take part in a survey at the beginning of the summer.
The survey about Trove programs, materials, and services will be your raffle entry to win one of three Family Fun Baskets, filled with toys, games, and tickets to local attractions!
Surveys will be available June 24th, the last day to pick up and return surveys will be July 9th, and winners will be contacted on July 10th.

Thank you to the following local organizations and businesses for providing prize support for the Family Fun Baskets:
Alamo Drafthouse
The Cliffs at Valhalla
Jacob Burns Film Center
Sportime USA
The Westchester Children’s Museum
Westchester Ice Skating Academy
Bowlmor White Plains

Mindfulness for Teens

Join Reiki practitioner Andrea Deierlein on Monday, June 24th at 4:00 p.m. for some fun and relaxation. We’ll learn how mindfulness techniques, such as breathing and meditation, can promote calmness and creativity. We’ll also explore mind-body awareness with exercises and games. This program is for teens in grades 6-12. Registration is required; visit our online calendar here to register.

Families of Veterans Reading

Just as every veteran has a story, every veteran's family member also has a story. For the past ten weeks, participants in the Families of Veterans Writing Workshop have worked on their stories, and are finally ready to share with the community. Attend a reading of their work on Monday, June 24th at 6:00 p.m. in Galaxy Hall. All are welcome.

The Artists' Loft

Art Bennett will host a music workshop next Wednesday, June 26th at 6:00 p.m. Musicians of all musical skill levels welcome. Bring your instrument and any tunes you want to work on, or just bring your ears to relax and listen. Art likes to run a workshop-style event, where you get a chance to see how musicians who have never played before work together to create! An electric piano and a PA will be available.

Around the Web

The Strand Bookstore was chosen as a historic city landmark last week. Nancy Bass Wyden, the store's third-generation owner, isn't taking it as a compliment.

Margaret Atwood's first novel is coming to the small screen.

Elizabeth Acevedo becomes first woman of color to win the Carnegie Medal.

Joy Harjo is named U.S. Poet Laureate: the Oklahoma-born writer, a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, is the first Native American to hold the post.

A library thrives, quietly, in one of Pakistan’s gun markets: the Darra Adam Khel Library, less than a year old and with more than 2,500 books, offers residents a respite from the arms bazaar that dominates local life.

Photo of The Week

: “Cutting the cord” is a hot topic in today’s ever-changing digital world. During a “Tech Wednesday” class earlier this month, adults learned about the multitude of different streaming services and devices available with an Internet connection. Tech Wednesday returns July 3rd. Photo by Staff.

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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