March 13, 2019

Bear with Us!

As you may already know, this week we are implementing a new online library system, including a new—and easier to use—public catalog. These systems touch almost everything we do, from ordering material, processing items and adding them to the collection, then lending them or sending items to other libraries to fill holds. During this time we ask that you limit your borrowing to ten items a day. Placing
holds will need to wait until we are fully back online.

Brian Kenney
Library Director

This Week in White Plains

The 2019 Friendly Gathering will be held Sunday, March 17 at 5:00 p.m. at Congregation Kol Ami, 252 Soundview Ave. This night of Irish music (featuring Brian Conway & Friends with singer Fiona Conway), Irish dance (the O'Rourke Irish Dancers), and traditional Irish food is light-hearted and fun. Each year, organizations and individuals who have made our world a better place by their compassionate service are honored. This year’s honorees are the White Plains Youth Bureau and William M. Mooney Jr. You're invited to celebrate them as you also help support the mission of The RDC Center for Counseling & Human Development.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, please contact Sr. Patricia Sheridan at 914-798-1103 or email

We're Hiring!

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.” For more information on the positions and how to apply, please visit our website.

Families of Veterans Writing Workshop

In 2015, Veterans Writing Workshop and Family Services of Westchester held their first joint workshop at the Library. The second workshop last year was well-attended, and there will be a third 10-week program here on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. beginning on March 19. For further information, visit our website; to register, visit or contact Julia Rust: (914) 629-4016;

Common Ground: Sexual Misconduct

Are you interested in sharing your thoughts about some of the toughest issues facing our country—as well as listening to the opinions of your neighbors and friends? Then join us for Common Ground, a series of community conversations hosted by the Library and the League of Women Voters of White Plains. Our next discussion, on Thursday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m., will focus on Sexual Misconduct. For further information, visit our website.

Book Bunch

Join The Trove's book discussion group for 4th and 5th graders which will be held on Wednesday, April 24 at 4:30 p.m. Read something new and challenging and talk about it with other kids over pizza. We will be reading The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg, by Rodman Philbrick. Pre-registration for Book Bunch is required and begins Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Register in person in The Trove. Visit our website for more info.

Around the Web

'I can get any novel I want in 30 seconds': can book piracy be stopped?

Publishers Weekly gives Colson Whitehead's latest book, The Nickel Boys, a starred review.

The oldest American picture book still in print is obviously about cats.

Do we still need the Nobel Prize in Literature?

Publisher, author groups protest library book scanning program.

Y'all heard? An argument for the great southern pronoun.

Photo of The Week

Above: During Tech Tuesday last week, participants learned about outside-of-the-box thinking and how to become a "white hat" hacker. Thanks to everyone who joined us for this exciting program! Photo by Austin O.

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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