November 20, 2019

Macmillan, eBooks and Access

If you are looking for a new eBook published by Macmillan and can’t find it in our collection, it’s because the publisher, Macmillan, has taken the unprecedented act of limiting public library access to their eBooks. In response, the White Plains Public Library has decided to suspend the acquisition of all eBooks published by Macmillan. Macmillan, one of the country’s five largest publishers, includes such well-known brands as Farrar, Straus & Giroux, St. Martin’s Press, Picador, Tor, and more.

You can read more about our decision here on our website.

Brian Kenney
Library Director

We're Closing Early on Wednesday

Please note that the Library will close early at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27th and remain closed the following day for Thanksgiving. We will reopen with regular hours from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 29th.

Our external book drop, located to the left of our main entrance, will remain open for anyone looking to return materials while we're closed.

Local History Event

Former White Plains local history librarian Ben Himmelfarb and current city archivist Elaine Massena will discuss their book, White Plains in the 20th Century, on Tuesday, November 26, at 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in two programs that are supported by the White Plains Library Foundation. The book can be purchased for $20 in the Library bookstore with, says Himmelfarb, “proceeds being divided between the city archives and the White Plains Collection and used to maintain and grow these historical collections.” For more information on the book, visit our website here.

Why Do Toddlers Love Books?

If you come into the Trove during any of our story times, especially Trove Time, the heart of this article is particularly obvious. Books and reading together are an especially amazing way for caregivers and children to connect and the more positive emotional impact that shared experience has, the more benefit for the child. The Library's Bag-A-Tales are an excellent way to start story times together at home. Filled with books, toys and activities aligned with ALA's Every Child Ready to Read five early literacy practicies - Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing and Playing - the themed bags, available in the Trove, provide a wealth of opportunities for you and your child to read, play, and connect.

Wellness: Stress Less!

Stress is a normal part of our lives. It can motivate and excite us—but too much stress can be physically and psychologically debilitating. Join Dr. Mimi Leibman on Wednesday, December 4th at 7:00 p.m. for a discussion and practice of stress management techniques. Leibman was Director of the Staff Development Institute and Assistant Director of Professional Development for the Yonkers Public Schools.  She has a Ph.D. in psychology from The City University of New York. To register, visit our online calendar or call the Information Desk at 422-1480. This program is made possible with support from the White Plains Library Foundation.

This is the last program in our Fall Wellness Series. Stay tuned for the Spring Series, which will begin in March.

Poetry Slam with WPHS Grad Jeff Kass

Our December Poetry Slam will be held Thursday, December 5th. Don't miss our Open Mic, SLAM competition, and feature performance from guest poet Jeff Kass! To take part in the open mic or slam, please register between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. Slam poets should bring at least one original poem of up to 3 minutes. Registration closes promptly at 7:00 p.m., and the program starts shortly thereafter. Co-hosted by local poet and slam-master Eric ZORK Alan.

The Future is Female

Join group leader Ellen O'Connell for the Future is Female December discussion of The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates. The group will meet on Monday, December 2nd at 2:00 p.m. “This book is an urgent manifesto for an equal society where women are valued and recognized in all spheres of life. We need this message more than ever.” —Malala Yousafzai

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