September 11, 2019

Library Plaza Grand Opening

You won't want to missing the grand opening of the Library Plaza, this Saturday, September 14th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. There will be live music, activities for kids, and the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful, new public space. Look for the folks from the Pollinator Pathways movement who will be discussing ways to support bees, birds, and butterflies. And a big thanks to the White Plains Beautification Foundation for the terrific plantings in the front of the Library. With so much work from so many, especially the City's Department of Public Works, our block on Martine has been completely transformed!

Brian Kenney
Library Director

JazzFest at the Library

White Plains Jazz Fest begins today, and we'll have three different events at the Library this week. Tomorrow and Friday, we'll have two Jazz at Noon events in front of the Everyday Healthy Café outside the Library. Tomorrow, the Eunha So Quartet will play, and on Friday The Marcio Garcia Trio will perform.

Saturday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. you can join teachers from The Music Conservatory of Westchester for "Hands-On Jazz for Families," a participatory music event in the Library Plaza. We'll have musicians play for 15-20 minutes each and then have 90 minutes of breakout instruction/free play time where children and adults alike will play with various instruments.

What Should I Read Next?
A Preview for Book Groups & Readers

Get a heads-up on new books and refresh your reading list for the colder weather with publishing insider Carol Fitzgerald. Back by popular demand, Carol will speak on Sunday, October 20th at 1:30 p.m. She'll share news about the season's buzz-worthy new titles and facilitate a discussion of book group practices, successes, and failures. Visit our online calendar here to register. Carol Fitzgerald is the President of The Book Report Network—a group of internet sites on books and authors that have become the gathering places for a large and devoted community of booklovers since 1996.

Genealogy Workshop

Have you recently started exploring your family’s history or want to begin? If so, you'll want to register for an upcoming four-week genealogy workshop that will be held Tuesday, October 1, 8, 15, & 22 at 2:00 p.m. Presented by Dr. Alan Steinfeld, the first session will look at reasons to study one’s ancestry and how to begin. In session two, we will discuss how to interview family members, examine various official documents and records, and discover what we can learn in cemeteries. Session three will look at where records can be found. The final session will be devoted to ways of presenting and preserving what you have gathered. Registration is required and participants are recommended to attend all four weeks. Register before September 24th at our online calendar here or by calling (914) 422-1480.

Small Business Workshop:
Marketing with Social Media

The Small Business Administration (SBA) will present a workhop on marketing with social media on Tuesday, September 17th at 1:30 p.m. Learn how to utilize social media to grow your business. You will learn research processes and strategies to help you harness the power of social media marketing. Registration is required; to register, visit our online calendar or call (914) 422-1480.

Around the Web

The big indie books of fall 2019.

A look back at New Yorker writers (including John Updike and Susan Sontag) responding to 9/11.

Libraries and archivists are scanning and uploading books that are secretly in the public domain.

Susan Kamil, a top book editor and publisher, dies at 69.

2020 Census offers opportunities for library involvement.

Photo of The Week

: Check out the display in the adult fiction area about the Pollinator Pathways. Pollinator Pathways focus on developing gardens and plantings to support bees, butterflies, and other insects that are at risk in our environment. It's a national movement, and White Plains just formed its own chapter. Photo by Staff.

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