February 19, 2020

Finally: Evening Book Groups

I’m excited to share that in March we will be launching two new book groups, and they’ll both be in the early evening.

Reading to End Racism, a partnership with the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, will kick off on Monday, March 9 with a discussion of The Other Americans: a Novel by Laila Lalami. Part mystery novel, part character study, The Other Americans is a moving investigation into the death of a Moroccan immigrant. Ariana Quinones, Next Gen/WREF & Racial Justice Coordinator at the YWCA, and I will co-facilitate the discussion. At 6:00 p.m. in the Local History Room.

Facts, Not Fiction will launch on Thursday, March 12 with a discussion of The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, the compelling story of the 1936 University of Washington rowing team that went on to win gold at the Berlin Olympics. White Plains resident Mark Tracten—the U.S. representative of Great Britain’s Crown House Publishing—will lead the discussion. At 6:00 pm in the Community Room.

Brian Kenney
Library Director

Community Conversations: Immigration

Join us tomorrow, February 20th at 6:00 p.m., for the next Common Ground Community Conversation. This month's topic is Economic Inequality, Affordable Housing, and the impact upon creating a larger community. This program is a collaboration between the League of Women Voters of White Plains, the Library, and the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester.

Adult Technology Workshops

Learn about Microsoft Excel tomorrow, 2/20, at 7:30 p.m. Take a deep dive into PowerPoint in a two part workshop on Wednesday, 2/26 and Thursday, 2/27 at 3:00 p.m. Discover Website Creation 101 with Austin Olney on Monday, 2/24 at 6:00 p.m.

Registration is required for each of these events. To register, click the relevant link to our online caledar or call us at (914) 422-1480.

Short Story Discussion Resumes 3/12

After a winter break, Barbara Wenglin resumes her short story discussion series on Thursday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m. The first selection to be explored is Barbara Kingsolver’s “Islands on the Moon” from the anthology Stories of Motherhood. The theme of this story is single motherhood and pregnancy, while other aspects of what moms face will be taken up in subsequent discussions by authors Elizabeth Bowen, Tillie Olsen, Anita Desai, Louise Erdrich, and Hortense Calisher. For a full schedule, and to register, please visit our website.

How to Build Your Business

Join SCORE for this round table discussion, led by Drew George, Business Entrepreneur & SCORE Mentor. Learn from others to find ways to grow a profitable business at this small business networking event on Wednesday, February 26th at 2:00 p.m.


The Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Gala is March 14th and tickets are selling fast. Click here for details. RSVP required by February 27.

(Photo Credit: Nina Subin)

Around the Web

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 Early novel written by free black woman called out racism among abolitionists.

To All The Boys author Jenny Han's writing process involves baking & wine.

Book Review: fast fashion's environmental impact.

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