March 11, 2020

March 14th Gala Postponed

In response to guidance that recommends social distancing to minimize the spread of COVID19, the White Plains Library Foundation is postponing its March 14th Gala. The Foundation made this decision out of an abundance of caution and concerns about the evolving circumstances in Westchester County.

Thank you for the incredible outpouring of support for the Foundation’s 25th Anniversary. We look forward to celebrating with you (and Erik Larson) at a future event, details to follow.

Questions? Please contact Nancy Rubini, WPLF Executive Director, at or 914-422-1495.

Some Important Updates

First, if you are thinking of attending a program, check the Library website first. Or give us a call. The Trove and Edge are canceling all programming through mid-April beyond the Trove's regular weekly storytimes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Check our online calendar for full list of cancellations. Special events will be rescheduled.

Second, AARP has decided to suspend the AARP Tax Aide program at the White Plains Public Library for the weeks of 3/16 and 3/24. They will reevaluate after the 24th. We know this is a very popular program and hope it will return.

Finally, beginning this week, White Plains, along with many other libraries in Westchester, will suspend all intralibrary and interlibrary loans for the foreseeable future. We believe this is in the best interest of our staff and patrons. This means our patrons will no longer receive items from other libraries and we will no longer send out our items to other libraries. If you have a hold on material owned by White Plains, then it will be held for you like always. However, you may still return your items to any library in the Westchester Library System and borrow materials from any library. We know that this is an important service, and we plan to bring it back as soon as possible.

If you missed my letter from earlier this week, take a look. It includes information about some other changes in the Library.

Brian Kenney
Library Director

Short Story Discussion

Tomorrow sees the return of Barbara Wenglin's Short Story Discussion at 2:00 p.m. The group will discuss "Islands on the Moon" by Barbara Kingsolver. To register, please visit our online calendar. For a full schedule, please visit our website.

Please check our website or call before attending in case of a cancellation.

Book Bunch Registration

Join The Trove's book discussion group for 4th and 5th graders which will be held on Wednesday, April 22nd. Read something new and challenging and talk about it with other kids over pizza!

Pre-registration is required and begins Wednesday, March 18th. Register in person in The Trove. Sorry, we cannot accept registration by telephone. When you register, you will receive a free copy of Zane and the Hurricane.

Resilience: Biology of Stress &
The Science of Hope

Attend a screening and discussion of Resilience, a one-hour documentary on the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on Wednesday, March 18th at 6:30 p.m. Extremely stressful experiences in childhood are now understood to alter brain development and to have lifelong effects on health and behavior. Explore how resilience can be supported and strengthened and how our community can respond.

The facilitators will be Dr. Andrew Bell, Program Director of the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health, and Elena Falcone, Director of Public Innovation and Engagement at the Westchester Library System.

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Photo of The Week

Above: Audience at All Colors program with author Amalia Hoffman. Photo by Staff.

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