Archives for adults

Fake News Workshop 3/22 @ 7:00 PM

Fake news is a topic we hear a lot about, but is it as simple as figuring out what’s fake and what’s real? Join Librarian Ben Himmelfarb on Wednesday, March 22, at 7:00 PM for Present-Truth: How To Navigate the World of Fake (and Real) News. We will learn skills for determining what in the news is true and how to analyze your information sources to make sure you are the best informed that you can be. In this participatory workshop, we will also discuss strategies for dealing with rapid news cycles, social media dynamics, and how the library can
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Categories: Events and Featured.

The Hub Groundbreaking was a Success

We hosted a “virtual” groundbreaking on Wednesday, September 7 for our upcoming adult library, The Hub. The first floor renovations will include:  enhanced and expanded technology; comfortable seating to relax and read; more space for informal and formal learning; improved meeting and classroom space; a new community room for programs and events; and a wonderful café in the heart of White Plains. “Through the creation of the The Trove children’s library, The Edge teen space and now The Hub, as well as their innovative programming and offerings, the White Plains Public Library has proven that libraries are as relevant and important today
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Categories: Events and Library Foundation.

Book ‘Em Goes Historical

Our mystery book group, Book ‘Em, facilitated by Library Director Brian Kenney, will be going back in time this season–from Ancient Rome to colonial India to Belfast in the ’80s–as they read some of the finest crime fiction, each of which is first in a series. The first session is Wednesday, September 21 and we will be discussing The Strangler Vine by M. J. Carter.  A forthcoming flyer will include all the titles for the next 9 months of discussions. Refreshments will be served. All meetings will be held in Room A on the second floor from 2:30-4:00 p.m. For more information,
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Categories: Events.

A Virtual Groundbreaking for The Hub

Please Join Us!    What: A Virtual Groundbreaking for The Hub, our new adult area on the first floor  When: Wednesday, September 7th from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.  Where: the first floor of the Library, just outside The Edge Like The Trove is for children, and The Edge is for teens, The Hub will provide a new environment to meet the needs of adult patrons, from 20-somethings to seniors…plus a café! The Hub is a public/private partnership of The City of White Plains, the State of New York, and the White Plains Library Foundation (including a gift of $1 million from
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Categories: Events, Library Foundation, Library News, Technology, and Uncategorized.

International Film Festival

Our ever-popular International Film Festival returns starting Monday, July 11. Each film will be screened at 2 p.m. on Mondays through August 15. The festival has been going since 1987 (with a few breaks for construction and the like). Because we want our festival to be international in scope, we show motion pictures from a variety of countries and cultures, including those that reflect a film-making tradition that may be very different from our own. We attempt to offer a variety of genres, from comedy to film noir, and everything in between. We are limited by a number of factors, including
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Categories: Events and Uncategorized.

Exercise Your Mind – READ! A new Adult Summer Reading Program

Join us for our new Adult Summer Reading Program, “Exercise Your Mind – READ!” from from July 5 – August 12. We’ve tailored this program for grownups– no assigned reading, no book reports, no homework, no worries! Register for Exercise Your Mind and read whatever you’d like, whenever you’d like, wherever you’d like. Whether you’re headed to the beach, the mountains, or your own backyard, take along a book and snap a “shelfie.”  Share it with us and we’ll add it to our in-library display and our Instagram page to enter our raffle drawing for prizes. Engage in fun programs
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Categories: Authors & Books and Events.

Marketing Your Business

Do you know how to effectively market your business? On May 17th, at 1:30 p.m. come and learn how business owners can create strong marketing strategies to keep their market presence strong. Discover marketing basics such as identifying target markets, pricing strategies, promotion, competition and marketing budgets. Program arranged through the U.S. Small Business Administration.
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Categories: Classes and Uncategorized.

Meet White Plains Author Susan Gordon

The Friends of White Plains Library invite you to their 2016 annual meeting on Sunday, May 15 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. We are very pleased to welcome White Plains author Susan J. Gordon. Susan will discuss her latest book Because of Eva: a Jewish Genealogical Journey (Syracuse University Press, 2016), in which the author describes traveling to Eastern Europe and Israel to solve mysteries in her family’s past by delving into World War II and Holocaust history. What began as a seemingly simple search for “Eva,” the elderly relative who had signed Susan’s grandfather’s death certificate in New York long ago, becomes
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Categories: Authors & Books and Events.

“Intro to Video Editing: How to Create Films”

Adult learners will have the chance to edit clips and create his or her own segment using the Lightworks™ Software Application on Tuesday, April 26th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Edge Media Lab. Video editing is fun and available for free on most computers.   Equipment is provided; Registration is required.
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Categories: Classes, Technology, and Uncategorized.

17th Annual Clarice Wilson Memorial Concert

Join us for the 17th annual Clarice Wilson Memorial Concert, presented by White Plains Library Foundation. On Sunday, April 17 at 2:00 p.m., violinist Alejandro Mendoza and pianist Adam Kent present an afternoon of sonatas for violin and piano by several of Clarice Wilson’s most beloved composers, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johannes Brahms, and Cesar Franck. We welcome your donations to the Clarice Wilson Memorial Fund of the White Plains Library Foundation, in memory of Clarice Wilson, Music Specialist at the Library from 1974-1999. Mrs. Wilson supported gifted, young musicians at the start of their performance careers.
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Categories: Events and Library Foundation.

Digital Photography Exhibit

Participants of the Library’s eight-week digital photography class for seniors will display their work in the Library Gallery from Wednesday, March 16, through Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Professional photographer and arts educator Lori Adams presented the workshop in which students learned the fundamentals of composition and use of light and color to create portraits and still life images. A reception is planned for Tuesday, March 22nd from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  Refreshments will be served. This program was made possible by Creative Aging in America’s Libraries, supported by a National Leadership Grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services in
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Categories: Events and Uncategorized.

Prepare for the Citizenship Interview

Saturday, March 12 at 12:00 p.m. Immigration officer Shyconia Burden-Noten of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services will demonstrate a US Citizenship mock interview to help applicants prepare for their own interview. All are invited to come and ask Ms. Burden questions related to the naturalization process, green cards, employment authorization, and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Attorneys and a paralegal will be available to provide consultations to individuals and answer questions. The Westchester Hispanic Coalition will be here to help translate this program.
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Categories: Events and Uncategorized.

Spanish for Beginners

Classes meet every Monday and Wednesday from 7:00 p.m.-8:45 p.m., starting Wednesday March 2. You can register on our online calendar or at the Reference Desk. Space is limited. This Spring the White Plains Public Library will again offer a beginning class in Spanish. The emphasis will be on spoken Spanish, and the course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of Spanish. Participants will be introduced to simple, everyday usage of vocabulary, grammar, and conversation in an active, participatory and fun environment. Instructor Naicy Petrill is a native of Peru. She currently teaches Spanish at Westchester Community
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Categories: Classes and Uncategorized.

Tax Breaks for Your Business

On Tuesday, March 8th at 1:30 p.m. a workshop will be given by the Small Business Administration to benefit existing small business owners, individuals getting started in business and those interested in going into business. It focuses on the fundamentals of federal taxes for small business owners, including entity choice, record keeping, business income and expenses and estimated tax. No registration required. Please join us.
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Categories: Classes.

No more excuses!

Take responsibility for the success in your life! Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. In this seminar, expert in leadership and success Yamile Ramirez will help us put an end to excuses of self-sabotaging. With simple steps to make life more prosperous, happier and more successful, Yamile promises to help end our tolerance for mediocrity and negativity. We learn new ways to deal with our problems and face them so that we get more and more positive consequences. Yamile is a board certified Neuro-Linguistic Programing/Time Line Therapy master practitioner and coach. This program is brought to you through a
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Categories: Uncategorized.

Chamber Music of William Eckfeld

Please join us Sunday, February 21, at 2 p.m. for a free concert featuring the chamber music of William Eckfeld, composer and performer. The program includes works for strings, piano, clarinet, euphonium and tubas. Mr. Eckfeld, a White Plains resident, was the orchestra director at White Plains High School from 1987-2013. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, he was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra before beginning his career in music education. As a composer, he has written numerous works for chamber groups, soloists, and orchestras. He serves as organist for the
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Categories: Events and Library Foundation.

A Sense of Place: Research Workshop

January’s edition of the White Plains History Roundtable will be A Sense of Place: Research Workshop on Wednesday, January 20, from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Ever wondered what the layers of history and human experience are that combine to create White Plains? Join Librarian Ben Himmelfarb and student of White Plains history Cliff Blau to learn how to research the history of any address, building, business, house, or spot in White Plains. Maps, directories, photographs, and online resources from the White Plains Collection will be available for everyone to use. Come prepared with a favorite place to research and
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Categories: Events and History.

Meet 97-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch

Millions across the globe have been inspired by 97-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch–World War II French Resistance fighter, model, actress, film producer, wine connoisseur, ballroom dancer, and yoga master. Porchon-Lynch was named “Oldest Yoga Teacher” by Guinness World Records in 2012. She will appear at White Plains Public Library on Sunday, January 17 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss her book, Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master. Porchon-Lynch has been covered by media around the world and her YouTube videos have garnered over 2 million views. Her inspirational memoir, Dancing Light, shows us what
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Categories: Authors & Books and Events.

Digital Photography Workshop for Seniors

Professional photographer and arts educator Lori Adams will present an 8-week digital photography workshop for seniors. The first session is Tuesday, January 5, 2016, 2:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m. Using their own cameras, participants will learn the fundamentals of composition, and use of light and color to create portraits and still life images. A basic understanding of camera settings and photo editing will also be covered. The workshop will culminate in an exhibit of participants’ work. Participation is limited to fifteen students aged 55 and better.  Participants should plan to attend all sessions. Pre-registration is required and can be submitted
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Categories: Classes and Uncategorized.

WLA/WLS Mock Book Awards

WLA/WLS Mock Book Awards Thursday, January 7 at 5:30 p.m. Start the new year with a conversation about some of the best children’s and young adult books of 2015. The Westchester Library Association and the Westchester Library System are hosting a discussion of potentially award-winning books published in the last year. This is a great opportunity to meet other readers and deepen your knowledge of Youth Literature. Breakout groups will consider mock nominees for the Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz awards. Adult community members interested in children’s and young adult literature, librarians, teachers, and publishers are invited to attend. However, this
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Categories: Authors & Books.