Archives for Friends

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.

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.

People & Stories Oral History Project: Lee Palmer

Lee Palmer and the White Plains Public Library are inseparable.  Lee has worked at the library in one way or another since 1966.  After Lee took a class on storytelling at the library in the mid-1960s, a librarian hired her to be a children's storyteller.  In this oral history, you can hear her enthusiasm for that job and the library's central place in White Plains.  Lee also discusses her reasons for moving to White Plains, her reasons for staying, and the fulfillment she gets from her current work as a Friend of the Library.
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Categories: Local History and Oral History.

Out of the Swamps: A History of 100 Martine Ave.

Join us on Sunday, May 17, at 2:00 p.m. for Out of the Swamps: A History of Downtown White Plains Told Through 100 Martine. The Friends of the White Plains Public Library have partnered with the Librarian for White Plains History and the City Archivist to present a program filled with stories, photographs, and maps that will enrich your perspective on White Plains. This program is presented in memory of Kay Conroy. 100 Martine hasn't always been the site of the public library, nor has it always been 100 Martine Avenue! Before White Plains was settled by Europeans, the Weckweeskeck
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Categories: Events, Featured, and Library News.

Klezmer on a Sunday Afternoon

Bring the whole family and enjoy a delightful program of spirited klezmer music on Sunday, January 25 at 2 p.m. The Westchester Klezmer Program is an intergenerational klezmer band program in Westchester County, New York. It is among the largest programs of its kind in the country, if not the world! Westchester Klezmer Program musicians participate by learning and rehearsing klezmer music and then performing at various community based events. Westchester Klezmer Program last played White Plains Library in 2010. Come enjoy their music again. This concert is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the White Plains Library.
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Categories: Events, Homepage, and Library News.

Artist Reception: Diane McCulloch – Fantasy Visions

Join us this Sunday, January 13 from 1-3 p.m. for the opening of “Fantasy Visions,” an exhibit of paintings in mixed media that are at once colorful, thought-provoking, and entertaining. Artist Diane McCulloch will be in attendance. One of her paintings, Chinese Destiny, is shown here. “Fantasy Visions” will be on display in the Museum Gallery until February 22. This show is brought to you by the Friends of White Plains Public Library.
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Categories: Events, Featured, Gallery, Homepage, and Library News.

An Afternoon of Klezmer

Join us on Sunday, December 9 for our annual klezmer concert. Enjoy a lively & nostalgic musical journey, featuring Old World traditions & New World voices with Kapelye, “The First Ambassadors of Klezmer.” Eric Berman, tuba/bass; Ken Maltz, clarinet; and Peter Sokolow, keyboard/vocals. Two seatings from 1:30-2:30 p.m., repeated 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wikipedia explains:  “Klezmer is a musical tradition of the Ashkenazic Jews of Eastern Europe. Played by professional musicians called klezmorim, the genre originally consisted largely of dance tunes and instrumental display pieces for weddings and other celebrations.” This concert is brought to you by the Friends of White Plains
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Friends of the Library Celebrate 65th Anniversary

The Friends of the White Plains Public Library are unsung library heroes. Founded in 1947, this group of volunteers has raised funds for programming, the Museum Gallery, equipment and furnishings. (Including our beautiful Steinway B piano in the auditorium. Many musicians have commented on how nice it is that we have such a good piano to play!) They deliver books to home-bound Library patrons around White Plains. They also provide volunteer manpower for various events, such as gallery openings. One of the ways they raise funds is by running the Friends Bookstore off our lobby, which is having its 15th
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Categories: Featured, Homepage, and Library News.