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Battle of the Books in the Edge

All tweens and teens entering grades 6-10 in September 2016 are invited to join The Edge team for the Battle of the Books competition! Teams from libraries throughout Westchester will compete by answering trivia questions based on five different books. Participants will read the pre-selected books over the summer, attend team meetings in the fall, and compete (as a team) in the Westchester Library System Battle of the Books tournament. The tournament takes place on Saturday, October 15, at Ossining High School. Team practice will be held on Wednesday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. in the Edge Media Lab, beginning on August
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, and Teens.

People & Stories Oral History Project: Dennis Polanco

Probably known to most White Plains residents as “Mr. Polanco,” since that is what students in his English classes at White Plains High School call him, Dennis Polanco is in fact much more than a teacher. He is a father, musician, and community leader who has great insights into our city.
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Categories: History and Oral History.

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.

Every Hero Has a Story!

The Trove summer reading game begins Monday, June 29 and runs through August 14. Be a hero and READ! Each day you come in to report on books you have read, you will receive a prize. Bring your passport from school or get one from The Trove and get it stamped each time you come in. We will have summer reading suggestions displayed for all grades through grade six. Summer Reading Game
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Categories: Events, Kids, and Library News.

Book ‘Em: A Mystery Book Group

Join Library Director Brian Kenney in exploring great crime novels, ranging from the classics to the present. All meetings will be held in Room B, second floor, from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. There is a limit of 18 persons, registration is appreciated. Register through our online program calendar here on our website – select “Classes and Events” then “Adult Calendar”. Refreshments will be served. This month’s selection is: Wednesday, January 21 The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith Upcoming selections: Wednesday, February 18 The Chatham School Affair by Thomas Cook Wednesday, March 18 Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg Wednesday, April 15
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Come Participate in Mock Book Awards for Youth Literature of 2014

WLA/WLS Mock Book Awards Thursday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m. Calling all adults! Start the new year with a conversation about some of the best children’s and young adult books of 2014. The Westchester Library Association (WLA) and the Westchester Library System (WLS) are co-hosting a discussion of potentially award-winning books published in the past 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
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Categories: Events and Library News.

On the Homefront with Veteran's Writing Project

Veterans’ family members will read selections from stories collected in a new work, On the Homefront. Come on Saturday, November 22 at 2:00 p.m. to be inspired by their stories and learn how you can get involved in telling your own. The Veteran’s Writing Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Washington, DC, founded by veterans and family members which provides no-cost writing seminars and workshops for veterans, service members, and their adult family members, building an archive of writing by members of the military community. For more information about the Veteran’s Writing Project visit their website at www.veteranswritingworkshop.org or
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Categories: Events, Homepage, and Library News.

Short Story Discussion Series Continues

Join librarian Barbara Wenglin for a lively discussion of two coming-of-age short stories from the series anthology, Wonderful Town — New York Stories from the New Yorker.  Books are available to borrow (as well as eBook copies), with a copy kept at the reference desk for reading in the Library.  At the first session on October 10 from 2:00-4:15 PM, we’ll explore: “Slight Rebellion off Madison” by J.D. Salinger (p.253),  and “What It Was Like, Seeing Chris” by Deborah Eisenberg (p.54).  We invite you to register once for the 4-part series through our online adult calendar or by calling the reference desk at 422-1480 — and you need
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Be Inspired by The Trove's 2013 Summer StoryWalk®

Be inspired to discover the world! Children in grades 1 through 6 and their families are invited to take a walk along the Trove’s 2013 Summer StoryWalk®, which opens Monday, July 1 at 10:00 am in the Trove. Come take a walk any time The White Plains Public Library is open throughout the months of July and August until the Walk closes on Friday August 30 at 6:00 pm. The book being featured is, The World is Waiting For You, written by Barbara Kerley and published by the National Geographic Society. Along the StoryWalk® you will view a series of
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Summer Reading Events for Teens

Summer Reading Kick-off Party Saturday, June 15, 3:00 p.m. at The Galleria Join us as members of the WPHS Song Writer’s club perform their original music. Enter to win raffle prizes and play The Deadliest Drive, our distracted driving video game. There will be plenty of giveaways. Summer Reading Events for Teens Here is a highlight of our programs and events for teens this summer: make a light bulb terrarium, all-natural face masks, cartooning, Latin dancing and pizza & a movie Saturdays. Go to our teen page for more information.
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Summer Reading in The Trove!

“Dig Into Reading” this summer in The Trove! Our Summer reading game begins June 24th and continues until August 16th.  Read exciting books and come in to tell us about it.  Every day that you report, you get a prize!  Collect summer reading passport stamps when you visit The Trove! If you are going in to third through sixth grade, record 3 books online and you will be invited to a pizza party at Uno Chicago Grill! We’ll have easy-to-use, graded displays of the books recommended for summer reading by the White Plains Public Schools. You’ll find fun activities going on
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Dan Brown Broadcast Live from Lincoln Center

Billed as “An Evening of Codes, Symbols and Secrets,” #1 international best-selling author Dan Brown’s May 15 appearance at Lincoln Center will be broadcast live over the Internet to White Plains Public Library. We hope you’ll join us for this exciting event that evening at 7:15 p.m. in Room B on the second floor. We are among a select few bookstores and libraries chosen to show the livestream of this event. Brown, author of The DaVinci Code, Angels & Demons, The Lost Symbol, will discuss his new novel Inferno (on sale May 14), science, religion, codes, book publishing, movie making,
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Have you joined our short story discussion group yet?

White Plains Librarian Barbara Wenglin has returned to explore compelling short stories from the acclaimed anthology, Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker ~ Celebrating 75 years of the magazine’s enduring literary influence, edited by David Remnick (Random House, 2000). We are using the same book from the fall, with copies to borrow and one kept at the Reference Desk for reading in the Library. Please register once for the series through our online calendar. Come when you’re able; you are not required to attend every session. Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome! If you’ve never
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day)

Come join us on Tuesday, April 30th at 7 p.m. to celebrate El día de los niños/O día dos Meninos/Children’s Day, also known as El Día. This year is the 17th anniversary. El Día is a celebration EVERY DAY of children, families, and reading that culminates every year on April 30th. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. This year, we will be presenting, No, David!, in English, Spanish and Portuguese. The storytime will include music, activities, a craft and a snack for children in grades K-6. ____________________________________________________________________ Ven y únete
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Join our Spring Short Story Discussion Group

White Plains Librarian Barbara Wenglin returns to explore compelling short stories from the acclaimed anthology, Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker ~ Celebrating 75 years of the magazine’s enduring literary influence, edited by David Remnick (Random House, 2000). We will use the same book from the fall, with copies to borrow and one kept at the Reference Desk for reading in the Library. Please register once for the series through our online calendar. Come when you’re able; you are not required to attend every session. Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome! If you’ve never been
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Categories: Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

Meet the Author: Zane!

New York Times best-selling author Zane will appear at the Library this Saturday, September 29, at noon. We hope you’ll join us for what is sure to be an entertaining Q&A. Bring your questions about her books, how she writes, or maybe how she got started. As part of this appearance, Sarah Bracey White, published author and Executive Director of Greenburgh Arts and Culture, will facilitate a conversation between Zane and the audience. Zane is the New York Times best-selling author of, among others, Afterburn, The Heat Seekers, the Flava series, and Dear G-Spot. Her television series, Zane’s Sex Chronicles,
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, Featured, Homepage, and Library News.

A Back to School Tip for Parents

For kindergarten and elementary school students, a library card should be part of the school supply list. The White Plains Public Library and The Trove give children library cards from birth because the librarians believe that reading aloud to a child is the best preparation for reading. (And studies support this.) Make a trip to The Trove part of your family routine. Every week or two come get some great stories to take home. Choose a program (or several) to attend. On August 29 and 30, we have planned many storytimes on the back-to-school theme. ¡Vamos a la escuela! at
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Categories: Events, Homepage, and Library News.

Dream Big Family Concert with Scott & Beth

Did you ever go on a musical journey through books? Join Beth & Scott Bierko for a collection of funny and original songs adapted from children’s books and folktales. This program encourages reading and an appreciation of diverse cultures. It is perfect for families and readers of all ages. The concert is on Monday, August 20 at 2 p.m. This concert funded by the White Plains Library Foundation is the celebration of the end of the summer reading game in The Trove.
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Categories: Events, Homepage, and Library News.

Storywalk: Featuring a Story About Olympian Chris Paul

Hey, Olympic basketball fans – Did you realize that this year’s Trove Summer Storywalk® is all about Chris Paul, member of the 2012 USA Men’s Olympic Basketball Team competing in London? He was also on the 2008 USA Olympic Basketball Team that won the gold medal in Beijing. Well if you can’t get enough of Olympic basketball, bring the whole family for a cool walk along The Trove’s Summer StoryWalk® in The Library Gallery. As part of this activity, first through sixth graders take a chance at winning a basketball. On your walk, you will enjoy an inspirational story based
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, and Library News.