Save the Date – Fall Gala

Mark your calendars for the Library’s annual Fall Gala on the evening of Saturday, October 21, 2017.

This year, we are excited to have as our honoree & keynote speaker Sloane Crosley, author and White Plains native. Sloane’s most recent publication is the bestselling novel The Clasp (“a highly comic, highly affecting novel”–NY Times Book Review, “A sad, hopeful, endlessly entertaining book,”–Time).

Her previous publications include the essay collections I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number.  Sloane is featured in The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion and The Best American Nonrequired Reading (2011). Her work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Playboy, Elle, New York Magazine, and more. Gala details to follow.


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Thank You, Hub Donors


The White Plains Library Foundation gratefully acknowledges the following individuals and organizations for their generous contributions to the Campaign for The Hub. (list in formation)

Bolded names are Leadership Donors of gifts starting at $1,000; upon the completion of the project, these names will appear on a permanent plaque in the Library.  It’s not too late to support this exciting project. Click here to donate to the Campaign for the Hub.


The Allstate Foundation
Thor H. Andersen
Loretta & Walter Anderson
Wendy & Eugene Andreassi in memory of Thelma Ehrman
Caryl L. Ballin
Robin & James Benerofe
Philip & Nina Blumenfeld
Paul A. Bronzo/The Bronzo Group
Stacie & Todd Brooks and Family
Iris & Jim Brucks
Joseph Cloherty
Greta & Julian Cohan
Barry H. & Monica J. Colvin in honor of Barbara Loucks
Barbara Cooper
Diane Couzens
Elias Dagher
Renate & Cormac Daly
Denise J. D’Ambrosio & Robert M. Maccarone
In honor of Irene & Leonard D’Ambrosio
Mike & Jen DeMilio in honor of Libby Hollahan
Susan T. Dicosola
Jean & Mike Divney
Larysa Dubovik
Karina & Obadiah Eaves
Mark Fowler & Jessica Kaplan
Sheila & Bob Friedland
The Friends of the White Plains Library
Hope L. & John L. Furth
Jeane & John Garment in honor of Libby Hollahan
George Washington School – PTA
Pam & Elliott Glass
Hastings Tea Company
J. Tracy Hayes
The Haynes Family
Susan & Richard  L. Hecht
Michael Henry
Ray & Flo Hert
Libby & Tom Hollahan
Kim & Marc Honig
Phyllis & Peter Honig
Gary Horowitz & Evelyn Placek
J. M. Innes
Rosemary Isaacs
Maki Itoh
Stephen & Joan Kass
Julius & Eleanor Kass Family Foundation
Eugene & Beth Kava
The Honorable Dennis Krolian
Richard Kaye & Susan Strickler
Brian Kenney & Osbely Tala
Philip Kent in honor of Marvin & Renee Kent
Ann M. Kessler
Mr. & Mrs. Lee Klingenstein
Ellen Lambert & David Buxenbaum
Barbara Lange & Stephen Cohen
Sid & Ruth Lapidus
League of Women Voters of White Plains
Mimi & Jules Leibman
Sr. M. Lenore
Blaine & Stephen Levenson
Barbara R. Loucks
Ian & Elizabeth MacCallum
Mark & Carol Marotta
Eileen McGarvey & Kevin Krug
Kathy & Kevin McGrath
Marie McMahon
Virginia & Ted Mills
Marjolein Mooney
James M. & Virginia W. Newmyer Family Fund
Musical Munchkins
Old Guard of White Plains
Hon. Pauline C. Oliva
Aron Pasternack & Catherine Perri
Fred & Alice Perkins
Jeanne B. Quinn
Mary Rahe
Andrea & Stephen Ritchin
Mayor Tom & Beth Roach
Mrs. Frederick P. Rose
Stan Rubenstein
Nancy Rubini & Richard Aks
Dorothy & Jonathan Schere
Rhona Merkur & Paul Schupak
Max & Gail Schwartz
Barbara  & Paul Schwarz
Denise O. Matthew-Serra and Wesley M. Serra
ShopRite of White Plains
The Syd & Jan Silverman Foundation in honor of The Marich Family
R. P. Simmons Family Foundation
Fred & Margo Singleton
Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Spatafore
Barbara A. Steiner
Leonard L. Steiner
Betsy & Wally Stern
John & Betsy Steward in honor of Diane Tabakman
The Roger Strong Family
Diane H. Tabakman & David W. Rhodes
Miriam W. Turkel
John & Barbara Vogelstein Foundation in honor of Hope & John Furth
Susan Werner & William Barkin
The Westchester Bank
White Plains Teachers Association
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Wimpfheimer
Nick & Aileen Wolff
Peter D. Wolfson & Laura L. Butterfield
The Woman’s Club of White Plains, Inc.
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Campaign for The Hub

The Hub is an ambitious project that will transform the first floor into an innovative new area for adult patrons. Renovations are well underway.  We’re reconfiguring almost all of the first floor, updating furniture and lighting, increasing capacity for public computers, adding new technology, and creating a Community Room for programs and events. Best of all, we’re establishing a café in the heart of White Plains. Digital media has changed the way people read, learn and share information; the improvements we’re making now will strengthen the Library for years to come.

The Hub is funded through a unique public – private partnership.  A $1 million commitment, received through a transformational anonymous gift was matched by $1 million in funding from the City of White Plains. The Foundation is raising an additional $500,000, and we’re more than three-quarters of the way towards this goal.

It’s not too late to join the roster of Hub supporters!  

Click here to donate on-line

Thank you.

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A Virtual Groundbreaking

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 an anonymous donor).

Please join us as we thank the dedicated elected officials and donors who helped make this exciting project possible. Refreshments will be served.


About The Hub

The Hub will provide updated furniture and lighting, create workspaces for reading and study, increase capacity for public computers, add new technology—like a 3-D printers and circulating iPads—create a Community Room for programs and events, and best of all, establish a café in the heart of White Plains. Through the generosity of leadership donors, The Hub will feature the Hope & John Furth Learning Commons, the George & Lucia Perkins Large Print Collection, the Marvin & Renee Kent Tutoring Alcove, and the Friends’ Bookstore.

Construction will begin in September and is expected to last a year. During renovations, the first floor will continue to provide circulation services, as well as access to The Edge and our fiction collections. Our most popular collections—new books, DVDs, and music—will move to the gallery and auditorium on the second floor, along with our librarian staff. Some of the non-fiction collection will be unavailable for part of the renovation; instead, we will request materials from other libraries in the Westchester Library System.

During the coming weeks, we will be moving collections and services. We thank you in advance for your patience.



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Lunchtime Meditation Class

Wednesdays (beginning June 1, 2016)
12:15-1:00 p.m.

Put down your digital devices, sit, and breathe….

Science backs it up: meditation and mindfulness reduce stress, boost the immune system, improve attention, and promote well-being. Russ Michel will lead a weekly meditation program this summer. Russ has been working with meditation and various contemplative disciplines for over 25 years. In 2002 he founded White Plains Zen, an interfaith meditation group.

No registration, experience or equipment necessary. Please be on time. The first few minutes will be devoted to beginning instruction.

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School – Library Collaboration Gets New Grant

The White Plains Library Foundation was awarded a $26,000 grant from the Shinnyo-en Foundation. Funds will help the Library continue to collaborate with the White Plains Public Schools through programming for more than 500 students from the Eastview Middle School and other youth development initiatives. Programs will give students structured opportunities to discover and use Library resources, engage in service learning projects and increase awareness of global issues and their local community. The grant makes it possible for the Library and School to build on a successful partnership established through prior support and guidance from the Shinnyo-en Foundation.

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Hello from the Foundation’s new Executive Director

Like many of you, I’ve spent plenty of time in libraries. But working in a library certainly offers a completely different perspective.
Below are some take-aways from my first five weeks as the  Executive Director of the White Plains Library Foundation.
  • Our Children’s Library is a treasured resource.  On a recent holiday weekday, more than 500 kids, parents and caregivers visited the Trove!
  • People value quiet space. Throughout the day, patrons settle in to sit still, concentrating for extended periods of time, reading quietly.
  • Library users are all ages. You can regularly find on-going (free) programs and services for preschoolers, teens and retirees–where else does everyone come together to learn under one roof?
  • We lend beautiful art books, the type that usually sit on coffee tables or in museums.  I’ve rediscovered the pleasure of browsing these large, heavy books. Take one home and enjoy.
  • Borrowing e-books is easier. I gave up a few years back because the process seemed confusing and slow. Sound familiar?  But things have changed.  Re-visit or begin to use e-books by making an appointment with our Library staff (422-1480), or look for instructions in the Resources section of our website.
It’s exciting to be a part of such a dynamic and valued institution. I look forward to working with the Foundation’s Trustees, Library Trustees, staff, donors, patrons and the City to help build on the accomplishments of the Foundation’s past 20 years.  –Nancy Rubini
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Announcing 2nd Annual Spelling Bee!

What’s the Buzz?

The White Plains Library Foundation is thrilled to be holding our Second Annual Adult & Teen Spelling Bee Fundraiser, on Friday, March 11, 7:30 p.m. (March 18 snow date), at the Highlands Middle School Auditorium. This year, proceeds will support The Hub, our new adult library.  Entry fees are again $75 per team, and additional donations to The Hub are very welcome!  General admission to watch the Bee is $5, and there will be a food concession and raffles.

This year we are limiting the competition to 20 teams (four “swarms” of five teams each).  The regular registration deadline (if there are still openings) is February 11, 2016.

Spelling Bee Team Recruitment Form available here.  Please print out and return it with payment by the deadline. 

Questions? email

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Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Gala “Virtual Journal”

The White Plains Library Foundation recently held our 20th Anniversary Gala, celebrating two decades of supporting the Whtie Plains Public Library by raising funds for building projects and vital library resources.  At the Gala, we screened a “Virtual Journal” slideshow, highlighting our achievements and future plans, and including greetings from our sponsors and supporters.  Click here to view and enjoy!

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Author Phil Klay honored at Foundation Gala

The Foundation celebrated its 20th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, Nov. 14, was a great success, with 200 guests in attendance.  Honoree Phil Klay, White Plains native and award-winning author of “Redeployment,” delighted the audience by telling stories about his formative days at White Plains library and how his love of reading developed him as a writer.  He also shared some of his harrowing experiences as a Marine in Iraq which were the basis of his short story collection.  Mayor Thomas Roach declared November 14, 2015 to be “Phil Klay Day” in White Plains, and the Library Foundation made a contribution in Phil Klay’s name to the Veterans Writing Workshop, an organization (and library partner) that helps veterans and their families express their experiences.


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