Best Buy Foundation Grant for Digital Media Programs

Thanks to a grant from the Best Buy Foundation, hundreds of teens will have more access to free classes in The Edge. The White Plains Library Foundation received a grant to expand the Library’s popular programs in 3D Printing and Design, Robotics, Coding, and, introduce an exciting new technology, Virtual Reality. The tools for digital media production are changing fast; this new grant helps the Library provide more opportunities for teens to explore the latest innovative technology. For details about classes, check the teen calendar on the Library’s website.

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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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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 nrubini@whiteplainslibrary.org.

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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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Community buzzing over Library spelling bee!

The Foundation’s first-ever Adult & Teen Spelling Bee was a great success!  The event brought together many community groups and people of all ages, and raised money for new technology for The Trove.

Out of 23 teams entered, the GW Queen Bees spelled their way to victory with the word CAISSON.  Congratulations to all the participants.  Our emcee, Lawrence Otis Graham, noted author and News 12 commentator, did a great job hosting and announcing the words.   Our judges, Mayor Tom Roach, School Board President Rosemarie Eller, and Library Director Brian Kenney, were tough but fair.

Thanks to our co-chairs, Beth Roach and Beth Kava, and all the volunteers, for organizing a fun event.  And a special hive-five to Ernie Spatafore, Highlands Principal, and the Highlands staff for their assistance in making the bee run smoothly in its first year.  See you at the bee next year!

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Sat. Nov. 2, 7-10 p.m. –Eighth Annual Fall Gala– “the edge and beyond!”

Please join us for our Fall Gala, “The Edge & Beyond! Celebrating The Edge, Imagining the Future,” Saturday, November 2, 7-10 pm, at the Library

With The Edge, our new teen space, now under construction and scheduled for opening later this fall, the Foundation is thrilled to offer Gala attendees a sneak peek at The Edge before it opens to the public.

At the Gala, the Foundation will honor Shinnyo-en Foundation, Frank Williams, Jr., and Yuki Itoh Haynes, for their outstanding work to inspire young people to develop to their fullest potential.

The Gala will include a wine & cheese reception, buffet supper, dessert and coffee, a silent auction, and an awards program. Individual tickets are $125, and sponsorships and “virtual journal” ads are available. To RSVP online, click here, or contact Libby Hollahan at 914-422-1495 for more information.

Click to view invitation outside and inside.

About the honorees:

Shinnyo-en Foundation (SEF) will be presented with the Teen Spirit Award for its work to build a more harmonious and peaceful world by supporting educational programs that engage and inspire young people in meaningful acts of service. As a long-time supporter of the Library Foundation, SEF has recently provided a generous grant to help furnish and equip the Media Lab, one of the rooms within The Edge.

Frank Williams, Jr., will receive the Youth Champion Award for his work to ensure that young people develop to their full potential and have caring adults to serve as role models. As Executive Director of the White Plains Youth Bureau, serving more than 2,000 youth each day and more than 7,000 kids each year, Mr. Williams has developed a wide range of innovative programs to benefit youth. Through his leadership, the Youth Bureau has become a premiere youth service agency nationally recognized for providing pathways and options for youth.

Receiving the Service Leadership Award, Yuki Itoh Haynes is a passionate volunteer for the Library whose work to expand Library resources for children and teens has benefited the entire White Plains community. She serves on both the White Plains Library Foundation Board of Directors and the White Plains Public Library Board of Trustees. She has also chaired a number of Foundation special event committees, which have raised significant funds for The Edge and many library resources for children and teens.

We are proud to announce that Corx Wine & Liquors, 1205 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, is the official Gala wine sponsor.

 

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Save the Date

Please join us for our Fall Gala, “The Edge & Beyond! Celebrating The Edge, Imagining the Future,”  Saturday, November 2, 7-10 pm, at the Library

With The Edge, our new teen space, now under construction and scheduled for opening later this fall, the Foundation is thrilled to offer Gala attendees a sneak peek at The Edge before it opens to the public.

At the Gala, the Foundation will honor Shinnyo-en Foundation, Frank Williams, Jr., and Yuki Itoh Haynes, for their outstanding work to inspire young people to develop to their fullest potential.

The Gala will include a wine & cheese reception, buffet supper, dessert and coffee, a silent auction, and an awards program.  Individual tickets are $125, and sponsorships and “virtual journal” ads are available. To RSVP online, click here, or contact Libby Hollahan at 914-422-1495 for more information.

About the honorees:

Shinnyo-en Foundation (SEF) will be presented with the Teen Spirit Award for its work to build a more harmonious and peaceful world by supporting educational programs that engage and inspire young people in meaningful acts of service.    As a long-time supporter of the Library Foundation, SEF has recently provided a generous grant to help furnish and equip the Media Lab, one of the rooms within The Edge.

Frank Williams, Jr., will receive the Youth Champion Award for his work to ensure that young people develop to their full potential and have caring adults to serve as role models.  As Executive Director of the White Plains Youth Bureau, serving more than 2,000 youth each day and more than 7,000 kids each year, Mr. Williams has developed a wide range of innovative programs to benefit youth.  Through his leadership, the Youth Bureau has become a premiere youth service agency nationally recognized for providing pathways and options for youth.

Receiving the Service Leadership Award, Yuki Itoh Haynes is a passionate volunteer for the Library whose work to expand Library resources for children and teens has benefited the entire White Plains community.  She serves on both the White Plains Library Foundation Board of Directors and the White Plains Public Library Board of Trustees.   She has also chaired a number of Foundation special event committees, which have raised significant funds for The Edge and many library resources for children and teens.

We are proud to announce that Corx Wine & Liquors, 1205 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, is the official Gala wine sponsor.

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