First Floor Renovations to Create The Hub

The Hub is an ambitious project that is transforming the first floor into an innovative new area for adult patrons. Construction began in October 2016 and, thanks to donations of all sizes and a unique public-private partnership, the renovation is well on its way to completion in the fall. We’ve re-opened a section on the east side of the building to provide access to book collections and a variety of new seating areas. Renovations continue on the west side of the building where we’re creating a Community Room, adding technology, expanding classroom space, and constructing the Café and Friends’ Bookstore.

We could not have made it this far without broad support from library patrons, the City of White Plains, civic leaders, local businesses, community partners, and the visionary anonymous philanthropists who donated $1 million to ensure the success of this project. Thank you.

If you appreciate the Library, now is a great time to invest in its future. The Foundation has secured gifts and pledges totaling 80% of its $500,000 fundraising goal. Almost there! Please make a gift today, and help us complete the Campaign for the Hub.
 

 

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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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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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Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Gala to support The Hub

Join us as we celebrate 20 years of supporting our great community library!  Proceeds will support The Hub, our new adult library, as first floor renovations begin this winter.  At the Gala, we will honor Phil Klay, a White Plains native and author of Redeployment, the 2014 National Book Award winner for fiction, a short-story collection based on Phil’s experiences as a Marine in Iraq.  Read more here.   Tickets are $150, and include a copy of Redeployment. Sponsorships and Virtual Journal Ads are available.    Reserve your tickets, sponsorships and ads through our secure online registration site.  The Gala will also include a fabulous raffle and silent auction–stay tuned for details!  Call Libby Hollahan at 914-422-1495 or email lhollahan@whiteplainslibrary.org for more information.

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“Redeployment” author Phil Klay to be Foundation Gala Honoree

The Foundation is thrilled to honor Phil Klay at our 20th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, November 14, 7-10 p.m. at the Library.

Phil is a White Plains native and the author of Redeployment–winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction–a collection of short stories based on his experiences as a Marine in Iraq. Among many other awards, Redeployment was named one of the New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best books of 2014.   A graduate of Dartmouth College in 2005, Phil Klay was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq with the 2nd Marine Logistics Group in 2007-2008. After leaving the Corps, he received his MFA from Hunter College, where he studied with Colum McCann and Peter Carey, and worked as Richard Ford’s research assistant. His first published story appeared in Granta’s Summer 2011 issue, and led to the publication by Penguin Books of his collection in seven countries.

A copy of Redeployment will be given to all Gala ticket purchasers.   Invitations will be mailed in early October, but you can register now through our secure online registration site.

 

 

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Foundation Turns 20 and Launches The Hub!

We are proud to celebrate the Foundation’s 20th Anniversary in 2015–20 years of supporting our great community library through the generosity of donors like you!    We’ve supported building projects like The Trove and The Edge, in partnership with the City of White Plains, and extensive library resources for all ages.   Our current focus is the Campaign for The Hub, the next phase of renovations that will revitalize our new adult library.  The Hub includes the Hope & John Furth Learning Commons, the Cafe & Friends’ Bookstore,  the George & Lucia Perkins Large Print Collection, and the Marvin & Renee Kent Tutoring Alcove.

Our 20th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, will help support The Hub.

 

 

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Library Receives Prestigious Building Award

The Foundation is proud that The Edge recently received the New York Library Association’s prestigious 2014 Building Award for public libraries serving communities over 20,000 people!  The award recognizes construction projects that significantly enhance services and demonstrate cost effective solutions to space challenges and innovative space usage.

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The Edge is meeting an important community need by providing a safe and welcoming learning environment for our teens.  Every day after school and on weekends, 50-75 teens visit The Edge to study, socialize, and participate in an exciting array of programs, supported by the Foundation–computer coding, music production, 3-D printing, crafts, and even book discussion groups.

We are so grateful to our individual, corporate, and foundation donors, who helped build The Edge and are funding these great programs.  Your investment is making a huge difference in our community!

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