New Grant to Expand Early Learning

Beginning in the spring of 2018, over 60 young children each week, along with their caregivers, will be able to participate in Trove Time at the White Plains Public Library. The program, designed to support early literacy in children and prepare them to become successful readers, will also provide caregivers with a range of activities to help their child’s development. Trove Time, which will serve children ages two through four, is made possible through a grant to the White Plains Library Foundation from the Frog Rock Foundation.

“Fostering early literacy is the most important thing a public library can do.” said Brian Kenney, Library Director, “Trove Time will allow us to greatly expand our existing parent-caregiver initiatives, use the latest early learning practices, while providing plenty of fun along the way.”

Based on Every Child Ready to Read, a curriculum developed by the American Library Association, Trove Time will help care givers become the leaders in developing their child’s early literacy through five practices: talking, singing, reading, writing and playing. These five practices will form the core of Trove Time through a number of play stations that facilitate imaginative play, develop motor skills, engage participants with storytimes, and provide social interaction.


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A Lively Evening at the Library

To celebrate the re-opening of the first floor, the Foundation held its 2017 Gala in the Hub on the evening of October 21st. Nearly 200 people attended the event, which marked the Foundation’s 22nd anniversary. A highlight of the program was hearing from author Sloane Crosley who spoke about growing up in White Plains. All guests received a copy of Crosley’s most recent book, the bestselling novel, The Clasp. Her work has appeared in Elle, Esquire, GQ, New York Magazine, Bon Appétit, The New York Times, Vanity Fair and more. Crosley’s next book,  Look Alive Out There, will be published in April. It’s a collection of essays, including a moving piece about her time at Ridgeway School.

Thank you to all attendees for joining us. Revenue raised through the Gala helps fund innovative Library programs and services throughout the coming year. Special thanks to Vino 100 and the businesses and individuals who made in-kind donations and bought Journal ads to support the event. To view the Journal slideshow, please scroll down or watch it on a monitor in the Library’s lobby.

White Plains Library Foundation Gala 2017

Gala Journal 2017

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In-Kind Donors Support the WPLF

We thank the following businesses and individuals who donated items and services for the 2017 Gala.

John and Janet Bailey
Robin Benerofe
Robin Benerofe
Pat Bernstein
Burke Adult Fitness
Captain Lawrence Brewery
Unique Beaded Jewelry by Nancy
Clay Art Center
Ona Cohn
Copper Kettle Café
Jen DeMilio
Fuji Film
The Great American BBQ Co.
Harney & Sons
Harman International
Susan Hecht/Marjolein Mooney
Susan & Richard Hecht
Jewels by Joanne of Scarsdale
Richard Kaye and Susan Strickler
Brian Kenney
Jocelyn Koenig/Christy Teloh
Library Hotel
Life Time Athletic Westchester
John Lolis
Lisa Lobo Designs
Lynn Oliva
Random House
Red Hat on the River
Sam’s of Gedney Way
Gail Schwartz
Diane Tabakman
Tennis Innovators Academy
Vineyard Vines
White Plains Performing Arts Center
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Hub Campaign – Leadership Gifts

The White Plains Library Foundation gratefully acknowledges the following Leadership Donors to the Campaign for the Hub, a project to renovate the first floor. It’s not too late to join the roster of supporters — click here to make a gift, or contact the Foundation to learn more about the capital campaign. List in formation.

The Allstate Foundation
Janet & John Bailey
Robin & James Benerofe
Stacie & Todd Brooks and Family
Greta & Julian Cohan
Barbara Cooper
Renate & Cormac Daly
In honor of Irene & Leonard D’Ambrosio
Mike & Jen DeMilio in honor of Libby Hollahan
Jean & Mike Divney
Sheila & Bob Friedland
The Friends of the White Plains Library
Hope L. & John L. Furth
Jeane & John Garment in honor of Libby Hollahan
The Haynes Family
Susan & Richard L. Hecht
Libby & Tom Hollahan
Phyllis & Peter Honig
Tim James & Liz Shollenberger
Stephen & Joan Kass
Julius & Eleanor Kass Family Foundation
Eugene & Beth Kava
Richard Kaye & Susan Strickler
Brian Kenney & Osbely Tala
Philip Kent in honor of Marvin & Renee Kent
Mr. & Mrs. Lee Klingenstein
The Honorable Dennis Krolian
Sid & Ruth Lapidus
Blaine & Stephen Levenson
Barbara R. Loucks
Rabbi Joel & Sandy Meyers
Mark & Carol Marotta
Virginia & Ted Mills
Marjolein Mooney
In Honor of the Mooney Family of White Plains
James M. & Virginia W. Newmyer Family Fund
Judy & Stuart Nevins
Fred & Alice Perkins
Mrs. Frederick P. Rose
Nancy Rubini & Richard Aks
Dorothy & Jonathan Schere
Thomas & Mary Scherer
Max & Gail Schwartz
Barbara & Paul Schwarz
Denise O. Matthews-Serra and Wesley M. Serra
The Syd & Jan Silverman Foundation in honor of The Marich Family
R. P. Simmons Family Foundation
Barbara A. Steiner
Leonard L. Steiner
Betsy & Wally Stern
John & Betsy Steward in honor of Diane Tabakman
The Roger Strong Family
Roland N. Barnes & Charlotte Hope Szabo in memory of Hope & George Szabo
Diane H. Tabakman & David W. Rhodes
John & Barbara Vogelstein Foundation in honor of Hope & John Furth
Wells Fargo
Barbara & Barry Wenglin
The Westchester Bank
John S. Wilson in memory of Clarice K. Wilson
The Woman’s Club of White Plains, Inc.
Anonymous (6)

*Gifts and pledges of $1,000 and above. List in formation. 

To change the way your name will appear on the plaque, please contact the Foundation’s Executive Director, Nancy Rubini, at or 914-422-1495.


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Fall Gala – October 21

Don’t miss the Foundation’s annual fall Gala on Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 7-10 pm. We’ll be celebrating in the Hub, our newly renovated first floor!  Buy tickets and journal ads here.

Funds raised through the Foundation’s Gala help support Library programs that promote early childhood literacy, career advancement, cultural enrichment, language study, local history research, teen activities, and lifelong learning for all ages.

This year, we’re excited to welcome gala honoree & keynote speaker Sloane Crosley, celebrated author and graduate of White Plains High School.  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 essay collections, I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number, were both New York Times bestsellers and the former was shortlisted for The Thurber Prize. Sloane’s new book of essays, Look Alive Out There, will be published this April. Sloane is featured in The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion and her work has appeared in Elle, Esquire, GQ, New York Magazine, Bon Appétit, The New York Times and more.

Library Gala 2017

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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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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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