An Evening with Ron Chernow

On October 20, over 200 guests enjoyed the Foundation’s 2018 Fall Gala, An Evening with with Ron Chernow. Thank you to everyone who supported the event and help raise funds for the Library!  Click here for photos.

A special thank you to Vino 100 of White Plains and the fabulous venues, restaurants and businesses that donated raffle prizes for the Gala:  Bowlmor of White Plains, California Pizza Kitchen, Capers Restaurant, Captain Lawrence, Chef Jonathan Kava, Copper House Restaurant, Edible Arrangements, Philip Johnson Glass House, Kee Oyster House, The Library Hotel, Moleskine, Out of Print Clothing, The Puzzle Parlour, Penguin Random House, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Whole Foods, Winnetu Oceanside Resort, and more!

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Amazon Smile

Attention Amazon shoppers, and who isn’t one? We hope you’ll agree to identify the White Plains Library Foundation when you make purchases on Amazon because it helps us raise money to support the Library. Each quarter, the AmazonSmile Foundation makes donations to eligible charitable organizations by electronic funds transfer. It’s easy to participate and there’s no cost. All you need to do is start your shopping at AmazonSmile (not the regular Amazon url) so please consider changing your bookmark. When prompted, enter the White Plains Library Foundation (one time, it will remember you) and whenever you shop, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to us. Thank you!

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Poetry Slam

The Foundation is proud to support the monthly Poetry Slam, a popular program that’s been meeting at the Library for over 12 years! What’s a Poetry Slam? Poetry Slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. It emphasizes writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they’re saying and how they’re saying it. Poems often blend personal, political, humorous and artistic content. Attending a Poetry Slam is an interactive experience because audience reaction (and judging) is part of the format. Performers aren’t shy about sharing their emotions and there are no restrictions on language.

The program usually takes place at the library, but we’ve also met at a local church, book store and other community locations. Our Slam is moderated by nationally recognized slam poet, educator, and White Plains resident Eric ZORK Alan and he’s welcomed guest slammers from all over the country.
For more info, contact Ben Himmelfarb at

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Named Gifts for the Hub

Thank you to the following donors who made generous contributions to support the renovation of the first floor:

Hope & John Furth for the Learning Commons; Jim & Robin Benerofe for a Conference Room; The Friends of the White Plains Library for the Bookstore; Tom & Libby Hollahan with gratitude to our parents and in memory of Dick & Arlene Lombard for the White Plains Community Room; Marvin & Reneé Kent for the Tutoring Alcove; The Mooney Family of White Plains for a Conference Room; NewYork-Presbyterian for the New Book Area; A Gift in Honor of Fred Perkins for the Classroom for Language Learning; A Gift in Honor of Fred Perkins for Libros en Espanol; Diane H. Tabakman & David W. Rhodes for a Conference Room; White Plains Library Foundation in honor of the Library Staff for a Conference Room; and the White Plains Library Foundation in honor of Libby Hollahan for a Conference Room.

For a list of all Hub donors, please click here.

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Grant to Expand Early Literacy

Starting May 1, 2018, over 50 young children each week, along with their caregivers, will be able to participate in Trove Time at the White Plains Public Library. The program is designed to prepare children to become successful readers and provide caregivers with a range of activities to support 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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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

Click here to buy and tickets and journal ads

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Campaign for the Hub

Thank you to the following individuals and organizations for their generous donations to the Campaign for The Hub, a project to renovate the first floor.

The Allstate Foundation
Anonymous (6)
Susan Altman
Thor H. Anderse
Janice Abbott & Richard Bernstein
Loretta & Walter Anderson
Wendy & Eugene Andreassi in memory of Thelma Ehrman
Janet & John Bailey
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
Susan T. Dicosola
Jean & Mike Divney
Larysa Dubovik
Karina & Obadiah Eaves
Marge Feder
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
Yuki & Chris Haynes
Susan & Richard L. Hecht
Michael Henry
Ray & Flo Hert
Kristine & Steven Holden
Libby & Tom Hollahan
Kim & Marc Honig
Phyllis & Peter Honig
Gary Horowitz & Evelyn Placek
J. M. Innes
Rosemary Isaacs
Maki Itoh
Tim James & Liz Shollenberger
Stephen & Joan Kass
Julius & Eleanor Kass Family Foundation
Eugene & Beth Kava
Clarissa Keegan
Brian Kenny & Osbely Tala
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
Rabbi Joel & Sandy Meyers
Virginia & Ted Mills
Marjolein Mooney
In Honor of the Mooney Family of White Plains
Judy & Stuart Nevins
James M. & Virginia W. Newmyer Family Fund
NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Division
Musical Munchkins
Old Guard of White Plains
Hon. Pauline C. Oliva
Patricia Lynn Oliva in memory of Pauline C. Oliva
Aron Pasternack & Catherine Perri
Fred & Alice Perkins
Cheryl Perry
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
Mary & Tom Scherer
Rhona Merkur & Paul Schupak
Max & Gail Schwartz
Barbara & Paul Schwarz
Ilene Semiatin
Denise O. Matthews-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
Honorable Beth Smayda
Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Spatafore
The Steinberg Family
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
Miriam W. Turkel
John & Barbara Vogelstein Foundation in honor of Hope & John Furth
Wells Fargo Foundation
Barbara & Barry Wenglin
Susan Werner & William Barkin
The Westchester Bank
White Plains Teachers Association
Theda White
John S. Wilson in memory of Clarice K. Wilson
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Wimpfheimer
Nick & Aileen Wolff
Peter D. Wolfson & Laura L. Butterfield
The Woman’s Club of White Plains, Inc.
Anonymous (6)

Bolded names are Leadership Donors of gifts starting at $1,000.


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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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