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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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
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
Ray & Flo Hert Kristine & Steven Holden Libby & Tom Hollahan
Kim & Marc Honig Phyllis & Peter Honig
Gary Horowitz & Evelyn Placek
J. M. Innes
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
Lombardo’s 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
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
Jeanne B. Quinn
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.
Bolded names are Leadership Donors of gifts starting at $1,000.
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.