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.
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.
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!
The White Plains Library Foundation held its Annual Meeting recently, and elected Diane H. Tabakman as its new President and Secretary. Beth Kava and Gail Schwartz were elected Vice Presidents, and Dick Hecht was elected Treasurer.
The Board also elected a new Board Member, Jen DeMilio. Also joining the Board is WPPL Trustee Denise Serra, serving without need for election.
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.
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!
We proudly presented the Teen Spirit Award to Latino U College Access, a non-profit organization that helps first generation students in Westchester access college. The Library and Latino U have partnered to provide these services.
Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, Latino U Executive Director; Daisy Torres, Program Manager; and Brian Kenney, Library Director
At the Gala, we presented the Community Service Award to the Friends, who have supported the Library for 67 years. They support all sorts of projects and programs, from major projects like Galaxy Hall in The Trove and support for The Edge, to staff training, literary programs and much more. Rhoda Phillips, Friends President, accepted the award.
We were delighted to present Philip Kent with our Hometown Hero award. Phil is a White Plains native, White Plains HS Hall of Fame member, outstanding media executive who recently retired as President and CEO of Turner Broadcasting System. He has been a generous supporter of the Library Foundation with a gift in honor of his parents, Marvin and Renee Kent, for renovations planned at the Library.
Foundation President Nick Wolff, Marvin Kent, Honoree Philip Kent, and Library Director Brian Kenney
The Foundation held our 9th Annual Fall Gala on Saturday, Nov. 8, with 160 on hand to celebrate with our honorees, Philip I. Kent, the Friends of the White Plains Public Library, and Latino U College Access. We also kicked off The Trove’s 10th birthday. The event was a great success, raising funds for Library programs and resources for all ages.
Enjoy the “Virtual Journal” that was screened during the event. Many thanks to all of our supporters.
The White Plains Library Foundation has been awarded a $35,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation (TAF) for 2015, to support educational programs, titled the “Allstate Readiness Series,” on two critical issues facing communities today: teen safe driving and economic empowerment. This grant-supported partnership, which began in 2011, enables the White Plains Public Library to provide educational workshops for teens and adults, in addition to supporting community outreach and public awareness advertising in White Plains. Read our press release here: Allstate Grant Announcement
Through the Allstate Readiness Series, the White Plains Library has helped build a stronger, safer community by providing vital information on safe driving practices and financial literacy to thousands of teens and adults. We are grateful to TAF for generously supporting these valuable programs in White Plains, and also appreciate the involvement of local Allstate agents in our community outreach events, such as the Library’s outreach table at White Plains Department of Public Safety’s National Night Out in August, as shown in the photo. Helping to distribute string bags with a Friends Don’t Let Friends TXT & Drive message were Anthony Taylor, Exclusive Allstate Agent, Hartsdale, NY, and Shomari Guthrie, Licensed Sales Producer, Deirdre Cosgrove Agency, White Plains, NY.
New York Allstate Foundation Spokesperson Kayla Taylor said, “As a national leader in promoting teen safe driving as well as economic empowerment, The Allstate Foundation develops partnerships with non-profit organizations such as public libraries to bring these initiatives to local communities. We are pleased to partner with White Plains Public Library to provide educational programs for teen and adult audiences on subjects that impact their safety and well-being.”