Save the Date

Please join us for our Fall Gala, “The Edge & Beyond! Celebrating The Edge, Imagining the Future,”  Saturday, November 2, 7-10 pm, at the Library

With The Edge, our new teen space, now under construction and scheduled for opening later this fall, the Foundation is thrilled to offer Gala attendees a sneak peek at The Edge before it opens to the public.

At the Gala, the Foundation will honor Shinnyo-en Foundation, Frank Williams, Jr., and Yuki Itoh Haynes, for their outstanding work to inspire young people to develop to their fullest potential.

The Gala will include a wine & cheese reception, buffet supper, dessert and coffee, a silent auction, and an awards program.  Individual tickets are $125, and sponsorships and “virtual journal” ads are available. To RSVP online, click here, or contact Libby Hollahan at 914-422-1495 for more information.

About the honorees:

Shinnyo-en Foundation (SEF) will be presented with the Teen Spirit Award for its work to build a more harmonious and peaceful world by supporting educational programs that engage and inspire young people in meaningful acts of service.    As a long-time supporter of the Library Foundation, SEF has recently provided a generous grant to help furnish and equip the Media Lab, one of the rooms within The Edge.

Frank Williams, Jr., will receive the Youth Champion Award for his work to ensure that young people develop to their full potential and have caring adults to serve as role models.  As Executive Director of the White Plains Youth Bureau, serving more than 2,000 youth each day and more than 7,000 kids each year, Mr. Williams has developed a wide range of innovative programs to benefit youth.  Through his leadership, the Youth Bureau has become a premiere youth service agency nationally recognized for providing pathways and options for youth.

Receiving the Service Leadership Award, Yuki Itoh Haynes is a passionate volunteer for the Library whose work to expand Library resources for children and teens has benefited the entire White Plains community.  She serves on both the White Plains Library Foundation Board of Directors and the White Plains Public Library Board of Trustees.   She has also chaired a number of Foundation special event committees, which have raised significant funds for The Edge and many library resources for children and teens.

We are proud to announce that Corx Wine & Liquors, 1205 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, is the official Gala wine sponsor.

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The Edge: The Excitement is Building!

What’s behind “The Wall?”  Have you visited the Library recently?  If you have, you know that construction of The Edge is in full swing!   Behind the temporary wall, the area that previously housed the checkout desk, circulation department offices, fiction collection, local history, DVDs and CDs, and more, was gutted in early August.  The collections were relocated, and everything is available for checkout.

Framing for The Edge–our 3,000 sq. ft. teen space–and new offices is up, and electrical and HVAC work is being done.  Below left is a snapshot of the construction showing the exterior of The Edge, and at right, the architects’ rendering of a similar perspective.  The project is scheduled to be completed in early November.  Watch this space for updates and an announcement of the Grand Opening date.  We thank the community for your wonderful support of this project, a partnership of the White Plains Library Foundation and the City of White Plains.

Framing of The Edge

Architects' Rendering of The Edge Exterior

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Foundation supports capital project to build The Edge and renovate Library’s first floor

The White Plains Library Foundation is supporting a major renovation project of the Library’s first floor, in a public-private partnership with the City of White Plains.  The project, which will be completed over three years, will begin with The Edge for teens, in 2013, followed by the Learning Commons, an enhancement of the Library’s adult services and space; and end with a new Cafe/Friends bookstore.  We are pleased to present renderings of the space, developed by project architects Bermello Ajamil, and Vitetta.

The Edge, a new 3,000 sq.ft. teen space, will address teens’ unique learning and social needs, and includes three areas:

The Media Lab, where teens will learn how to use digital media equipment and collaborate with friends on projects.  Adult computer classes will be offered in this space when teens are in school.

The Mixing Area, which includes computer work stations and study areas for individual and group work.

The Living Room, where teens can relax in a casual environment, watch videos, play games and attend performances and programs.

The second project phase will renovate and enhance the Library’s adult services area, to be renamed The Learning Commons.

Reference services, one-on-one tutoring, instruction and technology will be located on one convenient area that addresses multiple adult learning needs.  The Learning Commons will include a Tutoring Alcove, Common Table, Technology Hub and Help Desk.  Other adult areas to be renovated will be a Readers’ Walk with comfortable seating and book displays adjacent to the fiction and other popular collections.

A Cafe & Friends’ Bookstore, added in the final phase, will create a welcoming destination in downtown White Plains.

The community can enjoy coffee and browse the bookstore, operated by the all-volunteer Friends of the Library.  The area will also include a Magazine Lounge.

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Library “breaks ground” on first floor renovations and The Edge for teens!

On June 24, more than 80 community members joined Mayor Thomas Roach at the Library’s official groundbreaking ceremony to kick off Phase I of the Library’s first floor renovation project, which will include The Edge, a new 3,000 sq. ft. space for teens.  The renovations are part of a three-year capital project of the City of White Plains with major support from the White Plains Library Foundation.  To view the photo gallery from the event, please click here.

The ceremony featured remarks by the Mayor, Library Director Brian Kenney, Library Board President Paul Schwarz, and Library Foundation President Nicholas Wolff.   Then, a group of ceremonial “book movers” pushed book carts loaded with Young Adult books off the floor, clearing the space to begin renovations.

Mayor Roach and distinguished guests get ready to move books off the floor, clearing space to begin The Edge!

The official “movers” include (left to right):Paul Schwarz, President of the Library Board of Trustee; Rev. Koji Horiuchi, Shinnyo-en White Plains; Hope Furth, Library Trustee; Diane Tabakman, Library Foundation Board member and Co-Chair, Campaign Committee; Mayor Thomas Roach; Commissioner of Public Works Joseph Nicoletti; Judith Nevins, former Library Foundation Board member and Co-Chair, Campaign Committee; Nicholas Wolff, Foundation Board President; Rhoda Phillips, President of the Friends of the White Plains Public Library; and Brian Kenney, Library Director.

The Foundation has committed $400,000 to Phase I of the project, raised through a campaign to revitalize the Library’s first floor:  “Building New Learning Opportunities: The Edge & Beyond!”  More than 400 community members have contributed to the fundraising effort to date.

At the groundbreaking ceremony, Foundation President Nicholas Wolff recognized key supporters whose gifts and grants have helped launch the project and have enabled the Library to expand programming and digital media offerings for teens.

These donors include the Board and staff of the White Plains Library Foundation, who have collectively pledged over $113,000 to the project; Hope & John Furth, who supported the Master Plan design services that paved the way to the first floor redesign, and are supporting the second project phase, The Learning Commons; the Shinnyo-en Foundation, whose grant is providing digital media equipment for The Edge and furnishings for the Media Lab; the late Shirley Durst, whose gift helped seed the Campaign for The Edge; the Wal-Mart Foundation, whose grant is supporting a wide range of teen programming; The Allstate Foundation, for multi-year grants for teen programming and teen safe driving initiatives; The Friends of the White Plains Public Library, for a gift to support the project, including the Café and Friends Bookstore that will be built in Phase III;  Phyllis & Peter Honig, for a gift in memory of their daughter, Janice; Philip Kent, for a gift in honor of his parents, Marvin & Renee Kent; and  Brian & Beth Wallach, long-time library supporters, for a Campaign gift.

The Foundation’s Campaign will continue, as funds are needed to support the later project phases, the Learning Commons–an enhanced and revitalized adult services area, and the Cafe/Friends Bookstore.   A total of $470,000 toward a goal of $700,000 has been raised to date, but we still need your help to make our goal.  If you are interested in supporting this vital project,  please call me at 914-422-1495.

This is a very exciting time for the Foundation and the Library, and we are truly grateful for the community’s support!


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Library Mini Golf returns March 16!

Back by popular demand!  The Foundation is thrilled to be hosting a fun event, “Library Mini Golf: Tee Off for Education,” on Saturday, March 16.

During the afternoon, families and kids are invited to play, for free, from 1-5 p.m.  We’ll also have the Balloon Man, Scott Kazan, on hand to create amazing balloon animals.  Snacks and cotton candy will be available for purchase.  The event is free; to ensure the safety and comfort of patrons, timed tickets will be given out on a first-come first-served basis beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Museum Gallery.

In the evening, the Foundation will sponsor an adults-only “19th hole” fundraiser party from 7-10 p.m.  Guests will enjoy 27 holes of mini golf all over the Library, plus a casual buffet with beer and wine, cotton candy, and a silent auction!  To purchase tickets for the evening event, click here.

The event will support children’s and teens’ educational programs at the Library.  We thank TD Bank, our title sponsor,  and major sponsors Pepsico and Uno Chicago Grill for their support.



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Allstate safety grant sponsors Library outreach at Loucks Track Meet

Teens at Loucks Meet

Teens pledging not to text while driving

Saturday, May 12, was a gorgeous day for the annual Loucks Track Meet at White Plains High School, and thousands of teen athletes from the Northeast US and Canada competed.It was a great way to spread the message about the dangers of texting and driving, an initiative of The Allstate Foundation, which has provided a generous grant to the White Plains Library Foundation to provide community education about teen safe driving.  Library and Foundation staff spent the day at the meet, talking to hundreds of teens about texting and driving, distributing string bags with a “TXTNG KLLS” message, and collecting thumbprints on the “X THE TXT” banner.  We also distributed safe driving information to many parents from White Plains and beyond.

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Upcoming Special Event: “Food for Thought: The Food Truck Comes to the Library!”

The White Plains Library Foundation will be hosting a special fundraising event, “Food for Thought:  The Food Truck Comes to the Library,” on Sunday, June 10, 6:30-8:30 pm, at the White Plains Public Library.  Our guest speaker is acclaimed food writer John T. Edge, author of The Truck Food Cookbook: 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America’s Best Restaurants on Wheels.”  He will discuss one of today’s hottest food trends, the food truck phenomenon that’s happening in cities all across the US!  Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

Event tickets are $65, and all proceeds will go to support the White Plains Library Foundation.   A casual, food truck-styled hors d’oeuvres buffet, beer and wine, will be served.  Adding to the fun, there will be a silent auction of items related to our theme—restaurant gift certificates, a Keurig coffee system, gourmet gift baskets and more.  We are really excited about this event, and hope you will participate.  To register online, click here.   Or call (914) 422-1495, to RSVP.

John T. Edge has written several books on American food and has been included in the “Best American Food Writing” every year since 2001.  His food writing has garnered him five James Beard Award nominations.  In addition to being the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, Edge writes the United Tastes column for the New York Times and contributes to Oxford American and Garden & Gun.  He has also written for Gourmet, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, GQ, The New York Times Magazine, Travel + Leisure, and many more. He was a commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered, a judge on Iron Chef America, and has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, Nightline and more.

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Foundation Highlights

We invite you to explore our pages to learn more about the Foundation’s work to support the Library and how you can get involved.  Check out these posts about upcoming events and recent news.

Join us for a special fundraising event,“Food for Thought: The Food Truck Comes to the Library,”  Sunday, June 10, 6:30-8:30 pm.   Our guest speaker is acclaimed food writer John T. Edge, author of The Truck Food Cookbook.  He will discuss one of today’s hottest food trends. Click here to register online.    Event tickets are $65.

The Library had an outreach table at the Loucks Track Meet at White Plains High School to spread the word about the risks of texting and driving, through our partnership with The Allstate Foundation to provide community education on teen safe driving.  Click here to read more.

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Upcoming Programs-Allstate Readiness Series

Please join us for the following free programs, supported by a grant from The Allstate Foundation to provide community education on teen safe driving and women’s financial empowerment.  Programs will be held in the Library Auditorium.

Monday, April 30, 7 pm
WOMEN’S FINANCE WORKSHOP-Financial Preparedness for Life’s Transitions
Life’s changes can have a major impact on your finances.  Learn what you need to know to maximize your financial security.  The workshop will cover financial strategies for life’s transitions–starting a family, divorce, preparing for a comfortable retirement, caring for an aging parent.

Guest Speaker: Gayle S. Lob, CFP CFDP of Gayle Lob Financial Strategies

Gayle LobHelping people manage the transitions in their lives has been Gayle Lob’s calling since launching Gayle Lob Financial Strategies in 1987.  It’s a role she’s abundantly qualified to fill, having dealt personally with divorce and remarriage, the raising and education of children and step-children, career change and caring for elderly parents.    This broad range of life experience gives Gayle a unique perspective and considerable empathy when helping clients plan for and adapt to change.

A noted speaker, Gayle has appeared on CNBC, CNN, Fox 5 New York and News12 Westchester and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Gannett’s Westchester/Rockland Journal News.  Gayle is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, holds Series 7, 63 and 24 registrations with LPL Financial and is also licensed for life, health and long term care insurance.  Gayle and her husband reside in New Rochelle, NY.

Securities and Financial Planning offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC.

Refreshments will be provided.  For more information, call 914-422-1495.

Wednesday, May 9, 7 pm
Girls at PromProm is a special night for teens to celebrate the end of their high school years.  Sadly, every year there are reports of prom-goers getting into car accidents as a result of drinking and driving, or driving while distracted.   Drinking at post-prom parties puts teens at risk for alcohol poisoning or date rape.   This workshop will help teens stay safe on prom night by knowing the risks and making wise choices.   It will help parents talk to their teens about how to handle problems and have the safest possible prom night.


James Fatigate, Driving Instructor, PAS Auto School.

Sgt. Luis Muniz, White Plains Department of Public Safety

Rebecca Drago, Community Educator, My Sisters’ Place, White Plains

Raffle prize drawing and community service hours for teens attending.  Refreshments will be served.

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