White Plains PL Steps Up

Brian Kenney sent me this email newsletter, and said: “Check out our Zoom programming, assembled in a week by my amazing team.” The staff steps up!

 

NOTE from Michael: I deleted a bunch of the Zoom links to prevent any “Zoom-bombing” – some of the story times had multiple dates. If you use the link below, I think you can see them.

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April 2020 Virtual Calendar of Events

Yes, our beautiful building at 100 Martine is temporarily closed, but it turns out there are plenty of other ways we can keep the Library open and still serve White Plains. Join us on Zoom (thanks to support from the White Plains Library Foundation) with a variety of virtual events presented by Library staff and local experts. Find a full listing of events below with details on registering.

And don’t forget, you can reach us Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at our new number 914-448-4859, by texting WPPL to 66746, or by emailing usanytime.

Ideas for programs or activities? Send them my way.

Take care,
Brian Kenney
Library Director

To attend a virtual event, either register through the provided link or, if attendance is open, visit the link for info on joining. Adult events are in orange, kids and family events are in yellow, teen events are in green, and all ages events are in blue.

Lunchtime Meditation @ the Library

Wednesdays
12:00-12:45 p.m.

Brief beginning instruction followed by meditation. No experience or special equipment needed.

Attend the program by clicking the Zoom link for the specific date you wish to attend:

Stream of Stream
for Teens

Thursdays
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Meet up with other virtual friends in Austin Olney’s livestream. He will feature games, apps, challenges, and more!

Info for joining here.

Mindfulness for All

April 6
7:00-8:00 p.m.

Join Andrea Deierlein to explore mindfulness and its many benefits. Adults and teens welcome! Andrea is a graduate teacher of the International House of Reiki and practices and teaches throughout Westchester County. For more information, see https://www.thrivereiki.com/

Attend the program by accessing Zoom with this link on 4/6.

Tech Tips for Parents: Creative Apps Roundup

April 7
4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

“Tech Tips for Parents” is a weekly, digitally-streamed series where Digital Media Specialist Austin Olney will give relevant tips and knowledge for incorporating technology at home. This week, a variety of creative software applications will be discussed. From video editing to app design, there are plenty of free options available. A Q&A will follow.

Register in advance here.

Mindfulness for Teens

April 8
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Join Mindfulness practitioner Cristina Ortiz for a variety of activities. Learn basic mindfulness skills to reduce stress, promote relaxation, connect with your energy, and balance your emotions. This program, supported by the Allstate Foundation, is for grades 6-12.

Attend this program by accessing Zoom with this link on 4/8.

Slow Reading Book Discussion

April 13
2:00-4:00 p.m.

Readings for each session, led by teacher and author Ellen Lambert, will be works of short fiction. Participants will study and discuss each story in detail, appreciating more fully what goes into making a great work of literature. Lambert has a Ph.D. from Yale in English and has taught high-school English at The Dalton School for over 25 years. For this session, please read “War Years” and “The Transplant” by Viet Thanh Nguyen, taken from The Refugees, which is available in eBook from Overdrive.

Attend the program by accessing Zoom with this link on 4/13.

Tech Tips for Parents: eBooks and Other Digital Library Resources

April 14
4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

“Tech Tips for Parents” is a weekly, digitally-streamed series where Digital Media Specialist Austin Olney will give relevant tips and knowledge for incorporating technology at home. This week, popular digital resources from the White Plains Public Library will be discussed. A Q&A will follow.

Register in advance here.

Virtual Book Bunch

April 15
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Join The Trove’s virtual book discussion group for 4th and 5th graders. Kids of any age who have read the book are welcome to join us but we recommend this title for those in 4th through 8th grade. We will be reading Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez. Unlimited eBook copies are available via Hoopla, but it’s also available as an eBook and digital audiobook on OverDrive. Bring your own snack!

Attend this program by accessing Zoom with this link on 4/15.

Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia

April 16
2:00-3:30 p.m.

Alzheimer’s is not normal aging, it’s a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Join us to learn about: The impact of Alzheimer’s, the differences between Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease stages & risk factors, and current research. Presented by Jessica Flores.

To register for this program, please call 800-272-3900. Those who have registered will be sent the link via email and will be given a call-in number for Q&A after the program.

Tech Tips for Parents: Minecraft vs. Fortnite vs. Roblox

April 21
4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

“Tech Tips for Parents” is a weekly, digitally-streamed series where Digital Media Specialist Austin Olney will give relevant tips and knowledge for incorporating technology at home. This week, three popular games kids play these days will be compared and discussed. A Q&A will follow.

Register in advance here.

Slow Reading Book Discussion

April 27
2:00-4:00 p.m.

For this session, please read “I’d Love You to Want Me” and “The Americans” by Viet Thanh Nguyen, taken from The Refugees, which is available in eBook from Overdrive.

Attend the program by accessing Zoom with this link on 4/27.

eCommerce & Online Shopping Tips

April 27
6:00 – 6:45 p.m.

Plan on shopping from home during the current pandemic? It is a good time to learn more. During this online, interactive presentation, Digital Media Specialist Austin Olney will break down some of the most popular online services and provide tips throughout. A Q&A will follow.

Register in advance for this webinar here.

Life Skills for Teens

April 29
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Learn important Life Skills with Annett Barrett. See will cover a range of topics like shaking hands, setting a dinner table, saving money, and more.

Register through Zoom here.

Virtual Open Mic
for Kids

April 30
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

An open Virtual Mic Night that will allow for kids/teens who have submitted work to share through Zoom.

Attend the program by accessing Zoom with this link on 4/30.

Book Discussion: Stories of Motherhood

Thursday, April 2
2:00-4:15 p.m.

Join Librarian Barbara Wenglin via Zoom as we continue our short-story discussion series with selections from the anthology Stories of Motherhood (Everyman’s Pocket  Classics, 2012). For this session, we will focus on “I Stand Here Ironing” by Tillie Olsen (p.207).  If time allows, we may also discuss “Coming Home” by Elizabeth Bowen (p.129) — only available in hard copy.

Register through Zoom here.

Tarde de Ñ

Mondays
7:00-8:00 p.m.

Join Andrei Bezzubikoff for Tarde de Ñ. Andrei will offer discussion topics in Spanish for each session, providing participants with the opportunity to practice pronunciation and meaning. Participants should speak Spanish at an intermediate to advanced level.

Attend the program by clicking the Zoom link for the specific date you wish to attend: 

Morning Storytime

Tuesdays & Thursdays Beginning April 7
11:00-11:30 a.m.

Stories and Songs for ages 2-6 with a Trove Librarian.

Attend the program by clicking the Zoom link for the specific date you wish to attend: 

Evening Storytime

Tuesdays Beginning April 7
6:30-7:00 p.m.

Stories and Songs for ages 2-6 with a Trove Librarian.

Attend the program by clicking the Zoom link for the specific date you wish to attend: 

Spanish for Beginners

Starting April 9
7:00-8:00 p.m.

Basic classes for adults interested in learning Spanish. Students must have a White Plains Library Card. Classes will meet Thursdays starting April 9th – June 18th from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Due to its popularity, this class cannot be repeated.

Register through Zoom here; the first 20 applicants will be accepted. There is no waiting list. This course will be entirely online using Zoom. Students need to have the following: Internet connection, a webcam, and a speaker and microphone. Instructor Naicy Petrill.

Streaming Services and Live TV Roundup

April 13
6:00 – 6:45 p.m.

Since many people are stuck at home, there is no better time to see what streaming services are available for entertainment. During this online, interactive presentation, Digital Media Specialist Austin Olney will break down the most popular ones and give tips throughout. A Q&A will follow.

Register in advance for this webinar here.

English Conversation Group

April 14
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Practice your English conversation skills in this online conference! Adults who speak English as a second language are welcome.

Attend this program by accessing Zoom with this link on 4/14.

Book ‘Em: Mystery Book Group

April 15
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Library Director Brian Kenney will lead a discussion of A. J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window. “The Woman in the Window is a tour de force. A twisting, twisted odyssey inside one woman’s mind, her illusions, delusions, reality. It left my own mind reeling and my heart pounding. An absolutely gripping thriller.”–Louise Penny. Please borrow the eBook through Hooplawhich has many copies.

Attend this program by accessing Zoom with this link on 4/15.

Breath-Body-Mind

April 15
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Join Elena Falcone for an introduction to the Breath-Body-Mind technique of coherent breathing. Renew your energy and increase your stress resilience. Falcone is a Level-2 Teacher-Trainer in the Breath-Body-Mind technique. For more information on this practice, see https://www.breath-body-mind.com/.

Click here to register. After registration you will be emailed the link for the Zoom Meeting on April 15, 7:00 p.m.

D&D for Teens

April 17 & 24
2:00-5:00 p.m.

For more information and to register, please email jcarlson@whiteplainslibrary.org.

The Future is Female

April 20
2:00-4:00 p.m.

We will discuss The Passion Of Artemisia, by Susan Vreeland (2002). The story of one of the few female Post-Renaissance painters to achieve fame during her own era, Artemisia Gentilesche.

Attend this program by accessing Zoom with this link on 4/20.

Book Discussion: Stories of Motherhood

April 23
2:00-4:15 p.m.

Join Librarian Barbara Wenglin via Zoom as we continue our short-story discussion series with selections from the anthology Stories of Motherhood (Everyman’s Pocket  Classics, 2012). For this session please read “Winterscape” by Anita Desai (p.239).

Register through Zoom here.

Tech Tips for Parents: Offline Technology Ideas

April 28
4:30 – 5:15 p.m.

“Tech Tips for Parents” is a weekly, digitally-streamed series where Digital Media Specialist Austin Olney will give relevant tips and knowledge for incorporating technology at home. This week, a variety of “offline” activities will be discussed that do not require digital technology, but nonetheless teach core concepts within the related field. A Q&A will follow.

Register in advance here.

Relax with Virtual Reiki

April 29
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Join Andrea Deierlein for a conversation about Reiki, a natural healing practice from Japan that brings balance to body, mind, and spirit. Andrea is a graduate teacher of the International House of Reiki and practices and teaches throughout Westchester County. For more information, see https://www.thrivereiki.com/

Attend the program by accessing Zoom with this link on 4/29.

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