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WPPL January 2022 Calendar of Events for Children, Teens, & Families

  • January 31, 2022

January 2022 Calendar of Events for
Children, Teens, & Families

We're starting the year off right with a mix of new and ongoing events. Practice your book trivia with our Battle of the Books Club (1/3), get organized with a Bullet Journal tutorial (1/6), improve your engineering skills with Austin (1/13), and join us for Holocaust Remembrance Day to hear author Michelle Bisson discuss her book Hedy's Journey: The True Story of a Hungarian Girl Fleeing the Holocaust (1/27). Find a full listing of events below with details on attending. And if you'd like to hear more from me about our programs and services for youth, be sure to sign up for What's the Story? here.

You can reach us Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 914-422-1400, by texting WPPL to 66746, or by emailing us anytime.

Take care,
Joshua Carlson
Manager of Youth Services

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To attend a virtual event, either register through the provided link or, if attendance is open, visit the link for information on joining on the date the event occurs. Events for parents are in orange, kids and family events are in yellow, teen events are in green, and events for assorted age groups are in blue. NOTE: To increase security in youth-focused programs, we are now requiring attendees to have a Zoom account to login to the event. Creating an account is easy and free.

Battle of the Books Club

Monday, January 3
5:00–6:00 p.m.

Read a great book and get in some year-round trivia practice. Join Kat and Lauren to read a book each month, and compete with friends in a trivia game. This month we'll be reading It Ain't So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas. Click here to register. Print copies are available in our collection, and the eBook is available on OverDrive/Libby and Hoopla.

✳Quick n Easy
Bullet Journals

Thursday, January 6
7:00–8:00 p.m.

Join Kristen and Kat to learn about the basics of bullet journals, a type of planner that you can design to your own specific needs. We'll go over the core principles, share some samples and resources, and practice making a few spreads of our own. Registration is limited and required. Each participant will receive a kit with supplies needed for the program. Please include an email address when registering so we can let you know when your kit is ready for pickup. Click here to register. Adults and Teens welcome!

Create a
Minecraft World

Tuesday, January 11
4:00–4:45 p.m.

Want to build your dream house? In this session, youth are invited to work together in a safe learning environment via Minecraft Realms and focus on their design skills. Activities will include digitally planning to adequately survive in a randomly generated world and/or building things collectively with others in creative mode. All are welcome to partake in some fun with both library friends and tech specialist Austin Olney. Find system requirements and register in advance here.

Project LIT Book Club for Kids
& Tweens

January 12
4:30–5:45 p.m.

Join librarians Ashley and Caroline for a book discussion and trivia game for 4th to 8th graders. We will be reading When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed. Please register here. We will provide a free copy of the book for the first five individuals to register for the discussion. When the books are available, we will email to arrange pickup; please list an email address when registering. You can place a hold on the print book here. If you prefer the eBook, you can find it here. The audiobook is also available on OverDrive here.

✳Stories & Stuff

January 20

4:30–5:30 p.m.

Join us to listen to some stories and create a craft! This program is for children ages 4 through 8. Click here to register. Please provide an email address when you register so that we can arrange for you to pickup the craft materials and send you the Zoom link.

✳Game Design for Youth

January 27
4:00–4:45 p.m.

Participants of this program will learn key game design concepts, cooperatively, in a safe, private server. Click here to register.

We appreciate support from the White Plains Library Foundation for many of our programs. Events funded by the Foundation are noted with an ✳.

✳Virtual Storytime for Ages 2-6

January 4, 11, 18, 25

11:00–11:45 a.m.

Stories, songs and fun for ages 2-6 with a Trove librarian. For information on joining, click on the date(s) you wish to attend: 1/41/111/181/25.

✳Poetry Slam & Open Mic

January 5
7:00–9:00 p.m.

Join Zork and Kristen for the First Wednesday Poetry Slam! Pre-registration is required to try and accommodate as many poets as possible. Register here to attend or perform. Please be sure to provide an active email address as we will contact you to confirm whether you will be performing or just attending. Adults & teens welcome!

Virtual Tabletop Games

January 10 & 24
4:30–6:00 p.m.

Join librarians Ashley and Erik from the Trove and the Edge to play fun virtual tabletop games! We use the platform to play the games while we have a conversation on Zoom. Kids and teens who haven’t come to the program before will need to create a free account on For information on joining, click on the date(s) you wish to attend:

Individual Tech Help

January 12
10:30–11:30 a.m. &
Tuesday, January 18
2:00–3:00 p.m.

Need help with a general computer issue or have questions about a particular piece of technology? Ask Digital Media Specialist Austin Olney in this virtual assistance program. Whether a beginner or advanced user, all are welcome. Register in advance for the date(s) you wish to attend: 1/121/18. Please be sure to provide your email address.

Engineering Time for Youth

January 13
4:00–4:45 p.m.

Participants of this program will practice engineering skills and partake in a variety of activities. Click here to register.

Digital Library Resources

January 19
10:30–11:00 a.m.

Join Digital Media Specialist Austin Olney and learn about popular online library resources. Beginners are encouraged, all are welcome. For adults, parents.
Register in advance 

Zoom Tips & Tricks

January 26
2:00–2:30 p.m.

Participants of this session will learn tips and tricks for attending (and hosting) Zoom events. Click here to register.

Holocaust Remembrance Day Virtual Author Visit

January 27
4:30–5:30 p.m.

Join us for a visit from author Michelle Bisson to discuss her book, Hedy's Journey: The True Story of a Hungarian Girl Fleeing the Holocaust. This event is for children in fourth grade and up, as well as teens and adults. Click here for the Zoom link.

Register Here

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