The White Plains Public Library has a fascinating history. The charter to build the library was signed by Melville Dewey with a collection of 800 books, one librarian, and an annual budget of $1,000. In 1909, Andrew Carnegie donated $22,000 to build a new library to house the growing collection 10,000 books (and nearly 60,000 checkouts in its first year open!). By 1939, the library had a telephone switchboard and would answer on average 15 reference questions per day over the phone, during this year the library also circulated 360,000 books. The library was moved to the location it now stands in 1979.
The White Plains Public Library now serves a population of almost 60,000 (36,000 of which are cardholders) and is the busiest of all the Westchester libraries. They sponsored 1,297 library program (most for children) and saw over 500,000 visitors in 2013. They also have the largest of all the libraries in WLS, with 82,000 square feet and a collection of over 400,000 library materials. This library is in an urban setting and easily accessible by car, train, or bus. No free parking is available to library users and spots are available in the lower level-parking garage or on the street. It is open late until 9 PM Monday through Thursday and on weekends.
The Edge is a recently renovated room place just for teens to make music, use the 3D printer, practice on sewing machines, play videogames, and do homework. The Trove was built for children was opened in 2005 and offers after school homework help and a computer lab just for kids. The WPL website describes it as a place that combines the traditional library with the feel of a bookstore and the stimulation of a childrens museum.
Address: 100 Martine Ave, White Plains, 10550
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