GPL's March/April Newsletter
These are extraordinary times. The library closed its doors to the public on March 13. A few days later, as a safety precaution, we sent library staff home where they continue to work to provide our community access to library services. From home, staff can issue new temporary library cards upon request to allow residents to access our incredible online resources – books, audiobooks, films, tv shows, music, and online courses . From craft projects to university lectures, there is an abundance of incredible learning and entertainment options to fill your time as you shelter in place. If you have children learning from home we even have tutors available to help . If you need help registering for any of these resources you can call 914-721-8225 or email . Both the email and phone number will connect you with a library staff member that will answer any question you may have.
You can also check our website for programs we will be doing online, including children's book talks and various discussion groups. This experience is unprecedented and new for all of us, but it is exciting to learn what we can do by using new technologies to virtually connect with our community at a time when connections are physically impossible.
Above all, libraries are a source of information and we are doing our best to provide timely and accurate information about the Covid-19 pandemic on our website .
While we look forward to welcoming you back into the library, for the foreseeable future the library will remain closed but staff will continue to work hard from home so patrons can take full advantage of the abundant library resources still available.    
Please stay home and stay healthy!  

John Sexton, Library Director

Are you looking for trustworthy vetted information on the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19)? The library has a resources page where we have collected reliable information from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Library of Medicine. You will also find important phone numbers like the New York State Hotline for Novel Coronavirus and the White Plains Hospital COVID-19 Hotline. You can find the page by following this link:
The 2020 Census is now underway! Fill out your census questions Online at OR Call in your answers: English 1-844-330-2020; Spanish 1-844-468-2020. Representatives will be available live, to explain the questionnaire and record your answers. 

For more information about how to fill out your Census Questionnaire, watch this video from the US Census Bureau: or visit the library’s Census page for more information:
Need a Library Card to Access Digital Collections?
Many of you are using our digital library while we’re closed, but some of you have expired cards that are keeping you from downloading ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, etc. We can get those cards active while you stay home!

Email us at  to confirm your contact info and we’ll renew your card if possible. Or call 914-721-8204 from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. weekdays and we can look up your account for possible reactivation.

We are also accepting new card applications digitally HERE !

Online Storytime @ Home!

Storytime in our Children's Library is unfortunately off the schedule right now, but our Youth Services staff has some great recommendations for online storytimes so that you and your little ones can still enjoy read aloud time. Check out their home page to find links to these great suggestions and other online learning experiences for kids:

Features from the GPL Blog...

Madam C. J. Walker was “the first black woman millionaire in America” and made her fortune thanks to her homemade line of hair care products for black women. Read Nancy Larrabee's latest blog post honoring this local legend for Women's History Month!

Most of us are stuck inside for the next few weeks, but you still have many virtual options for exploring the world! Librarian Christa O'Sullivan suggests cultural institutions and museums who have created digital experiences to keep you and your family engaged from the comfort of your home.

Did you love the last book that you read? There are tools to help you find one just like it or similar in all the right ways. Read librarian Michelle Magnotta's latest blog post to learn about some great resources to help you find your next book!

Staff Picks

This story alternates between 1982, when twenty-year-old Viv Delaney mysteriously disappears from the Sun Down Motel, and 2017, when her teenaged niece Carly is trying to figure out what happened to her aunt all those years ago. Full of suspense, this thriller is sure to please fans of Harlan Coben and Gillian Flynn.

-Michelle, Adult Services

A fun, sweet, timely novel, about finding your true self and your community. 

-Laura, Circulation


An inside look at the "Troubles" in an unidentified Northern Irish town from the perspective of an unnamed 18-year-old girl, who catches the interest of a dangerous, older, married, high ranking paramilitary member known as the "milkman". Its humorous and terrifying stream of consciousness narration never loses it's frenetic pacing.

-Nicole, Youth Services
The Library is Closed until Further Notice due to Covid-19. 

Please continue to check the website for updates. is now available from 9 am to 10 pm, Monday through Friday, starting March 15 to June 15 2020. is a live, on-demand, one-on-one tutoring service for grades K - 1st year college, adult learners and job seekers. Access is free via your library card number and PIN .Tutors are available in a wide variety of subjects, English, math, science, social studies, writing, literature, etc. Standardized test preparation available for SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT, PSAT, Advanced Placement, GRE. LSAT, MCAT, GMAT. Adult learners and job seekers will find tutors and test prep for the GED/HiSET, and U.S.Citizenship, plus job searching online, resume review, interview preparation and more.
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This newsletter is made possible through the valuable contributions of the entire library staff. Editorial and layout contributions by Megan Fenton and Christa O’Sullivan.

March/April 2020