Archive for May, 2013

From Page to Stage by Patricia Braja

May 16th, 2013 No comments


May 11, 2013. It was Saturday morning 10 am.  After days of hard driving rain and more expected, this Saturday morning my preference would have been to sit in the local coffee house with a second cup of coffee, a bagel and the NY Times. Instead I attended the final culmination project for the Creative Aging in the Libraries Project at the Town of Pelham Library.  I am so glad I was there –  aside from being less caffeinated, I was  inspired!  This amazing group of women and men, ages 55 – 85 presented a reading of their original one act plays, as part of the Library’s program for older adults:  From Page to Stage: Creating Stories through Plays.  Working with the phenomenal, award winning teaching artist Frank Ingrasciotta for 8 consecutive weeks, the participants explored the fundamentals of writing a scene for the stage and learned how to transform it to a performance reading. Through writing prompts and exercises in a supportive two hour class environment alternating with work at home exercises, they examined dramatic structure and character development through understanding conflict, subtext and dialogue.

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One-Stop Month

May 2nd, 2013 No comments
Elaine Sozzi, Head of WEBS Career and Educational Counseling Service

Elaine Sozzi, Head of WEBS Career and Educational Counseling Service

Guest blog post by Elaine Sozzi, Head of WEBS Career and Educational Counseling Service.

Whether it’s helping adults get reemployed or change careers, or helping youth locate summer jobs, the One-Stop is the place to go.

The One-Stop is a local employment portal dedicated to connecting Westchester and Putnam businesses to job seekers.  The network of Workforce New York One-Stop Career Centers has helped thousands of people get job training, learn new skills and find employment free of charge.  It’s a place to find information and register for workshops, trainings, orientations and more.

In an effort to celebrate its successes, recognize its benefactors and beneficiaries, and promote its services, the White Plains Workforce Investment Board has designated May as One-Stop Month for the third year.

It starts off with a kick-off breakfast on May 1st with keynote speaker Laura S. L. Herman, Managing Director, FSG.  Additional activities throughout the month include a series of career-related workshops offered at various libraries throughout Westchester in cooperation with the Westchester Library System (WLS).   These programs are targeted to a wide variety of jobseekers, career changers and business professionals and include: “Second-Act Careers for Semi-Retirement”, “Careers in Healthcare”, “Get LinkedIn to Your Job Search”, “Personal Branding”, “Hire Me! Keys to a Great Job Interview” and “Top Strategies for Kicking Off a Job Search”.

Whether you’re looking for a job or need an upgrade in training, get in touch with the One-Stop and come to one of the free workshops at a library near you!  Dates and times can be found on our website.