One of New Rochelle Public Library’s most popular series, International Music and Dance performances bring the sounds and movements of global cultures to New Rochelle this summer, thrilling and delighting all ages. The 28th season of the free performances runs six Tuesday evenings, beginning July 5th. All performances begin at 7:00 pm, and seating is on a first-come/first-served basis, to the capacity of the library’s 145-seat Ossie Davis Theater. Doors open at 6:45 pm.
July 5 Korean Drums and Dance with Vongku Pak
A stunning performance with the sounds, costumes and movement of Korea. Percussionist Vongku Pak and his troupe fuse contemporary Korean drumming styles with elements of traditional dance into dynamic musical performances. Unique rhythm patterns define the salmulnori performance, which includes two sets of drums and brass gongs, and the sulchanggu, which showcases the most distinctive drum of Korea.
July 12 Brazilian CapoeiraRead more
The Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library will be conducting a Used Book Sale on Friday, July8, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the library’s lobby. A selection of terrific summer “reads” for the beach, audiotapes for long car rides, and a varied assortment of cookbooks, gift books and other items will be available for purchase at bargain prices. The Friends’ popular and highly successful book sales fund the library’s extensive public programs,equipment, and other needs not included in the library’s operating budget.
The Friends of the Library Bookstore is open every Tuesday from 1 pm to 3:00 pm and every Saturday (except July 2) from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm in July and August. The Bookstore is located next to the Community Relations Office on the first floor of the library.Read more
School-aged children may chose from a wide range of free summer workshops and programs at the New Rochelle Public Libraries – the Main Library and the Huguenot Children’s Library. The programs are designed to complement the Summer Reading Game theme, “Discover Creatures Great and Small @ Your Library” and provide children with enriching educational experiences through the summer. Admission to most programs is on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning 15 minutes before the start of each program.
Craft Workshops: Children ages 6-12 years are invited to drop-in to create fanciful animal projects to take home, Mondays, July 11 – August 8. From 10:30 am – 12:00 noon.
Needlework for Beginners: Knitters and crocheters, ages 8 – 10 years, will learn how to make and complete a project, on Mondays, July 11 – August 8, from 1:00 am – 2:30 pm, at the Main Library.
Nature Workshops involves hands-on nature activities, crafts and tastes of food offered for children ages 6 – 12 yrs, on Tuesdays, July 5 – August 9, from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon, at the Main Library.Read more
Students ages 10 – 17 years of age have a choice of great workshops to keep them engaged and enriched this summer, as the New Rochelle Public Library again offers a slate of free programs designed especially for and by teens and tweens. These workshops are conducted on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning 15 minutes before each session, and are made possible by the Friends of the Library and the New Rochelle Public Library Foundation.
Jewelry-Making Workshops will take place on six Mondays, July 11 – August 15, from 4:00 – 5:00 pm, under the expert guidance of Melanie Rose, the owner of Beadz based in Larchmont. Each week students (both girls and boys) will be introduced to new beading techniques, various stringing materials and tons of interesting and beautiful beads, charms and pendants. Each class will feature a new project.
Anthony Wooden returns to the library to give another phenomenal 6-session course in traditional African Dance and Drums, Tuesdays, July 5 – August 9, from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. All participants will be invited to dance in the culminating performance on the stage of the Ossie Davis Theater, on Tuesday, August 9th at 7:00 pm.Read more
Free summer library programs for children ages six months to 5 years are being offered at the main New Rochelle Public Library and the Huguenot Children’s Library (HCL) beginning Tuesday, July 6 through Friday August 13. All programs are on a drop-in basis, on a first-come, first-served basis, except the Bedtime Stories at HCL. The six-week programs are as follows:
Bouncing Babies, is a Mother Goose program of songs, music, movement and a story for children 6 – 24 months, on Fridays, July 8 – August 12, from 9:45 am – 10:15 am, at the Main Library; and from 11:45 am – 12:15 pm at the Huguenot Children’s Library.
Let’s Pretend, for children ages 3 – 5 years, introduces theater through games, songs, nursery rhymes, and an on-stage experience, with Nora Maher, will be held on Fridays, July 8 – August 12, from 10:30 am – 11:15 am, at the Main Library; and from 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm at the Huguenot Children’s Library.Read more
New Rochelle Board of Education is having yet another Budget Meeting at New Rochelle High School Library @ 7PM. Not sure of the specifics on the agenda, but it seems as if they will discuss program cuts, especially within our elementary schools. And of course, music & arts, which children need in their elementary development stages, may be on the chopping block. Funny how a City which claims to be so pro the arts, places the arts on the chopping block so quickly. There are many studies out there that show the vital importance of the arts in the elementary level and there are hundreds of children that participate within these programs throughout our district. Music and art are proven programs that reflect higher grades in those students that participate within the programs then those students who are not. By cutting the music and arts programs in the elementary schools, the Board of Education will be choking the middle and high school music and art programs in the near future. This will lead to more future layoffs due to enrollment and the death of a now vibrant program. The elementary music & art programs have seen positive growth over the last ten years.Read more
"New Rochelle Public Library Re-Opens" reads a recent TotS Alert. Thanks for the reminder about closures for inclement weather days as well as for the many observances of Presidents' Day, MLK Day and other national/state holidays! In my 25 years living in New Rochelle, nothing has so distressed me as seeing our NR Public Library closed, impregnably and inaccessibly shuttered, when it might be left open (if only for limited purposes and services) on these otherwise laudable dates devoted to honoring great Americans and significant historical events.
Of all the conflicts, hypocrisies, concessions to political correctness, sellouts to public sector employee compulsory unionism and lily-livered cavings-in by the library board to its workers, nothing all year comes close to these regular acts of professional fecklessness and cowardice.Read more
There is a sign on the door at the New Rochelle Public Library stating that the library is closed due to a lack of heat. Callers to the library get a message stating that the library is closed due to lack of heat in the main building.
UPDATE: Thomas Geoffino, Director of the New Rochelle Public Library tells Talk of the Sound "Our boilers stopped functioning sometime yesterday morning. Despite calls to our vendor (busy due to other emergencies) they were not able to visit till last evening. They did get the boiler functioning but apparently the building was still very cold this morning and not really acceptable for our patrons and staff to utilize. We are very hopeful that our building will be properly heated and open for business tomorrow."Read more