New Rochelle Library
The library’s website has a full listing of free programs, dates and times for all ages this summer at nrpl.org. Programs for infants to teens are being held both at the main library and at the Huguenot Children’s Library. These free programs are made possible by the Friends of the Library and the New Rochelle Public Library Foundation.
For the little ones
All programs are on a drop-in basis, first come, first served.
Bouncing Babies: a Mother Goose program of songs, music, movement and a story for children six to 24 months. Thursdays, through Aug. 13, 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Children’s Room of the main library; 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at HCL.
Let’s Pretend: Introduces theater through games, songs, nursery rhymes, and an on-stage experience with Nora Maher for children ages 3 to 5. Thursdays, through to Aug. 13, 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the main library; 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at HCL.
3, 4 & 5s: Includes stories, songs and a take-home craft. Mondays, July 6 to Aug. 10, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the main library for ages 3 to 5. Sessions at HCL will be on Tuesdays, through Aug. 11, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Preschool Fun & Fitness: Children ages 2 to 5 and their parent, grandparent or caregiver are invited to join the health and fitness team from Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Services for a fun-filled hour of movement, games and healthy eating and lifestyle tips. Mondays, through Aug. 10, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., in the main library Meeting Room. Registration is required. Please call Ruben or Nicolas at the WIC office at 637-1677.
Bedtime Stories: for ages 3 to 5 years. Pajamas and stuffed animals are encouraged. Thursdays, through Aug. 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the main library.
For bigger kids
Designed to encourage participation in the Summer Reading Game, the programs offer great educational experiences through the summer. Admission to the programs is on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning 15 minutes before the start of each program. This year’s slate of free program includes experiments in Cooking and Science, Calligraphy, Mexican dance classes with Calpulli Mexican Dance Company and Bricks 4 Kidz® workshops.
Wednesday matinees at 2 p.m. in the Ossie Davis Theater will offer films of amazing adventures alternating with live science shows.
Summer Fun of the Patio at HCL will run Mondays to Fridays through Aug. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a free drop-in program providing good old-fashioned summertime fun, including ping pong, arts and crafts, games and outside activities that are supervised by experienced, enthusiastic adults and teens. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver. The Summer Fun program does not take place during rainy weather. For details on all these activities, visit nrpl.org.
Healthy cooking workshops, gamers tournaments, yoga journaling and weekly movies are a few of the great programs teens can choose from this summer at the New Rochelle Public Library.
Craft Lab, Random Fandom, Gamer Clash!, Super Science Thursdays, and Movie Madness, all under the supervision of Teen Librarian Ken Petrilli, will take place on a drop-in basis in the Teen Room or Teen Conference Room on the second floor.
The third annual Summer Writers Workshops, which meet three mornings or three afternoons a week and are conducted by New Rochelle High School students, will be held in the Teen Conference Room.
In the library’s Meeting Room, Cook like an Iron-rich Chef, Tweens Yoga Journaling and Mexican dance classes will be led by professional instructors, on a first-come, first-served basis. The Calpulli Dance Company instructors will lead these classes over seven weeks, with a culminating performance by students and Calpulli dancers on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 4 p.m. To register, contact the Community Relations office at 632-8254 for more information.
International Music and Dance
The International Music and Dance series continues with Arabian Dance by Aszmara, with music of Armenia, Turkey and Egypt on Tuesday, July 28. On Tuesday, Aug. 4, the crowd-pleasing Bokandeye Troupe, directed by Anthony Wooden, closes the 2014 series with African dance to djembe drumming. The cultural traditions of African villages come alive as the troupe’s multigenerational dancers perform in authentic costume.
Seating for the free programs is on a first-come, first-served basis, to the capacity of the Ossie Davis Theater. Doors open at 6:45 pm. For more information, visit nrpl.org.
On Monday, July 27, “The Moon Spinners,” a mystery thriller, will be screened in the Ossie Davis Theater at 6:30 p.m. Suitable for all ages. Running time: 118 minutes.
Adventures in Gardening
For ages 6 to 12. On Tuesday, July 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., The ABC Garden off the Children’s Room at the main library will become a bountiful vegetable, flower and herb garden with the help of the junior gardeners enrolled in this 6-week workshop. Teachers Jean Marie Healy and Naomi Tower will guide the planting and other wonderful related activities. Registration will take place during the first class on a first-come, first-served basis in the Meeting Room.
For adults. On Thursday, July 30 at 12:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Conquer stress and fatigue, return to work with renewed energy and focus, with a gentle yet invigorating 30-minute session of yoga with Nora LeMorin. No need to change clothing or lie on a mat. Free. Made possible by the Friends of the Library and participants’ donations.
Brown Bag Book Club
For adults. On Wednesday, Aug. 5, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Bring your lunch and join in the librarian-led discussion of great books in the second floor Conference Room. Please register with librarian Kofi Addo-Nkum at 806-6543.
Upcoming book sale
The Friends Big Book Sale will take place on Friday, Aug. 8 at the main library from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the first floor’s lobby. For all ages.
Lighted Boat Parade
A parade of boats will pass Hudson Park and Neptune Park between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 25. Participants will light their vessels in as many festive lights as safely possible and parade through New Rochelle Harbor. Come show your appreciation and cheer loudly for the most impressive display. Boats from all surrounding marinas are welcome to join. If you wish to participate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a fax to 235-8268 prior to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 24. In the event of inclement weather, please contact Captain Sal at 235-6930 or (917) 559-2827.
BID Music on the Green
Zero 360 will perform on Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m. on the New Rochelle Public Library Green, located at 1 Library Plaza. Zero 360 is a contemporary, multi-ethnic variety show/dance band that performs Motown classics, soul, R&B, funk, old school disco, dance and rock.
Gather up friends, family, a picnic and settle in on the Library Green for great music, good times, and summer breezes. The popular outdoor concerts, in the heart of downtown New Rochelle, are made possible by the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District in cooperation with the New Rochelle Parks and Recreation and the New Rochelle Public Library. In the event of rain, the concert moves indoors to the Ossie Davis Theater of the New Rochelle Public Library, on a first-come, first-served basis to the capacity of the 138-seat theater, beginning at 6:45 p.m. Call 632-8254 for weather updates after 4 p.m. the day of the concert.
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