Community Briefs

Rye library events
Children’s movie
The Rye Free Reading Room invites children ages five and up to see “Nim’s Island,” rated PG, on Friday, Aug. 30, at 3:30 p.m. The movie follows the exciting adventures of a young girl who lives on an isolated island with her scientist father. For more information call 914-231-3162 or go to

“From Century One to
the Next Chapter” exhibit
“From Century One to the Next Chapter,” an exhibit of photographs, artifacts and documents chronicling the library building’s first 100 years of service will be on display at the Rye Free Reading Room from Sept. 3 to Sept. 27. Please join the library in celebrating its centennial with a visit to this interesting exhibit and by attending other upcoming events commemorating the building’s 1913 opening.
Call 914-231-3161 or go to for more information.

Computer class
The Rye Free Reading Room will offer a two-part workshop on computer basics and the Internet on Thursday, Sept. 5 and Thursday Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The class covers using the mouse, keyboarding, activating computer programs and producing a simple letter. No previous computer experience is expected, and participants are urged to attend both sessions. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Call 914-231-3161 or visit for more information.

Meet the author
Ron Berler, journalist and author of “Raising the Curve: A Year Inside of One of America’s 45,000 Failing Public Schools,” will be at the Rye Free Reading Room at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, to talk about his experience at Brookside Elementary School in Norwalk, Conn. sitting in on classes, strategy sessions and even faculty meetings. Meet the students, teachers and staff who, even though their school is classified as failing, never give up on themselves or one another.
Call 914-231-3161 or go to for more information about this important talk.

Teen craft workshop
Teens are invited to make pencil cases out of duct tape at the Rye Free Reading Room on Monday, Sept. 9, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Richela Fabian Morgan, author of “Tape It & Make It,” will provide all the materials and the inspiration to make your coolest ever school supply. Space is limited; speak to a librarian or call 914-231-3172 to sign up.

Go to for more information about this and other upcoming programs for teens.

Rye Historical Society announces
World War II film series
The Rye Historical Society is pleased to announce a three-part WWII film series in connection with its current exhibit “Rye In World War II.” The showings will take place on three consecutive Sundays in September from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Square House Museum at 1 Purchase St. in Rye.

Hosting the series will be Ted M. Levine, longtime Rye resident and film instructor at Iona College. A guest speaker will introduce each film with brief remarks about the military front, women in the war, and undertakings on the home front. World War II vintage-style refreshments will be served at each showing.
Sept.15: “Run Silent, Run Deep”
John Carolin, Rye resident and former chairman of the Rye Planning Commission, will recount his personal experience on the military front in North Africa.
Sept. 22: “Sands of Iwo Jima”
Sheri Jordan, director of the Rye Historical Society, will discuss the role of women in the war effort.
Sept. 29: “Lifeboat”
Host Ted Levine will speak about what was happening on the home front.

The program cost is $5 for each showing or $10 for the 3-part series payable at the door. Admission is free to all veterans and active military service personnel. Seating is limited so pre-registration is recommended. Call the Rye Historical Society at 914-967-7588 for reservations.

The Square House Museum, located at 1 Purchase St. in Rye is open Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 914-967-7588 or visit our website

Rye Arts Center events
Pre-K creative kids, extend your
pre-k day at the RAC
Beginning fall 2013, Weeks of Sept. 16 to May 12.
The Rye Arts Center is proud to offer preschool students the chance to spend a morning or afternoon exploring the arts. Create a well-balanced, extended day for your child by having the RAC staff walk them to and from their local participating school.

Please contact the RAC to inquire about registering for the program. An information packet is available which provides full detail on the program.
Monday/Friday mornings: 9:15 a.m. to noon.
Tuesday/Wednesday afternoons: 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
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