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New Rochelle Public Library events
New Rochelle stories, past and present, will complement 325th exhibit
“New Rochelle: A Celebration of 325 Years, 1688-2013,” a stunning timeline exhibit that charts milestones in the city’s history with text and archival photographs from the New Rochelle Public Library’s local history collection, will be on display at the library from Nov. 15 through Dec. 4, 2013. First displayed in City Hall in April, the exhibit has a new sound component, which allows visitors to hear the “voices” of prominent individuals who wrote about New Rochelle in diaries and autobiographies, as re-enacted by talented New Rochelle High School students and adult actors, and snippets from the library’s extensive oral history collection. The exhibit is on view in the library’s Lumen Winter Gallery during regular library hours. On Sunday, Nov. 17, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., the exhibit reception will include dramatic readings by costumed actors. Light refreshments will follow.

New Rochelle residents will have the opportunity to tell their stories when The Cube visits the library and provides opportunities for individuals to record oral histories and anecdotes, with a trained interviewer. The Cube is an innovative recording booth that was developed by The Sound and Story Project of the Hudson Valley to collect the stories of everyday people throughout the Hudson Valley. Individuals are encouraged to schedule a 30-minute session to tell their stories on Nov. 13, 14, 15, and 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling 914 813-3706.

Residents unable to leave their homes will also have an opportunity to tell their stories, through a “New Rochelle Memories” program with Dorot University Without Walls. City historian Barbara Davis will lead joint telephone conversations arranged by Dorot on Wednesdays, Nov. 13 and 20, at 2:15 p.m. Those interested in more information and to register, should call 877-819-9147 or visit www.dorotusa.org.

New Rochelle Public Library is is enhancing, preserving and expanding access to its existing oral history collections. Dozens of interviews recorded on audio cassettes, beginning with an oral history project initiated during New Rochelle’s 300th anniversary, are being digitized, indexed and edited for new listening opportunities. The invaluable stories about our heritage, as well as stories recorded in The Cube, will be shared via social media, various web portals, and a Sound and Story campaign, “A Year of Sounds and Stories: 365 Tales from Unexpected Places,” which will be launched in 2014.
Library to present “4 Hands, 4 Coices” concert
Two pianists and a vocal quartet will perform a dazzling program of duets and choral pieces on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. in the New Rochelle Public Library’s Ossie Davis Theater. The program includes Liebeslieder Walzer‑Love Song Waltzes‑as written and originally intended by Johannes Brahms, as well as “Long Time Ago, Simple Gifts” and “Ching-a-Ring” by Aaron Copland. Two original compositions by maestro Robert Puleo will also be performed: “America,” which is set to the poem by Walt Whitman, and “Ode to Freedom,” which is scored for four hand piano and voices.

Marsha Cirulli, soprano; Denise Esposito, me­zzo soprano; Robert Puleo, tenor; and Robert Scrofani, bass will be accompanied by pianists Justine Macurdy and Alma Hamilton. The concert is made possible by the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library; a donation of $2 is suggested at the door.
Artist talk at library will focus on design
“How to Think Like a Designer” is the topic of a free, illustrated presentation that will be held in the Ossie Davis Theater of the New Rochelle Public Library on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m.
Design is art people use. Designers apply aspects of visual art‑drawing, sculpture, color and composition‑to useful things, from logos and fonts to products, furniture and buildings. Designers use their talent to solve problems, promote products and educate people. Design combines elements of art, craft, engineering, writing and business. In this presentation, Ellen Lupton will show you how designers think and she will show you some of the many types of products and media that contemporary designers are creating today.

Ellen Lupton is a writer, curator and graphic designer. She is director of the graphic design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, where she also serves as director of the Center for Design Thinking. As curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum since 1992, she has produced numerous exhibitions and books.

This program is made possible by the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library and is presented in conjunction with the New Rochelle Art Association and the New Rochelle Council on the Arts.

League of Women Voters coffee and conversation
with Assemblyman Steve Otis

Assemblyman Steve Otis will be the featured guest at the New Rochelle League of Women Voters’ monthly “Coffee and Conversation” on Friday, Nov. 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 am, in the meeting room of the New Rochelle Public Library. He will discuss current issues in New York State government, and his first 10 months serving the 91st Assembly District, which includes the Sound Shore communities of Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Port Chester, Rye and Rye Brook.
On a local level, Otis served as mayor of the City of Rye for 12 years from 1998 to 2009, making him the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history. He is also a former president of the Westchester Municipal Officials Association, where he served on the executive committee from 2002 to 2012.

In state government, Assemblyman Otis served as long-time counsel and chief of staff to Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer until his election to the Assembly. He worked closely with the senator on issues facing Westchester after joining her staff in 1985. Before joining Sen. Oppenheimer, Otis began his service in state government as Senate fellow and legislative director to state Sen. Jeremy S. Weinstein from 1980 to 1985.

A question and answer session will follow Assemblyman Otis’ informal presentation. Complimentary coffee and light breakfast fare will be served.

Eric Jennings to present “My Favorite Sondheim” at the library
Music master Eric Jennings is returning to the Ossie Davis Theater at the New Rochelle Public Library for part two of a two-part lecture series, “My Favorite Sondheim,” on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. With live and recorded musical accompaniment, Jennings will explore the music and lyrics of the incomparable Stephen Sondheim. From his earliest days, including “West Side Story” and “Gypsy,” to his greates‑and not-as-successful‑subjects, few can compare to Sondheim for talent, longevity and the sheer breadth of his work. What makes Sondheim choose his subjects? How can he be so prolific for so many years? Can the Sondheim style be characterized or will he remain an enigma? Jennings will delve into these questions and more in the two-lecture series on two Sunday afternoons.
Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis of the Ossie Davis Theater. The programs are made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library. A donation of $2 is suggested at the door.

Thanksgiving celebration
A community Thanksgiving service and re­ception under the auspices of The Interreligious Council of New Rochelle will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday Nov. 28 , from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Trinity St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 311 Huguenot St., New Rochelle. Clergy and youth of all faiths will be participating in the service. Paul Warhit, president of The Westchester Jewish Council and president of The American Jewish Historical Society, will be the guest speaker. Refreshments following the service. All are welcome. For more information, call the church office at 914-632-5368.

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