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March 28, 2024


Upcoming Closings

The Library will be closed on Sunday, March 31 in observance of Easter. The Board and staff of the New Rochelle Public Library wish those who celebrate, a joyous holiday. 

The Main branch of the Library will be closed on Monday, April 1 for crucial work requiring the shutdown of power in our facility. The Huguenot Children's Library will be open regular hours.

Share Your Input Regarding Our Next Library Director 

The NRPL Board of Directors has engaged Bradbury Miller Associates, a search firm with expertise in searches for senior library administrators, to assist in finding the next Director of the New Rochelle Public Library. They would like the opportunity to connect and learn more about our community and the future of our organization. Please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions using this link.

The survey should take about five minutes to complete and will be available until 5:00 pm Sunday, April 7, 2024.  

Please feel free to share this survey link widely within the New Rochelle community. 

Free Eclipse Viewing Glasses

The Library is offering free eclipse glasses to NRPL cardholders to view the eclipse safely. Registration runs through Saturday, March 30, 5:00 pm. Glasses will be available to pick up Tuesday, April 2 - Saturday, April 6. Registration REQUIRED here.

Click here to view our recent program with Joe Rao, former News12 meteorologist, who shared his stories of chasing 13 eclipses over many years! Joe has great stories, and is a great storyteller. Enjoy!


What's New?

Did you know you can find book suggestions, based on new releases, right on the homepage of our website.? Each month, newly released books are highlighted in multiple categories including Fiction Adventure, Fiction Best Sellers, New Nonfiction, Lifestyles, Mystery, Children's Picture Books and Children's Chapter Books. Teen book suggestions are also available on the Teen page.

Meow. Arf. Quack. Chirp

April 11th is National Pet Day! Read about the bonds we form with the animals in our lives, and not just with cats and dogs. People love their pets, from wolves (OK, not really a pet) to snails, you'll find something here.

Brown Bag Book Club: Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

Join us on Tuesday, April 2, 12:00 for a librarian-led book discussion about Erik Larson's Thunderstruck. Bring a light lunch. Newcomers welcome. Copies of the book are available to borrow from the first floor hold shelf. Drop in. 

Save the date for the next Brown Bag Book Club on Tuesday, June 11, 12:00 pm when we will discuss The Heiress by Rachel Hawkins

April: NRPL 2024 Reading Challenge - Poetry

Celebrate National Poetry Month by reading a book of poems. (Here are some suggestions or choose your own). Learn more about the NRPL Reading Challenge here.


Computer Classes

Join us on Saturday, March 30, 10:00 - 11:30 pm for Tech Basics - Computers and the Internet. Participants will review the basics of using a PC and learn about navigating the internet. Register here.

The next Introduction to Microsoft Word and Google Docs will be held Monday, April 8, 5:00 - 6:30 pm: Learn more and register here.

Click here to see all upcoming computer classes. Register in advance to secure a spot. (Note: If class is full, you may still come to the library to see if any spots are open the day of the program due to last minute cancellations. )

Voices and Echoes: Short Play Series

Join us this Saturday, March 30, 2:00 pm for our final Women's History Month program. Red Monkey Theater Group will present original short plays by authors Amy Frey and Sharon Latimer-Mosley. These one-acts will be presented together, and examine how the race, gender, class, and freedom in late 19th and early 20th century America still shape and inform modern sensibilities and struggles. The performance will be followed by a discussion with the playwrights and directors. Registration requested

Free Tax Assistance: Only Four Sessions Left

Free tax assistance by trained AARP volunteer Tax Aide Advisors continues at the Library on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, through Tuesday, April 11, 2024, which means there are FOUR more days to take advantage of this valuable service. The next session is Tuesday, April 2

First come. First service. No appointments. Please come early for the best chance to be served. Learn more here. If you are unable to come to NRPL on the designated days/hours, you can try another library.

Around the Kitchen Table (Virtual)

Join us on Tuesday, April 2, 5:00 pm for a virtual deep dive into the pantry with a review of common pantry items and the ingredients we should avoid; an overview of pots/pans, and cooking utensils; plus,swaps for better pantry options.

Registration required. Zoom link will be provided upon registration. 

Join us on Saturday, April 6, 2:00 pm to celebrate National Poetry Month. Three Poets Reflect on Growing Older with feature poets Dave Donelson, Vera Kewes Salter and James Swinehart reading from their poems about growing older and coping with life's challenges. Selections from their broader writings will also be shared. Audience discussion will follow. Registration requested.

Join us on Sunday, April 7, 3:00 pm for the Songcatchers 16th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Concert. Experience the musical talent of Songcatchers dedicated volunteer teachers who generously give their time to teach students music. Join us for a musical extravaganza, where Songcatchers teachers will showcase their skills on a range of instruments.

Sing Your Heart Out Spring Workshop

Music maestro Robert Puleo is back to lead the “Sing Your Heart Out!” Spring 2024 Workshop. There's still time to join. Come to the next session on Monday, April 8, 9:30 - 11:30 am. Aspiring singers will gain the confidence required to sing, and learn how to select music appropriate for their voice. Most importantly, participants will learnhow to have fun throughout the entire 'learning to sing' process! Sessions take place in the Ossie Davis Theater. Learn more and register.

Eclipse Party!

Join as a community on Monday, April 8, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, to view the eclipse outside of the Library. Eclipse viewing glasses along with safe viewing instructions and other giveaways will be distributed, while supplie last. Eclipse-themed music will add to the fun.

In the event of inclement weather, join us in the Ossie Davis Theater to view a livestream of the event. Registration requested.

Save the Dates and Sign Up

Friday Night Concert Series: Michael Powers’ Blues Heritage Band

Friday, April 12, 7:00 pm

NRPL 'True Crime' Film Series: The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid

Saturday, April 13, 2:00 pm

New Rochelle Plays Hollywood: The Candidate

Sunday, April 14, 2:00 pm

Author Talk: Voices of a People’s History of the United States in the 21st Century: Documents of Hope and Resistance with editors Anthony Arnove & Haley Pessin

Thursday, April 18, 7:00 pm

WestCop Job Fair

Friday, April 19, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Adult Beginner Sewing Workshop

Saturdays, April 27, May 4, May 11


High School Equivalency (HSE) Info Session

Saturday, March 30, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Civics Class for Citizenship

Saturday, March 30, 1:00 pm

Chair Yoga 2023

Chair Yoga

Please note, there will be NO chair yoga on 4/1

Wednesday, April 3, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Monday, April 8, 12:30 -1:30 pm and

Job Search Coach

Tuesdays, 5:00 - 7:30 pm.

Westchester County Dept. of Health: Healthcare Navigator Assistance

Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Gentle Yoga

Thursday, April 4, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Heal the Body with Qi Gong

Friday, April 5, 10:00 -11:00 am

NRPL Knitting Club

Friday, April 5, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Happy Easter

Hop on over to the library for this egg-cellent assortment of Easter books and more!

Happy National Poetry Month!

Enjoy these books about the lives of poets, available in New Rochelle and the Huguenot Children's Libraries

The Fun Keeps on Coming

Good news! More music and movement to enjoy. Two of our favorite children's performers will be back for one more session this spring. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 2, 11:30 for Baby Fingers and Wednesday, April 3, 11:00 am for Tune Bugs

And our next Wag a Tale is takes place on Tuesday, April 2 and Monday, April 8, 4:30-5:30 pm. Elementary school students can practice their reading skills and build self-esteem reading to our loving and certified therapy dogs.

Space is limited to six children per session. Sign up at the desk for a 10 minute slot on the day of the program. First come, first serve.

Tween Tuesday and Tween Book Club

The next Tween Tuesday will be on Tuesday, April 2, 4:30 - 5:30 pm. Come hang out with old friends and new to play board games, color, or experiment with STEM projects!

The next Tween Book Club will meet on Tuesday, April 9, 4:30 - 5:30 pm to talk about Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez. Registration required. Learn more here.

Save the Dates

We have lots of special programs this April, including a special piggy bank craft, Earth Day planing, Egyptian Celebration and more. Learn more here.

We are also kicking off a 3 session, beginner sewing class for children ages 9-11 on Saturday, April 27, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Learn more and register here.

Tutor Homework

Homework Help

Elementary students receive FREE assistance with school assignments and reading practice courtesy of Monroe College student tutors. This is a drop-in program and space may be limited. First come, first served. Click here for the Winter/Spring 2024 Homework Help schedule.


Coming Up in the Teen Room

The final Day of the Video Tournament is Friday, March 29. The top 3 winners will get a GameStop gift card. Learn more here

Applying for FAFSA: Step-by-Step Help for Teens and Parents

Sign up for a one-on-one appointment on Saturday, April 6 for assistance filling out the FAFSA application. In this 45 minute session, College Coach Amy Gonzalez from the Westchester Library System will guide teens and their parents through the application. Learn more and register today.

Land a Part-Time or Summer Job(Virtual)

Join us for Teen Job Search: Tips, Applications, Resumes, & More, a free virtual workshop presented by a professional career coach on Thursday, April 11, 7:00 pm. Topics include what type of jobs are available for teens, where to look for jobs

how to answer questions on the job application, what to include in a resume, and what to share and ask during the interview. Registration required.

Save the Dates!

National Pet Day Giveaway for Teens

Thursday, April 11

Financial Literacy Workshop presented by Girls, Inc.

Saturday, April 20, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lotus Flower Lantern Workshop for Teens

Saturday, April 20, 2:00 pm

Check out our Teen calendar for a full listing of all Teen events that take place daily in the Teen Room.



The Archive of the New Rochelle Public Library is a unique resource of documents relating to the history of New Rochelle. Our Archive is a repository of historical resources such as institutional and civic records, personal papers, and audiovisual materials. In 2023, the entire Photography Collection of the Archive was properly organized and described by our staff Archivist. This collection of over 15,000 photographic images portrays the city in penetrating detail from early public photography of the 1860s to modern digital photos.

Willow Brook Dairy Truck, 1930

The Willow Brook Dairy of Mount Vernon, NY delivered fresh, cold milk in glass bottles to residences of southern Westchester. Here, the Willow Brook Dairy truck stops on Crescent Avenue in New Rochelle in 1930.


Board of Trustee Open Positions

The New Rochelle Public Library Budget Vote and Trustee Election will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, from 7:00 am. to 9:00 pm at Board of Education polling places. This year, two Library Trustee seats become available for a term of five (5) years each beginning on July 1, 2024 and ending June 30, 2029.

Information packets are available from the New Rochelle Public Library Administration office (Main Library) and the office of the Clerk and Secretary to the Board of Education (Board of Education Offices.) 

The last day for filing petitions with the School District Clerk is Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 5:00 pm. More information is available here

NRPL Foundation Guardian Gala

The New Rochelle Public Library Foundation invites you to a celebratory gala (cocktails, dinner, music and auction) on Thursday, May 9, 6:00 pm to raise vital funding that will augment the New Rochelle Public Library's ability to serve our diverse community. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

The Friends Bookstore

The Friends Bookstore is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Stop by and see what bargains you can find among their extensive collection of best sellers, children's books, gift-quality books, cookbooks and more. Learn more about the Friends here.


Senior Law Day Webinar - Estate Planning: Terms & Concepts in Plain English

During this webinar on Wednesday, April 3, 10:00 am, the presenter will break down common estate planning concepts into plain English, go through the process generally, and show that estate planning can be accessible to everyone. 

Learn more and register here.

Clean Energy Careers Jobs and Resource Fair

The first-ever FREE Clean Energy Career Job and Resource Fair will be held on April 3, 2024, 2:00 -7:00 pm at Pace University in White Plains. All Westchester residents are encouraged to come learn about high paying careers in the clean energy sector and network with industry professionals. Learn more here.

Walk with Ease

Learn about the YWCA's Walk with Ease program - designed to help increase balance, reduce pain, improve mental health, flexibility and overall physical health. Attend one of the info sessions - Wednesday, April 3 or Friday, April 5, 1:30 pm at the YMCA. Learn more here.

Managing Your Career in Changing Times

Westchester Library System Career Coaching Services is offering their ever-popular seminar "Managing Your Career in Changing Times" beginning on Wednesday, April 17, 12:00 - 1:30 pm. Click here to learn more and register.

2024 Summer Camps

New Rochelle Parks and Rec offers great summer programs for children ages 3 to students entering 6th grade. Learn more here.


NRPL Calendar

For a full listing of all NRPL events, visit our online calendar

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