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July 4, 2024

Happy July 4!

Wishing everyone a safe, fun and festive holiday!

The Library will be closed on Saturday, July 6, but you can find us online 24/7.


Music and Dance From Around the Globe

Our International Music and Dance Festival kicks off next Tuesday, July 9 (details below.) In recognition of the Festival, Brian put this list of books about international music and dance!

What Are You Reading Wednesdays?

Let us know what you're reading and why you like it, and you may be featured in our "What Are You Reading Wednesdays" highlights on social media and in this newsletter. Plus, everyone who submits will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a prize! Click here to enter!

Brown Bag Book Club

Join us on Tuesday, July 23, 12:00 pm for a librarian-led book discussion. Bring a lite lunch. Newcomers welcome. A supply of the book to be discussed is available to borrow from the first floor hold shelf. Drop in. 

This month's book is a short story collection, And Thereby Hangs a Tale by Jeffrey Archer

July NRPL Reading Challenge: Set in Australia or New Zealand

Our reading challenge in July is to read a book set in Australia or New Zealand. (Here are some suggestions.)

Fill out this form to submit your July book.


NEW! Open Sewing

The Library is excited to announce the launch of our new Open Sewing Program. Patrons can now register to come into the library to use our state-of-the-art Necchi sewing machines in the Library on Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. The next session is July 9.

Whether you're an experienced seamstress, budding fashion designer, home decor enthusiast, or you just need to hem pants, this program offers the perfect opportunity to work on your sewing projects in a relaxed environment.

Before using the machines, patrons will be required to demonstrate proficiency, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all. While this is not an instructional class, an experienced sewer will be on hand to provide guidance and troubleshoot any issues that may arise during your sewing session.

Patrons are responsible for bringing their own supplies, including fabrics, threads, patterns, and any other materials necessary for their projects. Space is limited. NEW ROCHELLE PUBLIC LIBRARY CARD REQUIRED. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.


Travel the World This Summer: First Stop, Greece!

The renowned International Music and Dance Festival returns to NRPL again this summer. From July 9 through August 13, beat the heat in the comfortable, air-conditioned Ossie Davis Theater every Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm with vibrant performances representing cultures from around the globe.

The program kicks off on Tuesday, July 9, 7:00 pm with the Greek American Folklore Society. You will be transported to the sun-drenched Greek isles through the magic of traditional folk dance. To add to the evening, you will be able to join the dancers on the floor for a mini-lesson to learn the steps passed down over generations. After, mingle with the troupe and snap photos amid the colorful folk costumes.


Learn How to Convert Your Lawn to a Native Plant Pollinator Garden (Virtual)

In this virtual presentation on Tuesday, July 9, 7:00 pm, Bob Finkelstein, Co-President of Healthy Yards New Rochelle, will take you through the process of how to convert an area of lawn into a pollinator garden, including pre-planning, lawn removal, area prep, cardboard coverage, pollinator plant selection and installation, and mulching. Registration required.


Calpulli Mexican Dance Workshops for Adults & Teens: Sign Up Today

There's still time to enroll in our very popular Mexican Dance Workshops, led by Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, return this summer, Thursdays, July 11 - August 8, 5:00 - 7:00 pm.

Participants will learn traditional Mexican dance movements and choreographies in this fully interactive workshop series. Participants will also gain a deeper understanding of Mexican culture, as a caring teaching artist describes the history and background of all dances. This summer workshop ends in a lively culminating performance where participants have the opportunity to share what they learned.


English Learner Conversation Circle

ESL learners of all skill levels are encouraged to attend this volunteer-led, drop-in weekly program, which offers English language learners the opportunity to practice their conversational English in a relaxed, fun way. Drop-in. FREE!

Questions? Call Denise Link at (914) 813-3733; or email


Computer Classes


Summer computer classes resume on Saturday, July 20, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Excel Basics.

(Please note, Classes begin promptly. If you arrive more than 15 minutes after the start of class, you will not be admitted and your spot may be given to someone on the waiting list.)


(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. )

NRPL Knitting Club

Friday, July 12, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Gentle Yoga with Angela Taylor

Monday, July 8, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Chair Yoga 2023

Chair Yoga

Monday, July 8, 12:30 -1:30 pm

During July and August, chair yoga will meet on Mondays only, 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Job Search Coach

Mondays, 5:00 - 7:30 pm

On the first Monday of each month, our Job Search Coach will lead a workshop on a specific job search- related topic. Learn more about and register for workshops here.

Westchester County Dept. of Health: Healthcare Navigator Assistance

Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Women and Money Roundtable

Wednesday, July 17, 1:00 pm

Notary Public Services

Thursday, July 18, 6:00 pm

The Diversity of Westchester Birds (Virtual)

Thursday, July 18, 7:00 pm

Village Light Opera Group: Annual Summer Concert

Saturday, July 27, 12:00 pm


Adventure Begins at Your Library...

...and in these thrilling books featuring brave quests and spectacular feats of derring-do!

Summer Adventures Begin Monday, July 8

Our children's librarians have planned a summer filled with adventure at both the Main Library and Huguenot Children's Library. From storytimes, to crafts, music, yoga, animal visits and so much more, the library is the cool place to be this July and August.

The fun begins on Monday, July 8, 11:00 - 11:30 am with Yoga Kids (ages 3-8), and again at 2:00 - 2:45 pm for Capoeira for Kids (ages 4-11) at the Main Library.

Cool off at the Huguenot Children's Library during Splashdown!, July 8, 10:30 - 11:30 am. At 2:30 - 3:30 pm, join Miss Joy and build LEGO and DUPLO creations of your wildest imaginations!

The fun continues each week day through the middle of August.

Click here to view the full schedule of children's summer programs at Main and here for programs at HCL.

Ready, Set, School!

Avoid the summer slide! Students from Monroe College will are at the Main Library through August 3 to help children practice math and reading skills one-on-one to prepare them for the upcoming school year. This is a FREE program. First come, first served. View the schedule here.

STEM Tales

Join us on Tuesday, July 9, 12:00 - 1:30 pm to learn about STEM concepts and careers in this multimedia program with hands-on activities. This weeks topic is Echoes and Obstacles. Each family will receive a free take-home snack-pack and STEM kit to continue exploring at home. New STEM fun each week!

This program is designed for up to 10 families and space is limited. A ticket is required to attend. Please pick up a STEM Tales ticket in the Children’s Room an hour before the program. First-come, first-served. FREE!

Our Furry Friends Will Be Back!

Good news! Elementary school students can continue to practice their reading skills and build self-esteem this summer with a story loving therapy dog. Izzy returns on Mondays, July 8, 15 and 22, 4:30 - 5:30 pm, and Freckle will back on Tuesdays, July 16 and 23, 4:30 - 5:30 pm. 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.

Love to Read?

Tweens ages 9-12 are encouraged to join us for our next book club discussion on Tuesday, July 9, 4:30 pm. Join us for snacks, an activity, and to chat about The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag

Registration required. Registration for each discussion begins four weeks before each discussion date. The first 10 registrants will be given a free copy of the book! Register by calling 914-813-3716 or visiting the Desk in the Children’s Room.

Calpulli Mexican Dance Workshops for Children: Sign Up Today

There is still time to register for our very popular Mexican Dance Workshops, led by Calpulli Mexican Dance Company. Classes run Thursdays, July 11 - August 8. (ages 5-7, 1:00 - 2:30 pm; ages 8-13, 2:45 - 4:45 pm)

Participants will learn traditional Mexican dance movements and choreographies in this fully interactive workshop series. Participants will also gain a deeper understanding of Mexican culture as a caring teaching artist describes the history and background of all dances. This summer workshop ends in a lively culminating performance where participants have the opportunity to share what they learned.



What's Happening in the Teen Room?

In celebration of Independence Day, drop by the Teen Room tomorrow, Friday, July 5, 3:00 pm - closing, to code a fireworks show in Scratch. Get creative with our 3D pen! Drop in on Monday, July 8, 4:00 - 8:00 pm and create anything you can dream up! On Wednesday, July 10, 3:00 pm, join us to make an origami shark!

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


New Rochelle Art Association: Jules Bauer Award Show 2024

The NRAA Jules Bauer Award Show opened on Tuesday, June 25 in the Lumen Winter Gallery. The Jules Bauer Memorial Award was established by his family following his death in November, 1980. A former president of the New Rochelle Art Association, he also served as chairman of the Municipal Art Commission and on the Board of Governors at New Rochelle Hospital Medical Center.


The next Board of Trustees meeting will take place on Thursday, July 11, 7:30 pm in the Ossie Davis Theater at the Main Library, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle. Our two new Trustees, Vera Salter and Nancy Weinberger, will be installed at the meeting.

Summer Hours

Summer Saturday hours are in effect through August 31. The Main Library will be open on Saturdays, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, and the Huguenot Children's Library will be closed on Saturdays. Regular Saturday hours will resume on September 7.

The Library is closed Sundays through September 1.

The Friends Bookstore

The Friends Bookstore is open Tuesday, Thursday, (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) and Saturday, 10:00 am - 1:30 pm (closed July 6.) 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.


Summer Sizzle Free Concert Series

The New Rochelle Downtown Summer Sizzle Concert Series continues with Refugee, a Tome Petty Tribute Band, on Saturday, July 6, 7:00 pm in Ruby Dee Park at Library Green. Pre-show begins. at 6:00 pm


Free Rides

Free Bee Alert! Westchester County Executive George Latimer has lifted the fares on the Bee-Line Bus system, and is offering free rides this summer. From July 1 - September 2, 2024, all Bee-Line buses including ParaTransit will be fare-free, providing residents and visitors with a convenient and cost-effective transportation option throughout the County. Regular fares will resume on Tuesday, September 3, 2024.


NRPL Calendar

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

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