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May 9, 2024


The Board of Directors of the New Rochelle Public Library is pleased to announce that Joslyn Bowling Dixon has been appointed to the position of Interim Director, effective May 1, 2024.

Ms. Bowling Dixon brings substantial experience in library management, having previously worked at Oak Park Public Library where she served as Library Director. Prior to joining Oak Park, Ms. Bowling Dixon held positions of increasing responsibility in library services including as Director, Newark Public Library.

May Closings

Happy Mother's Day!

The main branch of the Library will be closed on Sunday, May 12 in honor of Mother's Day.

The Library will also be closed on Sunday, May 26 and Monday, May 27, 2024 for Memorial Day observances. The Huguenot Children’s Library is normally closed on Sundays and will also be closed on Monday, May 27, 2024 for Memorial Day.

The Friends Bookstore will be closed on Saturday, May 25 (the library will be open.)


Happy Mother's Day

In recognition and celebration of moms, enjoy a good read highlighting one of the most important people in your life. Kira has compiled Mothers in Memoir, Poetry and Essays, and Beth has curated this list of Mother's Day Fiction

A Month to Celebrate. A Month to Feast!

May brings lots of reasons to celebrate and cook. In celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Bill has curated this list of cookbooks featuring the tasty cuisines of the region, and Beth has curated this list of fiction centered on Asian Americans, native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

This month we also celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month. These books celebrate Jewish cuisine - traditional and modern - from around the globe. And these novels are written by Jewish American authors.

New Books to Keep You Financially Savvy

We have a selection of new books to help you stay on top of your finances. Bill curated this list of new books for investors and wanna be investors. You will find them on display in the New Books section on the first floor.

Manga May: NRPL Reading Challenge

There's still time to join our May reading challenge. This month read a standalone manga or the first volume of a manga series. (Here are some suggestions.) Fill out this form to submit your May book

Brown Bag Book Club: The Heiress

Join us on Tuesday, June 11, 12:00 pm for a librarian-led book discussion about The Heiress by Rachel Hawkins. 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. All welcome.


Computer Classes

Register Now!

Intro to Cyber Security, 5/11

How to Create Your Own Flyer, 5/18

Join us on Saturday, May 11, 10:00 - 11:30 pm for Intro to Cyber Security, register here, and on Saturday, May 18, 10:00 - 11:30 am for How to Create Your Own Flyer, register here (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.)

Introduction to Microsoft Word and Google Docs

On Monday, May 13, 5:00 - 6:30 pm, learn how to create a simple document, edit and format text, correct spelling, adjust margins, save, print open files in Microsoft Word and Google Docs. Registration required.

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. )

NRPL Film Series: The Butler

Join us this Saturday, May 11, 2:00 pm for a screening of The Butler, inspired by the true story of Eugene Charles Allen, a devoted husband, father, and White House butler who served seven Presidential administrations during the turbulent politics and civil rights battles of twentieth century America. 

New Rochelle librarian and film historian Chris Poggiali will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion. Registration requested.

You Can Make a Difference

The next NRPL Red Cross Blood Drive is on Tuesday, May 14, 1:00 - 6:00 pm. Help someone in need! Click here to schedule your appointment.

NEW! Well Minded Movement (The Feldenkrais Method)

Join us for the next session of our newest wellness offering, Well Minded Movement, on Thursday, May 16, 10:00 - 11:00 am. In this gentle movement class, you will experience a unique way of movement that is accessible for everyone. The final class of the session will take place on Friday, May 24, 11:30 - 12:30 pm. (Please note, this last session date (5/24) and time are changed from original schedule.)

Using slow, small and gentle movements, you'll explore natural movement patterns of the body in sitting, standing and/or walking. These lessons are based on The Feldenkrais Method®. Instructor: Patricia Wahl, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. 

Drop in. Space is limited. First come, first served.

Adult Art Workshop: Surrealist Collage

Join us on Wednesday, May 15, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and let your imagination run wild. Use words and pictures to create something other worldly. Drop in.

Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Month with the Stephanie Chou Quintet

Join us for our next Friday Night Concert Series performance on Friday, May 17, 7:00 pm and experience a contemporary fusion of Chinese culture and jazz in this unique concert. Enjoy vocals in Mandarin/English and instrumentals featuring the Chinese violin (erhu). Explore fresh interpretations of traditional Asian folk songs, excerpts from Chou's original song cycle on "comfort women," jazz classics and more.  Registration requested.

New Rochelle Plays Hollywood: The Last Hurrah

Join us on Sunday, May 19, 2:00 pm for the second film of our Spring 2024 New Rochelle Plays Hollywood series, The Last Hurrah. Adapted from a popular novel, the film lovingly portrays the last campaign of a popular Irish-American Boston Mayor. Directed by perhaps the greatest of American directors (John Ford), starring perhaps the greatest American film actor (Spencer Tracy) and a real ensemble of the greatest character actors (some in their last roles). A film you will treasure. Registration requested.

New Rochelle Plays Hollywood is a film series presented by the New Rochelle Public Library. Prior to the screening, film aficionado Les Srager will introduce the history of the film and its creative personnel with a discussion period following the screening. The spring 2024 series features films that portray political elections.

Learn English as Online classes for low intermediate and high beginner begin July 12. Learn more and register.

Save the Dates and Register

Ready, Set, Summer (Virtual)

Tuesday, May 21, 5:00 pm

Travel to the National Parks with Chris McCormack (Virtual)

Thursday, May 23, 6:30 pm

Smartphone Photography Secrets

Tuesday, May 28, 6:00 - 8:00 pm


Chair Yoga 2023

Chair Yoga

Monday, May 13, 12:30 -1:30 pm and

Wednesday, May 15, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Gentle Yoga

Monday, May 13, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Women and Money Roundtable

Wednesday, May 15, 1:00 pm

NRPL Knitting Club

Friday, May 17, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

High School Equivalency Orientation

Saturday, May 18, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Job Search Coach

Mondays, 5:00 - 7:30 pm

NOTE: Job Search Coaching hours are now Mondays, 5:00 - 7:30 pm. In addition, 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


Time to Fuss

Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 12. Mom’s the word in these books that celebrate motherhood in all its finest forms.

Children's Book Week Celebration

We’re having a party on Saturday, May 11, 2:00 pm in honor of Children’s Book Week. We have a slew of special guests and treats that’s sure to inspire a love of literacy and libraries.

The afternoon includes award-winning author & illustrator James Yang, creator of such celebrated picture books as A Boy Named Isamu & Stop! Bot!, a meet & greet with Mo Willems’ superstar Pigeon, and cookie decorating! Yum! Ages 3-8

HCL Happenings

LEGO Engineers continues on Saturdays at HCL. Children of all ages are invited to join us this Saturday, May 11, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm to have fun building with LEGOS and DUPLOS with Miss Joy! (Program will also run 5/18 and 5/25. )

StoryArt continues on Wednesday, May 15, 10:30 - 11:00 am. Children ages 2-5 will enjoy a picture book story and them make a related craft or art creation of their own. (Last Spring session is May 22) Click here to see all HCL programs.

Save the date! Join us at HCL on Saturday, June 8, 2:30 - 3:30 pm for a Poetry Party. Learn more here.

Tween Book Club

The next Tween Book club will take place on Tuesday, May 14, 4:30 pm when we will be discussing Front Desk by Kelly Yang. Learn more here.

Save the dates!

Tween Tuesday will be back on Tuesdays, May 21 and 28, 4:30 - 5:30 pm. Tweens ages 9-12 are invited to come hang our with old friends and new to play board games, color, or experiment with STEM projects.

NEW! Create in May

Children ages 4-11 can express their emotions through art in this new program presented in partnership with Family Services of Westchester. Expressive Arts for Kids will take place on Thursdays, May 16 and 30, 4:30 - 5:30 pm. And on Thursday, May 23, 4:30 - 5:30 pm kids can get creative in our very popular Let's Go LEGOS program. Learn more here.

Tutor Homework

Homework Help Update

The May schedule for Homework Help is:

Mondays: 3:00-8:00; Thursdays: 3:00-8:00; Sundays: 1:00-5:00. Check our online calendar for updates.


Make It. Take It.

Stop by the Teen Room on Monday, May 13, 4:00 - 8:00 pm to use our 3D pens to make your own Springtime flower. Make one for yourself or give it to a friend! Be sure to join us for a Teen Room favorite on Wednesday, May 15, to make Candy Sushi.

Paws to Relax

With exam time around the corner, you're going to need to relax! We've scheduled visits from our furry friends the week of Monday, May 13 - Friday, May 17, 4:00 - 5:00 pm. Each day teens can drop in to take a moment to pause and relax with certified therapy dogs. Free snacks and drinks too!

Babysitting Skills

Secure you seat in our upcoming Intro to Babysitting for Tweens and Teens on Saturday, May 18, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Learn important skills for communicating with parents, working with babies and toddlers, and safety/first aid tips from a licensed educator. Please bring pen/paper. Snacks and drinks will be provided. 

At the end of the session, you will receive a certificate. Registration required.

Save the date! Teen Trivia returns on Tuesday, May 21, 4:00 - 5:00 pm. The theme is Anime/Manga. Check out our Teen calendar for a full listing of all Teen events that take place daily in the Teen Room.


Our Children Our Artists

The New Rochelle Public Library is excited to once again host the City School District of New Rochelle's "Our Children, Our Artists" exhibit. The exhibit, which showcases the artwork of students from the NR Public Elementary Schools (thru May 10), and the NR Secondary Schools (from May 17 - May 31) will be on display in the Lumen Winter Gallery during library hours.


Stream Opera on

Did you know you can stream magnificent operas on Explore what's available here.

Heartwarming Films for Mother's Day

Celebrate Mother’s Day with heartwarming films! Access a curated selection of Mother’s Day-themed

movies for free on the Kanopy app. From touching dramas to uplifting comedies, there’s something special for every mom out there. Access the collection here.


ICYMI- Protecting New Rochelle’s Extraordinary Past

Barbara Davis, New Rochelle’s City Historian and Co-Director of the Westchester County Historical Society, presented a fascinating overview of New Rochelle’s historically significant properties and revealed how they are, or are not, protected. If you missed the May 1 program, Protecting New Rochelle’s Extraordinary Past: A Primer & Guided Tour for Historic Preservation Month, you can view it here.

The Friends Bookstore

The Friends Bookstore is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. (NOTE: The Friends Bookstore will be closed on Saturday, May 25.) 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.


Meet Legislator David T. Imamura

Scarsdale Public Library and Dear Asian Youth (DAY) Westchester are hosting legislator David T. Imamura on Saturday, May 11, 10:00 am to speak about his experience as an Asian American working on legislation such as the Westchester Immigrant Protection Act and the Westchester Discriminatory Harassment Law. Come learn about his journey! Details.

Candidates Forum

The League of Women Voters of New Rochelle will hold its annual Candidates Forum for the Board of Education and the Library Board of Trustees* on Monday, May 13, 2024 at 6:00 pm at New Rochelle City Hall. The election will be on Tuesday, May 21; polls will be open from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm in local schools. Learn more here.

*Two candidates are running for the two vacancies on the seven-member Library Board of Trustees: Vera Salter and Nancy Weinberger. Terms are for five years.

Free Cancer Screenings / Exámenes de Cáncer Gratuitos

Montefiore Einstein is hosting a free cervical and breast cancer screening event on Saturday, May 18, 9:00 am –2:00 pm at Greene Medical Arts Pavilion

3400 Bainbridge Avenue, Bronx. No Health Insurance or Documentation Needed. Registration recommended. Learn more here. Aprende más aquí

City Celebrates DPW Week with Touch-a-Truck Event at City Hall

The City of New Rochelle proudly announces the kickoff of Department of Public Works (DPW) Week with an exciting Touch-a-Truck event on Monday, May 20, 4:00 - 7:00 pm in front of City Hall, 515 North Avenue. Learn more here.

New Rochelle Street Tree Inventory

The City of New Rochelle plans to conduct a comprehensive Street Tree Inventory and Community Forest Management Plan. This initiative aims to enable proactive maintenance and growth of street trees across the city. Learn more here.

Neurodivergent in College Webinar Series

Register for this interactive webinar series, "Neurodivergent in College: Navigating the Transition from High School" which will continues on Tuesdays, May 21, June 4 and 18, 7:00 - 8:00 pm. The series is geared for Neurodivergent high schoolers, high schoolers with disabilities, and their families/supporters. Free. Learn more and register.


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