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June 9, 2022


Celebrating Freedom

Juneteenth is the United States' second Independence Day. It commemorates the emancipation of African Americans from enslavement and is a celebration of Freedom. It is a time to gather with loved ones and reflect upon the past, assess our present, and plan ways to build an even brighter future. Browse our Juneteenth book list, or visit our display on the first floor of the main Library. For additional information about Juneteenth, click here

Celebrating Juneteenth Through Food

While Juneteenth started as yearly local celebrations in Texas, it is now celebrated across the country. Check out our collection of cookbooks with great recipes for your family and community celebration. Learn more about the traditioonal foods of Juneteenth here

Old Glory

Flag Day is June 14, 2022. Learn more about the significance of this day by borrowing a book from this selected reading list, or for an online experience, click here


Tackle the Times


Join our Crossword Coach Virtual program on Tuesday, June 14, 6:30 - 7:30 pm for tips for making solving the puzzle fun, not frustrating. An enjoyable and interactive way to connect with other puzzlers. Register online here.

Celebrate Juneteeth at NRPL

We kicked off the Library's Juneteenth celebrations today with a children's quilt making workshop. Children created beautiful quilt squares which will be incorporated into a community quilt. 

Thank you to Judith Weber, and Cynthia Reid for designing and leading this program (with assistance from Madi Burton and Tobe Sevush.) Be sure to stop by City Hall on Sunday, June 19 for more Juneteenth festivities, including another chance for kids of all ages to make quilt squares. 

View "A Retrospective of the Lincoln Avenue Corridor - 1900's to 1960's" in the Lumen Winter Gallery, June 4 - 24, during regular Library hours. Presented by The Lincoln Park Conservancy

Join us on Friday, June 17, 7:00 pm for "I Hear Music in the Air" Gospel Fest, a Gospel Choir Concert, featuring the music of PURPOSE from Bethesda Baptist Church of New Rochelle, Pastor Ronell Fuller & the Band, Promise Land Community Church Choir, and Sistas in Christ. 

The celebration continues Monday, June 20, 1:00 pm with a Bokandeye African Dance Workshop for children ages 6 and up. At 2:30 pm, children and adults will be thrilled and enlightened by the rich and colorful history of West Africa through dance, rhythm, song and theater as performed by the Bokandeye Dance Troupe. Register for the workshop here and the performance here. Click here for printable flyer of all NRPL Juneteenth events. 

Our Summer Reading Kickoff Party is Just 2 Weeks Away. 

Sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge, "Oceans of Possibilities" at our kickoff party with NRBID on Saturday, June 25, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Kids will have a "fin-tastic" time meeting The Pout-Pout Fish, boogieing through the bubbles with the Bubble Bus, and so much more. Save the date and get ready to dive into the fun! Register here.

You may also register for programs by emailing, or calling 914-813-3706

An Action-Packed Summer Awaits..... 

We have more great programs coming this summer. Click here for a listing of children's daily summer programs at the Main Library and here for programs at the Huguenot Children's Library.

We are also excited to introduce our new summer series, Picnic Party in the Park, and the return of the renowned International Music and Dance Festival, presented in collaboration with the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District (NRBID) with funding support from The Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library. 

Visit our online calendar for details and registration.


The Great Outdoors!

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June 12th is National Get Outdoors Day! Make a trek to the library and find inspiration and adventure with these books that center on nature and being outside.

New Favorites with the Children's Room!

Miss Elizabeth shares her new favorite picture book biography, I Am Mozart Too: The Lost Genius of Maria Anna Mozart by Audrey Ades.This book details the life of Maria Anna Mozart, older sister of Wolfgang, who was a child prodigy and secret composer. 

Planes, Trains and Automobiles!

Well, not quite, but we are pleased to let you know we have brought back trains and toys, including puzzles, blocks and puppets, in the Children's Room!  All items will be properly sanitized afer each use. 

Children were thrilled to have access to these old favorites which had to be tucked away during the height of the pandemic. 

Homework Help on Hold

Homework Help will not be available Tuesday, June 14 - Tuesday, June 21 but will resume on Wednesday, June 22.

Read-Along Stories and More 

Tumblebooks enables young readers, and kids of all ages access to read-along stories and videos anywhere. There are language learning books, nonfiction about things like animals, history, science, biography books - and lots and lots of story books. 

New! FREE Notary Public Services

Need a document notarized? Notary Public Corey Link will be at the Library to notarize documents on Thursdays, June 23, July 21 andAugust 18, 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Stop by the BTOP room on the 2nd floor with your document(s) and a photo ID. First come. First served.

Happy Bloomsday!

NRPL Archivist David Rose unlocks a New Rochelle connection to Bloomsday (June 16), a secular holiday devoted to the art of reading. Intrigued? Read David's blog post here.  

Become a US Citizen. Prepare with FREE Civics Class


Learn the process to become a citizen and prepare for the naturalization interview and test. Classes take place virtually, Thursdays, June 16, July 7 and 21, 6:00 pm. Register here, or call 914-813-3703.

In the Community

Senior Law Day

Learn from professionals on Elder Law and other issues related to aging at Senior Law Day on Thursday, June 16, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm, including an opportunity to have a free, private consultation with attorneys and other professionals. Learn more. 

Eagle Scouts Honored

The New Rochelle Troop 15 Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held on June 4, honoring six Scouts who earned the Eagle Scout rank in the last two years. Among the honorees was Adam C. Thomas who renovated the Children’s Garden at the main branch of the Library in July 2020. The renovated Garden served as the perfect space to hold children's programs during the pandemic, and will be in full use again this summer. Thank you to Adam and his team of fellow scouts, friends, and family, who helped create a much needed, welcoming space for our children. 

Bloom & Grow 2 Begins Tomorrow!

Just in time for graduation, wedding, engagement and any other celebration, the the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District's (NRBID) Bloom&Grow2 runs Friday, June 10 - Friday June 17.

It's the trending healthy way to dine out, sip and celebrate in @NewRoDowntown.

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Main Library: 

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9 am – 8 pm

Wednesdays: 10 am - 6 pm

Fridays: 9 am - 5 pm

Saturdays: 10 am - 2 pm (June 25 – August 27)

Sundays: Closed (June 5 - through September 4)

Huguenot Children’s Library:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10 am - 5 pm 

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10 am - 6 pm

Saturdays – Closed (June 25 through September 3)

Sundays – Closed

The libraries will be closed Mondays, July 4 (Independence Day) and September 5 (Labor Day)


Visit the NRPL calendar to learn about upcoming programs and events including children's activities, yoga, computer classes, community resource visits and more.

June Computer Classes


Build your computer skills in our small, hands-on classes. Click here for June class schedule.

Coming Up Next Week.....

6/10/22, Social Media 101

6/11/22, Friends Bookstore open

6/11/22, Sing Your Heart Out Rehearsal

6/11/22, Wayne Henderson Sextet

6/12/22, Library closed

6/13/22, Chair Yoga

6/13/22, Introduccion al Uso de Microsoft Word

6/14/22, Crossword Coach 

6/15/22, Teen Arts & Crafts: Juneteenth Wristbands

6/15/22, Chair Yoga

6/15/22, Health Care Navigators

6/16/22, Computer Basics III: Email

6/16/22, Create your own Flyers or Postcards

6/16/22, Civics Class

This is just a sample of upcoming programs.

Check the NRPL calendar for the full listing of and details about all NRPL programs and events.

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