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May 12, 2022

The annual vote to adopt the 2022-2023 New Rochelle Public Library budget and to elect one New Rochelle Public Library trustee will take place on Tuesday, May 17, from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, at the city’s school district polling places. 


Celebrating Haiti

May 18 is Haitian Flag Day, which celebrates the creation of the Haitian flag and the revolution that gained their freedom from France. Borrow one of these books to learn more about this inspiring island nation, or stop by the first floor to browse our collection. Or try fiction written by one of Haiti’s noted authors including Edwidge Danticat who lived in New Rochelle at one time, and was often seen at NRPL.

To discover more about the tumultuous and inspiring history of this nation, click here.

It's A Bird. It's..... 

World Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Grab your binoculars and head outside to be part of one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas – bird migration. We have a great selection of books about our feathered friends here


Tonight! New Virtual Program: Mindfulness Meditation for Sleep, Health and Rest 

End your day with a relaxing mindfulness meditation. This virtual program, Thursdays, May 12, 19 and 26, 7:00 pm, will introduce you to the basics of mindful breathing to promote rest, repose and renewal , and techniques to promote restful sleep. Registration required

Before Co-op City, There Was Freedomland

Join us in person or virtually on Saturday, May 14, 2:00 pm for an information-filled, historical presentation about Freedomland U.S.A., an American history theme park located in the Bronx on the site where Co-op City is now located.

Learn about park, its rise and fall, and much more with Michael Virgintino, author of Freedomland USA: The Definitive History. Register here to attend in-person, or here to join virtually.

Sound Shore Chorale Spring Celebration Concert

The Sound Shore Chorale will present its “Spring Celebration Concert” on Sunday, May 15, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Under the direction of Richard Slade, the talented group of professional and amateur vocalists will perform a menu of uplifting choral classics including the music of Purcell, Pachabel and works by other masters. Register here.

Sing Your Heart Out Workshop Returns

Music maestro Robert Puleo returns to NRPL to lead the Spring session of the “Sing Your Heart Out!” Workshop. Under Robert's leadership, participants will attain the confidence required to sing, and--most importantly--how to have fun throughout the entire 'learning to sing' process! Rehearsals begin Monday, May 16. Learn more and register.

Namaste. Yoga and Meditative Arts

Yoga and Meditation

Our next session of Yoga & Meditation take place Tuesday, May 17, 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Enjoy a gentle 45 minute yoga class followed by a 45 minute creative meditation. Led by Angela Taylor. Register online here.

Additional sessions will be held Monday, June 6 and Thursday, 23. Please register for individual sessions by visiting our online calendar, finding the event, double clicking and proceeding with registration.

In Observance of Asian American Pacific Islander Month.. 

Join us on Wednesday, May 18, 7:00 pm for this virtual program about Manzanar National Historic Site. Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps where the US government incarcerated Japanese-American citizens during WWll. A park ranger will discuss the experiences of the detainees. Register here

And There's More... Sign Up Today!

May 22, Global Jazz Community All Star Female Band Concert

June 4, Film Series: Helter Skelter

June 9, Pre-Juneteenth Celebration: Art Workshop

June 14, Crossword Coach

June 17, Juneteenth Celebration: Gospel Concert

June 20, Bokandeye Dance Workshop and Performance

Visit our online calendar for details and registration.

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

New Favorites with the Children's Room!

Miss Susan takes a break from her undercover mission to share her new favorite installment in this young reader's series, Secret Spy Society by Veronica Mang.

Panels & Pages!

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Check out these fun comics and graphic novels for kids here!

Calling All Future Scientists and Engineers!

Children in grades 3 to 5 will engage in fun STEAM activities and experiments, using problem-solving skills and the scientific method to theorize and test outcomes in a supportive and friendly environment. The remaining sessions take place Thursdays, May 19 and 26, 4:00 pm. Drop in for as many sessions as you like!

Homework Help is Back

Our tutor is ready to help your child (grades K- 5), with reading and homework, Mondays and Tuesdays, 4:40 - 8:00 pm, Wednesdays, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, and Thursdays, 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Click here for printable flyer.

Last Chance for Chess

The last session of chess instruction for children ages 6-12 will be this Saturday, May 14, 10:30 am.  Free. No registration needed. Space is limited. First come. First served.

A Look Back..

Happy Birthday, Peter Rabbit! At this week's Preschool Story Time at HCL, we celebrated the 120th birthday of Peter Rabbit! We wore rabbit ears, heard the story of Peter and his sisters, and decorated a rabbit necklace.

Visit the official home of Peter Rabbit where you will find lots of fun activities, and check out all of these Peter Rabbit books!

This week at HCL, children made "opposite rain sticks" that call down the sun instead of the rain (if you chant "rain rain go away" in our

STEAM Along with Toddlers program. We think we will have a lot of sunny days now!

Free Covid-19 Test Kits at NRPL

The Library continues to give out free at-home Covid-19 test kits. Patrons may receive up to 4 test kits by visiting the first floor information desk during regular library hours. Kits will be distributed as long as supplies last.

An Eclectic Mix of Virtual Programs

New York State Library Public Programming provides a great mix of free, virtual and open to the public programs. Take a look at what's coming up

May Holiday Closings

The Libraries will be closed:

Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day

Our digital resources are available 24/7.


Our Children, Our Artists is Back at NRPL

After a two year hiatus due to the pandemic, the 39th annual Our Children, Our Artists exhibit is on view in the Lumen Winter Gallery. It was a packed house and joyous crowd for the elementary school awards ceremony which took place Wednesday, May 11; the young artists' work will be up through May 15. Middle and high school students' art will be exhibited May 20 through June 2, and the awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 25, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 pm

Fill 'Er Up at Our New Bottle Filling Stations

We said goodbye to our water fountains and installed new water bottle filling stations - one in the Children's room (on the first floor) and one by each elevator bank on the second and third floors. 

Get a FREE I LOVE NRPL sticker (while supplies last) for your reusable water bottle by emailing, with your name and zip code. Pick up your sticker at the information desk on the first floor, three business days after submitting your request. 

Send a photo of your bedecked bottle to, or tag us on social, @n.r.p.l. 

Radio Show

Tune In Tuesday!

The next New Rochelle Public Library On The Air on WVOX-AM 1460 (and airs this Tuesday, May 17 at noon. Listeners can join the conversation by calling 914-636-0110 when hosts Haina Just-Michael, Tom Geoffino and special guests talk everything libraries with a specific focus on NRPL. 

Spring ESL Classes

English as a second language Beginner classes, are held at the New Rochelle Public Library, and online. Learn more here.

In the Community

Wayne Henderson Jazz Concert This Weekend

Wayne Henderson Sextet

The Wayne Henderson Sextet is back at the Library on Saturday, May 14, 5:30 pm 

FBI Teen Summer Academy. Apply Now.

The FBI Teen Academy program allows high school students an opportunity to get a comprehensive look into today’s FBI. Apply here

Help Shape the Work That Will Impact Your Health

County Health Departments are conducting a survey to better understand how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the health and well-being of people in the Hudson Valley. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey

Visit the NRPL calendar to learn about upcoming programs and events including children's activities, yoga, computer classes, community resource visits and more.
May 2022 Computer Classes
Build your computer skills in our small, hands-on classes. Click here for May class schedule.

Coming Up Next Week.....

5/13/22, Yoga Tots(HCL)

5/13/22, Teen VR Game Night

5/14/22, Chess For Kids

5/14/22, Freedomland USA

5/15/22, Sound Shore Chorale Concert

5/16/22, Introduction to Microsoft Word

5/16/22, Chair Yoga

5/17/22, Library Budget Vote and Trustee Election

5/17/22, NRPL Radio Show

Teen Board Game Night

5/18/22, Chair Yoga

5/18/22, Health Care Navigators 

5/18/22, Teen Arts & Crafts: Watercolor

5/19/22, Introduction to Email

5/19/22, STEAM Ahead (for children grades 3-5)

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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