News from the Library
September 3, 2020
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Fall is on the Horizon
Now that we'll soon be headed into fall, here are some cookbooks that might be of interest:

Kids heading back to school? Need some inspiration for lunch at work? Find some fresh ideas here.

While we're all being urged to focus on outdoor activities why not look for some inspiration here?

Who can resist a homemade pie? Maybe use some apples picked from a local orchard!

As the weather turns to crisp fall days, you can't go wrong with soup.

Slow cooker recipes for busy days.
Gardeners might like to take a look at one of these two books:

If you're looking for fall activities, you might want to consider apple picking. "Where To Go Apple Picking with Kids in Westchester and the Hudson Valley" gives details on where and when to go. From Westchester Magazine "Great Westchester Bike Trails To Get You Out of Hibernation" highlights some places to go, while Westchester Parks' "Trailways For Hiking and Biking" provides maps and other information for those looking for some exercise. 

When the leaves start to turn the NY Fall Foliage Report will let you know when and where to find the most colorful displays.                                        

Want to be a "Leaf Peeper?" Click here to volunteer for New York State's Fall Foliage Program. A fun opportunity to observe the wonders of nature and be featured on the official I Love NY website.

To explore on your own, check out these titles: Day Trips from Hudson Valley: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler by Randi Minetor and Wild New York: A Celebration of Our State's Natural Beauty by Charles Brumley.
Teen Summer Reading Has Never Been More Undead
Imagine your story... surviving a zombie apocalypse. What would you do? Our Teen Summer Reading "Imagine Your Story: I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse" raffle basket winner, Isaac R., will be busy keeping calm and reading on apparently. All the while enjoying his loot of candies, Zombie Fart cotton candy, an emergency ration of ramen noodle, and other goodies. Last we heard, Isaac has been busy reading his Zombie Survivor's Guide and sharing his newfound knowledge with his family. (Hint: Zombies are totally dead-set on achieving their goals.) As we lay this year's summer reading program to rest, we hope you'll join us next year!
A Tribute to Karen S. Allen
The New Rochelle Public Library lost one of its most dedicated and inspiring patrons last week, when Karen S. Allen passed away. Karen loved the library with all her heart, and her actions continually showed her passion for all the library has to offer. She was a voracious reader, an active participant in many of our programs - particularly if they involved classical music or local history. Her affinity for the two led her on a steadfast mission to research and relate the life of New Rochelle native, Ellabelle Davis, who was one of the first African American women to perform on the stages of major concert halls. Karen wrote a superb opera and a book about Ellabelle, "The Gentle Lark of New Rochelle." With Billie Tucker, her subsequent Tutti Bravi productions that highlighted the rich history of New Rochelle and Westchester delighted audiences in the library's Ossie Davis Theater. Behind the scenes, she devoted hours to helping with the local history collection and considerable energy and funds to purchase important images, documents and recordings to enhance the collection. We recently processed over 500 vintage postcards that Karen collected and donated to NRPL over the years. These wonderful images trace the growth of the community she adopted with unwavering spirit and fondness. 

Karen was an incredibly kind, generous and enlightened individual who will be greatly missed by all of us at NRPL. Click here to read Karen's obituary.
Library Closings
New Rochelle Public Library and Huguenot Children's Library will be closed on Saturday, September 5 through Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day
Three Ways to Get Materials from NRPL
1. Curbside Pickup 
Click here to learn how you can put materials on hold, and pick them at the Lawton Street Entrance or at Huguenot Children's Library when they are ready.

2. Browsability Sessions
We have thirteen 2-hours slots during which you can come into the library to browse for materials. Click here for the details.

3. Online Materials - Anytime!
Over the past few months we've added hundreds of new titles to our online catalogs, and continue to do so. Use your library card to access digital materials through our Overdrive, Hoopla, Bookflix, and other online collections. Check them out here!
Foundation Directory Online Available Remotely Through 12/31/20!
Are you involved with a non-profit? Trying to search for grants from home? Through December 31st you can access Candid's ( Foundation Directory Online with your NRPL card with this link.

The New Rochelle Public Library can also assist you with funding searches directly. Contact us here for help: Phone: 914 813 3737 or email
Election Information
Confused about the three ways you can vote this year? The County Board of Election's website has all the answers.

Here's some of their information concerning dates and deadlines.
The Polls will be open on General Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, from 6 am to 9 pm. 

Registration deadline: The last day to register to vote for the Nov. 3 General Election is Oct. 9, 2020 in person or by postmark. Change of Address deadline: Any change of address (within Westchester County) must be received by Oct.14, 2020. 

All registered voters may apply for an Absentee Ballot due to risk or fear of illness including COVID-19 as one of the valid reasons by checking the temporary illness or physical disability box on the absentee ballot application. Voters may apply by in person, e-mail, fax or mail. For absentee applications received by e-mail or fax, the deadline is close of business on Oct. 27, 2020. Absentee applications received by postal mail with a postmark on or before Oct. 27 must be processed. After Oct. 27, voters may apply in person through Nov. 2; or by early voting from Oct. 24 to Nov. 1. 

Need an absentee ballot application? Click here to request your ballot today or pick one up at the library during a browsing session. All returned absentee ballots received by postal mail must be postmarked no later than Nov. 3, 2020. (General Election Day) 

All completed ballots can be dropped off at any of these locations: Board of Elections Office at 25 Quarropas St., White Plains, NY; any early voting poll site from Saturday, Oct. 24th through Sunday, Nov. 1st; or at any Election Day poll site on Election Day, Nov. 3rd.