NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- On Mexican Independence Day, Sunday, September 16th, the New Rochelle Public Library (NRPL) will celebrate the rich cultural traditions, culture and flavors of Mexico with a large family-friendly fiesta that will also launch the library’s 2012 “Big Read”-- a community-wide reading of Sun, Stone and Shadows: 20 Great Mexican Short Stories. The free event, which is organized in conjunction with Calaveras y Diablitos, a local group of Mexican artists, will be held on Library Green, at Lawton and Huguenot Streets, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm.Read more
Two exciting proposals, two unique visions and one giant collaborative effort to revitalize the New Rochelle Armory in an adaptive re-use project were presented and welcomed by City Council inside chamber doors at City Hall. Both project teams consisted of professional knowledgeable members, many of them local residents of New Rochelle thus reinforcing a drive and enthusiasm to preserve the Armory to provide something unparalleled to anything else.Read more
The New Rochelle Public Library’s 29th annual International Music and Dance series will conclude on Tuesday, August 7th at 7:00 pm, with a performance by the Bokandeye African Dance and Drum Troupe. Directed by Anthony Wooden, the troupe performs dances that relate the rich cultural traditions of African villages, and includes his students of all ages.
The International Music and Dance series highlights New Rochelle’s richly diverse population by showcasing the cultural arts of various peoples. Geared for families, the colorful and entertaining performances frequently include audience participation. Admission is free and limited to the capacity of the library’s Ossie Davis Theater, on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6:45 pm.
Bokandeye African-American Dance Theater was founded in 1994 by Anthony F. Wooden, Sr.Read more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The New Rochelle Public Library today announced that it has received a grant of $15,000 to host The Big Read in New Rochelle. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest. The New Rochelle Public Library is one of 78 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project in 2012-2013. The Big Read in New Rochelle will focus on Sun, Stone, and Shadows: Twenty Great Mexican Short Stories. Activities will take place between September 16th, when the project will be launched with a Fiesta Grande for Mexican Independence Day, through November 3rd, when New Rochelle High School will host a Day of the Dead exhibition and culminating program. The 2012-2013 Big Read will be the fifth “One City, One Book” project conducted by the library since 2007.Read more
The New Rochelle Public Library’s summer family film series, Disney Hit Parade, concludes on Monday, August 6th, at 6:00 pm, with Escape to Witch Mountain. The 1975 film stars Kim Richards, Eddie Albert, Ray Milland, and Donald Pleasence, and runs 97 minutes.
In the movie, two young orphans with psychic powers are lured to the mansion of evil millionaire Aristotle Bolt (Milland), who plans to exploit their clairvoyance for his own gain. The children escape and befriend a friendly camper (Albert) who helps them unravel the mystery of their origin.
There is no charge for the film, which is shown on the big screen of the air-conditioned Ossie Davis Theater.Read more
A rich kaleidoscope of dance pieces from different ethnic regions of China will be performed by members of the New York Chinese Cultural Center on Tuesday, July 31st, at 7:00 pm, as part of the library’s 29th annual International Music and Dance series. Dressed in full, traditional Chinese costumes, the dancers will perform “China Patterns”, a fun and engaging program that includes the Ribbon Dance, Sword Dance, Tibetan Dance and more. The free program is appropriate for all ages.Read more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The New Rochelle Public Library’s family film series, Disney Hit Parade, continues on Monday, July 30th at 6:00 pm, with the 1975 film, The Apple Dumpling Gang. The comedy stars Bill Bixby, Susan Clark, Don Knotts, and Tim Conway.
The story of the film involves three young orphans who stumble upon a huge golden nugget. They join forces with two bumbling outlaws (Knotts and Conway) to stage a robbery of the gold to fend off the greedy townspeople. Little do they know that a surly gang of sharpshooters plans to beat them to the draw!
The color film runs 100 minutes, and is shown on the big screen of the air-conditioned Ossie Davis Theater. There is no charge.
The library’s Disney Hit Parade series concludes on August 6th with a viewing of Escape to Witch Mountain.Read more
NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The New Rochelle Public Library’s “Dream Big!” theater programs for Wednesday, August 1st will feature programs for films for the younger children at 10:30 am, and a live show for children ages 5 and older at 2:00 pm.
Curious George – “Sweet Dreams will be shown in the Ossie Davis Theater Films, beginning at 10:30 am. This compilation of films stars the beloved children's character Curious George through over 90-minutes worth of adventures. The eight episodes include "Night of the Wiener Dog", "Movie House Monkey", Say Goodnight, George”, “Hundley's Great Escape”, “The Big Sleepy”, “Red Sky at Night”, “Monkey's Delight”, “Curious George and the Invisible Sound”, and “Water to Ducks”. The movies are rated G and are appropriate for ages 2 – 5 years.Read more