NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Elementary school-aged children in Pre-K through Grade 5 are invited to participate in a variety of free programs being held at the main New Rochelle Public Library and the Huguenot Children’s Library during spring vacation week. These programs are made possible by the generosity of the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library and the Partnership for the Huguenot Children’s Library, both 501c3 non-profit organizations.
Spring has Sprung Gardening Adventure will take place on Monday, March 30th, from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm in the meeting room of the main library. Children in grades 2 – 5 will help get the library’s Adventure Garden ready for planting, and be given the opportunity to plant seeds to grow at home. Participation is on a first-come, first-served, beginning at 1:15 pm.
A Family Craft Bonanza on Tuesday, March 31st, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, in the meeting room of the main library, will be a fabulous craft field day for children in Pre-K and up, and their parent or caregiver. The library will provide a great variety of supplies, tools and guidance. Participants may drop-in at any time to decorate a tile, concoct a sand art container, fashion some jewelry, bind miniature booklets, create a mural, design a mask – or chose from other terrific, fun projects.
On Tuesday afternoon, a Performance for Preschoolers with Evan Gottlieb will entertain and enrich children ages 2 – 6 years in the Huguenot Children’s Library Lower Level, at 1:00 pm. The popular Children’s entertainer musician brings music and merriment to each of his lively, fun-filled programs. Participation is on a first-come, first-served, beginning at 12:45 pm.
April Fool’s Day is on Wednesday, April 1st, and the library has cooked-up a perfect program to celebrate. A Magic & Comedy Show with Jim McClenahan will feature the antics of the beloved
magician-comedian. Jim always delights all ages with his side-splitting humor and fabulous tricks. Due the popularity of his show, two performances are being offered in the Ossie Davis Theater of the main library, at 11:00 am and at 2:00 pm. Both are on a first-come, first-served basis, to the 138-seat capacity of the theater. One performance per person, please.
On Thursday, April 2nd, a Happy Birthday Hans Christian Andersen! Movie Marathon in the Ossie Davis Theater of the main library will celebrate the extraordinary storyteller with favorite films based on his tales. From 11:00 am – 12:05 pm, a series of short Films from Picture Books inspired by Hans Christian Andersen fairytales will include The Emperors’ New Clothes (by Nadine Bernard Westcott); The Ugly Duckling (illustrated by Jerry Pinkney), The Swineherd (illustrated by Bjorn Winblad),and Nightingale (illustrated by Michael Sporn). At 1:00 pm, The Little Mermaid will be shown. The 1989 Disney classic, based on a fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, involves Ariel, the teen-aged daughter of Triton, King of the Sea. The film runs 83 minutes. At 3:00 pm, the 2014 Disney film, Frozen, will be the marathon’s finale. Based on Hans Christian Andersen's beloved fairy tale The Snow Queen, the film takes place in the kingdom of Arendelle, which is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa. The film runs 102 minutes.