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Downtown is chock-full of activities and events twelve months of the year. Also check Entertainment, Movie Listings and the New Rochelle Public Library calendar. Note: Events listed are subject to change. Check calendar monthly for updates. View our Event Gallery!

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SEPTEMBER 2014
September 17, 2014 - September 18, 2016
Fleur De Lis Parade
Fifteen fleur-de-lis sculptures -- five-foot- tall fiberglass sculptures, each individually decorated by a local artist -- are installed around downtown New Rochelle , a project which grew out of the city’s 325th anniversary celebration. The project is a collaboration between the the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) ,New Rochelle Council on the Arts, and the City of New Rochelle.

JANUARY 2015
January 6, 2015 - February 7, 2015
EXHIBIT Captured in Cloth: Fabric Collages of Leni Wiener
Features photo-inspired fabric collages that depict captured moments in time, created by artist Leni Levenson Wiener. Each piece triggers the viewer’s imagination, evoking rich stories and colorful personalities. Library’s Lumen Winter Gallery during library hours, January 6 – Saturday, February 7

January 10, 2015 - February 21, 2015
Family Workshops: African Dance - Seven Saturdays: January 10 – February 21
Anthony Wooden, Director of Bokandeye African Dance and Drum Troupe returns to the library for another series of free African dance workshops for children ages 7 and up, as well as their parents. This popular series, now a tradition at the library, provides instruction of native African dance, while also instilling an understanding of the rich cultural meanings of the movements, rhythms and dress, African village life, and the role of the extended family. Registration will take place at the first class. Culminating Performance: Saturday February 21 at 2:00 p.m.

January 28, 2015 - February 25, 2015
Family Reading Workshops: Exploring African-American Traditions an Experiences through Picture Books Three Wednesdays: January 28, February 11, and February 25, 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
In conjunction with our exhibit of James Ransome’s illustrations, families are invited to discover the beauty and messages gained from children’s picture with African-American themes. Vicki Rashbaum will lead the sessions for parents in the library’s Meeting Room, while their children (ages Pre-K through Grade 5 only) will be engaged in the stories in the children’s room, (the library is closed on Wednesday evenings.) Ms. Rashbaum, a social worker at Barnard School, has been inspiring children and parents to enjoy reading (and they have inspired her!) for the past 20 years. Free. Participants need not attend all three session, but space is limited and registration is necessary. Please call (914) 813-3706.

FEBRUARY 2015
February 8, 2015 - February 28, 2015
Visual Stories: Fine Art of James Ransome - Sunday, February 8 - Friday, February 28
Features over 50 paintings created during the artist’s career as a children’s book illustrator. James Ransome is a Hudson Valley-based children's book artist best known for chronicling African-American history. The exhibit will also include two of Ransome's dummy books, four preliminary tracing paper drawings and color studies, enabling visitors to follow the progression of an illustrated book from concept to final paintings. Lumen Winter Gallery during library hours.

February 8, 2015
Artist Talk and Reception: James Ransome - Sunday, February 8, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
James Ransome will discuss his career and his work, and collaborations with his wife, author Lesa Cline-Ransom. James was named one of 75 “authors and illustrators everyone should know” by The Children’s Book Council. He has won numerous awards, including the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration and the NAACP Image Award for Illustration.

February 17, 2015
School Vacation Week Workshop: Build a Mini Greenhouse with ArchforKids February 17 - 11am-12:30pm
School Vacation Week Workshop: Build a Mini Greenhouse with ArchforKids February 17 - 11am-12:30pm Where and how does your garden grow? Construct a tabletop greenhouse of your very own. Participants will be given seeds and soil to grow a variety of plants for their spring gardens. Recommended for children ages 6 and above, caregivers welcome too. Workshop led by ArchForKids, which provides fun, hands-on experiences grounded in architecture and design. Main Library Meeting Room. First-come, first=served, beginning at 10:45 am. Made possible by the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library.

February 17, 2015
School Vacation Week LEGO Workshop - Tuesday, February 17, 2pm - 3pm
A LEGO® master will help participants ages 4 – 8 years unleash their imagination as they build a cool Bricks 4 Kidz® loop-d-loop model. Huguenot Children’s Library. Pre-registration required: 632-8954. Made possible by the Partnership for the Huguenot Children’s Library.

February 18, 2015
School Vacation Week Film: Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin... and more Stories for Young Musicians - Feb 18 11am - 12pm
A lone trombone playing solo is joined by various instruments, one by one, to create a joyous music performance in the lead story Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin. Other stories include Musical Max, by Robert Kraus; The Star Spangled Banner, illustrated by Richard Spier and performed by Aretha Franklin; Keeping House, written by Wendy Smith; and Apartment Three, written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats. For children ages 3 and up. 60 minutes. Ossie Davis Theater, Main Library.

February 18, 2015
School Vacation Week Live Performance: Peter and the Wolf and Meet the Woodwinds! - Wednesday, February 18, 2:00 – 2:50 pm
Wonderful music performed by the Lehman Woodwind Quintet, with a narrator, relates the classic tale of a boy’s colorful adventure in the forest. The spirited young Peter, his grumbling grandfather, fabulous forest friends, and the menacing wolf come alive, to the delight of all audience members. The performance will involve lots of audience interaction and fun. A great introduction to musical instruments! Appropriate for children in Pre-K and up. Ossie Davis Theater, Main Library. Made possible by the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library.

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