New Rochelle Public Library
Friday Night Concert Series:
Wayne Henderson Sextet
Friday, September 8, 7 pm
Get ready for an unforgettable night of jazz as The Wayne Henderson Sextet takes the stage. This talented ensemble showcases an exciting fusion of jazz genres, ranging from swing and be-bop to Latin and big band classics. With virtuosic performances on piano, bass, and brass by some of the tri-states’ most accomplished musicians, this show promises an entertaining mix that jazz enthusiasts won’t want to miss. Location: Ossie Davis Theater. Registration requested at

NRPL Knitting Club
Friday, September 29,
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join professional knitter Stephanie Lieberman Paley for a drop in knitting class. Bring a project you are working on or start something new if you wish. Stephanie will be here to guide you through your project. All levels welcome. You must bring your own supplies. Location: Meeting 

A Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta with Mariachi Mexico Internacional
Saturday, September 30, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
The authentic sound of Mexican music fills the library and will get us in the mood to sing, dance and celebrate! After the performance, families can head to the Children’s Room for a hands-on art project to take home. Location: Ossie Davis Theater

All events take place at the New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle unless otherwise noted. In addition to the programs listed below, daily programs for children and teens can be found on the NRPL online calendar at As always, all programs are FREE and open to all!

Pre-School Fun and Fitness
Thursday, September 7, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Children and their caregivers are inspired to “Get Moving” in this fun-filled hour of movement, games and healthy eating and lifestyle tips, conducted by the health & fitness team from Montefiore New Rochelle Woman, Infant and Children (WIC) Program. Drop in. No registration required. Space is limited; first come-first-served. Location: Meeting Room

Chair Yoga
Mondays, September 11 and 25, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Wednesdays, September 6, 13, and 27, 1 – 2 pm
Conquer stress and fatigue, and bring renewed energy and focus to your day with a gentle yet invigorating session of chair yoga. No need to change clothing or lie on a mat. Free. Drop in. Space is limited. First come. First served. Location: Meeting Room

Civics Class for Citizenship Test
Saturdays, September 9 & 23, 1 – 3 pm
Drop into our FREE, in-person class to learn the process for becoming a citizen of the United States, including how to prepare for the naturalization interview and test. Led by experienced instructor, Sonica Dixon. Drop in. Location: 2nd Floor Conference room

Thomas Paine: Common Sense
Saturday September 9, 2 pm
Sunday September 10, 2 pm
Tutti Bravi Productions, Inc. in collaboration with the New Rochelle Public Library, presents
Thomas Paine: Common Sense, an original musical written by John Taylor Thomas of New Rochelle. The performance centers on the influential life of the political activist, philosopher, writer and patriot who lived out his later years on his farm in New Rochelle. Some of the historical figures who gave birth to our country are also brought to life in this spirited production. Location: Ossie Davis Theater. Registration requested at

Tween Book Discussion
Tuesday, September 12, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Join us for snacks, trivia, and to chat about this month’s book discussion pick, Twins by Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright. Registration for each discussion begins four weeks before each discussion date. The first ten registrants will be given a free copy of the book! To register, call 914-813-3716 or ask at the Desk in the Children’s Room. Location: Children’s Room

Women and Money Roundtable (Virtual)
Wednesday, September 13, 1 pm
The Women and Money series is a virtual, monthly financial literacy program designed to educate women of any age about the financial matters that affect their lives. The program provides information, resources, learning activities and moderators to educate and create a safe and welcoming place for women to learn, share their experiences, and ask questions. Registration required at or call or phone 914-813-3706

Interpreting Your Dreams (Virtual)
Wednesday, September 13, 7 pm
Hidden within our dreams are personal insights that make us better problem-solvers, smarter decision-makers, and masters at managing stress. Join virtually with author Layne Dalfen, “The Dream Analyst”, as she guides us in understanding our sophisticated unconscious mind and the problem-solving we do each night as we sleep. Layne has appeared on NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, and is a contributor to Psychology Today, Oprah Magazine and Huffington Post. Registration required at

NYC Virtual Walking Tour: Immigration and the Lower East Side (Virtual)
Thursday, September 14, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Between 1892 and 1924, 12 million people passed through Ellis Island; two-thirds of them went immediately to Manhattan’s Lower East Side. This virtual tour explores historic patterns of immigration in the city, from the Germans and Irish in the mid-19th century through the waves of Eastern European and Jewish immigrants and the peak years of Ellis Island. Learn about the area’s architecture, culture, religion, food, and relationship with Manhattan’s burgeoning Chinatown through a mix of contemporary and historic photographs depicting tenement life, street markets, sweatshops, labor rallies, and the great mix of people that jammed Manhattan’s most crowded neighborhood. Featured on the tour: Typical tenement housing * traditional Jewish food vendors (and their modern successors) * the Henry Street Settlement * the Jewish Daily Forward building * Seward Park and the Seward Park Library * storefront synagogues * the Eldridge Street synagogue * the Williamsburg Bridge * the Kletzker Brotherly Aid Association * the Bialystoker Synagogue * Kahila Kedosha Janina. Registration required at This program is co-sponsored by Somers Library and Pelham Library.

NRPL Film Series: OUT OF THE PAST (1947)
Saturday, September 16, 2 pm
A tough private eye is caught in a complex web of love, money and murder when he is hired to find a hood’s homicidal girlfriend – but then falls in love with her. Starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas; Directed by Jacques Tourneur – 97 mins. Location: Ossie Davis Theater. This film is part of the Fall 2023 NRPL Film Series: FILM NOIR. In this series, New Rochelle librarian and film historian Chris Poggiali will introduce and discuss four classics of film noir, the moody, dark, and dangerous crime dramas that emerged from the Hollywood studios in the 1940s and ‘50s. Registration requested at

Adult Art Workshop: Scratch Art
Friday, September 22, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Create autumn-themed pictures with a sophisticated version of scratch art using clear film over colored paper. All materials provided. Drop in. Location: Meeting Room

NYS Emergency Preparedness Workshop
Tuesday, September 26, 6:30 pm
Learn how to prepare for any type of disaster including developing a family emergency plan and stocking up on emergency supplies. Location:Ossie Davis Theater. Registration requested at Program designed by New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES)

Teen Knitting Club
Thursday, September 28, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Join professional knitter Stephanie Lieberman Paley for a drop in knitting class. Bring a project you are working on or start something new if you wish. Stephanie will be here to guide you through your project. All levels welcome. New to knitting? Beginner instruction provided.
You must bring your own supplies. Location: Meeting Room. Registration required at

GED and High School Equivalency (HSE) Orientation Sessions
Saturday, September 30, 2023
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
A trained instructor explains the options available for getting a high school equivalency diploma and prepares adult learners to reach their goals. Referral to local programs, as well as assessment to identify starting points, and free one-to-one tutoring are among the next steps. Drop in. Free. Questions? Contact Denise Link,, 914-813-3703. Location: BTOP Room, 2nd Floor

Butterfly Science
Saturday, September 30, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Come have fun with Little Baby Caterpillar! It’s a sensory learning song and movement exploration of the life cycles of our butterfly friends taught by a Pediatric OT Professional. Hands-on craft and book included. FREE! Ages Pre-K – 1st grade. Location: Huguenot Children’s Library, 794 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10804