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New Rochelle Library February Events

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Spend a few hours on a gray February day or evening in a great adult or kid’s program. Good ideas for Winter Break, too!

Thursday, February 16, 7:00 pm

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PITTMAN (1974) – This multiple Emmy-award winning TV movie stars Cicely Tyson as a woman in the South who was born into slavery in the 1850s and lives to become a part of the civil rights movement of the 1960s.  Based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines. Ossie Davis Theater, Free.

Saturday, February 18, 3:00 pm

Julia Breanetta Simpson performs Harlem on My Mind

Harlem on My Mind is a one-woman musical journey through the dynamic period in history known as the Harlem Renaissance. Created and performed by Julia Breanetta Simpson, Harlem On My Mind is directed by Shaunelle Perry with musical direction by Ken Levinsky. This dazzling show celebrates the music of ‘Duke’ Ellington, Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller, Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin and others. Along the way you will explore the poetry of Langston Hughes and encounter the larger than life personalities of Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters and Josephine Baker. Recommended for ages 12 and above. Ossie Davis Theater. Suggested donation: $2.00. Made possible by the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library. 

Sunday, February 19, 1:30 – 3:30 pm: Sunday Afternoon Music with Eric Jennings: My Favorite Puccini

The enchanting Soprano Geraldine McMillian-Wray returns to sings her favorite Puccini arias with host Professor Eric Jennings at the piano and narrating.  Ms. McMillian will give a taste of what it is like to have sung leading Puccini heroines at New York City Opera, around the country and around the world. First-come, first served seating to the 145-seat capacity of the Ossie Davis Theater. Suggested donation $2.00. Made possible by the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library.

Friday, February 20, 9:30 am – 11:00 am

League of Women Voters Coffee & Conversation

Keep informed about your community by meeting local officials and neighbors over coffee and light breakfast fare, in the Meeting Room of New Rochelle Public Library.

The New Rochelle Art Association is Celebrating 100 Year: NRAA President Jesse Sanchez will describe the incredible array of artists and their civic projects of the past century – and future.


Tuesday February 21, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

 February Vacation Week Program: Zoo Crafts

Take home a penguin, elephant, lizard, monkey or other cool animal you’ve made from our abundant array of materials! We’ll also supply the skilled guidance to help unleash the creative talents of children in Pre-K through Grade 5 in this drop-in craft session. Free. First come/first served to the 25-seat capacity of the library’s meeting room.


Wednesday February 22, 11:00 -11:45 am: February Vacation Week Program: “Talk to the Animals” with Animal Embassy

Take a trip around the world with a unique group of live, rescued animals, representing diverse habitats. Animals have many ways to communicate and Naturalist Chris Evers is a master at interpreting and even mimicking many of them. You too will learn how to grunt like a hippo, roar like a lion, trumpet like an elephant and more. Free. For children in Pre-K – Grade 5

(First come/first served to the 50-seat capacity of the theater’s stage and meeting room) 


Thursday Feb 23: February Vacation Week Programs: Family Films – Penguins!

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Meet Pingu and Chillin’ with Pingui

Welcome to the world of Pingu! Pingu is a charming and cheeky young penguin who lives in the snow and ice of the South Pole. The award-winning Pingu is a classic, stop-frame claymation series that appeals to millions of kids worldwide. We’re showing two fun-filled adventures of the lovable penguin. Rated G.

2:00 pm – 3:35: Mr. Popper’s Penguins

In this live-action family comedy film starring Jim Carrey, Thomas Popper’s life totally changes when, on the brink of the biggest deal of his career, he receives a gift of six unforgettable penguins, each with a distinct personality. Rated PG.

Both free films are shown in the Ossie Davis Theater of the New Rochelle Public Library.


Thursday, February 23, 7:00 pm    

4 LITTLE GIRLS (1997) – Spike Lee’s Academy Award-nominated documentary about the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, AL on September 15th, 1963, which took the lives of Addie Mae Collins (aged 14), Denise McNair (aged 11), Carole Robertson (aged 14), and Cynthia Wesley (aged 14).  “…brilliantly captures a moment in American history and tells an achingly painful story of injustice and family loss.” – San Francisco Chronicle. Ossie Davis Theater, Free.


Feb 24: February Vacation Week Programs: Two Live Performances

11:00 am: Singer, Songwriter & Entertainer Zev Haber           

One of our favorite children’s performers returns for another upbeat performance of funny stories, silly songs, and rousing audience participation.  For children ages 3 – 7 years and their parent or caregiver. (First-come, first-served, to the capacity of the 145-seat Ossie Davis Theater).

2:00 pm: Community Heroes – A Musical Adventure

“Fire! Fire! Hurry! Hurry!” by Andrea Zimmerman and “Officer Buckle and Gloria” by Peggy Rathmann are the two treasured books that come alive in this musical storytelling adventure.

The free program is presented by Concordia Conservatory faculty members Clare Hoffman, flutist, and Renee Redmond, storyteller. (First-come, first-served, to the capacity of the 145-seat Ossie Davis Theater).


BID Family Day: African Dance and Drum Performance

Saturday, February 25, 1:00 – 2:00 pm; Library’s Ossie Davis Theater

The fabulous culminating performance of the seven-week African Dance and Drum Workshops led by Anthony Wooden of Bokandeye Dance, starring members of his troupe.  The traditional movements and rhythms of African village life reverberate throughout the theater!   This annual event is always filled-to-capacity – so be sure to arrive early. Free; made possible by the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District, in conjunction with the City School District, Library and Parks & Recreation.

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