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The New Rochelle Public Library is hosting a variety of Juneteenth programs between now and June 24 as part of New Rochelle's citywide Juneteenth Celebration presented by The Lincoln Park Conservancy and The City of New Rochelle.
On Thursday, June 9, 4:00 pm, children can get a head start on New Rochelle’s Juneteenth Celebration at a pre- Juneteenth Children’s Community Quilt Making Workshop. Inspired by Juneteenth colors and patterns, children ages 6-10 will cut, color, and paste their individual creative ideas to become a part of the final quilt. All materials will be provided. Registration requested at bit.ly/Junteenth_Quilt_06_2022
On Friday, June 17, 2022, 7:00 pm the Library, in partnership with the New Rochelle Municipal Housing Authority, is hosting “I Hear Music in the Air” Gospel Fest, a gospel choir concert featuring the music of PURPOSE from Bethesda Baptist Church of New Rochelle, Pastor Ronell Fuller & the Band, Promise Land Community Church Choir, and Sistas in Christ.
On Monday, June 20, 2022, when children are off from school for the observance of Juneteenth, the Library is hosting two events with Bokandeye African American Dance Theater. At 1:00 pm, children ages 6 years and up are invited to learn basic traditional West African dance movements in a one hour workshop. Registration requested at bit.ly/BkndyWorkshop_06_2022. At 2:30 pm, Bokandeye African Dance Theater professionals will perform, highlighting the rich and colorful history of West Africa through dance, rhythm, song and theater. Registration requested at bit.ly/BkndyPerform_06_2022
Presented by The Lincoln Park Conservancy, “A Retrospective of the Lincoln Avenue Corridor - 1900s - 1960s”, an exhibit depicting New Rochelle’s Black Enclave that became the center of the first desegregation case fought and won in a northern city, will be on display in the Lumen Winter Gallery through June 24, 2022.
The art workshop will take place in the 1st floor meeting room and the gospel and Bokandeye programs will take place in the Ossie Davis Theater at the Main Library, 1 Library Plaza. All events are free and open to the public.
The New Rochelle Public Library (NRPL) is a community resource that seeks to improve the life of every citizen in our city. The Library offers a comprehensive print and digital collection that includes retrospective and current materials, up-to-date technology for public use, and a wide range of community services and programs tailored to a diverse audience. Chartered in 1894, NRPL is a school-district library with its own operating budget and a Board of Trustees composed of seven elected members. It has served the 79,000 residents of New Rochelle from its Main Library building in the downtown business district since 1979. A smaller branch, located in the park in front of the New Rochelle High School, was restored through a grassroots effort and currently operates as the Huguenot Children’s Library. Learn more at nrpl.org