Library Offers Free Four-Day Summer Workshops for Children

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Special four-day workshops for elementary school children are being offered at the main New Rochelle Public Library in July and August. Designed to encourage participation in the Summer Reading Game, themed “Libraries Rock,” these free enrichment programs allow children to gain skills and knowledge while having great fun.  Pre-registration is highly recommended, by calling (914) 813-3706 or emailing The Mexican Dance Classes will accept registration the first day of the workshop.

“Your New Rochelle: It Rocks!” will be a marvelous mash-up of our community’s built and natural wonders through science, art, history, snacks & games. The workshop will take place on July 9, 10, 12 and 13, from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm, and is geared for children ages 6 – 12 years. Parents need to accompany children under 8 years.  Teachers, librarians and the New Rochelle city historian are teaming up to bring four packed-afternoons of fun-filled activities involving our amazing community. Adults are welcome to join their children. Sessions will include: “Explore our Amazing Downtown History” with a Guided Walking Tour; “Famous New Rochelle People – and You” with a visit to the Walk of Fame; “Secrets of the Library” including a Scavenger Hunt; and “Queen City of the Sound,” featuring a program by the Maritime Education Center. 

The popular ArchforKids group returns for 2 four-day “Draw It, Design It, Build It” architecture workshops, for children 7 – 12 years. Participants will investigate, explore, measure, estimate, design, draw, calculate, construct and have a great time solving problems with creativity and smarts! The first “Draw It, Design It, Build It” workshop will take place on July 16, 17, 19 and 20, from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm. The four-day workshop will allow budding architects to create replicas of some of New Rochelle’s fabulous downtown buildings, construct a structure strong enough to support a soccer ball – out of newspapers– build bridges, and then become a furniture designer to make a Chair for a bear! The second four-day workshop, on  August 20, 21, 23 and 24, from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm, will be a “charrette” to re-think and re-design the Ruby Dee Park in Library Green. Working in small groups, the ideas will be formulated for better or new uses for the park. Those great ideas will be turned into actual models, which will be displayed in the library’s lobby gallery. These workshops are made possible by the Friends of NRPL and Arts Westchester. Arts Alive grants are made possible by funds from the Decentralization Program (DEC), a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, administered by Arts Westchester.

Back by popular demand, Kids Tales will allow participants to spend four-days brainstorming, writing, and editing their own short stories, under the guidance of trained high school students. At the end of the week, the stories are assembled in a collection and published as an anthology on Children ages 8 – 12 years may select between two four-day sessions: July 23, 24, 26 and 27 or July 30, 31, August 2 and 3. Registration is required and participants need to attend all four sessions. 

The acclaimed Calpulli Mexican Dance Company is returning for a, eight-day immersion into the traditional dances and heritages of various parts of Mexico. The Mexican Dance Classes will take place on August 6, 7, 9, 10, 13, 14, 16 and 17. The classes for children ages 5 – 7 years will be held from 2:00 – 3:10 pm; and the classes for children ages 8 – 13 years will be held from 3:20 pm – 4:30 pm. The students will join the professional Calpulli dancers for a culminating performance on Saturday, August 18 at 1:00 pm. Registration will take place the first day, to capacity. This workshop is made possible the Friends of NRPL and NRPL Foundation.