NEW ROCHELLE, NY — The New Rochelle Public Library and the Huguenot Children’s Library (HCL) are offering a great array of free programs for infants, toddlers and preschool children this winter-spring season. Participation is drop-in, on a first-come, first-served basis. The free programs are made possible by the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library and the Partnership for the Huguenot Children’s Library. Most do not take place on days the New Rochelle Public Schools are closed for vacations.
Music and Movement with Nora Maher, for children ages 1 – 3 years, is a fun-filled introduction to songs, finger plays, and movement, led by a professional musician/educator, and takes place
Thursdays, January 10 through February 14, from 10:00 am – 10:30 am at the Main Library and from
11:15 am – 11:45 am at HCL.
Nursery Rhyme Time, for children ages 6 months – 2 years, is a joyful blend of stories, songs and finger plays. It is held at the Main Library on Fridays, January 25 – May 24, from 9:30 – 9:50 am, and at HCL on Mondays, January 28 through May 20, from 10:30 – 10:50 am.
Toddler Time, for children aged 2 years, are lively sessions that engage children and their parent or caregiver in music and games. It is held at the Main Library on Fridays, January 25 – May 24, from 10:30 – 11:00 am, and at HCL on Wednesdays, January 23 through May 22, from 10:30 – 11:00 am.
3, 4, 5’s – Stories & Crafts, for ages 3 – 5 years, are sessions of stories, songs, and a take-home craft inspired by seasons and picture book themes. A bilingual (English and Spanish) session takes place at the Main Library on Mondays, January 28 through May 20, from 10:00 – 10:45 am. Another session, in English, takes place on Thursdays, January 24 through May 23, from 2:00 – 2:45 pm. Sessions at HCL take place on Tuesdays, January 22 through May 21, from 10:30 am – 11:15 pm and on Thursdays, January 24 through May 23, from 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm.
Preschool Fun & Fitness, a program for children ages 2 – 5 and their parent or grandparent, is a fun-filled hour of movement, games and healthy eating and lifestyle tips, conducted by the health & fitness team from Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital’s Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Services. Registration is required. Please call the WIC office: 914-365-3677. The sessions will be held in the Main Library’s Meeting Room and stage on Mondays, February 4 through June 17, from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Baby Steps, for children ages newborn – 3 years, are half-hour sessions of fun and early socialization through music, movement and finger games, with Nora Maher. They will take place on Saturdays, March 2 – March 30, from 10:00 am – 10:30 am at the Main Library, and from 11:15 am – 11:45 am at HCL.
Yoga Tots, for children ages 2 – 3 years, is taught by Budding Buddhas Kids Yoga instructors. Toddlers have fun “playing yoga” with puppets, props, songs, and games. The sessions will take place on Saturday, January 19 through February 16 and on Thursdays, February 28 through April 11, from 9:30 am – 10:00 am at the Main Library, and from 10:30 am – 11:00 am at HCL.