Upcoming Events


Mingle, Mix and Enjoy Lively Conversation with Local Authors C.J. Farley, Karen Dukess and Amy Bass PhD

Thursday, September 26th at 630pm 

At “Best of Westchester” award-winning restaurant Alvin & Friends, 14 Memorial Highway.

Tickets are $50 per person which includes two glasses of wine or beer and nibbles.

Back-to-school means summertime is over, why not savor it a bit longer? Join us on Thursday, September 26th 6:30pm at Alvin & Friends for our popular Cocktails & Conversation with local authors C.J. Farley, author of Around Harvard Square, and Karen Dukess, author of The Last Book Party, talking about their hot new novels and a summer of good reading. The discussion will be moderated by Amy Bass, Ph.D, author of One Goal: A Coach, A Team and The Game That Brought a Divided Town Together.


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Law & The Library:   DON'T GET SUED:  5 TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR SMALL BUSINESS Law & The Library – Auto Insurance : What To Do When You Have An Accident.

Saturday, Sept. 28th 11am – 12:30pm

The NRPL Foundation and the New Rochelle Bar Association team up to sponsor this free and informative event. 

This free workshop is presented by the NRPL Foundation in partnership with the New Rochelle Bar Association and the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce.


#MyCar — Spoken Word Event

Sunday, October 6th at 3pm in The Ossie Davis Theater

READ 650, sponsored by the New Rochelle Public Library Foundation and New Rochelle Council on the Arts kicks off the new school year with a spoken word event titled #MyCar. The event is free and open to the public; a reception will follow.

The theme, #MyCar, was chosen to celebrate our special relationships with our cars. Writers were asked to “take us into your memory stacks and tell us about an unforgettable story about you and your car.”


READ 650’s mission is to promote writers and writing through live performances that celebrate the spoken word. It’s a literary forum for true personal stories—two pages and 650 words long, read aloud by the writer before an audience. Writers featured in the live events are coached and rehearsed in order to present them and their work in the best possible light. Individual readings are professionally recorded for the video archive and YouTube channel, and many writers are showcased and promoted in e-blasts, podcasts, broadcasts, and printed anthologies

For information on submitting work or attending events, visit www.Read650.com or call 914-799-1997



Cocktails & Conversation: PALACES FOR THE PEOPLE by Eric Klinenberg

Cocktails & Conversation: PALACES FOR THE PEOPLE  by Eric Klinenberg 
Thursday, March 14  at 6:30 PM  at Alvin & Friends

Join us for an exciting evening featuring internationally recognized sociologist and bestselling author, Eric Klinenberg, the Honorable Noam Bramson, Mayor of New Rochelle and moderator, Dr. Amy Bass, Professor of History at the College of New Rochelle.

The discussion will center on Eric’s most recent book, Palaces for the People, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and an NPR Best Book of 2018. Palaces for the People offers an inspiring blueprint for rebuilding our fractured society and recognizes the important role of libraries in this effort.
Tickets, $50 per person, includes 2 glasses of wine, beer or soda and appetizers. and much more!


Cocktails & Conversation Series

The New Rochelle Public Library Foundation sponsors a popular series, moderated by Dr. Amy Bass, Director of the Honors Program and Professor of History at the College of New Rochelle, and author of four books.

Recent events:


Topic: Kids, Guns and Schools, with Rhiannon Navin, author of Only Child, and Kate Way, whose documentary film G is for Gun aired on PBS. <View Photo gallery>


Topic: Writing Politics in the Age of Trump, with David Friend, author of naughty nineties, and Dr. Amy Bass, author of One Goal: A Coach, A Team, and the Game that Brought a Divided Town Together. Moderated by Stuart Krichevsky, President, Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency, NYC. <View Photo Gallery>


Topic: Politics & The Constitution, with Dahlia Withlick, attorney and senior editor at Slate and contributing editor at Newsweek and Rebecca Traister, writer for New York Magazine: “She’s okay. How about you?”, and author of Big Girls Don’t Cry and All the Single Ladies. <View Photo Gallery>


Topic: Media Literacy in the Era of Alternative Facts. “Fake news”? “Alternative Facts”? The fourth Cocktails and Conversation event featured a ripped-from-the-headlines discussion on media literacy and the importance of research in the age of “fake news”. The event featured two noted journalists, Sunny Hostin, Senior Legal Correspondent for ABC News and co-host of ABC’s morning talk show The View, and Christopher J. Farley, the Wall Street Journal’s Senior Editorial Director, Digital Features. The discussion was moderated by Prof. Amy Bass, Ph.D., Director of CNR’s Honors Program. <View Photo Gallery>


Tuesday, April 16 at 6:00 PM  at The New Rochelle Public Library

This free workshop is presented by the NRPL Foundation in partnership with the New Rochelle Bar Association and the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce.

Law At The Library

The popular Law At The Library series is a partnership between the Library Foundation and the New Rochelle Bar Association. Since the series began, our panels of professionals have presented topics of everyday interest to our residents.

Recent events:


Legal & Life Matters for Seniors, with presentations on the following topics: Senior Scams, Presented by Jamie E. Fair, Esq., Westchester County Assistant District Attorney; Estate Planning/Elder Law – Should I Use a Will or a Trust? Presented by Patricia G. Micek, Esq.; Making It Easier to Care: Power of Attorney or Guardianship?, Presented by Edward Loughman III, Esq.; How to Pay for Long Term Care: Understanding Medicaid, Presented by Artem Djukic, Esq.


Help for Homeowners: Navigating the City’s Building Permit Process, Moderated by attorney Richard Sosis, former Chair of the New Rochelle Planning Board. Panel members included: Real Estate Attorney, Gregory Varian; Deputy Commissioner/Building Official Paul Vacca; and Architect John Woodruff.


Navigating the Stormy Waters of Separation and Divorce, Moderated by Barbara Lerman, Esq., Family Law Practitioner. Panel members included: Charna Fuchs, Esq., Partner, Fuchs & Eichen; Lisa Boslow Dorman, Esq., Principal Law Clerk to the Honorable John P. Colangelo, Supreme Court, Westchester County.


Tips About How to Sell, Stage and Buy a Home, Moderator and Panelist Michele Tombini, Esq.; Panelists Gary Leogrande, Realtor, member of Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service; and Karen Prince, President, Rivertowns Staging.


Inside the New Rochelle City Court, Moderated by Ron Zezima, Attorney, with guests The Honorable Susan Kettner and the Honorable Anthony Carbone, New Rochelle City Court judges.


Estate and Gift Planning 101: What Everyone Needs to Know panelists included Patricia A. Bave, Esq., Kommer Bave & Ollman, LLP; and Mindy Eisenberg Stark, CPA, CFE

Other events

Valentines’ Day Luncheon: Clutching Your Pearls
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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