#MyLibraryMyStory Spoken Word Event April 7th


Sunday, April 7, 2019
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


READ 650 will help the New Rochelle Council on the Arts and The New Rochelle Public Library Foundation kick off National Library Week with a spoken word event on Sunday, April 7th at 3:30 pm in the Ossie Davis Theater at the New Rochelle Public Library. The event is free and open to the public; a reception will follow.

The theme, #MyLibraryMyStory, was chosen to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians. Writers were asked to “take us into your memory stacks and tell us about the unforgettable book or the dusty nook or the librarian’s look that’s become a dog-eared page in your life story”.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and communities. Sponsored by the American Library Association, this year’s theme is Libraries = Strong Communities, and the Honorary Chair is Melinda Gates. Over the last 20 years, Gates has invested more than $1 billion through her foundation’s Global Libraries initiative to enhance the power of libraries to improve lives.

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.

The New Rochelle Council on the Arts was created by the New Rochelle City Council in 1975 to stimulate and encourage the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts; for 40 years NRCA has worked to fulfill that mission by sponsoring art exhibitions, theatrical productions, dance recitals, film screenings, lectures, and concert series. In addition, NRCA has sponsored public art and created ArtsFest, while helping to build relationships between the arts, the business community and city government. For more information visit NRCA on the web at www.newrochellearts.org. NRCA’s programs are made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government, the City of New Rochelle, and the support and participation of NRCA’s membership.

The New Rochelle Public Library Foundation is a volunteer fundraising and advocacy organization working to ensure the future well-being of the Library. The NRPL Foundation, created in 1993, supports Library initiatives that enhance opportunities for learning, exploration and public discourse. Among the Foundation’s recent contributions, it provided more than $106,000 to partially underwrite the cost of the remodel of the Ossie Davis Theater; along with new seating and exterior signage and entrance work, the upgrade includes assistive listening technology, greater accessibility and upgraded fire suppression, HVAC and other systems. For more information call the NRPL Foundation at 914-632-7878, ext. 1600 or email [email protected].

Event Location and Ticket Information

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The New Rochelle Public Library
1 Library Plaza
New Rochelle, NY
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Sunday, April 7, 2019
Times: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Ticket pricing:
Free event

Presenter: New Rochelle Council on the Arts
Presenter Website: www.newrochellearts.org

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