Little Free Library

To be part of the Little Free Library movement, locate one of the Pop-Up Library kiosks and share a book, then share that experience by posting a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #LFL10. During this 10th anniversary year the Little Free Library organization will be looking for posted photos and randomly selecting participants to receive a $20 e-gift card to its online store!

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Aston LeMelle-Thomas

LeMelle-Thomas is an illustrator, designer, and all-around creative artist based out of the greater New York City area. A graduate of New Rochelle High School, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in 2013.  LeMelle-Thomas has described himself as a “fine art ninja” who attacks each project with “a sense of unbridled intensity and alarming precision.” In 2016 LeMelle-Thomas was selected from 26 entrants as the winner of the competition to create a mural for the North Avenue façade of the Dollar Tree store.

@ Flowers Park
Flying Books
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Aston LeMelle-Thomas

491 Fifth Avenue

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@ Hudson Park
Hogwarts
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Cristina Cerone

1 Hudson Park Road

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Cristina Cerone

Cerone is a photographer who says “My Canon 60D EOS is my third eye now and is rarely off from around my neck.” She is the Vice President of Got Art?, Inc. which is a 501c3 organization curating exhibits as well as exhibiting her own work. She also teaches digital photography and photographs artwork for artists for their personal websites. Her commercial photography work includes portraits and party photography.

Alvin Clayton

Clayton is a painter, model and restaurateur. After graduating from St. Mary’s University in Emmetsburg, MD Clayton began modeling with the Wilhelmina agency in New York, landing jobs with major fashion magazines like GQ, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Glamour and Self. His work took him all over the world, and it was while living in Paris that he taught himself to paint. His biggest influence was Henri Matisse, whose paintings he studied intently —and whose bright color palette reminded him of Trinidad, his birthplace. Today his vivid paintings are featured on the walls of his own restaurant, Alvin & Friends in New Rochelle, as well as the homes of celebrity collectors. His paintings were recently featured in the film “The Best Man Holiday” directed by Malcolm Lee, and he had a one-man show at Iona College’s Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery in January/February 2019.

@ Lincoln Park, Near Remington Boys & Girls Club
Readers
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Alvin Clayton

116 Guion Place

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@ Ward Acres Park, Paws Place
Rosie
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Laura Heiss

300 Broadfield Road

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Laura Heiss

Heiss is the Director of Gallery at the Museum of Arts & Culture at New Rochelle High School. She was born and raised in New Rochelle where Hudson Park provided a childhood of adventure. “Swimming, building rafts, hide and go seek…..but best of all, an occasional art lesson in the gazebo overlooking Long Island Sound. I don’t remember who she was, or why she was there, but the best day of my life was when that sweet old lady handed me a pad and pencil and showed me how to put it all down on paper.” Twenty years later Laura Heiss became an art teacher in the New Rochelle School District, starting out at her alma mater, Trinity School and ending the best 40 years of her life at Albert Leonard Middle School before becoming the director of the Museum of Art & Culture. Heiss holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine and Studio Arts from the State University of New York at Cortland.

Stephanie Lombardo

Lombardo is a lifelong resident of New Rochelle who says she remembers when her Mom took her to the NRPL for her first library card. “It was a magical and inspirational experience,” she says, and her design – inspired by the children’s classic “Goodnight Moon” – is meant to “showcase the importance of reading at an early age, and how books create the foundation for success.” Ms. Lombardo is an educator who works with children who have autism and related disabilities. “Part of my job is to teach students how to read, and to help them develop their passion for reading.  I find it to be rewarding to see my students gain confidence, increase their reading abilities, and feel a sense of accomplishment after completing a book.” A graduate of the College of New Rochelle School of New Resources, Ms. Lombardo is a NYS certified Teacher Assistant. She was one of the artists selected for the NRNY Stacked Sculptures, and her work was recently displayed at the Pelham Art Center Faculty and Student Show.

@ Huguenot Park
Good Night Moon
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Stephanie Lombardo

North Avenue at Eastchester Road

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What Are Pop-Up Libraries?

New Rochelle has joined the “Little Free Library” movement! The concept is simple: Take a book or leave a book. The goal is to promote literacy and the love of reading, and to build a sense of community, while also creating unique public art, because each of New Rochelle’s library kiosks was embellished by a different artist. New Rochelle’s Pop-Up Library kiosks installed this week can be found at Flowers Park, Hudson Park, Huguenot Park, Lincoln Park and Paws Place dog park at Ward Acres Park. Each has been stocked with books and will be maintained by a volunteer “steward.”

New Rochelle’s Pop-Up Library project is a collaboration between the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, My Brother’s Keeper New Rochelle and the New Rochelle Public Library, working with internationally acclaimed artist Charles Fazzino and the New Rochelle Dept. of Parks and Recreation. The project was partially funded by ArtsWestchester.

Background

The worldwide book-sharing movement began in 2009 when Todd H. Bol created the first Little Free Library book exchange and placed it in his Hudson, Wisconsin, front yard in tribute to his mother, who had been a teacher. Ten years later, his idea has snowballed, with more than 80,000 Little Free Libraries in all 50 states and 90+ countries, from Argentina to Zambia.

Because of these Little Free Libraries, more than 120 million books have been shared and thousands of neighbors have connected for the first time!

In New Rochelle the idea has been taken a step further, with each kiosk designed by a different artist. The artists were selected after responding to an RFP inviting Westchester County artists and designers to submit their proposals. Six artists were chosen and, along with Charles Fazzino, each received one of the Little Free Library pre-assembled kits to complete.

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