Since opening in 1997 the Huguenot Children’s Library has provided a place for families and children to help foster a lifelong love of reading and learning. The non-profit Partnership for the Huguenot Children’s Library (PHCL) supports the library with enhancements and sponsors free enrichment programming, including parenting workshops, after hours “Pajama Story Hours,” and workshops — including French lessons and Science topics — lead by honor students from New Rochelle High School.
In addition the PHCL oversees the popular free drop-in program “Old Fashioned Summer Fun,” which served more than 3,200 children over eight weeks last summer, providing them with a safe space to play and learn during the day.
The Huguenot Children’s Library continues to impact the community every day, throughout the year, in ways large and small, drawing hundreds of visitors each week and making a meaningful difference in their lives.
In an article in Westchester Magazine about the “Best Places to Live” New Rochelle was cited as most family friendly because of the Huguenot Children’s Library : “Here’s a hint as to how family-centric the city is,” the author wrote. “New Rochelle has not just a children’s room at the library but an entire building, the Huguenot Children’s Library on North Ave, devoted to books and activities for young readers.” As one young mother told a reporter for The Daily New Rochelle, ”I don’t know what I would do without the library.”