On Sunday, Sept. 16—Mexican Independence Day—Library Green will be the site of a Fiesta Grande that will kick off the 's Big Read, the community-wide reading of Sun, Stone and Shadows: 20 Great Mexican Short Stories.
The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. and continue to 5 p.m. and will include performances by members of Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Nueva York and the Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino at 2 p.m.
Organizers said Library Green will be transformed into a performance space and marketplace, with local artisans demonstrating traditional Mexican crafts, over 20 vendors selling Mexican wares and foods and craft projects for children.
Selections from the book will be presented by library's Big Read Reader's Theater Troupe at 1 p.m.
The Big Read will continue through Nov. 3, when New Rochelle High School will host a Day of the Dead exhibit.
The library was one of 78 nonprofit organizations chosen to receive a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2012-13, said Community Relations Coordinator Barbara Davis. The library received $15,000.
Library Green is adjacent to the library at the corner of Lawton and Huguenot Streets. In the event of rain or strong winds, most activities will be held inside the library's lobby and Ossie Davis Theater.