“We have a really great Children’s Room! There are story-times, craft take-it & make-it kits, displays, and hands-on items like the play table and dollhouse so kids and their families can enjoy time together at the Library.”
Edited by Stephanie Piro Nolan
Great news! We are having a one-day book sale of adult titles hosted by the Friends of the Library and being held on Saturday, March 26th from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. There will be lots of non-fiction, some fiction, and some DVDs. Come early for the best selection! It’s by donation, cash or check, with a minimum donation of $1. It will take place in the Story Time Room but there won’t be any children’s books or movies in the sale.
The Rochester Public Library has received grant funding to assist with a survey to better identify the needs of the community. The survey is on the Library website (www.rpl.lib.nh.us), and we encourage all Rochester residents to participate. This is an opportunity for those residents who are not regular library users to tell us what they would like from their public library. The funding is thanks to American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the New Hampshire State Library.
Coming Soon! New Public Computers
Our public computers are so popular that we will be upgrading to new ones allowing our patrons to better enjoy their experience when needing to use a computer.
National Library Week
April 3-9 is National Library Week! Stop by the Main Desk and check out some books, DVDs, audiobooks, magazines, or music CDs and get a surprise give-away with your receipt!
Are you trying to research your family tree or other relatives and ancestors? Our public computers have Ancestry for in-library use, free, available through our website. Just schedule some computer time and let the hunt begin!
Community Jigsaw Puzzle
Do you love to do puzzles but don’t have the room to try the really large ones? Now when you visit the Library, you can stop by our Reference floor and join in. Everyone is invited to work on the library’s community puzzle. You can place 3 pieces or 300! The choice is yours!
Our Program Librarian, Abby, shares: “Rochester resident and author, Miriam McCarthy, will be having a book launch here at RPL on Saturday, April 2 at 2 p.m. in the Community Room. The book title is Biographies of Early Century Americans: Historical Black Figures (the 1700s-1800s). The book is suitable for ages 11 and over. It is my hope that readers (and teachers!) will be inspired and motivated to explore more deeply the history of the African American experience in America.” The program will include a brief talk from the author, then time will be available for people to enjoy snacks and purchase a book if they wish.
True Crime Book Club
Join this popular new book club for a discussion of True Crime Addict by James Renner on Tuesday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m. Copies are available at the Reference floor service desk.
Teen Advisory Board
Young Adult Librarian, Sarah, shares, “Are you a teen who loves the Library, books, and reading? Join our new Teen Advisory Board! Come to monthly meetings, share your ideas, and help plan events. Snacks will be available! Help choose books, materials, and activities for teens. Make the Teen Room a place you and your friends would like to spend time. And don’t forget, we will have snacks!! Sign-up forms are available online: https://www.rpl.lib.nh.us/teens and in the Teen Room!”
AARP Tax-Aide – Volunteers are back at the Library to help you file your taxes. Appointments are required. To make an appointment, call 211 or go to the website: http://www.eznetscheduler.com/calendar/nhtaxhelp. Out of state call 1-866-444-4211.
Stop by the Library Main Desk on the first floor to pick up a packet with all the information and forms you will need.
The long-awaited Harry Potter Playaways have arrived! We have books 1-5 in the Children’s Room and books 6 & 7 will be coming soon to the Rochester Public Library Teens Room.
Meet Our Staff
The Children’s Room has returned to normal services and as a way to help introduce their talented staff to new and returning patrons they have been highlighting them in mini-bios. We’ll be sharing these in this column over the next couple of weeks. This week we are featuring Jenn:
Jenn joined the Children’s Room team back in October of 2016. Prior to that, she worked at the elementary school in Wakefield both in the library and in the classroom for almost 10 years. Of the many duties that Jenn has at the library, her favorite is creating art projects for the Children’s Room including the ever-changing felt board and running the monthly Take-It & Make-It craft program. When she is not working, she enjoys reading, listening to audiobooks, sewing, knitting, and exploring numerous types of handcrafts.
RPL Librarian, Amy, shares: “There is a new series in the Children’s room! Explorer Academy by Trudi Trueit. This first installment of the Explorer Academy, The Nebula Secret, sets the stage for what is bound to be your young reader’s new obsession! The main character, Cruz, gets the opportunity of a lifetime to join the Explorer Academy in Washington D.C. This is an adventure in itself; however, he also has to solve multiple puzzles, endure a betrayal, and solve a huge overarching mystery, all while traveling, and learning about different parts of the world, and the various ecosystems of the places he travels to. As if this story did not need any more excitement, Cruz is targeted and attacked by an organization that has infiltrated the academy. This book is jam-packed with mystery, adventure, intrigue, technology (some yet to be invented), and a lot of facts!
If your child enjoyed Magic Treehouse, Spy School, or Treasure Hunters, enjoys science, technology, and puzzles, this is the book for them. I recommend a read-aloud for younger kids or offer it to your emerging or secure readers. I can guarantee they will not complain that it is boring!”
Have problems with a new smartphone or tablet? Want help setting up Libby or hoopla so you can read or listen to free ebooks and audiobooks? Emerging Technology Specialist, Jessica, is here to help you if you need it! Give us a call to make an appointment at 603-332-1428 or RPLReference@rochesternh.net.
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