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Rochester Public Library: Weekly Update

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A weekly update from the Rochester Public Library. Edited by Stephanie Piro Nolan.


It is hard to believe summer is coming to an end. There is still a lot to look forward to at the Library in the coming months including a new series of Humanities programs on artists.

Humanities Art Programs

Programming Librarian, Beth, shares: “The Rochester Public Library has received a grant from New Hampshire Humanities to present a virtual three-part series from Art History scholar Jane Oneail. These events will take place in September, October, and November, with the first taking place at 6pm on Monday, September 20th through Webex. New Hampshire has attracted and inspired artists since the colonial era. What is distinctive about the art made here? Granite State Gallery: New Hampshire Art and Artists Through the Years will consider works by itinerant and folk painters, landscape artists drawn to the state’s scenic vistas, and modern artists that adopted bold styles to depict everyday life in the Granite State. Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Childe Hassam, and Maxfield Parrish are some of the artists discussed in this program.

This program is free and open to the public. You may register by emailing us at rplreference@rochesternh.net. Once we have received your email, we will send you the meeting link and information for the event. Call us at 603-332-1428 with any 

Summer Essentials 

DVDs to get you through the rest of summer from Programming Librarian, Beth. Not your traditional summer films, these movies will make great viewing during these hot, humid days and nights!

  1. A League of Their Own
  2. Stand By Me
  3. The Way, Way Back
  4. Moonrise Kingdom
  5. The Music Man
  6. Love and Basketball
  7. Call Me By Your Name
  8. Dirty Dancing
  9. Do the Right Thing
  10. The Goonies
  11. Jaws
  12. Girls Trip
  13. The Swimmer
  14. Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar

Contacting Patrons for Library Holds

If you signed up for email notifications for your holds for library items, you will longer be receiving an additional phone call unless you specifically request it. We know people are busy and we do not want to add to your day with extra phone messages. Patrons who only want to be notified with a phone call will continue to receive our calls and messages. We are always happy to talk to you and let you know when your items are ready for you!  Let us know your preference.

Children’s Room

Library Garden:  If you were here for our Summer Reading Kick-Off you likely went home with a planted bean.  Main Desk Librarian Peg didn’t want the leftover beans to go to waste so she planted them in our garden. Our beans are ready to eat, are ours?

Friends of the Library Book Club

The book club meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 1:00 p.m. in the Biography Room on the Main Floor of the Library. Books are available to pick up at the Main Desk. Email RPLBookGroup@gmail.com with any questions. The next meeting will be September 15  when they will discuss Where You’ll Find Me by Ty Gagne and the October 12th title is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Tech Help

Our Emerging Technologies Specialist, Jessica, is here for you if you need any help figuring out your new phone, tablet or laptop or if you have any questions about our Library downloadable resources such as hoopla, Libby or Overdrive. To make an appointment contact the library at: 603-332-1428 or Rplreference@rochesternh.net.

Comic Book Day a Success

Director, Marie Lejeune, says: “Thank you to everyone who helped with Free Comic Book Day!  It was hot, and midafternoon we had to relocate from the lawn to the Main Entrance steps, because it looked like it was going to storm, but all in all, it went really well.  Special thanks to Amy, Beth, and Kaitlyn who gave up their Saturday to come to work, as well as to Katherine who organized everything even though she couldn’t be here.  We also had some fantastic volunteers: Bruce Jolin, Elena Poirier (a brand-new Friend), Kathy, Alexis and Kaylee Noble, Ash Lemelin and her friend Louise (sorry, don’t know her last name).  In total, 415 people came to our comic book stations!”

Contacting RPL

  1. Visit the Library’s website: https://rpl.lib.nh.us/
  2. Email the reference librarian: Rplreference@rochesternh.net.
  3. Message us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rplnh/ or https://www.facebook.com/RPLChildrensRoom/

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