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“The Library has an upcoming program on Health and Wellness that will be held at the Rochester Rec Center, and in February we will be hosting a program here on Love and Chocolate.”

From the desk of Stephanie Piro Nolan


Health and Wellness Program at the Rec
Tiffany Moore, Lead Health Coach at the Works in Somersworth, will be discussing stress management coping skills and developing personal exercise programs at the Rochester Rec Dept. on January 31st at 5:00 p.m.  Materials on the topics discussed will be provided.  Patrons can sign-up on the Library website or at the Main Desk.

Love and Chocolate  Program
A “Love & Chocolate” program, presented by herbalist Rivka Schwartz, will take place at the Library on February 16th at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room. Come and learn about the history of chocolate and its health benefits while tasting recipes from different eras. 

Herbal chocolates, hot chocolate, and truffles are all on the menu!  Take-home recipes and an information packet will be provided. Registration is required due to capacity restrictions. There is a limit of 20 people. Sign-up at the Main Desk. Call Abby, our Programming Librarian, at 603-335-7550 with any questions about these programs.

Tax Help
AARP Tax-Aide – Volunteers will soon be back at the Library to help you file your taxes. Appointments are required and will be available from Feb 1 – April 15 on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings.  To make an appointment, call 211 or go to at http://www.eznetscheduler.com/calendar/nhtaxhelp. Out of state call 1-866-444-4211.

For what to bring to your appointment, stop by the Library Main Desk on the first floor and pick up a packet with all the information and forms you will need.

Red Cart Book Sale
We have missed having a book sale and we know you have too.  Due to COVID and space considerations, we have had to downsize our offerings, but we are happy to present a Little Red Book Cart dedicated to offering a variety of books and DVDs for sale.  We refresh these items as often as possible. Stop by and see what surprises we have for your shopping pleasure.

RPL Animated Recommendations
Main Desk Librarian (and syndicated cartoonist) Stephanie, and Main Desk Librarian, Karyl, have created a series of weekly animated videos recommending books, DVD,s and other titles available at the Library.

hoopla Recommendation
Main Desk Librarian, Stephanie, LOVES hoopla audiobooks! This is one of her new favorites: “I used to think listening to audiobooks didn’t count as reading, but I have discovered so many great authors through listening to them, that I am able to “read” twice as many books! One of the authors I have come to love through hoopla is Lisa Unger. I just listened to her excellent book In the Blood and almost couldn’t stop listening until I found out what was going on. Lana is a college student who has had a troubled and tragic past. She chose an isolated college on an upstate NY campus instead of a fancy Ivy League school, where her aunt and guardian would have preferred her to be. She has her reasons as we will find out. She lives with two roommates, one a very arty, goth girl with whom Lana has a love/hate relationship. And she has an advisor who “gets” her and has been a big help to her during her time at the college. He even helps her choose an off-campus job as the babysitter to Luke, an eleven-year-old who has problems of his own and has been kicked out of numerous schools by the time Lana gets to him. Is he as bad as people say he is? Or just a kid whom Lana can relate to? There are surprises and twists I didn’t really expect in this story. Highly recommended and wonderfully narrated by Candace Thaxton and Gretchen Mol. The great thing about hoopla is there is no waiting. You can listen to it whenever you want! If you prefer to read it, the Library has it in regular and large print!”

Children’s Room
New Title: RPL Librarians, Amy and Kait are both excited about a new release in the Children’s Room, they say, “Fans of Percy Jackson rejoice! The Children’s Room now has Aru Shah and the End of Time, published by Rick Riordan Presents and written by Roshani Chokshi! Amy and Kait have both read this book and we are HUGE fans! This book is based on Hindu folklore. Two kids set out on a quest to save the world and learn about mythology and themselves along the way. Each chapter leaves you wanting more, making this book hard to put down. Amy and Kait both especially loved the humor! Trust us when we tell you that this book will make you laugh out loud. Whether or not you are familiar with Percy Jackson, if you like fantasy/mythology, this book is for you. It is packed with many mini-adventures, sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!”

New Additions: RPL Librarian, Amy, shares: “The Children’s room is always adding new books to our collection.  They are on display on the right as you enter the room.   A few of them include Stem books: (Levers, Pulley, and Wheels) Picture books: (The Spectacular Suit, Dogs at Work, and The Smart Cookie) Graphic novels, (The latest Bag Guys, Noodleheads, and Baily School Kids) Easy readers: (The latest Angelina Ballerina, Katie Woo, and Splat the cat) and Chapter books for Emerging Readers: (Henry Hecklebeck, Fabled Stables, and Dragon Girls) and for Secure Readers up to grade 5: (Charlie and Frog, Stella Diaz has Something to Say). You will also be able to pick from the many Valentine’s Day books we have on display through mid-February.”

Cold and flu season Protocols
Cold and flu season, as well as Covid-19, is upon us. If anyone in your family comes down with Covid-19, please contact us for help with items you may not be able to return on time.  Call us at 603-332-1428 or 335-7549 with any questions. While we love to share our books, we do not want to share germs! A good rule of thumb is that if you or your child are too sick to go to work or school, you are too sick to visit the Library.

Tech Help
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.

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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