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Rochester Public Library: Weekly Update

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“This week we celebrate the 100th edition of this column! It was started from home during the first Covid lockdown as a way to let our patrons and the public know what resources were available to them from their homes. It evolved during all the reopening stages until we were able to fully reopen and now it is one of the ways we continue to inform our patrons, and potential patrons, as we reinstate programming and other events in the Library. Thank you to all who have supported the Library through that challenging time!”

Edited by Stephanie Piro Nolan


Red Cart Book Sale
The Little Red Book Sale Cart on the first floor has become a destination for our patrons and others visiting the Library! We are dedicated to offering a variety of books and DVDs for sale. We are happy to report that we have a wonderful selection of DVDs we will be offering over the coming weeks. Stop by and see what surprises we’ll be offering 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, DVDs, and other titles available at the Library. Check them out on our website, Facebook and Instagram accounts. 

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.

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!

On Display
Country Music: Main Floor Librarian, Emily, has curated a new music display featuring older and classic music by the current Country Music Awards nominees. 

Reference Floor
Amazon Best Sellers Display: Check out which non-fiction titles are most popular on Amazon!

Children’s Room: Visit the Children’s Room to see our new Monkey Around With Words and Celebrate Poetry Display! Whether you want to read, write, or listen to poetry, we have the books you’re looking for.

4-H Babysitters Course:
YA Librarian Sarah is excited to share this exciting news: “This is a FREE 4-week course that teaches teens age 12 and up what they need to know to be caring and responsible babysitters. It will be held Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and will run from April 19 through May 10 at the Library. This course includes units on Safety; First Aid; Child Development; Nutrition; Entertaining children and the Business of Babysitting.  Attendees will receive a Babysitting Certificate.”

Sign up online at: https://2.4honline.com or call 603-749-2529 ext. 705

Teen Advisory Board:
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!

Book Launch
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 (1700s-1800s). The book is suitable for ages 11 and over.  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.

Tax Help
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.

National Library Week
National Library Week is April 3rd-9th.  Because one week is not enough, we are celebrating the whole month of April!   When you are visiting, stay for a “piece of cake” at our pretend play table & be sure to stop at the desk for a party favor!    

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: Amy!

Amy has worked at the Main Desk, at RPL for almost three years now, and worked in the Rochester school system for six years prior to that, (three of which as the librarian at William Allen school).  Be sure to check out the chapter book section in the Children’s room, where Amy spends most of her time.  Amy loves reading fantasies and mysteries, gardening, mountain biking with her husband, running, celebrating her two teenagers’ accomplishments, and walking her dogs, Toby and Wilbur.

Handprint Butterfly ~ Take It & Make It Craft
Families can pick up a kit beginning Saturday, April 2nd through Saturday, April 9th or until they are gone. Pick-up times are during library open hours only. The kits will be inside the Children’s Room entryway. Please remember to socially distance responsibly when picking up your kit. (One kit per child please.)

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. Please note that the library open hours are: Monday-Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm.  
  2. Visit the Library’s website: https://rpl.lib.nh.us/
  3. Email the reference librarian Rplreference@rochesternh.net.
  4. Message us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rplnh/ or https://www.facebook.com/RPLChildrensRoom

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