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Updates from the Rochester Public Library

“The Library is all about the holidays! We have holiday-themed cooking and craft books, Christmas books of all kinds as well as Christmas music CDs, and a lot of Christmas and holiday DVDs. All free to check out! All you need is an active library card and you can take home a variety of items to enhance your holidays!”

From the desk of Stephanie Piro Nolan, Rochester Public Library


New Staff Members
The Library is pleased to welcome Emily to our Main Floor staff. Also, we are welcoming Abby back to the Library, in a new position, as our Programming Librarian.

2022 Calendars
We now have beautiful Rochester calendars for sale with photos by local photographer John Gisis (which even includes a beautiful photo of the Library) for sale by the Friends of the Library available at the Main and Children’s desks for $15 each. They make a great gift for those friends and family in town or out. Just ask one of the staff at either desk to purchase one. For each calendar sold, John will donate $2 to the Friends.

Book Bags!
Speaking of gifts, our attractive and sturdy book bags are only $12.00 and they can hold a lot of books, DVDs, and audiobooks not to mention your recent calendar purchases. Looking for an extra gift for your book-loving friends? You can never have enough book bags!

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. Get ready for the holidays with our upcoming new animated suggestions! See them on our Facebook and Instagram accounts

Holiday Music
RPL Librarian, Amy says; “This month’s music display is all about the holidays!  We have an extensive collection of music to put you in the holiday spirit.  You can check out Pentatonix, and Leslie Odem Jr. as well as James Taylor, Harry Connick Jr., Louis Armstrong and more.   If you prefer digital, check out Hoopla for even more holiday music options at https://www.hoopladigital.com/collection/2009 “

Winter Story Time
Winter Story Time sign-ups begin Monday, December 13th! Call 603-335‑7549 or come to the library to register. Registration will remain open until Story Times are filled or through the first week of the Story Time session. The programs are free. Story Times begin the week of January 10th, 2022, and will run for six weeks.    

Story Time will start in our meeting room and will last about 20 minutes. We will share three to four books alternating with fingerplays, songs, and movement, and then follow that with a 30-minute “Stay & Play” in the Children’s Room.  This time will be for children to participate in unstructured play and socialize, while adults will have an opportunity to meet other families in our community.  

Children can get their own Library Card

  1. If they are a resident of Rochester or enrolled in the Rochester Public Schools.
  2. Are age 5 or above.
  3. Have a parent’s signature on the registration form.

Please plan on 10-15 minutes for getting a first library card, that way we can focus on making your child’s first library card a special experience.

For your convenience, the registration form is now available on our website for printing & can be filled out in advance.  

https://www.rpl.lib.nh.us/children

Story-Time-To-Go
Story-Time-To-Go will continue for those who prefer using our curbside service.  Reserve a pre-packed bag with library books, a simple craft idea with directions, and a set of activities based on a certain theme by calling the Children’s Room at 603-335-7549.  These kits are geared for kids ages 2 through 6, but the whole family can participate!  Please let us know which theme(s) you would like, and for what age range.

ILL Services
Are you looking for a book, DVD, CD or other item we don’t already have in our collection? If you’ve had your library card for more than 3 months, our super Inter-Library Loan Librarian, Donna, can probably find it for you. Just stop by and fill in a form and she will track it down and let you know!

Tech Help
Our Emerging Technologies Specialist, Jessica, is here to help you if you need 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.

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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