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The Rochester Public Library is open again on Saturdays. We look forward to seeing our clients who cannot come during the work week. Also, some good news from the Children’s Room! Outdoor storytelling time is back! In more good news for art lovers, a new free online humanities program will focus on artists from New Hampshire and New England.

Young Adult Librarian

We are happy to announce that one of our longtime Technical Services Librarians, Sarah, is now our new Young Adult Librarian. Sarah is a reader of YA literature and graphic novels and is happy to share her knowledge of this genre with teenagers who need help or suggestions for school or just titles they might like to read.

Arts programs in the humanities

Programming Librarian Beth says, “The Rochester Public Library received a grant from New Hampshire Humanities to present a three-part virtual series from art history scholar Jane Oneail. The first of these events will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 20 via Webex. Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Childe Hassam and Maxfield Parrish are some of the artists covered in this program.

This program is free and open to the public. You can register by emailing us at [email protected] Once we receive your email, we will send you the meeting link and event information. Call us at 603-332-1428 with any questions.

The children’s room

Fall Story Time: Christina, Children’s Room Librarian, shares: “Starting the week of September 13, we will be offering six weeks of story time outside on the lawn. No registration is required. Story Time will be on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m., where children can enjoy stories, songs and nursery rhymes. A small take-out activity will be available. Story time is suitable for ages 2 to 6, but the whole family is welcome.

We will make an announcement by 9:30 am if a weather related cancellation is required. View our FB page and sign up for our email notifications at bit.ly/rplchnewsletter. Grass can be wet so don’t forget a blanket or lawn chair!

Take-out story time will continue for those who prefer to use our curbside service. Reserve a prepackaged bag with library books, a simple craft idea with instructions, and a set of activities based on a certain theme by calling the children’s room at 603-335-7549. These kits are designed for children from 2 to 6 years old. Themes include: pirates, space, monsters and more. Please let us know which theme (s) you would like, and for which age range.

Squirrel with a handprint tail ~ Take It & Make It Craft

Children’s room librarian Jenn says, “Families can purchase a squirrel kit from Saturday September 11 through Saturday September 18 or until they are gone, whichever comes first. Pickup times are only during library opening hours. The kits will be inside the entrance to the children’s room. Remember to stay socially responsible when collecting your kit. (One kit per child please.)

Please note that the library opening hours are: Monday to Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Appointments are only required for computer use.

Supply List: These are a few basic supplies that you might need to complete monthly projects. Many of these are probably things that are already in the house or are easy to find. You may or may not use all of the items listed.

Craft glue, white glue and / or a glue stick; the scissors; clear tape and masking tape (or washi tape); colouring pencils; watercolor paints; acrylic / craft paints; assorted brushes;

Markers (washable); hot glue gun (for ADULT ONLY); white card stock and assorted colors; construction paper; cardboard tube; black permanent marker

Month of library card registration

Remember, September is Library Card Enrollment Month! If you are a Rochester resident, you can come in and get a free card. Just bring proof of your address (recent mail, invoice, or car registration) and photo ID and you’re on your way to enjoying all the books, DVDs, audiobooks and music that the city has to offer. library has to offer. Children can get their first card at 5 years old! Spread the word and tell your friends, family and neighbors to come join the library.

Library Card Enrollment Book Display

To celebrate this important month, we have a ground floor book exhibit featuring libraries and librarians!

Friends of the Library Book Club

The book club meets on the second Monday of the month at 1 p.m. in the biography room on the ground floor of the library. Books can be picked up at the main office. Email [email protected] with any questions. The next meeting will be on September 15th where they will discuss Where You’ll Find Me by Ty Gagné. The title for October 12 is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.


We all love the hype at the library. The content it offers is instantaneous, no waiting! You can listen to audiobooks, read e-books, listen to music or watch movies or TV shows on your phone, computer or laptop or smart TV. Plus, now you can even learn a new craft with Craftsy, which gives you step-by-step video instructions on a variety of creative crafts. The Instant hoopla collection now includes over 140 hours of Craftsy course instructional content on baking, cake decorating, knitting, quilting and sewing. Your customers can polish their art or start a new one! If you don’t have a hoopla yet, you can find it on our website under services / downloads or go to: https://www.rpl.lib.nh.us/downloads

RPL recommends animated videos

Main Office Librarian (and Syndicated Cartoonist) Stephanie and Main Office Librarian Karyl have created a series of animated videos recommending books, DVDs and other items. Find them on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Technical help

Our emerging tech specialist, Jessica, is here for you if you need help finding your new phone, tablet, or laptop, or if you have questions about our library’s downloadable resources such as hoopla, Libby, or Overdrive. To make an appointment contact the library at: 603-332-1428 or [email protected]

Contact RPL

Visit rpl.lib.nh.us.

Email the Reference Librarian: [email protected]

Send us a message on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rplnh/ or https://www.facebook.com/RPLChildrensRoom.

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