AARP will soon be offering tax help at the library

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ROCHESTER - Don't forget, the Library will be closed Monday, January 17th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

If you are looking for something to do in the winter weeks to come, why not include the Library in your to-do list? Whatever your interests, we have you covered! From magazines to DVDs and everything in between, including great downloadable resources, all you need is an active library card. No card, and live in Rochester? Just bring in your photo ID and a recent proof of address (recent mail, car registration, lease, etc.) or if you are a property owner, we can look you up on the Town tax rolls, and we will sign up you for a card.

For out-of-towners who would like to use our resources, we have two options for you to join the library. $30 will give a 6-month membership and $60 will give a year membership to you and everyone in your household.

Tax Help

Do you need help preparing your taxes? AARP will be able to help. Check back for details on when and where they will be available.

Writers' Group

The Library is excited to offer a new program for local writers. The purpose of this writing group is for people to have a designated time and space to work on their projects individually surrounded by others for moral support. The session will run for two hours with a fifteen-minute break for people to socialize if they wish and the library will provide light refreshments. The group facilitator, Madeline, ran a similar group at a library in Washington State with great success. Join us Thursday, January 20th from 10-12 p.m. in the Rose Room (2nd floor of the Library). Call Abby, our Programming Librarian, at 603-335-7550 with any questions.

RPL Animated Recommendations

Main Desk Librarian (and syndicated cartoonist) Stephanie, and Main Desk Librarian, Karyl, have created a series of weekly animated videos recommending book, DVD and other titles available at the Library. Enjoy our animated suggestions for what to read, watch and listen to! See them on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Book Recommendation

This week RPL librarian, Amy, shares a recent favorite: "Although I am not a huge nonfiction reader, A Libertarian Walks into a Bear was recommended to me and I found myself engrossed in the story immediately. It is a thoughtfully written chronicling of a political experiment in Grafton, NH by the Free Town Project starting in 2004. The author, Matt Hongoltz-Hetling, is a reporter for the Valley News in Hanover, NH. He also includes the history of Grafton in an effort to explain why Grafton was the town of interest. Whether you remember John Babiarz running for governor of NH or not, this book will have you hooked on his story and all of the other characters as well as the decisions that were made in an effort to be free. I enjoyed every minute of this book. I appreciate Hongoltz-Hetling's writing style. He broke up the information into chunks and delved into why the town was plagued with fires, bears, and terrible roads with humor and wit. I give it 5 stars!"

Kait's Picks

We are always happy when Kait has some new recommendations. You may not know it, but RPL Librarian, Kait, is a Queen of social media and book blogging and her Instagram has many followers. Her recommendations for this week are: "Happy 2022!

I would like to share the 22 YA books publishing in the first half of 2022 that I'm most excited about! From a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer book to a queer marching band story and everything in between, I hope you will find something to enjoy from this list. Happy reading! (publication dates are listed after the titles):

When You Get the Chance by Emma Lord (1-4); The Storyteller by Kathryn Williams (1-11); In Every Generation by Kendare Blake (1-25); Fire Becomes Her by Rosiee Thor (2-1); Mirror Girls by Kelly McWilliams (2-1); No Filter and Other Lies by Crystal Maldonado (2-1); A Million to One by Adiba Jaigirdar (2-15); The Chandler Legacies by Abdi Nazemian (2-15); Bright Ruined Things by Samantha Cohoe (2-15); The One True Me and You by Remi K. England (3-1); This Golden State by Marit Weisenberg (3-1); One For All by Lillie Lainoff (3-8); Forward March by Skye Quinlan (3-8); Alice Austen Lived Here by Alex Gino (4-5); Message Not Found by Dante Medema (3-29); Does My Body Offend You? by Maria Cuevas (4-5); Scout's Honor by Lily Anderson (4-5); Queen of the Tiles by Hanna Alkaf (4-19); Why Would I Lie? by Adi Rule (5-1); I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston (5-3); See You Yesterday by Rachel Lynn Solomon (5-3); You, Me, and Our Heartstrings by Melissa See (5-31)

For more book lists like these and other bookish fun, follow Kait Plus Books at or @kaitplusbooks on social media! (Most of Kait's list recommendations can be found in the library. Some are available on the Libby app.)

Children's Room

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. Please call us at 603-335-7549 or 332-1428 with any questions. While we love to share our books, we do not want to share germs! Please remember that if you or your child is too sick to go to work or school, you are too sick to visit the Library.


Main Floor: Beatlemania: Whether or not you watched the Get Back documentary series on Disney+, or are a new or old Beatle fan, we have a fab display filled with books, DVDs and CDs of all your favorite songs. Check out a few and have your own Beatle festival.

Artists Wanted!

Are you a local artist interested in exhibiting your work at the Rochester Public Library? We would love to hear from you! Please email a short bio with images of your work to

Tech Help

Having 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

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