Artworks by Beth Wittenberg now on display at RPL

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Rochester Public Library is happy to be showcasing the paintings of artist Beth Wittenberg this month, shown here with some of her works. (Courtesy photo)

ROCHESTER - We have a new art display, by Beth Wittenberg, now up at the Library. Stop by and see the exhibit! In other news, the Children's Room is doing another Pumpkin Decorating Contest!

Thank You to the Friends of RPL

The Children's Room would like to thank The Friends Of The Rochester Public Library who generously donated funds to the Children's Room for the purchase of our new dollhouse, blocks, tea set and our AWE learning system. Stop by the Children's room and check them out!

Friends of the Library Book Club

The book club meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 1:00 p.m. in the Biography Room on the Main Floor of the Library. Books are available to pick up at the Main Desk. Email with any questions. The next meeting will be November 8th for a Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.

Join us!

The Friends of the Library is a non-profit organization working in cooperation with the trustees and librarians to provide valuable support for the library and its programs. Friends are volunteers who bring about public awareness of the library and its many resources available to the community. We are always looking for more members and fresh ideas! Please consider joining us to help us grow and continue to support the library. FMI: Find us on Facebook:

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!

Beth Wittenberg Art on Display

Main Desk Librarian and Art Liaison, Melissa, shares news about our current artist on display on the Main Floor of the Library: "The Rochester Public Library is pleased to present the artwork of Beth Wittenberg during the month of October. Beth Wittenberg is a professional contemporary artist living and working in Rochester, NH. When asked to describe her current body of work, Wittenberg provided the following":

Artist Statement - Urban Landscapes 2021: "I have been creating artwork professionally for 30 years. I have been working with stencils since 2013. My goal is to try to build interesting compositions using color, shape, pattern and texture. I'm very interested in the overlapping of stencils to create depth. The visual energy of the artwork reflects my movement around the canvas. Intuitive decisions, both random and calculated are made in rapid succession. Oftentimes spray painting on top of wet paint. These paintings are from my series - Urban Landscapes - (more like "mind-scapes). There are currently over 100 paintings in the series with no end in sight. My intention is to engage and electrify the viewer by directing ones eyes around the composition while also allowing for visual breaks. It is my hopes that the viewer finds themselves sucked into the painting to try and decode the alternatives within." FMI:

The Rochester Public Library is located at 65 South Main Street. Call 332-1428 or visit for more information.

On Display

Main Floor: Book Displays: Horror!

Check out our October displays! We're featuring a scary and selection from some well known (and not so well known) authors of Horror fiction. We have everyone from Stephen King and Shirley Jackson to Jennifer MacMahon and Joyce Carol Oates.

Get in the Spirit: Don't forget our non-fiction ghost and paranormal display Get in the Spirit, curated to get you in that Halloween mood with this collection of non-fiction true ghost stories, titles on ESP, the paranormal, haunted houses, tarot card reading and witchcraft!

Children's Room

Halloween Countdown Calendar: Stop by the Children's Room and grab a Halloween Countdown Calendar. There's something to color and a small reading related activity for each day of October!

Pumpkin Book Character Project:

The Children's Room is hosting a Pumpkin Decorating Book Character Project! All entries should be based on a book or character from a book. Get out the glue, the glitter, and the paint and submit your creations to the Library between Friday, October 22nd and Wednesday, October 27th. Decorate a craft pumpkin, whole pumpkin or gourd. (Please no carved pumpkins) *Each child will receive a small treat when delivering their pumpkin. Pumpkins will be on display in the library windows thru Oct 31st. All pumpkins must be picked up by Tuesday, Nov 2nd at 4pm. Pumpkins that are not picked up by this time will be disposed of. For more information or if you have any questions, please call the Children's Room 603-335-7549

Story Time to Go: will continue for those who prefer using our curbside service. Reserve a themed pre-packed bag with library books, a simple craft idea with directions, and a set of activities by calling the Children's Room at 603-335-7549. These kits are geared for kids age 2 through 6. Ask us about themes.

Tech Help

Our Emerging Technologies Specialist, Jessica, is here 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

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