Extensive main floor display dedicated to events of 9/11

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ROCHESTER - In honor of the upcoming 20th Anniversary of September 11, we have a display on the Main Floor featuring books and DVDs based on that day and its aftermath. Be sure to check it out when you are visiting the Library.

Library Card Sign Up Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month! Residents of Rochester can come in and get a free library card if you do not already have one. Bring in proof of your address (recent mail, bill, or car registration) and a photo ID and you are on your way to enjoying all the books, DVDs, audiobooks and music the Library has to offer. Kids can get their first card at age 5! Spread the word and tell your friends, family and neighbors to come in and get their library card!

Library Card Sign Up Book Display

In celebration of this important month, we have a book display on the main floor featuring libraries and librarians!

RPL Recommends Animated Videos

Main Desk Librarian (and syndicated cartoonist), Stephanie, and Main Desk Librarian, Karyl, have created a series of animated videos recommending books and DVDs and other items. See them on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. The latest one has just been posted.

Kait's Picks

Assistant Librarian, Kait, is back this week with another great set of recommendations. Kait is a star on social media and well known for her book reviews and has many fans both online and for this column. This week she shares:

"Today I'd like to share some of my favorite fairy tale retellings with you! I think you will enjoy these if you like twists on the original stories. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!"

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse by K. Eason

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Rebel Rose by Emma Theriault

Deep and Darkest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

For more book lists like these and other bookish fun, follow Kait Plus Books at

(Most of Kait's list recommendations can be found in the library. Some are available on the Libby app.)

hoopla Review
Main Desk Librarian, Stephanie, says: "I am such a fan of our digital content service hoopla! You can listen, read or watch their titles instantly, no waiting! I love their audiobooks and have listened to many great stories. I love thrillers and mysteries in particular and just listened to River Road by Carol Goodman. As someone who lives on a River Road, I had to grab this title! It is about Nan Lewis, a college writing professor at a small college, who lives an isolated life after her 6-year old daughter died in a tragic hit and run. Her husband has left her and besides her old cat and her students, she has come to take comfort in a few glasses (or bottles) of booze a night. When she finds out that she has been denied tenure at a college party, she goes to complain to another professor and interrupts a scene with her favorite student, a young woman with a shining future as a writer ahead of her. Driving home at night, slightly intoxicated, she hits a deer on the snowy road. Later, she finds out, a car by some unknown driver hit that favorite student that same night. What happens next is something you'll have to read or listen to for yourself!"

Humanities Art Programs

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

This program is free and open to the public. You may register by emailing us at Once we have received your email, we will send you the meeting link and information for the event. Call us at 603-332-1428 with any questions."

Children's Room

Library Garden: If you were here for our Summer Reading Kick-Off you likely went home with a planted bean. Main Desk Librarian Peg did not want the leftover beans to go to waste so she planted them in our garden. We have beans big enough to eat, do you!

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 September 15 when they will discuss Where You'll Find Me by Ty Gagne. The October 12 title is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Tech Help

Our Emerging Technologies Specialist, Jessica, is here for you if you need any 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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Edited and compiled by Stephanie Piro

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