RPL Story Times sessions begin Jan. 10; signups now available

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When the Children's Room receives a flowering bulb as a gift we... add googly eyes, of course! (Courtesy photo)

ROCHESTER - It's a New Year and we hope you'll be spending the months to come visiting and enjoying the Library and all the things we have to offer, from books and magazines to DVDs and music CDs audiobooks and downloadable items from hoopla and Libby! You just need a current library card to give you access to all these things!

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

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.

Soundtrack Music Display

RPL Librarian, Amy, has put together an intriguing music display for this month all about soundtracks! RPL has everything from In the Heights, The Greatest Showman, Almost Famous, and A Star is Born, to Casablanca, Meet me in St. Louis and West Side Story. Soundtracks are a great way to get a sampling of music that can transport you to that time you first saw the movie.


Main Desk Librarian, Emily has some great recommendations this week:

"Promising Young Woman: This movie did not feel almost two hours long. A cunning, smart, and pretty woman leads a double life seeking revenge on those who wronged her. This movie is heartbreaking but also redemptive and sharp.

Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: Words cannot explain my love for this book. I blew through it in three days and could not get to the end fast enough! An up-and-coming writer interviews a famous Hollywood actor, well known for the seven husbands she has had. It made my heart swell with love and shatter with heartbreak. I recommend this book to anyone who desires a book that will make him or her simultaneously cry and feel surges of love.

The Girl with the Blue Star: I listened to the audio book for this and all four-voice actors were excellent. I was shocked constantly throughout this book and on the edge of my seat. The author dangles a mystery from the beginning that is thankfully resolved in the end. This book is grand story of love and friendship in a terrible time."

Children's Room
Google Eyed Bulb:
When the Children's Room receives a flowering bulb as a gift we... add googly eyes, of course! Be sure to check back weekly for updates on how they are doing.

Winter Story Time: Winter Story Time sign-ups are now open but call 603-335‑7549 for more info 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 with a 30-minute "Stay & Play" in the Children's Room. This time will be for children to participate in unstructured play and socialization, while adults can meet other families in the community.

Collage Rainbow~Take It & Make It Craft: Families can pick up a kit beginning Saturday, January 8th through Saturday, January 15th or until they are gone. Pick up times are during library open hours only. The kits will be inside the Children's Room entryway. (One kit per child please.) Below is a list of basic supplies that you may need to complete the monthly projects. Many of them are probably things that are already in the home or easy to find. You may or may not be using every item listed.

Basic Supply List:

Craft glue, white glue and/or a glue stick, scissors, transparent tape & masking tape (or washi tape), crayons, watercolor paints, acrylic/craft paints, assorted brushes, Markers (washable), Hot glue gun ( for ADULT use ONLY), White & assorted colored cardstock, construction paper, cardboard T.P. Tube, black permanent marker

Tech Help for New (and old) Devices

Did you get a new smartphone or tablet as a gift for the holidays but have some questions? Want help setting up Libby or hoopla to 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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