UNH history prof to give lecture on Putin's war on Ukraine

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ROCHESTER - The war in Ukraine is on everyone's mind as we've watched the conflict unfold. If you want to learn more about the Russian invasion and the US's role, then sign up for the special program presented on May 10 by Kurk Dorsey, chair of the Department of History at UNH.

Also, mark your calendars for a special class on how to use Beanstack to track your summer reading.

Russia, the United States, and the War in Ukraine
The history behind the Russian invasion of Ukraine is long and complex. In this illustrated talk, Kurk Dorsey, chair of the Department of History at UNH, will delve into the sources of the dispute between Russia on one hand and Ukraine and its allies on the other.
Kurk Dorsey has taught U.S. environmental history and U.S. diplomatic history since 1994 at the University of New Hampshire, where he has won a teaching excellence award and a graduate student-mentoring award. He has published two books, The Dawn of Conservation Diplomacy (1998) and Whales and Nations (2013). The presentation will take place on Tuesday, May 10, at 3 pm in the library Community Room. Patrons will need to register either by stopping by the Main Desk or calling (603)332-1428 ext. 2.
True Crime Book Club
Join Programming Librarian, Abby, for a discussion about this month's book, The Road to Jonestown by Jeff Gunn on Tuesday, May 24, at 6 pm. Copies of the book are available for pickup at the service Desk on the top floor. Questions? Call 607-335-7550 or email
Introduction to Beanstack
Want to participate the library's summer reading programs? Join us for a presentation on how to use Beanstack, the program being used for all of our summer reading programs this year. On Wednesday June 1, at 3 pm in the community room Jessica will teach us all about using Beanstack to log our summer reading and collect prizes.
To register for the class, visit or call the Main Desk at 603-332-1428 ext. 2 or email
If you cannot make it to the class but still want to learn how to use Beanstack, feel free to call and make an individual tech-help appointment for another time.
Black Bears Program.
Join us for Black Bear Happenings on Wednesday, May 18, at 6:00 the Community Room. This program covers a brief history of wildlife in NH, the Sport Fish Restoration Program, black bear natural history, research, and management in NH. Black Bear Happenings is a presentation of the NH Fish & Game Dept. Doug Whitfield and Dennis Walsh, Wildlife Stewards with NH Fish and Game, will cover the life cycle of Black Bears, their habitat needs, and ways to avoid potentially costly conflict with humans.

RPL's Children's Room created a puzzle as a collaborative community art piece.

Children's room Big Puzzle: Rochester Public Library Children's Room created a collaborative community art piece. As part of our National Library Week celebration, children decorated pieces of a 24 x 36 blank puzzle. They used an assortment of buttons, gems, feathers, tissue paper and colored tape to create their individual pieces. The border pieces were finger-painted. "We want to provide a welcoming space for children so they are comfortable here. Seeing their own art hanging on the walls is just another way for kids to feel connected to the library and the community."
Children's Story Basket: Our newest Story Basket features Sarah, Percy & Bill in Owl Babies by Martin Waddell illustrated by Patrick Benson. Children can enjoy using the props to follow along as an adult reads the book or they can retell the story in their own words.
Health Market Connect
Health Market Connect will be conducting weekly workshops in the Community Room on Wednesdays from 10 am -1 pm through May 25. HMC employees will be here to meet with and assist local residents in finding and enrolling in affordable (or sometimes free) insurance plans available to them. They do not (and legally cannot) charge for their services, nor do they favor one plan or insurance company over another, or earn a commission. They are 100% funded through a grant to provide these services to New Hampshire residents.
Inter-Library Loans
If you're looking for a book, DVD, audiobook or other item and can't find it in our catalog, just fill out an Inter-library loan slip and our ILL Librarian, Donna, will stop at nothing to track it down for you! New patrons will have to wait 3 months to request an item from another library.
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. Check them out on our website, Facebook and Instagram accounts.
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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