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ROCHESTER - We have some great programs coming up. If you are interested in learning about the history of lighthouses or want to paint seashells, sign up soon. Space is limited for these events!

On Display

The new displays are all up on our Main Floor! Check out these book, DVD and music displays next time you're in:
Beach Reads: Maybe one of the most popular displays we do all year! We have a huge selection of books for you to read at the beach, at your camp, by the pool or just at home sitting out on your deck or in front of a fan! Save on gas and airfare as you let these authors take you away to beach houses, tropical resorts and private islands! Located on the two book shelves opposite the Main Desk.

June Brides: We have a variety of fiction to keep you engaged, funny brides, bachelor party participants, bridesmaids and wedding guests all make up these selections! Located at the table near the audiobooks.
Cooking With Fire: It's June and it's officially time to fire up the grill and start cooking! These books will give you great ideas on new recipes for main courses and sides for one, two or a whole gang! Located next to the main desk.

Dad Rock: Music CDs to celebrate your Dad on Father's Day or any time! Our curated collection includes Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bruce Springsteen, Seve Miller, Tom Petty and lots more!

Our Flower Gardens: Many patrons have commented on our beautiful flower gardens! The plants and flowers were purchased with money from the friends and planted by a staff member who volunteered her time to come in early and plant, weed and water our gardens!
Lighthouse Program
Join us for the "New England Lighthouses and the People Who Kept Them" program on Tuesday, June 21st, at 3:00 p.m. in the Community Room.
Everyone knows that there's "something about lighthouses" that gives them broad appeal, but their vital role in our history and culture is little appreciated. Our early nation was built on maritime economy, and lighthouses were part of the system that made that possible. Due to automation, traditional lighthouse keeping is a way of life that has faded into the past. Jeremy D'Entremont tells the history of New England's historic and picturesque lighthouses primarily focusing on the colorful and dramatic stories of lighthouse keepers and their families. To register please visit the Main Desk or call (603)332-1428 ext. 2. Questions? Email Abby at
Seashell Painting with Marina Forbes

Wednesday, June 29th 5:00-7:30 p.m. in the Community Room

In this fun, hands-on workshop we will go into our creative imagination to the Atlantic Ocean to paint beautiful lighthouses and delightful landscapes, unique floral arrangements and seascapes! Using a variety of painting techniques, brush strokes and special effects, this workshop demonstrates step-by-step how to depict beautiful New England landmarks. Artists at all levels of painting experience are welcome. Artists will work with acrylic paints on specially prepared seashells. The goal is to produce authentic pieces of art on a unique surface of a seashell. This program has limited space and registration is required. Visit the Main Desk or call (603)332-1428 ext. 2 to sign up.
Adult Summer Reading Program
The Adult Summer Reading Program is an 18y+ free program that earns you tickets to be entered into a raffle. The program begins on June 13th and will end on July 29th. Participants must register on the Beanstack website or download the app. The first 50 participants will receive an Oceans of Possibilities tote bag! You can read anything and everything, just remember to log the minutes you spent reading to receive raffle tickets. You can read to yourself or aloud to someone else or listen to an audiobook! Your raffle tickets can go towards any of the six prizes that will be drawn on July 29th. The prizes will be posted on the library website and social media on Monday, June 13th. Good luck and happy reading!
Children's Room
Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program kickoff!
Join us outside on the lawn for ice cream, a StoryWalk®, a visit with RPD Community Engagement Officer, Brandon Kimbrough and our summer shark mascot. Be sure to have your picture taken in the Ocean themed photo booth! Stop by anytime between Wednesday, June 15 from 2:30 - 4:00 pm. Should inclement weather occur we will have a smaller event inside the Children's Room.
The Summer Reading Program: the SRP theme is "Oceans of Possibility". The program begins Monday, June 13 and will run for seven weeks until July 24. A calendar of summer events will be available toward the end of May at the Children's Room desk and on the library website. All Children aged 2 and up are welcome regardless of their reading abilities or any other limitations. If you have any questions, please ask us: call 335-7549.
Book Review: RPL Librarian, Amy, shares: "The Postman Always Brings Mice by Holm and Hamel. This re-discovered gem, which is first in the Stink Files series, is sure to entertain your early reader! A British spy cat by the name of James Edward Bristlefur ends up in Newark, NJ by mistake. Narrated by Bristlefur, he makes the best of a tough situation by helping his new human, making friends, and trying his best to get back to the airport so he can travel to his originally intended destination, Norway. The mystery continues in the next installments which we also have in the Children's room."

Beanstack Logging: We will use Beanstack again this year for logging minutes read. Register on the website or download the Beanstack App on the Play or App store. Log what you read and be eligible to win prizes. The program will run for 7 weeks, ending Friday, July 29. All children aged 2 and up are welcome regardless of their reading abilities or any other limitations. If you have any questions, please ask us.
Learn Beanstack: If you missed our Intro class, but still want to learn how to use Beanstack, feel free to call and make an individual tech-help appointment for another time. Call the Main Desk at 603-332-1428 ext. 2 or email
RPL Friends Book Group
The next book for the book club is the popular best seller A Gentleman in Moscow. The discussion date will be July 11 at 1:00 pm in the Community Room. Books are available at the Main Desk.
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 and featuring all new summer themed animations. 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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