Rochester Public Library: Halloween Spirit

It’s almost October and people are already getting into the Halloween mood! Next time you visit our new In the Spirit display on the ground floor. The children’s room will also have a new DIY coming soon,

On display

Ground Floor: Our In the Spirit downstairs reception display is designed to get you in that Halloween vibe with this collection of non-fictional real ghost stories as well as titles about ESP, the paranormal , haunted houses, tarot card reading and witchcraft.

Teen Room: Our new YA librarian, Sarah, put together a colorful display of YA graphic novel, highlighting the diversity of this genre.

RPL Friends Bouquets from Hannaford

Let’s change the world, one bunch at a time. You still have time to enjoy a floral bouquet AND help the Friends of Rochester Public Library. The Friends of the Library and Hannaford on North Main Street and Milton Road have teamed up to help RPL with their flower bouquet program. For each purchase of a Bloomin ‘4 Good bouquet at $ 12 (those with the red round sticker), $ 1 will be donated to the library. By purchasing a bouquet for yourself, a friend or family member, you are helping support Friends of the Library programs.

Rochester Public Library has spooky displays for the Halloween season.

RPL recommends animated videos

Main Office Librarian (and Syndicated Cartoonist) Stephanie and Main Office Librarian Karyl have created a weekly animated video series recommending books, DVDs and other titles available at the library. Find them on our Facebook and Instagram accounts

Kait’s choices

Librarian and book blogger YA Kait has a new list of recommendations this week. She says, “Last week I (re) read a trilogy of books by one of my all-time favorite authors, Ally Carter. Listening to Heist Society reminded me how much I love heist books, so today I put together a list of other heist thrillers for those of you who love action, adventure and explosions! Good reading!

Heist Society * by Ally Carter; Spellhacker by MK England; The Golden Wolves * by Roshani Chokshi; Death prefers Caleb Roehrig’s blondes; Immoral Code by Lillian Clark; Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte; Heart of Iron * by Ashley Poston; and of course, Six of Crows * by Leigh Bardugo.

* Titles with asterisks are series, others are stand-alone books.

For more book listings like these and other book entertainment, follow Kait Plus Books on or @kaitplusbooks on social media!

(Most of the recommendations on Kait’s list are in the library. Some are available on the Libby app.)

Art lectures for art lovers

The library received a grant from New Hampshire Humanities to present a three-part series by art history scholar Jane Oneail. The first of these events took place on Monday September 20 and will be followed by Parts 2 and 3 on October 18 and November 8. Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Childe Hassam and Maxfield Parrish are some of the artists covered in this program. .

This program is free and open to the public. You can register by emailing us at [email protected] and we will send you the meeting link for the event. Call us at 603-332-1428 with any questions.

The children’s room

Fall Story Time: Story time takes place outside on the lawn. No registration is required. They take place on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am, where children can enjoy stories, songs and nursery rhymes. A small take-out activity is also available. Story time is suitable for ages 2 to 6, but the whole family is welcome. We will make an announcement on Facebook before 9:30 am if there is a cancellation due to the weather. View our FB page and sign up for our email notifications at Grass can be wet so don’t forget a blanket or lawn chair!

Take-Out Story Time: will continue for those who prefer to use our curbside service. Reserve a pre-packaged thematic bag with library books, a simple craft idea with instructions, and an activity set by calling the children’s room at 603-335-7549. These kits are intended for children from 2 to 6 years old. Learn about the topics.

Bat Coffee Filter ~ Take It & Make It Craft

The queen of super crafts Jenn has a new Take it & Make it Craft. An easy to make coffee filter bat perfect for hanging as a Halloween decoration! Families can pick up a kit from Saturday October 2 to 9 or until they leave. Pickup times are only during library opening hours. The kits will be near the entrance to the children’s room. (One kit per child, please.) Here is a list of basic supplies that are helpful in carrying out our monthly projects. Many items are probably things that are already in the house or are easy to find. You may or may not use all of the items listed. List of basic supplies: craft glue, white glue and / or glue stick, scissors, clear tape and masking tape (or washi tape), pencils, watercolors, acrylic / craft paints, assorted brushes, markers (washable), hot glue gun (for ADULT use ONLY), white and assorted color card stock, construction paper, cardboard TP tube, black permanent marker.

Technical help

Our emerging tech specialist, Jessica, is here to help if you need help finding your new phone, tablet, or laptop, or if you have questions about our library’s downloadable resources such as hoopla, Libby, or Overdrive. . To make an appointment, contact the library at: 603-332-1428 or [email protected]

Wall art

The city’s Arts and Culture Commission worked with a diverse group of NH artists to create vinyl murals as part of an art walk and now displayed on city buildings, including the library. Check them out on your next visit.

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