Library – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com Official News Portal Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:45:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 https://i2.wp.com/rochesternhnews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/114/2017/06/cropped-color-seal-correct.png?fit=32%2C32 Library – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com 32 32 129230579 Rochester Library’s Story Time Brings Kids and Parents Together for Reading and Activities https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/09/1191/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/09/1191/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:14:46 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1191 ROCHESTER -- The Rochester Public Library invites residents with young children to sign up for its upcoming session of Spring Story Times. 

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ROCHESTER — The Rochester Public Library invites residents with young children to sign up for its upcoming session of Spring Story Times. 

Story Times meet weekly, allowing small groups of children from 1 year old to kindergarten to enjoy readings and activities facilitated by library staff. Registration for the spring session begins at 9 a.m. on Feb. 21 and can be completed by going to the library or calling 603-335-7549. 

“We want this to be a really child and family friendly space,” Children’s Room Librarian Marie Kelly said. “In terms of our programming, we put a big emphasis on making it fun and appealing to kids rather than strictly educational. It’s also a great way for kids and parents to enjoy time together and socialize.”

Each sessions runs for six weeks. The schedule, beginning March 12, is as follows:

Toddler Time — Thursdays at 9:15 a.m. 

Toddlers between 12 and 24 months and their parent or caregiver meet with a librarian for 20 minutes of stories, songs and finger plays. Parents are invited to stay for coffee/tea in the Story Time Room after the program. Toys will be available for the toddlers to play with while adults get a chance to socialize. Unfortunately, siblings are not permitted to join. 

2-3 years old — Mondays at 10 a.m.

Children and parents or caregivers meet with a librarian for 30 minutes of stories, games and a craft. Siblings may attend with the librarian’s approval.

3-4 years old — Tuesdays at 10 a.m.

Children meet independently with a librarian for 30 minutes of stories, songs and a craft.

Family Story Time (2-5 years old) — Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Children and parents or caregivers meet with a librarian for 30 minutes of stories, games and a craft. Younger children attend with a parent, older children may attend independently. Siblings may attend with the librarian’s approval.

Four-year-olds through kindergarten — Tuesdays at 6 p.m. 

Children meet independently with a librarian for 45 minutes of stories, songs and a craft. 

For more information about Story Time, click here.

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February Vacation Programs at the Children’s Room https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/05/february-vacation-programs-childrens-room/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/05/february-vacation-programs-childrens-room/#respond Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:10:20 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1165 Tuesday February 27: Bridles and Bits at 6:00pm Would you like to learn more about what it takes to care for a horse? Open to children age 8 to 12. Children must be registered. Stop by the Children’s Room Desk or call 335-7549. Thursday, March 1: Build –It Workshop from 10:00am-12:00 noon Kids between the …

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Tuesday February 27: Bridles and Bits at 6:00pm

Would you like to learn more about what it takes to care for a horse? Open to children age 8 to 12. Children must be registered. Stop by the Children’s Room Desk or call 335-7549.

Thursday, March 1: Build –It Workshop from 10:00am-12:00 noon

Kids between the ages of 5-12 can build temporary structures using Lego’s, Lincoln Logs, Marble Runs and other building supplies  Stay for the whole time, or just a little while!

Saturday March3: Make-It and Take-It from 10:00am-12:00 noon

Kids 2 and up can drop in any time between 10:00am and 12:00 noon to make an Egg-Carton and Jingle Bell Chime. Older children may attend independently, but younger children should be accompanied by an adult.

 

For more details on these programs, check out the Children’s Room

Newsletter, our Facebook Page, or call 335-7549.

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The Rochester Public Library presents: Seed Starting with UNH Master Gardener Christine Templeton https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/01/rochester-public-library-presents-seed-starting-unh-master-gardener-christine-templeton/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/01/rochester-public-library-presents-seed-starting-unh-master-gardener-christine-templeton/#respond Thu, 01 Feb 2018 20:14:30 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1156 Wednesday, March 28th, at 6pm This is a great time to start seeds! We will discuss obtaining quality seeds, selecting or making the right soil to start your seeds, what containers work best, proper lighting, when to start which seeds, and tips and tricks for success. This event is free but registration is required. You …

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Wednesday, March 28th, at 6pm

This is a great time to start seeds! We will discuss obtaining quality seeds, selecting or making the right
soil to start your seeds, what containers work best, proper lighting, when to start which seeds, and tips and tricks for success.

This event is free but registration is required. You may register at the Main Desk or by calling 332-1428 or by emailing us at reference@rpl.lib.nh.us.

 

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Rochester Public Library Invites Public to Take Advantage of a Wide Range of Services https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/24/get-to-know-the-rochester-public-library/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/24/get-to-know-the-rochester-public-library/#respond Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:57:21 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1142 With the celebration of its 125th anniversary underway, Director Brian Sylvester invites residents to connect with the Rochester Public Library and learn more about how it can best serve their needs.

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With the celebration of its 125th anniversary underway, Director Brian Sylvester invites residents to connect with the Rochester Public Library and learn more about how it can best serve their needs.

Rochester’s library has come a long way since it first opened its doors in 1893, expanding its offerings from printed books and periodicals to include a broad range of services that can help residents remain engaged with and informed about their community and their world. 

Audio/Visual

  • Overdrive: Library members have unfettered access to Overdrive, allowing them to borrow e-books and audiobooks for their smartphones, tablets and e-readers directly from the Libby smartphone app.
  • Hoopla: Residents can use their library cards to stream movies and television shows, as well as documentaries, on their own devices. It also features books, audiobooks and comics. Checkout or streaming is limited to five items per month.
  • IndieFlix: Movie and film buffs can choose from thousands of independent titles, including more than 8,000 high quality short films, as well as feature-length films and documentaries from 85 counties.
  • Mango Languages: Your library membership gives you the opportunity to learn how to communicate across borders by trying language learning software at your convenience.

Off-Site Activities

  • Theatre Pass Program: The Rochester Public Library offers free or discounted passes to area theaters, including the Seacoast Repertory Theatre, the Rochester Opera House, the Star Theatre and Hackmatack Playhouse. All passes are subject to availability and can be reserved by calling 603-332-1428, extension 2.
  • Museum Pass Program: Members can visit the library and grab passes to a variety of museums throughout the area, including Boston, at a discount or for free. The program includes — but is not limited to — the Seashore Trolley Museum (two adults and up to four children free per pass), Strawberry Banke (two adults and two children free per pass), Wright Museum (two adults and four children free per pass), Boston’s Museum of Science (up to four people for $10 per person) and the Museum of Fine Arts (up to two people for $10 each).

On-Site Activities

The library features a variety of regular and special events, including the upcoming unveiling of a portrait of the city’s first librarian. It also offers a weekly get-together of needle crafters — Common Threads — every Monday from 9:30-11 a.m. The library also has regularly scheduled activities on Wednesday evenings, including an upcoming screening of “Dunkirk” on Jan. 31 at 6 p.m.

“We want members and non-members alike to know about the full scope of what the library has to offer,” Sylvester said. “We really have something for everyone, and a library membership provides benefits that extend well beyond our walls.”

The Rochester Public Library currently has between 8,000 and 10,000 active members. Joining, which is free for residents and city employees and costs $60 per year for anyone else, takes about 10 minutes. To learn more about what’s required to sign up for a library card — including accepted types of proof of residency — visit http://www.rpl.lib.nh.us/help/RPL_FAQ.html#getcard.

For more information about all of the library’s programs, visit www.rpl.lib.nh.us/.

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The Rochester Public Library presents: Monthly Meditation https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/18/rochester-public-library-presents-monthly-meditation/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/18/rochester-public-library-presents-monthly-meditation/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:30:28 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1102 The Rochester Public Library presents: Monthly Meditation February 2nd March 2nd April 13th May 11th June 8th Join us one Friday every month from 10-11am when Healthy Lifestyle Coach Cindy Simon presents a workshop on meditation. Are you new to meditation? Looking to deepen your practice? All are welcome! Where does most of your awareness and attention go? …

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The Rochester Public Library presents: Monthly Meditation

February 2nd March 2nd April 13th May 11th June 8th

Join us one Friday every month from 10-11am when Healthy Lifestyle Coach Cindy Simon presents a workshop on meditation. Are you new to meditation? Looking to deepen your practice? All are welcome! Where does most of your awareness and attention go? Do you live in the moment?

Relax and imagine peaceful scenery, learn deep stillness and quiet, utilize positive affirmations, rid your mind of negative chatter. Learn to bring meditation into your everyday life and discover deeper relaxation, sleep, patience and calm and less anger, anxiety and depression.

This event is free but space is limited. You can register at the Main Desk or by calling 332-1428 or emailing us at reference@rpl.lib.nh.us

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The Rochester Public Library presents: Yoga For Every Body https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/18/rochester-public-library-presents-yoga-every-body/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/18/rochester-public-library-presents-yoga-every-body/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:07:39 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1098 FEBRUARY 7TH YOGA HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH. Registration is now open for February 15th and 21st!   Join yoga teacher Naomi Kaplan, RYT 200, for a class that is built for everyone. Mats and blocks are provided, but feel free to bring your own! You may also wish to bring a blanket …

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FEBRUARY 7TH YOGA HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH.

Registration is now open for February 15th and 21st!

 

Join yoga teacher Naomi Kaplan, RYT 200, for a class that is built for everyone. Mats and blocks are provided, but feel free to bring your own! You may also wish to bring a blanket for use during relaxation. Classes are free but registration is required. You may register at the main desk or by calling 332-1428 or by emailing us at reference@rpl.lib.nh.us Participants ages 13-17 years old must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

 

This event is free but space is very limited. You can register at the Main Desk or by calling 332-1428 or emailing us at reference@rpl.lib.nh.us

 

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Rochester Public Library to Pay Tribute to Founding Librarian https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/11/rochester-public-library-pay-tribute-founding-librarian/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/11/rochester-public-library-pay-tribute-founding-librarian/#respond Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:36:10 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1074 Director Brian Sylvester is pleased to announce that the Rochester Public Library will hold a reception in honor of Lillian E. Parshley, the city’s first librarian, and unveil a portrait of her that will hang in one of the two reading rooms.  The ceremony will take place at the library, 65 South Main St., Friday, …

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Director Brian Sylvester is pleased to announce that the Rochester Public Library will hold a reception in honor of Lillian E. Parshley, the city’s first librarian, and unveil a portrait of her that will hang in one of the two reading rooms. 

The ceremony will take place at the library, 65 South Main St., Friday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Parshley served as the city’s first librarian for more than half a century — from 1893 to 1945 — and oversaw the institution’s dramatic expansion over the course of her 52-year tenure as its leader. The ceremony honoring her is part of an ongoing celebration of the library’s 125th anniversary. 

The Rochester Public Library was established by a vote of the city council in June of 1893, after a concerted effort from the public led by the Grange and the Rochester Courier. The city’s first free public library was built from the collection held by the Rochester Social Library company, itself a city institution dating back to 1792. Roughly 2,000 volumes were donated to the new public library, and the city appropriated funds annually to maintain the building and collection. 

Parshley was born in Strafford and moved to Rochester as a young girl. She graduated from the Maple Street School — the city’s high school at the time — and worked briefly in her father’s insurance agency, where she was trained as a business executive. That training and experience led the first Rochester Board of Library Trustees to hand pick Parshley to oversee the newly-created organization. 

During her tenure, she stewarded the library through the construction of the stately Carnegie building in 1905 and oversaw that building’s renovation in 1941. The remodel included the installation of a second floor museum in what is now the Carnegie Gallery, featuring artwork from the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts.  

The portrait of Parshley had long been kept in a non-public special collections area within the library, along with other artifacts from its history, but will now be prominently displayed as a lasting tribute. 

“Lillian Parshley’s legacy lives on each and every day within the walls of the public library,” Director Sylvester said. “We are excited to be able to honor her and celebrate the work she did to make this invaluable institution everything it is today.”

Parshley oversaw the library until her passing in January 1945, and in that time guided its growth from a collection of 2,000 titles in a few small rooms to a thriving library of more than 40,000 titles housed in its own freestanding building.

Today, the Rochester Public Library is the seventh largest public library in New Hampshire, welcoming over 150,000 visitors annually and boasting a collection of more than 80,000 physical items as well as a burgeoning digital collection. 

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