ROCHESTER – First off, best wishes to our intern and former staff member, Abby, on achieving her master’s of library science degree. We wish her luck in the great field of Library Science.
We are excited for the upcoming free online art class featuring artist and illustrator Chelsea Kirchoff. We are also delighted that the Friends of the Library Book Club is back with great selections for the coming months.
Free online art class to help pandemic fatigue
Reference Librarian Beth asks: “Are you feeling creatively exhausted? Trying to find something to shake up your week while you deal with pandemic fatigue? Then this class is for you! The hour-long workshop will take place on Saturday, May 22 at 2 p.m., so mark your calendars.
Freelance illustrator Chelsea Kirchoff presents, “You Can Draw This,” a 2-D drawing-based class focusing on simple techniques combined with an encouraging and relaxing atmosphere to take artistic chances. Anyone is welcomed to join regardless of background or previous drawing experience. This will be a *live* Webex event and is free but registration is required. You can register by emailing us at RPLReference@rochesternh.net
The only supplies you’ll need to participate are a few sheets of printer paper, pencil, something with a straight edge to make straight lines (ruler or cardboard or a book will do).
Kirchoff is a freelance illustrator and artist who graduated from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit with a BFA in illustration. In addition to freelance and commissions, she also teaches Zoom art lessons and is the director of an art camp in the summertime in Michigan. Although she uses a variety of media, pencil and pen have always been her go-to. When she isn’t drawing, she loves trying out different pizza places and looking for statement earrings.
Friends of the Library Book Club
Reference Librarian Beth shares some more good news: “The Friends of the Library book group has returned to RPL! The group will meet the second Monday of each month at 1 p.m. out on the lawn. It is open to the public and will meet outside monthly until it is possible to bring the group back inside the library. Please bring your own chair or we can provide one for you. The first meeting will be May 10, and the book under discussion will be ‘Homegoing’ by Yaa Gyasi. Books are available for curbside pickup by calling 603-332-1428 ex. 2. If you have any questions, please give us a call or email us at RPLBookGroup@gmail.com. We hope to see you there.”
Upcoming dates and titles to mark on your calendar are June 14, “Waking Up White” by Debby Irving; July 12: “The Good Earth” by Pearl S. Buck; Aug. 9: “My Life in France” by Julia Child
We’ll always have Paris DVDs
While April in Paris was a popular song, once upon a time, it is always the right time to enjoy a quick trip to the scene of some popular movies through our DVD collection.
Here are a few titles set in the city of romance, great food and even espionage: An American in Paris, Paris Can Wait, Gigi, Funny Face, Marie Antoinette, Before Sunrise, Amelie, Charade, Moulin Rouge, Day of the Jackal, Breathless
Children’s Room update
Snail Mosaic~Take It & Make It Craft: This will be the last Take it and Make it Craft until September. Families can pick up a kit through Saturday, May 8 or until they are gone, whichever happens first. Pick-up times are during library open hours only. The kits will be inside the Children’s Room entryway. (One kit per child please.)
hoopla Bonus Borrows
If you have an RPL card and haven’t tried hoopla, everything it offers is yours to borrow for free. Each library card holder has five checkouts per month and access to hoopla’s Instant collection of over 950,000 eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, comics, and more available through the RPL website.
hoopla Bonus Borrows run through May 31. Patrons can choose from hundreds of titles in the hoopla Bonus Borrows collection. How it works: When a patron borrows an Instant Bonus Borrows title it will not count against your five-borrow limit for the month of May.
Library expands hours
We have expanded our pick-up and 45-minute browsing hours for your convenience. New hours are: Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
Walk-in appointments welcome
Sometimes you just need to grab something to read, watch or listen to and happen to be near the Library but forgot to make a browsing appointment. Don’t let that stop you. Just drop by the Greeter’s Station and we’ll see how we can accommodate you.
Make an appointment to visit the Library to browse the shelves, read the newspapers or use a computer. Call 332-1428 extension 2 to set up an appointment.
RPL-To-Go is always available for anyone uncomfortable choosing books in person. You can request books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks and even magazines. Just place items on hold in our catalog, call 603-332-1428 ext. 2, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your requests.