Friends in February

The Friends have and are participating in quite a few events over the next 4 weeks!
Our AGM is on Monday the 31st January, with a local key note speaker that should be fabulous.
We have our massive Winterfest booksale on the 7, 8th February (Monday and Tuesday).
We are also having a Friends morning coffee for bookstore volunteers on Valentines day.

The Friends has also sponsored some of the Rochester Reads programme, with events including:

January 28 (Friday), 1:00pm, Library Auditorium RPL children’s department will be showing the film Kit Kitteridge: An American Girl

February 2, (Wednesday) 7:00pm, Civic Theatre Jazz singer Christine Rosholt will be performing 30’s & 40’s standards with musical accompaniment.

February 5,  Saturday 10:30am and 1:30pm, Library Auditorium Mike Schneider Polka Band (Pint Size Polka) will perform period music. The Pint Size Polkas! at 10:30am will be geared toward children and their families, and the afternoon event “Polka Entertainment from the 1930s!” at 1:30pm is aimed more toward seniors and their families.

February 6, (Sunday) Minnesota History Center Catch a bus at the library to visit the “Minnesota’s Greatest Generation” exhibit at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. The bus will leave from the library at 12:30pm and return to Rochester at approximately 6:00pm. Transportation and admission to the exhibit free, but total seating is limited to 55 participants. Pre-registration required.

February 11, (Friday) 10:00am, Library – Meeting Room B Ancestry and Heritage Quest Genealogy Database class. Registration is required.

February 15, (Tuesday) 12:00pm, Library – Meeting Room A The Plain Readers book group will discuss The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan.

February 25, 26 and 27, Rochester Civic Theatre lobby stage (7:00pm performances on Friday and Saturday, 2:00pm matinee on Sunday) Jerry Casper’s play Faces of the Dust, tells the stories of three men from different walks of life sharing their view and struggles with the dust storms.

February 27, Sunday 2:30pm, Library Auditorium Yaggy Colby History Lecture (currently confirming speakers)


Not sure if this is this year or last, currently going around the internet/email circuit, but some wonderful fun to share. Don’t forget the great book : Imaginary Words by Jeffrey and Carole Bloom (2004)

Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly neologism contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.

The winners are:

1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.

3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.

6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.

7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle (n.), olive-flavored mouthwash.

9. Flatulance (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.

10. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.

11. Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.

12. Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.

13. Pokemon (n), a Rastafarian proctologist.

14. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
15. Frisbeetarianism (n.), The belief that when you die, your Soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

16. Circumvent (n.), an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.

The Washington Post’s Style Invitational also asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

Here are this year’s winners:

1. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

2. Foreploy (v): Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

3. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

4. Giraffiti (n): Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

5. Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.

6. Inoculatte (v): To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

7. Hipatitis (n): Terminal coolness.

8. Osteopornosis (n): A degenerate disease.

9. Karmageddon (n): its like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer.
10. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

11. Glibido (v): All talk and no action.

12. Dopeler effect (n): The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

13. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.

14. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

15. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you’re eating.

And the pick of the literature:

16. Ignoranus (n): A person who’s both stupid and an asshole.

Winterfest Booksale

Please Join Us for our Next BOOKSALE! We will have a wide variety of fiction, non-fiction, paperback and hardcovers to chose from. This is a two day auditorium sale, with new books added as space becomes available.
Remember Friends memberships entitles you to early admission for best choice.

Winterfest  Booksale   

Monday February 7th   
Friends early admission at 10:30 a.m.
Public  11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday February 8th   
10:00 a.m. –  3:00 p.m.

Rochester Reads

Rochester Reads : The Worst Hard Time:  the untold story of those who survived the great American dust bowl. by Timothy Egan

Egan is a journalist who worked for NYTimes for 18 years as PNW correspondent, reporter. He lives in Seattle WA.  Egan won the National Book award with this book. His latest book is The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the fire that saved America.
Dust storms terrorized America’s high plains in the darkest years of the depression, never seen before or since. Living members of six families/communities depict their struggles. Their stories were never fully told and will be lost without this in-depth interview. The descriptions include desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black blizzards, crop failures, and death. And while this is depressing, the light of the hope and human endurance shines.

Discussion topics include:

What events led up to the great depression?

What caused the dust bowl – human conditions or weather?

How did the dust bowl/depression affect the midwestern farms?

How did the govt help victims of the dust bowl and the depression?  New Deal responses, what was effective, what not.

How does this relate to the environmental concerns of today/global warming/climate change?

Did you like Egan’s writing style?

Book Publishers Day

January 16th is Book Publishers Day!

Check out your favourite publisher for special deals this week! A favourite of mine is of course Penguin Books, but I also greatly appreciate small presses. One of my all time favourite authors Susan Hill has a publishing house. I believe the actor Viggo Morgensten does as well.

Wit Wisdom & Wine fundraiser

Registration information is now available for our 10th Annual Wit, Wisdom & Wine fundraiser for the Rochester Public Library Foundation.

This entertaining and intellectual fundraising event features a variety of speakers.  Attendees select two class choices to attend. Wine and Hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the evening, with special wine tasting and refreshments following the second class.