Rochester Reads

If you missed the Rochester Reads Programme, The Worst Hard Time, there is still a chance to read the book, especially with your book group. The Library has extra copies of the book available, and the Book Group in a Bag is also available. The latter is booked out several months already this year, so reserve yours soon. Please call 328-2305 or stop by the Fiction Movies and Music desk to reserve it for your book group.
They are in high demand, so reserve soon.

Rochester Reads is a community wide project presented by the following partners:
Rochester Public Library
Post Bulletin Company
History Center of Olmsted County
Adult adn Family Literacy Program
Barnes and Noble Booksellers
Diversity Council
Rochester Public Schools
Rochester Community and Technical College

Author Visits – Rochester Public Library

 A very proud parent holding her daughters’ first published book!
This will be an upcoming Author Visit in the Library in June.
The book is called the Girl in the Garden, by Kamala Nair, who grew up in Rochester!
Our book group is anxiously awaiting publications and their own copies!

Poetry Event

Southeastern Minnesota Poets is hosting the League of Minnesota Poets annual spring meeting at Assisi Heights in Rochester, MN. The event takes place on April 16th, with registration check-in beginning at 9 AM and runs all day until 4 PM. A registration fee of $35 ($15 for students) includes guest speaker Todd Boss, author of Yellowrocket, as well as poetry critique, open mic poetry reading, book fair and more. The Friends of the Rochester Public Library will be on hand to sell great books at bargain prices.

The event includes lunch with registration prior to April 1st. For details and a registration form, visit the League of Minnesota Poets website at or email for more information.

2011 Friends’ Booksales

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2011 Dates for the Friends of the Library
Book Sales
RPL Auditorium
Friends’ members get into the first day of each sale 1/2 hour earlier than the public. Become a member today and get in early. Friends’ members also get 20% off in the Friends’ Bookstore.
Monday, February 7   
Friends 10:30 a.m.
Public  11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 8      
10:00 a.m. –  3:00 p.m.
This sale raised nearly $2,000. These funds will go towards our goal of purchasing the much needed self-check machines for the library.
Saturday,  April 2       
Friends 1:30 p.m.
Public   2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April  3        
1:30 p.m.    4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 22          
Friends  9:00 a.m.
Public     9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
ThursdayJune 23   
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fall Sale  

Saturday October 15     

Friends 9:00 a.m.
Public 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday October 16         
1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Holiday Gift Book and Bake Sale
Sunday, Dec 4  
Friends 1:00
Public    1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

The Rochester Public Library Foundation held its 10th Annual Wit, Wisdom and Wine gala fundraising event on Saturday, January 15, 2011. This unique event, which raised about $25,000 had a record number of 250 attendees. Throughout the evening, each attendee had a chance to listen to their choice of two speakers, socialize over wine and light refreshments, and outwit/outbid each other in the silent auction.
The Friends donated a number of silent auction items including many of the books that graced the other silent auction items. Friends also contributed to the success of the evening.
This year’s speakers had topics for everyone ranging from Economics, Politics, Pirates, Art, Music, and of course, Wine. The silent auction offered great items that were all donated by local library enthusiasts. There were piles of books, lots of wine, art prints, airplane rides, tickets to Minnesota Wild, and even a wing-backed chair up for bid. Gift certificates for CounterPoint, Great Harvest, zPizza, and even a psychic reading were also on the auction.
The raffle winner of a piece of jewelry donated by Hight & Randall, Ltd. was Bruce Snyder. His wife, Vicki, chose the ring as her prize. Congratulations to both of you!
If you missed it this year, mark your calendar now for the 11th Annual Wit, Wisdom and Wine event which will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2012.
This event wouldn’t be as successful as it is without the volunteers who help the night of the event, the donors who supply us with silent auction and raffle items, the attendees who come to the event and those who bid on the silent auction items and purchase raffle tickets, and of course our sponsors:
BridgeStreet World Wide and Think Mutual Bank were the main co-sponsors of the event.
Other sponsors include: Andy’s Liquor, David & Lois Marris from Keller Williams Realty, Associated Bank, Davies Printing, DoubleTree Hotel, Daubes’ Cakes and Bakery, Hight & Randall, LTD, Barbara and Phil Henoch, Lasker Jewelers, Nigon Woodworks, Inc., US Bank, Windsor Financial, Paustis Wine Company, Finca Flichman Winery, and Anakena Chile Winery.

Friends’ Board Officers

2011 Friends’ Board

Elizabeth Ritman

Barbara Eakins

Carol Stucki

David Anderson

Bookstore Manager
Mary Barrett

Board Members

Kay Aune
Denny Anderson
Barbara Eakins
Shirley Edmonson
Theresa Friedhoff
Majel Hall
Phyllis Hambright
Carol Mikesh
Helen McIver
Elaine Schmidt
Sylvie Nickel
Julie Taylor
Joyce Wenz
Bruce Witts

Library Staff
John Hunziker, Communications Mgr
Gail Harris, Volunteer Coord.
Marilyn Campbell, Volunteer Coord.
Ginny Erbe, Communications

Book Group in a Bag 2011

Just to let you know that the Library has updated (2/3/2011) the Book Group in a Bag title Selection and have some wonderful books for book groups – the selection of titles by author is listed below. There are generally 10 books in a book bag (although more may be available if you have a larger book group). The Friends’ sorting volunteers try to keep extra copies of these books as they are donated. This is a great way to read a classic and enjoy a discussion. Try non-fiction! Experience another culture or another time. Set a date to meet your friends and enjoy the reading experience!
Bryson’s Shakespeare is  excellent. I highly recommend ALL of Ariana Franklin! We can learn a great deal from Gawande (I never miss his articles in the New Yorker). Your next fast passed read should be Kathleen Kent’s Heretic’s Daughter (and then the sequel/prequel!). I am still talking about The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, that I read for the first time last year. Cannot believe I missed that, or it’s sequel a decade ago. Great new author for me. Don’t miss her other books. If you need a lovely gentle read, that is also thought provoking and well written, you will enjoy Helen Simonson’s Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. It is charming. When baseball season rolls around, don’t forget Shoeless Joe (Kinsella) it is a classic.

Book Group Bag Titles

Sherman Alexie – The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian
Katherine Applegate – Home of the brave
Margaret Atwood – The handmaid’s tale
Muriel Barbery – The elegance of the hedgehog
Elizabeth Berg – We are all welcome here
Clara Bingham – Class action
R.D. Blackmore – Lorna Doone
Jenna Blum – Those who save us
Chris Bohjalian – Before you know kindness
T. Coraghessan Boyle – The tortilla curtain
Kevin Brockmeier – The brief history of the dead
Geraldine Brooks – Year of wonders
Bill Bryson – Shakespeare: the world as stage
Caleb Carr – The alienist
Willa Cather – O Pioneers!
Catherine Clinton – Mrs. Lincoln: a life
Bryce Courtenay – The power of one
Andre Dubus III – The house of sand and fog
Daphne Du Maurier – Rebecca
Firoozeh Dumas – Funny in Farsi
Nancy Farmer – The house of the scorpion
Drew Gilpin Faust – This republic of suffering: death and the American Civil War
Ariana Franklin – City of Shadows
Jonathan Franzen – The corrections
Gregory A. Freeman – Lay this body down: the 1921 murders of eleven plantation slaves
Atul Gawande – Better: a surgeon’s notes
Stella Gibbons – Cold Comfort Farm
Lorraine Hansberry – A raisin in the sun
Nicole Helget – The summer of ordinary ways
Ernest Hemingway – For whom the bell tolls
Sheri Holman – The dress lodger
Tony Horwitz – Confederates in the attic
Victor Hugo – The hunchback of Notre Dame
Kazuo Ishiguro – Never let me go
Joseph Kanon – The good German
Kathleen Kent – The heretic’s daughter
Haven Kimmel – A girl named Zippy
Thomas King – Green grass, running water
W.P. Kinsella – Shoeless Joe
Jonathan Kozol – Letters to a young teacher
Jhumpa Lahiri – The namesake
John Le Carre – The constant gardener
James Levine – The blue notebook
Mary Logue – Blood country
Bette Lord – Spring moon
Gregory Maguire – Wicked
James McBride – The color of water
Ian McEwan – Saturday
Alison McGhee – Shadow baby
Wes Moore – The other Wes Moore
Walter Dean Myers – Riot
Kent Nerburn – Neither wolf nor dog
Barack Obama – Dreams from my father
Sara Paretsky – Bleeding Kansas
Gordon Parks – The learning tree
Chaim Potok – The chosen
Susan Power – The grass dancer
Peter Razor – While the locust slept
O.E. Rölvaag – Giants in the earth
Tatiana de Rosnay – Sarah’s Key
Edmund Rostand – Cyrano de Bergerac
Mary Doria Russell – The sparrow
Lisa See – Shanghai girls
William Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet
Fan Shen – Gang of one: memoirs of a Red Guard
Jean Shepherd – In God we trust, all others pay cash
Helen Simonson – Major Pettigrew’s last stand
Harriet Beecher Stowe – Uncle Tom’s cabin
Faith Sullivan – The Cape Ann
Kressmann Taylor – Address unknown
William Makepeace Thackeray – Vanity fair
P.J. Tracy – Monkeewrench
Sarah Vowell – Assassination vacation
Jeanette Walls – Half broke horses
Eric Weiner – The geography of bliss
Elie Wiesel – Night
Thornton Wilder – Our town: a play in three acts
Kao Kalia Yang – The latehomecomer: a Hmong family memoir
Jeffrey Zaslow – The girls from Ames: a story of women and a forty year friendship

Learn.Do.Earn Posters

I always enjoy looking at the art from various schools that gets displayed in the skyway from the library to the rest of downtown, near the skyway entrance to Oakview Plaza. A section of the display is now showing the Learn.Do.Earn Poster Contest for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Students at Rochester Public Schools.
I snapped some photos of only a few of my favorites to share with you. It’s really worth a trip to check out all of them.

Winterfest Sale

The Winterfest booksale was a great success, raising nearly $2,000. These funds will go towards our goal of buying two new self-checks for the library.

 We had over 350 very happy customers attending this event, fulfilling their winter read needs!

Save the Date!

Spring Clean Up Book Sale

    • Gift quality books – Unusual and Special
    • Book sale
Saturday, April 2
2:00pm – 5:00pm – Auditorium
Sunday, April 3
           1:30pm – 4:00pm – Auditorium