Cool Reads for Hot Days – ICE CREAM!

We have another fantastic Visiting Author – join us on August 9th at the Plummer House to share cake and ice cream with Ellissa Elliot and learn some of her favourite summer reads, what she is currently writing, and other literary tidbits! We will have a number of literary bucket raffles for some noontime fun. Hope to see you there.

Photo contest

Photo contest – – another chance to win a book and a bottle of summer wine!
Don’t forget to submit a great photo of your cat reading!!
Official Rules
Must be 21 years of age or over to win the library wine.

The book that he has made renders its author this service in return, that so long as the book survives its author remains immortal and cannot die. Richard de Bury 1281-1345 Philobiblion

Summer Reading

Celebrate the Reader!

How do you read? Is summer reading different from any other time of year? do you find those hefty paperbacks for the beach? Do you download your books and browse our electronic library instead of our paper one? Do you keep a reading journal?
It is time to Cheer the act of reading itself!
Grab a great book (at our Bookstore!) and slow down, relax and enjoy:
a transformative textbook
a tome of challenging historical fact or fiction
a beguiling memoir
a slim volume of thoughtful poetry
a whirlwind online romance or chic lit
a downloaded mystery/thriller

an audible travel guide for your journey (figerative or literal)
And GUESS  WHAT? they are all available at ridiculous prices in our bookstore, or free at our library!

Author Visit – Elissa Elliott

Tuesday, August 9
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Plummer House

Elissa Elliott, local author of Eve, will be speaking about her writings during a fund-raising event at the Plummer House benefiting the Rochester Public Library. We look forward to her delightful talk as part of our Cool Reads for Hot days! There will be cake and ice cream, as well as interesting book raffles – all in all a delightful way to spend a summer day. Plan to tour the gardens too!
The proceeds from this event will help purchase a new LittleTikes computer for the children’s area of the library.

For more information or to register for the event visit: or call 328-2343.

Rochesterfest BOOKSALE

The last few hours of our huge booksale will take place today. Stop in for amazing deals on some great summer reading!

A wise man will select his books, for he would not wish to class them all under the sacred name of friends. Some can be accepted only as acquaintances. The best books of all kind can be taken to the heart and cherished as his most precious possession. John Alfred Langford (1823-1903)

Rochesterfest Booksale – last few hours!

LAST DAY FOR THE FRIENDS BOOKSALE!! Get your summer reads!!!
We had a great day yesterday with over $2500 (by donation), so help us achieve more funding for the library! Good books are still left, in all categories (travel, mysteries, paperbacks, hardcovers, children’s, etc etc etc). There are also FREE Library discards!

Rochesterfest – Special and Unusual Books!

There will be a great collection of some Unusual and Special Books at the Rochesterfest Friends Book Sale!
They have limited hours 10:00 – 2:00 pm on Wednesday and Thursday, June 22 & 23, so be sure to drop in when they are available.
 Presented on Christmas 1881 to Miss Jennie Boyle of Decatur, Michigan, it contains 45 autographs [“May your name be found on the ‘page white and fair’.”] as well as almost 20 stunningly unused floral-decorated pages.

Summer Reads

Today is officially the first day of summer! Although rainy and cloudy today, the summer solstice is when we get the most hours of sunlight all year (because the North Pole is tilted toward the sun). When did the notion of “summer reading” first appear? American families seldom had leisure time to enjoy a reading weekend or a week even, until the 1960s. Many people refrained from reading as a bluestocking activity;
e.g. brainfever! However, many people read throughout their lives, during the evenings or stolen moments at lunch, on the bus, during the commute (thank you audio books!). Previously the USA had a great literacy rate, with much self-education as life long learning (much of it by candlelight and gaslight!)
The anticipation of a few leisurely summer days gives readers a destination and goal. I always stockpile new books as well as books recommended by others for summer reads. Ok, I always have a pile of books that I want to read! But knowing that many authors will be having their big debuts/sales in the autumn, summer is a time to read for pleasure – anything that takes your fancy. Classics, mysteries, fiction, history, historical thrillers, romance, period pieces, out of print novels, those yard sale delights that you couldn’t resist for a dollar (or less!). To say nothing of reading through that stack you collected over winter, kept warm by the promise of sultry summer sunshine. Share your reading lists this summer – please comment! One bookclub just finished reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – and highly recommends it.

Today is also the birthay of Ian McEwan, well known for his book Atonement (and the movie). Several other distinguished novels include Amsterdam (1998), Saturday (2005), On Chesil Beach (2007), and Solar (2010). I love his reading quote: “My ideal state as a reader when I’m reading other people is feeling I’m vaguely wasting my time when I’m not reading that novel.”