International Year of the Forest

2011 is the International Year of the Forest
Many projects and programmes have been developed to raise awareness of the importance of conservation and management of forests. ( Deforestation accounts for 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions, which contributes to global climate change. Trees have an important role in biodversity, cultural diversity and environmental benefits. Trees are an integral part of our lives and those of future generations.
Our library is also an integral part of our lives and is a tree of knowledge! The Library is a great center of learning, for young and old, with so many resources (see August Library Newsletter – link) Check out the Bulletin Board in September for our tree craft of re-purposed books. Remember that BOOKS are a great carbon sink!

The book you don’t read won’t help. Jim Rohn
Some people read so little they have rickets of the mind. Jim Rohn
The images of men’s wits and knowledge remain in books. Francis Bacon
True friendship can afford true knowledge.  Thoreau
True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. Socrates
We are drowning in information and starved for knowledge. Anon

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? TE Eliot

Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, mankind the vessel. Augustus William Hare

A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can. Jane Austen

Available at the Library!

We’ve come a long way since the library started.

Miss Edna

This is Miss Edna, Rochester’s first librarian. In her day, paper books were all the library had available for check out.
But now…
Now we have more than just paper books; we have electronic books! Books on CD and cassette and even books that you can download from the internet. Books! Books! Books!

But wait, there’s more!
The library: it’s not just about books anymore.

In our library catalog, we have:

DVDs and VHS videos: documentaries, feature films, exercise videos, do-it-yourself topics, music concerts, Bollywood, independent and international films, etc.
Music on CD, cassette and even downloadable. We also have musical scores.
Mp3 players are available to check out. The library has a download station for use with these or your personal Mp3 players or ebook readers to download electronic material.
CD-ROMs including games for children that are both entertaining and educational, house and landscape design, keyboarding skills, do-it-yourself, etc.
Storytime Kits do contain books but they also are full of thematic toys, games, puzzles, puppets, flannel board stories, etc.
Wii and Play Station games have become quite popular items to check out.
Hand-held engravers to put your name on personal tools or other belongings.
Electric meters to find out how much electricity appliances in your household use. You can calculate your electrical expenses by the day, week, month, even an entire year. You can also check the quality of your power by monitoring voltage, line frequency and power factor. Now you’ll know if it’s time for a new refrigerator or it that old air conditional is still saving you money.

On our website we have access to lots of electronic resources:

  • Auto Repair information,
  • Learn Spanish, German, etc.
  • Take practice tests
  • Get company profiles
  • Search your family history
  • Job Searching links
  • Homework Help
  • etc

In the library building we have

Events for all ages. There are storytimes, music concerts, author visits, game nights, book groups, movies, classes, etc scheduled throughout the year.
Microfilm readers to research old newspapers. Digital scanners make it possible to send the information you find on the microfilm to your email address.
Multiple Internet Stations are located in three areas of the library.
Word Processing computers that have Microsoft Office installed for paper writing or presentation creation, spreadsheets, etc. One of these word processing computers is connected to a scanner and has Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 installed for photo editing.
The Adaptive Workstation allows patrons who are blind or have low vision access to the internet.
Meeting rooms area available for rent.
Quiet Study rooms for one to two people to use at a time. There is also a  larger Quiet study area on second floor, right next to the stairs.
A variety of magazines and newspapers, both in print and online, are available to read both in and out of the library.
So, the next time you think that a library is just about books, think again.

ghost stories

Ghost Stories – Visiting the Beyond
Curt StrutzWednesday, August 3

Curt Strutz, our presentoer, loves haunted houses – loves them so much he visits them and brings his stories back to you!  In his “Visiting the Beyond” seminar, Curt will take you into some of the nation’s most haunted location.  He has visited haunted battlefields, deserted asylums, historic locations and known haunted residences around the United States. Curt has visited them and has the proof on film!

If you missed this spooky event, DON’T miss the September 22 Author Visit by Wendy Webb with her book on the Tale of Halcyon Crane. This is a charming, intriguing mystery that takes place on an island in Lake Superior (modelled after a recognisable Mackinaw Island). Wendy Webb is a Minnesota author who went to school in St. Louis Park and attended the University of Minnesota, where she earned a degree in political science.  Wendy spent the twenty years writing for most of the major publications in the Twin Cities. She currently lives in Duluth, where she is the editor-in-chief of “Duluth-Superior Magazine.”. She recently published her first novel, The Tale of Halcyon Crane, which won the 2011 Minnesota Book Award for Genre Fiction.   Ms. Webb’s presentation will begin at 7:00 PM in the auditorium of the Rochester Public Library, immediately following the Mystery Tea sponsored by the Friends’ Bookstore.   Her book will be available for purchase and autographing.

The Friends’ Bookstore is sponsoring a free Mystery Tea called “Murder at the Earl of Grey’s Hound Manor.”  The tea will begin in the auditorium at 5:30 and end at 6:45, just in time for author Wendy Webb presentation.  Tickets to the tea are free and available in the Friends’ Bookstore on a first-come, first-served basis.  Seating is limited, so get your free ticket today!  If you can’t stop in the store, you can call the store at 328-2308 to request a reservation.  Formal tea party dress is optional!

World Music Series Event at the Library: Guy Mendilow

Join us in the library auditorium tomorrow, Wednesday, August 24 for a culturally diverse music concert by the Guy Mendilow Band.

Led by Israeli composer/performer Guy Mendilow, this spirited quintet breaks down musical boundaries with an inventive blend of Sephardi tempered with Bahian street beats and Blues. “Mendilow is no dilettante,” writes the Boston Phoenix. “He learned the music of these countries by living and working there — so when he sings … he knows what he’s talking about.” Performing in Ladino, Hebrew, Portuguese and English, the band skillfully fuses tradition with a contemporary sound. Alongside lush vocal harmonies, woodwinds and strings, the five members of the Guy Mendilow Band create intricate textures with berimbaus, percussion, trancy jaw harps, and Mendilow’s award-winning overtone singing. The group’s appeal reaches far beyond world music audiences only.

The program is made possible thougth a partnership with Riverside Concerts. This activity is funded by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council through the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Friends Bulletin Board

The summer display, created by Julie Taylor, was so much fun. Great colour, interesting reads, and so much information! Wait til you see what she has in store for the autumn months: hint she is using repurposed paper/books to create an interesting autumn scene!

Thanks to another good Friend of the Library, Eugenia for helping!

Mystery Tea at the Library

For those of you who particularly enjoy Mysteries, the Friends are hosting a tea where participants will be given clues to solve the mystery of who murdered the Earl of Grey. Be sure to pick up your tickets in the Friends’ Bookstore and then join us in the auditorium before you enjoy the fabulous MN mystery author Wendy Webb. The Tale of Halcyon Crane, her first novel, is a delightful ghost story. If you enjoyed The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair, (another recent author visit!) this novel might suit you as well.

Unusual & Special Books Stewardship Team

Summer Activities

Offered over 100 items at RochesterFest sale table in RPL lobby; sold ~$700 worth 
 Highlights of the Rochesterfest Sale:
  • Tomie diPaola child’s book in unknown language [turned out to be Japanese]
  •  Handmade Chinese scrapbook
  • Little Black Sambo  (1972)
  • Very old autograph book              
  • Very large & heavy art books
  • Wanda Gag’s “Three Gay Tales from Grimm” 
  • Leftovers redirected to the
    bookstore (collectible shelves and general stock)
    display case (>$100 sold from there)
    to-be-listed-on-Amazon queue
    U&S storage cabinets for future displays/sales
Sold two collectible children’s books on
  • Broom Closet Family   ($35)
  • How the Mole Got His Pockets   ($150)
Listed old calendars for sale on
Installed Little Books display in glass case

Forwarded “Marriage License Bonds of Accomack County, Virginia from 1774-1806” to the Clerk of Court
  in Accomac, VA

Researched/evaluated/priced/dispensed several hundred books