Crafters Needed to Repurpose Books

Crafters Needed
Several of the volunteers and library staff members have been working on note cards and blank cards to
sell in the Bookstore. The Friends would like additional volunteers who like to work on craft projects
to step forward and create note cards, journals, matchbooks, or anything else that you fancy! The spiral notebooks pictured here were made with book covers from books that were too damaged for the store. If you are interested in helping with this project, contact Elizabeth Ritman.
The crafters met for the first time on September 6, and have continued to meet monthly to exchange ideas, help with other crafts (some add ribbons, others stickers, etc!) but would welcome new members. The group would also be glad for any donations of ribbon, yarn,beads, and buttons. Most of the work is accomplished at home, meetings are not mandatory, but we are looking for crafts especially to sell during the holiday season!

Friends Publicity Meetings

by Majel Hall, Publicity Chair
First, the good news: More people have discovered our great auditorium sales and our bookstore.
However, there are still those who do not know about our fabulous book bargains.
President Elizabeth Ritman has called the Friends Publicity Committee to co-ordinate both print and electronic media. Those in attendance in at least one meeting were:  Mary Barret, Barbara Eakins, Ginny Erbe, Nan Frie, Majel Hall, Helen McIver, Elizabeth Ritman, Pat Stephenson and Bruce Witts.
There has been a problem of different times posted for our auditorium sales. We decided that our sales
chair, Bruce Witt, in collaboration with Ginny Erbe, library electronic communications, will decide on the official dates and times. Electronic communications such as web sites, blogs, twitter, myspace and Facebook are increasingly valuable for our publicity. Helen McIver, Eugenia Dragonmir-Daescu and Ginny Erbe are updating all library events and a growing number of people are checking these sites. We are still using our Bulletin Board located in the Library Foyer, which is being maintained by Helen McIver and Julie Taylor.
Bookstore manager, Mary Barrett, also has been expanding publicity through media and print announcements. Besides using our ever faithful Paige Turner, Mary and Pat make bookmarks with our sale dates and times to give out to our bookstore customers. The bookstore distributes sale posters. Mary and Pat Stephenson have also handled the Second Saturday sale promotion.
The publicity committee is mainly a brain-storming group, to think of projects to bring money to the library. President Elizabeth Ritman tries to keep everything orderly, while our secretary, Barbara Eakins, is intent on capturing all the ideas flying around the table.

Please let us know if you have any ideas that you would like to see implemented, or if you would like to volunteer on any of our various projects. We can always use new Friends!

Book Review: Tag Man

Archer Mayor. Tag man (2011)
At last! This is Mayor’s first book to make the NYTimes best seller list, and frankly I thought at least a dozen previous mysteries should have been there.
There are 22 novels featuring VT detective Joe Gunther, with details and interesting descriptions of modern Vermont life.   This is a particularly creepy chapter of the series with an intriguing character that breaks into people’s homes for several hours, seemingly taking nothing, but leaving his calling card ‘Tag’.  He obviously has a penchant for gourmet food (champers and caviar!) as he chooses affluent houses with well stocked fridges. But then he stumbles on nasty secrets and has to run for his life, while also protecting his daughter. The reader soon learns his identity, as well as develops an affinity for him (which I thought would be nearly impossible after the chapter describing what he does inside peoples houses). There is continued development of all the main characters in this series, which is why I often recommend reading these in order. Interestingly, there were clues perhaps to the next book in the series! If you are a fan of Lucas Davenport or Alan Banks, these mysteries should appeal to you.

Mayor received 2004 the NE Independent Booksellers Assoc Award for best fiction, the first time a crime novel has ever been honored   Mayor is also a death investigator for Vt chief medical examiner, deputy Sheriff for Windham County, and an investigator for the Wyndham county state attorney office as well as volunteer firefighter EMT.  He appeared in a number of independent booksellers in Vt recently including the Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick, and Bear Pond books in Montpelier. Up next Mayor will appear at the Fairfax Library on November 17th. In December (10th) he will be in Manchester Vt and on the 11th at the Yankee Bookshop in Woodstock, Vt.  Most events are free and open to the public. Check his website for future signings or readings.


Friends Holiday Sale

This is an exceptional sale of gift quality books that would be PERFECT for those special Christmas presents, gifts for people who love to read, Children’s books at great prices, PLUS our fabulous baked goods from our great Volunteers, Friends and Library staff. You won’t want to miss either day of the sale (shop early, shop often!!). We will also have repurposed book crafts for sale, including journals, calendars, photo holders,  notebooks and other items.

Preserving History at the Library

The Rochester Public Library’s archival collection of county histories and city directories (similar to phone books, but with more information) are ideal resources for helping researchers find answers to their historical questions about Rochester and Olmsted County. These directories can trace home ownership, school or organization history, and even where the name “Kutzky” came from.
Unfortunately, the Library’s original copies of these irreplaceable, sometimes hundred-year-old-plus documents have deteriorated from use through the years. Very few copies of them are in existence anywhere.  Thanks to a generous donation from the Rochester Public Library Foundation (RPLF) and an enthusiastic volunteer, these volumes are not only being saved from further wear and tear, but are also being made available digitally to historians (and the merely curious) via the Library’s website.
A digital book scanner was purchased in 2011 with RPLF funds. This machine allows scanning of pages very easily, without harming the book’s spine.  Images can be saved in a variety of quality levels and formats (such as .pdf, .jpg. or .tif).  Once scanned, these images can then be run through an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) program to convert the image to text and become a searchable document that can be read online. This scanner is available for public use and is located on the second floor of the library—a flash drive is needed to save the scans.
Bryan Graves, the son of Ginny and John Graves, is the library volunteer who faithfully comes twice a week to scan books and documents for the library so they can be loaded onto the Internet. 
For the past three years, Bryan has participated in Supported Employment, a program of PossAbilities of Southern Minnesota.  Since he likes to hang out at Barnes & Noble in his free time, he approached his job coach, Sharon, about working at the Library.  Sharon met with Rochester Public Library’s volunteer coordinator, Marilyn Campbell, to find a project for Bryan. His first library task was to re-label thousands of magazines so issues could be checked out.  With the assistance of Hilary, Katie, and Kim, his current job coaches, Bryan was able to move to the scanning project when the magazines were finished.
Because of Bryan’s desire for perfection and his ease with repetition, he is especially suited to scanning projects.  Bryan carefully scans each page ; the straighter the scan, the better the OCR program will convert to correct text. A single directory may have over 600 pages. That’s a lot of scanning!
Because he can use the new book scanner, push the buttons and work on a computer, Bryan thinks the scanning project is much more enjoyable than labeling magazines or his sometime job at the PossAbilities center, shredding paper.
Bryan lived in North Carolina before moving to Rochester 13 years ago.  He is a John Marshall graduate who loves animation, especially the original Bugs Bunny cartoons and the older Transformers films.
Bryan is doing something the Library couldn’t afford to do without his help.  To have the directories professionally prepared would cost about $320 per book.  Bryan is making a valuable contribution to preserving the history of the community and making it available worldwide.
City directories from 1873 to 1929 are available from the Public Library website as well as some histories of Olmsted County from 1866 and 1910.  Plans are to add additional directories when copyright permits, it as well as various other historical Rochester and library related documents.
Search and view this digital history collection at

Friends Membership

Recently you may have received our annual membership letter asking you for financial support. Stop by the Library or the Bookstore if you did not receive this mailing and ask to join! We are grateful for your partnership with us, especially in this challenged economy.
Your annual dues and contributions are important because they help the Friends and the Library (and hence the community) in many ways: buying or replacing equipment, sponsoring innovative programming, promoting early childhood literacy, etc.

What will we do for you in return?
You get a 20% discount on used books at the Friends Book Store,

early admission to the RochesterFest book sale and other sales,
plus four newsletters throughout the year to keep you informed about Friends activities.
Please be generous. Your renewed commitment to the Library and the Friends is urgently needed and will be deeply appreciated.

Your donation is tax deductible.
Thank you.

READ MN Crime Wave

Established in the fall of 2000, the Minnesota Crime Wave consists of mystery writers Ellen Hart, Carl Brookins, and William Kent Krueger. Between them they have published more than thirty novels and have received nearly two dozen local, regional, and national awards for their writing. They have toured the country several times, presenting over a hundred events and workshops at libraries, bookstores, conferences, and book festivals.
We have a fabulous author visit with them – well over 100 people attended this event and thoroughly enjoyed their readings, discussion, chats and photographs! Thanks to Katherine and Mary B for baking such wonderful cookies! A double treat!
Don’t forget the Bookstore often carries the titles of these authors, as well as MANY more MN authors (and even more mystery writers!) at incredible prices. See you there!

Second Saturday Book Sale

Don’t Miss the Second Saturday Book Sale!

We have a WONDERFUL selection of books!
There are also two carts of VHS tapes!
Attic Treasures, Interesting Collectibles, Fascinating Children’s books, some coffee table books, unusual and rare books…ETC


Alphabet Authors – Vermont

I love the literary alphabet game that the Library plays most Fridays on facebook – so here is one for the State of Vermont….
Vermont authorsA Laurie Alberts, George Aiken
B Chris Bohjalian,  Frank Bryan, Joseph Battell
C David Carkeet
D Deane Davis
E Marc Estrin
F Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Robert Frost
G Thomas C. Greene, Bill Gove
H John Hall
I John Irving
J Charles Johnson
K Francis Parkinson Keyes, Madeleine Kunin
L Jeffrey Lent, Patrick Leahy
M David Mamet, Archer Mayor, George Perkins Marsh
N Howard Norman
O Joseph Olshange
P Jay Parini,  Noel Perrin,  Annie Proulx
R Rowland Robinson
S Bernie Sanders
T  J T Trowbridge, Tasha Tudor
V  RD Veitch
W Conrad Wells
Y Agatha Young
Z Sharon Zeechinelli

Anyone to fill in the blanks?

“If I wake up and I am still in Vermont, it is a good day”