Brews and Clues – Registration Update

We realize that the opportunity to taste almost 50 beers could be quite, how do we say… a little more intoxicating than normal tasting sessions usually allow; we are allowing designated drivers to get into this event for free! *
Each beer sample is a 2 oz pour so you will be able to pick a number of samples. This is an opportunity for you to discover new beers and new tastes at a fraction of the price of each beer. Some of these beers go for $15/bottle!
*Some people think three is a crowd but for us, three is the magic number. Purchase two tickets for the event and you can bring your very own designated driver who will get their fill of 1919 root beer, a wine spritzer, or other soft beverages.
This is a special opportunity for online ticket sales since we are not advertising this anywhere else!
The deadline for early bird registration is Friday! Register now! No tickets are given out, when registering, please provide full names for your entire party (even your designated driver) for the list at the door.

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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

Rochester Reads

Literature is the last banquet between minds. Edna O’Brien

Rochester Reads events schedule:
TODAY

February 15, 12:00pm, Library – Meeting Room A The Plain Readers book group will discuss The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan.
Save the Dates::
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, 2:30pm, Library Auditorium Yaggy Colby History Lecture (currently confirming speakers)

Rochester Reads – The Worst Hard Time

Rochester Reads seeks to encourage community discussion, family reading, literacy, understanding and cross community interaction by promoting the reading of one book and hosting discussions and events about the book.
This year Rochester Reads focuses on three books written about the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s.
The main selection is The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan, which tells the story of a time when “Dust clouds boiled up, ten thousand feet or more in the sky, and rolled like moving mountains”.
Allison Lassieur’s The Dust Bowl: An Interactive History Adventure has been selected as the junior title. This “You Choose” book explores many different story paths through the Dust Bowl years.
Leah’s Pony by Elizabeth Friedrich and Michael Garland, the picture book selection, tells the story of a farm family in the Great Plains trying to survive in a time of bank foreclosures and economic hardship.

The Friends of the Rochester Public Library are one of the proud 2011 Sponsors of this programme.

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?

Scotland 2010

Edinburgh was the first UNESCO city of literature. It is certainly a place where people get involved with words, holding one if not the largest book festivals in the world. But it is also home to many authors, writers, poets,past and present. The city now has a literature quarter along the High Street, between the castle and the palace! Besides one of my favorite museums -the writer’s museum, there are new venues such as the Scottish book trust, the Scottish storytelling centre and the Scottish poetry library. There are 26 lending libraries as well as the national library, a repository for published works (as well as priceless manuscripts and volumes of early authors). There is also a wonderful array of bookstores!

Scotland has a long literary history from its parliament passing the first compulsory education law in 1496, publishing industry beginning in 1508, the amazing Scottish enlightenment, to its current literary status in the world. Edinburgh isn’t quite built on books, but it has always been filled with writers, as well as a destination spot for literary travelers.
I share two quotes that you might recognise:
“Did not such strong connections draw me elsewhere, I believe Scotland would be the Country I should chuse to spend the Remainder of my days in.” Benjamin Franklin on visiting Edinburgh

“It seemed as if the rock and castle assumed a new aspect every time I looked at them; and Arthurs Seat was perfect witchcraft. I don’t wonder that anyone residing in Edinburgh should write poetically.” Washington Irving.

They certainly write poetically about their whisky too. I will have much to talk about on our Celtic Evening celebration!