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)

Christine Rosholt Jazz Quintet

Christine Rosholt

Christine Rosholt Jazz Quintet performed at the Rochester Civic Theatre on Wednesday, February 2 as part of the Rochester Reads celebration. For those who love Jazz standards of the 1930s and ’40s, Christine Rosholt offers a treat. She combines a great voice, charming attitude and presence to breath new life into old standards.
 Visit the Rochester Reads website for more information of our events and to see the book titles chosen as a theme for this year’s program.

This program was funded in part or in whole with money from the Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Sponsorship provided by SELCO.

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.

Friends in February

The Friends have and are participating in quite a few events over the next 4 weeks!
Our AGM is on Monday the 31st January, with a local key note speaker that should be fabulous.
We have our massive Winterfest booksale on the 7, 8th February (Monday and Tuesday).
We are also having a Friends morning coffee for bookstore volunteers on Valentines day.

The Friends has also sponsored some of the Rochester Reads programme, with events including:

January 28 (Friday), 1:00pm, Library Auditorium RPL children’s department will be showing the film Kit Kitteridge: An American Girl

February 2, (Wednesday) 7:00pm, Civic Theatre Jazz singer Christine Rosholt will be performing 30’s & 40’s standards with musical accompaniment.

February 5,  Saturday 10:30am and 1:30pm, Library Auditorium Mike Schneider Polka Band (Pint Size Polka) will perform period music. The Pint Size Polkas! at 10:30am will be geared toward children and their families, and the afternoon event “Polka Entertainment from the 1930s!” at 1:30pm is aimed more toward seniors and their families.

February 6, (Sunday) Minnesota History Center Catch a bus at the library to visit the “Minnesota’s Greatest Generation” exhibit at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. The bus will leave from the library at 12:30pm and return to Rochester at approximately 6:00pm. Transportation and admission to the exhibit free, but total seating is limited to 55 participants. Pre-registration required.

February 11, (Friday) 10:00am, Library – Meeting Room B Ancestry and Heritage Quest Genealogy Database class. Registration is required.

February 15, (Tuesday) 12:00pm, Library – Meeting Room A The Plain Readers book group will discuss The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan.

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, Sunday 2:30pm, Library Auditorium Yaggy Colby History Lecture (currently confirming speakers)

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?

Book Group in A BAG

Think outside the bag!
The Library has a great selection of BOOK GROUP in a BAG, with hundreds of titles in Fiction, Non Fiction, Children’s and Young Adult. There are also wonderful Reading Group or Book Club Guides (with questions, or if you like this author, read these).

Don’t forget that the Rochester Reads book The Worst Hard Time is also available as a BookGroup in a Bag.

So, what is your book group reading next??
We’d like to hear what you are reading throughout the coming year. We would be delighted to open discussion on authors or particular books too. There will be new titles added this year as well. Please let the Library know if you have any titles you can’t wait to read.
Don’t forget to meet the author too = the Library has a number of author visits scheduled for 2011. Watch this space! There are quite a few regional visits of authors as well. Share if you plan to attend.