Rochester Reads 2012

The Rochester Reads committee decided to highlight the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War by selecting two books by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist/author Tony Horwitz, as well as a junior title for middle-school students, and a picture book for the pre-school-kindergarten crowd. Confederates in the Attic: dispatches from America’s unfinished Civil War (1998), and Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War (2011) are the two adult titles. Tony Horwitz will be speaking on the topic of Civil War and the origins of the conflict on Monday, April 9 at Willow Creek Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.

The junior title is The River Between Us by Richard Peck, and the picture book is B is for Battlecry by Minnesota author Patricia Bauer, who will be visiting several Rochester classrooms on April 10 as part of Rochester Reads.

In addition to the author visits, we will be hosting a kick-off event with Mayor Brede and the musical group The New Pearl Buttons  on February 13 at the library, and there will be a number of other events – lectures on the Civil War, children’s & YA events, book discussion groups – in March and April. All information will be available on the http://www.rochesterreads.org/ as events are finalized.

Rochester Reads 2012 is sponsored by:
Friends of the Rochester Public Library
Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Post-Bulletin Company
Doubletree Hotel

and partnered with:

Adult and Family Literacy Program
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Diversity Council
The History Center of Olmsted County
Post-Bulletin Company
Rochester Public Library
Rochester Public Schools
Rochester Community and Technical College



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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)

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)