Tis a spooky time of year at Rochester Public Library

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The Gillikin family recently visited the Children's Room to take a look around and try out some of the recent gifts from The Friends of the Library (Courtesy photo)

ROCHESTER - When you are out doing your errands, don't forget to stop by and grab a book or DVD for the weekend! We have plenty of items to keep you entertained! No cable fees! Everything is free with your library card!

On Display

Main Floor: Book Displays: Horror!

We're kicking off the month of October with a scary and diverse selection of our horror fiction. We. Have everyone from Stephen King and Shirley Jackson to Jennifer MacMahon and Joyce Carol Oates. Take home one or an armful to get you in that Halloween mood!

And don't forget our non-fiction ghost and paranormal display Get in the Spirit, curated to get you in that Halloween mood with this collection of non-fiction true ghost stories, titles on ESP, the paranormal, haunted houses, tarot card reading and witchcraft!

Music: Main Desk Librarian, Amy, has created a sun new CD display. She says, "the music display is EXTREMELY eclectic this month. Every CD has a song with the word "Fall" in it. If you want to try something new, this is your chance to head on over to the 1st floor by the main desk and check it out!"

Book Review

Main Desk Librarian, Amy, has a great book series suggestion: "My book suggestion this week is for The Dread Penny Society series by Sarah M. Eden. She has written three so far and the library carries all three. They are paperback mysteries with Dread Penny stories sprinkled throughout. The stories take place in Victorian London which is quite a departure from my magic and dragon chasing preferences. The characters are complicated, secretive, talented, and oh so likable in their pursuit of making the poorer parts of London a better place. You will see, "Proper Romance" at the top of each book but don't let that sway you. The relationships are adorable, just like the characters. I give each adventurous installment five stars!"
*Main Desk Librarian, Stephanie, says:"I second this recommendation! The characters are captivating and the stories within stories are clever and funny."

RPL Recommends Animated Videos

Main Desk Librarian (and syndicated cartoonist) Stephanie, and Main Desk Librarian, Karyl, have created a series of weekly animated videos recommending book, DVD and other titles available at the Library. Get ready for Halloween with our upcoming new animated suggestions! See them on our Facebook and Instagram accounts

Kait's Picks

Librarian and YA Book Blogger, Kait, has a new list of recommendations this week. She says: "I love fall. The vivid colors of the leaves as they change; the giddy excitement of children getting ready for Halloween; the crisp air and hot apple cider that make every day feel like magic. And because I love fall so much, I've put together a list of books with stunning covers that give off fall vibes for you today! Happy reading!

Toil & Trouble edited by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe; Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley; You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon; Tigers Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry; Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria; All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell; Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson; Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia; Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco; A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow; Up All Night edited by Laura Silverman; For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing; The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin; For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten; and Spells Trouble by P.C. and Kristin Cast

For more book lists like these and other bookish fun, follow Kait Plus Books at or @kaitplusbooks on social media!

(Most of Kait's list recommendations can be found in the library. Some are available on the Libby app.).

Children's Room

Pumpkin Book Character Project:

The Children's Room is hosting a Pumpkin Decorating Book Character Project! All entries should be based on a book or character from a book. Get out the glue, the glitter, and the paint and submit your creations to the Library between Friday, October 22nd and Wednesday, October 27th. Decorate a craft pumpkin, whole pumpkin or gourd. (Please no carved pumpkins) *Each child will receive a small treat when delivering their pumpkin. Pumpkins will be on display in the library windows thru Oct 31st. All pumpkins must be picked up by Tuesday, Nov 2nd at 4pm. Pumpkins that are not picked up by this time will be disposed of. For more information or if you have any questions, please call the Children's Room 603-335-7549

Fall Story Time: Families, come join us for Story Time outside on the lawn! No registration is required. They are on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m., where children can enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes. A small take home activity is also available. Story Time is appropriate for ages 2-6, but the whole family is welcome to attend. We will make an announcement on Facebook by 9:30 a.m. if there is a cancelation due to weather. Watch our FB page & sign up for our email notifications at Grass may be damp so don't forget a blanket or lawn chair!"

Story Time to Go: will continue for those who prefer using our curbside service. Reserve a themed pre-packed bag with library books, a simple craft idea with directions, and a set of activities by calling the Children's Room at 603-335-7549. These kits are geared for kids age 2 through 6. Ask us about themes.

Tech Help

Our Emerging Technologies Specialist, Jessica, is here to help you if you need help figuring out your new phone, tablet or laptop or if you have any questions about our Library downloadable resources such as hoopla, Libby or Overdrive. To make an appointment contact the library at: 603-332-1428 or

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