At the Rochester Public Library we strive to provide a variety of programs to meet the needs and interests of our patrons. Click HERE to see our Fall 2022 newsletter. Please contact the Library if you have any questions.

Holiday Party with Santa

Saturday | 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Mark your calendars! Santa will be arriving on the fire truck Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 p.m. Have your cameras ready to capture your 2022 greeting card picture. There will be light refreshments, crafts, games, and a reading nook. All of Santa’s helpers will be ready and waiting for you!

Kwanzaa Celebration

Saturday | 10:00 a.m.

During this hands-on program, the kids
will learn about eight items commonly
found during a Kwanzaa celebration, and
the meaning of each of the seven candles
lit during the festival. Shatriya Smith, a
poet and community advocate, will read a
story and encourage the children to
participate in the crafts.

 

Hanukkah Celebration

Saturday | 1:00 p.m.

Merle Shiffman from Temple Israel in
Springfield will be bringing us a story and
craft to our library to educate us on the
meaning of Hanukkah and all the lovely colors and items that are part of the celebration! She will be reading “Runaway Dreidel” by Lesléa Newman

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Arctic Architect: Construct an Igloo

Thursday | 1:00 p.m.

Will you be able to survive in the Arctic? In this three-part series, we will test your abilities to build three necessary items that will aid in your survival. 

In this first challenge, your child will plan, design, and build an igloo. We will talk about the design process as well as science & engineering practices.

*Registration is required Max 20


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Bundle Up: Design a Blanket

Thursday | 1:00 p.m.

In this second challenge, we will build on the processes we learned during our first challenge by creating a blanket that retains heat! 

*Registration is required Max 20

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Polar Bear Defense: Snowball Shooter

Thursday | 1:00 p.m.

We can’t forget defense! The third challenge we will build an slingshot device to ward off polar bears!

*Registration is required Max 20

The Brownie Quest

Lylah, Kate, Abigail, Sydney, Peyton, and Jazmyn, Rochester’s very own Brownie Troop 6021, have completed their first of three journeys, “The Brownie Quest.” The Brownie Quest was an extraordinary journey to discover what it means to be a leader. The Girl Scout leaders guided the girls through this experience to understand their skills and values as they teamed with others, identified a community need, and then acted to better their community while doing their best to inspire others along the way. The girls identified Rochester Community Library as a community partner needing their help. Several of the girls love to read and thought the library could benefit from some new books for the youth department. In order to complete their journey to be leaders, they needed to “Take Action.” The brownies decided to make crafts, including soaps and photo board, as well as a variety of baked goods, including cookies, brownies, cake pops, Trix treats, and cupcakes to sell. It was a unanimous decision that the money earned would go directly to fulfilling the wish list of the youth department. The girls participated in the season’s first Local Farmers Market on June 12th. With the community’s support, they earned $281.00, allowing the purchase of thirty-four new titles.

Santa will be arriving on a firetruck!

Mark your calendars! Santa will be arriving on the fire truck Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 pm. Have your cameras ready to capture your 2022 greeting card picture. There will be light refreshments, crafts, games, and a reading nook. All of Santa’s helpers will be ready and waiting for you!

CONNECT. DISCOVER. CREATE.

Do you have a program you want to offer? Or one you would like to see at the library? Please contact Denise at:

youth.services@rochesterlibrary.org