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.

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STEM Family Games

Saturday | 10:00 a.m.

Join us for an hour of family fun! You will have the opportunity to build the tallest cup sculpture, build a boat that can hold the most weight in crayons, and build the tallest tower that can hold a tennis ball. Do just one challenge or all three.

Indigenous Peoples Day

Saturday | 10:00 a.m.

Pastor Danira Parra from the Dayspring Native American United Methodist Church in Peoria will be offering us a wonderful program featuring drummers, storytelling, and a variety of crafts including a wooden name necklace with the child’s name in Cherokee on the back.

 

Family Reading Games

Saturday | 10:00 a.m.

If you can’t make it to Family Reading Night on November 17, don’t worry we have you covered! We will have bingo, a scavenger hunt, and a reading corner all set up for you!

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Brilliant Barometer

Thursday | 1:00 p.m.

In this three-part series, we will be investigating meteorology, the science of weather. We will build three meteorological instruments, a barometer (to measure atmospheric pressure), a rain gauge (to measure rainfall), and a thermometer (to measure temperature).

*Registration is required Max 12

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Rain Gauge

Thursday | 1:00 p.m.

In this three-part series, we will be investigating meteorology, the science of weather. We will build three meteorological instruments, a barometer (to measure atmospheric pressure), a rain gauge (to measure rainfall), and a thermometer (to measure temperature).

*Registration is required Max 12

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Thermometer

Thursday | 1:00 p.m.

In this three-part series, we will be investigating meteorology, the science of weather. We will build three meteorological instruments, a barometer (to measure atmospheric pressure), a rain gauge (to measure rainfall), and a thermometer (to measure temperature).

*Registration is required Max 12

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Mammals of Illinois

Tuesday | 4:00 p.m.

What is a mammal? Examine pelts and skulls to learn what makes this group of animals special, and discover the kinds of mammals you can find right here in central Illinois.

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4H Creativity Lab

Tuesday | 4:00 p.m.

4-H Creativity Lab is coming to the Rochester Public Library on October 18, 4:00 – 5:00 pm! University of Illinois Extension 4-H invites youth ages 8-12 to join us to make, build, and create their own FUN!  The makerspace education movement blends the physical world with technology, engaging students in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) through hands-on creation with various low and high-tech materials and tools. The event is FREE!

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Telegraph – Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum

Tuesday | 4:00 p.m.

ALPLM’s Civil War Tech programs allow students to explore the process and effects of evolving technologies in America during the Civil War. These programs meld science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with historical events and encourage students to get hands-on to understand the impact of technological advancements during the war. During our lesson on Telegraphs, students will get to practice writing and deciphering messages in Morse Code as well as try their hands at sending messages on the telegraph machines.

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