Safe Sitter® Babysitting Course

Saturday, May 11 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Registration & $50 Course/Certification Fee due May 7 *Registration online only*

Looking for a great resume boost for summer work opportunities? Safe Sitter® is designed to prepare students in grades 6 through high school to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. The instructor-led class is filled with fun games and role-playing exercises. This course and certification not only teaches safe child care skills, but also life and business skills. Course/certification fee covers day-of instruction and take-home materials. Participants should bring a sack lunch and beverage – refrigeration available on site.

Friendship Bracelets (Taylor’s Version)

Friday, March 15 | 6:00 p.m.

 “So make the friendship bracelets” at the library this spring! Swiftie or not, all are welcome! We’ve got some tips and tricks (and of course the supplies) to make the perfect gift for your besties. Snacks and music provided.

DIY Toy Terrariums

Friday, April 19 | 6:00 p.m.

Happy Earth Day! Come personalize your very own repurposed planter using a hollow toy.

Kindergarten Bash

Friday, May 24 | 6:00 p.m.

Who’s ready to party like they’re five again?! Come celebrate the end of another school year with some nostalgic snacks and activities including finger painting, storytime, musical chairs, etc.

Board Game Night

Tuesdays | 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Grab a friend and grab a game for our weekly board game night! Interested in Magic: The Gathering? We have lots of cards donated by MagiKids and local players for you to choose from and build a deck of your own! *Please note that while members as young as 11 will be allowed to participate, the distributors of Magic: The Gathering do recommend their items for ages 13+.


Need somewhere new to study or a common place to work on a group project? Come by the library on the second Tuesday of the month. Tables will be reserved starting at 6:00 p.m.

March 12

April 9

May 14 & 21

Warbler Nest Boxes

March 14

*Registration preferred

Discover the heart of Illinois Warblers – a group committed to the conservation of Prothonotary Warblers. By providing safe havens, we contribute to the well-being and preservation of these vibrant birds, fostering a harmonious balance in our local ecosystem. Join us in making a difference for the Prothonotary Warblers!

Project Linus Blankets

April 11

*Registration preferred

The mission of Project Linus is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”

Pet Toys for APL

May 9

*Registration preferred

The Animal Protective League is a non-profit 501C(3) organization dedicated to caring for ill, injured and abused homeless animals and coordinating the adoption of those animals by responsible pet owners. It further is committed to ending companion animal overpopulation by offering high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter services.

Teen Advisory Board

1st Friday of the Month @ 5:00 p.m.

Looking for somewhere to share your voice? Do you and your friends have some great ideas for projects or activities you’d like to share with the community? Look no further
than your local library! We are looking for any voices aged 13-18 to help us help you make those involvements come true! Please join us for a discussion on how the library can
provide services for what you want to do or achieve. We look forward to hearing you!

**Off-site meeting April 5th – Skateland South**

Registration required; max. 10 participants; skate rental $4, pay on site

Meeting at 6:15 p.m. | Open skate until 10:00 p.m.

Young Adult Reading Advisory

Are you a book fiend? Love YA? Need some easy volunteer hours? Then we need your help! We are looking for avid YA readers to review our collection! Check out a new YA book (fiction, nonfiction, or graphic novel) and sign up to create
an online, written book review or book talk video in whichever field you’re comfortable and be rewarded with 1-6 hours** volunteer credit. Review training resources can be provided upon request. Reviews will be posted and shared on our social media platforms and website.

*Under age 16 will require a parental
signature if wishing to do video
**Contingent on quality of work

Teen Volunteer Training

Fill out our volunteer application to be contacted for a volunteer orientation

Looking for volunteer credit? We’ve got you covered! We’re looking for individuals aged 11-18 seeking to gain valuable experience in a work-based environment with regularly scheduled hours. Training will be provided; no prior experience is required. Tasks may include but are not limited to, shelf reading, shelf straightening, craft prep, and program assistance. Scheduled hours will be based on your availability. Must submit a volunteer application:

Submit Volunteer Application

This type of volunteering is great to put on college and job applications.

10 Things I Hate About You

Friday @ 6:00 p.m.

Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) is beautiful, smart and quite abrasive to most of her fellow teens, meaning that she doesn’t attract many boys. Unfortunately for her younger sister, Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), house rules say that she can’t date until Kat has a boyfriend, so strings are pulled to set the dour damsel up for a romance. Soon Kat crosses paths with handsome new arrival Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger). Will Kat let her guard down enough to fall for the effortlessly charming Patrick?

*Reading not required

Percy Jackson Double Feature

Friday @ 6:00 p.m.

Always trouble-prone, the life of Percy Jackson gets a lot more complicated when he learns he’s the son of the Greek god Poseidon. At a training ground for the children of deities, Percy learns to harness his divine powers and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime: he must prevent a feud among the Olympians from erupting into a devastating war on Earth, and rescue his mother from the clutches of Hades, god of the underworld.

Movie @ 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Series episodes 1 & 2 @ 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

*Reading not required

Matilda [the Musical]

Friday @ 6:00 p.m.

Matilda is about is a girl who had a rocky relationship with her parents. During the story, Matilda discovers that she possesses a special power; she can move things with her mind. Once she learns to control this extraordinary gift, Matilda uses it for good, with a bit of mischief added to the mix.

*Reading not required

March 28 | A First Time for Everything by Dan Santat

Activity: Faux Stained Glass Suncatcher

A middle grade graphic memoir based on bestselling author and Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat’s awkward middle school years and the trip to Europe that changed his life. Dan’s always been a good kid. The kind of kid who listens to his teachers, helps his mom with grocery shopping, and stays out of trouble.

*Themed snacks provided!

April 25 | Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

Activity: Sharpie-Ocean Coasters

Ana’s parents died while on a scientific expedition two years ago, and the only family’s she’s got left is her older brother, Dev, also a student at HP. Ana’s freshman year culminates with the class’s weekend trial at sea, the details of which have been kept secret. She only hopes she has what it’ll take to succeed.

*Themed snacks provided!

May 23 | Starfish by Lisa Fipps

Activity: DIY Journal

Written in free verse, Starfish follows Ellie, a Texas girl who has been bullied relentlessly for her weight, even by her own mother. With the help of a therapist, a new friend, and her loving father, Ellie learns to stand up for herself and be unapologetically her.

*Themed snacks provided!

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 what programs we currently have scheduled. Please contact the Library if you have any questions.






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