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Local Author Book Signing December 2

Bondar Book signing
10-year old Rye resident Maya Bondar has published a book:

Flannery’s First Trip

Please join us in celebrating Maya’s accomplishment!

Tuesday, December 2nd  6:30 – 7:30PM    Light refreshments will be served.

Please click on the image for more information.




School Early Release Day Program Wednesday December 10

School will be released early ochessn Wednesday December 10th, so we’re hosting an afternoon playing games from 1:00 to 4:00PM. Join us! We will be hosting movies on the ER days in January and February.

 *Parents, please remember, only children aged 8+ may be left in the library without supervision. Please call the library if you have any questions.



“Crafternoons” Tuesday December 16th  3:00 – 4:00 PM. snowman-completedJoin us for a fun elementary – aged craft program. We usually meet the 4th Tuesday of the month, but this month will meet on the 16th.

This month we are making this fun snowman! We do require sign-up; please call the library to let us know you’re interested! (this helps us to plan for enough materials)

 *Parents, please remember, only children aged 8+ may be left in the library without supervision. Please call the library if you have any questions.


Y-La Teen Advisory Board

 teen-wordleTeen Advisory Board December 16th

Want to get involved in your community? Need some community service hours? Love your library and just want to volunteer? Join the Teen Advisory Board and get INVOLVED. We usually meet on the third Tuesday of the month. Our December meeting is Tuesday the 16th from 6:30 -7:30PM. If you’re interested, call Lisa @ 964-8401 for an application.


Chess with Seacoast Skewer Chess Club: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 6-8pm


The Seacoast Skewer Chess Club will now be meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at Rye Public Library. This group is open to any age child or adult, with any level of experience: from beginner to expert. Many of the participants are school-aged children who have either played with their school’s chess club or as the “Seacoast Skewers” in scholastic tournaments. Parents and other adults also participate, and more are welcome to join in! If you have an interest in chess but don’t know how to play, we can teach you! Just drop by when you can, any week that we’re meeting. There will be casual games of chess throughout our meeting time, 6 – 8 pm, and you’re welcome to come late or leave early. Bring a board if you have one!   Please feel free to contact Cheryl at  with any questions about the Seacoast Skewer Chess Club


Mah Jongg Group Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30pm

 American Style Mah Jongg

Join Barbara LaSala for two weekly afternoons of Mah Jongg.  Everyone from beginners to established players is invited to join this group! We meet in the Community Meeting Room downstairs at RPL .   Mah Jongg  as it is generally played today can  be traced back to the end of the last century.  The line of games that evolved to Mah Jongg is long and extensive. From around 800 AD card games were played which resembled the way Mah Jongg is played, in the fact that you have to collect Chows, Pungs and Kongs. The cards used in these games resembled the money used in those days.  It was not before the turn of this century until the West got a glimpse of Mah Jongg, when it was introduced in the international colony of Shanghai and from then onwards in the USA, Japan and finally Europe.  Attend to find out more about this Internationally popular game of strategy.



Inter-Library Loans

Please send your requests for items from other libraries to our e-mail address.  If you can, please provide: Author, Title and format (eg: large print, audio, video, etc.)  Thank you for your request!


Generations – the genealogy club at the Library- meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 1 pm in the New Hampshire Room at Rye Public Library.

Whether you are brand new to genealogy, or an old hand, you will find guidance, resources and experienced members to join you in your quest. Come find out more about your past, the fantastic resources at the Rye Public Library, and the process of investigating family history.   You’ll meet some interesting members of your family tree, and make some new real-time friends too!

For more information, please call the Library or contact Lisa Pizzano at

E Book Downloads For Your Personal Reading Device(s) from Rye Public Library!

The Rye Public Library offers e-book content for download to your personal reading device through our website. “ Your Rye Public Library card in good standing (current, no fines in excess of $10) provides all the access you need to enjoy these services! “ You can select from two sources for e-book content. Rye Public Library members can choose from offerings at the New Hampshire Downloadable Books Consortium“ as well as our Freading service. “ Click on the linked text to explore each option. “ You will find help resources at the landing pages of each e-book service,“  as well as at thier respective websites.“  Remember, You can always call , e-mail, or stop in to RPL for more information.

A Disclaimer

In the current state of the technology, downloading electronic content from “ our electronic book vendors may compromise library user confidentiality expectations as outlined in the Rye Public Library Privacy Policy and “ New Hampshire RSA 201-D:11 Library User Records; Confidentiality.

Functionality of our downloadable book utilities is established through agreements with many partnering vendors to provide down-loadable content to a wide variety of devices and platforms. “ By creating accounts with third party vendors (e.g. Amazon or Adobe) to download these materials, you may be allowing the vendors to store data about your reading/listening habits and download history via the Overdrive service.

By continuing e-content downloads via NHDB or Freading, you acknowledge acceptance of both the vendors’ terms of use as well as the possible compromise of the confidentiality of the library records generated by your e-content downloads.

Drawing Together Sketchbook Group


Join Drawing Together our sketchbook group facilitated by local Rye artists.  This adult drawing group meets weekly on Tuesday mornings from 9:15 am-10:15 am.   Enjoy learning fun, simple drawing techniques which may surprise you as new paths of perception open and enhance the way you see your world.  Simple accessible techniques will be learned that will give you a vocabulary to“ interpret and capture your world, to enrich and remember your experience.

No special art supplies — with paper and a marking implement you are on your way!

You will learn at your own pace, with plenty of encouragement in a pressure-free environment.  There will be demonstrations in the sessions, supplies to experiment with and time to ask questions and practice. We will practice techniques in the session and you will start to find your unique style. Then you can continue in your Take-Home sketchbook during the week. Prompts and suggestions will be given for sketchbook explorations and you will bring your sketchbook back to our sessions each week to share, if you wish.  Simple, readily available supplies ensure you will be able to capture your experience wherever and whenever, from now on, to make drawing an accessible lifelong pleasure.

Supplies and sketchbooks will be provided.