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International Games Day at RPL Saturday Nov. 15, 10am-2pm

So you think you’ve got game?

Saturday, November 15th from 10am to 2pm, the game is on at Rye Public Library for International Games Day!  Each year libraries come together to celebrate their love of games on International Games Day, an annual celebration of games, play, libraries and learning that all ages are invited to attend!

We’ll have board games like Jenga, Yahtzee, Sorry!, Chess, Apples to Apples, Connect 4, Monopoly and more, as well as video games like Minecraft and MarioCart.  Volunteers will be available to teach you how to play unfamiliar games.

We will be participating in the Global Gossip Game (also known as “Telephone”) which takes the familiar game of whispering secrets from one player to another and laughing at how the phrase changes, and has it travelling from library to library around the world.

International Games Day is a fun and fantastic way to reconnect all ages in the community through the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.  Join us for a few hours of fun on Saturday, November 15th for International Games Day!

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Granite Kiss: Stone Walls in New England Thurs. Nov. 13 7pm

Join us as the Rye Public Library welcomes author, teacher, NHPR commentator and stone mason Kevin Gardner. Kevin’s informal talk covers a few of the main topics of his book about New England stone walls The Granite Kiss, touching on history, technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics.  He explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the famous New England landscape.  Other topics may include: differences in approach between historical and contemporary wall-builders, a discussion of restoration tips and techniques, and information about design, acquisition of materials, preservation, and analysis. There is always a generous question-and-answer period, during which listeners are encouraged to bring up specific problems or projects on their own properties.

Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.  He often brings along his collection of books about stonework, and copies of The Granite Kiss will be available for sale.

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Friends of the Rye Public Library win state award of excellence!

Representatives of the New Hampshire Library Trustees Association, President Ed Moran and directors Susan Gaudiello and Conrad Moses traveled to Rye to present the Friends of the Rye Public Library with the 2014 Sue Palmatier Award For Outstanding Support By A “Friends Of The Library” Group on Tuesday evening October 14.  With all the Friends officers and many members present, Friends President Katie Jaffarian received the award on behalf of the group.  The Board of Trustees of the Rye Public Library, who nominated the Friends of RPL in recognition of the extraordinary level, variety, and innovation of support they offer to the Rye Public Library, and the civic engagement of this outstanding group, also proudly attended the award ceremony.

NHLTA President Moran commended the Friends of the Rye Public Library for their longstanding excellence, and leadership in the State.  He encouraged the local group to share their model at the State level through future outreach and conference involvement. Moran cited the remarkable participation, innovation, and dedication that made the Rye Friends stand out in the annual award process.

In her remarks, Rye Public Library Trustee Chair Karen Oliver further emphasized the importance and involvement of this remarkable group whose membership drive and community advocacy provide invaluable annual support to the mission and vision of the Rye Public Library.

Just a few of the long list of Friends of the Rye Public Library superlatives recognized at the ceremony include: annual Tech Fair days to publicize the many electronic offerings available through RPL, and the Friends’ annual speaker series, featuring speakers from multiple cultural institutions including those represented in our museum pass program, which they also support.  Additionally, the group supports the RPL youth summer reading program, has its own art committee hosting local exhibits at the Library, and subsidizes all RPL hospitality expenses for refreshments during an active programming and meeting schedule.    The Library’s popular film series, Drawing Together sketchbook program, senior visits, computer classes, and an ongoing book sale are also supported by the Friends of the Rye Public Library.

The award plaque received on Tuesday will hold an honored position in the Rye Public Library.  A display featuring the plaque and photos from the award ceremony can be viewed at RPL through October 24.

(Photo: Back Row [standing] l to r : Jud Dionne, Friends Membership Officer;  Donlyn Ray, Friend; Philip Boynton, RPL Trustee Secretary; Victor Azzi, RPL Trustee; Karen Oliver, RPL Trustee Chair; Karen Allen, RPL Trustee; Brian Klinger, RPL Trustee Treasurer, Conrad Moses, NHLTA Director; Pat Dubois, Friend; Ed Moran, NHLTA President. Middle Row [seated] l to r : Chris, Friends’ Secretary; Ginny Bulmer, Friend; Katie Jaffarian, Friends’ President; Jennifer Reed Clark, Friends’ Treasurer, Joanie O’Neil, Friend.  Front Row [kneeling] l to r: Sandy Osborne, Friends’ Hospitality Officer; Kendra Gemmett, Friends President Emeritus, Anne Brack, Friend; Tricia Alexander, Friend.

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Friends of the Rye Public Library win state award of excellence!

Representatives of the New Hampshire Library Trustees Association, President Ed Moran and directors Susan Gaudiello and Conrad Moses traveled to Rye to present the Friends of the Rye Public Library with the 2014 Sue Palmatier Award For Outstanding Support By A “Friends Of The Library” Group on Tuesday evening October 14.  With all the Friends officers and many members present, Friends President Katie Jaffarian received the award on behalf of the group.  The Board of Trustees of the Rye Public Library, who nominated the Friends of RPL in recognition of the extraordinary level, variety, and innovation of support they offer to the Rye Public Library, and the civic engagement of this outstanding group, also proudly attended the award ceremony.

NHLTA President Moran commended the Friends of the Rye Public Library for their longstanding excellence, and leadership in the State.  He encouraged the local group to share their model at the State level through future outreach and conference involvement. Moran cited the remarkable participation, innovation, and dedication that made the Rye Friends stand out in the annual award process.

In her remarks, Rye Public Library Trustee Chair Karen Oliver further emphasized the importance and involvement of this remarkable group whose membership drive and community advocacy provide invaluable annual support to the mission and vision of the Rye Public Library.

Just a few of the long list of Friends of the Rye Public Library superlatives recognized at the ceremony include: annual Tech Fair days to publicize the many electronic offerings available through RPL, and the Friends’ annual speaker series, featuring speakers from multiple cultural institutions including those represented in our museum pass program, which they also support.  Additionally, the group supports the RPL youth summer reading program, has its own art committee hosting local exhibits at the Library, and subsidizes all RPL hospitality expenses for refreshments during an active programming and meeting schedule.    The Library’s popular film series, Drawing Together sketchbook program, senior visits, computer classes, and an ongoing book sale are also supported by the Friends of the Rye Public Library.

The award plaque received on Tuesday will hold an honored position in the Rye Public Library.  A display featuring the plaque and photos from the award ceremony can be viewed at RPL through October 24.

(Photo: Back Row [standing] l to r : Jud Dionne, Friends Membership Officer;  Donlyn Ray, Friend; Philip Boynton, RPL Trustee Secretary; Victor Azzi, RPL Trustee; Karen Oliver, RPL Trustee Chair; Karen Allen, RPL Trustee; Brian Klinger, RPL Trustee Treasurer, Conrad Moses, NHLTA Director; Pat Dubois, Friend; Ed Moran, NHLTA President. Middle Row [seated] l to r : Chris, Friends’ Secretary; Ginny Bulmer, Friend; Katie Jaffarian, Friends’ President; Jennifer Reed Clark, Friends’ Treasurer, Joanie O’Neil, Friend.  Front Row [kneeling] l to r: Sandy Osborne, Friends’ Hospitality Officer; Kendra Gemmett, Friends President Emeritus, Anne Brack, Friend; Tricia Alexander, Friend.

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Friends of the Rye Public Library win state award of excellence!

Representatives of the New Hampshire Library Trustees Association, President Ed Moran and directors Susan Gaudiello and Conrad Moses traveled to Rye to present the Friends of the Rye Public Library with the 2014 Sue Palmatier Award For Outstanding Support By A “Friends Of The Library” Group on Tuesday evening October 14.  With all the Friends officers and many members present, Friends President Katie Jaffarian received the award on behalf of the group.  The Board of Trustees of the Rye Public Library, who nominated the Friends of RPL in recognition of the extraordinary level, variety, and innovation of support they offer to the Rye Public Library, and the civic engagement of this outstanding group, also proudly attended the award ceremony.

NHLTA President Moran commended the Friends of the Rye Public Library for their longstanding excellence, and leadership in the State.  He encouraged the local group to share their model at the State level through future outreach and conference involvement. Moran cited the remarkable participation, innovation, and dedication that made the Rye Friends stand out in the annual award process.

In her remarks, Rye Public Library Trustee Chair Karen Oliver further emphasized the importance and involvement of this remarkable group whose membership drive and community advocacy provide invaluable annual support to the mission and vision of the Rye Public Library.

Just a few of the long list of Friends of the Rye Public Library superlatives recognized at the ceremony include: annual Tech Fair days to publicize the many electronic offerings available through RPL, and the Friends’ annual speaker series, featuring speakers from multiple cultural institutions including those represented in our museum pass program, which they also support.  Additionally, the group supports the RPL youth summer reading program, has its own art committee hosting local exhibits at the Library, and subsidizes all RPL hospitality expenses for refreshments during an active programming and meeting schedule.    The Library’s popular film series, Drawing Together sketchbook program, senior visits, computer classes, and an ongoing book sale are also supported by the Friends of the Rye Public Library.

The award plaque received on Tuesday will hold an honored position in the Rye Public Library.  A display featuring the plaque and photos from the award ceremony can be viewed at RPL through October 24.

(Photo: Back Row [standing] l to r : Jud Dione, Friends Membership Officer;  Donlyn Ray, Friend; Philip Boynton, RPL Trustee Secretary; Victor Azzi, RPL Trustee; Karen Oliver, RPL Trustee Chair; Karen Allen, RPL Trustee; Brian Klinger, RPL Trustee Treasurer, Conrad Moses, NHLTA Director; Pat Dubois, Friend; Ed Moran, NHLTA President. Middle Row [seated] l to r : Chris, Friends’ Secretary; Ginny Bulmer, Friend; Katie Jaffarian, Friends’ President; Jennifer Reed Clark, Friends’ Treasurer, Joanie O’Neil, Friend.  Front Row [kneeling] l to r: Sandy Osborne, Friends’ Hospitality Officer; Kendra Gemmett, Friends President Emeritus, Anne Brack, Friend; Tricia Alexander, Friend.

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Valley Uprising~ Yosemite Climbing Documentary Thurs. Oct 16 7pm

For the past fifty years, Yosemite’s massive cliffs have drawn explorers and madmen to leave materialism behind and venture onto the high, lonesome granite.

The larger-than-life characters of Yosemite carved out an “extreme bohemian” lifestyle in the Valley, living on red wine and boiled potatoes, clashing with National Park authorities, and pioneering the boldest climbs on Earth. The torch has been passed down across three generations of climbers; through rivalries, tragedies and triumphs, the art of Yosemite climbing has advanced beyond anyone’s imagination.

Valley Uprising is the riveting, unforgettable tale of this bold tradition: half a century of struggle against the laws of gravity — and the laws of the land.  Join us for this landmark film in its only Seacoast NH tour stop.  Free admission

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Valley Uprising~ Yosemite Climbing Documentary Thurs. Oct 16 7pm

For the past fifty years, Yosemite’s massive cliffs have drawn explorers and madmen to leave materialism behind and venture onto the high, lonesome granite.

The larger-than-life characters of Yosemite carved out an “extreme bohemian” lifestyle in the Valley, living on red wine and boiled potatoes, clashing with National Park authorities, and pioneering the boldest climbs on Earth. The torch has been passed down across three generations of climbers; through rivalries, tragedies and triumphs, the art of Yosemite climbing has advanced beyond anyone’s imagination.

Valley Uprising is the riveting, unforgettable tale of this bold tradition: half a century of struggle against the laws of gravity — and the laws of the land.  Join us for this landmark film in its only Seacoast NH tour stop.  Free admission

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Military Book group selection for November 6, 2014

download (4)The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen Blackett’s War, by Stephen Budiansky as the title for their November 6th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

In March 1941, after a year of devastating U-boat attacks, the British War Cabinet turned to an intensely private, bohemian physicist named Patrick Blackett to turn the tide of the naval campaign. Though he is little remembered today, Blackett did as much as anyone to defeat Nazi Germany, by revolutionizing the Allied anti-submarine effort through the disciplined, systematic implementation of simple mathematics and probability theory. This is the story of how British and American civilian intellectuals helped change the nature of twentieth-century warfare, by convincing disbelieving military brass to trust the new field of operational research.

 

Meet Julia Child! Thurs. Sept 25th 7PM

Help kick-off the Friends of the Rye Public Library 2014-15 Programming Series as they present the Delvena Theatre group featuring Lynn Moulton and Fran Baron.  Meet Julia Child! is an original edutainment production by Delvena , and introduces the beloved character of Julia Child as portrayed by Lynn Moulton.

The audience will learn more about her life and have the opportunity to view “Julia” on the set of The French Chef, an amusing and fun experience.  After the performance, the cast will open up for discussion regarding Julia Child.

The Delvena Theatre Company has been doing to-go shows for the last several years at various venues throughout the New England area. The Company was founded in 1992, and prior to “going on the road” performed at different locations throughout Massachusetts, most often at the Boston Center for the Arts.  Delvena was nominated for five Independent Reviewers of New England awards.  Its production of ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ was on Theatre Mirror’s Best List for acting, directing and production.  Presentations of ‘Anna Weiss’ and ‘Beyond Therapy’ were included on Theatre Mirror’s best play list and ‘Blue Heart’ was placed on Aisle Say’s best list.

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Meet Julia Child! Thurs. Sept 25th 7PM

Help kick-off the Friends of the Rye Public Library 2014-15 Programming Series as they present the Delvena Theatre group featuring Lynn Moulton and Fran Baron.  Meet Julia Child! is an original edutainment production by Delvena , and introduces the beloved character of Julia Child as portrayed by Lynn Moulton.

The audience will learn more about her life and have the opportunity to view “Julia” on the set of The French Chef, an amusing and fun experience.  After the performance, the cast will open up for discussion regarding Julia Child.

The Delvena Theatre Company has been doing to-go shows for the last several years at various venues throughout the New England area. The Company was founded in 1992, and prior to “going on the road” performed at different locations throughout Massachusetts, most often at the Boston Center for the Arts.  Delvena was nominated for five Independent Reviewers of New England awards.  Its production of ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ was on Theatre Mirror’s Best List for acting, directing and production.  Presentations of ‘Anna Weiss’ and ‘Beyond Therapy’ were included on Theatre Mirror’s best play list and ‘Blue Heart’ was placed on Aisle Say’s best list.

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