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Basic MS Word Demonstration Class Wed. May 25 at 7pm

Volunteer instructor Steve Chen is helping us offer a new Summer Tech Class series focusing on Microsoft Office applications.  Sessions will be demonstration oriented, but attendees may bring their own Word-enabled electronics to work along.  The first session will be on Wednesday May 25th at 7pm and will focus on Microsoft Word.  Learn introductory MS Word skills in a demonstration format on a large screen with guidance from Steve.  Upcoming classes will include Excel and Powerpoint programs from the MS Office suite.Word Flyer

RPL opens at 1pm Friday May 20–closed 9am-1pm for Staff Development

In order that we may better serve you in the future, the Rye Public Library Staff is attending an off-site development workshop from 9am-1pm on Friday morning May 20th.  The Library will be closed during that time, but will re-open for normal services from 1pm-5pm on Friday May 20th.  Please plan your library visits accordingly, and we look forward to seeing you at 1pm! Development Morning

Rye Reads: Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt in May

One BookThe Friends of the Rye Public Library  and interested citizens of Rye have supported the Library in  acquiring multiple copies of the book Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt for a May One Town/One Book initiative at Rye Public Library.   This novel of Douglas Swieteck’s coming of age in the 60’s incorporates many social aspects of the era and focuses on the transformational power of art and culture even on seemingly unlikely recipients.

Gary D. Schmidt is an American  writer of nonfiction books and young adult novels. Both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor was awarded to the book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and a Newbery Honor was awarded to The Wednesday Wars.

Copies of the book are available at Rye Public Library.  Please return paperback copies you have read so that others may also enjoy.  We’ll discuss the book along with the author at a special Skype enabled session on Tuesday May 17 at 7pm in the RPL Community Meeting Room.

Rye Reads: Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt in May

One BookThe Friends of the Rye Public Library  and interested citizens of Rye have supported the Library in  acquiring multiple copies of the book Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt for a May One Town/One Book initiative at Rye Public Library.   This novel of Douglas Swieteck’s coming of age in the 60’s incorporates many social aspects of the era and focuses on the transformational power of art and culture even on seemingly unlikely recipients.

Gary D. Schmidt is an American  writer of nonfiction books and young adult novels. Both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor was awarded to the book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and a Newbery Honor was awarded to The Wednesday Wars.

Copies of the book are available at Rye Public Library.  Please return paperback copies you have read so that others may also enjoy.  We’ll discuss the book along with the author at a special Skype enabled session on Tuesday May 17 at 7pm in the RPL Community Meeting Room.

Ask A Muslim Anything: Robert Azzi Thursday May 12 at 7pm

Ask

Arab-American Muslim Robert Azzi is a photojournalist and columnist based in Exeter. He has spent several decades working in and writing about the Middle East. A few years ago, Azzi began writing and speaking about Islam to dispel misconceptions about his faith and to create understanding.

Mr. Azzi has begun a current series of regional forums to offer a Muslim’s perspective to questions many may have with no reliable resource for answers. He feels that dialog is important to engender understanding.  View a recent news segment filmed at RPL  as NH-1 reporter Gail Huff Brown interviews Mr. Azzi about the forums here.

Questions range far and wide at each forum.  For example, at a recent event Azzi was asked about the oppression of woman in Muslim countries, and if that comes from the religion of Islam.

“There are only two verses in the Quran that deal with a woman’s attire, or a person’s attire,” he said.

The first deals only with the wives of the Prophet, he said. The second deals with modesty, but is directed toward both men and women.

Azzi continued to explain centuries of   patriarchal interpretation of Islamic scriptures which
more often than not, reinforced a gender bias.

Azzi said he would argue that the poor treatment of women comes from tradition and not from theology.  But not all Muslim countries are like that, he added.

This is just a sample of the type of thoughtful and reasoned exchange attendees can expect at this program.

Azzi acknowledges not everyone is going to like his answers, but has said “I think when people are talking to each rather than shooting or throwing stones at each other, it’s always a step forward.”

Mr. Azzi’s column appears in the Keene Sentinel, the Concord Monitor and the Portsmouth Herald.

Rye Reads: Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt in May

One BookThe Friends of the Rye Public Library  and interested citizens of Rye have supported the Library in  acquiring multiple copies of the book Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt for a May One Town/One Book initiative at Rye Public Library.   This novel of Douglas Swieteck’s coming of age in the 60’s incorporates many social aspects of the era and focuses on the transformational power of art and culture even on seemingly unlikely recipients.

Gary D. Schmidt is an American  writer of nonfiction books and young adult novels. Both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor was awarded to the book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and a Newbery Honor was awarded to The Wednesday Wars.

Copies of the book are available at Rye Public Library.  Please return paperback copies you have read so that others may also enjoy.  We’ll discuss the book along with the author at a special Skype enabled session on Tuesday May 17 at 7pm in the RPL Community Meeting Room.

Ask A Muslim Anything: Robert Azzi Thursday May 12 at 7pm

Ask

Arab-American Muslim Robert Azzi is a photojournalist and columnist based in Exeter. He has spent several decades working in and writing about the Middle East. A few years ago, Azzi began writing and speaking about Islam to dispel misconceptions about his faith and to create understanding.

Mr. Azzi has begun a current series of regional forums to offer a Muslim’s perspective to questions many may have with no reliable resource for answers. He feels that dialog is important to engender understanding.  View a recent news segment filmed at RPL  as NH-1 reporter Gail Huff Brown interviews Mr. Azzi about the forums here.

Questions range far and wide at each forum.  For example, at a recent event Azzi was asked about the oppression of woman in Muslim countries, and if that comes from the religion of Islam.

“There are only two verses in the Quran that deal with a woman’s attire, or a person’s attire,” he said.

The first deals only with the wives of the Prophet, he said. The second deals with modesty, but is directed toward both men and women.

Azzi continued to explain centuries of   patriarchal interpretation of Islamic scriptures which
more often than not, reinforced a gender bias.

Azzi said he would argue that the poor treatment of women comes from tradition and not from theology.  But not all Muslim countries are like that, he added.

This is just a sample of the type of thoughtful and reasoned exchange attendees can expect at this program.

Azzi acknowledges not everyone is going to like his answers, but has said “I think when people are talking to each rather than shooting or throwing stones at each other, it’s always a step forward.”

Mr. Azzi’s column appears in the Keene Sentinel, the Concord Monitor and the Portsmouth Herald.

Rye Reads: Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt in May

One BookThe Friends of the Rye Public Library  and interested citizens of Rye have supported the Library in  acquiring multiple copies of the book Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt for a May One Town/One Book initiative at Rye Public Library.   This novel of Douglas Swieteck’s coming of age in the 60’s incorporates many social aspects of the era and focuses on the transformational power of art and culture even on seemingly unlikely recipients.

Gary D. Schmidt is an American  writer of nonfiction books and young adult novels. Both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor was awarded to the book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and a Newbery Honor was awarded to The Wednesday Wars.

Copies of the book are available at Rye Public Library.  Please return paperback copies you have read so that others may also enjoy.  We’ll discuss the book along with the author at a special Skype enabled session on Tuesday May 17 at 7pm in the RPL Community Meeting Room.

Ask A Muslim Anything: Robert Azzi Thursday May 12 at 7pm

Ask

Arab-American Muslim Robert Azzi is a photojournalist and columnist based in Exeter. He has spent several decades working in and writing about the Middle East. A few years ago, Azzi began writing and speaking about Islam to dispel misconceptions about his faith and to create understanding.

Mr. Azzi has begun a current series of regional forums to offer a Muslim’s perspective to questions many may have with no reliable resource for answers. He feels that dialog is important to engender understanding.  View a recent news segment filmed at RPL  as NH-1 reporter Gail Huff Brown interviews Mr. Azzi about the forums here.

Questions range far and wide at each forum.  For example, at a recent event Azzi was asked about the oppression of woman in Muslim countries, and if that comes from the religion of Islam.

“There are only two verses in the Quran that deal with a woman’s attire, or a person’s attire,” he said.

The first deals only with the wives of the Prophet, he said. The second deals with modesty, but is directed toward both men and women.

Azzi continued to explain centuries of   patriarchal interpretation of Islamic scriptures which
more often than not, reinforced a gender bias.

Azzi said he would argue that the poor treatment of women comes from tradition and not from theology.  But not all Muslim countries are like that, he added.

This is just a sample of the type of thoughtful and reasoned exchange attendees can expect at this program.

Azzi acknowledges not everyone is going to like his answers, but has said “I think when people are talking to each rather than shooting or throwing stones at each other, it’s always a step forward.”

Mr. Azzi’s column appears in the Keene Sentinel, the Concord Monitor and the Portsmouth Herald.

Ask A Muslim Anything: Robert Azzi Thursday May 12 at 7pm

Ask

Arab-American Muslim Robert Azzi is a photojournalist and columnist based in Exeter. He has spent several decades working in and writing about the Middle East. A few years ago, Azzi began writing and speaking about Islam to dispel misconceptions about his faith and to create understanding.

Mr. Azzi has begun a current series of regional forums to offer a Muslim’s perspective to questions many may have with no reliable resource for answers. He feels that dialog is important to engender understanding.  View a recent news segment filmed at RPL  as NH-1 reporter Gail Huff Brown interviews Mr. Azzi about the forums here.

Questions range far and wide at each forum.  For example, at a recent event Azzi was asked about the oppression of woman in Muslim countries, and if that comes from the religion of Islam.

“There are only two verses in the Quran that deal with a woman’s attire, or a person’s attire,” he said.

The first deals only with the wives of the Prophet, he said. The second deals with modesty, but is directed toward both men and women.

Azzi continued to explain centuries of   patriarchal interpretation of Islamic scriptures which
more often than not, reinforced a gender bias.

Azzi said he would argue that the poor treatment of women comes from tradition and not from theology.  But not all Muslim countries are like that, he added.

This is just a sample of the type of thoughtful and reasoned exchange attendees can expect at this program.

Azzi acknowledges not everyone is going to like his answers, but has said “I think when people are talking to each rather than shooting or throwing stones at each other, it’s always a step forward.”

Mr. Azzi’s column appears in the Keene Sentinel, the Concord Monitor and the Portsmouth Herald.