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The Castle: Naval Prison Documentary Wed. Feb 11 at 7pm

Stop in or call now to register 964-8401!

The 100-year-old Naval Prison on a bluff along the Piscataqua River comes to life in this live narration/film event. Using rarely seen US Navy film about the Prison, this unique film immortalizes this obscure building prominently present in the lives of all of us on the Seacoast.  Filmmaker Neil Novello will provide the “Director’s cut “  through live narration and commentary at this special event.

The program will include film footage from inside the prison unavailable to the public for more than 90 years, from a 1917 silent movie.  Also featured will be scarcely seen video of captured German U-Boat crews escorted to the naval prison at the end of the World War II which was filmed in 1945.

The prison’s construction was completed in 1908, making it at the time the largest poured concrete building in the world. For almost seventy years, the Castle housed Navy sailors and Marines serving time for a variety of offenses.  The prison population reached a peak of more than 3,000 during World War II.

Separate fact from urban legend (think: Walt Disney and Humphrey Bogart) as the Naval prison’s history unfolds at this unique program.

Copies of Novello’s DVD will be on sale at the Wednesday, Feb. 11 event, which starts at 7 p.m. Those interested in attending should register at Rye Public Library by calling 603-964-8401.   Snow date Feb. 18.

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True Tales Storytelling Performance Thursday January 29 at 7pm

For the last three weeks, Pat Spalding, emcee of WSCA Portsmouth Community Radio’s monthly program True Tales Radio has work-shopped with a group of aspiring storytellers at Rye Public Library.  The program culminates with an invitation to the public for the groups’ story telling night at the Library on Thursday January 29th.

The workshop series was designed for adults and high school students and assisted participants in crafting a first-person experience story into a piece, eight minutes or less in length, that could be effectively told on the radio or at other venues featuring the spoken word.

Thursday January 29th will be the public performance opportunity for our story tellers.  Please join us to celebrate this foray into the powerful world of oral tradition.  Members of the group have already agreed to deliver their tales on the WSCA True Tales Radio program.  See them live at RPL first!

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2014 Federal Tax Filing Season Update

As you plan to prepare your 2014 taxes, we wanted to update you on the availability of federal tax forms and instruction books through tax form outlets, like the Library and Post Office, which you might have used previously.  The IRS changed their plans to wait until the 2015 tax filing season to greatly reduce delivery of  forms and instructions, and have just notified us these changes are effective immediately, thereby limiting what we will be sent and have to offer our patrons.  We will be sent a limited number of basic forms, and basic FAQ type guides to assist you in accessing information and filing on the Internet.  These will not include instruction booklets.

The Rye Public Library plans to subsidize these basics by printing a limited number of instruction booklets which we will offer for short-term circulation just like any other item you might borrow on you library card.    To avoid waits and limited supplies, you can search and print any IRS publication at their website.

We understand any dissatisfaction you may feel with this federal decision, and have communicated with our representatives in Congress to express as much.  To add your voice to the conversation, please reach out to New Hampshire’s Congressional Delegation.1040

Learn to use the Rye Town GIS Resource Tues. Jan 27 POSTPONED

DUE TO TO OUR PLANNED WEATHER CLOSURE ON TUES. JAN 27 THIS EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED.  SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE

Geographical Information Systems or GIS play a role in every aspect of on-line life today.   They provide a powerful combination of information and mapping.  Think of a Google map with pins on all the local coffee shops—that’s GIS.  Now apply that same resource to town tax maps cross referenced with multiple data sets.  That’s great information for every resident of Rye which is newly available to you free of charge via the Town Website.

Assessor for the town David Hynes developed the Rye resource, and will demonstrate the many useful applications it offers at a free public event at Rye Public Library.  Join us on Tuesday January 27th at 7pm to find out more about this tremendous resource.

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True Tales Storytelling Performance Thursday January 29 at 7pm

For the last three weeks, Pat Spalding, emcee of WSCA Portsmouth Community Radio’s monthly program True Tales Radio has work-shopped with a group of aspiring storytellers at Rye Public Library.  The program culminates with an invitation to the public for the groups’ story telling night at the Library on Thursday January 29th.

The workshop series was designed for adults and high school students and assisted participants in crafting a first-person experience story into a piece, eight minutes or less in length, that could be effectively told on the radio or at other venues featuring the spoken word.

Thursday January 29th will be the public performance opportunity for our story tellers.  Please join us to celebrate this foray into the powerful world of oral tradition.  Members of the group have already agreed to deliver their tales on the WSCA True Tales Radio program.  See them live at RPL first!

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Learn to use the Rye Town GIS Resource Tues. Jan 27 at 7pm

Geographical Information Systems or GIS play a role in every aspect of on-line life today.   They provide a powerful combination of information and mapping.  Think of a Google map with pins on all the local coffee shops—that’s GIS.  Now apply that same resource to town tax maps cross referenced with multiple data sets.  That’s great information for every resident of Rye which is newly available to you free of charge via the Town Website.

Assessor for the town David Hynes developed the Rye resource, and will demonstrate the many useful applications it offers at a free public event at Rye Public Library.  Join us on Tuesday January 27th at 7pm to find out more about this tremendous resource.

GIS Jan 27

Learn to use the Rye Town GIS Resource Tues. Jan 27 at 7pm

Geographical Information Systems or GIS play a role in every aspect of on-line life today.   They provide a powerful combination of information and mapping.  Think of a Google map with pins on all the local coffee shops—that’s GIS.  Now apply that same resource to town tax maps cross referenced with multiple data sets.  That’s great information for every resident of Rye which is newly available to you free of charge via the Town Website.

Assessor for the town David Hynes developed the Rye resource, and will demonstrate the many useful applications it offers at a free public event at Rye Public Library.  Join us on Tuesday January 27th at 7pm to find out more about this tremendous resource.

GIS Jan 27

Rye Public Library will be closed on Saturday January 24th

Based on the forecast for heavy winter precipitation during our normal Saturday open hours, the Rye Public Library will be closed on Saturday January 24th.  We hope that sufficient advance notice will prevent any inconvenience to our patrons.  We expect to offer our Sunday Jan 25th program at its scheduled time of 2pm.  We will re-open for normal business on Monday January 26th.    storm

Learn to use the Rye Town GIS Resource Tues. Jan 27 at 7pm

Geographical Information Systems or GIS play a role in every aspect of on-line life today.   They provide a powerful combination of information and mapping.  Think of a Google map with pins on all the local coffee shops—that’s GIS.  Now apply that same resource to town tax maps cross referenced with multiple data sets.  That’s great information for every resident of Rye which is newly available to you free of charge via the Town Website.

Assessor for the town David Hynes developed the Rye resource, and will demonstrate the many useful applications it offers at a free public event at Rye Public Library.  Join us on Tuesday January 27th at 7pm to find out more about this tremendous resource.

GIS Jan 27

The Castle: Naval Prison Documentary Wed. Feb 11 at 7pm

Stop in or call now to register 964-8401!

The 100-year-old Naval Prison on a bluff along the Piscataqua River comes to life in this live narration/film event. Using rarely seen US Navy film about the Prison, this unique film immortalizes this obscure building prominently present in the lives of all of us on the Seacoast.  Filmmaker Neil Novello will provide the “Director’s cut “  through live narration and commentary at this special event.

The program will include film footage from inside the prison unavailable to the public for more than 90 years, from a 1917 silent movie.  Also featured will be scarcely seen video of captured German U-Boat crews escorted to the naval prison at the end of the World War II which was filmed in 1945.

The prison’s construction was completed in 1908, making it at the time the largest poured concrete building in the world. For almost seventy years, the Castle housed Navy sailors and Marines serving time for a variety of offenses.  The prison population reached a peak of more than 3,000 during World War II.

Separate fact from urban legend (think: Walt Disney and Humphrey Bogart) as the Naval prison’s history unfolds at this unique program.

Copies of Novello’s DVD will be on sale at the Wednesday, Feb. 11 event, which starts at 7 p.m. Those interested in attending should register at Rye Public Library by calling 603-964-8401.   Snow date Feb. 18.

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