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Kindness Rocks @ Rockingham Free Public Library
Oct 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Family Program – Write positive messages on and decorate rocks to be placed outside of the Library or to take home!

Walking to Listen with author Andrew Forsthoefel
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Join western Massachusetts author Andrew Forsthoefel for an evening of storytelling and discussion on the practice of trustworthy listening.  After graduating from Middlebury College, Forsthoefel was ready to begin his adult life, but didn’t know how.  So, he decided to take a cross-country quest for guidance, in which everyone he met would be his guide.  In the year that followed, he faced an Appalachian winter and a Mojave summer. He met beasts inside: fear, loneliness, doubt.  But he also encountered incredible kindness from strangers of all different kinds.  Thousands shared their stories with him, sometimes confiding their prejudices too. Often, he did not know how to respond. How to find unity in diversity?  How to stay connected, even as fear works to tear us apart?  He co-produced a radio documentary about this project that was featured on “This American Life,” and his book Walking to Listen goes deeper into the stories and explores  the practice and philosophy of walking to listen. His book is available to borrow from the Library.

Storytime @ Rockingham Free Public Library
Oct 23 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Stories, songs, crafts, and fun for all ages!  Each storytime features stories and an activity.


KPop Club @ Rockingham Free Public Library
Oct 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Meet up with other fans weekly to listen, watch, and discuss the latest comebacks and songs, try out the dance moves, and examine the lyrics of your favorite KPop groups. We’ll also check out other aspects of Korean pop culture including KDramas, movies, and snacks.

RPG League @ Rockingham Free Public Library
Oct 24 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Tabletop game night for adults – registration required. Contact Sam for more information.

Genealogy Group
Oct 25 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join genealogy enthusiast Wayne Blanchard on a quest to discover your family roots.  If you own a laptop, please bring it along.  With the many free databases available at the library, it’s hard to tell what you might find.  Both beginners and seasoned genealogists are welcome. 

Municipal Planning Committee
Oct 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Searching For Family History Workshop with Wayne Blanchard
Oct 26 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Searching for Family History
More records than ever before are available online to create a family history. Although you can’t find everything online, you can probably find something. Whether you are just starting or you have been doing genealogy research for awhile, there is always more information to discover.  By identifying what you know, deciding what you want to learn, and searching the records, you can create your own family history. Genealogy researcher Wayne Blanchard can show you how to get organized, how to use the genealogy databases in the library, and how to make use of DNA test results.  If you have a laptop computer or tablet, bring it with you.

Friday Night Teen Tabletop @ Rockingham Free Public Library
Oct 26 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Every Friday night from 5:30pm – 9pm
Group up to tell epic stories with new and classic role-playing games like Pathfinder, D&D, and more.

Or take a seat at the board game tables and have fun with some competitive tabletop games.

Limited to teens age 13 and older,  registration for this program is required


Brown Bag STEAM @ Rockingham Free Public Library
Oct 26 @ 11:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 1:00 am

Looking for a fun way to learn something new? Join us for the Brown Bag STEAM (Science, Technology,
Engineering, Art, and Math
) Series. Bring your lunch at 11am every Friday to get hands-on with different STEAM concepts followed by lunch.

The series is open to youths of all ages! Each project can be adjusted for different ages and abilities. Kids age 12 and younger will need to have an adult with them. Some resources may be limited, so registration is recommended. To  register, contact Sam at the Library.


Women's Film Festival
Exploring Wellness

Women’s Freedom Center
Film Festival
Sept 2017 – Feb 2018
Weds, Dec 13 @ 6:30 p.m. “Granny’s Got Game” is the fourth in film series sponsored by Women’s Freedom Center. This documentary film is about a senior women’s basketball team in North Carolina. These seven fiercely competitive women in their seventies battle physical limitations and skepticism to keep doing what they love. The film follows them for a year as they compete for another National Senior Games championship. After two decades together, these women are more than a team…they are a family.

Weds, Jan 10 @ 6:30 p.m. “My Stolen Revolution”: is the fifth in film series sponsored by Women’s Freedom Center. As a student, the director managed to flee revolutionary Iran. Many who stayed behind did not survive. When there are renewed protests in Teheran 30 years later, she goes looking for a couple of other survivors who fled. An emotional, very personal documentary.

Weds, Feb 14 @ 6:30 p.m.” Invoking Justice “: is the sixth in film series sponsored by Women’s Freedom Center. In Southern India, family disputes are settled by Jamaats—all male bodies which apply Islamic Sharia law to cases without allowing women to be present, but in 2004 a group of women formed a women’s Jamaat which has since grown considerably and has settled more than 8,000 cases ranging from divorce, to wife beating to murder.

The Women’s Freedom Center is the local non-profit organization working to end domestic and sexual violence in Windham and Southern Windsor Counties. They are a feminist organization committed to offering support and advocacy to all survivors of violence, as well as prevention and educational activities to help create a community in which violence is not tolerated. The Center’s 24/7 Hotline number is 1-802-885-2050.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, email [email protected], call 802.463.4270, or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls, VT.

Tuesdays in January
Beginning January 9, Certified Wellness Coach Carol Jean Jones will lead a series of interactive presentations about Wellness at the Rockingham Library. The series will run 4 consecutive Tuesdays of January ( January 9, 16, 23, & 30) from 5 – 6 p.m. Wellness can mean different things to different people. Jones will share healthy mind, body and spiritual practices that have helped others set obtainable goals and continue to maintain them.

Carol Jean Jones is a graduate of the Wellness Coach Training Program of the Mayo Clinic. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email [email protected], or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St in Bellows Falls, VT.

Paper Clips
Personalized Book Recommendations

Free Documentary Screening
Wednesday, January 31

On Wednesday, January 31 at 5:30 p.m., “Paper Clips” an awarding winning documentary about the Holocaust will be shown at the Rockingham Library.

This moving and inspiring film captures how students at Tennessee’s Whitwell Middle School responded to lessons about the Holocaust-with a promise to honor every lost soul by collecting one paper clip for each individual exterminated by the Nazis. Despite the fact that they had previously been unaware of and unfamiliar with the Holocaust, their dedication was absolute. Their plan was simple but profound. The amazing result, a memorial rail car filled with 11 million paper clips (representing six million Jews and five million gypsies, homosexuals and other victims of the Holocaust) which stands permanently in their schoolyard, is an unforgettable lesson of how a committed group of children and educators can make a difference. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call (802) 463-4270, email [email protected], or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls.

Carol Jean Jones is a graduate of the Wellness Coach Training Program of the Mayo Clinic. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email [email protected], or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St in Bellows Falls, VT.

Minecraft Club

Every Friday
All skill levels are welcome! A limited number of computers are available. Registration is recommended if you will need to use a Library computer.

Sign-ups for Library computers happen at the end of each Minecraft club, Fridays at 4:30pm. To sign-up call or be at the Library during the end of Minecraft Club. Sign-ups are for the following week only. You can call the Library at 802.463.4270 or email [email protected] for more information

Personalized Book Recommendations
In celebration of National Library Week (April 9 -15), the staff at the Rockingham Library will be offering a new service called “ChooseYour Next Three Books.” After filling out a short form about their reading preferences, patrons will receive 3 staff recommendations on what to read next. This process takes about a week. Click here to go straight to the form.

“Choose Your Next Three Books” form can be filled out online. Paper copies of the form are also available at the Library’s front desk. The more information the patron can provide, the better the recommendations the staff can give. As always, the Library staff values patrons’ privacy and will keep your answers strictly confidential. For more information, call 802-463-4270, email [email protected].

Windham County Parent Resource Calendar

Connecting Families with Resources in Windham County
To view the full calendar, go to:

The Windham County Parent Resource Calendar is a single online source where you can find information about events, programs, services, and more for Windham county families. Best of all, it’s a totally free resource for families and all of the organizations involved.

Tips for calendar use:
· Use CATEGORY to select just the listings you want to see.
· Sign up to receive updates by Twitter or email
· Look for the Calendar on websites around Windham County

For more information about the calendar, including how your organization’s programs can be included, contact Sam at the Rockingham Free Public Library at 802.463.4270 or email [email protected].

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