Rockingham Library Calendar



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Upcoming Events
Modern Times Theater

Modern Times Theater
Wednesday, June 27
5pm
Summer Reading Kick-Off Event

The hills are alive with the sound of music in this all-ages puppet production.

“Sweet Music” follows the troubles and travails of puppetry’s favorite loudmouth, Mr. Punch as he sings his way through trouble, adventure, and triumph. Included in the cast are the Bozo Brothers, who delight audiences with their dynamic percussive dance routines. This is hand-puppetry at its best in a style that has entertained children for centuries. In addition to the puppet show, the program also features a mini concert, offering selections from an extensive repertoire of early jazz, classic American folk songs and original novelty numbers, performed on the cornet, ukulele, and bicycle pump.

Rose Friedman and Justin Lander have been making and performing puppet shows together since 2003. They are co-founders of Vermont Vaudeville, Vermont's premier Vaudeville troupe. Librarians say Modern Times Theater "engages all ages with their superb talent, wit and enthusiasm", and "you must, must see them in person"!

After this program the Library will be hosting the Tenth Annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover. What would your stuffed animal do if it spent the night at the Library? Find out by bringing one of your dolls, figures, or stuffed animals (not your favorite one, though—you’ll want to keep that with you) to the Youth Department anytime between Monday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 27. We’ll create a video of how your stuffed animal spent the night in the Library. Find the RFPL Youth Department’s Youtube channel online to see videos from previous years. Don’t forget to pick up your stuffed animal on June 28!

For more information call 802.463.4270, email [email protected], or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St in Bellows Falls, VT.

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Sound and Music computer science club
Mondays from July 2 - August 6
6pm - 7pm


Youth ages 9 – 14 are invited to join the Rockingham Library’s summer music computer science club, [kids.code]. In Music & Sound, you will use the computer to play musical notes, create music videos, and build an interactive music display while learning how programming is used to create music with a program created by Google |CS First. Kids will build a DJ Mix video, animated music videos, and more. And share programs with friends! Registration is required for this free computer science club. Spots are limited, so contact the Library to sign up now! For more information and to register call 802.463.4270, email [email protected], or stop by the Library at 65 Westminster St in Bellows Falls, VT.

Summer Storytime

Summer Storytimes will run at the Rockingham Free Public Library from July 2 to August 3. Every Monday from 10am-11:30am, the program room is open for Monday Morning Playgroup. Preschool storytime takes place every Tuesday beginning at 10:30am. Baby storytime, featuring lots of rhymes, songs, and gentle movement.

Storytimes are 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
3:30pm-4:30pm


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.


Lumbering, Organized Labour and the decline of Bellows Falls' paper mills

Thursday, June 28
7pm
Presented by David Deacon


Join historian David Deacon on Thursday, June 28 at 7 p.m. at the Rockingham Library for a presentation on “Lumbering, Organized Labor & Decline of the Bellows Falls Paper Mills (1898 – 1927).” His talk will begin with the consolidation of the Fall Mountain Mill into the International Paper Company, which marked a period of decline. By 1900, workers, increasingly dissatisfied with conditions, organized into unions, first the Brotherhood of Paper Makers, and later the International Brotherhood of Paper Makers and the International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite and Paper Mill Workers. This led to a series of strikes in 1907,1908, and 1910. Finally, in 1921, an industry-wide attempt was made to break the unions for good. In the process the Fall Mountain Mill was closed, and the power was converted to hydroelectric power. Deacon’s talk is based not only on local newspapers but also on union correspondence and publications.

Deacon moved to Bellows Falls in 1980 and graduated from Bellows Falls Union High School in 1981. He went on to Marlboro College and then to the University of North Carolina for a Masters Degree in Folklore. His concentration in American History was at Syracuse University where he earned a Masters and Doctorate. His dissertation was on the paper industry in the Northeast, including Franklin NH, Turners Falls, MA and Bellows Falls. Today, Deacon is an Adjunct Professor of History at SUNY Oswego and at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY.

This event 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, VT.

Family Sing Along

Tuesday, July 3, 5pm


Join us for a fun family sing along led by special guest musician Martha Mitchell. For more information, contact the Library.

Summer Storytime

July 3 - August 2


Tuesday Mornings
Library Storytime
Tuesdays 10:30am
Stories, songs, crafts, and fun for all ages! Each storytime features stories and an activity.

Thursday Mornings
Baby Storytime:
Thursdays 10:30am
Delight and stimulate your baby's senses with books and music during this gentle book, music, and movement program. For children from birth to 24 months.

Storytime for Social Justice
Tuesday, July 31, 5pm
Parents, caregivers, and communities can teach our kids compassion, empathy, and critical thinking skills while introducing them to diversity and culture that they may not come across otherwise. Help our children become thoughtful, kind, and open-minded leaders. All are welcome! Storytimes are planned for youth age 6 and younger. Each storytime will feature books related to a specific theme and an interactive activity.

Wildlife Rocks!

Wildlife Rocks!
Monday, July 16
5pm
Presented by the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum
There will be LIVE ANIMALS at this program.

Museum educators will bring 5 or 6 live animals native to New England for an up close look at their amazing skills and adaptations. We’ll touch on Vermont’s history, ecosystems, and how all of our wild creatures work together to keep the Northeast rockin’!



Hamiltunes Singalong!

Hamiltunes: Singalong
Date and Time to be announced


Join us in the “Room Where It Happens” for a non-stop singalong. As a Hamiltunes singer you will get to “Blow Us All Away”, so don’t miss your “shot” to hear “The Story of Tonight”! Audience participation and costumes are encouraged!

Space is limited, free tickets must be reserved in advance. Tickets will not be reserved until the day/time is set. If you’d like to be notified when tickets will be available, send an email to [email protected].



Minecraft Club

Every Friday
3:30pm-4:30pm


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.

Choose your next 3 books personalized book Recommendations

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].

Your Next 3 Books

Windham County Parent Resource Calendar

Connecting Families with Resources in Windham County


To view the full calendar, go to: rockinghamlibrary.org/parent

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].