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Cooking with Hoopla  
by Gwen  
As we're all trying mixing up the menu cooking at home, I have a question. Do you like Mexican food?  If so, try this recipe from the Hoopla book
Fix-It and Forget-It Slow Cooker Surprises [!  
Break out your crockpot and open the book in Hoopla. Touch any page and a menu will open across the top. Tap the search icon [magnifying glass on the far right] and type in Chicken Tortilla Soup. 
The recipe was enhanced by cooking two chicken breasts in the oven coated with olive oil and chipolte seasoning and adding it in bite sized pieces an hour before total cooking time of 5-6 hours.  In addition, we put this mixture on top of basmati rice which really added to the meal.  
Finally, we topped it off with fresh avocado slices, mexican shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream.
Add a few tortillas chips and you have a tasty Mexican meal made at home! Ole~
Super Moon
by Andy Richmond

I've been taking some comfort in forces much larger than ourselves. By watching the coming of spring, stars and tides, and the
recent rise of the "super moon", I find myself transported from everyday concerns. Coincidentally, I also just finished a book set on the moon. I know-- talk about your escapist fiction... Andy Weir, author of The Martian, has a second novel called Artemis.[both are available to download on Libby]. The titular Artemis is the name of a colonial city on the moon in the late 21st century. If you read or saw the film The Martian, you know that author Weir's background in computer science and life-long space nerd status ensure a sound scientific
framework on which his stories take place. You will believe that Artemis exists, but you may be surprised by the plot line. Artemis is a thriller with mystery elements and a mood inspired more by Chinatown than 2001.
Jasmine [Jazz] Beshara is a lifelong Artemis resident, brought to the moon as a young immigrant from Saudi Arabia. Her mom soon returned to Earth leaving Jazz to be raised by her dad, a welding tradesman in the fledgling Artemis work force.   To her father's chagrin, his now adult daughter has navigated life on the moon by establishing herself as Artemis' black market, smuggling contraband for profit. Jazz operates as a mostly scrupled thief, but events soon stray outside of her considerable comfort zone. She's a brilliant mind that chafes at each "missed potential" lecture she hears from her clients. Her smuggler's sense along with an inspiring STEM capacity along with some pretty sharp welding skills all serve her well in a series of heist-type exploits and their unforeseen consequences. Each element of the plot is worked out for moon accuracy, and provides a fascinating component to a fast-paced, plot . If you liked The Martian you'll love Artemis, especially if your like your science fiction grounded in fact. If you're like me, you'll also learn a thing or two along the way, and it's a lot more fun that a physics text!

Guided Meditation
with Liz Korabek 
is back!  Enjoy a remote session of thoughtful focused time every other Friday at 1:00 PM.  Click here to join live streaming next Friday April 24th ,or view the earlier sessions in  Previous Events .  From there you can check out other programming streamed earlier at the Library too!
Remember our  hoopla resource for movies, TV, e-books, audiobooks and comics! --  All through your library card.  Free app available.

Rye Public Library is a proud member of SAL: Seacoast Area Libraries. 

Remember RPL is a local collection point for Box Tops For Education support

581 Washington Road, Rye N.H. 03870  603-964-8401 
April 17,  2020
Vol I Issue
"Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let's not forget this."
Dave Eggers

Our outreach with the weekly Booster edition of the Rye Public Library Ripple Effect newsletter is being well received. 19 of you subscribed to the Booster during March . Thanks for joining us as we feature contributions from all your Rye librarians to help "bring the Library to your laptop."
Our phone calls out to the community continue.  We have had many great conversations so far and look forward to connecting if we haven't yet. 
We're always happy to help with your library needs, but can also take any emergency requests during these calls.  Of course you can call with your needs any time at our phone # 964-8401 or e-mail at We'll relay any serious issues to safety officials.   We are also serving on Rye's Covid-19 Support Team and encourage you to communicate any  emergency needs directly to the Team at 603-379-8800 or by e-mail to
By now I'm sure milestones have passed for you as they have for my family and friends.  Birthdays, changed plans, altered ceremonies and other disappointments and joys that will mark Spring 2020 in our collective memories forever.  Let's continue to work together the Rye Way and collectively stay put and stay apart to prevent more drastic recollections from this tumultuous time.  Of course apart does not have to mean alone, and our hope is that our efforts to connect in a variety of technologies will ease your days as we defeat Covid-19 together.

                                                         Be Well, Andy Richmond
                                                                            Director, RPL

RPL Clock
Grandfather Strikes Twelve
the beat of Rye Public Library's Heart for your home

Passing on Your Right Miss Gulch!
                                 by Juliette Doherty
                                         [Part Two of Two] 

continued from last week  [Julie has finally clicked "purchase" on her shopping cart containing a long-considered yellow bike!]
At least knowing I could use the bike as a lawn ornament and planter would take care of the "what if I hate it?" problem.   The bicycle arrived days earlier than expected. Hubby assembled it while I provided the necessary hovering.   I asked him to leave the basket off hoping to avoid the Miss Gulch Wicked Witch of the West appearance, because I'm pretty sure that my neighbors have nothing better to do than peer out their windows awaiting  entertainment in the form of a novice cyclist who is just a little past her sell-by date. Picture if you will a senior lady pedaling down the road on a bicycle with a basket.  There's that Wizard of Oz music again...]
 Really, the tune would not stop running through my mind. It's been decades...  multiple decades, since I've been on a bike. Bike riding as a teen was merely a means of getting from place A to place B.  Once I had a driver's license I sold my bike to a co-worker's daughter and never looked back. So here it sat, assembled sans basket.  I will confess that I did not paint a graceful picture trying to get on the bike. One must lift a leg rather high to clear the bar. At first try I think I felt something snap-crackle-pop, but in a good- for- me moment I stifled a groan and soldiered on.   Here was my first thought as I pedaled down the driveway ~ " Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
".   For a few glorious seconds I felt like a kid again.  
Lucky for me, taking a left turn out of my driveway provides a slightly downhill ride.  Could it be this easy? Could this actually be, gulp, fun? Well, yes and no. The hills, they did a-come to greet me.  Not big ones mind you, but for someone woefully out of shape such as myself it felt like a bit of a workout. On the advice of someone with experience saying 'take it slow', that is exactly what I did. Twenty minutes, maybe half an hour (I don't want to keep track of the time, lest it suck the joy out of the process)  riding loop after loop around my street, especially when the sun is shining, has become something I look forward to.  If I have a few minutes of down time between straightening q-tips and alphabetizing the spices  I take a short ride.   
My mind wanders as I pedal along; birds chirping, the sounds of children playing in their yards. I wave to the few neighbors that are strolling or driving by. The bicycle allows me the excuse of social distancing without feeling rude--it's quite nice. After the hard work of pedaling up an incline comes the joy of relaxing and a return of the weeeeee sensation as my wheels roll effortlessly. 
I can't believe I am enjoying this. Maybe, just maybe, there are bits of joy to be discovered within the crazy that the world has become right now. If you see me out there wave hello! I'll be the one NOT wearing spandex [ I know my limits], on the yellow bike with the basket, and sporting polka dot socks.  
I did add the basket a few days later since it's a good place to store my helmet when I'm not using it. Sure, I may look a tad foolish, but hey, if we all look foolish, nobody does, so why not try something new?
I'm riding slowly for now, and I'll admit I'm still a little shaky on the turns... so if you happen past me as i cruise along, please give me a little more than social distance or I may just get you my pretty and your little dog too [not on purpose, of course...]

Happy riding! 


Shakespeare's Sonnets : Sonnet #120
by  Lisa Houde

Every time I review the sonnet for the week to write a caption, I want to say "Oh, this is my favorite!"  I guess they all are, really.  In #120, the writer examines the wrong he's done to his love and measures that against the wrong that's been done to him by the one he loves. By looking at those wrongs of both people, he ultimately concludes that they cancel one another out.

Shakespeare Sonnet Day Three: #120
Shakespeare Sonnet Day Three: #120


Flip Through A Flipster Magazine  
by  Shawna Healy

Recently my house was quiet and I was looking for a more current magazine to flip through than last June's New Hampshire Home.   I decided to give RPL's Flipster magazine resource a try.
All of the Library's remote access resources are gathered in a handy button called Online Resources on the right side of the menu. Just click where it says View Materials. Scroll down the next page and click on Flipster where our electronic magazines are offered.
With a light touch the next screen opened and I was prompted to type in my library card number.  I was then in the Flipster app where a choice of magazines from fitness, family, science, teens, and music was presented .   The screen shows current covers of the magazines offered. Once a certain magazine is tapped on, the whole issue is ready to read.
    Once the magazine loads, there are options on the right side of the screen that allow you to choose the exact issue you want. I picked Rolling Stone magazine and I could go back as far as 2014.   Other options are the Pages tool that allows you to pick the layout you wish to show on your screen : either one page, two pages or the whole content of the magazine. In the whole content layout you can jump to any article that sparks your interest.
The Zoom feature allows you to increase or decrease the page size to read small print.  Use the forward and backwards keys to navigate around. I downloaded the Flipster app on my iPad and found the ease of this service very friendly to navigate, and a tablet to be a perfect viewing device.  Flipster has everything covered!


A Tale of Two Citrus
a sketchbook interlude by Andy and Lulu Richmond

This week I peeled an orange to share with my nine-year-old [tomorrow's actually her birthday] Lulu.  I did not expect it to be a blood orange, but my wife Susan picked up a drive-by produce order from Kittery's Gourmet Mile.  Anyway, the striking colors inspired a little artwork.  Lulu has been honing her skills with author Mo Willems who is streaming a daily doodle session, so we both made our watercolor impressions of the same still life :

Hope you enjoyed!

"What big teeth you have!"
 by Jessica Ryan

This week's featured video happens to be about the ultimate stranger-danger tale. Yep! It's a reading of Little Red Riding Hood. It was originally told by a French writer as a cautionary tale, explaining what happens when moral young girls are led astray by men. *Sigh* Anyway, it was rewritten to have a far happier ending.

I've included the link for the Little Red Riding Hood video below, and I've made it easier for you to know when a new video is published. Just click the video below, then click the video's description, and you'll see a link to subscribe to the page!
Librarian Reads Little Red Riding Hood From Grimm's Fairy Tales - Full Text and Facts
Librarian Reads Little Red Riding Hood From Grimm's Fairy Tales - Full Text and Facts

  Marcia's Zoom Story Time
Thursday, April 23rd
by Marcia Beckett

I'm excited to bring you story time via Zoom! Please join us and tell your friends. Everyone is welcome (A Rye Public Library card is not required). Please find the Zoom link at the bottom!
This week's story description:

Yay for Earth! We'll have our own Earth Day story time reading about the place we all call home. 

We'll make a flower headband too! You just need different colored paper, scissors, glue and a stapler.

Rye Public Library Rye, NH is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 337 164 108
Password: 450277

Thanks for reading this week's Booster! We hope our reviews and recommendations help you make a special selection from RPL's tens of thousands of  materials to borrow electronically.  Keep the feedback coming  by phone or e-mail as listed in the welcome above.  Also, please use the Covid-19 Support Team contacts listed above to report any serious needs to community services. Take care of yourselves and others, and see you next week!