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Contact the Rodgers Library at 603-886-6030 or
Library Hours Beginning Monday, April 16 through June 16
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 9pm
Friday: 9am - 6pm
Saturdays: 9am - 5pm
Sundays: CLOSED
Poetry Contest Prize Ceremony & Reading
Saturday, May 5
There will be a prize ceremony and poetry reading at the library in recognition of the winners of April's poetry contest. Anyone who submits a poem may read their entry as long as the subject matter is appropriate for general audiences. All prize winners will be invited to attend. 
Harmonica for Beginners Workshop
Saturday, May 5
1 pm-2:30 pm
Master harmonica player Mike Rogers and his wife Beverly will teach a beginning harmonica workshop for adults and children ages 9 & up. By the end of the workshop you will have the basic skills to learn more songs on your own. There is a $3 fee for the harmonica, which you get to keep!
Come learn harmonica from this renowned musician who has opened for Emmy Lou Harris, Rush, The Eagles, and more. Space is limited,
registration required to ensure a space, walk-ins accepted on a space available basis.
Life Coaching Event: How to Develop a Meditation Practice

Tuesday, May 8
7 pm

In today's busy world, it is often difficult to find any time at all to quiet your mind. Join Master Life Coach Diane MacKinnon, M.D. for this interactive presentation where we will practice some simple meditation techniques you can do every day. We'll also discuss the obstacles to a meditation practice and we'll focus on strategies to overcome those obstacles. Develop the practice now and it will serve you every day of your life.

Registration requested, walk-ins welcome.  
Cookbook and Recipe Club 
Wednesday, May 9th
Love to cook and bake? Join us as we sample and discuss recipes from popular cookbooks and food themes! Prepare a recipe from this month's topic, then engage with others about your recipe adventures.  And of course, lots of food tastings included! 
For the May 9th meeting, we will be baking PIES from Teeny's Tour of Pie by Teeny Lamothe!
Book copies can be found at the Circulation desk. Please register here 
or inform the Circulation staff once you have made your recipe selection to avoid duplicate dishes.
  Looking Ahead

  The Cupcake Bakeoff Extravaganza will be held on Friday June 15th (contest) and Saturday June 16th (cupcakes available to be eaten!).  More info coming soon!
Genealogy Club
Friday, May 11, 1:30pm
DCU Monthly Concerts Presents:
Big Bay Sailor, Songs of the Sea
Saturday, May 12 @ 2pm

Portsmouth folk band Big Bay Sailor will perform some traditional and contemporary songs inspired by ships, sailors, oceans, and tall tales.

Thanks to a generous grant from Digital Credit Union, the Rodgers Library will be hosting a free concert series the second Saturday of each month. Upcoming concerts:

June 9: Ramblin' Richard Kruppa, Songs of WWI
Retreat To Write
Join master life coach  Diane MacKinnon   for a day of writing and relaxation. Activities will include writing exercises as well as time for individual projects. There is a $25 fee for this workshop and pre-registration is required. The fee will include morning coffee, a box lunch, and some Writer's Swag! 

Saturday May 19th 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Click  here to registe r
Wednesday, May 23
7 pm

Join Chef Oonagh Williams for a photographic journey of her experiences in Lithuania and its history. Lithuanian cookbooks, heritage magazines and tourism along with a scrapbook of her time in Lithuania will be available for browsing. Help yourself to a delicious buffet of Lithuanian dishes, all gluten-free.  
Registration  is requested so that we know how much food to prepare. 
This program is made possible by a grant from the Charles Zylonis Trust.
Mind to Mind With Preston Heller, Mentalist
Thursday May 31, 7pm
Heller will not tell you what a mentalist does: he will show you! The audience is guaranteed to have a unique, personal experience with the "unseen", including thought implantation or 'influence', revealing of information known only to the spectator, predictions, and much more. 
One hundred percent of proceeds from this library presentations will be donated to local food pantries. Heller requests that audience members please bring non-perishable food items to donate. 

Recommended for ages 12 and up. 

Register to reserve a seat. Walk-ins welcome if space is available.

Rodgers Library Gallery Exhibits presents:
Student Art Exhibit Open House
Alvirne High School Artists

View works by the talented students of Alvirne High School throughout the month of May in the library Community Room and in the glass case in the lobby.

Summer Kickoff Concert with the Beatles Tribute Band 4EverFab

Join us for an outdoor concert to kick off the summer: bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic supper. We are hoping to have food trucks at the concert. See June newsletter for details. A fun event for all ages!

Friday, June 15, 6:30 pm (rain date June 22)

Noteworthy and Continuing Drop-In Events
Family STEM Nights - Mondays, 5:30pm (all ages): Science,
Technology, Engineering & Math drop-in! STEM activities for the entire family!

Stories with Stuffies - Tuesdays, 6:30pm (all ages)
: Bring your favorite stuffed animal for stories at the library every Tuesday! All ages welcome. Wearing pajamas is highly encouraged!

Sensory Playtime - Wednesdays, 10am (ages 3-5):
Explore the senses through play on Wednesday mornings. Drop in between 10 and 11. Recommended for ages 3-5. Younger children welcome at caretakers' discretion.
Potions 101- Wednesdays 
6:30 pm (ages 8-11)
This isn't Snape's Dungeon! Come check out what's brewin' at RML. 

Movers & Shakers - Thursdays, 10am (walkers - age 2):
For our confident walkers up to age 2. Join us on Thursdays for stories, songs and movement.

Books & Babies - Fridays, 10:30am (babies 0 to 18 months):
Drop in for stories, songs and playtime. Connect with other mommies, daddies, caretakers, and their babies.

LEGO Build Day - Saturdays all day (all ages): Come play with our thousands of LEGOs!

Photo by samer daboul from Pexels

Weekly Events
(Registration Required - click on dates to register, unless otherwise noted)


May 7, 14, &   21

10 am: Toddler Time (age 2)

10 am: Story time (ages 3-5)

10 am: Sensory Playtime
6:30 pm: Potions 101 (ages 8-11)
 register here

5pm: Crafty Kids (ages 6-8)
(formerly Messy 'Manda)
3:30pm: Paws to Read with Elsa (all ages) (visit our Events Calendar to sign up for specific times)
1:30pm: Story Time (ages 3-5)

Check our online Events Calendar for more information. Children's Events are the blocks in purple.

Family STEM Night Mondays @ 5:30!

May 2018
May 7: Worms
May 14: Boats 
May 21: Drawbots

Mondays 5:30-7:30 thru May 21st. Kids ages 6-12 can drop-in with their families. Adult supervision is required. Most projects take about 20 minutes. 

May 26th 2:30 PM
Giants, hydras and dragons, oh my! We will be reading the first Percy Jackson book,
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.
Come see Ms. Molly for a copy. 

Ages 9-12. 
Teen Events in 2018
You can always get the most up-to-date information on teen events, services and programs by visiting the RML Teen Blog at

Note: Remember, if there's no school, there are no teen programs
Questions? Email Teen Services Librarian James at
Mondays, May 7, 21 & 28  
Feeling a little analog? Beginning Monday, March 19, the library's entire catalog of board games will be at your teen's disposal. There will be snacks and a D&D campaign run by Teen Services Librarian James.
Tuesday, May 1 
Does your teen want to help shape the library's future? Every month we have a one-hour meeting in which teens get to have a voice in the library's development, including the collection and programming. And they earn an hour of community service each time they attend!
Contact Teen Services Librarian James at for more information.

Every Wednesday

Every Wednesday, the library turns its Community Room into a teen center. There are snacks, games, YouTube videos and the chance to just hang out with friends. 

Every Thursday 2-4:30pm
Have a teen with a head for video games? Send them to Button Mashers! Each week, teens gather to play together on the library's Wii or whatever portable systems or laptops they bring from home.
Friends of the Rodgers Library

Second Hand Prose
Sunday, May 13, 11am - 3pm
Thursday, May 17, 5 - 8pm 
Hills Memorial Library Basement

'Early Bird' admitta nce at 10AM Sunday granted to paid members of the Friends. You may become a member at the sale for as little as $10. Please enter via the ramp at the rear of the building. DONATIONS of DVDs, CDs, and gently used books are NEEDED and may be brought to Second Hand Prose or to the Library during regular hours. 

Friends of the Library Meeting
Tuesday, May 15, 11am - 3pm
Rodgers Library Community Room
The Friends of the Library hold meetings every other month from 7 - 8:30pm at the Rodgers Memorial Library. Come join the fun! There are many ways to help out and make a difference. Everyone is welcome!

Become a Friend!
All are welcome!

A special relationship...

Become a Friend of the Rodgers Memorial Library by joining a group of volunteers who support a variety of activities including the purchase of the 3D Printer, the Telescope, learning modules and other equipment for the children's room; award the Leonard A. Smith Memorial Scholarship; provide funding for the Summer Reading Program, movie licenses, Santa photos, author forums and a variety of Humanities Council programs.

Choose from activities including being a Santa's Helper, Second Hand Prose "librarians", celebrating National Library Week with library staff, or participate in a variety of other opportunities. 

The Friends have supported the Hudson library system for over 35 years and were instrumental in focusing on the need to build a new home for expanded services which culminated in the construction and opening of the new library donated by the Rodgers family in 2009. 

The Friends are a 501(c)(3) organization, have business meetings five times a year to plan for activities and form necessary sub-committees. Tax-deductible annual membership dues are $10 (individual), $20 (family), $30 (patron) or $50 (business).

Even if your time is limited you can make a difference! Pick up an application at the library or contact the Friends by email.

Additional May Events
See our website for details and information
Free Films 
@ the Library

Films are sponsored by The Friends of the Library
Monday, May 14 
2pm & 6:30pm
Snacks will be served 
Free Family Film
Smurfs: The Lost Village
Saturday, May 26 
Snacks will be served
Monthly Programs
Evening Book Discussion
The Walk
by Emily Fridlund
Thursday, May 3
Books available at the circulation desk

Genealogy Club
Friday, May 11
Tom Toohey of The Irish American Research Association (TIARA) presents Irish Genealogy 101

Harbor Health & Wellness Mobile Health Van
Thursday, May 8
10am -2pm
Dental Care for low-income & homeless
Group Singing
At Fairview Healthcare
Monday, May 21
2 - 4pm
Meet in Laurel Place Lobby by 2pm

Book Discussion

The Other Einstein
by Marie Benedict
Tuesday, May 15
Books available at the circulation desk

Weekly Programs

U'Decide Quilters
Tuesdays @ 10am
Drop in!
(Teenage Takeover at Your Library)
Wednesdays, 2:15-4:30pm
Just drop in!

Geopolitics in Today's World
Thursdays, 11am -1pm
Walk-ins welcome!

Button Mashers
Thursdays, 2:15 - 4:30pm

Drop In Stitchers
Fridays, 9:30-11:30am