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Nov 24th film: Dakota 38

In 2005, Native spiritual leader Jim Miller dreamed of riding on horseback from South Dakota arriving in Minnesota and seeing 38 of his Dakota ancestors hanged. This dream echoed a real-life event - the mass execution of 38 Dakota men on December 26, 1862. 

Embracing the message of the dream, Jim and a group of riders retraced the 330-mile route on horseback from Lower Brule, South Dakota to Mankato, Minnesota to arrive at the hanging site on the anniversary of the execution. Join us on Monday, November 24th at 6:00pm in the library auditorium to see a documentary of that journey.


White Out WednesdayHuge Book Sale Wed, Nov 26th

Take it easy after Thanksgiving and visit the White Out Wednesday Sale on November 26th from 10:00am - 1:00pm. The Friends’ Bookstore will have EVERYTHING in the store and in the entryway of the library drastically reduced.

Get all your holiday book gifts for ridiculously low prices and avoid the Black Friday rush.


Registration now open for "Wit, Wisdom & Wine" event on Jan 17th

Registration is now open for the annual Wit, Wisdom & Wine fundraising event to be held on Saturday, January 17th at 6:00pm at the library. Wit, Wisdom & Wine is a fun-filled evening featuring delicious hors d'oeuvres, delightful speakers and dreamy gifts up for auction. This year's list of speakers include:

  • Error Splitting: An Examination of Failure - Father Nick Mezacapa
  • Ethics in Politics – Tim Penny
  • More New Stories About Old Rochester  - Alan Calavano  
  • Fine Wines of France  - Kim Johnson, Michael Corso Selections
  • Wit, Wisdom and Bob Dylan - Chad Israelson   
  • A Walk Through The History Of Cuisine And It's Evolution -  Chef John Dykeman

For a full list and more details, visit the Rochester Public Library Foundation website.


Library will be Closed Nov 27th & 28th for Thanksgiving Holiday

The library will be closed all day on both Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th for the Thanksgiving Day holiday. We will reopen on Saturday, November 29th at 9:30am. Have a safe and happy holiday!


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