Library Programs

The Rollinsford Public Library runs several ongoing programs including a writers’ group, book group, free community yoga, preschool storytime, and a baby/toddler playgroup.


Programs at the RPL

We have several weekly and monthly activities at the Rollinsford Library!
Check out the RPL News Blog or follow us on Facebook for updates, changes, or cancellations.



Preschool storytime

Preschool Storytime will be on vacation the month of August. See you in September!

About Sianna: (pictured right) One of the greatest wishes we have when our children are young is for them to meet adults who believe in their potential. Someone who shows them that there is goodness in the world and that life is full possibilities. All storytime is wonderful, but ours is extra precious thanks to our Preschool Storytime Lady, Sianna! 



Baby Toddler Playgroup

Looking to get out of the house and meet some new friends?
Come down to the Rollinsford Public Library for our new baby and toddler playgroup every Thursday at 10:00 am in the library's Community Room. We provide the cozy space, some beautiful new toys, and free coffee or tea! All you need to bring are yourselves! This drop-in group is free and open to all!

DAY & TIME: Thursdays at 10:00 am


rpl book group

The Rollinsford Public Library's End of the World Book Club, hosted by librarian Lauren, will next be meeting on Tuesday, August 7th at 4pm to discuss Octavia E. Butler's The Parable of the Sower. Of the novel, The San Jose Mercury News says, "...there isn't a page in this vivid and frightening story that fails to grip the reader." Copies of the novel are available at the library. All are welcome to join in on the discussion of this powerful and relevant novel. 

DAY & TIME: Tuesday, August 21st at 4pm in the library




Octavia Estelle Butler, often referred to as the “grand dame of science fiction,” was born in Pasadena, California on June 22, 1947. She received an Associate of Arts degree in 1968 from Pasadena Community College, and also attended California State University in Los Angeles and the University of California, Los Angeles. During 1969 and 1970, she studied at the Screenwriter’s Guild Open Door Program and the Clarion Science Fiction Writers’ Workshop, where she took a class with science fiction master Harlan Ellison (who later became her mentor), and which led to Butler selling her first science fiction stories.

Butler’s first story, “Crossover,” was published in the 1971 Clarion anthology. Patternmaster, her first novel and the first title of her five-volume Patternist series, was published in 1976, followed by Mind of My Mind in 1977. Others in the series include Survivor (1978), Wild Seed (1980), which won the James Tiptree Award, and Clay’s Ark (1984).

With the publication of Kindred in 1979, Butler was able to support herself writing full time. She won the Hugo Award in 1984 for her short story, “Speech Sounds,” and in 1985, Butler’s novelette “Bloodchild” won a Hugo Award, a Nebula Award, the Locus Award, and an award for best novelette from Science Fiction Chronicle.

Other books by Octavia E. Butler include the Xenogenesis trilogy: Dawn (1987), Adulthood Rites (1988) and Imago (1989), and a short story collection, Bloodchild and Other Stories (1995). Parable of the Sower (1993), the first of her Earthseed series, was a finalist for the Nebula Award as well as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. The book’s sequel, Parable of the Talents (1998), won a Nebula Award.

In 1995 Butler was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Foundation fellowship.



Community Yoga

Join us at the library every Thursday at 6:45pm for Community Yoga! Bring your own mat and meet us in the Community Room (all the way at the back). All ages and abilities welcome. Join any time!

We gently suggest a donation of $5 per class, all of which goes to the instructors who generously give their time to us!

DAY & TIME: Thursdays at 6:45 pm



RPL Writer’s group

The Rollinsford Public Library Writer’s Group is currently on leave.

Check back for details!


Start your own group!


In addition to open community space, the RPL has three community rooms available for meetings, events, or just a quiet place to work. We have free WiFi, huge windows with lots of natural light, and beautiful views of the Salmon Falls River. Great for study groups, business meetings, homeschool groups, knitting clubs, and relaxing! Several groups use the library as a meeting space, including local clubs, town committees and private groups.

Contact us if you have any questions about using the space at RPL. The library belongs to you – come on down and enjoy it! 

  The RPL has three community rooms available for meetings and activities.

The RPL has three community rooms available for meetings and activities.