Rochester library aims to take kids out of this world with events

Jul 8, 2019
ROCHESTER — The Joseph H. Plumb memorial library continues its “Out of this World”-themed summer reading program with a series of story, music and science  events in July. 
Musician Nancy Sparkin will lead a preschool storytime, with music and movement added in, on three dates in July. The program for children 3 to 7 years old will run at 10:30 a.m. on the three remaining Fridays in July. The class is limited to eight children, but participants do not need to attend every class. Weather-permitting the class may be held outside in the gazebo. 
On Tuesday July 16 at 4:30 p.m. the library will hold a science demonstration and story time for children ages 5 to 12. This event will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the First Congregational Church of Rochester. Participants can volunteer for experiments with chemical reactions, polymers, pressure, inertia, energy and explosions, all in the context of a story about an alien kidnapping. Register on the Plumb Library Event Calendar found at
A week later, on July 23 at 1 p.m. author Jonathan Hall and his cat Toto will visit Plumb Library to read, sign and sell his book “Toto the Tornado Kitten.” Hall is a paramedic who rescued Toto after a tornado in Brimfield a few years ago. He now brings Toto to libraries around the state, and has raised $60,000 for local animal rescue groups through his sales. Hall has two books available at a cost of $10 each and he inscribes each one. Space for the event is limited. Register on the Plumb Library Event Calendar found at
Rhonda Matson, the director of South Coast Music Together will visit Plumb Library at 10:30 a.m. on July 10, 17, 24 and 31 to share a program based on the library’s “Out of this World” summer theme. Classes are limited to 12 participants and designed for young children and their caregivers. Registration is required for each class, but children need not attend all classes. Register through the events calendar.